Want to come to the conference? Walk up $49 “day passes” are available at the door.
Casa Monica Hotel – phone here: 1-904-827-1888.
Join us in Florida this winter. We proudly announce the International Cryptozoology Museum Conference, January 4-5-6, 2016, in America’s Oldest European-Settled City ~ St. Augustine, Florida.
The three-day event is a scientific cryptozoology conference being held near the site of the 1896 “Giant Octopus” beaching.
The conference will be a thoughtful experience for guests. Please sign up today (click here or see the individual options below).
The event will unfold over three days during Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the first full week of 2016. This takes place at the end of St. Augustine’s Festival of Lights. It is a beautiful, calm time of year in St. Augustine, Florida, with moderate temperatures and festive decorations still in place in this European appearing city.
Here is the schedule of events:
January 4th – Day One: Speakers, Guests, Vendors arrive at the four-star Casa Monica Hotel (a grand four-star hotel) in St. Augustine, Florida.
Afternoon sightseeing activities for early attendees will be suggested. There are nearby attractions to see, such as the Lightner Museum, next door to our hotel. Vendors (high quality scientific books to popular cultural cryptozoology items) will be set up for availability, beginning at 5 PM.
If registered at the Casa Monica Hotel and registered for the conference, enjoy the first day.
January 4th – 4:00 PM: Vendor Tables open until 8:00 PM
4:00 – 6:30 PM: ”VIP Meet and Greet” – will be held at the Casa Monica Hotel, for attendees.
6:30 PM: Loren Coleman will open the Conference, with brief remarks on the 1896 Giant Octopus Beaching at St. Augustine, Florida and an overview of the conference.
7:00 – 7:45 PM: Rob Robinson, “Florida’s Skunk Ape History.”
8:00 – 9:15 PM: Special screening of Sasquatching, Scott Herriott’s 2005 documentary.
Vendors, Meet the Authors tables open: 8:00 AM; open all day.
9:00 AM: Opening Address: Cliff Barackman on “Some Thoughts on Footprints”
10: 00 AM: Paul LeBlond on ”The Search for Caddy”
11:00 AM: Matt Bille on “Bears and Cryptozoology!”
Noon: Lunch on own
1:30 PM: Loren Coleman on “Cryptozoology in Museums”
2: 30 PM: Kathy Strain, ”Bigfoot in Native American Culture”
3: 30 PM: Pat Spain on “Beast Hunting”
4:30 PM: Michel Raynal on “The Search for the Giant Octopus”
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Preview of a new documentary.
Open to all conference registrants. A local resident or staying elsewhere, get the $49 Second Day Pass.
January 5th – 7:00 PM Day Two Evening: A special showing of a documentary on the Creature of the Black Lagoon movies (inspired by the discovery of the coelacanth) and the Revenge of the Creature (filmed at Marineland) will be screened in an art movie theater one block away, rented especially for this conference.
Free to all attending the conference.
Vendors/Authors tables open at 8 AM; Close at 11 AM
Breakfast 8:00 AM, included with all conference registrations.
Morning open to all pre-registrants. Day passes for the morning events only available for $49.
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast Address: Lyle Blackburn on “Boggy Creek: History, Legends, and Sightings of the Fouke Monster”
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Jerome Hamelin on ”Go/No Go: Expeditions to Otherwhere in Search of the Living Coelacanth”
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Goodbyes, checkouts.
Noon: Meet bus for Marineland and Giant Octopus Beach tours (Noon-4:30 PM) Limited to 25. Register early. Free to those who staying at the hotel and VIPs.
Afternoon: Terran McGuinness, Marineland, Behind the scenes of where Black Lagoon Creature movies were filmed; Giant Octopus/coelacanth discussed.
Exclusive field trip for first 40 who are staying at the Casa Monica Hotel who sign up. Tour of the secret private museum at Marineland (not open to the public), touch & feed dolphin experience, Terran McGinnis’ talk on the history of Marine Studios/Marineland, and an on-site photography opportunity at the site of the 1896 Giant Octopus beaching (via our chartered vintage tour bus).
