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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Weekend get-away

Before there was "Harry Potter", before there was "Twilight", before there was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", there was "Dark Shadows". The Gothic soap opera premiered 50 years ago. It was not particularly successful at first, but with the introduction of vampire Barnabas Collins ...

Five afternoons a week, viewers were intrigued by vampires, ghosts, witches, time travel, mixed in with soap opera story lines. Scary and unintentionally campy at times, it became a cult classic. Two movies, "House of Dark Shadows" and "Night of Dark Shadows", proved popular as well.

Efforts to reboot the series, on TV in 1991, and more recently in a movie starring Johnny Depp, were unsuccessful. But the original series remains popular. And the show's fans gather for conventions, to hear the show's cast reminisce, to buy DVD's and memorabilia, etc.

Drew really loves the show, and over the years we have gone to several "Dark Shadows" conventions. A few years ago, we spent a weekend at a convention in Tarrytown, NY. "House of Dark Shadows" had been filmed at Lyndhurst, one of the Hudson Valley's famous mansions, and the convention was held on the grounds of the mansion.

The convention returns to Lyndhurst this year, and because this is the 50th anniversary of the show's premiere, it should be very interesting.

So of course we are going.

Can't wait.

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