Tour de Lauderdale

If you’ve been in Fort Lauderdale longer than 24 hours, you’ve probably come across the name Stranahan. In fact, if you grew up here, you’ve likely been on a field trip to the Stranahan House in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and heard the story of how one day Frank Stranahan tied a storm grate to his leg and jumped into the New River. You can see the very spot he leaped from during one of the Historic Stranahan House Ghost Tours, at 7:30 or 8:30 p.m. on October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30. For $20, you will get to tour a real haunted house, attend a Victorian funeral, and learn about the many sad trials of the Stranahan family. This year’s tour now includes a boat ride on the New River, where Sea Dog John will tell you the ghostly tales of Shirttail Charlie, Crop-ear Charlie, and the ill-fated Cooley family, who were murdered by Seminoles in 1836. And you thought cover bands were the worst thing to happen in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20. The Historic Stranahan House is located at 335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-524-4736, or visit stranahanhouse.org.
Fridays, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 15. Continues through Oct. 31, 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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