The event took place in The Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. This hotel has a long history of political legends and is known as "the second best address in DC", second to the White House. President Roosevelt composed his "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself" within those walls. Queen Elizabeth even stayed there.
JFK's mistress Judith Campbell Exner staying there when in town to visit her "Man Candy". President Calvin Coolidge had his inaugural ball there but never made it to the party because he was mourning the death of his young son. There are photos taken at The Mayflower of President Clinton and Monica Lewinksy. Mr. Spitzer and his lady friend also shacked up just down the hall from room 860 where Lewinsky stayed. Maybe some of these guys should figure "hmm...this hotel wants me to get caught. Maybe I'll stay at the HoJo instead..."
The most intriguing stories involve the supposed haunting by Calvin Coolidge himself.
Interestingly, each year on January 20th – the date of Coolidge’s Inaugural Ball, unexplained happenings are reported. At about 10:00pm, the lights dim and flicker – the time that the first guests were announced. Also, an elevator does not move from the eighth floor until 10:15pm – the time when Coolidge would have left his room and come down to the ball. After 10:15pm, the elevator then goes down to the lobby. (courtesy http://www.thingsthatgoboo.com/)
It was a fascinating place all around and made even more interesting by Chip Coffey.
There he is! (That's Lisa on the right)
Chip did a Q + A session and talked about his life and then did a reading for people who wanted to ask questions. My favorite part, hands down, was this suited loon who stood up asking about his Mother. His deceased mother's words of advice? "Stop screwing your friend sitting net to you". The lady next to him turned bright red. He said "We're just friends" and Chip smiled and said "Your mother is laughing right now". And guess what? They were "more than friends".
It was really very fun! He also did a reading of the room and did this flashlight trick regarding contacting ghosts and actual visuals of them being in the room. It did work, but I'm not 100% on it. But pre-Halloween, it was a great way to spend a Monday night!