Monday, April 6, 2015

They are out there — in the Ozarks!

          Eureka Springs is known for its quirky side. Nestled in the Ozarks on the side of a mountain, the town attracts a variety of followers — including a few from outer space!
            The 28th annual Ozark Mountain UFO Conference, the oldest UFO conference in the United States, kicks off Friday, April 10, 2015, in Eureka Springs, bringing together experts and investigators in the field of UFOs, extraterrestrials and ancient and lost civilizations. The conference takes place at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center at 207 W. Van Buren St. in the heart of town.
Peter Davenport
            The event was the brainchild of the late UFOlogist (I didn’t make that word up, it was in the press release) Lucius O. Farish. Since his passing in 2013, the conference has been helmed by metaphysical author and researcher Dolores Cannon.
            The event opens with a lecture by Peter Davenport, another UFOlogist and director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994. He’s also a current member and former costate section director and Director of Investigation for the Washington State chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). Also on April 10, Thom Reed will recount his childhood ET/UFO encounters from the 1960s. Several of Thom's childhood sketches from 1969, depicting what he witnessed first-hand, are displayed at the Roswell UFO Museum in New Mexico, and the Great Barrington Historical Society of Massachusetts will also include Thom’s extraterrestrial encounters in their collection.
            Psychic Nikki Pattillo, author of “Children of the Stars: Advice for Parents and Star Children and A Spiritual Evolution,” will also speak on day one of the conference, giving her lecture titled “Star Children and a New Earth.”
            On April 11, Kewaunee Lapseritis, researching the Bigfoot/Sasquatch phenomenon, will give his presentation “Overwhelming Evidence for a Bigfoot/UFO Connection” and Barbara Lamb, veteran crop circle researcher and author of “Crop Circles Revealed,” will speak on “Crop Circles: A Worldwide Mystery.”
Kewaunee Lapseritis
            Linda Moulton Howe, recipient of the Lucius Farish Foundation Award for excellence in UFO research, TV producer, documentarian, author and editor, will speak as well as a keynote speech by UFO author, investigator, researcher and reporter Richard Dolan, who hosts the Richard Dolan Show on KGRA Radio, is a frequent guest to Coast-to-Coast AM, and is featured in the new television documentary series, “Hangar One.”
Melanie Young
            On April 12, Melanie Young, a neonatal nurse, will speak about her research into The Starchild Skull, a 900-year-old bone skull found in Mexico in the 1930s that is strangely shaped and exhibits possible qualities of an extraterrestrial origin.
Sherry Wilde, author of “The Forgotten Promise,” will return this year as the final speaker at the 2015 Ozark Mountain UFO Conference to further discuss her decades-long encounters with extraterrestrials in the presentation “The Esoteric Life of a Volunteer.”
            The final day of the conference will also include a tribute to the late Dolores Cannon, who passed away in October 2014 after writing dozens of books based on her nearly 50 years of investigations into UFOs and metaphysics. She obtained information about ETs and UFOs from thousands of past life regression sessions and developed her own technique of hypnotherapy, Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy (QHHT), which also enabled her to directly communicate with extraterrestrials. Dolores was involved with the Ozark UFO Conference since its inception.
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Cheré Coen is an award-winning travel writer specializing in the Deep South. She is also the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at

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