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September 2009 Newsletter

August 27th, 2009 by Ralphie

Help Shine A Light on A Christmas Story House!!!

Shine A Light

Please support A Christmas Story House and Museum by endorsing our nomination as a inspiring small business in the Shine A Light business sweepstakes.  We are proud to accept the nomination from a long time customer and friend, Melody Spangler.  You can read and endorse Melody’s nomination at shinealight.ivillage.com

The “Shine A Light,” campaign calls for people across the country to nominate and vote for their favorite small businesses that has distinguished itself through innovation, made a contribution to its community, or proven its merit through exceptional customer service.

The winning business will receive $100,000 in grant and marketing support from American Express and will be featured on MSNBC’s small business show, “Your Business.” And the people who nominate the three finalists will receive $3,000 AmEx gift cards.

Click here to endorse our nomination. We appreciate your support.

The 100,000th Visitor!!!
A Christmas Story House Image

A Christmas Story House and Museum welcomed its 100,000th visitor this Thursday.  Lee Stanton from Brunswick, Maine was the lucky visitor.  He made a special detour just to visit the House while traveling with his mom on their way to Kentucky.  As our 100,000th visitor Lee received a ” Major Award!” Leg Lamp and commemorative over-sized ticket with the number 100,000 on it, framed in a shadow box with an original piece of the House enclosed.   Since opening less than three years ago A Christmas Story House has performed 3 weddings and welcomed visitors from all fifty states and countries around the world.

Ralphie Cast for A Christmas Story The Musical.
Ralphie in The MusicalCongratulations to Zachary Carter Sayle of Hoover, Alabama has been cast as Ralphie for A Christmas Story The Musical.

Sayle — fresh off a national tour of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – has been cast as Ralphie, the narrator and young star of the Christmas tale, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre,. Before “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” Sayle starred as Ralphie in CenterStage Productions’ version of “A Christmas Story” in Birmingham. Sayle’s mother, Pam, runs Alabama Dance Academy in Hoover.

Zachary Carter Sayle

Deluxe Leg Lamps back in stock.
Deluxe Leg LampDeluxe Leg Lamps are back in stock.

The beautiful 50-inch Deluxe Leg Lamp is a near perfect replica of the leg lamp featured in A Christmas Story.  All of the quirky features are present in this leg lamp including the butt cheek, the chubby thigh and the knobby knee.  It also show cases a fringed gallery shade, a sexy thigh high fishnet stocking, and an elegant stiletto heel. This is our tallest model of leg lamp and the most accurate in style and size to A Christmas Story leg lamp.

We have also recently added a new packing option: the leg wooden crate.  This new crate option ships just the lamp in a wooden crate while shipping the shade in a separate box.  Its a nice upgrade from the cardboard box and an economical alternative to the full size crate.

Click here for more information or to place an order.

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A Christmas Story House & Museum Reaches 100,000 Visitors

August 27th, 2009 by Ralphie

Lee Stanton stayed an extra day on his road trip through Cleveland just to visit the pop culture destination and won a “major award.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Jodi O’neill
Landau Public Relations
216.912.2855
joneill@landaupr.com

August 27, 2009 (Cleveland) – A Christmas Story House & Museum just reached a major milestone with its100,000th visitor. Brunswick, Maine’s Lee Stanton won the distinction–and a leg lamp–on his stop in Cleveland to visit the pop culture destination where people from around the globe go to celebrate the holiday movie classic, A Christmas Story.

A Christmas Story House & Museum (www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com) located in Cleveland, Ohio’s Tremont neighborhood, is one of the original locations for the 1983 holiday film in which Ralphie Parker pleads for a Red Ryder BB Gun although everyone assures him he will only shoot his eye out. Visitors to the house take a nostalgic journey through the sights and scenes of the film, including visiting memorable spots such as the backyard where Ralphie battled Black Bart, under the sink where little brother Randy hid because “Daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie!”, and the bathroom where Ralphie’s decoder ring helps him to decipher, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.” Of course, the front window is graced with “the soft glow of electric sex” from the Old Man’s leg lamp, which he called a “major award.” In addition, the museum contains hundreds of photographs and original props, including the “I can’t put my arms down” snowsuit.

