Written by Danni Remaili
Melbourne Meet Up at the historic Mitre Tavern
T’was a cold and rainy Melbourne evening on Friday 22nd July, when my partner Alyce and I made our way to Melbourne CBD to meet with the one and only Beth Luscombe of Access Paranormal for the national tour of Eat, Drink and Talk Paranormal. Beth had reserved a spot at the historic Mitre Tavern for anybody and everybody, old faces and new, to join in the conversation and meet new people of the paranormal field or interested in the paranormal.
So we parked the car, (forgot the umbrella [how very un-Melbourne of us]) and walked to the Mitre Tavern down a cobble stoned alley lined with lanterns. For a second I felt as though I was walking the streets of London once more; Beth sure knows how to pick her locations. She has unknowingly (or knowingly) set the atmosphere for a spooky and enjoyable evening already. Although we had arrived a little late and missed out on seeing my dear friend Bill from Australian Paranormal Society, Beth texts me and assures the para-party was still well and truly alive. We entered the tavern and were greeted with rustic furnishings and old pictures on the wall which framed the halls that led to a private section just for us paranormal Melbournians. I had never been to the Mitre Tavern; I was impressed! Instantly we felt welcomed; some faces I’d seen before and some I hadn’t.
I’ve been living in Melbourne for 2 years now having moved from Sydney, and although Melbourne isn’t as large as New South Wales, Melbourne’s paranormal teams are growing. And just like NSW, they are communal and active as hell. Events and tours happening, and even when they’re not happening, the teams are working on their next event or investigation.
After I hugged the bajeezus out of Beth (hadn’t seen her since Paracon and missed her heaps), a gentleman named Alvin moved some chairs around to fit us in the circle. Now I had Liked many of the Melbourne paranormal teams on the good ol’ FB but had only met a handful of them face to face. Tonight, that changed. I had the privilege of meeting Paranormal X-Files peeps Sarah and her partner Jimmie, Glen, Martin, Rie and Chris who is a good friend of Alvin’s. So while I got speaking with Sarah on all things Black Rock House Paranormal Tours (can’t wait for the next tour!), our partners Jimmie and Alyce bonded over all things music and percussion instruments. Turns out they’re both drummers! Sarah and her team were taking Beth on a tour the following evening (go Facebooking to find out specific details and visit Beth Luscombe’s page Access Paranormal for a live video on the tour). As the night progressed we got sharing our paranormal experiences and stories.
We spooked ourselves, and perhaps even had passers-by slow their pace as they walked by. So occasionally we went off topic (I blame the wine) but it was such a great atmosphere. I felt as though I had known these guys for years! I got talking to Alvin on all things pagan too. I came into the paranormal on the back of my pagan interests and he invited Alyce and I to a drumming circle; can’t wait to look into this one. Alvin tells me there are more pagan groups and events than Melbourne lets on. I had no idea! I remember telling him that living in the Hills (The Dandenong Ranges), I am surprised there aren’t many pagan events. Yes these last two Winter Solstice’s I have celebrated in my own house with my close friends and that was fine enough for me, but I’ve felt more of a yearning to share these pagan festivals with larger groups; and let’s face it, it’s nice being around like minded people. This meet-up was exactly what I needed. The rush and monotony of full time work can get in the way, so it was nice to make some time to unwind and relax with like-minded people and network.
It was so nice having my partner along for the ride too as I wanted her to be involved and ease into the awesomeness (thanks Mean Girls for coining this term) that is all things paranormal! One of the best things about events like these? Anything goes. Anybody and everybody is welcome, and para peeps have an amazing ability to provide a sense of inclusiveness that is very rare now days. Please, please stay tuned as Beth Luscombe’s Eat, Drink and Talk Paranormal events makes its way around the country. For those who are well and truly embedded in the Australian paranormal scene, it’s a perfect opportunity to get your team’s events promoted. For those who are new or even just curious as to what’s happening in and around your suburb or town, and just want a spooky night out, just rock up! Get in contact online and start the conversation. We need to support events like these; we need to support each other and pump energy, funds, time and effort into these local events that keep the Australian paranormal scene alive and on the map. Australia has a lot to give and I’ll repeat what I said this evening at the meet up; “it seems almost everybody has a paranormal story… this is a safe environment to do so.” Shout out to Beth Luscombe of Access Paranormal for organising these events and keeping us all united. It was a pleasure meeting you all.
Peace, Love and Brown Rice