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.
 

IN THIS ISSUE
Exclusive Dept 56 Items
The Return of Black Bart
Deluxe Desktop Leg Lamp
Special Convention Displays
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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.  
 
 
             A Christmas Story House Logo
     

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 www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call 216-298-4919.
 
Best Wishes,

Steve Siedlecki, Executive Director
A Christmas Story House & Museum

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