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I copied this info from Marie Wallace's social media page.

Please join us at the DARK SHADOWS SATURDAY THE 13th IN NEW YORK - Documentary Premiere & Dinner Reception

Advance Reservations Required. Online payment via PayPal to Kathleener@aol.com
or mail-order payment to: Dark Shadows, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040
DARK SHADOWS SATURDAY THE 13th TICKETS - $89.00 per person
Includes:
- Master of Dark Shadows screening
- Q&A, autographs
- Complimentary Photo Op with Guests
- Dark Shadows Dinner
- Special DS Gift Bag

Please note: Tickets will not be for sale at the Paley Center or Empire Hotel. Tickets not available for screening or dinner separately.

Space is limited so it is recommended that reservations be made promptly.

MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS
World Premiere Screening/Celebrity Q&A/Autograph Signing - 2:00 p.m.
Paley Center For The Media
25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)

DARK SHADOWS DINNER
Reception With The Stars - 5:30 p.m.
Empire Hotel
44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
(between Broadway & Columbus Ave)

Appearing In Person:
LARA PARKER (Angelique), KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT (Maggie/Josette), SHARON SMYTH (Sarah Collins), MARIE WALLACE (Eve/Crazy Jenny and Megan Todd), DONNA WANDREY (Roxanne) and other surprise guests to be announced.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Re: Triboro Library Activities - DS
« on: February 08, 2019, 05:15:51 PM »
"Memories" for us--but it would seem that thanks to the availability of the show on Decades (or is it "Me-TV"?) and "Amazon Prime," some new, younger and older fans, are getting into it. For them, it's all new.

Best, G.

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Folks, this is the last update I am going to post on this thread. Unfortunately Denise is getting worse. She is going through withdrawal from some medications she had to be taken off, perhaps due to health issues. The dementia that Jasmine reports on in another recent update may be in part due to neural damage from the strokes, although Jasmine also says that these behaviors occurred in Denise before she ever had any of the strokes. As Jasmine says below, Denise both is and is not aware of how she is behaving and what is going on. Unfortunately in an update from yesterday, Jasmine reports that Denise has been becoming increasingly violent, oppositional, and unreasonable and I don't have the heart to continue reading about this.

The GOOD news is that Josh and Jasmine are going to have a baby. So, life continues.

If you want to continue to follow what is happening, you can make up an account on the face book with a name that you devise thus. Let's say your best friend's dog was named Chloe and the family lived on Clifford street. So on social media you are Chloe Clifford. As long as it sounds like a plausible name and you just have the account to follow Jasmine or whoever else you wish to follow, nobody will ask any questions. There are a ton of DS fan groups on FB but you have to actually join most to see the posts. I am not friended to Jasmine--she makes these updates public.

Best wishes,

Gothick

Final update I will post from Jasmine, dated Feb.4:

Denise update:
She has not been doing well in the nursing rehab center. Not that they are doing anything wrong but Denise is being out of control. Over the past few days we've each gotten calls at all hours of the day and night where Denise has fallen from not alerting anyone she's getting up, she's refusing her medications, she's screaming, and now today she has packed her belongings and is trying to bum rush the elevator like she's coming home. When we talk to her she tells us to "F off" or she just screams in our ear until she hangs up the phone. Today she was put back in her room from her little escape escapade and when she hung up we had to call the main nursing station for her floor and it's evident she can be heard yelling and fighting from the entire floor of sick and rehabilitating patients. We're getting ready to go up there to try to calm her down because they cannot have her act like this.

So yeah... She's still regressing and this is why we're so tired and frustrated. She's aware and not. She understands and doesn't. She isn't the same and this isn't sustainable.

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Current Talk '22 I / Re: Snow Globe, Gypsies, and DS Memories
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:36:26 PM »
Thanks, Philippe, for those notes. I did not look that carefully at the video of the snowglobe. It is just not my cup of tea (or glass of sherry).

I am glad you are happy with your gift!

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Re: DS Documentary announced
« on: January 25, 2019, 05:58:29 PM »
This article states that the disc will contain "more than an hour" of extras, including something they're calling a DS "set visit"--I presume this means material related to the production of the 1960s series.

No mention of the 2004 pilot being included, so perhaps that is going to be held for some possible later release--who knows.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2019/01/heres-your-first-look-at-art-for-master.html

G.

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Hi Gerard, I am not a personal friend of Jasmine's or the family's. People who know them as well as some fans have been writing to express support. Not al the messages have been terribly helpful but some have simply said that they support the decisions Jasmine and her husband have made and have hoped Denise could get better.

Jasmine has always been very gracious. I think she and Denise's son simply have come to the end of the line, for reasons she expresses quite eloquently in her writing I have shared here.

Best wishes, Gothick

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Current Talk '22 I / Re: Snow Globe, Gypsies, and DS Memories
« on: January 23, 2019, 11:49:49 PM »
That all sounds fascinating, Philippe. Interesting that you've found some independent genealogical and archival confirmation of what the DNA tests showed. I've become quite skeptical about those tests.. just my innate tendency to doubt highly trumpeted new tech that claims to yield miraculous results, I suppose.

I saw a short youtube video of the snowglobe and I did not think the tiny model looked at all like Collinwood. I am glad the globe is giving you pleasure.

Best, G.

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Dear all,
I am posting Jasmine's latest update from a day or so ago on her social media page. I am sorry it is not good news.

