2019 Albatwitch Day Artists, Authors, Food, Fun for Kids, Lantern Tours, Music

2019 ALBATWITCH DAY Saturday, October 12, 2019



Haunted Lantern Tours




Live Music


Trolley Tours




Special Guest

Jack Hubley

Jack Hubley has been a multimedia advocate for the natural world for more than 30 years. A lifelong resident of Lancaster County in southeastern Pennsylvania, he is devoted to educating his audiences about the natural world through his weekly nature vignettes on television, his traveling Wild Neighbors Lecture Series, and as program director of The Falconry Experience for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

During the past 30 years Jack has hosted three half-hour nature shows, all of which aired on WGAL, the NBC affiliate in southeastern Pennsylvania. Long-time WGAL viewers will remember "Call of the Outdoors," created in 1955 by Harry Allaman and airing continuously until 1997. Jack produced and hosted "Call of the Outdoors" from 1987 to 1997 then served as host of "Call of Outdoors for Kids" for three years. The latter show, a children's nature show, featured a live audience of elementary-age children and a co-host, Jack's English setter, Trusty. In 2000 Jack accepted an offer to host "Wild Moments," a nationally syndicated half-hour wildlife show that aired on more than 140 broadcast stations nationwide for four years. 

Jack also served as Outdoors Editor for the Lancaster Sunday News from 1982 until 2000.

A master falconer, Jack is one of a handful of falconers nationwide who is licensed to hunt with golden eagles. He lives in Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, with his wife Tina, five dogs and a host of critters with eight legs, six legs, four legs, two legs and no legs.


Featured Lectures

Tim Renner


 Whether presented comedically in popular culture or explored as a serious scientific curiosity, giant, hairy, manlike creatures have become well known entities in these modern times. These bipedal monsters have been called by many names - most commonly “Bigfoot” and “Sasquatch” - but these terms have only been in our popular vocabulary since the 1950s. Long before that time people were seeing and documenting the creatures. Many old newspaper accounts tell of encounters with “wild men”, “gorillas”, “ape-men”, and “hairy giants”, issuing unearthly howls and leaving mysterious footprints in their wake. No matter the names given to the creatures, from the descriptions of their appearance and behavior, consistent from the earliest newspaper articles to modern reports, people have been seeing Bigfoot for as long as we have been keeping records.

This volume collects newspaper articles from California, Oregon, and Washington dating from the 1850s through the 1920s. Herein are tales of huge gorillas roaming wild in the California hills, hairy giants haunting Oregon, and wild men attacking women in Washington. Read about a gorilla-like creature killed by hunters who described its appearance in great detail; a wild man who visited the campus of a major university on several occasions; and a strange dreamlike tale of a young man abducted by a hairy biped and taken to its underground lair. 

Rick Fisher


 Rick Fisher has had a life long interest in the unexplained after seeing what he believes was a ghost at the age of seven. Since then Rick has searched for answers in the ghost, Bigfoot, and UFO phenomenas. He was the founder of the Pennsylvania Ghost Hunters Society which later became the Paranormal Society of PA and former member of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. Rick has appeared on the Travel Channels Ghostly Gettyburg and Supernatural Destinations, local TV and radio. He has been written about in newspapers, magazines, and mentioned in many books about ghosts. He has written two books Ghosts of the River Towns and Ouija Gone Wild co authored with Rosemary Ellen Guiley. He is currently working on Ghosts of the River Towns ll. Rick taught a non credit course in Paranormal Investigating at Harrisburg Area Commuinty College (Lancaster branch) and taught many through his Ghost Hunter workshops. In 2004 Rick received the Special Achievement award at the 1st National Paranormal Awards in Baltimore, Maryland for his contribution to paranormal research. Other awards include an award from members of his Pennsylvania Ghost Hunters Society for his dedication to the society. The Spirit Award from the Spirit Society of Pennsylvania who he has a close relationship with and the Pioneer Spirit Award from the former International Ghost Hunters Society. For many years Rick collected hundreds of artifacts and pop culture items related to the paranormal and opened the National Museum of Mysteries and Research center in Columbia, PA now in storage till a suitable location can be found. He loves animals, nature and is a shamanic practitioner having attended classes through Michael Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Rick has committed his life on fighting crime starting a new block watch program in Columbia, Pennsylvania. 

