If you missed this year's Dark Shadows Festival a few months back, you're in luck: A 50th anniversary celebration is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles next month that will feature a number of original cast and crew members.
The event takes place noon until midnight at the Hollywood Women’s Club, located at 1749 La Brea Avenue, Hollywood, California. You can download a flyer for the event by clicking the image below. Hardcore DARK SHADOWS fans should take note that the October event includes an appearance by original "Willie Loomis," James Hall. That's going to be kind of a big deal for autograph collectors, I suspect. The event will also serve a a showcase for Lara Parker's latest novel, "Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood," which is available for pre-order from Amazon.
The guests for October's event include Lara Parker, John Karlen, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis, Nancy Barrett, James Storm, Lisa Richards, composer Robert Cobert, scenic designer Sy Tomashoff and James Hall.
Here's the official announcement:
Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary
Halloween-In-Hollywood with the Stars!
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Sandwiches, beverages and snacks will be for sale on site and there are numerous restaurants nearby. Fans of all ages are encouraged to participate in the DS/Halloween Costume Party on Sat. evening. Please contact Marcy Robin at ShadowGram@aol.com for more information.
A charity auction with rare and unusual items will feature Nancy Barrett’s original “Carolyn Stoddard” vampire fangs from the 1970 movie House of DS, and Kathryn Leigh Scott’s original 1966 “Maggie Evans” hairpiece and DS script. The auction also will offer the special opportunity for 10 lucky fans to win Sunday brunch (Sun., Oct. 30) with Kathryn at her Beverly Hills home, before visiting the nearby Greystone Mansion with Kathryn.
The celebration will be followed by an optional Sunday, October 30th free visit to the nearby Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. This expansive hilltop estate was the filming site for Collinwood in the 1991 DS and the 2004 DS pilot. Fans are encouraged to carpool, uber, or taxi to Greystone at 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Admission for this 12-hour event is ONLY $20 per person and must be paid in advance by Oct 24.
(Note: All attendees will receive a special DS gift bag with over $50 worth of complementary DS merchandise!)
For payments by postal mail, please include the full name(s) of each person for whom you are paying plus a SAFSE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) with your correct postal mail address. Send check or money order payable to:
DARK SHADOWS, P.O. Box 1766, Temple City, CA 91780-7766
Or for PayPal payments: Only use the recipient email address: ShadowGram@aol.com
You must include each attendee’s full name and a complete current postal-mail address or your membership badge(s) (which is your receipt) can not be mailed to you.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PAY OR ORDER MEMBERSHIP BADGES FROM THE DARK SHADOWS FESTIVAL WEBSITE OR POSTAL-MAIL ADDRESS IN MAPLEWOOD, NJ.
Airports: Burbank/Hollywood Bob Hope Airport and Los Angeles International
Transportation: The greater Los Angeles area is served by Amtrak and local train lines, particularly the regional Metro Link Train & Bus systems. Fans also may consider Uber, taxi, car rental, local Metro bus service, carpool with other fans, or other transportation options.
Hotels include Hilton Garden Inn, Best Western, Holiday Inn, Loews Hollywood, Hollywood Roosevelt and others. Fans can refer to Google Hotels in Hollywood, California and include the Women’s Club street address. Various online travel information sources also explore possible hotel options.