Just when you think life could not get weirder…you see an unidentifiable light in the sky, or a crop circle appears in the fields of a farm that you pass every day on your way to work. Or (no direct experience aside) your lifelong fascination with inexplicable phenomena gets whetted by the gathering of serious minds to talk about such things. The gathering is the Kingston UFO Conference, to be held Friday and Saturday at Quality Inn & Suites in Kingston. The “things” to be discussed include sightings, sites, cover-ups and other historically curious events, all presented by expert researchers and theorists.
A Friday-evening welcome reception at 6 p.m. introduces the five speakers set to talk on Saturday, and the film Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton will be screened. The film recounts the 1975 discovery of a “disc-shaped craft” in Arizona’s Sitgreaves National Forest, found by Walton and seven other loggers. A question-and-answer session will follow with the film’s producer, Jennifer Stein, associate producer Peter Robbins and Richard Dolan.
On Saturday, Jennifer Stein will speak on “Crop Circles in the US and Canada,” focusing on the research, findings and implications surrounding them. Having studied with experts in England, Canada and the US for 20 years, she will present an overview of the research done and explore the phenomena by providing some of the current theories on the matter. Stein is a field investigator for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) PA, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific research of UFO phenomena.
Next on the agenda, UFO investigative writer Peter Robbins talks on the cover-up of the famous Rendlesham Forest Incident. His British best-seller on the subject is Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-Up and Investigation, revealing details about a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights near Suffolk, England. Involved in the field for 30 years, Robbins has lectured extensively and has appeared in television, documentaries, mainstream radio and Internet channels as an expert in the subject.
Investigator and historian Richard Dolan is a regular guest on Coast-to-Coast AM radio and has also appeared on many television specials for the History Channel, SyFy, the BBC and elsewhere. A prominent UFO researcher, he is considered by many to be the world’s preeminent historian of the subject. He is the author of two volumes of history, UFOs and the National Security State, as well as an analysis of the future, AD After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life after Contact.
Dr. Nathan Rosenblum will present “The Influence of Sirius on Earth” as an introduction to his work demonstrating the interconnections among ideas that can form a synthesis, spiritually uniting people. With a PhD in Metaphysical Philosophy, Rosenblum is an ordained interfaith minister, a ceremonial magician and a Theosophist who regularly lectures and teaches courses on a wide variety of esoteric topics. He is also an author of both fiction and nonfiction pieces and a poet.
Lastly, author and lecturer Laird Scranton will talk about Skara Brae in Scotland: a stone-built Neolithic settlement consisting of eight clustered houses thought to be occupied from roughly 3180 to 2500 BCE. An independent researcher of ancient cosmology and language, Scranton’s studies focus on Dogon mythology and symbolism, ancient myth, language and cosmology. His numerous books, including The Mystery of Skara Brae, and articles have been published by Colgate University, Temple University and the University of Chicago.
See a preview of the documentary film here: https://traviswaltonthemovie.com. For a complete conference schedule, see www.mainlinemufon.com/main_line_mufon/other_events_%26_conferences.html. The doors open on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Kingston UFO Conference, Friday/Saturday, July 29/30, $30, Quality Inn & Suites,114 Route 28, Kingston; (845) 339-3900, www.mainlinemufon.com/main_line_mufon/other_events_%26_conferences.html.