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December 2008 Newsletter

December 6th, 2008 by Ralphie

 
   

Over 4000 Attended A Christmas Story Convention

A Christmas Story House LogoA Christmas Story 25th Anniversary and Convention was a big success and was attended by over 4000 “Ralphies.”  A big THANK YOU to eveyone who attend and helped us raise over $2500 for the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department through rides on the original fire truck that rescued Flick from the flag pole.  The costume and Genie unveilings were a fun sight to behold.  If you missed the convention we hope you will join us to see these diplays as some of the items are on loan for the 25th Anniversary Christmas season only.

Click here to see pictures from the convention weekend.

Click here to see video of the convention weekend

Documentaries now for Sale on DVD
A Christmas Story House Logo Two of the documentaries that premiered at the convention are now for sale on DVD in our gift shop.

Road Trip for Ralphie is created by Two mega-fans of A Christmas Story set out to find all of the film’s shooting locations. During an adventure spanning two years and two countries, they uncover forgotten facts, discover little-known locations and recover long-lost memorabilia.

Go On Location and Behind-the-Scenes to reveal the people and places behind the perennial holiday hit. Visit more than 15 locations in Canada and Cleveland to learn little-known details about the movie and the people who made it. Viewers of this heart-warming fan film will feel like they’re there in person, on their own Road Trip for Ralphie.
Highlights of the DVD include dozens of rare behind-the-scenes photos and trivia not seen anywhere else.

The Untold ‘Christmas Story,’ directed and produced by William Szarka, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the classic holiday film A Christmas Story. The 75-minute documentary features interviews with the cast, never-before-seen on-set photos, a tour of Cleveland’s A Christmas Story House and a look at the fans and their devotion to a film that has become a part of their lives and a must-see experience at Christmas time.

Untold Christmas Story                               The Untold Christmas Story
Road Trip For Ralphie                                                                          The Untold ‘Christmas Story’

Click here to get your copy

Ebay Giving Works Auction Raises $5250 for Wounded Warriors
 

 

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Linda Campagna and husband Thomas Streib submitted the winning bid in a charity auction to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in A Christmas Story House.

Like young Ralphie Parker and his movie family, the couple and two of their daughters will eat a “Chinese turkey” dinner of Peking duck. They’ll unwrap gifts like a blue bowling ball and can of Simoniz, shoot BB guns in the back yard and have the chance to try on a pink bunny suit, just like the one Ralphie was forced to wear.

No one besides owner Brian Jones and a few friends has ever stayed in the house since he bought and renovated it, and no one ever at Christmas. Campagna and Streib got their chance to relive the movie by bidding $5,250 on eBay Giving Works, the charity listings site, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project that provides direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members. . “It meant a lot to us,” Campagna said, because she and her husband are both former Army sergeants. “We went higher than we would have gone otherwise.”

They live in Stewartstown, Pa., work for Boeing in neighboring Maryland, and are – of course – longtime fans of “A Christmas Story.”
Until hearing about the auction on the radio, however, “we didn’t even realize there was a real house,” Campagna said. “My husband called and said, ‘Quick, go to eBay!’ ”

They topped 15 bidders to earn their first trip to Cleveland.

They will be flown from Baltimore to Cleveland as part of the package.

For More about the auction visit: http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/ebay-auction/

For more about eBay Giving Works visit:  http://www.ebaygivingworks.com/ns/giftsthatmakeadifference.html

For more on the Wounded Warrior Project visit: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

winner of ebay giving works auction

Tom Streib and Linda Campagna, right, and daughters Kari and Kate were the top bidders.

A Christmas Story House Voted Best Museum in Cleveland Again 

 

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A Christmas Story House and Museum was once again voted the BEST Museum in Cleveland.  Thank you to everyone who voted on for us on My Fox Cleveland’s Hot List.

Check out all the great Cleveland museums at My Fox Cleveland Hot List

The list is also a great resource for all the best Cleveland has to offer when visiting A Christmas Story House

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.

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November 2008 Newsletter

November 6th, 2008 by Ralphie

 

A Christmas Story Gift Shop Opens in Canada
A Christmas Story House Canada The Canadian branch of A Christmas Story House Gift Shop is now open. We have expanded operations into Canada and opened an online branch of our gift shop based in Oakville, Ontario. The Web site for the Canadian branch is www.AChristmasStoryHouse.ca.

The movie was filmed in three locations – Toronto and St. Catharines, Ontario, and Cleveland, Ohio – so it’s only fitting that we be able to serve the customers in the communities that made film possible. We are happy to finally be able to meet the demand for leg lamps north of the border.

