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A Christmas Story House Foundation October 2014

October 7th, 2014 by Randy Parker

RALPHIE’S NEIGHBORHOOD IS GETTING A FACE LIFT!

 

October 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CLEVELAND – October 7, 2014 – A Christmas Story House Foundation is currently working to restore the Tremont neighborhood surrounding the A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you were to take a trip down West 11th, or one of the other streets close to A Christmas Story House & Museum, you may be in for a big surprise!  The streets are filled with contractor vans, equipment and excitement as several restoration projects are underway.

A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project is a program managed by the A Christmas Story House Foundation, a non-profit foundation established to restore and maintain the neighborhood surrounding the A Christmas Story House & Museum for future generations to experience and enjoy. The foundation provides grants to projects that enhance and preserve the surrounding neighborhood.  Approximately 150 qualifying residences are located between Clark Avenue, West 14th Street and Buhrer Avenue.

Residents of the neighborhood have completed the initial application process and local contractors have submitted bids on dozens of projects including; exterior painting, gutter replacement, porch repair, fencing, and landscaping.  Approximately $60,000 in grants have been written and multiple restoration projects have begun and are expected to be completed in October.  “Everyone is excited for this project.  Contractors are even out painting houses wearing Santa hats!  You can feel the positive energy in the neighborhood just radiating.” said Angela Dickerson, CEO of A Christmas Story House & Museum.

A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project works with and is assisted by Tremont West Development Corporation.  TWDC is a non-profit organization that works to serve over 9,000 residents as well as over ninety small businesses with community building, neighborhood infrastructure improvements, home maintenance and repair, and event planning and management.

A Christmas Story House Foundation is currently looking for community support as these projects are underway.  The foundation is continuing to fundraise and is also looking for volunteers and contractor offers, as well as donations of material to be used in restoration projects.  If you are interested in helping support this Tremont neighborhood, please visit www.AChristmasStoryHouseFoundation.org or call (216) 485-2330.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Angela Dickerson
216-298-4919 ext. 1011
angela.dickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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Christmas In July Press Release 2014

July 11th, 2014 by Randy Parker

A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM HOSTS CHRISTMAS IN JULY EVENTS
July 8, 2014
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CLEVELAND – July 8, 2014 – A Christmas Story House & Museum will be hosting Christmas in July events throughout the course of the month.
A Christmas Story, released November 1983, is a delightfully funny holiday classic that tells the story of Ralphie Parker, a 1940’s nine-year-old who pulls out all the stops to obtain the ultimate Christmas present. The movie is based on the childhood memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd (from his hilarious book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash).
This summer’s focus is to showcase Cleveland, Ohio as the home of A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story was filmed in Cleveland in 1983 and many of the infamous filming locations can be found around the city and enjoyed. Fans of the classic film will be quick to add Cleveland to their summer travel plans after hearing all that is in store!
Events planned for the Christmas in July Celebration of A Christmas Story are as follows:

 

