September 27-28, 2019

Enjoy the mystery of the unknown? Want to have a paranormal experience in a beautiful - haunted theater? Are you interested in learning about Ufology, Cryptozoology, Mothman, and other paranormal experiences from local and national paranormal experts? Join us for our Inaugural event in September 2019!

261 attendees, 2 days, 2 investigations, 50 vendors, 9 speakers including headliner Grant Wilson, and more!

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For more information as the event is built, please e-mail Allison Steffenhagen, PariNomiCon Director.

Singular Fortean Society - Ghosts of the Mabel Tainter Article

A special observation from Johnsdale Paranormal Group:

In August of 2016, we visited Menomonie for a 2-night investigation of the theater. It quickly became pretty clear that the Mabel Tainter Theater was not going to disappoint! On night one, we were talking with a small group of theater board members and their family members as they were setting set up for the night. Brian happened to be out on the stage talking to one of the board member's husband, when he (Brian) noticed a shadow figure in the shape of a person up behind the back row of seats in the balcony. As he turned and looked at the shadow person, it sunk down behind one of the seats and disappeared! The gentleman that Brian was talking to said, "I thought I saw something up there earlier too!"We also had some interesting experiences up in Reverend Henry Doty Maxson's office. We use a device known as a "Spirit Box", which is an AM/FM pocket radio that rapidly scans through stations without muting the white noise and without locking on any broadcast. The theory is that entities can use radio frequencies and/or the white noise generated by un-broadcasted radio frequencies to communicate. As we were in the Reverend's office, we asked who was in the room at that time. We received an answer out of the spirit box that said, "Billie".....(which is what we normally call William).

Since that first investigation at the Mabel Tainter, we've been back numerous times for various reasons. We've led group investigations as fundraising events, we've conducted additional private investigations for our own research, and we recently returned for a weekend to film an episode for our upcoming documentary series. Each time we've been back, there have been unexplainable occurrences that have happened! Odd lights, footsteps, disembodied voices, people feeling like they get touched by something that isn't there, and odd spirit box responses are pretty common. During one group investigation, I was sitting at a table in the lower level bar area, talking to the folks that were there to participate in the night's investigation. All of a sudden, the drawer in the side of the table (which had previously been stuck shut...I even tried to pull it open about 10 minutes earlier, but couldn't) actually shot out of the table on it's own, struck me in the leg, and then fell to the floor! Again....we were unfortunate in the fact that we did not have cameras running at that time.

Since we officially formed Johnsdale Paranormal Group back in 2009, we've been to a number of paranormal events and conventions. After the first investigation we conducted at the Mabel in 2016, we were pretty certain that a larger paranormal event would be extremely successful there, and in 2017, we started working with the theater to develop what has ultimately become one of the more unique paranormal conventions in the entire Midwest - ParaNomiCon!

261 VIP attendees will get the opportunity to hear from, and interact with an amazing collection of paranormal researchers including Grant Wilson, Loren Coleman, Travis Walton, and Karl Pfeiffer. Topics will include ghosts, Bigfoot, Mothman, UFO/Alien encounters, psychics/mediums, and much more! There will also be opportunities for a select number of attendees to participate in actual paranormal investigations of the Mabel Tainter Theater with Grant Wilson and Johnsdale Paranormal Group! To be able to host and/or attend a VIP paranormal convention at one of the top restored Victorian theaters in the world is truly an exciting and unique opportunity.

As of April 2019

Thursday, September 26

Happy Hour 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Dinner 6:30 - 8:00 pm 

Johnsdale investigation 9:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Friday, September 27

Speakers/vendors 3:00 - 8:00 pm

"Sunspot" performs - 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 28

Speakers/vendors 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Grant Wilson investigation 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

Featured Speakers

Grant Wilson - Keynote Speaker ~ Grant's Website

Grant S. Wilson has been actively involved in all types of paranormal investigation since his first intense encounter with the paranormal at age 15. He has paved the way for much of the modern field through his work with the group The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S) which he co-founded many years ago.

