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June 19, 2016


The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters by Postal Mail

The Official Dark Shadows News Online Updates by Email Posts

Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates

An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM


Marcy Robin – ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766


Each of these SG News Updates is posted FIRST through the ShadowGram Group / List at, then dispersed to other social media. Joining the Group is free and directions are later in this Update.


To receive a SG Group invitation, or to learn more about the ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Published Newsletters by postal-mail subscription, or if you have any questions, please directly contact Marcy Robin by email:


You also can join the SG Group / List directly at



Update Number 382

June 19, 2016




Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,


ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), provides the following news in this ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows News Online Update "Bulletin."





The DS Golden Anniversary Celebration in Tarrytown, NY, is a few days away.


This Update releases the revised schedule of events, details various planned activities, and describes guest presentations, fan participation opportunities, a retrospective of Jonathan Frid’s one-man Readers Theatre shows, new merchandise for purchase, special and rare screenings, and much more.


More than a dozen original DS cast/crew will join us. Unfortunately, a few guests who had hoped to participate send their regrets and are unable to attend: Mitchell Ryan (Burke Devlin), Kathleen Cody (Hallie Stokes) and Robert Cobert (music composer). Each has attended previous Festivals and hopes to see the fans at a future Festival gathering.


Happily, 3 new guests from the original DS production staff will be with us and participate in a discussion panel: Video engineer Nick Besink, stage manager Daniel Morgan, and audio engineer Henry Plimack.


BALLROOM (except where noted)

This schedule is subject to change and all times are approximate.


---- Friday , June 24


10:00am - 5:00 pm - An Afternoon at Collinwood (Lyndhurst Estate)

3:00pm   Celebration Registration opens at DoubleTree Hotel

6:00        DS 50th Anniversary opening ceremonies with guest Sharon Smyth

6:15        DS Episode #1245 as originally broadcast on ABC-TV

6:45        Jonathan Frid on The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

7:00        Special Guests: Nancy Barrett & Kathryn Leigh Scott

7:30        Special Guests: Marie Wallace & Christopher Pennock

8:00        Special Guests: Jerry Lacy & James Storm

8:30        Special Guests: Lara Parker & Roger Davis

9:00        Movie: House of Dark Shadows with Jonathan Frid Interview (1986)

11:00      Movie: Night of Dark Shadows

12:45      Movie: Doctor Mabuse - Etiopomar (with DS cast)


---- Saturday, June 25


10:00am  Celebration registration opens

11:00       Dark Shadows Fan Videos

11:30       Dark Shadows News: ShadowGram's Marcy Robin

12:00       The Collinsport Historical Society - Wallace McBride

12:30       The Collins Chronicles - Patrick McCray

1:00         Dark Shadows Lost & Found: The House 

2:00         Dark Shadows Charity Auction I     

3:00         Dark Shadows Lives: The Big Finish Audio Dramas

3:15         The Genesis Of A Comeback: On The Road With

                 Jonathan Frid - William McKinley & Mary O'Leary

4:00         50th Anniversary Dark Shadows Cast Reunion -

                  Questions & Answers with The Stars

5:00         Dark Shadows Bloopers

6:00         Dark Shadows Lost & Found: Surprise

7:00         Donna McKechnie In Performance

7:30         Dark Shadows Costume Celebration

8:30         Dark Shadows: Séance Fiction – The Collinsport Players

9:00         Ghost Stories with Sarah Collins

                  and On A Country Road horror short hosted by Sharon Smyth

10:00      Movie: The Last Case of August T. Harrison (with DS cast)

                  introduced by filmmaker Ansel Faraj

11:30      Movie: House of Shadows (influenced by DS)


Sunday, June 26


11:00am   Doors Open/Registration Opens

11:30        Luncheon Begins/Door Prizes/Gift Bags

12:30        Dark Shadows Dramatics: Stage & video performances

                   by the Dark Shadows stars/Dark Shadows In Remembrance

2:30          Dark Shadows  Charity Auction II

3:00          Autograph Session/DS Memorabilia Sale

5:00          Optional No-Host Fan Field Trip to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery & Private Tour


NOTE: At the Celebration Registration tables in the Doubletree Hotel, you must present your original registration payment receipt. You’ll then receive a badge; please wear it prominently to enable you to attend Celebration programming.


NOTE: For those going to the separate “Afternoon at Collinwood” visit to the nearby Lyndhurst Estate (filming site for the movies “House of DS” and “Night of DS”), you may park on the mansion grounds, walk from the hotel, or take a $2 hotel taxi ride to and/or from Lyndhurst.

At Lyndhurst, each fan must present their ticket to tour the mansion (the ticket was mailed to them with their Festival receipt). A Festival receipt will not be valid for this purpose.

