Parallel Universes: Things Unknown

Who has not heard of the Crescent Hotel in magical Eureka Springs, Arkansas? Our nightly ghost tours provide an unforgettable experience – walking the restored-to-period corridors, recalling the residents of long ago, and lingering in the  Morgue/museum of glamorous charlatan Norman Baker. But there is more! The Crescent Hotel also offers other ways to investigate the Paranormal- including semi-annual themed conferences and live theatre with supernatural themes.

Our next major event will be:

PARALLEL UNIVERSES: THINGS UNKNOWN

A confluence of evidence, thoughts and theories on some of the enduring mysteries in the mind, on the planet and in the heavens.

August 23, 24,25 2013

Topics include:

DOWSING – Controversial, yet employed all over the world–Gladys Mcoy, Ozark Research Institute, will recount the history of dowsing around the world; give a personal demonstration; and lead a “hunt” on the grounds of the Crescent Hotel!

AUTOMATIC WRITING – for centuries there have been isolated individuals who, while asleep or in trance, would write down material that appears to come from somewhere other than their own minds – often elaborate philosophical and cosmological systems, sometimes beyond the comprehension of the writer. Where does this material originate?

SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION – Declared impossible – yet it keeps happening Larry Arnold, director of ParaScience International, author of ABLAZE! will explore several bizarre cases and propose various explanations for discussion.

PSI POTENTIAL – Do you have hidden abilities? Are you capable of remote viewing? ESP? Larry Flaxman, founder and president of Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, will administer a series of scientifically governed tests.

In House Investigations

THE DOGON – How did the Dogon, a tribe in Mali West Africa,  come to possess knowledge of astronomical phenomena invisible to the naked eye? The ancient legends tell of travelers who came to earth from the Sirius star system.Things Unknown - Marbles Blast - Page 1 copy

CROP CIRCLES – Man made? Messages from space? Both? The jury is still out! Thomas Stacks will present the latest circles, theories and controversies.

BIZARREKANSAS: An exporation of the stranger side of the Natural state! Performers ED and Karen Underwood; authors of “Forgotten Tales of Arkansas.”

LIVE THEATER: Not Really A Door-a one hour roller-coaster, keep ’em guessing supernatural, comedy thriller & Flickering Tales-authentic Ozark ghost stories told around a fire-pit, ending with a trip to Norman Baker’s notorious morgue.  Plus the Ghost Tours!

These and other fascinating unexplained mysteries will be examined in detail by experts and discussed by conference participants – you!

Join us at our mountaintop Gothic chateau in the Ozark forest for a weekend of exploration into the unknown, among like-minded friends. We are pleased to offer generous discounts rates to our colleagues in curiosity.

2 Night Conference Package

2 nights in a Premium Room, Breakfast for 2, All Events Pass, 2 Tickets to Not Really A Door, and 2 Tickets to the Ghost Tour.

$439 plus tax.  Valid Friday & Saturday, 8/23 & 8/24.

Check Availability.

 

Day Passes Available: Friday $75, Saturday $100, 3-Day $125  Check Availability, click here.

Call for passes 877-342-9766

 

For any questions, email: kscales@ix.netcom.com

Visit Americas Most Haunted Hotel
75 Prospect Ave.

Eureka Springs, AR 72632 877-342-9766

www.crescenthotel.com


ESP Weekend 2013

ESP WEEKEND 2013

January 4th-6th

AT THE 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL

In 1886, during the chaotic reconstruction period after the war between the states, a group of wealthy politicians and railroad magnates built themselves a refuge in the Ozarks mountains of Northwest Arkansas. They called it the Crescent Hotel.

Commanding a view of the surrounding country on all sides, built of three feet thick limestone walls, the building had the unmistakable look of a fortress in the hills. In the valley below lay Eureka Springs, “the town that grew up overnight” around a series of ancient, magical healing springs.

