I updated the calendar on the Ghost Stories myspace page. I was able to find info on tons of paranormal conferences and events (majority of which are taken place next month). I suggest you check out the websites (web urls have been included) for full information. If you know of any events that isn't listed, email me with the details and I'll add them.
If you watched last night's Ghost Hunters episode then you're probably upset with the "evidence" they found at the Moss Beach Distillery. I know I was. I could have logged on today and written a long rant about this but instead, I searched around the world wide web to see what else I could find about this place.
The story of the "Blue Lady" begins with a married woman falling in love with a man who isn't her husband in the 1930s. The guy is a piano player (or someone associated with it) at a speakeasy called Frank's Place, now known as Moss Beach Distillery. She would leave her husband and son to often meet with this gentleman. Now, the details of this story are a bit sketchy. Some say the "Blue Lady" died in a car accident on her way to the speakeasy. Others recite the husband as her murderer. No matter how she died, she supposedly haunts the place now and if your a fan of Sylvia Brown then you may believe she isn't the only one. Brown stated another woman, also in love with the so called piano player, committed suicide shortly after the "Blue Lady" died.
The Moss Beach Distillery is considered a hot spot among the paranormal community thanks to the 70 + years of experiences people have had with the "Blue Lady". The special effects were installed in the late 1990s to heighten the experience. Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach, who has been investigating the distillery since 1991, helped with the initial set up. The owners didn't keep the rigged effects a secret but they aren't ones to go around bragging about them either. I don't know if TAPS knew about it or not. With one little internet search, they could have found out. So, I don't know if their reaction was genuine or made for TV.
Personally, I don't know how to feel about the situation. I read some of the restaurant reviews at Yelp.com, the ones posted BEFORE the episode aired. Sounds like a business type situation. The place is considered haunted why not capitalize on it. As for the paranormal aspect, I don't see why they would invite people to investigate it if they aren't going to be up front about the effects and/or even attempt to disable them while they are there. Yes, paranormal investigators should do their homework before investigating a location. BUT the owners shouldn't rely on people knowing about the effects before getting there. If they don't have anything to hide then they should just be open about it. Not every tourist is going to thoroughly research the place. If your going to highlight the history and the ghost why not inform them about the gimmicks too. Makes sense, right?