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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Visit to "Collinwood", Day 2

My name is Victoria Winters. Night has fallen on the Old House- a night of promise and foreboding. For a being older than time, a tortured creature, may soon free himself of his torment, if only he can conquer the evil powers that drive him.

Our morning began with a search for a fast breakfast. The Bistro at our hotel has very limited hours, so we had to find an alternative.

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The McDonald's in Tarrytown fit the bill. It's relatively small, with a very limited number of tables, but counter service was efficient and food was exactly what we expected. My bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, hash browns and coffee were tasty.

Then it was on to Lyndhurst.

Lyndhurst is one of those grand old estates along the Hudson, a relic from the 19th century. It's a museum now, with tours, and facilities for weddings, etc.

It was also used as the set of numerous movies, including House of Dark a Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows. Perfect place for a festival honoring the old show.

Just like a Star Trek convention, or Comic Con, or any other gathering of fans, the events of the day included sessions with the actors, memorabilia sales and videos. Among the actors present were Kathryn Lee Scott, Lara Parker and David Selby, who reminisced about the show. Selby also performed his poems/songs. There was a charity auction to raise money for Lyndhurst. And there were tours of the mansion available, though we didn't take a tour -- we've been here before.

The day ended with the screening of the two movies filmed here. We stayed for the first, then bailed out -- the programs were running late, the air conditioning (so welcome when we arrived at noon) had turned the room into a meat locker, and we needed to find a place for dinner.

What we found was the El Dorado diner, just down the road. Very picturesque. Typical diner menu, decent service. We sat at a booth with a juke box -- nice selection of music. House salad -- a bed of greens, cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, red onion, dressing on the side. Drew had linguini with white clam sauce -- a huge bowl of pasta with a generous amount of clams. I had penne a la vodka, which was served with grilled chicken and prosciutto. I would have skipped the prosciutto,, there was more than enough protein in the dish with the generous portion of chicken. Surprisingly, there was no bread served with this meal, but we really didn't need it. Overall a satisfactory meal.

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