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December 2007 Newsletter

December 2nd, 2007 by Ralphie

Greetings, fellow Ralphies!!

Our First Annual “A Christmas Story” Convention in November was a huge success.  About 3,000 of you visited us in Cleveland, met the actors, saw the debut of the 1937 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan, witnessed the unveiling of the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom, got a sneak peek of the documentary “Road Trip for Ralphie” and enjoyed the Cleveland Winterfest parade and fireworks.   Click here to see the video of a newscast on the convention. http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=78564

Plans are in the works for the Second Annual Convention in 2008, which will also be the 25th anniversary of the film’s release.  Once again, it will be held the Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend so mark your calendar and plan to be with us.

NBC’s “Today Show” Visits “A Christmas Story House”

Be sure to tune in to the “Today Show” on Sunday, December 16 to see Lester Holt’s segment filmed at the House.  Each “Today Show” host is doing a story about his or her favorite holiday tradition, and Lester’s family always watches “A Christmas Story” together.   Use this link to read an article from the Akron Beacon Journal about his visit to Cleveland.  http://www.ohio.com/entertainment/11513611.html

For those of you in the Cleveland area, be sure to watch “That’s Life” with Robin Swoboda on Fox8 on Monday, December 10 and again on Christmas Eve day to see a special show on the House, Museum and Gift Shop.

A BB Gun Wedding

Congratulations to the Erin and Jeff DuBois of Ft. Wayne, Indiana who were married by the fireplace at “A Christmas Story” House on Saturday, December 1.  Erin wore a stunning vintage ivory silk suit with red accents, red peep-toe shoes and a red hat.  Jeff looked dashing in a vintage suit and fedora.  Following the ceremony, they enjoyed a chauffeured ride in the 1937 Oldsmobile with a sign on the back that read, “Wow Whoopee Just Married!”  To watch a video of the event, visit http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=79081.

Our new gift shop is open!

New this year!  Our gift shop is now in its own house at 3166 W. 11th Street, across the street from the House, and next door to the driveway of the Museum (which also used to house the gift shop).  In addition to the expanded space, we have some terrific new merchandise, including hats, sweatshirts, coffee mugs and action figures.  A large window provides a view of the 1937 Oldsmobile keeping warm and safe in the attached garage.  Your admission ticket is good for the both the House and Museum, and there is no charge to enter the gift shop.  (But we triple dog dare you to just try and leave without spending anything!)

Hey, Ellen!  Come to Cleveland!

TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is picking one city to visit and we think she should come to Cleveland.  With the help of our friends in St. Catharines, Tyler Schwartz and Jordie Smits and the good folks at Positively Cleveland, this video was sent to her:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPRnxYPQ_uI

Thanks for making us Number 1!

Thanks to your votes, “A Christmas Story” Museum was voted “Best Museum” in the My Fox Cleveland Hot List.  We’ve enjoyed the accolades as well as the many honors and benefits.  You can check out the complete list of winners at http://myfoxcleveland.cityvoter.com/Winners/PopWinner.aspx?contest=85.  (Note: Art gallery winner Brian Jones is not OUR Brian Jones – just an amazing coincidence!)

Brian on the Road

OUR Brian Jones made a regional media tour in November with stops in Ft. Wayne, Toledo, Erie, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Cincinnati, and a special stop in Rhode Island.  Thank you to everyone who turned out to see him and show your support, and who then came to see us in Cleveland.  We’ve enjoyed meeting all of our new Ralphies!

A Christmas Story House & Museum is open year-round on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 7-12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information, visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call 216-298-4919.

 

 

Steve Siedlecki

Executive Director, A Christmas Story House

 

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“A Crummy Commercial”!?

November 13th, 2007 by Ralphie

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‘Christmas Story’ fans to convene in Cleveland, Post-Gazette, Nov 04, 2007

November 4th, 2007 by Ralphie

Link to Original Article

‘Ralphies’ gathering on Thanksgiving weekend
Sunday, November 04, 2007
A leg lamp glows in the window of “A Christmas Story” House and Museum in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Brian Jones has restored the three-story, wood-frame house to its appearance in the movie and it’s open for tours.

If you identify with Ralphie Parker, the 9-year-old Midwestern boy who longed for a BB gun, you may wish to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Cleveland with fans of the movie “A Christmas Story.”

That’s when your fellow “Ralphies” will meet actors who played in the 1983 cult classic, tour the restored Cleveland home used in the movie and enjoy a Christmas dinner, just like the Parker family, at the C & Y Chinese restaurant.