For a quarter of a century the corridors and gardens of the great castle in the air were walked by men in top hats and muttonchops and ladies in ball-gown fluttering fans, and the atmosphere was permeated by political intrigues and financial shenanigans.

The Crescent served as an exclusive runaway spot for the “carriage set” until the early twentieth century, when the politicians pulled out. In 1908 the population changed: the massive stone structure on the bluff now became a conservatory for young ladies. The rooms became classrooms and dormitories and the hall and gardens were trodden by young ladies in identical school uniforms, come from all over the country to the finish their education at one of the most progressive, exclusive and expensive schools of the day.

In 1934, the depression brought everything to a grinding halt in Eureka Springs.  The school closed down, and the mansion in sky fell silent. For three years the building sat empty, with no occupants but birds and perhaps a few ghosts.

Then, in 1937, a famous, flamboyant broadcaster and multimillionaire catalogue salesman drove into town in his purple roadster. Norman Baker bought the derelict building and twenty eight surrounding acres for a song, and established what he called a “cancer curable hospital.”

Once again the population changed; now the rooms and halls were filled with sick and dying people, brought to Eureka Springs on the promise of a miraculous cure to be brought about by Baker’s “secret remedy #5.” But if anybody was actually healed by Baker, we have yet to hear about it. In 1940 Baker was convicted of mail fraud and sent to Leavenworth prison for four years.

Again the building sat empty, until the end of World War Two.  During the following half century various groups and individuals attempted to operate the building as a hotel. By 1997 the Crescent was shambles and the city was preparing to tear the old building down and sell the real estate.

In the nick of time Marty and Elise Roegnik discovered the dilapidated hotel, fell in love with its American Gothic architecture and set about restoring the Crescent Hotel to its original glory.

Today the building is alive again, and the hotel has achieved a position as a famous family resort – and repository of the spirits of the hordes of individuals who lived, and died, within its walls. Once again visitors come from far and wide to visit the majestic castle on the mountain, for the scenery, the amenities, and for the chance of a genuine encounter with the Departed.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and New Moon Spa now offers ghost tours every evening of the year, guided by experts conversant with the history of the building and the region. Live performances offer ghost tales old and new. And annual conferences investigate various aspects of the paranormal.

The first Friday and Saturday nights of each year are devoted to ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) weekend. For those nights only, the rooms and areas of the history-drenched building that have been identified as the most “active” are opened up for paranormal investigators to explore at will – all through the small hours.

Come to the 1886 Crescent Hotel in January, 2013, and experience the halls, rooms and gardens where so many stories have unfolded for yourself. Bring your EVPs and EMFs, thermal and infra-red cameras. What better opportunity to capture genuine evidence of the presences from beyond could there be? Experience ESP weekend in the limestone castle consistently referred to as one of the most haunted locations in the country, in the dead of moody winter…

The night is the time for encountering ghosts. During the day you will be entertained and informed by performances and presentations, all relating to the world unseen. This year we present:

  • the latest on the “remote viewing” experiments conducted by the military
  • experiments in telepathy
  • a psychometron (sensory deprivation chamber) set up in Baker’s infamous morgue
  • a ghost play
  • an excursion to the famous Intrigue Theatre for a night of magic and illusion
  • talks and demonstration on developing your own extra-sensory perceptive powers
  • a salon of psychics
  • ghost tours
  • nocturnal ghost hunts led by Paranormal Investigator Larry Flaxman, founder of ARPAST, one of the biggest PI groups in the United States.

All this and more, at ESP 2013!

1-day packages (Sat only: $274.00) include a room and many if the above events.  2-day packages ($489.00) include all the above plus events on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

This weekend will sell out fast – reserve now to avoid disappointment!

www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com

or

www.reserveeureka.com

See you in the shadows…

October Brings Ghosts and a Near Death Escape!

