While the legend that Sarah Winchester’s home was under continuous construction for nearly 40 years is certainly untrue, there’s no denying that the Winchester Mystery House evolved from a modest farmhouse into a 160-room mansion in those decades . So in that respect, the current caretakers of the landmark are following tradition with fairly constant reinvestment.
In addition to regular day tours of the house and gardens and special evening torch tours – a set for Friday the next 13th week has already sold out – tourist attractions have added holiday events, an ax throwing area at the stables. , a shooting gallery and, most recently, Houdini’s escape room experience.
But for this Halloween season, the Winchester Mystery House is upping the “mystery” with a new Lost In House tour. It has been described as a “dramatic paranormal investigative adventure”, which I think is a very fancy thing for a “haunted house” because it includes special effects, actors, and jump scares. General Manager Walter Magnusson says that The Lost in the House tour takes its cues from various paranormal investigations that hosted the famous house going back to Harry Houdini’s visit in 1924.
Tickets include the Jack O’Lantern Trail, a self-guided tour through Victorian Gardens, which will be decorated with dozens of hand-carved pumpkins (it’s also sold separately for guests who want to let go of the scare). The front of the mansion will again be decorated with a projection-mapped light show, which was a big hit last year when indoor tours were not allowed.
Tickets are already on sale for the All Hallows’ Eve Experience, which begins on select nights on September 10 and adds more dates until Halloween in October. Prices range from $15.99 to $69.99, depending on which tour you choose and if you go on a high-traffic night, like a weekend. get more information www.winchestermysteryhouse.com.
Memphis Miracles: Sunnyvale Community Services on Monday was set to provide school supplies to 1,600 low-income children, along with gift cards for new shoes and backpacks. Back-to-school kits were ordered and the agency freed up space in its warehouse to store the goods.
But that warehouse was still empty last week, as 1,600 kits were in Memphis, Tenn., where they were held up for weeks because of shipping delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary Bernard, executive director of Sunnyvale Community Services, arrived at the Sunnyvale Rotary Club, which contacted three Rotary clubs in the Memphis area. They were looking for a way to get supplies to Sunnyvale by August 2 through logistics experts and executives at FedEx headquarters.
The shipment was transferred to another shipping company, which supplied California, and FedEx officials donated $6,000 to cover the cost. The supplies reached Sunnyvale Community Services on Sunday night, 13 hours before the students arrived to pick them up.
Turkey Trot is back: After a virtual event in 2020, the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is planning to come back in person this Thanksgiving in downtown San Jose. Registration opened on Monday for the annual 5K/10K run that typically attracts more than 20,000 participants to burn some calories before Thanksgiving dinner and raise money for local charities.
Registration is from $40 until September 15, and you can get more details www.svturkeytrot.com.