IS OLD JOLIET PRISON HAUNTED?

 Celia Demo
Saturday, November 3rd was filled with good food, good company, and some adventure. This was a two-event evening. The festivities started with dinner at Pilot Pete’s in Schaumburg; billed as an event for those who like to eat and as a send-off of those hearty souls going to the Old Joliet Prison Paranormal Tour and Investigation.
Since it was also Linda H.’s birthday weekend we celebrated that too! Dinner was enjoyed by Peggy R., Laura S., Lori W., Dave K., Linda H., and myself. We celebrated, enjoyed good food, had great conversations and said a prayer for those wandering off to the prison. Okay, I did a protection prayer, for us adventurers and did not make the group do one. P.S. mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 11 at 6:00pm for a return visit to Pilot Pete’s.
Now the fun begins. As I was driving to Joliet this tune started going through my head…..I was
working in the lab late one night… when my eyes beheld an eerie sight…wrong tune for this event…
it should have been spirit boxes, dowsing rods, and EVPs OH MY!
There were 25 brave souls who attended the Old Joliet Prison Paranormal Tour and Investigation. It looked like the group before us had 50 to 75 people, so we had a much smaller group and maybe more opportunity to be creeped out. Along with our group of 25, there were two Para-normal Investigators, a very nice Medium, our main Tour Guide, and a couple of other Investigators who tagged along for additional insight.
The tour started at the main gate of the old prison with the gate opening. This is an old crank style
gate, probably the original for the prison and was especially loud and very clanky. As we filed in
we received a flashlight and a good welcome. There were various stops including solitary confinement, the old hospital, the original cell blocks, and the main yard. We were encouraged to take pictures in 3’s which I did. The thought is you might catch something unusual, which both Linda and I did.
The prison is in bad shape so we couldn’t go into every area. I heard there were areas that they
would not let us go to because some of the residents have too much evil attached to them.
Guards refuse to go into certain areas due to bad vibes etc. I was okay with that.
Throughout the evening they used a spirit box to try to communicate with the remaining prisoners, dowsing rods so that the spirits could show us that they were with us, and tape recordings to hear responses we could not hear. There was also a creepy doll that would light up when spirits were around; It did!
For me, the weirdest thing that happened was that I could not take any pictures in the main yard. My camera kept doing weird things that prevented me from taking photos. I could not seem to make it work.
Overall it was an fun evening. We will do this event again, and will certainly give everyone notice well in advance so everyone who would like to go can sign up.

The Patio Pleases Paramount!

Paramount Tall Club of Chicago
The Patio in Lombard is a favorite place for Paramount members to celebrate October birthdays. October 20th eight members and one “mom” enjoyed this relaxed BBQ joint known for ribs, rotisserie chicken, slow-cooked meats & familiar sides. Happy Birthday Marilyn, Mary, and Diane (also…Happy Birthday Wanda, Frances and Lois who were unable to attend).

In the Pink! Bunco Fundraiser for Breast Cancer

by Peggy Roberts

Paramount Tall Club was well represented at the Bunco for Breast Cancer Research Foundation Fundraiser held Sunday, October 7, 2018. Laura S, Diane M, Linda H, Mary P, and I were all there.
There were 56 raffle baskets and a silent auction for a four-night Galena get-a-way. Although Diane
did her best she, unfortunately, did not leave with her usual carload of raffle basket wins. Do you
think that is why the rest of us each won a basket or two? Just wondering …


Laura, as you can see from the picture, won a basket of various White Sox items. Mary won a basketful of games for family fun night, Linda won Amazon and restaurant gift cards, and I won two rounds of golf (with various other items) and two restaurant gift certificates.
The rest of our “pod” of eight included Mary’s daughter and two friends. About 200 attendees made this event a huge success. A great time was had by all!

Milwaukee October 2018 Review

By Janine Feil

 

The Milwaukee Gathering started off on a crisp Friday evening, feeling more like October than early September. I arrived early evening to a group gathering, ready for some fun. Many of the Calls had already found their fix of Wisconsin custard already at the Kopp’s next door to the hotel, having arrived earlier than I.  

 

We rounded up the crew and most of us walked the 1/2 mile to the Hot Wood Fire Grill at the Bayshore Mall. The company was great and we got a bit loud as more than 30 attendees were chatting and laughing in our own private space. It took a while to serve such a large group and the big kids (that some of our members are) took me back to my childhood by making paper airplanes and launching them down the tables or across the room. Drinks were good and the dinner entrees were filling.  Generally a positive review by the crew and then back to the hotel for more drinks and conversation.

 

Saturday morning the crew gathered for a group picture in front of the Kopp cows before carpooling to the Harley Davidson Museum. This started a discussion of why there is only one black cow amidst a dozen or so white ones and if that was a question of diversity. Who knows? Maybe one of our Milwaukee friends knows the answer to the mystery.

 

At the Harley Davidson Museum, we enjoyed the exhibits of motorcycles and tales of biker lore. You could see everything from early 1900’s models to today’s big bikes. Famous Harley’s such as the one Evil Kenevil used to jump over multiple school busses, the Easy Rider hog, and the one The Terminator rode in the first movie were also on display. Exhibits on biker culture such as how Harley’s have been portrayed in movies was interesting to see. We even met a boy scout troop who were exploring the science behind the trademark Harley motors.

 

A busy morning such as this deserves a fun lunch. Off to the Safehouse, a spy themed restaurant near the lake in downtown Milwaukee. If you didn’t know the password to enter, you were given a task to perform to earn your entrance. My group got to do our best Ninja poses, and of course, the folks who were already inside got to see our antics on closed circuit tv. Great food and then a chance to explore the decor, complete with a genuine chunk of the Berlin Wall and a magician performing behind the second bar. Awesome!

 

After a rest back at the hotel, we gathered again for the walk (or short drive) over to Bavarian Bierhaus Park for the promised Gemutlichkeit. Our fearless leader, Barry, again had us ready to go. Tickets were pre-purchased and all we had to do was check in, we were on the list. After various types of wurst, chicken, pretzels, etc were consumed and the beer had been flowing, participation in the dancing was high. Organized dancing by costumed German dancers started the evening and then the audience was included before turning the floor over to the revelers.

Great reviews by all of those in attendance and kudos to Barry for driving the bus. He did a great job organizing, directing and checking in with folks to make sure everyone was having a good time. If he’s hosting another party, count me in!