To lead the branch, A Christmas Story House has named Tyler Schwartz as director of Canadian operations. An Oakville-native, Schwartz is a true fan of the film. He has researched all of the film’s shooting locations and documented his two-year adventure in a 90-minute film called“Road Trip for Ralphie.” While filming this documentary, Schwartz struck up a friendship with A Christmas Story House owner, Brian Jones who later approached him about opening a Canadian location.

Schwartz’s“Road Trip for Ralphie” documentary will premiere at “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention, held Nov. 28-29 in Cleveland that will bring thousands of fans of the movie for two days of activities and events at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

Other Canadian-related highlights at this year’s convention include:
· A reunion of actors from the movie, including Canadians Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus) and Dwayne McLean (Black Bart)
· Rides in the original fire truck used in the movie from Flick’s famous tongue-on-the-flagpole scene with proceeds benefiting the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department of Niagara Falls, Ontario, which owns and maintains the fire truck
· The unveiling of newly acquired costumes from the film which have been in storage these past 25 years at a Toronto costume company
· The first public display of two Genie Awards won by “A Christmas Story” for Best Achievement in Direction and Best Screenplay on loan from the estate of Bob Clark, director of “A Christmas Story”


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Lets Talk Turkey… Chinese Turkey that is!
Pearl of the Orient Chinese Restaurant Christmas Story House & Museum is proud to name Pearl of the Orient as its new official Chinese restaurant. The award-winning restaurant has partnered with A Christmas Story House & Museum to offer a special discount to movie fans. Visitors to A Christmas Story House & Museum can pick up and bring a discount coupon to Pearl of the Orientto receive 10 percent off their bill. In addition to becoming the official Chinese restaurant of A Christmas Story House & Museum, Pearl of the Orient has been named presenting sponsor of “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention.

We are very pleased to have such a fine restaurant as Pearl of the Orient onboard as our new official restaurant. And yes, for the true fans who want to relive the Parker family’s infamous holiday meal from the film’s finale, Pearl of the Orient does offer Peking Duck, aka “Chinese Turkey”.

Pearl of the Orient replaces C&Y Chinese Restaurant as the official restaurant. C&Y Chinese Restaurant closed earlier this year and served as the official Chinese restaurant since A Christmas Story House opened on Nov. 25, 2006.

Pearl of the Orient has two locations serving both sides of Cleveland. The eastside location of Pearl of the Orient in Shaker Heights is located at 20121 Van Aken Boulevard in the Van Aken Center. The phone number for this location is 216-751-8181. Serving the west side, Pearl of the Orient in Rocky River is located at 19300 Detroit Road in the Beachcliff Market Square. The phone number is 440-333-9302.

Click here for more information on Pearl of the Orient.

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Recent Fan Submissions
A Christmas Story Leg Lamp CostumeWe received a couple really nice fan submissions last week. 

Jason Harris of Fairport Harbor, Ohio sent in this submission:

“This year I decided to dress up as the leg lamp for my works annual Halloween Costume Contest.  I made the costume myself and I came in first place due to the creativity of the costume.  I wore the costume around that night for trick or treat and ironically met Patty Lafontaine who played the elf in the movie.  She loved the costume and also took pictures of me.”

 

Only 21 Days until A Christmas Story Convention and Celebration!

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A Christmas Story Ulitmate Collectors’s DVD Released TODAY!!!

November 4th, 2008 by Ralphie

  




 

A Christmas Story Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD will be released today (November 4, 2008) by Warner Home Video to commemorate the film’s 25th Anniversary. The release includes a Two-Disc DVD, five collectible cookie cutters in iconic Christmas Story shapes; a 48-page cook book filled with recipes inspired by the film; photos and quotes and a custom-designed chef’s apron. All will be festively packaged in a collectible retro holiday cookie tin. 

 

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.
Sincerely,

Steve Siedlecki, Executive Director
A Christmas Story House  

 

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October 2008 Newsletter

October 7th, 2008 by Ralphie

A Christmas Story 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention is next month (Nov. 28 & 29) in Cleveland.  Half of the Extravaganza Packages at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel have been sold.  We recommend reserving a room if you plan on attending the convention.
 
The 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention will include a preview of A Christmas Story The Musical.  That is right!  Everyone’s favorite movie is being made into a Broadway musical.  Be among the first to find out all the details.
 
Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) will be making his directorial debut this month when shooting for Couples Retreat begins.  The movie is a collaboration with his long-time friends Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn.
 