“It helps you relive the movie. The [restaurant] owner even bought uniforms that look just like they do in the movie,” said Brian Jones, the California man who bought, renovated and opened “A Christmas Story” house in Tremont, just outside of Cleveland’s downtown.

Parked in the home’s driveway will be the restored 1937 Oldsmobile touring sedan used in the infamous scene where Ralphie utters a four-letter word while helping his father change a tire. Fans will even be able to shoot BB guns in the back yard of “A Christmas Story” house.

The convention will be held Nov. 23-24. So far, the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland has sold 150 convention packages that include an overnight stay, breakfast, trolley transportation to Tremont, a tour of the famous house and a meet-and-greet session with the movie’s cast members.

Notably absent from the convention will be Peter Billingsley, the actor who played Ralphie Parker. Now a television producer, Mr. Billingsley has not shown any interest in reliving this part of his career. But the actors who played Randy, Flick, Scut Farkus, Grover Dill, Miss Shields and the evil elves will be there. Darren McGavin, who played the curmudgeonly father “Old Man,” died in February 2006.

The convention, Mr. Jones said, was a natural because actors enjoyed coming out and signing autographs when “A Christmas Story” house, museum and gift shop opened nearly a year ago this month.

“Why not ‘A Christmas Story’ convention? There are so many fans!” Mr. Jones said in a telephone interview from his native San Diego.

More than 35,000 people have toured “A Christmas Story” house since it opened.

“We had a steady crowd in the summer months, which was kind of a surprise,” Mr. Jones said.

Among the most ardent Ralphies is Tyler Schwartz, a Canadian public relations consultant who will discuss at the convention his adventures in making a documentary about all the places associated with the movie.

“He has been to a building where the Christmas tree lot was. He has been to the original spot for the Chinese restaurant,” which is in Canada, Mr. Jones said.

Mr. Schwartz also found the Canadian school where the classroom scenes were filmed and obtained a chalkboard and coat rack and donated them to the museum that is across the street from the “Christmas Story” house.

The film is set in the 1940s. Ralphie’s decoder pin is the 1940 Speed-o-matic. His dad’s car registration is dated 1940. Mrs. Parker’s copies of Look magazines date from the late 1930s.

Visitors often ask Mr. Jones to autograph everything from pieces of aluminum siding to leg lamps, a kitschy “special award” that Ralphie Parker’s father receives in the movie.

Before he bought the famous house in Cleveland, Mr. Jones started a business called Red Rider Leg Lamps. He founded the company after learning that his eyesight would prevent him from becoming a naval pilot.

“It’s a fun joke, if you know the movie. I think it’s catching on as a Christmas decoration. We sell a couple thousand each year. All the local businesses will put them up in Tremont. I still have a dream that every window throughout America will have a leg lamp,” he said.

Recently, Mr. Jones spent $20,000 to buy the 1937 Oldsmobile touring sedan, which, he said, cost less than his Toyota Tacoma. He paid a vintage expert in Canton, Ohio, about $5,000 to restore the chrome, paint it black and fix the back seat.

“When I bought the house, a gentleman contacted me and said, ‘I have the car used in the movie,’ ” Mr. Jones recalled.

Mr. Jones, whose wife is expecting their second child on Jan. 2, also has expanded his real estate holdings in Cleveland. Just across 11th Street from the house that served as the Parkers’ home, he bought a blue house and turned it into a well-stocked gift shop. That move has allowed him to expand the museum, which is nearby on the same street.

Besides an exhibition about the restored Oldsmobile, Mr. Jones said, “We’re getting some more pictures from the Warner Bros. vault.”

Mr. Jones and his employees have added more touches to the Parker home, such as a wax turkey that looks and smells real, children’s toys and a Canadian phone known as a blooper that was used in the movie.

“Someone made a kitchen table and chairs that look like the one in the movie. He drove it up from Kentucky or Tennessee for free,” Mr. Jones said.

Marylynne Pitz may be reached at 412-263-1648 or mpitz@post-gazette.com.

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November 2007 Newsletter

November 1st, 2007 by Ralphie

Greetings, fellow fans of “A Christmas Story!”

 

Our first ever “A Christmas Story” Convention is just three weeks away!  If you haven’t already, it’s time to book your trip for the big two-day extravaganza, set for Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, 2007 here in Cleveland. 