Located amid the hills ‘n’ hollers of the Arkansas Ozarks sits a 126-year-old Historic Hotel of America that has been dubbed “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  And it was not a “self-dubbing”.  Just last year the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, located here high above a community that is -in its entirety- on the National Register of Historic Places, was so recognized by TripAdvisor® and Yahoo! Travel.  It is only in recent years that the hotel’s “guests who check out but never leave” have become legendary.

“There have been tales of paranormal experiences in this building for as long as anyone can remember but thanks to worldwide exposure over the past few years on such television programs as NBC’s ‘Today Show’, Syfy’s ‘Ghost Hunters’ and A&E Biography’s ‘My Ghost Story’ , as well as a Money section’s front-page article in USA Today our unexplainable activities and encounters have been given  both credibility and notoriety,” said Bill Ott, hotel director of marketing and communications.

“Through August of this year, 13,169 hotel guests have taken our ghost tour.  Each believes that the orb or ‘what’s that’ image captured on their digital camera or cell phone, the strange ‘beep’ on their EMF (electromagnetic field) ‘Ghost Meter’, and that breathy EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recording have brought them ever so close to ‘the other side’,” Ott explained.  “That is why this Halloween night we are going to try to cross over and actually take them there.”

The spooky sojourn about which Ott is referring is the midnight séance in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom where illusionist and medium Sean-Paul of Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater will make an effort to contact long-departed grand illusionist, world-famous escape artist and legendary magician Harry Houdini.

Purchase tickets for the Halloween Houdini Seance-10pm.

“To hopefully impress the departed Houdini as well as putting himself into a connective frame of mind and a state of intuitive relationship, Sean-Paul has planned, here at the Crescent, to replicate one of the lamented legend’s most spine-tingling feats, the straitjacket escape,” detailed Ott, “while hanging suspended upside-down from the top floor of this five-story, limestone structure.” 

See this first time escape done at the Crescent Hotel on Thursday, October 4th at Noon on the East Lawn.  Plan to arrive around 11:30am!  FREE to the public.

Ott concluded by saying, “History has shown that the month of the October stimulates the most interest in our hotel’s ghostly guests.  But this year, on Halloween night, we are making room for one more spirit to join our paranormal party.  So, Harry, if you read this, please remember that our midnight soiree is come as you are.”

For more information, one may go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com or contact the hotel at 479-253-9766.

Room 428

My wife and I stayed last night at the Crescent in room 428. After dinner and watching some tv we went to bed. Early in the morning before it was light outside, we were both startled awake by the tv. Something or someone had turned the tv on and the volume was all the way up! We had to search for the remote which was on the far side of the nightstand out of our reach. We hadn’t come to stay in search of ghosts, in fact I can’t say that I’ve ever totally believed in ghosts, but this was really spooky. We just wanted to share our story with you, it was an experience we will never forget!

Thanks,
Aaron

Theadora Communicated With Us

MY HUSBAND AND I STAYED AT THE CRESCENT HOTEL ON JULY 5, 2012
WE STAYING IN ROOM 419, THEADORA’S ROOM. WE COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT WAS HAPPENING THAT
EVENING. WE WERE TALKING WITH HER AND SHE WAS ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOR US.
WE ONLY HAD A MAG FLASHLIGHT AND WOULD ASK HER QUESTIONS AND SHE WOULD TURN THE FLASHLIGHT ON AND OFF AT THE RIGHT TIME.
SHE TOLD US THAT THE PICTURE OF HER IN HER ROOM, DID NOT LOOK LIKE HER.
SHE TOLD US THAT DR. BAKER WAS MEAN TO HER. SHE WAS YOUNGER THAN HIM AND THEY DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING GOING ON WITH DR. BAKER.
THERE WERE ORBS ALL OVER HER ROOM. WE ALSO HAVE A LIST OF OTHER THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT. OUR TALK WENT ON FOR HOURS.
IN THE MORNING, THERE WERE ORBS BUT SHE DID NOT ANSWER US. IT WAS QUIET. WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME WITH HER AND TOLD HER WILL WE BE BACK TO STAY WITH HER AGAIN. HOPE TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR. IT WAS WORTH THE MONEY WE PAID FOR THE ROOM.
SHE SEEMS TO BE A SWEET LADY.
PLEASE HAVE TAPS COME BACK TO THAT ROOM.
BRUCE AND PEGGY W.

