Ghost stories aren't just for campfires anymore, they're also fun – and freaky – to hear on the water. Hence, Gothic Milwaukee and Milwaukee Boatline joined forces to create a Gothic Great Lakes Tour that takes place every Thursday night in August.
Anna Lardinois, owner of Gothic Milwaukee and former Pfister Hotel Narrator, will guide a spook-tacular tour of haunted history on the river and maritime disasters from shipwrecks to murders. Apparently, more than 30,000 sailors lost their lives on the Great Lakes and this tour tells some of their stories.
"And it's not all tragedy, we also meet the Third Ward’s most famous ghosts, the fun and flamboyant Clair Richardson, the founder of the Skylight Theatre," says Lardinois.
The 90-minute tour takes off at 8 p.m. from the RiverWalk, 101 W. Michigan St. where Downtown meets the Third Ward. Tickets are $19.98 and attendees must be at least 18 years old.
"Milwaukee waterways are teeming with spine-tingling tales," reads the MKE Boatline website.
For more information or to buy tickets to Great Lakes Gothic Tour go here.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.