A spooky celebration at Sprague

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The Cranston Historical Society held their Charlie the Butler Ghost Party this past weekend at the Governor Sprague Mansion. The party has been a major fundraising event for more than 16 years.

Upon arrival, guests were treated to many spooky decorations ranging from scarecrows, body parts, corpses and gargoyles.

Jared the Magician and Mentalist (Jared Dubois) amused guests with eye-popping slight-of-hand tricks. He also performed some mind reading, metal bending and other tricks.

Every room in the Mansion that is open to the public was decorated for the season. The creator and designer is Adam Florio, Warwick resident, as a Halloween Entertainer, who each year, brings frightening pals and props.

Florio, according to a press release, has been collecting his ghosts, goblins and ghouls since 1992. He is also in theater. Florio was the first native male Rhode Islander to perform at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., in the American College Theater Festival.  Some of his performances in New England area productions include: The Crucible as John Proctor; Richard III: It’s Not Easy Being King as King Edward the IV; Much Ado About Nothing as Don Pedro; Kill the Virgin as Marconi; As You Like It as Duke Frederick and Kitchen Witches as Stephen Biddle.

The party included light refreshments from Texas Road House, Piezoni’s, Sin Eat Wicked, and Stop & Shop.

New this year, they also had Debb Brown and Betty Milazzo; a Tarot Card Reader and Psychic Reader, who set up to make paid visits with customers on the spot.

The Cranston Historical Society and its Museums, Sprague Mansion and colonial Joy Homestead are 501 (c) 3 historical, educational and nonprofit entities. Events and rentals help support their museums.

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