Parallel Universes

PARALLEL UNIVERSES:
Where Science Meets The Supernatural

An Investigation At the Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs

August 24th-26th

Scientific investigation depends on proof-reliable data, repeatable experiments, accurate interpretation of results-in order to better understand the universe.

Paranormal experience is not about investigation-usually supernatural phenomena erupt into everyday life when least expected.

Today, paranormal investigators are employing the tools of science and the latest technological innovations to record experiences that science has traditionally regarded as unverifiable.

At the same time, science is developing new models of reality-multiple universes, entangled particles-that may one day explain the currently inexplicable.

Are paranormal investigators and particles physicists on the same track?

Larry Flaxman, a best selling author and paranormal researcher, will be the key note speaker in this 3 day conference.  Learn more about Larry Flaxman!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY AUGUST 24th

12.00pm Check-in at the lobby

Packets/schedules

Reserve places for ghost tours/late night theatre/Psychomanteum

5.00 pm CONSERVATORY/bridge

Welcoming coffee and cocktail reception

Meet the speakers and each other

Session One: THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN

6.00 – 6.45pm CONSERVATORY

Introductory talk and media presentation:  The interface today; knowledge and the unknown

Speaker: TBA

7.00- 8.00pm EAST LAWN

Interactive experience: The Development of Mind Substance from the Raw Material of Personal Experience

Speaker: MAHA VAJRA, founder: Quantum Buddhist Association

8.00 pm Refreshments in Conservatory

8.30 – 10.00pm CONSERVATORY

Multi-media presentation

The Grid: a new Theory of Everything

Speaker: LARRY FLAXMAN, Author/Screenwriter; founder: ARPAST

10.30- 11.30pm FACULTY LOUNGE

Late Night Live Theatre:

NOT REALLY A DOOR: Back from the dead – with baggage

A one-hour, jam-packed, keep-‘em-guessing supernatural comedy-murder-mystery thriller.

11.00-1.00       BAKERS LOUNGE

Finger food and opinion exchange.

SATURDAY 25th

8.30am CRYSTAL DINING ROOM

Announcements at breakfast

9.00am GAZEBO

Coffee, Cellos and socializing

Session two:

THE VIEW FROM BEYOND: evidence of the irrational

9.30am FACULTY LOUNGE/SUNSET TERRACE OR Tent

Testimonials reporting near-death and out-of-body experiences, other inexplicable phenomena.

Speaker:  VARIOUS

10.15am Coffee

10.30am BODY, MIND, AND BRAIN ENTANGLEMENT:  Holistic Healing
Through Quantum Interconnectedness.
Speaker: DR. JIM WALDEN, Ed.D., R.Hy. Intuitive

wellness and well-being coach, holistic healing educator.

11.30am CONSERVATORY

A WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SAND; the imagination dimension.

Devised and presented by Keith Scales

12.30 – 3.45pm Lunch on own.  Options: full service in Crystal Dining Room or lunch buffet in Baker’s Bistro?

Documentaries in the FACULTY LOUNGE:

Psychomanteum available

Controlled experiments in telepathy

Explore Eureka with van tours or walking guide.