Our gift shop has started an affiliate program that will allow website owners and blogs to earn commissions on sales they refer to our site.  The program is free to join and lets you earn commissions from web content about your favorite movie.

IN THIS ISSUE
Extravaganza Package
The Musical
Affiliate Program
Ralphie Directs
QUICK LINKS

Renaissance Hotel A Christmas Story Extravaganza Package

A Christmas Story House LogoExperience everything surrounding the holiday classic A Christmas Story on its 25th anniversary, in the city where it was filmed.  The movie, the house, the leg lamp, the cast, Higbee’s Department Store, Winterfest tree lighting and fire works and so much more.
A Christmas Story Extravaganza Package is available Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30) with deluxe accommodations, complimentary self-parking, welcome amenity featuring items from the film and two all-inclusive Ralphie Passes for the covention.

Hotel Guests with Ralphie Passes will receive:
 · Admission to A Christmas Story House & Museum
 · Admission to the convention to meet original actors
 · Admission to the premiere of Shooting Your Eye Out
 · Transportation to A Christmas Story House on the Ralphie Express (Saturday only)
 · Ride on the fire truck from the movie
 · Priority Seating at ClarkWORLD premiere screening
 · Admission to special Speakers Series & A Christmas Story The Musical preview
                                                                          
Click for more information and reservations
For further details about this year’s convention, visit  www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/convention

A Christmas Story The MUSICAL!!!

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 That is right! Everyone’s favorite movie is being made into a Broadway musical!

 

A Christmas Story The Musical will have its first preview at the A Christmas Story 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention.  Be the first to find out the production details, be introduced to the, and hear a reading from the script by producer Gerald Goehring and several members of the creative team.

 

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 still in the running for Best Museum in Cleveland but we need more votes to win.  Please vote for A Christmas Story House and Museum on Cleveland’s Fox 8 News “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.  
 
Click here to vote for A Christmas Story House as your favorite museum.

To everyone that has already voted for us: THANK YOU!

 

Affiliates program for gift shop now open

 

A Christmas Story House LogoA Christmas Story House Gift Shop has just opened an affiliate program for web site owners of all sizes. If you own a website, blog or other online forum we want to pay you to refer new customers to our site. We will provide graphics, images and text links, which you can post on your site. When a visitor clicks-through and makes a purchase on A Christmas Story House Gift Shop, we’ll pay you a 10% commission based on the net shipped sale.  It’s that simple. You will receive your commissions each quarter (minimums apply), and you can track your earnings daily. 
 
 Some highlights of the program include:
  • Enrollment is FREE. There is no cost to become an affiliate.
  • A 10% commission on all sales referred by our affiliates.
  • Web-based software for real-time reporting of your earnings.
  • Referral checks sent to you each quarter (if you meet the minimum).
  • Access to graphics, images and links that you can place on your site. 

Click here for more information or to sign up. 

Ralphie makes his directorial debut with “Couples Retreat”
 

A Christmas Story House LogoPeter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story and is fresh off his executvie producing role in the blockbuster Iron Man will make his first major directorial debut with a new big-screen comedy called Couples Retreat.  Billingsley’s long-time friend and project collaborator, Jon Favreau wrote the script and will be starring with their other good friend, Vince Vaughn, who is the movie’s producer.  The movie also star Jason Bateman and Faizon Love. Since that “defining” role in 1983, Billingsley has gone on to produce most of Favreau’s films and work as a second-unit director. He is now making his directorial debut after directing a short titled The Sacred Fire from 1994.

Couples Retreat follows four couples who go to a tropical island resort. While one couple is there to work on their marriage, the others are there to play, but they all soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional. The idea for the film was originally devised by Vince Vaughn before being handed off to Jon Favreau to script.  Production is expected to begin in late October in Bora Bora and Los Angeles.

Billingsley has collaborated with Vaughn on “Four Christmases” and “The Break-Up,” and with Favreau on “Iron Man,” “Elf” and “Dinner for Five.” Billingsley also worked with both Favreau and Vaughn on their 2001 film “Made.”

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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.
 

IN THIS ISSUE
Exclusive Dept 56 Items
The Return of Black Bart
Deluxe Desktop Leg Lamp
Special Convention Displays
QUICK LINKS

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. 
 