The house was purchased in 2004 by 33-year-old San Diego native Brian Jones, a fan of the movie and founder of www.RedRiderLegLamps.com. Jones saw the house listed on eBay, made an offer of $150,000, spent $247,000 to renovate the outside and make the inside match the movie’s sound stage, and opened it as a tourist destination Thanksgiving weekend 2006.

Fast-forward to summer 2009, and 26-year-old physical therapist Lee Stanton insists on a stop to the house on his drive from Maine to compete in an Ironman competition in Louisville, Kentucky. “I have probably watched the movie 25 times since I was 10 years old; it is one of my favorites. We got lucky!” Traveling with his mother, Sally Stanton of Fair Haven, Vermont, the pair decided to stay an extra day in Cleveland just to see the movie lovers’ mecca. She said, “It couldn’t have happened to a better person. He really loves the movie!”

The Stantons are taking home the same “major award” as the Old Man, a leg lamp, as well as other A Christmas Story House memorabilia, including an actual piece of the house, framed along with a commemorative ticket. About the house Lee Staton says, “They haven’t missed a detail.”

Since opening, the house has hosted three weddings, one renewal of vows and two proposals. Visitors have come from all 50 states and many countries, including Germany, England, China, Switzerland, Australia, Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, Mexico and Thailand.

Brian Jones says, “We knew this milestone was approaching, but anticipated reaching 100,000 visitors in late October. People from all over the country and all over the world who love the movie have been coming in record numbers to join in the fun. It’s a great honor to share my tribute to one of the most memorable movies of our time with everyone, and especially today with Lee Stanton.”

What’s next? This season, two holiday classic movies will collide: A Christmas Story House & Museum will “go Griswold” and bedeck in 25,000 twinkle lights to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Lampoon’s® Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase. To commemorate, A Christmas Story House gift shop will sell replica moose mugs, just like the ones that Clark and Cousin Eddie toasted.

ABOUT THE HOUSE & MOVIE:

A Christmas Story starred the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man and Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. The film became a holiday favorite years after its theatrical release and is celebrated annually on cable with a daylong marathon.

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. It 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 tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children (ages 7 to 12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919. You can also purchase leg lamps and other items online, including this year’s new Pink Nightmare Bunny Suit, just like the one from Aunt Clara.

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August 2009 Newsletter

August 4th, 2009 by Ralphie

Exclusive Dept 56 Items in the Gift Shop
A Christmas Story House Gift Shop will once again carry two exclusive items from Dept 56 which will only be available only in our gift shop. The items are The Perfect Tree and The Santa Float.  Both items are limited quantity re-releases of retired pieces. Both are now available for PRE-ORDER with an expected ship date in early October and will be the first orders to ship once the items are in stock.  .
Department 56 The Perfect Tree Department 56 The Santa Float

Dept 56 New 2009 Building and Accessories
A Christmas Story House Logo

In addition to the exclusive pieces A Christmas Story House Gift Shop will carry this year’s new building and accessories.  New for this year are Police Station, Police Car and Policeman and Boys. These three items are inspired by the police who arrived to help Flick get un-stuck from the flag pole.

We are currently offering a $10 discount through our giftshop on the “Police Trio” when you PRE-ORDER all three at the same time.  All three police items are also available individually for PRE-ORDER. All items have an expected ship date in early October and will be the first orders to ship once the items are in stock.

Decoder Pins and Hallmark Ornaments are in Stock
Decoder PinRalphie’s Decoder Pin is back in stock in the gift shop. This brass decoder pin works just like the 1940 Speed-O-Matic. You can create your own secret society and send coded messages to your friends. Both halves of the decoder swivel to allow you to set the decoder to any number-letter combination.

Also in stock are this year’s Hallmark Ornaments.  “What a Lamp” features the Old Man’s Leg Lamp and Ralphie’s Pink Nightmare showcases Ralphie on the stairs in his pink bunny suit from Aunt Clara.

hallmark leg lamp ornament

hallmark leg lamp ornament

Christmas in July Photos
A Christmas in July Deranged Easter BunnyPhotos from our Christmas in July celebration are now posted to achristmasstoryhouse.com

It was a fun event that included a visit by Patty Johnson, the Evil Elf from A Christmas Story.  A Deranged Easter Bunny also stopped by to hand out balloons to kids.  The celebration even involved an appearance on the Christmas in July special of That’s Life with Robin Swoboda.

A good time was had by all.  Thank You to everyone that joined

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