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Super Mario Bros. A Christmas Story

September 24th, 2008 by Ralphie

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September 2008 Newsletter

September 24th, 2008 by Ralphie

Dear Brian,

We are excited to announce the release of two exclusive Dept 56 items included in this year’s A Christmas Story Village release. In addition to Dept 56, we will be restocking the Deluxe Desktop Leg Lamp.
Black Bart has been added to the cast of film characters who will be in attendance at A Christmas Story 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention on November 28 & 29.
There will be two very special displays unveiled at the convention. For the first time, Black Bart’s costume will be available for public viewing, as well as the two Genie Awards won by “A Christmas Story” back in 1984.

Exclusive Dept 56 Items
The Return of Black Bart
Deluxe Desktop Leg Lamp
Special Convention Displays

Exclusive Dept 56 Items in the Gift Shop

In honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary, A Christmas Story House Gift Shop will carry two exclusive items from Dept 56. These two items will be available only in our gift shop. The items are Ralphie Visits Santa and Watching the Parade.  Both items were made in limited quantities and will be available now. Our gift shop also will carry new 2008 release buildings and accessories, special re-releases and rare retired items.  
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Dept 56 New Releases, Re-releases and Retired Pieces

In addition to its exclusive pieces A Christmas Story House Gift Shop will carry this year’s new building and accessory.  New for this year are Pulaski’s Candy Store and Ralphie Bunny Suit. Pulaski’s Candy Store is where Ralphie tells his parents that Flick saw some grizzley bears in an attempt to convince them he need a BB-gun for Christmas. The idea for adding Pulaski’s Candy Store to the line of Dept 56 buildings came from fans who suggested it to A Christmas Story House owner Brian Jones, who then passed it on to Dept 56.  If there are buildings or accessories you would like to see in future years, just let us know and we will pass on along your requests.
Also at the suggestion of fans, A Christmas Story House arranged for Dept 56 to re-release the Fire House and Fire Truck that were part of the inaugural line of A Christmas Story Dept 56 items released in 2005. These hard-to-find items will now be available to all, allowing everyone to finally complete their A Christmas Story Villages.
A Christmas Story House also has acquired a limited number of the Chop Suey Palace and Singing Carolers.  These items were both retired in 2006 and have become hard to find. These two items will be available in November.

The Return of Black Bart
A Christmas Story House LogoYes he’s back and he is not “pushing up daisies.” We are pleased to announce that actor and professional stunt man Dwayne McLean, better known to fans as Black Bart, will be joining the cast of characters at A Christmas Story 25th Anniversay Celebration & Convention this year. He’ll be part of the special speakers series that will explore the making of A Christmas Story and what really happened on the set during the making of the movie. The speakers series will be exclusive to Ralphie Pass holders only.

After 4 years of consecutive conventions, A Christmas Story House & Museum is going to take a couple years break from hosting A Christmas Story Convention. This will be your last chance for a while to see the actors and revel in the all the events of the convention weekend. We have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s convention that much more memorable, including the premiere of two documentaries and rides in the original fire truck from the movie.   


Help make A Christmas Story House the #1 Museum in Cleveland

Vote for A Christmas Story House at Fox 8 ClevelandA Christmas Story House and Museum is again in the running for Best Museum in Cleveland.  Cleveland’s Fox 8 News is putting together the “Hot List” of places in Cleveland.  We need your help to repeat as the #1 Museum in Cleveland.  Simply follow the link below to vote for A Christmas Story House and Museum as your favorite museum.  

Deluxe Desktop Leg Lamp is back in stock

A Christmas Story HouseOne of our most popular items from last year, the Deluxe Desktop Leg Lamp, will be back in stock this month for early Christmas shoppers. The Deluxe Desktop version of A Christmas Story Leg Lamp is a scale model of the life-size leg lamp. All of the quirky features are present in this leg lamp, including the butt cheek, the chubby thigh, and the knobby knee. It also showcases a fringed gallery silk shade, a sexy fishnet stocking, an elegant stiletto heel and a beautifully finished wood base.  A single 3-way switch allows the leg and socket under the lampshade to light up independently or together. Ships in a box marked “HIZ END UP” and “FRAGILE” just like in A Christmas Story. Measures 26 inches.  
Also in now in stock are A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Wall Clock and A Christmas Story 2009 Calendar. 
                       A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Wall Clock                          A Christmas Story House Logo

Special Displays During 25th Anniversary Celebration 


A Christmas Story House Genie DisplayTwo very special displays will be unveiled during the 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention in Cleveland on Nov. 28 & 29. The first of which will be the 2 Genie Awards (Canadian equivalent of the Oscars) won in 1984 by A Christmas Story for Best Achievement in Direction and Best Screenplay.  This will be the first time they have ever been on public display. The Genies will be on loan from director Bob Clark’s estate and will on be on display for this holiday season.
The second display will be two sets of costumes.  One will be of the costumes worn by Black Bart and his men.  The other will be of “The Parker Family Christmas” displaying the costumes worn during Christmas morning.  All costumes are the original screen worn costumes.  They were discovered last year at Thunder Thighs Costumes by mega fan Tyler Schwartz and then acquired, along with numerous others, earlier this year by A Christmas Story House & Museum. Thought to have been lost to the ages, the discovery of the costumes 25 years after the making of the film is remarkable.  