His unique level-headed approach to the field caught the attention of the world through the top-watched cable show Ghost Hunters, which he produced along with Ghost Hunters International. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people and affected millions more worldwide with his big heart, extensive knowledge, and down-to-earth technique. A mission he continues through his YouTube channel:

Grant has been featured on; Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Destination Truth, and more.

Justin Miner - Justin's Website

Justin Miner is the Owner and Co-Founder of Johnsdale Paranormal Group. In 2009, he helped form the group out of his hometown of Onamia, Minnesota after having his own experiences with the paranormal. Since then, his team has traveled all over the upper Midwest, as well as going to select locations across the country, in an attempt to document claims of paranormal activity. The team has also made a name for themselves by working in partnership with historical societies, and other notable locations in order to provide various types of paranormal programming for these organizations. Currently, the group is working on sharing their stories through documentary-style films, which should be available to view later in 2019.

Loren Coleman - Loren's Website

Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists; indeed, some jokingly say he is the world’s leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, due to the fact he’s been doing fieldwork, writing, and lecturing on cryptozoology since 1960, he has become one of the most often sought out spokespersons in contemporary cryptozoology.

Coleman has authored and co-authored over forty books (including Cryptozoology A to ZThe Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery PrimatesThe Field Guide to Lake Monsters and Sea Serpents, Mysterious America, Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, and Mothman: Evil Incarnate). He has been the author of chapters, introductions, and otherwise contributed to more than 60 other books. He has appeared frequently on hundreds of radio and television programs including - Finding Bigfoot, In Search Of, Unsolved Mysteries, Monster Quest, Ancient Mysteries, and Ancient Aliens, as well as lecturing throughout North America and Europe.

Terry Fisk ~ Terry's Website

Terry Fisk is also a paranormal investigator for Unexplained Research LLC and noted authority on death and the afterlife.  He is a shamanic Buddhist practitioner and member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies who studied Philosophy and Religion at the University of Wisconsin.  Terry co-hosted The Unexplained paranormal radio talk show and directed The Unexplained television series.  He has investigated hauntings with famed medium Allison DuBois and TV psychic Chip Coffey.

Terry has been featured in hundreds of radio interviews, TV appearances, and newspaper articles. Terry is also the co-author of the Road Guide to Haunted Locationsbook series.

Allison Jornlin

Recipient of the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference's 2016 Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award, Allison Jornlin has been investigating hauntings and other strange phenomena for more than 20 years.  Inspired by Chicago’s Richard Crowe, who kickstarted U.S. ghost tourism in 1973, she developed Milwaukee’s first haunted history tour in 2008.  Since then Allison has led numerous haunted history tours and presented talks on a variety of Fortean topics — poltergeists, UFOs, cryptids, demonic possession, etc.  Allison has been featured on TV, radio, and in print and has contributed research to books, articles, and podcasts.  She frequently works with paranormal teams to investigate historic buildings, providing witness interviews and archival research to facilitate their efforts.

Kevin Malek

Kevin Malek is a Paranormal Historian & Founder of the Northern Wisconsin Paranormal Society Ltd. He is also a Ufologist with the UFO Wisconsin Research Team & a former Certified Field Investigator with Mufon. He is a Conspiracy Analyst for Ultimate Conspiracies & Apocalypse Nation.

Kevin is a regular contributing writer for The Supernatural Magazine & The Paranormal Chronicles, & is one of the hosts of the terrestrial (AM/FM) & internet radio show Paraversal Universe, produced by WBHM Digital Broadcasting, also heard on WCET FM, The RIFT Radio Network, & Amelia Pisano Productions. Kevin & his wife Jennifer run the Northwood's Paranormal Resource Center in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Kevin has been interviewed & featured on such shows as Coast to Coast AM, Fade To Black, Late Night In The Midlands, Beyond Reality, Demonology Today, Skywatcher Radio, Monster X, Paranormal Zone TV, Paranormal Soup, Darkness Radio, Campfire Tales, Dogman Encounters, NBC News, & many others.