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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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August 2008 Newsletter

August 27th, 2008 by Ralphie

A preview of the much anticipated 25th Anniversary DVD of A Christmas Story has been released.  The DVD is packaged in a collectors tin and along with numerous bonus features also includes a cookbook of recipes inspired from the movie.  So that everyone can cook up a nice meal for their favorite “little piggy”
 
Preparation for the 25th Anniversary Celebration and convention is in full swing.  The convention will be capped off with the premiere ClarkWORLD.
 
In order to allow fans to share thier A Christmas Story experience we have set up a fan submission section on our website.  We have have already had some really nice submissions.  Please feel free to share yours.
 

 

IN THIS ISSUE
Ultimate Collector’s DVD
ClarkWORLD
Fan Submissions
QUICK LINKS

A Christmas Story Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD

A Christmas Story House LogoA Christmas Story Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD will be realeased on November 4, 2008 by Warner Home Video to commemorate the film’s 25th Anniversary. The release includes a Two-Disc DVD, five collectible cookie cutters in iconic Christmas Story shapes; a 48-page cook book filled with recipes inspired by the film; photos and quotes and a custom-designed chef’s apron. All will be festively packaged in a collectible retro holiday cookie tin.  

 

ClarkWORLD to Premiere During 25th Anniversary Convention 

 

 

A Christmas Story House LogoClarkWORLD”  the documentary about A Christmas Story Director, the late Bob Clark will have a special premiere screening during the “A Christmas Story” 25th year Anniversary Celebration and Convention on Nov. 29th, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. The proceeds from tickets and a special fundraising raffle will go to MADD in Cleveland.  The movie features many of the people that worked closely with Bob Clark over the years including Kim Cattrall, Denise Richards, Jon Voight, Scott Baio, Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker), Dom DeLuise, and many others!  Click here to find out more about ClarkWORLD.
 
 
 
 
For those of us who have been fans of the movie for years, I’m sure the excitement must be building in anticipation of the “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention.  2008 marks the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite holiday film. A Christmas Story House & Museum is planning its fourth annual event to mark the occasion.
 
The 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention will feature appearances by seven original cast members, the premiere of two documentaries about the movie, rides in the original movie fire truck, a BB gun range in the back yard of A Christmas Story House, special exhibits of original props used in the movie, and a speakers series featuring members of the cast and original production crew.
 
The celebration will take place Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30) at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and coincide with Cleveland’s Winterfest. The  Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is offering an all inclusive package deal from $169 for convention attendees.  Click here for reservations. 
 
 
For fans located in the Toronto area who wish to attend the events, a tour bus is being arranged to make the trip to Cleveland. Further details to come.
For further details about this year’s convention, visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/convention 

 

Fan Submissions - Share your experience

A Christmas Story House LogoA special section of AChristmasStoryHouse.com has been established to allow fans to share their A Christmas Story experiences.  Here is the latest fan submission:  Donna of Elves by Donna sent this picture of her husband, John.  This is John with 2 elves handmade by Donna and his A Christmas Story DVD.  Donna gave John the trip to the 2007 convention as a birthday present and now they want to go every year! And another picture of John at the convention feeling up the leg lamp.

 

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.
Sincerely,
 

Steve Siedlecki, Executive Director
A Christmas Story House

 

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Christmas in July

July 1st, 2008 by Ralphie

In Cleveland it’s summer, but at A Christmas Story House & Museum, it’s always Christmas! This month, we are celebrating Christmas in July by having a variety of activities planned for our patrons.  Christmas in July kicks off this weekend with the unveiling of a special month long exhibit of original costumes from the movie.  Costumes that were thought to be lost to the ages and just recently discovered in a costume warehouse.  We will also have Leg Lamp Bowling and a bb-gun shooting range later in the month.  Please join us for what is sure to be a month of fun activities.
 
Sincerely,
 
Steve Siedleicki, Executive Director
A Christmas Story House & Museum

 

IN THIS ISSUE
Christmas in July
Major Award Leg Lamp Sale!
A Christmas Story Convention
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JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

Christmas in July
 

A Christmas Story HouseIn Cleveland it’s summer, but at A Christmas Story House & Museum, it’s always Christmas! We celebrate Christmas in July by having a variety of activities planned for our patrons.  There will be some additions to the A Christmas Story House & Museum in July, and I’m sure you will all want a sneak peek of newly acquired movie costumes.  Also new this month is a collection of numerous behind the scenes photos pulled from the Warner Bros. Studios archives.  The photos provide a fabulous insight into the making of A Christmas Story.  We also have fun games like like Leg Lamp Bowling and bb-gun range planned. To top it all off there will month long specials in the gift shop. 
 

