What in the world is a Boo Hag? Hatchet Annie has been a popular story at Four Winds camp for decades. It was originally told to impress upon the young campers not to go into the woods alone. Professional storyteller Antoinette Botsford reveals a different version of Annie as she contends with the vicious Boo Hag that nearly takes over the landscape that will become Camp Four Winds. The only encounter you’re likely to have with a Boo Hag nowadays is when Botsford tells the story at the popular “Spooky Tales” program presented by the Orcas Island Historical Museums.
A historian and folklorist by training, Botsford has investigated the spirits of those who once resided on Orcas, or who in rare cases may still be here. Some stories, such as a ghost who once stayed at Outlook Inn, are about love and love lost. Botsford embellishes verifiable historical data with imagination (where needed) to result in intriguing stories that keep the audience, sometimes as young as 6 years old – some as old as 90 – hanging on every word.
Performances of “Spooky Tales” begin at 5 p.m., Friday, July 6, at the Crow Valley School House and at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, at the Pioneer Museum on North Beach Road.
Purchase tickets in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, at the museum or by phone with a credit card at 360-376-4849. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for members and $5 for children 18 and under. Reservations are recommended. Visit orcasmuseums.org.