Festival of the Dead host Robert Murch gets a mention in North Shore Sunday's “in the arts,” for presenting his spectacular collection of vintage Ouija boards in The Haunted Crypt of Spirit Boards:

In the arts
North Shore Sunday, Friday, October 17, 2003

What's happening in the North Shore art scene.

Board to death
Let's face it, there's no better time of year to dust off that Ouija Board that's been collecting dust in your attic and speak to the dead! Unless you think that's heresy, in which case you can stick to watching those 'Dr. Quinn' reruns on PAX.

But if Ouija or spirit boards are your thing, you may want to check out 'The Haunted History of Spirit Boards' at the Lyceum Bar and Grill in Salem. There you'll 'learn about their history, and hear ghostly tales of their use ... and misuse!' For instance, using one as a Frisbee qualifies as 'misuse.'

You'll also see some of local resident Robert Murch's collection of spirit boards and have a chance to meet Kathy Fuld, granddaughter of William Fuld, the man considered 'father of the Ouija Board.' Fuld died in 1927, but we're sure they still speak regularly.

The event will take place at the Lyceum, 43 Church St. in Salem, on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at www.festivalofthedead.com, at Crystal Moon on Pickering Wharf or by calling 978-740-9399.