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DARK SHADOWS FESTIVAL 2010 INFORMATION

----- UPDATING: DS FESTIVAL’S "SHADOWS IN THE SUN"

CAST REUNION & FAN CONVENTION

SG here announces our updated guest list, programming details, special events, and membership / Banquet prices.

The new SG newsletter print issue – a HUGE Double SG #117-#118 – will be sent to all current postal-mail subscribers very soon. I will announce its publication and highlight its contents in a SG Online News Update posted to the SG YahooGroup.

******* PLEASE NOTE:

This is a SG advance announcement intended for the fans’ interest and information only. SG does not handle any Fest payments or the Fest’s annual general mass postal-mailing. Those are done entirely through the Fest from its New Jersey P.O. Box address.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY FEST PAYMENTS TO THE FEST POSTAL-MAIL ADDRESS BEFORE APRIL 20

The mass mailing should be en route by that date. It will have the actual Payment Form you must include when you pay for your Fest membership. After the mailing is sent out, you also can print the membership form off the Fest website.

Following is the latest confirmed Fest news, which is fully detailed in the upcoming SG #117-#118 print issue, along with more premiere announcements, exclusive photos, extensive news developments, and much more. (To receive the published print issues, see SG subscription information later in this Update.)

*** SHADOWS IN THE SUN – 2010 DARK SHADOWS CONVENTION

July 16-18, 2010

Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

2500 Hollywood Way

Burbank, CA 91505

818-843-6000

*** From SG #117-#118:

The latest complete updated guest list: JONATHAN FRID, DAVID SELBY, LARA PARKER, JOHN KARLEN, JERRY LACY, KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT, MARIE WALLACE, CHRIS PENNOCK, LISA RICHARDS, JIM STORM, ROBERT RODAN, ROBERT COBERT, and SY TOMASHOFF. More guests to be announced.

Also confirmed to guest for the first time: KATHLEEN CODY (Hallie, Carrie) and MICHAEL BROCKMAN (Unit Manager).

Planned weekend events: Cast Reunion & autographs; Jonathan Frid dramatic readings; surprise actor performances; audience Q&As with the stars; Marketplace sales rooms with new merchandise and vintage collectibles - countless items of all types, priced from $1 or less to $100s+; discussion of the upcoming new Johnny Depp/Tim Burton DS movie; charity auction of unique DS items; rare screenings; Fan Costume/Presentation Gala (all fans are invited to participate just for the fun of sharing their creativity); DS retrospective & museum.

--- Fri., 7-16: New Special Event:

DS FRIDAY MOVIE MATINEE WITH JONATHAN FRID

At 12:30pm on 7-16, Jonathan will be honored with a handprints-in-cement ceremony at the historic Vista Theatre in LA/Hollywood (a short distance from the hotel). Following the ceremony, the 1970 MGM motion picture HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, starring Jonathan, will be shown on the big screen inside the theatre from a pristine 35 mm print.

Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027. (323) 660-6639.

The beautifully-restored Egyptian-style Vista is more than 75 years old and located not far from the hotel, at the intersection of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, 3 blocks east of Vermont Ave., in Los Feliz (Los Angeles).

The $10 admission for the ceremony/screening includes popcorn and a soft drink. Tickets are limited. For an additional $15, round-trip bus transportation will be provided to and from the Marriott Hotel to the Vista. The movie will finish at approximately 3pm, allowing attendees time to return to the Marriott before the Fest opens at 6pm.

Fans who want bus transportation must send their reservation/payment by postal-mail to the Fest address below before July 10.

Fans who do not need transportation can purchase tickets for $10 each directly from the Vista box office during afternoon/evening operating hours (after 4pm weekdays or after 2pm weekends)

--- Sun., 7-18: DS In The Sun Special Event:

BANQUET WITH JONATHAN FRID & OTHER DS GUESTS

On 7-18 at 7pm, join the guests for a 3-course dinner in the hotel Ballroom, followed by door prizes and after-dinner entertainment. Each banquet attendee will receive a commemorative Barnabas Collins photo (from the original negative) with a personalized autograph by Jonathan. The banquet price (includes signed picture) is only $50 per person and is non-refundable. Advance reservations are required and must be received by July 10. Send payment to the Fest address below.

Please Note: Jonathan appears at the Fest only on Sat., 7-17 and Sun., 7-18. His autograph will be available only to those attending the banquet. If you are paying for the banquet, your first name will be personalized on the photograph - no exceptions. NO REFUNDS for the banquet for any reason, but if you must cancel, you will be sent your Barnabas photo autographed by Jonathan.

--- FEST PROGRAMMING & ACTIVITIES

Your Fest membership (single day/all 3 days) gives you access to all Fest activities except the Banquet and the celebration at the Vista Theatre (separate payments). All weekend, you can attend the guest Q&As and presentations, video screenings, charity auction, Costume & Presentation Gala (as a participant or in the audience), and visit the Marketplace sales rooms.

SG #119 and my SG Online News Updates posts to the SG YahooGroup will announce and report more Fest details as we finalize them.

