Oregon Coast Paranormal Talks in Newport, SW Portland
(Portland, Oregon) – 'Tis the season for the spooky, so it's in that spirit that two lectures on creepy tales and oddities of the Oregon coast will be given – one in Newport and the other in SW Portland.
Andre’ Hagestedt is editor of the online coastal travel publication BeachConnection.net (Oregon Coast Beach Connection) and of TravelParanormal.com, and his hobby is collecting ghost tales and weird science of the Oregon coast. He will give two talks on the subject at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport on Friday, October 30; and another at La Prima Trattoria off Beaverton/Hillsdale Highway in Portland on Monday, November 2.
“Some people collect hubcaps - I collect paranormal stories about the coast,” Hagestedt said. “I’m a big sci-fi fan and really into the strange stuff that real science can come up with, so this is a natural extension of all that.”
The talks cover ghost tales and weird science facts along the coast – essentially part of Portland’s backyard.
Among the ghoulish and goofy tidbits:
Astoria to Seaside: the ghost of Handsome Paul, the mysterious army man specter of the North Coast, hauntings of hotels and eateries, and the ghost of the Indian princess.
Cannon Beach and Nehalem Bay: If you like the show LOST, you’ll dig this one. Bandage Man, Haunted Tour of Cannon Beach, the town where weird things just happen, and a haunted winery, and more.
Ghosts of the Central Coast: Lincoln City’s ghost ship, the haunted fire house, Depoe Bay’s angry specter, a devilish lake, ghosts who haunt restaurants and bars, and the weird legends of Neskowin.
Oregon Lighthouses: the dark of the light. Heceta Head’s friendly spook, the myths of Newport’s two sentinels, creepy Hollywood people, and the ghastly real-life history of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
Weird Science, UFO’s and Strange Secrets: UFO sightings, experiments in black physics, an Area 51, secret military bases, glowing sand, freaky sunset phenomena and scary lava flows.
“In spite of how it looks, I’m not a ghost hunter or believer in the paranormal,” Hagestedt said. “It’s a kick in the pants. The truth is, real science is far stranger than fiction. But these legends and such are a load of fun.”
Oregon Coast Beach Connection (www.beachconnection.net) covers the upper half of Oregon’s coast with daily travel and entertainment news, virtual tours and extensive information about Oregon’s beaches and the science behind them.
TravelParanormal.com covers the entire U.S. and asks people to submit their paranormal tales as well as to debunk them.
The La Prima talk will feature some multi-media presentations as well.
The Newport talks are part of Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Halloween Harvest Festival, October 30, and are a half hour long. 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. They happen in the theater. Admission is free with the price of admission to the aquarium. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
The La Prima Trattoria talk begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 2 and is 21-years-old and over only. Free. La Prima is at 4774 SW 77th Ave, immediately off Beaverton/Hillsdale Highway, part of the Raleigh Hills Fred Meyer complex. 503-297-0360.
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