Wierd Tales Fest offers treasure hunt, ghosthunting, speakers, movie premi

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert celebrates the desert’s stranger side with its inaugural Weird Tales Festival on Sept. 27-28. The weekend begins with a Friday evening dinner at Carriage Inn and award-winning documentarian and producer Ted Faye’s exclusive world premiere of “The Desert’s Lost River of Gold.”

Activities continue on Saturday at the Historic USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. At 10 a.m. renowned treasure hunter W. C. Jameson presents “Legendary Lost Treasures of the American Southwest.” Called “the best-selling treasure author in the country and perhaps the world,” Jameson has written more than 80 books, has served as an advisor to the film “National Treasure” starring Nico-las Cage and has provided his talents as a consultant and/or on-air expert for the History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, PBS and “Nightline.”

At 11 a.m. Saturday the Historic USO Building is the starting point for a treasure hunt. Teams of two can sign up to visit participating locations where they will be given puzzles or codes to solve, physical challenges to perform and instructions for taking photos in exchange for pieces of the treasure map.

Each team member must be 18 or older and have a device for taking digital photos. At the end of the hunt, participants will upload photos to earn raffle tickets.

Prizes include brilliant uncirculated Morgan silver dollars, a metal detector and gift certificates.

Also scheduled are Faye’s cult classic, “The Ghosts of Death Valley Junction,” at 2 p.m.; a demonstration and workshop by California Paranormal Private Investigations at 3 p.m.; a “Meet the Presenters” social hour at 7 p.m.; and the public world premiere screening of “The Desert’s Lost River of Gold” at 8 p.m.

Tickets for Saturday’s events range from $5 to $15.

For more information, visit the www.hsumd.org/Calendar.htm and www.weirdtalesfestival.com or call HSUMD at 760-375-8456.

Story First Published: 2013-09-18