For those in the Erie area, you might have recently caught some publicity for the “Ghost Afloats” event taking place this month. It is a resurrection of an old Halloween tradition — the transformation of the Brig Niagara into a “haunted floating tour.” The event is primarily a fundraiser for the Flagship Niagara League, the organization responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the historic ship. When plans were being made early in the process, the Flagship League knew they needed help, and Mercyhurst College was the organization that stepped up to the plate. In a recent Erie Times News article, Caleb Pifer of the Flagship League said ““It went away, because it was so logistically intense. We were only able to bring it back this year in partnership with Mercyhurst College. They helped us design the event, and provide a lot of the volunteer labor.”
The event promises to be entertaining, informational, and beneficial for the future of the Niagara. It is certainly another great example of Mercyhurst involvement in the community.
You can learn more information about the event as well as purchase discount tickets at ghostsafloat.org. Keep an eye peeled for Mercyhurst faculty, staff, and students while you’re there…though you might not be able to tell if their costumes are good enough!