Best wishes, Gothick

From Jasmine Nickerson:

Denise update:
Her hospital case manager says she's not any closer to coming home. Likely not for a few more days. And even after she's discharged, they want her to go back to rehab because she's regressing. $160/day while she's there.

She's being really hateful and agitated and the only thing they can do is sedate her. It's what we've been dealing with from her for awhile only we can't sedate her, we just have to let her be that way towards us. Denise acts out physically by hitting, and kicking, and spitting. That behavior was targeted towards just me for awhile but now she does it to whomever when she realizes she can't do and get what she wants when she wants it. Nurses, doctors, family. And Denise doesn't have any interests or "leverage" that we can punish her with for bad behavior other than turning off her tv and then she just takes a nap until we turn it back on and then she keeps us up all night.

We're coming to the reality that we don't think we can do this anymore. And it's devastating. We've only tried to make her comfortable and happy at her home surrounded by the things she likes and knows. That she could be with us as get family and not feel isolated in a "home." But this isn't working. We are left spinning our wheels everyday. Like, yes, the stroke negatively impacted her in significant ways, but her personality remained. The stroke caused damage to her movement and dexterity faculties but exacerbated the worst parts of her personality.

Josh and I have lived in grief and denial about this for a long time and have tried to make things work. We tried to convince ourselves that we could do this. We tried to do everything in our power to make sure that she was "good." But we are coming to the harsh reality that the best way to take care of her and take care of us is to find a new solution; for her to live in a facility that can care for her and me to go back to work so we don't end up homeless. Her staying is just putting herself in danger as she refuses to listen and us in danger as she is getting more brazen with her physical outbursts. All of her money will be depleted so she can go on Medicaid and we will sign legal rights for her care since we will no longer be in charge.

It feels like we've wasted a lot of time, money, and resources. I gave up my career. We went without health insurance until the beginning of this year when Josh could enroll us from the plan we lost when I abruptly quit to stay with her. We've put a lot of things in storage, drained our savings and 401ks to make ends meet, and put our lives and futures on hold. And even still we're guilty and broken that it's coming to this. We never wanted this for her. But we can't do it anymore.

I'm sorry. We tried.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Re: DS Documentary announced
« on: January 23, 2019, 02:56:44 AM »
The BBC has actually spent money doing picture upgrades for certain vintage WHO shows. And the results were phenomenal, judging from some DVDs of the 1960s shows I saw around 9 or 10 years ago.

Nobody is going to spend money like that on DS. There's far too much of it, and unlike Dr Who, DS isn't big business. At least with the Decades broadcasts it is sort of back on regular TV again so people who don't buy DVDs can see it. Somebody I know who watched religiously back in the late Sixties has been watching again on Decades. He commented on social media how mesmerizing it is even when he can't help noticing all the production gaffes.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Grayson Hall's 1966 French film
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:44:29 AM »
Grayson Hall's 1966 French film, WHO ARE YOU, POLLY MAGOO? (QUI ETES-VOUS, POLLY MAGOO?) is now available for streaming on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Who-Are-You-Polly-Maggoo/dp/B073SGXXPZ

Grayson has four scenes in the film and speaks flawless French! You can hear some of Grayson's lines in this short soundscape item:  https://soundcloud.com/tokyoagent/cosmicolor-magnifique

G.

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Hi Dom, "The Haunting of Collinwood" is some kind of compilation of scenes from the Quentin haunting of Collinwood storyline as aired from late 1968 through early 1969. I think MPI periodically issues this kind of thing as a kind of "gateway drug" for people interested in the show who may get bogged down if they try watching from either episode 1 or from Barnabas being released from his coffin. At least I presume that is the rationale behind these.

xo G.

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Wow, what a great photo. Is that where the Carolyn and Angelique funeral scenes were shot in hoDS and NoDS?

I wonder if that "installation" is permanent or is just something that somebody puts up whenever a DS fan group is being given a tour? I would think the latter.

Thanks for sharing this!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '22 I / Re: <OT, Tried Searching...
« on: January 13, 2019, 10:28:42 PM »
The Woman in White is based on a famous Victorian novel by Wilkie Collins. There was a really good PBS serial of it in the late 70s or early 80s, and a 1940s film version starring Sydney Greenstreet, with our own Anita Bolster in a supporting role.

When you say a film with Daniel Radcliffe, I presume you mean THE WOMAN IN BLACK, which was based on a 1980s novel by Susan Hill.

Best, G.

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Because of a plot detail that would be a huge spoiler to mention, I think Mr. Ross must have written this sometime in the Spring or Summer of 1969. From what you write, Doctor & K9, I'm presuming that the four chapter novella was the result of Craig or another writer adapting Mr. Ross's plot outline. I actually haven't read any of the Ross books in decades so cannot comment on how closely this text follows his very standardized writing patterns.

I don't think DS fans would have been able to accept the ending of the book at all. It diverges way too far from established canon. Even by the "standards" of the Ross books, which is saying a lot.

Lovely that you were able to speak with Mrs. Ross. I hope she had a good time at the event.

G.

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I saw this link earlier today. According to the late Craig Hamrick, Dan ("Marilyn") Ross wrote a novella, THE SECRET OF VICTORIA WINTERS, for the Paperback Gothic DS series. The text would seem to have been composed sometime in 1968. I guess the book was canceled. It seems quite odd since a four chapter novella does not at all fit the usual format of Ross's work. This MS was originally published in a 1993 fanzine--I obviously have no idea whether it was really the work of Mr. Ross.

http://www.darkshadowsonline.com/victoria/secret_story.html

G.

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