Matters of Graves Importance: Ghost Walk, Tristan Miller Music Fest highlight local activities

Halloween is tapping, tapping at our chamber door and with it comes the annual Chillicothe downtown Ghost Walk. This spooky event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. It is a great chance to explore some of Chillicothe's haunted spots like Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, Chillicothe City Council building, Wreck Creations, Tea of Life Apothecary, Rose Quartz Metaphysical Shop, Gemini Nails, and Old Capitol Brewing. Tickets are available by searching “Official Ghost Walk 2023” on Eventbrite. Also coming up in our area…

On Thursday

The Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner will be held tonight in the Chillicothe High School cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a pie and cake auction starting around 6 p.m. All funds raised will go to projects for children in the Chillicothe and Ross County area. Tickets are $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door. Name That Tune is happening at Dickey's Barbecue at 6 p.m. There will be four rounds of music, and the winner gets a $20 gift card. Karaoke will follow at 8 p.m., both hosted by DJ Roush. The public is invited to attend Music in the Park with DJ Hazel playing Motown music from 5 to 8 p.m. in Chillicothe City Park. This weekly event is free and will go on as scheduled weather permitting.

On Friday

The Ross County Park District presents Park After Dark/Comedy in the Woods with local comedians Greg Routt, Mckenzie Reutinger, Torre Elliott, and me closing out the show. The night begins at 6 p.m. Meet in the main parking lot at Buzzard's Roost for a short 15-minute walk along the South Point Lookout Trail. The walk will end at the historic camp where snacks, drinks, and an evening of side-splitting comedy await. After the show, make a s'more over the campfire and listen to original and always humorous songs written by local musician Ken Willis. As of press time there were limited tickets remaining. Go to for more information. Must be 21 or older to attend. DJ Hazel will play 50s, 60s, and 70s music at the Lion's Fish Fry on Friday. The party is open to the public and free. For live music MT Space takes the stage at Old Capitol Brewing at 7 p.m.

On Saturday

The Tristan Miller Foundation will host its fifth annual Tristan Miller Music Fest at Creekside Occasions starting at 2 p.m. Live music runs into the evening hours and kicks off at 3:15 p.m. with Greg Higley. Food and drink will be available for purchase as well as Tristan Miller merchandise. The Tristan Miller Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

On Monday

Join me at Ohio University Chillicothe in the Bennett Hall auditorium for our Beginning Comedy Workshop show featuring the “graduates” of my latest class. The show is free and open to the public. Please arrive by 6:50 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show time. No children due to adult content.

On Wednesday

Make your way to Steiner’s Speakeasy for the book release party of “The Blue Rose” by local author j.r. barnes. The evening will feature a local jazz quartet, appetizers, a book signing, and words about the project by the author. Purchase $15 tickets in advance on Eventbrite or at the door. Each ticket includes a welcome cocktail and hors d'oeuvres.

Looking ahead…Barn on Blain Comedy returns for one night only on Friday, October 6. Comics on the lineup include Carlin Hagerty, Angie Davis, Jerrel Beamon, and Nate Washington. Hosted and produced by Lori Graves. Tickets are $15 and available on Eventbrite. BYOB and bring your own chair. Tables will be set up and will be available on a first-come basis. Age 21 and up as the show contains adult themes and language.

Until next time. I hope to see you out and laughing.

*For consideration to be included in Matters of Graves Importance email Lori at

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