Paranormal Walk to explore ghosts and legends in Medina
PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 AT 12:34 AM
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 AT 3:01 PM
MEDINA — The bustling village of Medina may not conjure the image of the home of the extraordinary.
Yet hidden among the stores lining Main Street and pedestrians on the sidewalks are Iroquois legends, aliens and Civil War era ghosts.
Starting on Oct. 5, the Medina Paranormal Walk will be touring the village every Wednesday in October through Oct. 26 regardless of weather. The walks will be hosted by Professor John Koerner, a
social sciences professor at the north campus of Erie Community College,
“About two years of research went into putting the Medina walk together,” he said. “This involved interviewing residents and workers, plus digging into archival material.
“As an historian I feel obligated to get the facts correct,” he continued. “Anyone can say a place is haunted, but if you can find specific historical incidents that reinforce these firsthand
accounts that are reported, it gives more credibility to the story.”
Although Koerner currently teaches at ECC, he formerly taught at Niagara County Community College and Genesee Community College for five years.
While at GCC and NCCC, he said he had students approach him telling him Medina and Lockport were haunted.
“They were aware that I wrote books about the paranormal, so they knew I would be interested,” Koerner said. “Also, during the Lockport walks we often get people from Medina who said that we
should do one in Medina. Plus it is such a beautiful village to walk through.”
Some of the sites on the Medina tour include NAPA Auto Parts, Bent’s Opera House and the Medina Historical Society. He said, however, the most interesting part of what he learned during his
research into the village is the surprise ending to the walk.
“It is a two century old secret about Medina that I discovered just this summer,” Koerner said. “I can’t wait to talk about this old Masonic secret that is hidden in plain sight in this
magnificent Erie Canal village.
“That alone will be worth the price of admission,” he continued. “I can say that in all my research, all the books that I have written, nothing left me speechless more than this. I think those
that come to the walk will be equally impressed by what I found, which is revealed at the final stop on the tour.”
Medina Paranormal Walk differs from other paranormal walks in the fact it doesn’t just talk about ghosts; Koerner said the paranormal is a broad range of unexplained phenomenon, and it will
discuss ghosts, folklore, legends, angels, demons, miracles, secret societies, psychic events, vampires, strange creatures, and UFOs.
“A second thing that makes Paranormal Walks different from other walks is the interactive side to it,” he said. “I bring to the tour some field equipment like K2 meters, and MEL meters to
demonstrate how they are used in ghost hunting.
“People who come to the tours are encouraged to ask questions and take photos,” he continued. “Many times we have captured orbs, faces, and other anomalies that are then posted each night on our
website. Another thing that makes us unique is that we have had some strange things happen on the tours like seeing apparitions, or hearing a voice whispered in your ear, for example.”
The Medina Paranormal Walk meets at Meggie Moo’s Ice Cream Café at 114 East Center St. in Medina at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and under 7 years old is free. Admission includes candy,
ghostly wristbands and free passes to Monster Mini Golf.
For more information, visit www.paranormalwalks.com.