Wednesday, February 01, 2012

EVENT: Ghostly Valentine evening

WHAT: Valentine’s Ghost Hunt, Benefit for Pemaquid Watershed Association WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 11th, 9:00pm-1:00am WHERE: Rufus Flye House, Damariscotta, Maine FMI: call Mysterious Destinations at (207)380-4677 or, or visit A quest for evidence of paranormal activity at the Rufus Flye House in Damariscotta will be just in time for couples seeking something different to do on Valentine’s Day weekend. The event even includes a romantic dinner, although the ambience will take a turn towards the technical during a briefing on how to use equipment to detect paranormal activity, when guests will also learn information about the building’s history and reported hauntings. The “Midnight Explore” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb 11th, 2012, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. It will be hosted by Mysterious Destinations, a Damariscotta-based company that has coordinated many such events. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA), whose offices are in the Rufus Flye Building; which is also home to the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) and Salt Bay Café. Two prior Midnight Explores at the location have netted $200 in donations to the PWA. After dinner is finished, participants will use equipment provided by Mysterious Destinations in an effort to seek out signs of paranormal activity and contribute to a growing collection of information about the building. Several unexplained images have appeared in photographs, a number of electromagnetic fields in the building are being studied and weak electronic voice phenomenon have been recorded. During a Midnight Explore on October 15, 2011, two participants experienced some unusual circumstances using dowsing rods. The recent history of the Rufus Flye House has no shortage of reports regarding the possibility of paranormal activities. According to Salt Bay Café owner Peter Everett, late night and early morning incidents began occurring shortly after he purchased the business in the late 1990’s. Often, a side door was heard to open and close, followed by heavy footsteps moving up the stairs and into the second floor of the restaurant. Employees who thought they were working alone in an empty building would go to investigate, and find no indication that anyone had entered. These occurrences were so common that over the years most employees have come to take them in stride. But some reports are bit more disturbing. The first report of an employee called by name was over 5 years ago, but that manifestation has continued into the present with another employee who has heard her name called out twice – as though the person were right behind her – in a completely empty room. As recently as July 3, 2011 Peter Everett reported that he was alone at the end of the night in the upstairs office when he observed a vertical mist pass through the room and disappear through a wall. A number of reports and photographs on the Rufus Flye House are published online at “This will be a great opportunity in that we will exploring all three floors of this unique building, and one with a long and solid history of manifestations,” said Sally Lobkowicz, Director of Mysterious Destinations. The fee for the Midnight Explore and dinner is $45 per person and includes a full dinner and use of paranormal detection equipment. A donation to the PWA is included in the fee. The group’s size is limited due to both the size of the building and the availability of equipment, so reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. To make reservations, or for more information, contact Mysterious Destinations at 207-380-4677 or

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