An Invitation to Consign with Sotheby’s Chinese Art expert, Cynthia Volk

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Ms. Volk has honed her expertise over the last twenty years as gallery director for two New York based Chinese art galleries; the first being The Chinese Porcelain Company from 1994-2003, and then she moved to Berwald Oriental Art from 2004-2009. From 2009-2011, Ms. Volk decided to open her own business where she was a private consultant and curator for individuals and institutional collectors specializing in Chinese ceramics, sculpture and works of art. Ms. Volk received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Smith College.

Cynthia Volk will be receiving appointments for private auction estimates on Friday, April 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at:

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Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty
434 N. Loop 1604 W. #3103
San Antonio, TX 78232

Book an appointment in advance:
call +1 212 606 7332
or email chinese.newyork@sothebys.com

Featured Listing: A Vibrant Spanish Hacienda

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401 Highlands Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028

This dramatic and artful Spanish Hacienda is located in one of the most desirable golf communities in Kerrville! Situated on a large corner lot under mature trees, the grounds are filled with lush gardens and within walking distance to the golf course. Notice an oversized fireplace and floor to ceiling built-ins in the living room complete with a library nook and open doorway into an enclosed sunroom. The spacious kitchen spares no detail in ample countertop and cabinet space, an island workspace, and beautiful tile mural. Relax and enjoy breathtaking scenic views in all rooms of this gorgeous Hacienda.

Adding pops of character and artistic touches through the home, you will find 3 Talavera vanity sinks by Francisco Ponce. Treasure in tranquility in the serene indoor atrium, finished with a doorway leading into the striking backyard. The backyard greets you with an oversized deck, mature trees, and lush gardens surrounding the property. A spacious workshop is nestled at the back of the property that can be transformed into a cabana, maid’s quarters, or guest house.

The spacious home was completely remodeled in 2010, including A-Panel Metal Roof, all new windows, sliding glass doors, and recent HVAC. New flooring, central vac, a lined silver closet, custom cypress front doors, and plantation shutters are also among the many upgrade this home has to offer.

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Contact MaryAlice Ramirez (210.627.7379) for more information on this fantastic home.


Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Antonio

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As hard as it is to believe, 2013 is almost over! All over town, San Antonio offers a variety of ways to celebrate – from fireworks and champagne, to extravagant 6-course meals, to dining a dancing with a great live band. Check out the list below and make your New Year’s plans today!

Downtown & Southtown

Celebrate San Antonio
Celebrate San Antonio is the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve party. You and 250,000 of your closest friends can ring in the New Year in Hemisphere Park, where there will be food, live music, and fireworks over the Tower at the stroke of midnight. Click HERE for more information!

New Years Eve on the River Walk
Have a staycation at Hotel Valencia, where they are offering a great package at their hip Riverwalk hotel. Included is “luxurious accommodations for two, entrance to the New Year’s Eve festivities, 1 complimentary drink, [and] access to all food stations.” Click HERE for more information and to reserve your room!

New Year’s Eve at Tre Trattoria Downtown
Dine at one of San Antonio’s best restaurants this New Year’s Eve! Tre Trattoria Downtown, located in the historic Fairmont Hotel, is “THE place to dine for New Years Eve. Let [them] wine and dine you! [They] are offering 6 Courses for $120 Dollars, $160 with wine pairings & NYE toast.” At Tre you’ll be right across from all the action happening at Hemisphere Park, but with a slightly quieter crowd! Click HERE for more information and to book your table!

New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon
Sing in the New Year at Howl at the Moon! “Howl at the Moon is hosting the only New Year’s Eve Party in San Antonio featuring dueling pianos rocking all of your favorite hits from 2013 and more! For the ultimate San Antonio NYE experience, dance, drink, and howl in the New Year at Howl at the Moon!” Click HERE for more information and to buy your ticket!

New Year’s Eve at Feast
Head south of the Tower to Feast for an extravagant 5-course meal at this swanky Southtown hotspot. They are offering two seatings, one at 7 p.m. for $95 and one at 9:30 p.m. for $120 which includes a 6th course. Click HERE to see the mouth-watering menu. Call (210) 354-1024 or send a Facebook message to reserve your table!

