Holy Bat Light!
Dan Dunn lives in Batman’s house. That is, he lives in the boyhood home of Adam West, Batman from the 1960s TV series. It’s a grand Federal Revival house in Walla, Walla Washington, and Mr. Dunn grew up across the street and bought the house as an adult. He renovated it to make it historically accurate, filled West’s old bedroom with photos of Batman and invited West over.
West did come over, and even signed the bedroom door: “Zap! Wow, the old bedroom!” Our Drake fixture in the foyer rounds out his homage. Says Mr. Dunn, “It’s on an articulated joint, and moves when you tap it. Kids love it — it’s great at Halloween.”
Justice For Bats!
When Duane and Cristene Justus bought their century-old farmhouse in Hauser Lake, Idaho, the owner assured them the bats were gone.
Fast forward several months. The Justuses are sitting in their yard with friends, counting bats as they fly out of the attic: “210, 211…they just kept coming,” says Ms. Justus. Turns out, their visitors are part of a little brown bat colony that’s come to that exact spot since the 1940s.
The couple agreed that while they didn’t really want them in the house, they didn’t want to exterminate them either. They turned to Bat Conservation International to learn how to be good hosts. “We sealed the attic and installed bat houses all around the property, but they still like to tuck up under the eaves, and near the chimney, and 50 will hang in one vent” says Mr. Justus. Their Sunset fixture serves as a sort of bat beacon, letting the bats know they’re welcome any time.
Which part of the country is spookiest?
It’s no surprise that New England, home of the Headless Horseman, Salem Witch Trials, tragic shipwrecks, abandoned settlements, and haunted cemeteries, is the region where the largest number of our Drake and Sunset fixtures reside.
The popularity of our bat lights in sunny California is perhaps more surprising, though Hollywood has certainly has done its part to help Vampires everywhere feel just a little bit more popular.
But what’s the deal, Nebraska? Why no bats?