March 24 , 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
northwest Regional Library, Cape Coral
Have you ever heard the one about the spirits of the Calusa who sing to drawn people into the Manatee River or maybe just to remind them of home? Or was it music from a beautiful young girl kidnapped by a pirate?
There are two kinds of history rustling through the big cities and small towns of Florida; the kind kept in history books and the kind told over campfires and sleepovers when the sun has set and mood is right and you are already starting to feel the hairs on your arm stand on end. Read between the lines or ask a ranger when there is no one else around, and you’ll get the haunted history of the state, part rumor, part folklore, but all of it telling the deeper story of the Sunshine State.
Christopher Balzano, author and host of the podcast Tripping on Legends (http://triplegend.hipcast.com/rss/tol1.xm), presents Haunted Folklore of South Florida March 24th, 2018, at the Northwest Regional Library in Cape Coral at 2:00 PM.
This year’s presentation is a multimedia tour through some of the haunted legends of the area, including stories from St. Petersburg, Venice, Arcadia, Port St. Lucie, and beyond. Audiences get the ghost stories and history of the location before hearing what happened when Tripping on Legends went and experienced the site themselves. Balzano weaves old narratives and newer first-hand experiences with video and audio from the places themselves. The event also looks to explore how urban legends and folklore that have been around for decades (and even centuries) attach themselves to old stories of the Calusa, Spanish settlers, and modern residents to create a backdrop that is both uniquely Florida and connected to a bigger national narrative.
Christopher Balzano’s Bio
Christopher Balzano is a writer, researcher, folklorist, and current host of the podcast Tripping on Legends (http://triplegend.hipcast.com/rss/tol1.xml). He has been documenting the unexplained since 1994 and has been a figure in the paranormal world through his book, articles, and his work as the director of Massachusetts Paranormal Crossroads and now Tripping on Legends (www.trippingonlegends.wordpress.com).
Balzano is the author of several books about regional hauntings, Dark Woods, Cults Crime and the Paranormal in the Freetown State Forest and Ghosts of the Bridgewater Triangle, as well as the collection of true ghosts stories Ghostly Adventures and the how-to paranormal books Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting and Picture Yourself Capturing Ghosts on Film. His most recent book, Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf, captures stories of everyday people who have accidentally allowed spirits into their house.
He has been a contributor to Jeff Belanger’s Encyclopedia of Haunted Places and Weird Massachusetts and was one of the writers behind Weird Hauntings. He has appeared in more than a dozen other books, often called in to offer insight into the paranormal of perspective on a certain case.
He has appeared on radio stations across the country and throughout the Internet, as well as being called upon by television shows to comment on ghosts and urban legends, including the British television series Conversations with a Serial Killer. He has been a guest on Coast to Coast AM and been asked in as a consultant on televisions shows like Paranormal State and Ghost Adventures. He formerly ran the paranormal news and Ghostvillage for Kids from Ghostvillage, one of the oldest and largest websites dedicated to the paranormal, and is the content director for the popular paranormal radio show Spooky Southcoast.