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Fans of A Christmas Story can now book stays in one of the movie’s major filming locations. A Christmas Story House is now taking reservations for overnight stays year-round. Previously, only one annual Christmas holiday charity auction winner was able to spend the night in the house and sleep in Ralphie and Randy’s beds.
“We have had a lot of requests over the years from fans wanting to spend the night in the house,” said Brian Jones, founder and owner of A Christmas Story House & Museum. “We are happy to finally be able to grant their request.”
Guests will have use of A Christmas Story House’s third floor loft until their 11am check out time, as well as full access to the house from an hour after close until 9am the following day. The house can accommodate up to 6 guests per night. The loft area is equipped with a bedroom, living room, full kitchen and full bath. The rate for bookings begins at $495 per night. Included in the package is a free tour of A Christmas Story House & Museum, as well as discounts on local dining.
A Christmas Story House & Museum, now restored to the original movie appearance, 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 hour. Regular admission tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for children more information or for directions, visit AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919.
For the first time ever, join Joel Hodgson, creator of the critically acclaimed “Mystery Science Theater 3000” TV show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as they bring the first live touring production of “MST3K” to Cleveland on the “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour for an August 8, 2017 performance.
Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow (Hampton Yount), Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be “MST3K” without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt), checking up on their unwilling test subjects via a video screen.
The evening will include all the things expected from an “MST3K” experience: a cheesy B-movie, hilarious riffing, wisecracking robots, silly sketches, plus –for the first time –audience participation! Featured is the MST3K favorite “Eegah,” featuring all-new riffs and sketches. It’s a fun, sci-fi thriller never before featured on “MST3K”.
Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, the new season of the show launched last April, exclusively on Netflix. The two live shows are written by the cast and writers of the new Netflix Original Series, which has earned a critics’ rating of 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.. The New York Times hails, “At last, a revival of something actually worth reviving… a different cast but the same outlook and style — and mercifully, the same reliable, giddy humor.” “MST3K is just as hilarious as ever in rebooted form, turning its bemused eye on old, schlocky fare for some good, old-fashioned riffing,” raves Vanity Fair. And Nerdist says “The references are updated, the sets are snazzier, but the heart and soul of MST3K certainly remains intact.”
For almost 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been known as one of the top cult TV shows of all time. The story of a human host and his robot sidekicks trapped aboard a satellite and forced to watch cheesy movies by their captor, MST3K has maintained its reputation thanks to its fervently devoted fan base, known as MSTies.
Created by Joel Hodgson, the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Set on the Satellite of Love, the series follows a hapless host trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, who is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a lively movie theater peanut gallery.
MST3K’s national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson. When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its ten seasons and 197 episodes on the Comedy Channel and later, the Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Primetime Emmy® nominations.
A couple of years ago, Shout! Factory and creator Joel Hodgson formed a new partnership known as Satellite of Love LLC, to acquire the global IP rights to MST3K with the aim of producing new episodes and managing and developing the IP in other areas. The highly successful Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K, spearheaded by Shout! Factory and Hodgson surpassed its goal by funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. The new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted as a Netflix Original Series this past April.
Tickets for the August 8 performance at the State Theatre are on sale now and available at www.playhousesquare.org or 216-241-6000.
Cars that swim? That’s the nickname for the Amphicar, the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass-produced. 3,878 Amphicars were built in Germany from 1961 to 1968. Of those cars, 3,046 were imported into the United States.
The Amphicar has a top speed of 7 mph on water and 70 mph on land. An Amphicar is moved in the water by its twin nylon propellers. A special two-part land-and-water transmission built by Hermes (makers of the Porsche transmission) allows the wheels and propellers to be operated either independently or simultaneously. The “land transmission” is a 4-speed-plus-reverse unit similar to those found in the old Volkswagen Beetles. The “water transmission” is a 2-speed offering unique to the Amphicar featuring single forward and reverse gears. In the water, the front wheels act as rudders.
When new, an Amphicar sold for between $2,800 and $3,300, depending on the year. All Amphicars are convertibles and were originally offered in only 4 colors: Beach White, Regatta Red, Lagoon Blue and Fjord Green (Aqua). You will find many today that have been customized with paint and accessories. Some of the more unique include one adorned with Pink Flamingoes, one painted to resemble the Bat Mobile and another to resemble a huge Rubber Ducky.
Amphicars have been honored guests at the Celina Lake Festival in west central Ohio for more than 20 years. 35 to 40 Amphicars are expected during the festival, which is being held July 28-30, 2017. You will begin seeing the cars on Tuesday and Wednesday of festival week as they drive around town and cruise along in the lake. Their official festival appearances include a Swim-In on Friday evening and you can see the entire contingent of Amphicars as they take part in the Grand Parade on Saturday evening.