 

Come meet the actors and be here for the unveiling of the family care used in the film, a 1937 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan, and the chalkboard on which Miss Shields wrote “A+++++++.”  While you’re here, you will have the chance to meet Ian Petrella (Randy), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), and Patty Johnson and Drew Hocevar (the two evil elves). 

 

There will also be a character look-alike contest, screenings of the movie, tours of “A Christmas Story” House & Museum, a BB gun shooting range, and the Cleveland Winterfest parade and fireworks.  Plus, you can purchase tickets to join the actors for a special “Chinese Turkey” dinner at C&Y Chinese Restaurant. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for children.  There will be fees for autographs (as determined by the actors),

 

Complete convention details, including how to purchase tickets for the Chinese Turkey dinner, are on our website, and you can call the House Thursday-Sunday at 216-298-4919, and Wednesdays beginning next week for more information. 

 

Our partner The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is offering packages that include deluxe accommodations and buffet breakfast for two, complimentary parking, tickets to “A Christmas Story” House & Museum with free roundtrip trolley transportation, and in-room screenings of the movie.  A similar weekend package is available after the Convention through February 3.  For more information on the packages, call the Renaissance at 1-800-228-9290 and ask for promotional code H09, or use this link xxxxx.  Many of the Convention activities will take place at the Renaissance and are free of charge.

 

Calling all Ralphie look alikes!

 

Daisy Outdoor Products is offering a special incentive for children 10 and older who enter the character look-alike contest dressed as Ralphie Parker.  The makers of the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun, based in Rogers, Arkansas will choose one winner from the top five “Ralphies” to appear on the packaging of a special edition BB gun, with “a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time” in honor of the “A Christmas Dream” Red Ryder BB gun which was produced in 1983 and used in the movie.  Along with the prestige of posing as Ralphie, the winner will receive $100, their very own Red Ryder Range Model Air Rifle and a Leg Lamp.  Daisy officials anticipate choosing the winner by early January and conducting the photo shoot in Cleveland in February or March.   

 

The character look-alike contest will be judged by “Randy” and “Flick”.  Winners in all character categories will win Leg Lamps and other “major awards!”

 

A panel discussion will take place on Saturday afternoon with our owner, Brian Jones, and filmmakers Deren Abram and Tyler Schwartz.   Deren is the producer of ClarkWORLD, a documentary about his long-time friend and mentor, the late Bob Clark, who co-wrote and directed “A Christmas Story.”   Tyler, along with Jordie Smits, both natives of St. Catharines, Ontario, are making a documentary, “Road Trip for Ralphie” which chronicles their quest to visit all of the film’s shooting locations from Cleveland to Canada, including the Victoria School in St. Catharines.  A key scene involves the two fans salvaging the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom on the day the building was gutted for remodeling.  There will be a special sneak peak at their film during the Convention.

 

Parking at the House can be challenging to say the least, so Lolly the Trolley is offering round-trip transportation from the Renaissance and Tremont’s Clark Fields to the House on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24.  Trips depart every half hour and round-trip tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children from the Hotel, and $1 (adults and children) from Clark Fields near Clark and W. 7th Str. in Tremont.   I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the ample parking downtown and at Clark Fields and travel by Trolley.

 

 “A Christmas Story” House & Museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 23, 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, Nov. 24 and noon to 5 pm on Sunday, Nov. 25.  Regular admission rates of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (ages 60+), and $5 for children (ages 7-12) will apply.  Children ages 6 and under are admitted for free.  

Steve Siedlecki

Executive Director, A Christmas Story House

 

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FIRST “A CHRISTMAS STORY” CONVENTION SET FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

October 30th, 2007 by Ralphie

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For more information:  www.achristmasstoryhouse.com

                                               

 

FIRST “A CHRISTMAS STORY” CONVENTION SET FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

 

Two-day event to feature actors, “Chinese Turkey” dinner and unveiling

of 1937 Oldsmobile and chalkboard used in the movie;

One “Ralphie Parker” look alike to be chosen for national promotion

 

 

Cleveland, Ohio (October 30, 2007) – “A Christmas Story” House & Museum in Tremont, and the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel have announced plans for the first “A Christmas Story” Convention, set for Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, 2007.

 

Original actors from “A Christmas Story” will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs, including Ian Petrella (Randy), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), and Patty Johnson and Drew Hocevar (the two evil elves).  The family car used in the film, a 1937 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan, will be debuted, and Moore will host a special unveiling of the chalkboard on which Miss Shields wrote “A ++++” in her classroom.

