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It is always good to set the tone; so if you would please help – – – start the music.
(In a stage act it is good to call on audience participation; not so sure about this in a blog. Your call.)
The Chateaugay Platoon get together several times a year for a haunt fest.
On nights of the full moon they gather at Sargent’s Amphitheater.
Of course, nothing would be complete without a old yellowing copy of a news story of how Franklin Sargent, after an unrequited love, took his own life.
Poor old Franklin Sargent; he got pushed back to page 4.
The platoon invited Franklin Sargent to meet them at his amphitheater on those nights of the full moon. However, his heart was still sad due to his lost love and the deteriorating Greek Stage. He told Joshua Crimmins that he was more than welcome to perform “Othello” on the stage.
Crimmins was beside himself with joy when he heard the offer.
The local young people often gather there and listen for the screams at midnight – – – mixed together with Crimmins’ recitations. But all they hear are the trees groaning under the strain of Adirondack Winds and the intermittent screams of a bobcat.
And then all is quiet until the next full moon.
Every ALL HALLOWS EVE they gather in formation and march around several different towns. The children can see them – – – however – – – the grownups have become too jaded to recognize the platoon for who they are.
If you have a chance to go to Chateaugay, Malone, Brushton, Aiden Lair, Tahawus, Chasm or High Falls on the Salmon River or any other of their haunts on ALL HALLOWS EVE then please say hello to the Platoon for me.
Great bunch of fellows; even if they are only there in spirit.