BlobFest 2014

 I can cross another adventure off my bizarre bucket list. This year I attended my first BlobFest, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania’s annual homage to 1958’s The Blob. The highlight of the weekend is the reenactment of the Colonial Theatre run out which occurs on Friday. At over 100 years old, the Colonial Theater is an interesting place to explore. On the third floor the star of the film was available for photos. An actual portion of the silicone used in the movie was on display.

The Original Blob

The Original Blob

Gross

Gross

After taking photos of the Colonial, we sat through a stage show consisting of short film awards, contests, and even a skirmish between Godzilla and King Kong, which was appropriate since this year’s BlobFest theme was Clash of the Kaiju. (Kaiju means “strange beast” in Japanese. I had to check the definition since I bought a shirt).

Oh no, there goes Phoenixville, go go Godzilla!

Oh no, there goes Phoenixville, go go Godzilla!

 Following the two hour stage show, it was time to run out. We watched a brief public service announcement on how to exit the theater quickly but safely. We were advised to be mindful of the large planters recently installed outside the theater.

Don't Faceplant Running Out of the Colonial

Don’t Faceplant Running Out of the Colonial

 When the time arrived, we ran from “The Blob,” out of the theater, and into a crowd gathered to watch the annual tradition. A news chopper hovered overhead to film the spectacle. The amount of onlookers was overwhelming, those perched on the balconies reminded me of Mardi Gras for the horror and sci fi set.

Spectators

Spectators

 After our adventure, we dined alfresco at Great American Pub Hotel Bar &Grill. We were able to view fireworks from our location, ending a memorable event.

Our Dinner Destination

Our Dinner Destination

 We returned for the second day of BlobFest. The Colonial Theatre was showing double features of The Blob, combined with other cult classics such as Mothra. The street fair was filled with classic cars and vendors. Shops lining the street decorated their windows for the event, with the Phoenix Village Art Center hosting a tin foil hat contest and Godzilla photo op. There was a giant cardboard cutout of The Blob, where you could snap photos being “eaten” by it. For the smallest fans, there was a table set up to build your own blob. The kid in me wanted to do this, but I restrained myself.

Tin Foil Hats

Tin Foil Hats

Blob Victims

Blob Victims

Make Your Very Own Blob

Make Your Very Own Blob

 After the street fair, we went in search of filming locations. We found sites in Phoenixville, Royersford, and Downingtown. We took photos of Doc Hallen’s house, the high school, the street where movie patrons ran from The Blob, and Jerry’s Market.

Doc Hallen's House

Doc Hallen’s House

Where the Kids Went  Into the School for Fire Extinguishers

Where the Kids Went Into the School for Fire Extinguishers

Where Patrons Ran From the Theater

Where Patrons Ran From the Theater

This Was Jerry's Market in The Blob

This Was Jerry’s Market in The Blob

 Our weekend concluded with dinner at the home of The Blob, The Downingtown Diner. Only the basement remains of the original structure, the window where Jane and Steve eventually exit the diner is now obstructed by a handicap ramp. It’s a small establishment, with good food.

Home of the Blob

Home of the Blob

Downingtown Diner

Downingtown Diner

Where Jane and Steve Escaped

Where Jane and Steve Escaped

BlobFest was a good time. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the movie, it’s worth experiencing at least once. I hope next year I’m able to score tickets for the run out.

Fun at BlobFest

Fun at BlobFest

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe

            Or did she? We’ll examine the case in a tasteful dramatization of the events on the anniversary of the crime, August 4. The Pear Essential Players will perform eight shows at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum in Fall River, Massachusetts. As an honorary member, I will play Alice Russell, Lizzie’s friend, while my husband portrays Dr. Dolan, the medical examiner.

             Having been an extra in a Miramax film and a zombie in a local film, acting in front of a live audience is daunting. I’m still looking forward to it, and can’t wait to meet up with fellow cast members we have met from previous years staying at the bed and breakfast. They are lovely people, and we enjoy their company.

             If you happen to be in the area on August 4, be sure to check us out.   You can tell them Alice sent you.

Photo credit Shelley Dziedzic

Photo credit Shelley Dziedzic

My First Vera

When I hear the word Vera I immediately think of the ditzy waitress at Mel’s Diner, beautiful wedding gowns, and gaudy purses. (Not necessarily in that order, lest I show my age). A recent visit to a treasured boutique has changed my opinion of the purses.

I perused the Vera Bradley display, where I expected to find the usual matronly fare, hideous colors (I’m not a fan of blue or purple), in equally hideous patterns. Paisley reminds me of high school science class and amoebas, or anything you might see under a microscope.

A black and white crossbody with a pop of yellow (a print known as Fanfare) caught my attention. I am the Goldilocks of handbags, I find most styles too small or too big. This particular Vera was just right, the pattern subdued yet fun. I noticed that some bags were also available in solid colors for the faint of heart.

Vera Bradley Crossbody in Fanfare

Vera Bradley Crossbody in Fanfare – So Cute!

It’s been a couple days, and I am enjoying my new purchase. Of course, I have it filled almost to capacity, but it is soft, comfortable and washable. I visited the Vera Bradley website where I picked up the same style bag in an awesome fall print (Bittersweet) for half price. If you’re not a fan of bold prints, and find Vera Bradley bags better suited for your grandmother, give them another try. You may be surprised to find something in their line that appeals to your taste. I will soon be the owner of two Vera bags, and I will consider purchasing more in the future.