Alamo Heights

Max’s Wine Dive’s Poppin’ NYE
If you live in Alamo Heights, you don’t have to travel far to find a great New Year’s Eve party! “Join MAX’s this NYE for a celebration filled with Champagne, tasty food and great memories! On NYE enjoy MAX’s Classics menu along with a special NYE menu Chef Justin created. We will be offering to-go specials on bubbles and wine, as well, to keep the party going!” The prix fixe menu will be offered for $50. Click HERE for more information and to reserve your table!

New Year’s Eve at Piatt Ristorante & Bar
Across the street from Max’s, another great restaurant, Piatti, is offering a place to enjoy a fabulous dinner before the countdown starts. Both the Quarry location and the newly-opened location at the Eilan Hotel will be offering $55 3-course Prix Fixe menus. Click HERE for more information and to reserve your table!

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Soul Grammar’s NYE 2014 Bash at Silo Elevated Cuisine
Ring in the New Year with great food and great music! Dance the night away with Soul Grammer at Silo 1604. “Soul Grammar brings their Hip-Hop/R&B/Pop show to Silo (1604 & Blanco) to ring in the New Year! Dance music all night long! Funk classics, 80s and 90s Hip-Hop and R&B, and current dance hits!” Click HERE for more information and call Silo at (210) 483-8989 for reservations.

Mid-Century Modern Home Breathes New Life in Terrell Hills

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The mid-century modern design movement spans from the 1930s to 1960s and includes clean lines, fluid shapes and a desire to bring the outside in. Inspired in America by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright the style brought in influential elements from European designs, much of which are being replicated today in architecture and furnishings. In cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and the suburbs near New York City, homes that reflected this style, which included the first introduction of an open-concept floor plan, were common.

In those cities today, mid-century homes are some of the most coveted on the market and with the hit television show Mad Men, the look spans not only homes but furnishings, lifestyle and fashion. In San Antonio, the style, though not nearly as prevalent, can still be found. When Isabel and Alex Villamil moved from New York to San Antonio, after spending a few months in Houston, they jumped at the chance to purchase a 1956 mid-century home built by notable San Antonio architect Reginald H. Roberts, who served as a vice president for the Texas Associate of Architects. Roberts’ aesthetic was greatly influenced by the then modern style and can still be seen peeking out of classic buildings throughout town including the San Antonio International Airport. 

“I have always been attracted to modernist structures, I love constructions that utilize huge windows and open environments, says Villamil. “The Roberts house is a well-designed home that brings a family together with open spaces.”

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 A 1958 article in the San Antonio Light featured the ”well-planned contemporary brick dwelling” where it noted Roberts’ then innovative ideas that included walls of glass and a floor of brick pavers. Villamil gave the home a high-end renovation in December of 2012 that paid careful attention to keeping not only the bones of the home intact, but also the soul. Breathing new life into an original wall which was composed of brick noted in the article as coming from the “Elmendorf brick kiln of 1870,” the wall was painted white to compliment the modern look of the interior. The original paver flooring, still an essential element to the design, today shines as it did the day it was installed and an additional wall of windows was added to the front of the home, which will give even more amplitude to open-light infused floor plan that creates a wow perspective from street view. 

Although the pink refrigerator or built-in sewing machine will remain a fond memory of the home, updated, modern luxuries recreate those same elements of surprise.  The updated European design elements and luxurious materials such as quartz and stainless steel throughout the home, make this Terrell Hills home, a work of art both old and new.

Listed by Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, connoisseurs of the style are given a very unique opportunity to own an impeccably updated classic.  Please click here or contact Carol.Dintelman@SothebysRealty.com for more information.

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What’s your Kitchen Personality?

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In San Antonio, people love to cook at home. It’s where friends are entertained, and quality family time happens. The design of your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle. Whether you are planning on buying a new home, or remodeling an old kitchen, the style you choose is not only important to you, but also to future homeowners, if and when you decide to sell.  

When choosing a design, the style of kitchen you choose should reflect the rest of your home. Is your home modern, traditional, contemporary, French country, or rustic? Choosing a kitchen that echos your personality will bring the enjoyment of cooking back into your life. Below are five gorgeous kitchens, all with different design elements to inspire you. Enjoy!

