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Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / Off Topic: Melange
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:32:10 PM »
Did anyone catch Melange when it aired on Logo this week? It is the pilot film for a proposed online soap about a legendary NYC gay bar named Melange, the mysterious death of its owner and the battle for ownership. The cast is full of veteran soap actors. My little friend Kristen Alderson is playing a character named Abigail Collins. Yes, Abigail Collins. Collins is a pretty common name, though Abigail is not. I had to ask if that was just a coincidence. Apparently, there are a lot of Easter Eggs in Melange aimed at soap aficionados. Ilene Kristen is playing a character named Dolly Faye. Wonder if she's descended from Leticia or Pansy.
I don't know if it will be airing again on Logo but it is on YouTube.

Yes, there is a connection! The credits for The Gold Key comics have long been a mystery but someone did some detective work and discovered that several of the books were written by a young Merrie Spaeth. Spaeth costarred with Tippy Walker in the Peter Sellers classic The World of Henry Orient. Acting jobs were hard to come by after Orient, so Spaeth supported herself by writing comic books. Boris Karloff's Thriller. Smokey the Bear. And Dark Shadows.
No indication as to which issues or how many she wrote but the author has requested an interview with her for a future article on the Gold Key comics for Back Issue Magazine.
I wouldn't expect her to make an appearance at a DS event. Spaeth did extremely well for herself and is in demand for speaking engagements.

It's several months away but Sharon Smyth Lentz has announced that she will be appearing at The Haunted Screams Expo in Hampton, Virginia on September 19-20.

An announcement was made on the Chiller Theatre Facebook page that Kate will be attending the April Chiller Theatre. It has not yet been posted on their website. Kate has made very few appearances at these kind of shows, so this is a great opportunity to finally meet her.

Hermes Press is accepting preorders for copies of the reprint of the second DS novel Victoria Winters. There will be a limited amount of copies (200) that will be signed by Alexandra Moltke. The price is $24.99 for a signed copy, ten dollars more than an unsigned book. There is a 25% discount with the code FEB2020.

Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / Donna Wandrey, NYC Play Reading
« on: February 01, 2020, 11:24:25 PM »
Donna Wandrey will be appearing at a play reading in NYC on Sunday, February 9th. It is being sponsored by The League of Professional Theatre Women. There will be 8 short plays, all written by women, of about 10 minutes each. Admission is free. The event runs from 7PM to approximately 9PM. It will be held at St. John's Church at 81 Christopher Street.
Donna is working on a book about a church from NYC'S Upper West Side. She will also have a role in an unspecified series for HBO Max.

Sharon Smyth Lentz will be in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Carolina Fear Fest. The event is scheduled for May 22nd through May 24th. For further information:

Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / Mitch Ryan, The Hollywood Show
« on: October 29, 2019, 08:51:12 PM »
A posting on The Hollywood Show's Facebook page states that Mitch Ryan will be retiring after his appearance at the show on November 1st and 2nd. It doesn't specify if Mitch is retiring from acting or just from personal appearances. He is 91 and has certainly earned a rest. If you can't attend the show, you can order a signed photo through their website. The cost is $35 and I would expect about another $10 for shipping.

Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / Sharon Smyth Lentz on the radio
« on: October 17, 2019, 03:02:30 AM »
Kind of short notice but Sharon Smyth Lentz will be interviewed on an internet radio station from Pennsylvania on October 18th at 11 am.

For further information:ColassalRadio.Rocks

Roy Thinnes, whose long list of credits includes playing Roger Collins and Reverend Trask on the NBC incarnation of Dark Shadows, will be appearing at the upcoming Hollywood Show at the Westin Hotel near the Los Angeles airport on November 1st and 2nd. If you can't attend, you may purchase a signed photo through their website for $40 plus shipping. You may also be able to purchase previously signed photos from other DS actors who were at earlier events.

Laurel Wiley, who appeared in today. NBC Dark Shadows, passed away today. She had a small part as the screaming girl that Reverend Trask was trying to get a confession from when Abigail arrived seeking his services. Her other credits include Vanilla Sky and Ocean's 13 as Al Pacino's wife.
She had some serious health issues, including several bouts with cancer. She had been hospitalized with a heart problem and flatlined last week, so I think that she knew that she didn't have much time.
I only knew Laurel through Facebook and I always enjoyed reading her posts. She was always doing whatever she could to help others. I hope that she has found peace.

Sharon's going to have quite a busy fall. She will be making an appearance at a one day event called Legends Fest on Saturday September 28th at The Holiday Inn in Clark, New Jersey. In addition to Sharon, the guests will include Alison Arngrim from Little House on The Prairie and Felix Silla who played Cousin Itt. Also in attendance will be Sara Karloff, Ron Chaney and someone who goes by the name Frank Steinatra. I guess Old Blue Skin is back.
The person in charge is Bruce Tango, who bills himself as a ghost hunter.

It appears that there is some Dark Shadows related activity coming to Tarrytown the weekend of October 10-13th. The Sleepy Hollow Film Festival is planning a weekend of screenings and activities related to Sleepy Hollow and Halloween. This includes cult actor Jeffrey Combs doing a one man show as Edgar Allen Poe and a live production of Plan Nine From Outer Space featuring Bobcat Goldthwaite.
There is going to be something DS related as well. The announcement was extremely vague but it sounded like a screening of the documentary. This is not being presented by the Dark Shadows Festival. There may be guests with a DS connection but none have been announced as yet.
Tickets for individual events have not been announced as yet. The only prices that have been posted as yet are Gold and Platinum Tickets for the entire weekend's events. Gold tickets are priced at $235.00; platinum tickets are priced at $375.00.
Beyond the budget of many of us.
I know that a lot of this sounds rather vague but the organization's posting is short on specific information. It sounds like a very ambitious event. Let's see if they can pull it off.

Sharon Smyth Lentz, Sarah Collins herself, will be making an appearance at The Horror Side Show in Allentown, Pennsylvania on September 7th and 8th. Admission is quite reasonable, $5.00 either in advance or at the door.

Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / Denise Nickerson update
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:56:33 PM »
Jasmine Nickerson, Denise's daughter in law, posted that Denise had a major medical emergency and was taken to the ER yesterday. She's currently in ICU and has had seizures and is said to be in pulmonary and respiratory distress. She has also developed pneumonia. They have upped her oxygen. She is under a DNR order, so they have not put in a ventilator or feeding tube. They just have to wait to see how well Denise responds.

On a brighter note, Jasmine's baby, which will be Denise's first grandchild, should be arriving in about seven weeks.

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