Onlookers gathered outside the entrance to the darkened Opera House on both of the muggy evenings last week when they saw the glow of monitors inside the building entrance.
Some thought one of the many ghost shows were in town while others were just curious as to who was at the Mauch Chunk Opera House so late at night. As it turned out, the monitors were manned by members of the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society who volunteered their time and expertise as well as their equipment to conduct a pair of sold-out investigations of the historic building in downtown Jim Thorpe and as a result raised $2000 which was donated by BMPS founder Bob Schaeffer on behalf of the group to Mauch Chunk Historical Society President Dan Hugos.
"I was extremely pleased with the turnout," said Schaeffer who conducted a seminar explaining the equipment the investigators use as well as relating the experiences he and his fellow investigators have shared since the group formed a few years ago.
The 20-plus member group then divided into five smaller units each with up to five guests who split up and studied five different areas of the complex that also encompasses the neighboring former Marion Hose Company building.
Guests were able to use the equipment the investigators use and fully experience what it's like to hunt ghosts. Most people enjoyed the experience and were asking when another would take place.
When asked if anything "unusual" happened, Schaeffer said, "Some members reported seeing shadows both evenings and whistling. We were testing a new piece of equipment that says random words, but when it was presented in two different places and used a limited repeating vocabulary, it surprised us a bit."
Schaeffer said if anyone is interested in future investigations or more information, they can contact the Society through the URL http://www.bluemountainparanormal.com