  • A Christmas Story House & Museum Night at Progressive Field – July 11th at 7:05 pm – Progressive Field. Join in on celebrating Christmas in July as the Cleveland Indians play the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. The first pitch will be thrown by A Christmas Story Run Race Director, Amy Kentner, dressed in a leg lamp costume. The evening will include Christmas themed games as well as fireworks. The Indians are generously donating $4 from each ticket sold through our link to benefit A Christmas Story House Foundation, Inc. For tickets, please visit the Cleveland Indians page at: www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com Special Offer Code: Christmas
  • A Christmas Story House & Museum Classic Car Show – July 12th from 9:00 am to 3:00pm – Steelyard Commons Home Depot. A Christmas Story House & Museum is hosting a classic car show, which will feature the reintroduction of the Old Man’s 1938 Oldsmobile along with the unveiling of their newly acquired 1939 Ford Fire Truck, seen in the movie when the Fire Department rescued poor Flick who had his tongue “Stuck, Stuck, STUCK!” to the flag pole in the school yard. Several celebrity judges will be present, including actor Ian Petrella who starred as Randy Parker in A Christmas Story. This day will be filled with classic automobiles, trophies, prizes, and raffles. Registration is $10 per car which includes a free dashboard plaque for the first 100 cars registered, as well as two tickets to tour A Christmas Story House & Museum.  Admission to the car show for the public is free. Proceeds benefit the Tremont neighborhood through A Christmas Story House Foundation, Inc.
  • Taste of Tremont – Sunday July 20th from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Professor Avenue. This free street festival will be held in the heart of Tremont’s restaurant district and showcase the best of Tremont’s food, art and entertainment. A Christmas Story House & Museum will have a tent at the festival promoting the House and events. Representatives from Cleveland Play House and little “Ralphie” in his bunny suit will also be in attendance.
  • Retro Tuesdays featuring A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation – July 22nd at 7:00pm – Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre – 33395 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio. A Christmas Story House & Museum has partnered with Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre for a special Christmas in July celebration. The Aut-O-Rama will feature A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation as part of their Retro Tuesdays theme night. This night will feature face painting, costume contests, and Major Awards. Along with an actor appearance from Ian Petrella, who starred as Randy in A Christmas Story, and the big guy from way up north, Santa! Be sure to stop by the concession stand for some rich chocolate Ovaltine! Festivities start at 7:00pm, and the back to back movies will begin at 9:40pm. Tickets are $9 for adults (12 and over), $3 for children (4-11), and free for children 3 and under. A portion of ticket sales will benefit A Christmas Story House Foundation, Inc.
  • Christmas in July – July 26th from 10:00am to 5:00pm – A Christmas Story House & Museum – 3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland OH. This Christmas in July special will take place at A Christmas Story House & Museum in Tremont, Ohio. The day will feature a charity neighborhood barbeque from 11:00am – 3:00pm. 100% of proceeds from the day’s ticket sales and barbeque will benefit A Christmas Story House Foundation, Inc.
  • Christmas in July with the Lake County Captains – July 25th and 26th at 7:00pm – Classic Park, 35300 Vine St, Eastlake, OH 44095. Join the Lake County Captains to celebrate Christmas in July with two themed game nights.  On Friday, July 25th, enjoy a free bobble head giveaway for the first 1,500 fans featuring the Lake County Captains mascot, Skipper, with soap washing out his mouth – just like Ralphie in A Christmas Story! Angela Dickerson, CEO of A Christmas Story House & Museum, has been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, dressed as the Pink Nightmare. The celebration continues on Saturday, July 26th, with an Ugly Sweater Jersey Auction benefiting Captains Charities. A Christmas Story Run Race Director, Amy Kentner, will be throwing out the first pitch dressed as the infamous leg lamp. Both nights will feature a Christmas-themed, post-game firework extravaganza.
  • A Christmas Story 5K/10K Run – Registration open now through November 1st. Registration for the second annual A Christmas Story 5K/10K Run is now open! The run will begin on Public Square in Downtown Cleveland on December 6th, 2014 and take you past the A Christmas Story House & Museum in Tremont. Proceeds benefit A Christmas Story House Foundation, Inc. For more information visit: www.AChristmasStoryRun.com
  • Cleveland Play House A Christmas Story – November 28th to December 21st – The Allen Theatre.  Cleveland Play House will once again perform one of their most popular plays, A Christmas Story, this coming winter. The record-breaking show returns to the Allen Theatre November 28 – December 21. Make your holiday plans now and save! Purchase your tickets to A Christmas Story starting July 1 and enjoy up to a $10 savings on select performance dates. Don’t miss out on the perfect holiday treat for the entire family! More information available at: www.clevelandplayhouse.com
  • “Cleveland Play House A Christmas Story in July” – Starting July 1st. Starting July 1st, Cleveland Play House will have a “Cleveland Play House A Christmas Story in July” costume and prop display, alongside production photos at the Cleveland Public Library main branch on Superior in Downtown Cleveland for the month of July. On Wednesday, July 16, Cleveland Play House will have Ralphie at the Cleveland Public Library for the 11:00 am Summertime Story Fun, then Ralphie will hand out presents during “Blind Date with a Book” at the main branch. Local media, businesses, and the general public are invited to come out and celebrate Christmas in July at these fun events around Cleveland. Many popular characters will be in attendance at these events, including Santa, “Ralphie”, and actor Ian Petrella, who starred as Randy Parker in A Christmas Story.

