November 27, 2014

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You won`t shoot your eye out … but you can meet ‘Christmas Story’ actors

CLEVELAND – “Oh fudge.”

Go ahead and say it when you see the jet black 1937 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan from the scene where the bespectacled Ralphie let loose a four-letter blast dubbed over with that five-letter alternate.
Hopefully, you`ll get a better reaction than Ralphie did from his parents.

CONVENTION SCHEDULE

Today

10 a.m.: “A Christmas Story” House & Museum opens.

  • Lolly the Trolley departs from the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The trolley departs every half hour. Round trip trolley tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children.
  • Lolly the Trolley shuttle departs from Clark Fields. Round trip shuttle tickets are $1 per person.

10 a.m. to noon: Exclusive actors meet-and-greet session. Open to Renaissance Cleveland Hotel guests only.
Noon to 1 p.m.: Panel discussion: Brian Jones, owner of “A Christmas Story” House & Museum, and filmmakers Deren Abram and Tyler Schwartz.
1 to 10 p.m.: Actors meet-and-greet session in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Open to the general public.
3 p.m.: Unveiling of the original movie prop chalkboard from Miss Shields` classroom by Tedde Moore, who played Miss Shields, in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
4 p.m.: Character look-a-like contest. Come dressed as your favorite “A Christmas Story” character
5 p.m.: Lolly the Trolley departs from “A Christmas Story” House for the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and Clark Fields. Trolley departs every half hour.
6:30 p.m.: Winterfest tree-lighting ceremony, parade, and fireworks show. Winterfest events take place in Public Square in front of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
8 p.m.: “A Christmas Story” House & Museum closes for the day.
10 p.m.: Actors meet-and-greet session closes.

Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.: “A Christmas Story” House & Museum open.

The scene from “A Christmas Story” has become one of many well-remembered moments from the movie, and the vehicle that inspired Ralphie`s curse and his subsequent punishment of a mouthful of soap, will be on display this weekend as part of a three-day convention dedicated to the film.

On Friday, seven actors who were in the 1983 movie signed autographs and took pictures with fans at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, near the old Higbee`s building downtown, where parts of the movie were filmed.

Trolley tours to the house in Tremont, where much of the filming took place, were available for the afternoon and gave people an opportunity to see the Oldsmobile parked outside the home.

The actors will return today to sign more autographs, including Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie`s kid brother, Randy; Scott Schwartz, who played Ralphie`s best friend and daredevil, Flick; Zack Ward, who played bully Scut Farkus; Yano Anaya, who played Farkus` stoolie, Grover Dill; Tedde Moore, Ralphie`s teacher Miss Shields; and Patty Johnson and Drew Hocevar, who played the two mean elves standing with Santa in the department store.

Keith Crockett, 25, of Olmsted Falls, said he is a big fan of the movie and went to the autograph signing and the house Friday to catch a glimpse of the stars.

“It`s timeless,” he said of the film. “We`ve all been in those situations growing up, where you`re socially awkward, and the characters dealt with all of their problems in their own time.”

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.