The 2010 Northern New York Paranormal Expo

Last Saturday was the 2nd Annual Northern New York Paranormal Expo hosted by the Northern NY Paranormal Research Society and the City of Plattsburgh. Roughly 900 people visited the Old Air Force Base Gym in Plattsburgh, NY to visit with vendors from across the region and to hear talks from psychics, paranormal researchers, and authors.

Like last year there were so many different talks being given throughout the day it was impossible for me to hear them all, so I ended up missing the talks that various vendors at the expo gave to attendees. The vendors discussed a wide range of topics, covering UFOs, 2012, and the human energy field. Judging by how busy the vendor tables were throughout the day I can safely assume people enjoyed what they heard.

At 10:30 AM I plopped my butt down in the main speaker room and essentially spent the rest of the day there. From my orange plastic chair I got to become familiar with author Joe Citro from Vermont. He’s written a ton of books, “Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls, and Unsolved Mysteries”, “The Vermont Ghost Guide”, “Curious New England”, and many more. After hearing him speak about his research into the lives and times of William and Horatio Eddy, the alleged psychic mediums from 1800’s Vermont, I can see how he’s managed to have such a long career. He’s a fascinating and enthusiastic speaker and amazingly accessible. I picked up a copy of his book “Not Yet Dead” and definitely plan on keeping up with him and his work at his website.

NNYPRS President Merrill (center) introducing me to author Joe Citro.

Next I got to see Dan Lowenski’s presentation “The Ark of the Covenant: Movies, Mysteries, and Myths”. His presentation featured art, graphics, and a replica of the Ark. That’s right, last weekend I saw the Ark of the Covenant, what did you see?

Yep, that's the Ark of the Covenant. Nice, right?

Lowenski’s presentation was followed by the Northern NY Paranormal Research Society discussing the technology they use in their investigations. The speakers were Brian, the head of the NNYPRS tech council and Buffet contributor, Carmen, one of the primary researchers for the NNYPRS, and Merrill, the President and Founder of the NNYPRS. However, despite the knowledge the three of them possessed, the real star of the presentation was Tod. Tod is actually a high end toy; a spy robot that can be controlled by a laptop. It has a camera that can take pictures, record video, and can even be set to take pictures when it detects movement and send an alarm as well. It’s also adorable. I’m hoping to convince Brian to write a profile on their newest robotic team member in the near future for the site!

The cutest NNYPRS, T.O.D.

And bringing the day to a close was a man who is no stranger to Buffet readers, David Pitkin. You may know him from this or this. As I’ve come to expect, his talk was wonderful. If you still haven’t seen him in person, you can keep tabs on him at his website to find out where he’ll be appearing next.

David Pitkin (right) with NNYPRS President Merrill (left)

The Northern New York Paranormal Research Society and the City of Plattsburgh put together another great expo. I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next year!

I do have one other non-expo related, but Plattsburgh, NY relevant note to add here. While in Plattsburgh I visited Fantastic Planet, a comic book/game store at 164 Boynton Avenue Plattsburgh, NY. The owners, Pete and Donna I believe, have a fabulous, wonderful store! Clean, well organized, brightly lit, with tons and tons of glorious graphic novels as far as the eye could see (I picked up The Invisibles 1 and 2), a big ol’ wall of manga (I picked up Death Note 11 and 12), a gigantic stuffed Bone doll that was fortunately up too high for me to grab and hug until it got ruined by my make-up and would be forced to purchase it, and a respectable selection of table top roleplaying games and board games. Also, we stumbled across Corner Stone Bookshop, a truly magical wonderland of used books. I managed to show some restraint and only purchased a 1969 edition of “The Graham Kerr Cookbook” and “Jesus in India”, an English version of “Masih Hindustamein”, an Urdu treatise written by the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

Also, my October tour of events isn’t done yet. This Saturday I’ll be going to Celebrate Samhain in Peterborough, NH where I’ll be getting to see Raven Grimassi, Christopher Penczak, The Gypsy Nomads, and more! It sounds like it will be a great time! If you’re in the area, you should stop by too!