The two groups responsible for maintaining and promoting the Green Lawn Abbey have added a second event to the annual Spirits & Spells celebration.

A new family program will kick off the evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the mausoleum, 700 Greenlawn Ave.

Carroll Baker and David Brizius will perform their stylized magic shows interwoven with comedy. Afterward, a roaming magician will entertain. Attendees will be served light refreshments.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 15 years old and younger who accompany a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased online at

Kate Matheny, president of the Green Lawn Abbey board of directors, which owns the property, said the late Columbus-born magician Howard Thurston, who was internationally famous, was known to give free shows once a year for children in the area.

Thurston also is interred in the abbey, an iconic building opened in 1929 that is now the focus of an ongoing restoration effort.

"When people are in the abbey they are so impressed by the beauty of this building," Matheny said.

"It takes a while to really catch onto what this building is -- it's a mausoleum."

The main event, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., is a tribute to Thurston, who died in 1936.

Tickets -- $30 for adults and $10 for children 15 and younger when accompanying an adult -- are available online at

Baker and Ron Spangler will entertain the crowd the second part of the evening.

Part of the evening includes a trip upstairs to the Abbey's second story, where a chocolate buffet and beverages will be offered, as well as a glimpse of the renovations that have occurred in recent years, said Janice Loebbaka, president of the Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association.

That work has included replacing stained glass, removing stains on the marble floor and new light fixtures, Loebbaka said.

"It's really looking lovely," she said.