A Christmas Story House & Museum is open year-round on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children (ages 7-12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information, visit or call 216-298-4919.
Best Wishes,

Steve Siedlecki, Executive Director
A Christmas Story House & Museum

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After 25 years, movie extra still recognized

September 18th, 2008 by Ralphie

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Monica Harvey will attend 25th anniversary celebrations of popular Christmas film


To this day, Monica Harvey still meets people who say, “You’re in that Christmas movie!”

Harvey, 36, figures she doesn’t appear ALL that different from how she looked 25 years ago.

What is surprising is that the film A Christmas Story — the tale of a boy whose only desire is a Red Ryder BB gun — became such a cult classic.

“We didn’t really have an idea the movie was going to be a success,” said Harvey, who played an extra in the movie filmed at her St. Catharines school in 1983.

“Who would have thought 25 years later they’d still be playing it?”

Harvey will be one of the extras attending the movie’s 25th anniversary reunion and celebration on Nov. 28 and 29 in Cleveland. The city is home to A Christmas Story museum and was the location for some of the filming.

Organizers are planning a panel discussion featuring anyone who attended the former Victoria School on Niagara Street at the time of the filming. Classroom and outdoor scenes were shot at the school.

The weekend of events also includes the unveiling of a chalkboard from the former school, tours of the museum, a meeting with the actors and screening of a documentary.

The Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department will be bringing its historic fire truck, which was featured in the movie, to the convention and offering rides.

A Christmas Story was a low-budget movie that has increased in popularity over the decades, spawning memorabilia such as ornaments, figurines, lunch-boxes and leg-shaped lamps like the one seen in the film. There are also Internet fan sites.

“It’s going to be a Niagara-focused weekend, with the unveiling of the chalkboard and the Chippawa truck,” Canadian organizer Tyler Schwartz said.


Schwartz said even people who weren’t in the movie will want to attend the event if they are film fans or from the Garden City.


Set in 1940s Indiana, A Christmas Story follows the dreams of Ralphie and his longing for a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle.

Producers chose St. Catharines for scenes because they needed a location that wasn’t flanked by highrises and could double for the 1940s.

About 75 students at Victoria School were chosen for outdoor schoolyard shots and 20 as extras in Ralphie’s classroom — in reality an empty science room. Children were given $1 each and the Lincoln County Board of Education was given $3.50 for every hour of service per child, which was used to buy school computers.

Harvey (nee Klein) was lucky enough to be in Ralphie’s classroom and in the famous winter flagpole scene. The scene involves a boy who sticks his tongue to the metal pole and has to be rescued by firefighters.

“The director told us to look like we’re in shock,” Harvey said. “Watch him, pay attention and be like you’re doing it in real life.”

Harvey remembers wearing long johns under a jacket for the outdoor scenes because she lost her nylons.

The flagpole was rigged with a suction device to keep the actor’s tongue in place. The extras got to try it out.

Krista Walters (nee Warriner), another Victoria School student chosen for the outdoor scenes, remembers trying to keep warm.

“We walked in the snow for about four hours for all this filming and then when we saw the movie, we weren’t in it,” she said, laughing.

Being cut didn’t hurt her enthusiasm, though. She’s kept mementoes such as journal entries and newspaper clippings, although her mother threw out a jar of coveted potato flakes that were used as snow on the set.

“We didn’t realize back then it was filmed all over,”Walters said.

“We just knew the stars were at our school and they fed us lunch and snacks.”

Retired Victoria School teacher Anne Dean said everybody at the school was involved in the film in one way or another.

“It was so hectic and the kids were so excited,” said Dean, who helped to organize the student extras and to get them in costumes, while also teaching her classes.

She said a bell was rung at the school when filming started to let students and teachers know they had to stay out of the halls and be quiet.

Dean plans to go to the Cleveland reunion and will be sharing stories on the panel.

And she has some extra insight. As a volunteer at women’s shelter Gillian’s Place, which is located in the former Victoria School, she’s seen the school before and after renovations.


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