Paranorm MOV set for Saturday at Dils Center
PARKERSBURG — On their Destination America show “Mountain Monsters,” members of the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings are shown venturing into the woods in search of Bigfoot, Sheepsquatch and other cryptozoological creatures.
On Saturday, residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley can venture to downtown Parkersburg to find out more about their adventures and the cryptids they pursue — as well as a variety of other paranormal topics — at the Dils Center for the inaugural Paranorm MOV.
“This is a new event to this area. It’s something we feel has the interest of a lot of people. There’s a lot of local history going to be represented,” said Phil Waterman, circulation director for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times, which are sponsoring the event along with the Dils Center. “We’re happy to give the community an outlet to learn about the paranormal.”
Although their work has garnered a national audience through five seasons of the show, the men of “Mountain Monsters” primarily hail from the Mid-Ohio Valley region, including Wirt County native Joe “Huckleberry” Lott and Waterford resident Jeff Headlee. Both men say they’ve experienced up-close encounters with cryptids in the local area and beyond.
A new season has not been announced at this time, but Lott said A.I.M.S. doesn’t need a camera crew along to search for the unexplained.
“We still hunt cryptids when the camera isn’t rolling because we have to keep our senses sharp and our (minds) straight so when we do go out on a hunt … everything is good to go and we know exactly what we’re doing,” Headlee said.
The event is slated for 3-9 p.m. Saturday, and will also feature Jeff Wamsley, founder of the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, and Steve Hummel, owner of the Archive of the Afterlife paranormal museum in Moundsville. Local paranormal experts including Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tour founder, medium and astrologer Susan Sheppard and Hidden Marietta Tour Company owner Jessica Wielitzka will also be in attendance.
Advance tickets for the event are still available at the front offices of the News and Sentinel and Times or online at newsandsentinel.com through this afternoon. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.