THE PENNSYLVANIA PARANORMAL CONFERENCE
Saturday, March 22, 2003
The Enigma Project is pleased to report that the 2nd
Annual Pennsylvania Paranormal Conference was, in our humble opinion, a
resounding success. Congenial hosts Rick Fisher and Carol Manlove did a superb
job of organizing this event.
First of all, they selected an
appropriate and comfortable venue in the Holiday Inn-Battlefield in Gettysburg
(after all, since ghost research was one focus of the Conference, what better
location could you choose?) Secondly, Rick and Carol chose informative, entertaining
speakers who lectured on a variety of topics. Among many subjects, lectures were
delivered on UFOs, Bigfoot, Psychical Phenomena, and of course, Ghosts. Thirdly,
the presentations were well-controlled, kept on schedule, and frequent
intermissions were provided so that attendees could refresh themselves, grab
snacks, or purchase books, tapes, and other items from a number of tables in the
conference room. Also, ample 90 minute breaks were scheduled for lunch and
dinner. Though there was a convenient restaurant in the Holiday Inn that offered
good, reasonably priced fare, for those who preferred to roam, a number of
eateries could be found within short walking distance of the motel.
The lecture series ran from 9 AM
to 9 PM. At 9 PM an hour-long walking Ghost Tour of Gettysburg began for those
who wished to "try their luck" at a ghostly encounter and experience even more ambience. At
10 PM everyone re-assembled at the conference room for a final hour of informal
discussion with the day's speakers.
For those of you whose interests include
the realm of Unexplained Phenomena, we suggest that you consider attending the
3rd Annual Pennsylvania Paranormal Conference in 2004.
Below is a photo-summary of this year's speakers and
Rick Fisher, Conference Host and director of the
Pennsylvania Ghost Hunters Society, opened the program with a talk
on Ghost hunting Methods, Equipment, and Pitfalls. A crowd of 170+ listened
Kelly Weaver, Psychic, Metaphysician, and Capital Ghost
Forum founder related her experiences with the Spirit World.
Author and forensic scientist, Dr. Katherine Ramsland discussed her investigations
into Ghosts and Vampire sub-culture.
Author and Ghost Tour director, Ed Okonowicz talked of Ghostly experiences and Ghost
Veteran researcher Stan Gordon lectured on the Kecksburg
UFO incident and other PA 'paranormalities'.
Pennsylvania author Dorothy Burtz Fiedel discussed her
research of Lancaster County Ghosts & Haunts.
Scott Crownover & Patty Wilson, founders of the Ghost
Research Foundation. Patty spoke on EVP and other phenomena.
Eric Altman, director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot
Society, discussed some of the cases his group has explored.
III, author, entertainer, and Ghost Tour
director told of many unusual experiences.
Gettysburg historian and "Ghosts of Gettysburg"
author, Mark Nesbitt, explained many
of the historic city's Haunts.