56th Phenomenal Conference on Anomalous Phenomena

FORTFEST 2011, LO! and Behold!
May 14 & 15, 2011
56th Phenomenal Conference on Anomalous Phenomena
Days Inn Inner Harbor Room, Baltimore, MD


SATURDAY, May 14 Conference, 9:30 A.M.-6:30 P.M., MC Larry Arnold:
Dr. Bob Hieronimus, on “The Apocalypse Is Not the End of the World”. Dr. Bob is an artist, radio broadcaster, symbologist, and author of such recent titles as “The United Symbolism of America” and “Founding Fathers, Secret Societies”. His groundbreaking and provocative 21st Century Radio Program airs locally on Sundays at 8 PM on WCBM 680 AM.

Dr. Stephen Braude, on “The Evidence For Life After Death”, Stephen is a philosopher/para-
psychologist, author of Immortal Remains (a look at some of the most puzzling cases),The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Explanations, a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Alvin Holm, AIA, award winning architect, founding member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America , designer of the Impressionist Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, on “Part 2 of the Mysteries of Empathy , “Sacred Spaces, Buildings That Sing and How We Harmonize”.

Dr. William Fellows, Ph.D., NOAA physicist, engineer and inventor, Freemason and metaphysician will speak on “The Science of Crystals”.

Phyllis Benjamin, journalist/artist/producer, President of The International Fortean Organization (INFO), former editor of The INFO Journal: Science and the Unknown and Chair of 30 years of FortFests, FortNites and FortScapes (with co-Chair Al Rosensmyle) on “Charles Fort Is In The Details or What You See Is What You Get”.

Doug Skinner Fortean writer/artist/humorist/ on and off-Broadway performer extraordinaire (often with Bill Irwin), discusses “Sketches of Strangeness”, from the John Keel Collection , a series of unpublished drawings circulated among silent contactees in1967 ( with input from Freud).

Susan Swiatek & Robert Swiatek of MUFON with all new “Cryptids and UK UFO and X Files’.

Robert Schmidt of Project Hindsight and Golden Hind Press, mathematician/philosopher/astrologer examines “The Fort-tuitous Origins of Modern Science” and suggests THE most inexplicable phenomena in recorded history.

Special Guest award winning author and executive editor of The National Lampoon Larry “Ratso” Sloman on his latest book “The Secret Life of Houdini”. Was Houdini a spy killed by a secret group of cabalists?
Inductions to the Fortean Hall of Fame! Filming by videographer Dave Singer.

Plus: Optional Deli Lunch Buffet, The Phenomenal Book Sale, informal Friday in the hotel bar in the Greenery Restaurant and SATURDAY ENCHANTED EVENING PARTY in our private lounge!

7 pm-Midnight Saturday: Italian Buffet Dinner, cash bar, live music by Doug Skinner (including John Keel’s rendition of Jadoo) and the Others, later Fortean fun and games with good conversation and song. Bring your favorite clip or ghost story for Take the Mike.

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 10 am-5pm, The Amazing Paranormal Bus Tour, Private Viewing of the Astounding Paranormal Photos of Psychic Ted Serios, Private Tour of the Extraordinary American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Explore the Labyrinth at the Amaranthine, See Relics of Saints and Holy Men at the Walters Museum of Art, another phenomenal motor coach trip! An astounding tour of the world’s premier museum dedicated to Outsider Art, navigate the Labyrinth at the Amaranthine & view the painted floors to ceilings depicting the metaphysical journey of Man, experience the boggling collection of psychic Ted Serios and visit the holy relics at the Walters. Lunch on your own at Mr. Rain’s Fun House.

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