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The Team at Kuper and Capital City Sotheby’s Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes!

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Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce

The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun! Being that Turkey Day is only 10 days away, it’s time to start menu planning! Below are some favorite dishes that we at Kuper and Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty like to include on our table. So switch things up this year and try one of these great dishes! 

 

Haricots Verts with Truffle Oil and Parmesan

Serves 4-6

From Caroline Timmins – Marketing Account Manager

“Haricot Vert is just a fancy word for green bean, but the truffle oil vinagarette and fresh parmesan shavings elevate the simple green bean in this dish to something wonderful. So skip the green bean casserole and try this instead!”

Ingredients:

1 12 oz. bag fresh Haricots Verts, ends trimmed off

1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese shavings

For Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons white truffle oil

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon champagne wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt (fleur de sel)

Few grindings of black pepper

Directions:

1. Begin by trimming the ends off Haricots Verts, then cut them all in half 2. Boil a large pot of water, seasoned with about a tablespoon of salt 3. Once water is boiling, add Haricots Verts and cook for 2 minutes 4. Immediately remove Haricots Verts and place in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process 5. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the truffle vinaigrette 6. Drain Haricots Verts completely and transfer to serving bowl 7. Dress with vinaigrette 8. Add parmesan shavings and toss

Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream – Adapted from Bon Appetit

Serves 10

From Caroline Timmins – Marketing Account Manager

“A budino is an Italian pudding. This delicious recipe evokes the warm flavors of fall and is a great dessert to change things up this Thanksgiving.”

Ingredients:

For Budino:

3 cups heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1 large egg

3 large egg yolks

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum

For Salted Caramel Sauce:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

2 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, or to taste

Homemade or store-bought whipped cream for topping

Directions:

For Budino:

1. Mix cream and milk in large bowl 2. Whisk egg, egg yolks, and cornstarch in medium bowl 3. Stir sugar, 1/2 cup water, and salt in heavy large pot over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves 4. Increase heat to medium-high and boil without stirring until mixture turns thick, syrupy, and dark amber, occasionally swirling pot and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, about 7 minutes 5. Immediately whisk in cream mixture (mixture will bubble vigorously). Stir to dissolve caramel bits. Bring mixture to boil, watching closely to prevent mixture from bubbling over, then reduce heat to medium 6. Gradually whisk half of hot caramel mixture into egg mixture. Return mixture to pot, whisking to blend 7. Whisk over medium heat until custard boils and is very thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and rum; stir until melted and smooth. Strain 8. Divide custard among ten 6-ounce glasses or cups. Chill uncovered until cold, about 4 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated

For Caramel Sauce:

1. Combine the cream, brown sugar and butter in the bottom of a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat 2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally in the beginning and more frequently as it reduces and thickens. You’ll know it’s done when it becomes thick and smells toasty 3. Stir in the vanilla and salt. DO AHEAD: Caramel sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill

Assembly:

1. Place 1 budino on each of 10 plates 2. Reheat caramel sauce just until warm 3. Spoon 1 tablespoon caramel sauce over each budino 4. Spoon dollop of whipped cream over

Vanessa’s Baked Acorn Squash

Serves 4-6

From Vanessa Arce – Marketing Account Manager

“This dish is incredibly easy yet rich with seasonal flavors.”

Ingredients:

2 Acorn Squashes

2 tablespoons of butter

4 tablespoons of brown sugar

4 teaspoon maple syrup

Dash of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F 2. Using a strong chef’s knife, cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise from stem to end 3. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds in the center of each half 4. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up 5. Coat the inside of each half with the butter, salt, and brown sugar 6. Drizzle a teaspoon of maple syrup on to each of the 4 halves 7. Bake in the over for 1 hour and 15 minutes until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned 8. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving 9. Spoon any of the buttery sauce left in the pan on top 

Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash – Adapted from Health.com

Serves 4

From Robin Coleman – Capital City Marketing Manager

“This great side almost tastes like pumpkin pie, without all the calories!”