Session Three:

THE SCIENTIFIC VIEWPOINT

4.00pm CONSERVATORY

Vision and the Brain: Auras, Hallucinations, Optical Illusions and other Curiosities”

Speaker:  DR SARKIS NAZARIAN, Neuoro-opthalmologist, UofA for Medical Sciences

5.00pm CONSERVATORY

Brain, Mind and the Paranormal

Speaker: DR L. JOHN GREENFIELD, Chair, Department of Neurosciences, U.of A for Medical Sciences

6.00 – 7.30pm DINNER BREAK

Session Four:

IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS

7.30 – 10.00pm CONSERVATORY

PANEL DISCUSSION

All speakers

Q and A period

Moderator: Keith Scales

10.30-11.30pm FACULTY LOUNGE, 4th floor

Late night Theatre: Not Really a Door

11.00 pm– 1.00am BAKER LOUNGE

Magical Mystery Music Videos and no-host bar

SUNDAY 26th

9.00am CRYSTAL DINING ROOM

Brunch available 9.00 – 2.00

9.30am BACK PORCH SOCIAL

Announcements

Cellos in the gazebo, mimosas on the lawn

Closing session

10.00am CONSERVATORY or Tent

Pirsig’s Paradox and the Reality of Ghosts

Speaker: DR. LESLIE D. HANNAH, Director of Cherokee Programs, Tallequa

11.00am Check-out

11.00am – 2.00pm CONSERVATORY

Open Forum for continuing discussion

Last chance for merchandise

Sign up for future conferences

For more details visit www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com or call 479-253-9766

Seminar Cost: $100 per person

Parallel Universe Lodging Package:

2 nights stay in a Premium Room

2 Seminar tickets

2 Ghost tour or Late Night Theatre Tickets

$379 plus tax

Check Availability

Norman Baker “Comes Back To Life”

Norman Baker “Comes Back To Life”

“CANCER CURING DOCTOR” NORMAN BAKER COMES BACK TO LIFE IN NEW THEATRICAL PRESENTATION

AT “AMERICA’S MOST HAUNTED HOTEL”, THE 1886 CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA


(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) –Thanks to such occurrences as being named on several lists as the Number One Haunted Hotel in America by such sources as TripAdvisor.com most people know or have at least heard of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, located here high in the Arkansas Ozarks, and its “guests who checked out but never left”.  However, not that many know about the infamous Norman Baker, the faux doctor who purchased and operated this mountaintop spa resort in the late 1930s to be used as his “cancer curing” hospital.  But all of that is about to change.

Starting on Friday, November 18, the character of Norman Baker will be brought to life in an hour-long theatrical presentation entitled “Midnight Theatre In the Morgue of the Mastermind: Norman Baker Speaks”.  This intimate portrayal of this flamboyant, dynamic character will take place in The Crescent’s “Faculty Lounge” of this proud member of Historic Hotels of America.

The creator, writer, producer and star of this one-man multi-media show is award-winning actor Keith Scales, formerly of Portland (OR).  Scales’ exhaustive research on Baker will allow him to present Baker’s story from Baker’s perspective as Baker himself.

The hour-long production finishes in the hotel’s macabre morgue, a leftover from the Baker Hospital days, and will leave it up to members of the audience to decide if this native of Muscatine, Iowa, was a genius or a charlatan.

“Norman Baker was self-educated, a vaudevillian, inventor, radio pioneer, publisher, a mail-order mastermind and a millionaire several times over,” tells Scales.  “However, he became most notorious for claiming to have discovered a cure for cancer, a claim he ‘served’ to his patients when he ran Baker’s Cancer Curable Hospital in a retro-fitted mountaintop spa resort in the Ozarks of Arkansas in the late 1930s.”

It is said that much of the paranormal activity that haunts The Crescent can be traced back to Baker’s days while in the five-story limestone structure.  Hospital artifacts, such as Baker’s autopsy table and walk-in cooler where he kept cadavers and other body parts, still exist in the hotel’s basement.

“Since 1997 when Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased The Crescent and began to embrace the tales of the property’s spirits, probably more than 10,000 people have walked the hotel halls during one of our nightly ghost tours,” Scales added.  “In those tours, patrons were told of Norman Baker.  Now, thanks to our new Midnight Theatre production, patrons can meet Norman Baker.”

