Ardenwald's Davis family again go a-haunting
Although it isn't a "haunted house" attraction, or even a walk-through Hallowe'en exhibit, the "Davis Graveyard" – in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood – continues to attract visitors to enjoy their lavishly and sinisterly decorated front yard.
"It's hard to believe that we started this in the late '90s; we've been at this for more than 20 years now," mused Jeff Davis.
"At first, we decorated with pumpkins; then we put out a couple of tombstones, a little ghost, and added a skeleton – like almost anyone's yard. And, working with my wife Chris, and later additional friends, it just got bigger, and bigger, and more elaborate!"
"From our guest book, we see we've had people come from Canada to come see the artwork, and from as far away as Japan," Chris Davis said.
"Now we consider this an expression of art; it's all about the crafting in the art part of it, playing around with new techniques and materials, and getting more and more detail," Jeff added.
The couple also holds seminars in the late summer to teach others how to make their own tombstones, monuments, and displays; the class' fees help pay for the supplies used to decorate their own yard each October.
"We have a family that comes up from Sacramento, just to take our classes," Chris reported.
Early in the season, when their automatic "gate rattler" stopped working, they noticed a family lingering, with their kids looking dejected.
"I grabbed the repaired activator, brought it, installed it and let it run; although the parents were ready to go, the kids waited until it rattled – I guess it helped make their season," Jeff recalled.
To learn more about the Davis Graveyard, go online – www.davisgraveyard.com
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