Ingredients:

1/4 cup chopped pecans

6 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon orange zest

1 cinnamon stick

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 large sweet potatoes, baked

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300° 2. Place the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until pecans are fragrant and begin to darken. Remove from oven, and set aside 3. In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and ground cloves. Bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, and let stand about 5 minutes 4. Gently scoop out insides of the baked sweet potatoes, and place in a heatproof bowl. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash until there are no lumps left. Heat in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes 5. Remove the cinnamon stick from the warmed syrup, and discard. Pour the syrup over the mashed sweet potatoes, and top with the toasted pecans. Serve immediately  

Orange Cranberry Sauce – Adapted from Rachel Ray Magazine

Serves 8

From Emily Thompson – Marketing Account Manager

“Once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to the canned stuff!”

Ingredients:

Zest and juice of 1 orange

1/2 cup sugar, plus more if desired

Pinch salt

1 12 ounce bag  fresh cranberries, rinsed

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1/2 cup water with the orange zest, orange juice, sugar and salt over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes 2. Stir in the cranberries and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 7 minutes. Sweeten with more sugar, if desired 3. Let the sauce cool to room temperature before serving

Emergency Aide and Relief to the Philippines

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In light of all the devastation in the Philippines there has been a strong variance in the death toll.  In first reports it had be estimated in the 10,000+ however in the latest figure is above 2,500.  There are many relief efforts jumping into action to send aide and coordinate relief efforts.  The BBC Asia News noted that the UN estimated that “more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.” 

Survivors are still in need of food, water, shelter and medical aid.  The destruction is extensive that it is extremely difficult to reach all of the people affected throughout the region. 

While you think sending clothes and food would be the best course of action it can be even more difficult to get it to devastated areas.  Most organizations that are rallying to fund and coordinate aide are urging that you send money instead because they can quickly translate it into goods and get it on the ground for real support quicker.

The New York Times, Asia Pacific, has an detailed account including a map of the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda”

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Live Google Typhoon Yolanda Relief Map | Links for more information & Google Person Finder

Here is a list of organizations mobilizing to send relief and support aide to the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan.

UNICEF USA  http://www.unicefusa.org/

World Food Programme https://www.wfp.org/

American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/Donation

AmeriCares http://www.americares.org/

The Salvation Army https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan

Mercy Corps https://www.mercycorps.org

Care http://www.care.org/

Habitat for Humanity http://www.give2habitat.org/home

Doctors Without Boarders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Child Fund http://www.childfund.org/emergency/

Rescue https://www.rescue.org/donate/typhoon-haiyanef

Featured Property: 954 Riverforest

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This paradise nestled within a gated community is located in the heart of historic Gruene, TX. The home sits up approx. 220 ft overlooking the Guadalupe River. Offering 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a study and game room, plus a detached guest house, this beautiful property is truly a dream home.  Upon entering, a magnificent cathedral ceiling highlights the entry, showcasing the luxurious details throughout the home. The immaculate residence boasts travertine and granite counters throughout, which are highlighted in the open kitchen. View the walk-through butler pantry and wet bar. The wet bar includes amenities such as a wine grotto, refrigerator, ice maker, kegerator and built-ins.

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 An abundance of windows fill the rooms with light and natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Notice the craftsmanship throughout this designer residence, including the gorgeous hand-scraped wood floors in the dining area and study. The master bedroom features outside access, a walk-in steam shower, a whirlpool tub, a separate double vanity, and an exercise room off master suite.

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A custom designed, oversized, Keith Zars pool and spa highlight the lush back yard. Landscaped to perfection, the property displays spectacular views of the Guadalupe River and the surrounding hill country. A charming courtyard area complete with fireplace and a spacious covered porch with outdoor kitchen create the perfect outdoor retreat, making this spectacular home a true paradise.

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Call Susan Marburger for more information on the ample amenities this residence offers and make this tranquil hill country retreat yours today.

Living In: Alamo Heights

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Alamo Heights is one of the oldest and most renowned neighborhoods in all of San Antonio. Actually an incorporated city within San Antonio, Alamo Heights features a top-notch school system, quiet streets lined with old family homes, townhomes and high rises made for urban living, quality restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops, and endless shopping opportunities.