 

Daisy Outdoor Products is offering a special incentive for children 10 and older who enter the convention’s character look-alike contest dressed as Ralphie Parker.  The makers of the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun, based in Rogers, Arkansas will choose one winner from the top five “Ralphies” to appear on the packaging of a special edition BB gun, with “a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time” (a sundial) in honor of the “A Christmas Dream” Red Ryder BB gun which was produced in 1983 and used in the movie.  Along with the prestige of posing as Ralphie, the winner will receive $100, their very own Red Ryder Range Model Air Rifle and a Leg Lamp.  Daisy officials anticipate choosing the winner by early January and conducting the photo shoot in Cleveland in February or March.   

 

The character look-alike contest will be judged by Petrella (“Randy”) and Schwartz (“Flick”).  Winners in all character categories will win Leg Lamps and other “major awards.”

 

Other convention events include a “Chinese Turkey Dinner” with the actors at C&Y Chinese Restaurant, tours of “A Christmas Story” House & Museum, a BB gun shooting range,

 

 

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screenings of the movie, and the Cleveland Winterfest parade and fireworks.  The Renaissance, which will host most of the convention activities, is offering packages that include deluxe accommodations and buffet breakfast for two, complimentary parking, tickets to “A Christmas Story” House & Museum with free roundtrip trolley transportation, and in-room screenings of the movie.  A similar weekend package is available after the Convention through February 3.  For more information on the packages, call the Renaissance at 1-800-228-9290 and ask for promotional code H09

 

A panel discussion will take place on Saturday afternoon with Brian Jones, owner of “A Christmas Story” House & Museum, and filmmakers Deren Abram and Tyler Schwartz.   Abram is the producer of ClarkWORLD, a documentary about his long-time friend and mentor, the late Bob Clark, who co-wrote and directed “A Christmas Story.”   Schwartz and Jordie Smits, natives of St. Catharines, Ontario, are making a documentary, “Road Trip for Ralphie” which chronicles their quest to visit all of the film’s shooting locations from Cleveland to Canada, including the Victoria School in St. Catharines.  A key scene involves the two fans salvaging the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom on the day the building was gutted for remodeling. 

 

The Renaissance will be the site of the character look-alike contest, the chalkboard unveiling, panel discussion and two meet-and-greet sessions with the actors.  There is no admission charge for these events.  There will be fees for autographs (as determined by the actors), and tickets for the dinner at C&Y are $45 for adults and $22.50 for children.  Complete convention details, including how to purchase tickets for the dinner, are available online at www.achristmasstoryhouse.com.   Fans can also call the House Thursday-Sunday at 216-298-4919, and Wednesdays beginning November 7 for more information. 

 

  Lolly the Trolley is offering round-trip transportation from the Renaissance and Tremont’s Clark Fields to the House on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24.  Trips depart every half hour and round-trip tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children from the Hotel, and $1 (adults and children) from Clark Fields near Clark and W. 7th Str. in Tremont.   Executive Director Steve Siedlecki emphasized that parking near the House is very limited and encourages fans to take advantage of the ample parking downtown and at Clark Fields and travel by Trolley.

 

 “A Christmas Story” House & Museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 23, 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, Nov. 24 and noon to 5 pm on Sunday, Nov. 25.  Regular admission rates of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (ages 60+), and $5 for children (ages 7-12) will apply.  Children ages 6 and under are admitted for free.  

 

“A Christmas Story” House is the house used as the family home in the 1983 holiday classic film, now shown annually as part of a 24-hour Christmas marathon on TBS.  Set in December 1940, the movie follows the trials and tribulations of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.  Every adult he encounters, including Santa Claus, rebukes his request with the ominous warning, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”  The movie, based on stories from Jean Shepherd’s book, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie and the late Darren McGavin as the Old Man. 

 

            San Diego native Brian Jones purchased the 110-year-old house in 2004 and restored the former duplex to its “movie splendor,” both inside and out.  It opened for tours in November 2006 and has welcomed nearly 40,000 guests.  The House, with its accompanying Museum and Gift Shop, is open for tours year round Thursdays – Sundays, and Wednesdays – Sundays in November and December.  It is located at 3159 W. 11th Street in Cleveland’s historic Tremont district.

