Although seeing dead people may have been very disturbing to the likes of Cole Sear and Scooby-Doo, there are some people who would pay for the privilege. Although they can be kind of spooky, ghosts can help us to understand history, solve mysteries, reveal truths about the living and make a business a fast buck.
The Oregon Ghost conference, which takes place in Oregon City from Friday, April 10 to Sunday April 12, 2015 gives people who take their spirits seriously an opportunity to learn all about séances, ghost tours and things that go bump in the night.
The conference will include speakers from all over the Pacific Northwest. Participants will be able to take part in ghost tours as well as parties and get special hotel rates. The conferences has an impressive array of speakers and the variety of different experts that are scheduled to appear. The event is hosted by Rocky Smith, a local ghost expert and art historian. He claims to have had “many paranormal experiences in the past.” He has been studying paranormal activity in Oregon for the last twenty years and he is the founder of Northwest Ghost Tours.
No matter what a conference goer’s background and interest may be, there is a speaker at the conference for everyone. If the cowboy spirit fascinates you, you may want to check out Jay Verburg who is an expert in ghosts of the old west. If you are interested in meeting a young documentarian and YouTube star Tyler Fedderson will discuss his upcoming paranormal documentary. If you’re looking to make sure your next real-estate investments comes with characters in addition to character, haunted real-estate expert David D. Jones will give a talk about the impact of ghost on the real-estate market.
There will be plenty of great food events, including a paranormal pizza party and pancakes and the paranormal. If you just want a snack you can always partake of a treat from the Voodoo Doughnut’s truck that will be selling its tasty jelly filled voodoo dolls and other treats at the conference.
Several performers will entertain the crowd over the weekend. On Saturday, April 11, medium Ankhasha Amenti will give a presentation about how mediumship works. She will give readings to members of the audience; tickets are just $16.00. Marcus, from Last Comic Standing will perform his show “Dead Funny” on Friday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. Marcus is the star of the paranormal web-series Ghost Hopping. Tickets to his show are $20.00. There will also be after parties on Friday and Saturday night featuring local paranormal radio shows.
The conference may only last a few days, but there are several classes offered that can teach you how to scare up the spirits on your own time. There will be classes in ghost hunting for kids, tarot card reading, paranormal equipment and paranormal research. There will also be several investigation groups and ghost tours. Tickets to the classes range from $10.00 to $12.00. Tickets to the investigation groups range from $12.00 to $15.00.
If you’re coming in from out of town you may want to stay at The Best Western Riverside Hotel as they are offering special rates for conference goers. The attendee rate is only $89.99 plus tax. The hotel is rumored to be haunted, so don’t be surprised if you hear an odd noise or two.
The Oregon Ghost Conference will be held at the Oregon City High School Jackson Campus. The doors open on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.