Discover the albatwitch Oct. 8

Being that October is the month for all things weird, the 2016 Albatwitch Day – the festival dedicated to a cryptid creature from Columbia – is a perfect event to get in a spooky mood.

The albatwitch, whose name is a sort of portmanteau of the phrase “apple-snitch” for his proclivity for pilfering apples, is said to be about four-feet tall and lurks in the woods around the Susquehanna River. So, if you’re really scared of losing your stash of Granny Smiths, you should be terrified of the albatwitch.

Head out to the Columbia Market House (19-21 N. Second St.) in Columbia from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 8 and learn more about “Albie” with lectures by graphic novelist Brian Keene, the Harrisburg Area Paranormal Society and more.

The festival also features live music by the experimental blackened swamp crust band Albatwitch (made of human musicians not cryptids) and Stone Breath (who are sure to play their song “Apples for the Albatwitch”), sci-fi artwork, trolley rides to Chiques Rock to search for Albie, and, of course, what celebration of cryptozoology would be complete without an innocuous apple pie contest?

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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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