 

--- SHADOWS IN THE SUN Memberships:

REMEMBER: PLEASE DO NOT MAIL ANY PAYMENTS UNTIL APRIL 20.

Admission:

Adult: $30 for all 3 days or $15 for 1 day

Children 6-12: Half-price

Above rates by mail until July 10. The same rates apply thereafter, at the door only.

For your convenience you can pay for advance membership(s), the Vista Celebration, and/or the Banquet at the same time with a single check/money order. Send payment with 2 SASEs (Stamped Self-Addressed Envelope).

All payments must include a membership form, available from the Fest website or by sending a SASE to the Fest address below. Please include the full name/address for each person for whom you are paying. Please note that the Fest can not accept credit cards or PayPal.

Fans registering in advance receive a tentative programming schedule via postal-mail shortly before the Fest.

Dark Shadows Festival

P.O. Box 92

Maplewood, NJ 07040

Website: darkshadowsfestival.com

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**** GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION

The Fests were co-founded by Kathleen Resch, Maria Barbosa, Dale Clark, and Marcy Robin 26+ years ago. The first Fest was in 1983 in San Jose, CA. The annual conventions now alternate between the Los Angeles and New York areas. From the start, the Fest has been an event by, for, and with the fans and guests to share DS together.

You will receive your membership badge and a program book at the Fest registration table. You must wear your badge to enter all Fest programming. (Note: The Banquet is by pre-reserved ticket only.) Be comfortable in your clothing and shoes – you may be standing in lines for autographs, but you also will be sitting in the main ballroom for onstage programming.

The Fest asks that you please be respectful of our guests, speaking to them briefly and getting only 1-3 autographs.. In this way, other fans also have a fair turn to chat briefly with the guests and get a couple of autographs. Please be respectful of your fellow fans when entering, leaving, or seated in the ballroom, or when you take pictures from the audience while the guests are onstage..The fan-oriented tone of the Fests encourages everyone to have fun together.

Premiere announcements of Fest news, detailed descriptions, programming, and much more are in the brand-new double print issue, SG #115-#116. This hot-off-the-press edition of The Official DS Newsletter & News Source expands and explains Fest programming, special features, and much more, including an exclusive message from Jonathan Frid .

Additional special Fest information is posted at the ShadowGram YahooGroup.

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

If you're a Yahoo member, click on "Join This Group".

If not, you can join Yahoo - just click on their "sign up" link on their home page. Then enter the above URL and join the group.

There is no cost to be a group member and you do not need to be a subscriber to the published SG newsletters.

If you would like me to send you an invitation to join the group, please contact me, Marcy Robin, at the email address below.

I have posted quite a few Updates recently to report the latest confirmed plans for our DS Festival convention in Newark, NJ, this month. These Updates also have news about he DS movie with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, new acting roles for the DS cast/crew, new merchandise, and more. The most current one I posted is Update #201.

You can read past Updates once you're a member of the group.

As always, the SG print issues - published for 30 years, since 1979 - continue to bring all postal-mail subscribers the latest official, confirmed DS news, special photos, media coverage, full details, and much more.

I hope you can join us at the Fest and enjoy DS with all of us!.

Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
ShadowGram@aol.com

2009 DS FESTIVAL CONVENTION

Newark, NJ

Aug. 14-16

Marriott Airport Renaissance Hotel

100 Spring St., Elizabeth, NJ 07021

908-436-4600

SG Online Update #191 premiere-announced the convention and our confirmed guests: Jonathan, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Marie Wallace, and additionally, Donna Wandrey. More guests to be announced.

SG #114 notes Fest plans: The general schedule; some planned programming activities; membership fees and reservation information for the traditional Banquet with the Stars; and much more. The latest confirmed plans will be announced and updated in the next SG #115 print edition and in the SG Yahoo Group.

The hotel offers sleeping rooms at a special reduced per-night rate. You must mention "Dark Shadows Festival" to get the discounted rate. Fans are encouraged to make their reservations soon. Call the hotel’s direct reservations line: 866-234-7535.

For the membership registration form, plus information about volunteering at the Fest or contacting potential hotel roommates, send a SASE to Dark Shadows Festical, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040. DarkShadowsFestival.com

SG #114 PHOTOS & NEWS HIGHLIGHTS:

ShadowGram # 114 features numerous casual and candid pictures of our 2008 Festival guests: Jonathan, Lara, David Selby, John, Kathryn, Marie, Jerry Lacy, Robert Rodan, Chris Pennock, Roger Davis, Robert Cobert, and Sy Tomashoff.

A report on the Burbank Fest details the guest Q&A talks, live onstage performance of the "lost" 1968 DS script, annual Banquet With the Stars, and more. The highlight of the weekend was Jonathan’s introduction: John Karlen, as "Willie," stepped onstage holding a lit candleabra and discovers a chained coffin as the room echoes with Barnabas’ commanding "Willie!" He opens the casket, a hand shoots up from inside, grasping at his throat – and John then assists Jonathan out of the coffin, to the roaring delight of the standing-room-only audience.