The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 15, 2012

Help sought for historic haunted house event

PALESTINE — In the hopes of raising enough pledges to fund a theatrical haunted house attraction inside one of Palestine’s historic homes, project coordinator and home owner Jeremy Janz is trying to gauge community interest toward his “Help Haunt Queen Anne: House of Nightmares” project.

“Our goal, is to have fun preserving and restoring one of Palestine, Texas’s beautiful historic homes. This 108-year-old Queen Anne style home is perfect for an exciting theatrical haunted house,” Janz said.

Janz, who works in the nutraceuticals industry as a sales manager and contract manufacturing consultant for Matsun Nutrition, moved to Palestine from San Diego, Calif. nine months ago to the historic home located at 621 S. Micheaux St. at the corner of Micheaux and Angelina streets.

“My grandparents, Mary and Joseph Andrews, and my ‘Mamaw,’ Mary Zell Campbell Lasyone — who was born in Palestine in 1907 and lived and died two blocks from our home, ‘Queen Anne’ — have lived in Palestine for as long as I can remember,” Janz said.

About five years ago, his mother, Abbie Andrews, retired from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department and moved back to Palestine with his brother, Joshua Janz.

“When Matsun Nutrition gave me the opportunity to work using a virtual office platform, everything web based, I took the chance to move from San Diego, Calif. closer to my family and a city, Palestine, that has a long personal history that I never really knew,” Janz said.

Getting involved in the Palestine Community Theatre during this summer production of “Willy Wonka,” Janz took on the role of Mr. Salt — where he first started developing the idea of the haunted house.

“After getting involved and performing in a summer production at the historical Texas Theater, we were overwhelmed with community support and volunteers anxiously awaiting to ‘haunt’ our ‘Queen Anne!’ We have the cast and crew needed to make her nightmares a reality,” Janz said.

After first moving to Palestine, Janz held a garage sale to downsize some of his family’s belongings and saw many people’s interest in the historic home.

“We ended up giving more home tours on request than we did sell anything,” Janz said. “That got me to thinking about this idea. I thought it would be a fun way to use the house in its current condition.”

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