- Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:46
- Written by Allison Preston
John A. Lau's Saloon in Alpena has been a hotspot since it's opening in 1893.
The saloon is home to many antiques and oddities. And if you're from Alpena, it's likely you've heard a tale or two of "Agnes" at John A. Lau's.
Agnes isn't a waitress or bartender, but the rumored ghost that haunts the joint.
"I believe that there's a spirit in John A. Lau's," said waittress Kelli Boyer. "I don't know who it is, I don't know if it's Agnes here, but there is definitely a spirit in John A. Lau's."
Bayer says the second floor in the dining room is one of the active paranormal spots in the restaurant.
"All this was an apartment, John A Lau and his wife Agnes lived up here, they ran the saloon and a brothel, that's what I was told, I don't know if it's true."
Staff members have experienced many odd occurrences there, including Boyer.
"I was carrying two beer sampler trays and one fell, just one glass fell, and there was six of them on the tray, and one fell and bounced back onto a shelf I was next to, sitting right up."
Other employees have had similar experiences of glasses falling on their own or seeing Agnes out of the corner of their eye on the second floor.
And even customers have had a side of paranormal experiences with their dinner, including a recent customer.
"She was sitting here and she thought, I don't know if she did, but she said in her peripheral she could see Agnes just wandering back here and she could feel her presence."
The latest unexplained experience happened just three weeks ago when Bayor was clearing a table on the second floor and a wine glass sitting in her bucket was suddenly shattered on the carpet next to it.
"Some of the things that have happened to me just doesn't seem realistic to just be a coincidence."
So next time your at John A Lau's, make sure you stop up to the second floor and give Agnes a "Hello."
- Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:52
- Written by Alexandra Johnson
- Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:44
- Written by Alexandra Johnson
- Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:59
- Written by Michelle Mackonochie
The Besser Museum is gearing up for the holiday season already. Dozens of trees went up in the museum today with some benefiting a good cause.
Eleven Christmas trees were set up in a special viewing room and are being decorated by different local companies. Each tree will represent what each company is all about and brochures will be available for residents to learn more about them. There will also be donation buckets available. Some of the companies include united way, wildlife sanctuary and founders.
"It educates the people in our community about what great organizations are out there and what services are available so what need you might have, there's an organization that can help you meet that need."
This is the second year of this event and the trees will be available for the public to see on November 22nd at the annual gala that the museum holds. The tickets are $20 each and you may contact the Besser Museum to purchase them.