 

Gift Shop Leg Lamp Sale
 

A Christmas Story HouseIf there is anyone on your Christmas in July list that hasn’t gotten a Leg Lamp yet, now is the time to buy! Our website is offering an online-only special of our most popular leg lamp: the 45″ Full Size Leg Lamp for only $119.99 for a limited time! 
 
Other Leg Lamps sizes are also on sale click here to visit out gift shop for all the details
 

 

25th Anniversary Convention 
 

A Christmas Story ConventionFor those of us who have been fans of the movie for years, I’m sure the excitement must be building in anticipation of the “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention.  2008 marks the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite holiday film. A Christmas Story House & Museum is planning its fourth annual event to mark the occasion.
 
The 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention will feature appearances by seven original cast members, the premiere of two documentaries about the movie, rides in the original movie fire truck, a BB gun range in the back yard of A Christmas Story House, special exhibits of original props used in the movie, and a speakers series featuring members of the cast and original production crew.
 
The celebration will take place Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30) at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and coincide with Cleveland’s Winterfest. The  Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is offering an all inclusive package deal from $169 for convention attendees.  Click here for reservations. 
 
 
For fans located in the Toronto area who wish to attend the events, a tour bus is being arranged to make the trip to Cleveland. Further details to come.
For further details about this year’s convention, visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/convention  

 

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.
Sincerely,
 

Steve Siedlecki, Executive Director
A Christmas Story House

 

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Christmas in July – June 2008 Newsletter

June 9th, 2008 by Ralphie

Greetings, A Christmas Story Fans!

In Cleveland, it’s summer, but at A Christmas Story House & Museum, it’s always Christmas! Next month, we celebrate Christmas in July by having a variety of activities planned for our patrons.

There will be some additions to the A Christmas Story House & Museum in July, and I’m sure you will all want a sneak peek. Join us on July 5-6, for a special unveiling. You’ll be one of the first to see recently acquired movie costumes and a whole new set of exhibits! We will host a food drive July 18-19 to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. Receive $1 off admission for every non-perishable item you bring, up to $3 per person. Plus there will be games throughout the month (don’t “shoot your eye out” when we go to the shooting range!). To end the month with a bang, be sure to visit Tremont on July 27 when we’ll join the Tremont neighborhood in The Taste of Tremont. Come visit the House, and then go out and enjoy all that Tremont has to offer.

If there is anyone on your Christmas in July list that hasn’t gotten a Leg Lamp yet, now is the time to buy! Our website is holding an online-only special… the 45” Full Size Leg Lamp is only $99.99 for a limited time!

The new gift shop warehouse is settling into its new home in North Olmsted, Ohio. It is being run with great efficiency by Josh Dickerson, the new director of warehouse logistics, who has stepped up to the challenge of heading up the combined inventory of our Cleveland and California warehouses.

We were saddened to learn about the sudden closing of our partner C&Y Chinese Restaurant. We will miss the food, the laughs and the singing! We wish the staff and owners of C&Y the best of everything. We are searching for a new partner, so keep your eyes and taste buds open for the next Chinese Turkey restaurant.

For those of us who have been fans of the movie for years, I’m sure the excitement must be building in anticipation of the “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention that will take place Thanksgiving weekend 2008 in Cleveland. For further details about this year’s convention, visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/convention.

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.

Steve Siedlecki
Executive Director, A Christmas Story House


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25th Anniversary – March 2008 Newletter

March 2nd, 2008 by Ralphie

Hello “A Christmas Story” fans,

2008 marks the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite holiday film. A Christmas Story House & Museum is planning its fourth annual event to mark the occasion: “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention. The convention will feature appearances by seven original cast members, the premiere of three documentaries about the movie, rides in the original movie fire truck, a BB gun range in the back yard of A Christmas Story House, special exhibits of original props used in the movie, and a speakers series featuring members of the original production crew.

The celebration will take place Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30) at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and coincide with Cleveland’s Winterfest. The schedule and details for the events are currently being formulated and will be available on our website in the coming months.

For fans located in the Toronto area who wish to attend the events, a tour bus is being arranged to make the trip to Cleveland. Further details to come.

Also, we’re looking for a corporate sponsor for “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention. If you know any potential sponsors who may be interested, please contact us.

Although the holidays have passed, we’re keeping busy. We are currently renovating our museum to improve the displays and the overall experience for visitors as well as redesigning our website to feature more content and pictures for fans to enjoy. Remember, we’re open throughout the year, so be sure to visit us any time of the year – either in person at the house or virtually at www.achristmasstoryhouse.com.

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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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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