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Mason Winfield leads Spa City walk examining its ghostly past

Winfield is the author of several books, a mix of fiction and research, all dealing with the mystical or paranormal. His ghost walks are not only a business, but a way to contribute to the communities he gives them in.

"I do have a subdued civic function in me," he joked. "A ghost walk is a way to give back to a community."

Since his work deals more with fact than lore, he hopes to preserve a city's culture for later interested parties.

Winfield started his company in the western New York area, but has expanded eastward across the state. He says Saratoga Springs offers a unique history from both an architectural and spiritual perspective. It has a high "spooks per square mile," as Winfield put it, possibly because springs and other underground water sources are often center of paranormal activity.

"A spring is really a breach in the earth's surface," he said, pointing to the fact that fountains are often cited as early vision spots. "A lot of our sites are on top of springs."

In Saratoga Springs, Haunted History Ghost Walks has partnered with the Saratoga Arts Council, who promotes the ghost walks.

Ghost walks will be held on Fridays through the month of September, then Fridays and Saturdays for October. Groups meet in front of the Saratoga County Arts Council, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The fee is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

For more information, check www.masonwinfield.com.""

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