Where to Eat

Running down the heart of Alamo Heights is Broadway, which is home to many of Alamo Heights’ best places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat. In the morning, stop into Broadway Daily Bread and try one of their many freshly baked treats, like homemade cinnamon rolls, muffins, and kolaches to die for. If you need caffeine to jump start your day try Local Coffee, where the unique and special brews will ruin you for regular joe after you’ve tried it. Broadway is also home to many great lunch spots in Alamo Heights. Cappyccino’s offers updated classics like soups, sandwiches, and killer burgers. And speaking of burgers, Order Up in Lincoln Heights off Broadway focuses their menu on burgers and fries, and the results are fantastic. To tame that late afternoon stomach growling, stop by Bird Bakery on Broadway. While Bird Bakery’s Hollywood connection might bring people in, the delectable cupcakes, pies, cookies, drinks, and sandwiches bring people back again and again. When it’s dinner in Alamo Heights, you can’t go wrong with Paloma Blanca, where Tex-Mex classics are dressed up and delicious. As well, Cappyccino’s big sister, Cappy’s, serves new American cuisine executed perfectly.

What to Do

The central location of Alamo Height means you can get to just about anywhere in San Antonio easily, yet right in and around Alamo Heights you can find opportunities for entertainment and leisure. One of San Antonio’s best museums, The McNay, sits on the edge of Alamo Heights. Once the estate of a prominent San Antonio art collector, The McNay and its serene grounds provide a fantastic museum experience today. In addition to the boutiques that line Broadway, just minutes from Alamo Heights are the Lincoln Heights and Quarry shopping centers. If you like to take a run on something other than a treadmill, consider jogging along the Olmos Dam, which connects Alamo Heights to Olmos Park.

Where to Live

Alamo Heights encompasses a wide variety of living options. From $1,000,000 estates to $300,000 cottages, modern townhomes to exclusive highrises, Alamo Heights has the right home for you. Check out some of our current listings for sale in Alamo Heights.

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210 Joliet Ave.

Mary Carter

Grandview 115

115 Grandview Pl.

Scott Koehler

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Ghostly Texas Estates

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Fall has arrived – and with it, a chill in the air finally bringing South Texas temperatures under 100 degrees. A favorite time of year for many, fall brings nostalgic sights and smells…. And in the month of October, ghost stories. With Halloween fast approaching, here are a few TX Tales about some ghoulish real estate in and around our area:

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Victoria’s Black Swan Inn – San Antonio, TX

Built on the historic grounds of the Battle of Salado Creek (1842), and home to Fort Sam Houston’s former “Hanging Tree”, Victoria’s Black Swan Inn has been noted as one of the most haunted sights in the U.S. and on November 2, you can attend their Dia De Los Muertos Masquerade Ball for the opportunity to participate in other paranormal events. According to research and popular lore, the Inn located hosts spirits of those who died in the post-Alamo battle. The most popular of these is Steven Jeff, the only Texan to die in the battle; it is rumored he walks the grounds. The barn and the library wing of the main home also have reports of ominous guests. 

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Faust Hotel – New Braunfels, TX

Faust Hotel was opened in 1929 just before the start of the Great Depression. Various reports of spirits drifting through hallways, floating through closed doors, and turning on and off water/electricity have been reported. It is also said that so long as the fountain out in front of the hotel is flowing, that guest have nothing to fear, however should that fountain be “asleep” be wary of unexpected guests at the hotel.

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Littlefield House – Austin, TX

This home is one of the finest examples of Victorian Architecture, built in 1893. While there are many tales of paranormal activity in and around this historic home, the most common tale is that of the lady of the house, Alice Littlefield. Insane, reclusive, etc., Alice rarely left the house and she may not have left at all. Since her death, people have claimed to see her ghost walking about in the upper rooms of the home and some have heard the old piano playing.

 

 

Take some time this Halloween season to do a little of your own research into some of the haunted history in your area. Learning more about local folk-lore is fun for the whole family. Perhaps it will inspire you to turn your own home into haunted mansion, or give you some great ghost stories to tell at a neighborhood party. You may even find the paranormal is closer than you think. Happy Haunting! 

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