John Sabol


John Sabol is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, actor, and author. As an archaeologist, he has documented and recorded the manifestations of past soundscapes at haunted ruins. As an actor, he has appeared in many movies, TV series, and educational TV programming, including the Sci-Fi classic, Dune (1984), and the A&E TV series, Paranormal State. He has written 16 books on his fieldwork, methodology, and his personal experiences on location filming, and his work at haunted ruins around the world. He has been a frequent guest on numerous radio and internet talk shows, among them, Beyond the Edge Radio, The Paranormal View, Para X Radio, Blog Talk Radio, The Grand Dark Conspiracy, and Rusty O’Nhiall’s “Mysterious and Unexplained” on PsiFM (Australia). He has also worked on international educational documentaries (in Spain).

He is the director of several documentaries that are accounts of immersions into past ethnographic soundscapes at historic sites now in ruin. In these ruins, he has recorded manifestations of past cultural behavioral fields, including the “culture of war” on several Civil War battlefields and, most recently, coal-mining cultural vestiges and traces of past presence at Centralia, Pennsylvania. He has organized (and played a role in) theatrical “stagings” and “ghostings” at haunted locations which recorded “spiritscape” sites at these haunted locations.

He has developed numerous scripts and storyboards for these documentaries, as part of a “ghost excavation” series of mediated venues. He has presented video clips and audio tracks of these documentaries at various scientific conferences and popular culture expositions in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Upcoming projects include writing, directing, and acting in a documentary about Civil War hauntings along the Mississippi River, and documenting a series of Sasquatch habitation sites in the Southeast U.S.

Lancasteronline Albatwitch Video

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The Legend of the Albatwitch


Local legends in the area of Columbia, Pennsylvania speak of a creature called an “albatwitch.” The albatwitch is a small (about 4 feet tall), manlike creature which supposedly lived in wooded areas. Their main area of residence seemed to be near Chickies Rock, a heavily wooded area along the banks of the Susquehanna River about a mile or two north of town. Albatwitches were also reported from wooded areas all along the river’s shore.

The creatures are named for a habit which they possess. Their bizarre common name is short for “apple-snitch”, as they are reputed to have a taste for apples. Legends speak of how the albatwitches would oftentimes steal apples from picnickers, occasionally even throwing them at the startled people. Legends also record that the creatures often sat in trees, coming down only to find food.

Legend also says that the albatwitches either became extinct or were driven nearly into extinction in the later years of the nineteenth century. Chickies Rock, where the creatures supposedly lived, does have a tradition of strange sights and sounds – in the 1950s and 1970s, a manlike figure was seen several times, and local legends also speak of sounds like the crack of a whip heard in the woods at night. One can only wonder if these could be connected with the albatwitch.

Whether these stories are connected or not, several sightings of Bigfoot-types have been recorded from this area. A vague report concerning the sighting of a hairy humanoid came from Lancaster in 1973. Lancaster is a scant 10 miles east of Columbia. Another came from the town of North Annville (about 20 miles to the north) in the same year. In addition, a number of reports have surfaced out of neighboring York County.

Also, some sources say that the Susquehannocks, like many Indian tribes, had a belief in an apelike monster, and sometimes depicted it on their war-shields. The Susquehannocks were a local tribe – coincidentally, major evidences of their civilization (ruins of a village and burial grounds) were found at the base of Chickies Rock. 

Source: Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization 2000

Albatwitch Day Guided Trolley Tours

Take a story packed trolley ride on a beautiful scenic road to the top of Chiques Mountain. We will then stop to feed the Albatwitch a few apples before the hard Winter months to come before hibernation.

Also on the trolley ride you will learn of other historic stories of the rich history of Columbia, Pennsylvania.


Adults: $5.00 per person

Children: $2.50 per child

Tour duration: 30-40

Apple Pie Contest

Vote for the best apple pie this side of Lancaster County. You will be the judge by sampling and voting on these scrumptious pies to award the bakers.

Entries must register prior to event by emailing cverachps@gmail.com.  

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