Washoe Club photo by Suzanne Philips

Washoe Club
photo by Suzanne Philips

The 4th Annual St. Mary’s Paracon was held this past weekend in Virginia City, NV, bringing Paranormal enthusiasts from all over to town to experience the best of what this haunted city has to offer.

Event organizer Doug Carnahan

Event organizer Doug Carnahan

Event organizer and host Doug Carnahan planned 2 days full of events for attendees of this annual conference.  Friday night the world-famous Washoe club held a meet-and-greet for attendees to introduce themselves and mingle while having a drink and listening to a great horror/paranormal show put on by DJ Kos.

DJ Kos

DJ Kos

 

 

Members of Northern and Southern Nevada Ghost Hunters

Members of Northern and Southern Nevada Ghost Hunters

After the meet-and-greet a limited number of attendees stayed at the Washoe club and investigated the upstairs floors.  This notoriously haunted location was made famous by the Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures” when they caught video of an apparition during an investigation.  The investigation for the St. Mary’s Paracon was a great success with visitors conducting evp sessions, taking photos and communicating with the spirits that reside within.

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Scott Gruenwald

Scott Gruenwald

Saturday started early with a full day of speakers on everything Paranormal.  Fan favorites like Scott Gruenwald who has been seen on shows such as “Paranormal Paparazzi” and “Paranormal Challenge” kept the audience entertained with his unique brand of humor and his funny take on the paranormal.  Other guests included commedienne and Paranormal investigator Karen Rontowski who brought some of her stand up comedy as well as a fun Paranormal trivia game which allowed the attendees to participate.

Janice's husband Bill, Robert George Allen, Janice Oberding and Terri Hall-Peltier at the Washoe Club Meet and Greet

Janice’s husband Bill, Robert George Allen, Janice Oberding and Terri Hall-Peltier at the Washoe Club Meet and Greet

Other notable speakers were Janice Oberding, author of a number of books on haunted locations in Nevada and one of the first female Paranormal investigators in the area. Janice spoke about the Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada and her friendship with Caretaker Virginia Ridgeway.

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Robert George Allen who runs the Goodsprings Ghost Hunt and Noel Sheckells who owns the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada spoke about their ghost tours and their Lockdown experience, where guests can spend the night locked down in the Pioneer Saloon and interact with their resident ghosts, such as Paul Coski, a gambler who was killed inside the saloon.

Maria Lagana-Sales.  Photo copyright Maria Lagana-Sales

Maria Lagana-Sales. Photo copyright Maria Lagana-Sales

Psychic Medium Maria Lagana-Sales gave a great talk about how she realized she was a psychic medium and all of the great work she has done helping different paranormal groups. Sales also gave some advice on how to hone your own psychic gifts.

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St. Mary's Art Center

St. Mary’s Art Center

After a short dinner break, guests returned to St. Mary’s Art Center (formerly St. Mary Louise Hospital) for an overnight investigation.  This haunted location, which was a former hospital run by the Sisters of Charity, boasts numerous reports of Paranormal occurences and it did not disappoint the group of attendees for this event.

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A huge turnout and a host of great activities made the 4th annual St. Mary’s Paracon a huge success.  Organizer Doug Carnahan is also putting on the Preston Castle Paracon in Ione, California in September.  More information about that event can be found at http://www.prestonparacon.com/.