Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Long Island's Haunted Restaurants and Bars

It's common knowledge to many Long Islander's that Katie's Bar in Smithtown is haunted. It's been investigated on TV's "Paranormal State," and there has been a lot of hype surrounding the place over the past few years. It's not the only popular eatery that has a ghost or two, however. Paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto and I have had the opportunity of investigating several haunted Long Island establishments. Good food and a ghost! Who could ask for more?

As I've mentioned in past blogs, one of the most "active" restaurants for ghostly activity is the Country House Restaurant in Stony Brook, which continues to be haunted by the ghost of Annette Williamson. Annette was brutally murdered in the house back in the days of the Revolutionary War. Orbs, EVP's and light flashes continuously abound and have been witnessed by many patrons as well as staff. Several people, including the restaurant's owner Bob Williamson, have actually seen the apparition of Annette. For reasons unknown, Annette refuses to move on.
DEK's American Restaurant in Rocky Point has a an assortment of mischievous ghosts including one who will mess up previously set tables. By the bar area, shadowy figures can be seen swiftly moving around. There was a bartender who worked there for years who never believed in ghosts until he had his own encounter with the shadow person. From that point on he refused to be in the building alone. The building itself has a long and interesting history and is Rocky Point's oldest commercial building. It served as an inn for many years, and there are also rumors that it once was a brothel. Who knows what kind of energy could be left behind there?
On a smaller scale, the 1930's Sayville Modern Diner, located on Main Street in Sayville, realized they had a ghost or two when the chef reported that things were falling off the shelves in the kitchen. On one occasion when he opened up the diner one morning, the chef discovered a multitude of items lying about on the kitchen floor. He had been the last one to leave the night before. Joe Giaquinto has also received numerous EVP's (electronic voice phenomena) there over the years.
Heading to the North Fork, the Jamesport Manor Inn in Jamesport also has a ghost. The present building was rebuilt exactly as it was after a mysterious fire had burned it to the ground in October of 2005. The history of the place, which dates back to the 1750's, includes tragedies, death and scandals. Countless people have claimed to see the ghost of a young woman in a second floor window. It possibly could be the daughter of one of the original owners who died there tragically.
Moving on to bars, Del's Union Square Bar in Holbrook has had a plethora of ghostly activity. Apparitions, glasses flying off the bar, a TV set that turns off by itself, a glass exploding on its own, doors opening and closing...the list is endless. The building was built in the mid-1900's. It is unknown who could be haunting this establishment.
Lastly, in Nassau County, the beautiful Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove is said to be haunted by the ghost of its previous owner, Mrs. Pratt who died in the house she loved in 1965. The Georgian Revival building was built in 1910 and is presently a hotel and conference center. Although there has been ghostly activity throughout the building, the most haunted area seems to be upstairs in the bar. Countless employees have seen the apparition of Mrs. Pratt, and many have claimed to have felt her presence. During our investigations there, Joe and I photographed many orbs, and we received EVP's as well. Did Mrs. Pratt love her home enough to stay there permanently in spirit?
I'm sure there must be more haunted restaurants and bars on Long Island that I haven't heard of or investigated. So if you have a story a two you'd like to share, please let me know. All the above stories with the complete histories can be read in my Ghosts of Long Island books.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Past Lives and Reincarnation

Do you believe in past lives?

 The idea of past lives and reincarnation is not only a hot topic, but one filled with controversy as well. I find it's a 50/50 split when it comes to people's opinions on the matter.  

I first learned about reincarnation back in the 1980's when Shirley MacLaine came out with her book, Out on a Limb. It was a topic that fascinated me, so I decided to pursue it further and started reading some books by Edgar Cayce. Despite being a Catholic (Catholics as a whole don't really believe in reincarnation), I happen to think there is some truth to the theory. 

How can we possibly accomplish everything we're supposed to in one lifetime? There are lessons needed to be learned, relationships that must be formed, work that needs to be done. And I don't mean housework or our careers. I'm talking about spiritual work...the kind of work that brings us closer to God and makes us better people during our lifetimes. I believe it takes multiple lifetimes to achieve this. Many lifetimes, but one soul. God creates only one of us. Our physical bodies are kind of like cars. When it gets old and worn out, we get a new one. 

How else can certain things be explained, such as why do babies die? Why does a young person die tragically in an accident? Is that all their life was supposed to be? I don't think so. I believe their lives continue in Heaven, and that eventually, when the time is right, they come back. We usually come back with other family members and even friends who've we shared other lifetimes with. 

How can a child protégé be explained? How can you explain meeting someone for the first time, yet you feel you've known them your whole life? How can you explain being familiar with a place you've never been to? So many questions, so much to consider. 

Last August I decided to find out for myself, and I met with licensed psychotherapist and past-life regression therapist Richard Scheinberg. Richard has a very successful practice in East Islip called Sunrise Counseling Center. Richard happens to be a wonderful author as well, and I've known him for a number of years. Richard trained under Brian Weiss, who is world renowned when it comes to reincarnation and past lives. So I knew I was in good hands working with Richard.  

I was a bit apprehensive and wasn't sure if the process would work for me, despite my believing in it. I spent a lot of time talking with Richard ahead of time. He explained the whole process and he relieved my fears. I had agreed to work with him on creating a short video which would include excerpts from my session, along with my journey to discovering more about my past life. We spent months working with video reporter Chris Collora, who did a wonderful job in filming and putting it all together. The video is really quite remarkable. If you'd like to view it, go to this link: 

I'm not trying to convince anyone to become a believer in past lives. I'm simply presenting information to you, so go easy on your comments. I know my blogs have caused some controversy in the past. I'm simply giving you some food for thought...something to contemplate. If you're interested in having your own past life regression session, you can visit Richard Scheinberg's website at Richard was also a recent guest on my blogtalk radio show, "The Kerriann and Joe Show - Spirit Connection." For your free download go to: 

Watch the video, listen to the radio show and check out Richard's books. See if you then become a believer in past lives.