Confirmed speakers include:
Cliff Barackman of Finding Bigfoot.
Michel Raynal, author, Tentacules, France
Loren Coleman (L), director, International Cryptozoology Museum, and author of dozens of books.
Jerome Hamlin (R), founder, Dinofish.
Paul LeBlond, author, Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep, Canada, “Discovering Cadborosaurus”
Kathy Strain, author, Giants, Cannibals & Monsters: Bigfoot in Native Culture
Patrick Spain, host, Beast Hunter
Matt Bille, author, Shadows of Existence, Rumors of Existence
Robert Robinson, author, Legend Tripping
Vendors: CONTACT LOREN COLEMAN, (click his name or go to http://www.lorencoleman.com/contact.html). Vendor tables available in exchange for registering Monday and Tuesday night (group rate ICZM) for the conference. Vendors who wish to be able to attend any talks, movies, tours, and more, must register for the conference separately. There will not be any vendors allowed who are NOT staying at the Casa Monica.
If you are a confirmed guest for two nights at the Casa Monica Hotel ($189 per night, group rate code “ICZM”), your conference rate will be $140. This allows you free attendance at the Day One reception, free admission to all talks, free admission to the Creature from the Black Lagoon documentary and film theater screening, and the ability to be one of the 40 VIP individuals for the Marineland/Giant Octopus tour (at $60 per person).
If you are staying elsewhere (not at the Casa Monica Hotel), your conference rate will be $190. You may add on the “Meet and Greet” reception in the Lightner Room evening for $49, the Creature from the Black Lagoon event for $15. [Just to repeat, the special VIP Marineland/Giant Octopus tour will only be available for 40 people who are registered conference goers and registered guests at the Casa Monica Hotel, on a first come, first served basis.]
Links and fees:
Next, go to the International Cryptozoology Museum Conference options page is found here.
Here are the individual options.
You are a registered guest of the Casa Monica for two nights, and wish to come to the conference. Conference fee, $140. Reception is free, movie is free, chance to purchase the Marineland/Giant Octopus field trip is an option.
You are a registered guest of the Casa Monica for two nights, have paid your conference fee, and wish to go on the Marineland/Giant Octopus field trip. Add VIP Marineland/Giant Octopus field trip, $60. Only 40 available.
VIP Combination of Conference registration and Marineland/Giant Octopus field, only open to Casa Monica Hotel confirmed guests. Combination VIP package, $200.
Only 40 VIP tour spots – in total – for the Marineland/Giant Octopus trip. First come, first served.
You are not a registered guest at the Casa Monica Hotel. Conference fee, $190. No VIP tour possible with this option.
You are not a registered guest at the Casa Monica Hotel, have paid your conference fee, and wish to add the Casa Monica Reception. Add reception fee, $49.
You are not a registered guest at the Casa Monica Hotel, have paid your conference fee, and wish to add the Creature from the Black Lagoon screening. Add movie fee, $15.
First come, first serve with all options. We may fill up early, so please plan accordingly. No refunds; if you register and cannot come, your ICM fees will become 501(c)3 tax-deductible donations and you will be issued a letter for your taxes.
Come join us explore the scientific and popular culture links to cryptozoology in a warm and wonderful venue.
Thanks for support from the following groups and organizations:
Ohio Bigfoot Conference
Terms & Conditions
By purchasing a ticket to the event you accept the terms and conditions below for you and anyone in your group.
-All tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. All sales final.
-Presenters and presentation topics are subject to change depending on individual schedules and unforeseen conflicts.
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the event, the maximum liability shall be limited to full refund of conference registration fee paid at the time of booking, with no additional liability whatsoever to the conference organizers and presenters.
The conference organizers and presenters accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property. Purchaser shall indemnify the International Cryptozoology Museum and any participating hosts, speakers, or any directly invited participant appearing at the event from and against all liability in respect of any costs, claims, damages, demands, penalties, actions, proceedings, suits, losses or expenses in respect of any and all claims, losses, costs, damages of any nature whatsoever, including but not limited to claims arising out of the injury to or the death of any person, or damage to any property arising from my participation in the activity.