Each fan is entitled to one tour of the mansion interior. These will be in groups of 20, every 30 minutes, starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. Lunch and snacks will be available at the Lyndhurst carriage house café adjacent to the gift shop in the stables area, or fans may bring their own sack lunches. There are many filming locations on the grounds: the greenhouse, abandoned pool building, bowling alley, gardens, and more.




---- Guest Autographs & Photo Opportunities

Throughout the weekend, the DS actors will be available to sign autographs at tables in the hotel corridors adjacent to the ballroom. There is no charge for guest signatures. Fans may purchase photographs, books and other DS materials to be autographed. Please Note: There is a limit of 2 autographs per person per each visit with a guest, with the exception of items purchased from the guests. Your cooperation is appreciated so every fan has a fair chance to greet our guests. Thank you.


---- Luncheon with the Stars – Sunday afternoon – Hotel Ballroom

All attendees of the 50th Anniversary Luncheon will receive a gift offering of DS items. Following the awarding of door prizes, there will be a variety of special video and live onstage Dark Shadows Dramatics presentations with the actors. The afternoon will end with an autograph session and the final opportunity to purchase DS merchandise.


---- Costume Celebration – 7:30 Saturday evening - Hotel Ballroom

This all-for-fun fan participation event welcomes fans of all ages to share their creativity with their own DS- or horror- influenced costumes onstage. Individually or in small groups, you can show off your costume, present a short recitation, song, or dance (no more than 1 minute, please). Entries must be suitable for all audiences.

Entry forms will be available at the Information Desk near the Registration area.

NOTE: This is not a contest. There is no fee to participate. Marcy Robin is the Costume Celebration Coordinator and onstage MC. She asks all participants to please bring their completed entry forms and attend a 7:00 Rehearsal/Information Session at the hotel’s outside gazebo pavilion immediately behind the ballroom autograph area. Thank you.


---- Special Movie Screenings

In addition to big-screen, high-definition presentations of the feature films House of DS and Night of DS, other motion pictures of interest will screen over the weekend. These include the DS-influenced House of Shadows and a pair of movies featuring original DS cast members from DS fan/filmmaker Ansel Faraj: The Last Case of August T. Harrison and Doctor Mabuse: Etiopoma.


---- Lost And Found

For the first time in 6 decades and not seen anywhere since its single original live telecast in the 1950s, Art Wallace's original teleplay of The House will be screened. Fans can see how Wallace adapted the story and setting when Dan Curtis hired him to pen DS’ “program bible” in 1966. Viewers will find many characters and story elements to be extremely familiar!


---- The Genesis of a Comeback: On The Road With Jonathan Frid

In the 1980s, after attending several DS fan conventions and contributing to the show’s return in syndication and on PBS stations, Jonathan Frid began performing dramatic one-man shows for the fans. Producer Mary O’Leary then teamed with Jonathan to form Clunes Associates to develop and present Jonathan’s professional performances across the country at theatres, schools and libraries. Among those assisting Jonathan’s creative efforts was young fan William McKinley. Now, Mary and William look back at their time working with Jonathan and travelling with his unique Readers Theatre programs.


---- Producing Shadows

On Saturday afternoon, 3 veterans from the DS production staff will share their memories of working behind the scenes. Joining the panel will be video engineer Nick Besink, stage manager Daniel Morgan, and audio engineer Henry Plimack.


---- Memorabilia Charity Auctions

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, a tantalizing selection of rare and unique DS items will be offered for auction to benefit the Lyndhurst Estate, and Cure PSP (in memory of Geoff Miller). This is your chance to acquire DS collectibles and surprises, with some donated by our guests.


--- Dark Shadows Collectibles

An array of new commemorative DS-related items will be available for sale during the weekend, including David Selby’s Light & Shadows book of DS-inspired songs, poems, and photographs. MPI will debut the first-ever retro-styled DS lunchbox, the only official DS 50th Anniversary T-shirt, and a long-sleeved hoodie. Also, final copies of the commemorative limited edition, purple vinyl reissue of composer Robert Cobert’s classic Original Music From Dark Shadows soundtrack album will be available while supplies last.


NOTE: The anonymous winner of the MPI online contest to win Celebration admission and a hotel stay has been notified.


---- The Collinsport Players

A group of DS fans have joined to present a humorous tale involving dramatic happenings at Collinwood. The parody Séance Fiction promises a surprise or 2.


**** NOTE: All 50th Anniversary functions are sold out. For those unable to attend, the Festival program book will be for sale after July 1. Also available after the Celebration event: New DS merchandise from MPI (( the DS lunchbox (full-color retro style), a 50th Anniversary t-shirt with a vintage cast image, commemorative DS hoodie, and more items.


ShadowGram Updates soon will report more details about how to purchase these items after the Celebration weekend.




