Midnight Explore follows new leads

Posted Sept. 30, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Participants in a second Midnight Explore at the Rufus Flye House in Damariscotta on Saturday, Oct. 15, will work on developing new information and follow up on leads developed during the first event. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Pemaquid Watershed Association, whose offices are in the Rufus Flye Building, which is also home to the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce and Salt Bay Cafe. The first event netted a $100 donation to the association.

The photograph shows what could be described as a cluster of red orbs around the lens. Other photos taken of the building from the same location at the same time show nothing noteworthy. The unusual image captured by the camera was unseen by the photographer.

The participants will check for new indications of paranormal activity in the building, using EMF meters, digital recorders for electronic voice phenomena, digital and standard film cameras, video recorders, noncontact and contact thermometers and other gear.

While some participants bring their own equipment, Mysterious Destinations also provides equipment and training. Results from the Midnight Explore at the Rufus Flye House, and other Explores in the area, are published at http://www.mysteriousdestinations.com/.

The recent history of the Rufus Flye House has no shortage of reports regarding the possibility of paranormal activities.

According to Salt Bay Cafe owner Peter Everett, late night and early morning incidents began occurring shortly after he purchased the business in the late 1990s.

A side door often was heard to open and close, followed by heavy footsteps moving up the stairs to the second floor of the restaurant. Employees who thought they were working alone in an empty building would go to investigate and find no indication that anyone had entered. These occurrences were so common that over the years most employees have come to take them in stride.

But some reports are bit more disturbing. The first report of an employee called by name was more than five years ago, but that manifestation has continued into the present with another employee who has heard her name called out twice — as though the person were right behind her — in an empty room.

As recently as July 3 Peter Everett reported that he was alone at the end of the night in the upstairs office when he observed a vertical mist pass through the room and disappear through a wall.

The Midnight Explore will begin at 9 p.m. with a dinner at Salt Bay Cafe. During the meal there will be a briefing on the building and the manifestations associated with it, as well as instructions on how to use the paranormal detection equipment. The group will split into teams and explore the Salt Bay Cafe areas of the building, then move on to the upper floors of the building. The Midnight Explore will wrap up at 1 a.m.

The fee for the Midnight Explore and dinner is $45 per person. A donation to the association is included in the fee. The group’s size is limited by the size of the building and the availability of equipment. Reservations will be accepted first come, first served. To make reservations, or for more information, 380-4677.

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