Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roswell UFO Festival schedule

The Roswell UFO Festival takes place July 2nd-5th this year, and if you have a chance to go, you should definitely attend. I went in 2013, and it was so much fun...and it led to me starting this blog. The festival is hosting 20 speakers this year, including UFO researcher Stanton Friedman, crop circle expert Patty Greer, author Kathleen Marden (niece of abductees Betty and Barney Hill), Aaron Sagers of the TV show Paranormal Paparazzi, and alien abductee Travis Walton. Here's a link to the speaker schedule:


There will be some other fun things going on as well:

The UFO Festival Light Parade will take place at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd.

The pet alien costume contest will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th, and the human alien costume contest will be at 3:00 that afternoon.

You can see fireworks at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th.

There will be live music on Main Street throughout the festival.

Check out the UFO Festival's website for more info!


Friday, June 26, 2015

World UFO Day Festival

July 2nd is World UFO Day, and if you can't make it to Roswell for their UFO Festival July 4th weekend, I have good news: there's also a UFO festival in Memphis, Tennesse on July 2nd. The festival is being put on by the Tennessee chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in Pine Hill Park (973 Alice Ave.) and sounds like a lot of fun! They're having pet and human alien costume contests, music, stand-up comedy, magicians, a moonwalking contest, a parade, and more. Speakers include UFO abductee Travis Walton, UFO researcher/investigator Peter Robbins, founder of the Renford Institute of Applied Metaphysics James Renford Powell, and Captain Lamar Todd, a former Memphis police captain who saw a UFO above the Pine Hill Golf Course in 1977 (this is why the festival is taking place at Pine Hill Park). Check out the World UFO Day Festival website for info, and if you end up going and would like to write a guest post about it, please contact me at crystalsmithconnelly@yahoo.com. : )


Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Review: From My Side of the Bed by Lisa Romanek

From My Side of the Bed is a 2011 book by Lisa Romanek, who is the wife of alien abductee Stan Romanek. (You can read my review of Stan's book Messages here:
Lisa was living in Holdrege, Nebraska, with her three children when she met Stan in an online chat room. When Stan was filming the landscape at Red Rocks in Colorado in late 2000 in an attempt to convince Lisa to visit him, he happened to capture a UFO on tape; Lisa and her siblings used to look for UFOs in the sky when they were growing up, but Stan wasn't a believer until he saw a UFO for himself.  In the fall of 2001, Lisa herself saw a UFO on a trip to Pennsylvania with Stan and his best friend (Mark)-both on the way there and on the way home.  A week later, Stan saw a UFO outside of his workplace; it followed him home, where his sister and Mark also saw it. Stan woke up the next morning with sores on his wrists, ankles, and back, and Lisa told him to change his sheets in case there was a spider in his bed.  Stan told her that he remembered three aliens coming to his apartment and wasn't entirely sure it was a dream; he underwent hypnosis, and as Stan described the extraterrestrial encounter, Lisa realized that it had not been a dream.  She began to worry because she didn't know how to keep Stan safe and prevent this from happening again.

Stan and Lisa were married in July 2002 and moved the family Kearney, Nebraska, hoping that the aliens wouldn't find them in a bigger city, but Stan was abducted again in November 2002. After seeing red lights through the bedroom window in February 2004, Stan woke up wearing a Mickey Mouse nightgown that he had never seen before; to his dismay, Lisa had no idea where it came from either.  Stan later found out who it belonged to, and boy, was he surprised!  The family was constantly followed by black SUVs and watched and harassed by the military, and when they moved to Colorado Springs, someone broke into their house, and only took Stan's UFO files.

From My Side of the Bed is just as fascinating as Messages, and Lisa ends every chapter in a way that makes you feel like you have to read the next one immediately.  Lisa seems very credible, and I could really feel her frustration and fear when she talks about the havoc the aliens brought into her life.  There are enough every day, mundane things to worry about in life, so Lisa must be an incredibly strong person to be able to deal with the stress of worrying about her spouse being abducted, as well as worrying about keeping her children safe in a home that is routinely visited by extraterrestrials.  I'm glad that Lisa decided to share her story. : )

My rating: 9/10

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The 51 Spookiest Spots You Can Visit Across The United States

I live in a city (Charleston, SC) that's known for its haunted history, so when I came across this list of the spookiest spot in each state, I had to check it out. I've heard of a few of these places, but I haven't been to any of them...and the one that's listed for South Carolina doesn't sound as creepy as the Old City Jail in Charleston, which is haunted by serial killer Lavinia Fisher, who is apparently not a very nice ghost. Have any of you visited any of these places...and if so, did you experience anything strange or paranormal?


Friday, June 12, 2015

Movie Spotlight: The Babadook

The Babadook is a 2014 movie starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.  Amelia Vanek (Essie Davis) is a single mother (her husband died in a car accident while driving her to the hospital to give birth) with an adorable dog and a 6-year-old son named Samuel (Noah Wiseman).  Samuel is pretty much insufferable and wants attention ALL THE TIME; he's also a little creepy and gets creepier after he finds a book called Mister Babadook on his shelf and asks Amelia to read it to him.  The Babadook is a monster that torments people once they're aware of his existence; Samuel thinks the Babadook is real and blames it for the strange things that have been happening around the house.  Amelia rips the disturbing (and completely inappropriate for children) book up, but of course that doesn't solve anything since it happens just thirty minutes into the movie.

I'd heard good things about The Babadook and about how scary it was, but it wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be.  It was an interesting concept for a movie, all of the performances were good, and I did like the ending though.  I do wish that horror movies would stop putting dogs in movies just so horrible things can happen to them...every time I see a dog in a horror movie, I have to go straight to doesthedogdie.com to see whether I'm going to have to fast-forward through part of the movie.  It's getting old...go pick on someone else, horror movies! ; )

My rating: 7/10

Monday, June 8, 2015

Upcoming Paranormal Movies

When I saw Poltergeist in the theater, I saw a few trailers for paranormal movies I definitely want to see. The first one was for The Gallows, which is about high school students trying to stage a production of a play twenty years after the lead actor in a previous production was killed during the performance. You can watch the trailer here:


The other one was for Before I Wake, which stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as a couple who adopt a child and then find out that he never wants to sleep because all of his dreams (and nightmares, of course) come true. This sounds like a great concept for a movie, and you can see the trailer for yourself here:


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Movie Spotlight: Vampire Dog

Vampire Dog is a 2012 movie starring Norm MacDonald, Collin MacKechnie, Julia Sarah Stone, Amy Matysio, Ron Pederson, and Jodi Sadowsky.  It's not the type of movie I normally watch, but when I found out that Norm MacDonald voices the vampire dog, how could I resist?  A 12-year-old boy named Ace (Collin MacKechnie) inherits Fang (Norm MacDonald), a 600-year-old dog, from his grandfather.  A mad scientist (Amy Matysio) is determined to get Fang's DNA in order to make a cream that will prevent human skin from aging and spends the rest of the movie trying to kidnap the ancient dog.

I wouldn't call Vampire Dog a great movie, but it was better than I expected. Fang/Norm MacDonald was the best part of the movie (of course...Norm is the best part of everything he's in), but Collin MacKechnie gave a very good performance as young Ace, and the over-the-top performances by the movie's villains were entertaining. I liked that the mad scientist was a woman since that's something you rarely see. Vampire Dog probably won't appeal to many adults, but it's a cute movie, and kids will enjoy it.

My rating: 6.5/10