(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) -- Every January, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a Historic Hotel of America located here in the Arkansas Ozarks, invites aspiring ghost hunters to come and learn investigative techniques during an actual paranormal examination of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”. The dates for 2021 are January 8-9, and January 15-16. This year’s weekends will feature two of the country’s top ghost investigators, Larry Flaxman and David Harkins.
“It’s exciting to have these two experts coming to the Crescent to share their knowledge and techniques with our participants as well as extend the education of our in-house guides,” stated Debra Workman, the hotel’s director of ghost tours. “Studying the paranormal is what they do, and the Crescent Hotel is known to be active, so our attendees, with Larry and David’s help, will have the opportunity to learn from the best in one of the most active sites in the world.”
Dave Harkins, a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is a published author, accomplished researcher, and a 40-year investigator of the occult and paranormal realms. Upon moving to the Missouri Ozarks in 1985, Harkins founded the well-respected Ozarks Paranormal Society. With hundreds of investigations of locations all over the world, he is probably best known as the team manager for TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) and their two syndicated paranormal television programs: SyFy Network’s “Ghost Hunters” and The Travel Channel’s “Ghost Nation”.
"After two very wonderful and successful years speaking and leading overnight paranormal investigations at the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels for ESP Weekends, I'm very honored and excited to be heading back to Eureka Springs to co-headline with Larry Flaxman for ESP 2021,” Harkins explained. “This year with the pandemic requiring smaller investigative groups, it will produce a more focused experience, conducive to capturing more substantial paranormal evidence; the ultimate.”
For nearly two decades, Larry Flaxman has been actively involved in paranormal research and hands-on field investigation with a strong emphasis on attempting to apply the scientific method to unexplained phenomena. Flaxman is redefining the field of paranormal research with his focus on connecting quantum physics to human consciousness with his mission to inform, empower, and entertain those fascinated by the paranormal and “fringe” science. He is the president and senior researcher of the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team (ARPAST). Flaxman has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Lab”, and the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” and exposé “Time Beings: Extreme Time Travel Conspiracies”.
Flaxman returns to the Crescent Hotel’s special paranormal weekends with a self-proclaimed vengeance, “Dr. Baker, I’m coming for you! I promise to make ESP 2021 to be even more action packed than ever before as we investigate the historic Crescent Hotel and discover the secrets within its walls.”
Each of the two days are full of paranormal related activities and fellowship. Planned activities include instruction as to “what to do” and “what not to do” during an investigation; nightly talks on the ghostly history of the hotel highlighted by noted findings; and several ghost hunts extending from sundown to sunrise, both guided and those that participants will venture on their own. Each weekend concludes with “the reveal” breakfast on Sunday morning where attendees share stories and experiences from the weekend hunts.
“Our 2021 ESP Weekends will embrace strict Covid-19 protocols to ensure safety of attendees,” noted Workman. “For example, each weekend is being limited to 30 people per weekend with attendees being split up into two activity groups of 15 maximum each. With this limited number of attendees, early reservations are more important than ever.”
The ESP Weekend conference fee includes a guided investigation, behind the scenes access to the most haunted spaces of the property, enlightening seminars, and training for paranormal investigators of all experience levels. Conference attendees also receive admission to the Crescent’s nightly ghost tour, a discount to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel Paranormal Investigation, hospitality breaks and “the reveal” breakfast on Sunday, plus discounted ESP Weekend Crescent Hotel room rates.