All of the events sponsored by A Christmas Story House & Museum benefit the neighbors of Tremont through the A
Christmas Story House Foundation, Inc., a non-profit foundation established to restore and maintain the neighborhood
surrounding A Christmas Story House & Museum for future generations to experience and enjoy. The foundation provides
grants, both public and private, to projects that enhance and preserve the surrounding neighborhood. More information at:
www.AChristmasStoryHouseFoundation.org
A Christmas Story House & Museum, now restored to its movie splendor, is located just five minutes from downtown
Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in the Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round, 7 days a week, excluding major holidays.
Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 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.
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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-298-4919 ext. 1011
angela.dickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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one lucky winner and 3 guests will Spend 2 Days & 2 Nights Celebrating Christmas in A Christmas Story House!!!

December 6th, 2013 by Ralphie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The winning bidder and three guests will get to spend two days reliving their favorite moments from the holiday classic A Christmas Story in this once in a lifetime opportunity!

CLEVELAND – On November 29th auction bidding on eBay began for one lucky winner and 3 guests to win an ultimate, VIP A Christmas Story experience complete with their very own Major Award, a hotel stay, BB-guns, decoder pins and much, much more!

VIP Experience includes 2 Day, 2 Night accommodations for four (4) at A Christmas Story House, and 1 Night accommodations at The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

The auction winner and their guests will receive a personal behind-the-scenes tour of A Christmas Story House & Museum, and then will check into the A Christmas Story House, where they will begin their other Christmas Eve activities will include a Large FRA-GI-LE Major Award crate delivered to the front door of the house (crow bar provided). They will continue their experience by climbing under the sink just like Randy, and checking the mail for Decoder pins delivered to the mailbox. In the evening A Christmas Story will be screened in the house it was filmed (popcorn and sodas provided), and spend the night sleeping in Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom!

The holiday celebration continues on Christmas Day, with opening presents left by Santa in the Parker Family’s living room. While enjoying a continental breakfast, defend the backyard from Black Bart and his marauders with your trusty old Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot, range model air rifle (but “Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out!!!”). Warm up inside with rich, chocolaty Ovaltine while playing A Christmas Story The Party Game in Mrs. Parker’s kitchen.

The next morning the auction winner and guests pack up the prized “Major Award” and check out of A Christmas Story House and extend their trip to Cleveland by checking into the Renaissance Hotel, where they can easily visit the historic Higbee’s window right on Cleveland’s Public Square, both filming locations from A Christmas Story.

This special once in-a-lifetime experience is available to one lucky winner only once a year, and all proceeds from the auction go toward the A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project. To bid visit http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/30th-anniversary-events/christmas-stay-auction.

ABOUT THE HOUSE & MOVIE:
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of 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 TBS with a 24 hour 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 Monday through 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 $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 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 through our online gift shop.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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GRAND OPENING OF A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM GIFT SHOP AND PRESENTATION OF NEW LANDSCAPING

November 12th, 2013 by Ralphie

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A Christmas Story House & Museum Gift Shop and beautiful landscaping opens after over a year of construction and renovation!

CLEVELAND – November 12, 2013 – After much anticipation, A Christmas Story House & Museum will open its newly expanded Gift Shop and present the new landscape and hardscape on Friday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. Come celebrate the finale of 3 years of planning and hard work with the GRAND OPENING event and ribbon cutting ceremony. The public and media are invited! The gift shop first opened in 2006 in a small room inside the A Christmas Story Museum. Shortly after opening, the gift shop was moved next door to a small 900 sq. ft. home, and took up approximately 500 sq. ft. of retail space. Again, there was simply not enough room! After a year of planning, Klaus Home Improvement began construction on the gift shop in the fall of 2012. Today, construction is complete with a renovation that quadruples the size to an expansive 3500 square-feet.

In conjunction with the GRAND OPENING of A Christmas Story House & Museum’s Gift Shop, there will be the unveiling of the new landscaping and hardscape project, completed by Schill Landscaping. This beautiful addition to the property is designed to create better flow, allow for open seating areas, to make the A Christmas Story House & Museum more enjoyable for visitors, and to beautify the neighborhood and community.

Following the GRAND OPENING and presentation ceremonies, visitors are invited to stay and shop! In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “A Christmas Story”, the first 30 visitors through the Gift Shop doors will receive a door prize! There will also be storewide Black Friday specials between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., including 30% off the 45 inch Leg Lamp and the 50 inch Leg Lamp.

ABOUT THE HOUSE & MOVIE:
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of 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 TBS with a 24 hour 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 Monday through 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 $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 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 through our online gift shop.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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A CHRISTMAS STORY 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND CONVENTION COMES TO CLEVELAND OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

November 7th, 2013 by Ralphie

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A Christmas Story House & Museum will be celebrating 30 years of A Christmas Story with a Convention in downtown Cleveland!

CLEVELAND – On November 18, 1983, Bob Clark’s delightfully funny holiday movie, A Christmas Story, hit select theaters across the United States. 30 years later, it has become a beloved holiday classic that has spanned around the globe to entertain audiences everywhere. After much anticipation, A Christmas Story House & Museum is excited to bring the 30th Anniversary Celebration and Convention here to Cleveland, Ohio!

A Christmas Story House & Museum, is partnering with Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Forest City Enterprises, and The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in hopes of making Cleveland, Ohio the destination for “All things A Christmas Story”. Fans of this classic film will be quick to add Cleveland to their holiday travel plans with all that is in store!
Some of the exciting events planned during the convention include:

• GRAND OPENING of the brand new 3,500 sq. ft. A Christmas Story House & Museum Gift Shop – November 29th Come out and see the remarkable renovation by Klaus Home Improvement! Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, visitors are invited to stay and shop! The first 30 guests through the Gift Shop doors will receive a door prize! There will also be storewide Black Friday specials between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., including 30% off the 45 inch Leg Lamp and the 50 inch Leg Lamp.

• PRESENTATION of brand new landscaping at A Christmas Story House & Museum – November 29th The public is invited to attend the presentation of the stunning new hardscape and landscape at the Christmas Story House & Museum designed and installed by Schill Landscaping.

• Cast Appearances – November 29th & 30th Meet actors from A Christmas Story and get their autographs. Meet Randy, Flick, Scut Farkus, Grover Dill, and the two Evil Elves.

• Author Book Signing – November 29th & 30th Meet Tyler Schwartz, author of A Christmas Story Treasury.

• Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon – Saturday, November 30th An exclusive opportunity to enjoy a traditional meatloaf, mashed potato and red cabbage meal, just like Mrs. Parker made, while dining with the cast members from A Christmas Story movie. Entertainment provided by Near West Theatre and Cleveland Play House. Tickets are limited!!

• Cleveland’s Winterfest 2013 – Downtown Cleveland, November 30th Cleveland is invited to “create nostalgia” for now at this all day street festival and celebration that kicks off the holiday season in Cleveland. Featuring a spectacular, epic lighting display that will be the talk of the town!

• A Christmas Story, the Musical – November 15th – December 8th Near West Theatre presents a multi-cultural, intergenerational cast in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Cleveland’s first-ever production of this new musical based on the classic 1983 movie. Call 216-961-6391 for tickets or buy online at www.nearwesttheatre.org.

• A Christmas Story, the Play – November 29th through December 22nd One of the most popular shows in Cleveland Play House history is back in a sparkling new production! The perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Cleveland Play House is also thrilled to announce the return of the Festival of Trees!

• A Christmas Story Convention Hotel Special Room Rate – Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland The historical Renaissance Hotel, also seen in the movie, will be offering a discounted rate for your stay during the 30th Anniversary A Christmas Story Convention. This beautiful 4-star hotel is situated right on Public Square, and located only 5 minutes from the A Christmas Story House & Museum, so fans can be close to all of the festivities.

• A Christmas Story House & Museum open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday & 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Saturday Tour the House, re-live your favorite scenes, visit the museum and stop by the newly renovated gift shop. Also, take your best shot (without shooting your eye out, of course) at the BB gun range in the House’s back yard!

Everybody is invited to come down and share in the celebrations as there will be entertainment for the entire family! Take a tour of the A Christmas Story House & Museum and visit with Santa and himself! You might even see a “Deranged Easter Bunny” along the way!

ABOUT THE HOUSE & MOVIE:
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of 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 TBS with a 24 hour 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 Monday through 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 $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 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 through our online gift shop.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM NIGHT AT PROGRESSIVE FIELD

September 16th, 2013 by Ralphie

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Brian Jones, Owner of A Christmas Story House & Museum, to throw out first pitch wearing bunny suit.

CLEVELAND – September 16, 2013 –   In conjunction with the A Christmas Story 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Cleveland Indians are hosting A Christmas Story House & Museum night at Progressive Field.   The Cleveland Indians play their last home game of the regular season against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:05pm.

Brian Jones, Owner of A Christmas Story House & Museum, has been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.   While being watched by a stadium full of diehard A Christmas Story fans, Jones will attempt to throw a 99 mph fastball over home plate, wearing an exact reproduction of the Bunny Suit that Ralphie received from Aunt Clara.

Tickets can be purchased via a special link posted on www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com, using promotional code CHRISTMAS.  For each ticket purchased through the unique link/code, the Cleveland Indians will graciously donate $1 to the A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project.

A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project is a non-profit foundation established to restore and maintain the neighborhood surrounding A Christmas Story House & Museum for future generations to experience and enjoy. The foundation provides grants, both public and private, to projects that enhance and preserve the surrounding neighborhood.  A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project works with and is assisted by Tremont West Development Corporation. Tremont West is a non-profit organization that works to serve over 9000 residents as well as over ninety small businesses with community building, neighborhood infrastructure improvements, home maintenance and repair and events planning and management.

For questions regarding the purchase of Cleveland Indians game tickets, please contact Emily Warnick at 216-420-4279 or email ewarnick@indians.com.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM HOSTS “MRS. PARKER’S LITTLE PIGGY LUNCHEON” FUNDRAISER

September 10th, 2013 by Ralphie

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A Christmas Story House & Museum hosts “Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon” fundraiser – Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:00am.

 CLEVELAND – September 10, 2013 –   In conjunction with the A Christmas Story 30th Anniversary Celebration and Convention, A Christmas Story House & Museum will be hosting “Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon” fundraiser on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:00am.  Luncheon will be in the beautiful Grand Ballroom at the historical Renaissance Hotel, on Public Square.  “Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon” is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a traditional meatloaf, mashed potato and red cabbage meal, just like Mrs. Parker made, while dining with cast members from the A Christmas Story movie.

Entertainment while dining will be provided by the Cleveland Play House and Near West Theatre.  The Cleveland Play House will be hosting the A Christmas Story Play, November 29th – December 22nd at the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.  Also, making its debut in Cleveland, A Christmas Story, The Musical, playing at the Near West Theatre November 15th – December 8th.

Proceeds from the “Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon” fundraiser are to benefit the A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project, a non-profit foundation established to restore and maintain the neighborhood surrounding A Christmas Story House & Museum for future generations to experience and enjoy.  The foundation provides grants, both public and private, to projects that enhance and preserve the surrounding neighborhood.   A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project works with and is assisted by Tremont West Development Corporation.   Tremont West is a non-profit organization that works to serve over 9000 residents as well as over ninety small businesses with community building, neighborhood infrastructure improvements, home maintenance and repair and events planning and management.

Tickets for “Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon” went on sale September 1st and are currently discounted for a limited time only.   Seating is extremely limited to this memorable event and won’t be available for long.  Individual tickets and tables can be purchased at www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY 30TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF

July 10th, 2013 by Ralphie

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM HOSTS
CHRISTMAS IN JULY, 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CHRISTMAS STORY KICK-OFF

CLEVELAND – July 10, 2013 –  A Christmas Story House & Museum will be hosting a Christmas in July event, at the iconic house used in the filming of A Christmas Story movie.   The kick-off event will formally announce all upcoming events planned for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of A Christmas Story.

A Christmas Story, released November 1983, is a delightfully funny holiday classic that tells the story of Ralphie Parker, a 1940’s nine-year-old who pulls out all the stops to obtain the ultimate Christmas present.   The movie is based on the childhood memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd (from his hilarious book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash).

This year’s focus is to showcase Cleveland, Ohio as the destination for “All things A Christmas Story”.  A Christmas Story was filmed in Cleveland in the early 1980s and many of the infamous filming locations can be found around the city and enjoyed.   Fans of the classic film will be quick to add Cleveland to their holiday travel plans after hearing all that is in store!

Events planned for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of A Christmas Story are as follows:

  • 30th Anniversary A Christmas Story Convention – Thanksgiving weekend, November 29th and 30th. Convention will feature appearances by original cast members, author signings, tours of the A Christmas Story House & Museum, bb-gun range, and much more!  Convention schedule of events and locations can be found at www.achristmasstoryhouse.com.
  • Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon – Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Hotel, November 30th. An exclusive opportunity to enjoy a traditional meatloaf, mashed potato and red cabbage meal, just like Mrs. Parker made, while dining with cast members from A Christmas Story movie.   Entertainment provided by Cleveland Play House and Near West Theatre.  Tickets are limited – get yours before you say “Ohhh Fuuudge!”  Tickets will be available for purchase September 1st.
  • Grand Opening of newly expanded A Christmas Story House & Museum Gift Shop. After over a year of construction and renovations, the A Christmas Story House & Museum will open its new 3,500 square-foot gift shop to the public.
  • Cleveland’s Winterfest 2013 – Downtown Cleveland, November 30th. Cleveland is invited to “create nostalgia for now” at this all-day street festival and celebration that kicks off the holiday season in Cleveland.  Featuring a spectacular, epic lighting display that will be the talk of the town!
  • A Christmas Story – The Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, November 29th to December 22nd. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the beloved film, we bring back one of the most popular shows in Cleveland Play House history in a sparkling new production. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.  Purchase your tickets to A Christmas Story in the month of July and save $10 per ticket!  Cleveland Play House is also thrilled to announce the return of the Festival of Trees! Create new memories with this beloved holiday tradition, as the Festival of Trees fills the lobbies and hallways of our new home at PlayhouseSquare during the run of A Christmas Story. www.clevelandplayhouse.com
  • A Christmas Story, The Musical – Near West Theatre, November 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, December 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 2013. Near West Theatre presents a multi-cultural, intergenerational cast in A Christmas Story, the Musical.  Cleveland’s first-ever production of this new musical based on the classic 1983 movie which recently was honored with 3 Tony Award nominations. Performances at 3606 Bridge Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City.  Here’s what audiences say about their experience of Near West Theatre: “We were amazed! I have seen performances on Broadway that weren’t as well done. Stage set, costumes, orchestra, singing voices, and acting; all were top notch.”, “Near West has an energy all its own. The experience is always unique and fabulous.” Call 216-961-6391 for tickets or buy online at www.nearwesttheatre.org.
  • A Christmas Story Run 5K/10K – Cleveland, December 7th.  Be a part of history for the first A Christmas Story Run, to celebrate this classic movie’s 30th anniversary.  Proceeds will benefit the A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project, located Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.  http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/5k10k-run/
  • Cleveland Indians A Christmas Story House & Museum Night – Progressive Field, September 25th.  The Cleveland Indians play the last home game of the season against the Chicago White Sox at 7:05pm.  Brian Jones, owner of A Christmas Story House & Museum, will throw out the first pitch to start the game!  Order tickets through the promotional link:

    http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/indians-game/

    Special Offer Code: CHRISTMAS.    $1 of each ticket sale will be donated to the A Christmas Story Run 5K/10K charity partner, A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project.

  • A Christmas Story Convention Hotel Special Room Rate – Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland.   The historical Renaissance Hotel, also seen in the movie A Christmas Story, will be offering a discounted room rate for your stay during the 30th Anniversary A Christmas Story Convention.    This beautiful 4-star hotel is situated right on Public Square, and located only 5 minutes from the A Christmas Story House & Museum, so fans can be close to all of the festivities!

The Kick-off for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of A Christmas Story will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:00am.  Main events will commence on the front porch of the A Christmas Story House & Museum.    Representatives from both the Cleveland Play House (play) and Near West Theatre (The Musical) will be in attendance.   In support of all the Cleveland events, there will be special appearances from The Cleveland Indians mascot, “Slider” (dressed as Santa) along with other very special guests.  As a bonus, get a “sneak peak” at the new A Christmas Story House & Museum Gift Shop, which will be soft-opened to the public.

Local media, businesses, and the general public are invited to come down and share in the festivities.  In addition to the main events there will be entertainment for the entire family.  Take a tour of the A Christmas Story House & Museum, and visit with Santa Claus himself!  You might even see the “Deranged Easter Bunny” stop by.   Admission to the A Christmas Story House & Museum will be discounted to $5 on July 25th.  Wear an ugly Christmas sweater and be entered into a raffle to win your very own “Major Award”!   This event cannot be missed!

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in the Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 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.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM HOSTS A CHRISTMAS STORY CONVENTION IN CLEVELAND

November 1st, 2010 by Ralphie

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM HOSTS
A CHRISTMAS STORY CONVENTION IN CLEVELAND

“A Christmas Story” Convention to take place Nov. 26-27

CLEVELAND – Nov 1, 2010 – A Christmas Story House & Museum presents “A Christmas Story” Convention on Nov. 26-27 (Thanksgiving weekend) in Cleveland. The event features a reunion of actors from the movie and numerous other events related to the movie.

“A Christmas Story” Convention will bring “A Christmas Story” fans (known as Ralphies) to Cleveland where many exterior scenes of the movie were filmed. Cleveland is also the location of A Christmas Story House, the home featured in the film that was restored to its original movie appearance and opened to visitors Thanksgiving weekend four years ago. In addition to the Parker family home, guests can tour the museum to see original movie props and costumes, including Randy’s “I-can’t-get-my-arms-down” snowsuit, and visit the gift shop to take home their own major award (a leg lamp) and other movie-related items.

The majority of convention events will take place at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Other activities, like taking your best shot at the BB gun range (weather permitting) and rides on the original fire truck from the movie (weather permitting), will occur at A Christmas Story House. The celebration and convention coincides with Winterfest, an annual festival that kicks off the holiday season in Cleveland.

Highlights of this year’s convention include:
· Appearances by seven of the original cast members, including Ian Petrella (Randy), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Patty Johnson (Head Elf) and Drew Hocevar (Male Elf)
· An after party cocktail reception with the cast members
· A live commentary as the movie plays about the production of A Christmas Story by actor Ian Petrella (Randy)
· The feature of a documentary: “The Untold ‘Christmas Story’” about the making of the movie and the phenomenon it has become
· Character look-a-like parade were fans dress up as their favorite “A Christmas Story” character to win a “Major Award” prize
· 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

“A Christmas Story” premiered around Thanksgiving of 1983. It starred the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man and Peter Billingsley as Ralphie who famously pleaded for a Red Ryder BB gun, although everyone assured him he would only shoot his eye out. The film became a holiday favorite years after its theatrical release and is celebrated annually on cable with a daylong marathon.

For more information on “A Christmas Story” Convention,” including a schedule of events, hotel packages and convention tickets, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com.

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in the 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. From Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, the house is also open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 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.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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