Spectral visions, things that go bump in the night and other ghostly happenings will be the talked-about topic at Paranormal Pursuits weekend Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20 at Historic Cold Spring Village.
Paranormal Pursuits: Spiritualism in the 1800s runs 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. In addition to experiencing the village’s 27 restored historic buildings dating from 1691-1912, visitors can see various workshops, demonstrations and tours that highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal of the 1800s.
Local paranormal investigation groups, EVP Paranormal, Morning Star Paranormal and Truth Paranormal (Truth Paranormal: Saturday only) will share the findings of investigations and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center. During half-hour Ghost Walks offered at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., visitors can explore sites at the village where paranormal occurrences have been reported to occur. The walks begin at the Dennisville Inn.
New this season is an hour-long interactive dream analysis class “Wake Up Your Dreams” held each day at 11:30 a.m. with Joan Quilligan. The classes allow participants to see what potential their dreams reveal. There is no additional fee to attend, but advance reservations are requested.
Additional programs include hands-on demonstrations of divining rods, and lectures on spiritualism and phrenology of the 19th century. Greg Geraci will be returning to the village with haunting spirit photography of local sites, according to organizers. There will also be children's crafts, story time and a new Superstition Scavenger Hunt.
Guests can also shop for good luck charms, talismans and jewelry, and have their fortune told by card readers for an additional fee.
In addition to Paranormal Pursuits weekend, on Thursdays in August ghost walks are held 8 p.m. starting from the Cold Spring Brewery. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 14 and up, and $12 for children age 13 and younger.
Historic Cold Spring Village is at 720 Route 9 in the Cold Spring section of Lower Township. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. For information call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or see hcsv.org.