One block of the main thoroughfare in Columbia, Pennsylvania was cordoned off to accommodate vendors and information tables on a lovely Saturday in September. It was the first annual Albatwitch Festival organized by Rick Fisher, owner of the National Museum of Mysteries and Research Center in Columbia. The community event featured kids’ games, food, local bands, an open house at the museum, and lectures at the Columbia Historical Society - all for free. Every historic town these days seems to have a ghost tour; Columbia is no exception. An evening walking ghost tour of the town required purchased tickets.
What caught the eye of the media (and piqued my own interest) was the mascot of this event - the small Bigfoot-like creature called the Albatwitch (“alba-twitch”).