On February 15th my friend Shannon Fetch and I were lucky enough to be asked to attend the Night at the Museum in Ogden, Utah. The event was hosted by PI Team of Utah as a fund raiser for their good friend and team member that recently passed away. Two well known celebrities in the ghost hunting world were in attendance Joe Chin of TAPS/Ghost Hunters and Ben Hansen of Fact or Faked.
The event consisted of several presentations, a dinner and a ghost hunt in and around the old Union Station. Both Joe Chin and Ben Hansen gave a talk about what they do and why they do it. I found these to be very interesting.
Joe Chin is a member of the well known Ghost Hunters from the Syfy Channel and can be seen every Wednesday night. Joe explained that he grew up with weird things happening in his life. He always knew that there were strange thing in the house where he grew up. He also talked about how he met Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of TAPS/Ghost Hunters. He was working in a hardware store and they would come in all the time and buy unusual items. They got to talking and soon he was invited to come along.
Ben Hansen talked mostly about why we think we see faces in what may not be true faces and why our brain tries to rationalize what we think we see, hear, and feel. Because Ben works with all things “unknown” his knowledge runs from ghosts, to Bigfoot, to aliens. His grandfather reportedly worked for an Air Force base. Ben and his father tried for years to get his grandfather to tell what he knew. He would not, until he was on his deathbed. He stated “We are not alone”. Interesting for sure. In the future it seems Ben may be working on other shows besides Fact or Faked and he may be behind the camera much more.
After the dinner everyone was broken up into smaller groups and taken on a ghost tour of the building and grounds. There were eight locations in all. Some of the reports they have received are scratching, pinching, seeing shadows and shadow people, and hearing voices.
I had an interesting/scary thing happen. The group I was in was taking a break in what is known as the Gallery. The hosts provided us with snacks and we stopped to drink some water and enjoy the goodies. While I was sitting there drinking my water I felt a definite “pinch” on my chest. It was one of those moments that you hurt enough to actually say out loud “ouch!”. It occurred to me it might have been something like a spider bite, but I couldn’t see anything. A little later on I could still feel it stinging. We got busy continuing our tour and I forgot about it until the next morning. As I stepped out of the shower and began to towel off I noticed a definite bruise where I felt the pain the night before. Sure enough, I still have the bruise. It was a strong enough “pinch” that after five days I still have the mark. I am fine, but I will remain cautious when ghost hunting.
My friend Shannon Fetch and I would like to thank PI Team of Utah for including us in the event.
For more information on:
Union Station in Ogdenhttp://theunionstation.org/
Night at the Museum events http://theunionstation.org/index.php/calendar/night-at-the-museum/.
Ghost stories are always a hot topic at the library. Lucky for the Sweetwater County Library one of the authors included in an exciting new book is a local library patron. Kritina Wojtaszek has written an interesting story called Cinder which can be found starting on page 18 of the book Specter Spectacular 13 Ghostly Tales. Be sure to stop by the library and check this
From her website:
My official Bio:
Kristina Wojtaszek grew up as a woodland sprite and mermaid, playing around the shores of Lake Michigan. At any given time she could be found with live snakes tangled in her hair and worn out shoes filled with sand. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management as an excuse to spend her days lost in the woods with a book in hand. She currently resides in the high desert country of Wyoming with her husband and two small children. She is fascinated by fairy tales and fantasy and her favorite haunts are libraries and cemeteries.
A Little bit more:
Growing up as an only child, imagination came out of necessity. Picture a small girl lining up her My Little Ponies in battle formation on the lumpy, green carpet of her bedroom, little plastic dinosaurs gathered on the plateau of a dresser, ready to loose toothpick arrows at a single shout, a tiny She-Ra doll balanced precariously behind the bars of the heating vent, planning her escape from imprisonment all the while, then add in The Battle from the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia (the likes of which was playing in my little mind at the time) and you’ll get an idea of the “epic fantasies” I played out for hours on end. Once I learned how to make words on paper, I was thrilled by my teachers’ reactions to the mini books I wrote for them. My elementary school also encouraged writing by allowing students to “publish” stories. Once every couple of months or so the entire gym was turned into a printing press where our stories were typed up, printed out, illustrated (via magic markers) and bound and laminated. There they were, my imaginings come to life, forever written down in a book that I could show to the world…
After earning a B.S. degree I hardly used, I married. Shortly after, I began a high security, psychologically advanced position which requires a higher level of education and training than I am qualified for, but I do my best. Its formal title? Motherhood.
Despite this intense, more than full time career, the stories continue building in my mind. It seems to be a part of me I can’t tune out. So, in a few spare moments between fishing toys out to the toilet, calculating dinner:desert ratios, playing hide and seek, and looking up the French word for “poop,” I delve into books with a voracious appetite and somehow find time to expand and revise the fantasies in my head. During special holidays (i.e. naptime and bedtime) I’m actually able put these stories into word documents.
Out of this has come:
~ Kristina Wojtaszek ~
Many of you have been clamoring for the new 2013 Ghost Walk Schedule. Just this week we have set the dates to the calendar. We look forward to another exciting year of Ghost Walks. Our hope is that the public will continue to turn out for these events so that we will be allowed to continue to bring them to you.
Saturday May 18th
Saturday Sept. 21st
Saturday Oct. 26th
Saturday Dec. 7th Ghosts of Christmas Past
Ticket prices have been increased to $10 each for regular Ghost Walks.
Ghosts of Christmas Past ticket prices have not yet been set.
Mark your calendars for September 7th.
Later this year we will be hosting a program with guest speakers P I Team of Utah. The team comes to us from the Ogden, Utah area and is the Utah affiliates for TAPS. It is always our pleasure to have the professional ghost hunting groups come to our library. In the past PI Team of Utah have proven themselves to be very professional and are considered friends of the Sweetwater County Library.
During the program an auction will be held for four tickets which are for a very private Ghost Walk. Only four people and staff will be on this very special tour. Here is your big chance for you to spend private time at the library and its inhabitants.
Sept. 7th Saturday 1pm-4pm PI Team of Utah and Ghost Walk Auction
Oct. 25th Saturday Private Ghost Walk for Four
From the PI Team of Utah website:
The P.I. Team of Utah has been conducting paranormal investigations throughout the West since 2003. As one of the most recognized and well respected groups in the field, the P.I. Team has conducted countless investigations from local residences to large scale haunted locations in the region.
P.I. Team members network extensively in the paranormal field and are continually researching to confirm the methodology and technology used within P.I. Team investigations is top notch. With this the team is able ensure the best possible service to our clients and provide reliable information to the public.
As a proud TAPS family member all P.I. Team members complete extensive training, evaluations, and background checks prior to receiving the title of investigator. The team takes great pride in conducting professional and through investigations for our clients as well as comprehensive engagements within the community. The P.I. Team of Utah is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (educational) and never charges fees of any kind for their investigations.
Please remember that tickets for all events usually go on sale one month prior. Please watch for dates and times.
Warning: Tickets usually sell out the first day of sale.
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If you have questions please call 307-875-3615.
Hope to see you soon!
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