Craig Nehring ~ Craig's Website

Craig Nehring’s curiosity in the paranormal began when he was in school in Minocqua, WI and he lived about a half hour from Wisconsin's most haunted well-known place called Summerwind. While going to high school he and his friends would head up there to hang out and would see and hear things they couldn't explain. Craig would go on to found Fox Valley Ghost Hunters.

Craig has been on radio shows from around the world like Coast to Coast, Late night in the Midlands, Fade to Black and many more. He has also been featured in Paranormal Underground magazine and countless newspapers around Wisconsin. Craig co-wrote Wisconsin's Most Haunted vol 1 & 2 and just released Archives of a Ghost Hunter. Fox Valley Ghost Hunters enjoy doing seminars at libraries around Wisconsin and hosting haunted events for guests to join in on the fun and learn about the Paranormal.

Karl Pfeiffer ~ Karl's Website

Karl Pfeiffer is a filmmaker, photographer, and paranormal researcher. He directed and appeared in the documentary series Hellier and the web series Spirits of the Stanley. He worked for five years as a resident paranormal investigator at the famous Stanley Hotel, conducting over 250 investigations of the property. He won the first season of the competition reality series Ghost Hunters Academy many years ago and briefly appeared on Ghost Hunters International afterward. He's also the author of the novel Hallowtide and a collection of short work called Into a Sky Below, Forever.

Willy Roberts & Wade Randolph - Real Life Sci-Fi Website

Wade Randolph and Willy Roberts are writers, actors and DIY Channel 101 legends. Wade is the creator of “Business” as well as a writer for Rick & Morty, and Willy has starred and performed in more Channel 101 shows then anyone in its history.

Sunspot - Sunspot Facebook Page

“From investigating haunted concert halls to performing at abandoned hospitals to hitting the stage at a UFO convention, Sunspot doesn’t just sing about adventures, they live them. Writing Dilithium-powered Rock anthems inspired by high strangeness from Arthurian legends to Shadow People, Time Lords to Transylvanians, Sunspot is pure energy rock that sounds like Muse meets Cheap Trick with Douglas Adams writing the lyrics.

Based out of Weird Wisconsin, Sunspot is a multiple award winner, including a 4-time winner for Best Rock Album from the Madison Area Music Awards and Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Artist of the Year, an honor shared with Garbage, Violent Femmes, and Bon Iver. Recent music placements include the releases of The Fate of the Furious and Dead Again in Tombstone starring Danny Trejo.  In the last year alone they have shared the stage with Saving Abel, Black Stone Cherry, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, AWOL Nation, and Tantric. They'll be performing a special acoustic show of their best paranormally-influenced songs from the See You On The Other Side podcast at the first ParaNomiCon At The Mabel.”

Travis Walton ~ Travis's Website

Travis Walton was the Arizona logger whose 1975 encounter with a UFO was made into the Paramount movie, "FIRE IN THE SKY".  Ignoring the warnings of his fellow crewmen, Walton approached the craft and was struck by a blast of energy from it and taken aboard. The crew was suspected of murdering Walton and making up a wild story to cover up for the deed until Arizona State Police lie detector tests cleared them. Travis recounts the events of that day, explains where the movie departs from what really happened and details fascinating new developments in what is now recognized as the best-documented case of alien contact ever recorded.

Tobias Wayland - Tobias's Website

Tobias Wayland is a passionate fortean who has been actively investigating the unusual since 2008; the first five years of his investigative career were spent as a MUFON field investigator, and following that he investigated independently prior to becoming the head writer and editor for the Singular Fortean Society. He strives to separate himself from dogma in the pursuit of the unknown, and believes it is our experiential perspectives that allow us all to add to the base of knowledge through which we gain a deeper understanding of the paranormal. His years as an investigator have served him best by illustrating that when it comes to the anomalous, the preternatural, and the paranormal, any answers he's found are still hopelessly outnumbered by questions.