Michigan’s Ghost Coast Paranormal Convention has events scheduled for June 29-30. The convention floor will be open 2-8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Haven Community Center. General admission is $25 a person.
A dinner will be held 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge. Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple. A séance will also be held at 11 p.m. Friday. Seats are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Workshops, speakers and a silent auction will be held on Saturday, June 30. Tickets for workshops are $30 each, and tickets for speakers are $20 each.
VIP tickets are $225 a person, which includes all workshops, speakers, admission to the convention floor for both days, one tarot card reading and dinner on Friday. Children ages 9 and younger are free.
For several years, the paranormal group Gathering Research and Stories of Paranormal Phenomenon (G.R.A.S.P.P.) held tours in downtown Grand Haven about paranormal activity and investigations.
Although they switched up stories over the years, Connie Jones, a co-founder of G.R.A.S.P.P., said they reached a point where there they didn’t have new stories to share.
Since most conventions feature large stars or specific topics, Jones said they wanted to have an event that encompassed all paranormal aspects and featured people from Michigan.
The three workshops will be offered at two different times on Saturday.
The Upper Peninsula Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research Organization will offer a workshop about taking pictures with perspective. The Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team (M.A.P.I.T.) will discuss using paranormal apps and devices for spirit communication.
Otsego County Paranormal workshop will focus on protection prayers and how and when to use them.
On Saturday, speakers will include Amberrose Hammond, an author and Grand Haven native; William Konkolesky, state director of the Michigan Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network; Shetan Noir, an author and leader of the Michigan Chapter of the North American dogman project; Todd Clements, author and owner of Haunted Mackinaw; and Beverly Fish of Full Moon Rising Paranormal.
A silent auction will be held to benefit Kim Kolean, who is the founder of the Tulip City Ghostbusters, which is a West Michigan cosplay group that supports local and national charities.
Kolean was recently diagnosed with stage-four non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Jones said they’ve gotten to know Kolean, and they wanted to do something to help.
Jones noted that she’s looking forward to “seeing people having fun and having a good time.”
Those interested in purchasing tickets to the event can visit www.graspp.org.