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East Coast Paraconference in Liverpool has successful first year

Members of the Crossed Over Paranormal Society stand with guest speakers Stanton Friedman, Tim Binnall and Paul Kimball at the East Coast Paraconference.
Members of the Crossed Over Paranormal Society stand with guest speakers Stanton Friedman, Tim Binnall and Paul Kimball at the East Coast Paraconference.

LIVERPOOL - East Coast Paraconference wasn’t a big money maker but organizer Linda Rafuse says it was a big success, one they’re hoping to replicate next year.

“We were so pleased… everyone who was involved were so pleased,” says Rafuse.

 

 Over 100 delegates took part in the events, not including the various portions of conference that were offered to the general public.

 

“We wanted more but for the first year, I think we did really well,” says Rafuse.

 

The weekend long event saw Chip Coffey, a famous psychic medium, host a show at the Astor Theatre, various authors including local Vernon Oickle release books, and many other events including ghost walks, readings, and more.

“We were so pleased… everyone who was involved were so pleased,” says Rafuse.

 

 Over 100 delegates took part in the events, not including the various portions of conference that were offered to the general public.

 

“We wanted more but for the first year, I think we did really well,” says Rafuse.

 

The weekend long event saw Chip Coffey, a famous psychic medium, host a show at the Astor Theatre, various authors including local Vernon Oickle release books, and many other events including ghost walks, readings, and more.

 The ghost walks were put on by Crossed Over Paranormal Society and Rafuse says those events went over very well.

 

 “Those would start from one end of town… they did a circle (around Liverpool),” says Rafuse. “We also offered paranormal investigations and those were offered at Lane’s Privateer Inn, Hank Snow Museum, the Astor Theatre, the Queens County Museum, and Grace Church out in Western Head.”

 Rafuse says the data collected in the investigations is still being reviewed but that there were unexplained noises and other phenomena in the various sites. She also says Chip Coffey, gave her a quick warning about the Astor Theatre just before walking on stage.

 

“He said ‘I just want you to know there’s a man looking up here from the dressing room,’” says Rafuse.

 

 The vendors area at the conference was also open to the public and Rafuse says that was helpful. It meant that the public could take part in some of the events, even if they didn’t want to take in the whole weekend.

 

 “We had vendors selling new age products, rocks, stones, there were all sorts of vendors doing readings, we had different types of spiritual readings, palm, spiritual, tea leaves,” says Rafuse. “Those were all open to the general public and they were very busy.”

 

 Rafuse says she is happy that the conference was able to infuse money into the local economy. She says the weekend of the conference, the Best Western, where most of the events were held, filled most of their rooms. Rafuse says many of the delegates went to places like Lane’s Privateer Inn for supper and several of the speakers stayed at The Morton House in Milton.

 

 “We really felt proud as a group that we helped contribute to the local economy,” she says.

 

 Rafuse says the conference was well received by visitors from across the Maritimes.

 

“The delegates were pleased, it was the first time that they had the opportunity to attend something like this in their own Maritime province,” she says. “They loved the array of speakers.”

 

 Rafuse says the conference didn’t make a profit but that she and the other organizers expected that from the conference’s first year.

 

 “You have to invest money to put a good conference on but those investments will carry over into next year,” she says.

 

 The organizers are working on holding another conference next year.

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