Midnight Theatre’s In the Morgue of the Mastermind: Norman Baker Speaks will debut on Friday night, November 18 at 11 o’clock and can be seen at that same time every Friday and Saturday night.  Due to limited seating, advanced ticket purchases are encouraged.  Those tickets, as well as the nightly ghost tour tickets, may be purchased online at americasmosthauntedhotel.com, by calling 800-342-9766, or at the hotel’s front desk.

For more information, one may go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.

Celebrity Ghost Discovered in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”

Celebrity Ghost Discovered In “America’s Most Haunted Hotel

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — Spirits from various places and various eras make up the “guest register” of those “guests who checked out but never left” what many consider America’s most haunted hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  This five-story mountaintop spa resort each year seems to discover yet another one of those famous “guests” by name.  This year it was dancing legend of the early to mid twentieth century, Irene Castle.

“We were thrilled to find out that Ms. Castle still visits the hotel as she did during her final years here as a resident of Eureka Springs (AR),” stated Bill Ott, marketing director of this Historic Hotel of America, “and it was only as we linked casual references of a young girl describing a paranormal encounter were we able to piece together that her encounter was with someone who once frequented our property.”

Irene Castle and husband Vernon were the best-known ballroom dancers of the early twentieth century.  They operated ballroom dancing clubs and would travel the country charging as much as a thousand dollars an hour for lessons.  She appeared in a Broadway show and several movies.  Her popularization of social dancing with her husband was portrayed in a movie starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire entitled “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle”.

“It was after the death of her fourth husband when Irene moved to Eureka Springs in 1959 to be near her son from her third marriage,” Ott explained.  “She bought a house on a small parcel of land just blocks from the Crescent, a place she called Destiny Farm.  She died in 1969 while living here in Eureka.”

Ott said that locals have told him that it was her love of the social life in her latter years that brought her to the Crescent on numerous occasions.  It is said of Irene that even in her sixties that she was still “trim, lovely and fashionable lady with nothing to do but embrace the social scene of Eureka Springs” for which the Crescent was the epicenter.

“It was a family that vacations annually at the Crescent who were part of the encounter where links to Irene came to the fore,” Ott said.  “This story, which was recounted on a recent episode of the Biography’s Channel My Ghost Story, takes place when the mother was giving her daughter a bath in their room and the young girl began talking as if she was having a conversation with someone.

“The young girl said there was a princess standing right behind her mother but the mother saw no one.  The mother thought it was unusual because her daughter was using such words as pirouette, ballerina, tango, princess, castle and bob.

“It wasn’t until the girl’s father read about Irene Castle’s connection to the Crescent on our hotel blog was he able to the puzzle pieces of that encounter together.  He writes, ‘the strange words my daughter had said that we had made note of began to make sense.  The princess was someone in a costume.  That princess did not live in a castle; she was Castle.  Bob was a hairstyle popularized by Ms. Castle.  Those dancing terms were words commonly used by a professional dancer.  It was clear, my daughter had been talking to Irene Castle.’”

Ms. Castle is only one of many paranormal guests who have been named at the Crescent.  “Two of the better-known nom de spirits are Michael, the Irish stonemason who fell to his death during construction of the hotel in the footprint of Room 218; and Theodora, the cancer patient who fumbles for her key outside Room 419,” Ott noted.

Whether named or nameless the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has become a haven for those wanting to encounter the shadow, the whisper, the tingling touch of someone, something who stealthily walks the halls of the hotel proper.  Nightly ghost tours have been selling out for years.  In fact, hotel management now encourages guests and visitors to purchase ghost tour tickets in advance to ensure their opportunity to walk with these Ozark specters on the night they desire.

“October sees the interest grow exponentially in the paranormal aspect of our hotel,” Ott concluded,  “however the frenzied interest is year ‘round.  It has escalated so much that later this fall we will be introducing ‘Midnight In The Morgue: A Portrait of Norman Baker’.  This exciting new, multi-media theatrical presentation will give our guests and visitors a chance to ‘meet the man’ who purchased the Crescent and operated the hotel in the late ‘30s as a cancer curing hospital.”

For more information, one may go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.

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