Sunset Salons: Ghost Stories
Come for tales of Cincinnati’s haunted history, and bring your own stories of things that go bump in the night! Hear about boo-zy beer barons that haven’t let death stop their OTR parties, gauzy maidens that haunt gothic churches in Northside and spinster librarians that still shush their long-dead patrons. These local haunts are just what you need to keep your spirits up.
Dave Howard is an IT Security Professional by day, and a paranormal investigator by night. He’s been in the field a little more than 16 years, with more than 400 investigations under his belt. A founder of Cornerstone Paranormal, the group has been together now for 8 years and tends to be a more skeptical while investigating. Having been all around Cincinnati and outside of the state, the team has experienced some odd adventures and captured some interesting evidence that something unexplained is going on!
Judy Knuckles has had a life-long interest in the paranormal since, as a child, she lived in a house that had ghosts. She and a group of friends founded Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies in 2005. Since then, team members have traveled to over 20 states to investigate claims of paranormal activity at public and private locations. In 2010, Judy and the group started giving Guided Ghost Tours of Cincinnati Music Hall and have done several public and private investigations of Music Hall. She has had several personal experiences and enjoys sharing her adventures with the public.
Dan Smith is the founder and CEO of Haunted Cincinnati Tours. He crafts award-winning tours and events, sharing his passion for the supernatural with others. Having grown up in a haunted home, he has been studying so-called “paranormal” phenomena since 1995.
In his spare time, Dan integrates his love of science into many paranormal projects in a small research lab. He specializes in the study of Electronic Voice Projections. A strong believer in the positive potential for paranormal studies, he works to pass on his knowledge and respect of the subject with the hope of legitimizing the paranormal field for scientific research.
Dan believes that mankind can draw many valuable lessons from the unseen world around us. He has served as a consultant for many paranormal projects, including scientific studies, television shows, and historical research activities. He is author of “Ghosts of Cincinnati: The Dark Side of the Queen City” and “Ghosts of Bobby Mackey’s Music World.”
Tom Sparough is a storyteller, juggler, author, and facilitator who has performed across North America and in Europe. Because of his colorful programs, he calls himself the Space Painter. His new book, Mr. Baitenswitch, Ghost Stories to Keep You and Your Organization Alive, explores organizational and cultural values using 26 original, fictional ghost stories. In the last 30 years as he has crisscrossed the nation as a performer, Tom has written and published a series of books through Space Painter Publications. The books include The Spiritual Exercises of the Coffee Filter; The Human Cannonball’s Last Thought; and Math Is My Bag. Tom has keynoted diverse conferences such as the Society of Women Engineers, The National Association of Parole Officers, the California Teen Conference, and the Association of Liturgical Scholars. Living in Cincinnati, Tom is also a grassroots performer popular at school assemblies, library programs, and ecumenical spiritual events. He and his wife Geralyn Hoxsey Sparough are the founders of Creative Retreat, LLC, which specializes in team-building and staff-enrichment experiences.
6:00pm – Doors open for lite supper and chocolate desserts
6:15pm – Featured panel conversation
Parking lot behind church, street parking available
Advance ticket sales for this event have ended. Tickets will be available for purchase at the CCAC Box Office at Clifton United Methodist Church beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Lite Bite Sponsors:
Drs. Patricia Klein and Reid Hartmann