Monday, August 19, 2019

Paranormal Sightings Fall 2019

Whether you are thrilled to return to the classroom (or not), we have some fun programs and movies planned to amuse and astound you this Fall. Are you ready for Fall? We are! Please join us this October/November for the mysterious and mystifying as we investigate the paranormal through a series of programs and movies. Make a Day of the Dead mask, learn tea leaf reading, discover New England witchcraft tales (other than Salem), find out the real story behind the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or have your mind read. Most programs are scheduled for a Thursday evening but we are also trying out hosting programs on Friday and Saturday evenings. No mystery about it - we really hope you will enjoy our roster of thrills and chills!

New England Witchcraft Tales with Roxie Zwicker
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Join Roxie Zwicker from New England Curiosities - for a most curious evening! Do you know the tales of New England witches outside of Salem, Massachusetts? Roxie will include witchcraft stories from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and Maine for tales that you may not be familiar with - and some that pre-date the Salem witch hysteria.

The presentation will highlight the evolution of customs and superstitions relating to witchcraft throughout New England. Learn about New England place names that relate to old witchcraft tales. You may find yourself checking underneath the front doorstep, in your chimney, or in the backyard for remnants of these stories.

Legends of Sleepy Hollow with Christopher Rondina
Rescheduled to: Friday, October 18, 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
It’s been two-hundred-years since Washington Irving dreamed-up the ‘Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow’, the most iconic ghost in American folklore – but was the famous specter truly just a figment of the author’s imagination, or is there more to the legend?

Join Christopher Rondina, writer and ghost-chaser, for an evening of literary adventure and haunting mystery as we explore the true beginnings of America’s favorite ghost story and unmask the long-lost identity of the phantom horseman himself!

Paint a Day of the Dead Skull Mask with Mandy Roberge
Wednesday, October 30, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Paint and decorate a festive Día de los Muertos style skull mask.
Workshop led by artist Mandy Roberge.

There are two sessions of this workshop as follows:
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM for ages 7 to 10
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM for ages 11 to 18
Space is limited. Register at the Reference desk.

 Brainstorming: An Act of Mentalism with Rory Raven 
 Saturday, November 2, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Brainstorming is an interactive stage mind-reading show. Minds are read, spoons are bent, volunteers test their own "powers", and, if appropriate, the evening concludes with a re-creation of the kind of manifestation you might have witnessed in a séance chamber over a century ago! While the show is "TV clean", it is more suitable for teens and adults than for children..

A life-long interest in all things psychic and paranormal led Rory to pursue a career as a mentalist and mindbender. His goal is to reproduce the kind of effects parapsychologists have been researching for years. What is a mentalist? A mentalist is a theatrical mind-reader; a performer who, using a variety of techniques, is able to produce results that would only seem possible by psychic or paranormal means.

 Learn Tea Leaf Reading with Roxie Zwicker 
 Thursday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Reading tea leaves is a fascinating form of divination, which some refer to as a “lost art.” It has been found in cultures all around the world. Roxie has been reading tea leaves for over 25 years. She will customize a blend of organic, herbal tea to suit your needs and situation and the magic of your own tea leaf reading will begin! Roxie will go over the history, lore and methods of tea leaf reading in this presentation.

Scary Movie Schedule:

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM
Lights Out, Rated PG-13.  
Drama, Horror, Mystery
Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother's experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with a supernatural spirit attached to their mother. Directed by: David F. Sandberg. Stars: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello.

Friday, October 11, 2:00 PM to 3:40 PM
Hocus Pocus, Rated PG.  
Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
Directed by: Kenny Ortega.
Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy.

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Final Girls, Rated PG-13.  
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson.
Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine.

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Happy Death Day, Rated PG-13.  
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.
Directed by: Christopher Landon.
Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine.

Thursday, October 31, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Craft, Rated R.  
Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.
Directed by: Andrew Fleming.
Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell.