Dark Shadows Festival 2014
48 years ago this week, television viewers were introduced to that mysterious mansion on the cliffs, Collinwood, and its mysterious inhabitants and supernatural residents of Collinsport. Dark Shadows, off the air since 1971, is still intriguing viewers and its cast remains loyal to its fanbase to this day. Earlier today, I took a short little ride over the Tappan Zee Bridge and to the beautiful Hilton Doubletree in Tarrytown, NY, where the cast would reunite to entertain and meet their fans. While this event is held close to my house every other year, this was the first time I attended. Reunited in the area where House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows were filmed, were David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, Marie Wallace, Christopher Pennock, James Storms, & Sharon Smyth. Unfortunately, Nancy Barrett and John Karlen were unable to attend.
I’m not going to lie, the event was pretty unorganized. I may know just a little bit about putting on events since I not only attend & volunteer at autograph signings across the country, but I have spent countless hours in lectures by some of the country’s most renowned hospitality professors. Aside from not having assigned table numbers, the luncheon portion of the day went pretty smoothly. Sharon Smyth gave out door prizes; Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, & Marie Wallace put on a little cabaret act; James Storm sang a few songs; Christopher Pennock gave a comic reading; and David Selby reminisced about the good old days at ABC Studio 16. After Selby concluded that portion of the day, the chaos began.
7 celebrities and 720 fans. One would think that they’d sign autographs & take pictures in a room with orderly fashioned lines, right? Nope. Try a crammed hallway with lines jettisoning every which way you could imagine. Despite a very crammed room and a confusing line structure, I walked away with having met and gotten pictures & autographs with everyone.