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The Bloody Handprint & Other Tales

  • Bottoms Up Coffee 1069 W Broad St Columbus OH 43222 (map)

Join us and Columbus Landmarks in our historic Franklinton building for an evening of cider, doughnuts, art, ghost stories and neighborhood lore.

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Proceeds from the event will be divided to benefit Columbus Landmarks as we advocate for historic preservation and Cova Cowork as they work to reduce infant mortality. We thank you for your support!

A professional orator will perform some authentic Franklinton ghost stories collected over many decades that are sure to send a shiver up your spine. As the city's oldest neighborhood, Franklinton also has the oldest ghost stories and other tales suited for telling around the fireplace of a pioneer tavern.

In lieu of an 18th century tavern, Bottoms Up, a 1916 former post office, is the perfect venue for tales of daring and heroism, Indian captivity stories, and legends that come straight from early Franklinton chronicles.

Moreover, Bottoms Up is featuring a number of local artists in their October Halloween Art Exhibit that will be on display for this event.

In addition to to ghost stories and creepy art, the orator will select and read five fictional stories from our October Bloody Handprint Shortstory Competition. This competition is premised on "The Bloody Handprint," a digital print by Rick Limes, a Franklinton artist who works out of 400 W. Rich Street. Individuals are encouraged to write a short story (125 words or less) about why there is a bloody hand print on the window ... the best story will win the artwork!

The short story can be written in Bottoms Up Coffee or submitted via email to Deadline for submissions is October 21. You do not need to write a story to attend this event, of course. Likewise, you do not need to attend the event to submit a story and win!

In addition to the stories and art, Bottoms Up coffee/cider and a Tupelo donut are included in your ticket.

Parking is available in the back lot, on street, and in the nearby "fuel office" lot. Event capacity is limited and advance tickets are required.

Earlier Event: September 22
West Park Wiffle Ball Bash