The Celina Lake Festival offers plenty of summer fun for the entire family including a huge collector car show, a fun car/boat poker run, a large craft show, Free boat rides, a 5K run and music by Blame it on Shorty on Friday night. On Saturday night, twist and shout and dress like you’re back in the 60’s when the Beatles tribute band Hard Days Night takes the stage. Sunday is a special treat for the kids with lots of free fun including a kids fishing derby, pontoon rides, kiddie tractor pull, archery and canoeing, Along with the Amphicars, other top attractions this year will be the Friday night, Fabulous Fireworks over the lake and the Saturday evening Grand Parade.
The Celina Lake Festival takes place in Celina, Ohio, July 28-30 at Lake Shore Park along the northwest corner of Grand Lake St. Marys. Admission and parking are free. More information about the festival is available at www.lakefestival.com.
Only a short drive from almost everywhere in Ohio, Sidney and the surrounding area offers an incredible variety of fun close to home. Outdoor concerts, festivals, and recreation of all sorts await you in west central Ohio.
On July 4, 2017 the City of Sidney celebrates our nation’s independence with a booming and colorful overhead lightshow of fireworks. The pyrotechnics kick off at 10:00 p.m. and can be easily viewed on either the campus of Sidney Middle School or Sidney High School. Be sure to bring a blanket, cooler, lawn chairs, and snacks for the kids. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be displayed at this same location on July 5th.
Later that week on July 6th, 7th, and 8th, country music fans are sure to enjoy this year’s Country Concert in nearby Fort Loramie. The 2017 star-packed lineup includes Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion, Montgomery Gentry, Jon Pardi, the Charlie Daniels Band, and many more. In total twenty-eight performers on two big stages will leave you breathless by the end of this three-day music festival.
On the evening of July 14th, the historic Shelby County court square comes alive when the Sidney Civic Band takes the stage to present, Hollywood & Vine Meets Marching Right in Time – A Collection of Movie and Show Tunes sprinkled with Sousa, Fillmore, and others. Bring your lawn chair and relax under the century-old shade trees of the court house lawn while enjoying the music of this talented ensemble. After the show, how about stopping into one of downtown Sidney’s restaurants and bistros for a light sandwich, cold beverage, or iced coffee?
Do you like Bar-B-Que? Who doesn’t right? July 22nd marks the return of Downtown Sidney’s Annual BBQfest. Live music all day combined with some of the best award winning BBQ you’ve ever licked from your fingertips will have you grinning ear to ear all weekend long. Pork ribs, pulled pork, and BBQ chicken with all the fixins’ will be on hand. Come out early! The open-air Great Sidney Farmers Market runs weekly on Saturday’s from 8 a.m. until Noon with the BBQfest on this particular Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
Have you ever played Bocce Ball? In conjunction with Saturday’s BBQfest, how about getting your team together to compete in the CARSTAR Bocce Grand Prix of Sidney? This downtown tournament kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn and concludes later that day with the first place team taking home $1,500 in prize money. Second place $750 and third place will be awarded $400 for their Bocce success. If interested, you’d better hurry. All team entry forms are due July 1st.
On July 23rd, the Shelby County Fair gets underway and runs through the 29th. For 156 consecutive years, the Shelby County Fair has excited and entertained guests of all ages. Rides, games, exhibits, livestock shows, that fantastic fair food and so much more! Oh yeah, don’t miss the always popular demolition derby, tractor pull, and an incredible line up of live entertainment. This year’s featured performers are Who Made Who – an AC/DC tribute on July 29th.
Also on the 29th you can round out the Hot-Hot-Hot month of July at downtown Sidney’s Backstage Block Party. Country and blues artist Lee Roy Parnell will bring a multitude of talents to the stage with his singing, songwriting, and musicianship. This versatile artist is known for country hits like, “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment”. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the back lot behind the Historic Sidney Theatre. Food and beverage sales begin at 5:30.
For every leisure and recreation interest, the possibilities are numerous in Sidney. Additional information about these all of the incredible attractions in west central Ohio can be found at www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.
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For the first time, Northern Ohio Railway Museum offers trolley rides on a Cleveland streetcar that is over 100-years-old
Enjoy streetcar rides at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum this summer. The Museum is open every Saturday through October from 10am to 4pm. A regular feature at the Museum is guided walking tours. New this year on the tour is a visit inside a restored 1954 Cleveland Transit System Rapid Transit car. Admission to the museum is free but a fee is charged to ride the streetcar.
Now, the public may ride a streetcar on the museum’s demonstration track (weather and car availability permitting). Streetcar rides will continue each month on the second Saturday of each month. Trolley ride fares are $4 for those 13 and older. Fare for Children 6 to 12 years old is $2/person. Children age 5 and younger ride for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased in the museum store and are good for all day riding. The rides will commence on the hour beginning at 11am, with the last ride of the day occurring at 3pm.
On the tour, visitors will see a diversified collection of streetcars, interurbans, and rapid transit equipment from the Northern Ohio region. The oldest trolley car in the collection dates back to 1895. It was purchased by an area trolley tycoon that later became a famous Cleveland mayor. Visitors get to see the equipment that built and maintained the streetcar system. Learn the story of how photographers and dancers permitted these utilitarian cars to serve their employer in ways their designers never imagined.