 

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Convention schedule attached (two pages)

 

 

Convention Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2007

10 AM – 5 PM: Actors from “A Christmas Story” to meet and greet fans and sign autographs at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

10 AM – 5 PM: “A Christmas Story” House & Museum open with BB gun range in the back yard.

2 PM: Unveiling of the Parker Family Car that caused Ralphie’s “Oh Fudge” incident. Unveiling will take place at “A Christmas Story” House. The car is a 1937 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan.

 7 PM: Chinese Turkey Dinner at C&Y Restaurant with the actors. 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2007

10 AM: “A Christmas Story” House & Museum opens with extended hours, and BB gun range in the back yard.

10 AM: First Lolly the Trolley trip departs from the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.  Trolley departs every half hour. Round trip trolley tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children.

10AM: First Lolly the Trolley shuttle departs from Clark Fields.  Round trip shuttle tickets are $1 per person.

10AM – 12 NOON: Exclusive actors meet-and-greet session.  Open to Renaissance Cleveland Hotel guests only.

12 NOON- 1 PM: Panel discussion: Brian Jones, owner of “A Christmas Story” House & Museum, and filmmakers Deren Abram and Tyler Schwartz.   Abram is the producer of ClarkWORLD, a documentary about his long-time friend and mentor, the late Bob Clark, who co-wrote and directed “A Christmas Story.”   Schwartz is making a documentary, “Road Trip for Ralphie” which chronicles two fans’ quest to visit all of the film’s shooting locations from Cleveland to Canada. 

1 PM – 10 PM: Actors meet-and-greet session in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.  Open to the general public. 

3 PM: Unveiling of the original movie prop chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom by Tedde Moore, who played Miss Shields, in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

4 PM: Character look-a-like contest. Come dressed as your favorite “A Christmas Story” character for a chance to win a Leg Lamp and other prizes. Contest will be judged by “Randy” and “Flick.”  The top five children dressed as Ralphie will have their picture submitted to Daisy Outdoor Products for consideration to star as Ralphie on a Daisy Red Ryder BB-gun package for the 25th Anniversary of “A Christmas Story” in 2008. Daisy Outdoor Products will choose the winner in early January and plans a photo shoot in Cleveland in February or March.

 

 

 

5 PM: Last Lolly the Trolley trip departs from “A Christmas Story” House for the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and Clark Fields.  Trolley departs every half hour.

6:30 PM: Winterfest tree-lighting ceremony, parade, and fireworks show. Winterfest events take place in Public Square in front of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

8 PM: “A Christmas Story” House & Museum close for the day.

10 PM: Actors meet-and-greet session closes.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2007

12 NOON – 5 PM: “A Christmas Story” House & Museum open.

 

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BOB CLARK KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT

April 4th, 2007 by Ralphie

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BOB CLARK KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT

 

“A Christmas Story” director Clark and son hit by drunk driver in Los Angeles

 

CLEVELAND April 4, 2007 – The director of the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” Bob Clark and his son were killed early this morning in a car accident in Los Angeles.

 

Clark, 67, and his son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, of Santa Monica were killed when their car was hit head-on by an SUV driven by a 24-year-old man who was later arrested for being under the influence of alcohol.  The driver and his female passenger were both seriously injured.

 

“It’s a tragic day for all of us who knew and loved Bob Clark,” said Scott Schwartz, who played “Flick” in “A Christmas Story.”   “He was a wonderful man and I was fortunate that he chose me to be in a project that has become iconic.  I talked to him every day and will really miss him.”  Schwartz said he has spoken with fellow cast members Ian Petrella (Randy) and Yano Anaya (Grover Dill) who were all “devastated” by the news.

 

“Bob was a fun-lovin,’ jelly-roll kinda guy who will be sorely missed,” lamented Schwartz.

 

Steve Siedlecki, executive director of The Christmas Story House in Cleveland, where many of the exterior shots of the family home were filmed, also expressed deep sadness.  “Bob Clark was planning to come to Cleveland in August to see the house and we were all very excited about meeting him.  It’s very sad to think that that will never happen.”  Fans are invited to stop by the Gift Shop and Museum at 1103 Rowley Avenue in Tremont to sign a condolence book that will be sent to Clark’s family. 

 

“A Christmas Story House” is located at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont area of Cleveland.  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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Director Bob Clark Killed in Car Crash

April 4th, 2007 by Ralphie

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“DERANGED EASTER BUNNY” TO VISIT CLEVELAND

March 26th, 2007 by Ralphie

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“DERANGED EASTER BUNNY” TO VISIT CLEVELAND

 

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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