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Ralphie’s gift from Aunt Clara finally has a purpose


CLEVELAND March 26, 2007 – Ralphie Parker’s Aunt Clara labored under the illusion that he was perpetually four years old, and a girl.   Aunt Clara’s Christmas gift to Ralphie when he was nine years old was a hand-made pink bunny suit and when he reluctantly tried it on, his father declared, “He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny!”


On Saturday, April 7, a deranged Easter Bunny (courtesy of a Christmas Story House associate dressed in an adult-sized version of the “pink nightmare”) will be on hand for photos while handing out Easter treats to guests. 


Two prize baskets filled with “A Christmas Story” merchandise, valued at $50-$75 each, will be raffled off.  Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5, and can only be purchased at the Gift Shop from now until April 7.  Winners need not be present and the proceeds will support the continued restoration efforts of the property, used in the filming of the 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story.” 


Since no holiday with the Parkers would be complete without Chinese food, C & Y Chinese Restaurant will be on hand with “Easter Egg-rolls” for $1, and to keep the family Easter dinner safe from the neighbors’ dogs, turkey-shaped dog biscuits will also be available.


“A Christmas Story House” is located at 3159 W. 11th Street in Tremont.  The 111-year-old former duplex was purchased in 2004 by San Diego native Brian Jones, who invested nearly $250,000 to renovate and restore the home to its “movie” condition.  Over 30,000 movie fans have visited the House since its grand opening in late November 2006.   The complex, which includes a Museum and Gift Shop across the street, is open year-round on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.  Tours of the house run every half hour with the last tour of the day at 4:30 pm.  For more information, visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com, or call 216-298-4919.




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