For 6 months, SG Updates have noted some Real Life situations I’ve had to face. These totally unexpected, unpredictable crises required all my attention, energy, and more. My entire life was upended and I had to set aside everything, including my all-volunteer DS/SG work. I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding – and I’m back at last!


Since the late December accidental electrical garage/house fire at my home, cleaning, repairs, and reconstruction have progressed steadily. It’s been very traumatic and difficult in every way. Hopefully, home will again be home for us by late summer.


In late March, I needed another emergency surgery for a retinal hole in one eye; I have lifelong severe myopia and am prone to retinal damage. I’m grateful and relieved that my surgeon – a pioneer in the field – is very pleased with my recovery and cleared me to fly to NY. So I’ll be there to handle my staff responsibilities and celebrate with everyone. My thanks for all the good wishes, prayers, healing thoughts, cards, notes, and emails from so many. They truly helped lift my spirits.



These ShadowGram Official DS News Online Updates will announce and report more exciting, confirmed Fest and other DS news. The Updates always are posted first to the free ShadowGram Group / List at  Joining the ShadowGram Group is easy and free. Once you’re a Group member, you will be among the first to directly receive every SG Update in your email inbox. Here are the directions.


--- If you’re already a Yahoo member, go to the website. Find the GROUPS tab on the main page. Click there and type   Shadowgram   in the Search box. It will take you to the Group. Continue from there.


--- If you’re not already a Yahoo member of the ShadowGram Group, please go to


Then follow the steps to become a Group member.


If you prefer, you can request an invitation, which makes it even easier to have the Updates sent right to your inbox To do so, please directly send your request with your full name and full email address to Marcy Robin at


Once you join the Group or accept the invitation, you will receive the breaking-news Updates via email as they are posted. You also can see past news developments as they happened by reading recent Updates at the ShadowGram Group page at


If you'd like more information or have questions, please e-mail Marcy Robin at


**** This Update (and every Update) is posted FIRST to the ShadowGram Group at, then to several DS Facebook groups. Updates also are dispersed by interested fans to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, pages, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., in individual personal emails, and other online / print communications.


PLEASE always include ShadowGram's complete e- and postal- mail addresses and subscription information in all of your online sharing. Thank you.





--- Each complete SG print newsletter provides in-depth reports, confirmed and official details, photos, DS personnel’s own comments and messages for SG readers, publicity and media coverage, exclusive materials, official advance information, and more.


To subscribe / renew to the ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Newsletters:


--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.

 ---Overseas subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.


Please send subscription / renewal payment by check or money order, made payable to:


Marcy Robin

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766



Subscription/renewal payments also can be made via PayPal to:


Each SG Published Newsletter features confirmed news and information direct from the DS cast / crew about their projects and activities, Dan Curtis Productions, the DS Festival, Big Finish Productions, MPI, and others involved in DS today. The print newsletters feature exclusive and behind-the-scenes photos, premiere announcements,  messages to the fans from the DS personnel, detailed reports, publicity materials, media coverage, updates for DS guest/fan gatherings, plus all the definite DS news and plans.


SHADOWGRAM invites all fans to please share any DS-related materials you find at any time. These can be on-air, in print, and online, international, nationwide, or local, including media publicity and mentions, photos, articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries, etc. Fans attending personal appearances by the DS actors always are encouraged to please share with SG their reports, photos, video footage, program books, local publicity, media articles, interviews, reviews, etc.  Each experience and perspective is unique and helps let SG readers who can’t attend “be there with you.”


All such items can be hard copies (photographs, newspapers, magazines, program books, flyers). You can email photos and articles at high resolution or send materials via postal-mail. Please always include your full name and the complete name and date of the source.


Please send all items to ShadowGram’s postal- and e- mail addresses above / below.


You will be named as a Contributor in the published SG newsletter. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of photos, video footage, information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for your support and sharing.


All information is important to ShadowGram. Subscribers of all ages are across the US and beyond. I directly send complimentary copies of every issue to many of the DS cast/crew, whom I’ve known and worked closely with for many years. They share with me their news, photos, and messages to the fans for SG’s readers. They also enjoy learning about their DS colleagues in SG's pages.


SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the recognized * Official * "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is provided directly to me by the show's cast, crew, and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series and the 1991 TV series. Established 36+ years ago in April, 1979, SG always works closely with the DS personnel and related individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc. The complete, detailed SG print issues usually are published 2-3 times during a year.


Please see complete subscription information and contact addresses above / below. For more information or if you have any questions, please email or send a SAFSE (Self-Addressed Forever-Stamped Envelope) to these postal- or e- mail addresses.


Thank you.


Marcy Robin

ShadowGram Editor / Publisher

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766




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