The story of trolley freight is told through rare artifacts. Discover how the interurban became the farmer’s friend and gave him easy access to larger cities for his products. See the last wooden interurban car to leave Cleveland in 1938. Learn how a sleepy streetcar line built to promote real estate, morphed into a pioneer rapid transit line that still operates today. Finally see a 1970 rapid car that served the first Airport Rapid Transit Line in the western hemisphere. Many other fascinating stories abound at the museum and can be found on the tour.
A unique feature of the tour is a visit to the restoration shop. See how these grand treasures of our past are painstakingly disassembled and restored to like-new condition by skilled craftsmen and women. At present several projects are underway in varying stages of completion. Conditions permitting, visitors will have the opportunity to see the restoration underway and have the work being done explained.
The Northern Ohio Railway Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, restore, display, and operate streetcars and other electric railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public. The museum owns forty-two acres of land in southern Medina County, including two miles of the former Cleveland and Southwestern interurban railroad. At this site the museum has built over a mile of track and three large buildings to house its collection of historic trolleys, interurbans, and rapid transit cars, most from the northern Ohio area. Five pieces of the collection have been restored and others are currently being restored.
In addition to the public tours, the museum has speakers available for civic and other community groups. The Museum’s state certified educator is also available to work with schools, youth, or civic groups on educational initiatives. Operation Lifesaver presentations are also offered by the Education Department. For further information on these public service programs, please contact the museum.
The Great Mohican Pow Wow
at Ohio’s Mohican Reservation
Native American culture is celebrated at one of the best Pow-Wows in the country – The Great Mohican Pow Wow. It was previously named one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association.
The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds in Loudonville, Ohio twice in 2017 from July 7-9 and September 15-17. The setting is everything. These festival grounds are nestled in secluded wooded hills lending itself well to the authenticity and beauty of this annual celebration.
The 2017 show features breathtaking tomahawk throwing and fire starting by Coyote Dog, world-champion hoop dancer Lowery Begay and colorful ceremonial dancing, music of the Andes Mountains by Malkuri and mesmerizing flutist of the year Douglas Blue Feather, and powerful storytelling by Lance White Eagle. There are also dance & drum competitions and a drum making demonstration.
Throughout the festival grounds there are demonstrations of Native American living. You can get a taste of Native American Indian foods. Plus, more than 40 artisans display and sell a wide variety of Native American made furs, clothes, baskets, art, jewelry, carvings and much more. Don’t miss the auction.
Pow-Wows are celebrations that last for days and are remembered for a lifetime. In that tradition, this authentic Pow-Wow is three-days long and multi-day discount packages are available as well as campsites. This scared celebration is the coming together of Native tribes to honor ancestors and renew their traditions and heritage. It is a real cultural presentation – not a hobbyist show.
The Pow-Wow emphasizes lifestyles, fellowship and competition among tribes. It showcases custom dancing, colorful ceremonial dress, the passing down of songs, sharing of foods and storytelling. All of which are critical to the survival of a culture. One of the most spectacular sights at an authentic Pow-Wow is the palate of color woven throughout the festivities.
The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Campgrounds at 23270 Wally Road South in Loudonville, Ohio. Admission is $8/adult and $4/child with discounts for two and three day passes as well as for colleges, groups, scouts, teachers, seniors and veterans. For complete information or directions, phone 1-800-766-2267 or visit www.mohicanpowwow.com.
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Nostalgia is at its best when a bygone era is brought back to life through the personality and passion of a mom and pop operation. It’s the extra touch like seeing a wheelchair and getting out the ramp so nobody even has to ask. Whether it’s a couple, family on a daytrip or a large group tour, there’s one goal – send everyone home happy and with plenty to talk about.
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Keim Family Market is owned by Dan Miller, an Amish man. This is a story about his culture, community, business and family. It’s about an honest day’s work and the Amish way of life.
In the mid-1970s, an Amish wagon-train of sorts left the Northeast Ohio Amish heartland and arrived in rural Adams County, Ohio about an hour east of Cincinnati. The fledgling community built its homes and dug into the land to farm at the edge of Appalachia. In the early 1980s, hard times fell on Roy Keim so he took his wife Mattie’s homemade pies to sell along State Route 32. He earned $68 from truckers with a sweet tooth. And it is with that humble beginning, Keim grew a popular bakery, furniture and bulk food store. Click here to read the rest of the story.
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- Sleep at A Christmas Story House
- Ride a 100-year-old Streetcar
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Great Mohican Pow Wow
- Don’t Miss The Cars That Swim!
- Ohio Summer Fests & Events
- Sidney Ohio is Hot-Hot-Hot
- Life On The Tow Path
- Tour Guide To Fun
- An Honest Day’s Work
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