Pop culture expo set to debut Easter Weekend in Hershey
The Expo is set to debut on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, at the Granada Avenue Gymnasium, 30 E. Granada Avenue in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The show will present the world of music, comics, movies, television, toys and more, with a showroom packed with over 100 exhibitor spaces.
Numerous vendors will be buying, selling and trading a variety of antique, vintage and popular culture collectibles, such as DVDs, posters, books, magazines, comics, trading cards, art, crafts, jewelry, apparel, toys, games, lunchboxes, advertising items, CDs, vinyl albums and singles, antique cash registers, jukeboxes, gumball machines, pinballs, and antique arcade games.
The event is being organized by USA Theatres, which operates a portable drive-in and outdoor movie theatre in Central Pennsylvania.
“All of the events that we organize exhibit the retro factor,” said Ronald M. Vastola, Outreach Coordinator for USA Theatres.
Special guests including Bronson Pinchot (best known as Balki Bartokomous on the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers), Butch Patrick (best known as Eddie Munster on the 1960s hit television series The Munsters), and model Cassandra Lynn, will all be on hand signing autographs and meeting fans, in addition to several other special guests.
“Many actors and most movie stars — show audiences versions of themselves onscreen, which is cool if you can pull it off. Since I’ve been a character actor all my life, being merely myself seems like something of a giant leap, both to myself and the audience… And I love it,” Pinchot said.
Pinchot currently stars on The Bronson Pinchot Project, a home renovation show on the DIY Network. Each episode features Pinchot and his crew of local contractors renovating another room at one of his properties in Harford, Pennsylvania.
“There is also a fair amount of teaching I do on the show, but not in a forced way, more in a ‘spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down’ style… And since I’m doing it through my homeboy-carpenters, who are all rural Pennsylvania guys, it doesn’t seem preachy.”
Pinchot said he is looking forward to coming to Hershey and meeting fans.
“As always, I’ll happily do the Balki accent for anyone over 80, as long as I can whisper it to them,” he added.
Butch Patrick will also be on hand to meet and greet fans.
“The Munsters have a really good staying power, the family values hold up really well,” said Patrick. “Now you have kids watching it with their grandparents or parents, everybody enjoying it together, which is difficult because there is not a whole lot of shows that that happens to.”
Patrick said his experience on The Munsters was amazing. “It turned out to be an interesting show, it was very well received, it was fun, good music, good guest stars, cool cars, all of the above,” he added.
According to Patrick, he is currently working on a renovation show (much like The Bronson Pinchot Project), but with a twist. He said his grandmother’s house in Missouri is the showcase of his new project, where he is creating a haunted bed-and-breakfast.
“It is an old classic historical house, built in 1875, with the resident ghost,” Patrick said. “We are doing a restoration show/history show/bio show, ‘Hollywood boy comes back home,’ to a bed-and-breakfast.”
Other guests, who will be appearing at the expo, include Paris Themmen (best known as Mike Tee Vee in the classic film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Matt Hardy (professional wrestler), Geri Reischl (best known as Jan Brady from Sid & Marty Krofft’s Brady Bunch Variety Hour), David Orange (best known as the Sleepy Klingon from the motion picture Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), and Triston Johnson (Zombie Barn Walker from AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead).
A live performance by award-wining Elvis Presley Impersonator Brad Crum will also be on hand.
Crum will be taking audiences through many of Presley’s legendary hits with the genuine sound, look and feel of the man himself.
Crum will be performing three sets on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“I will be doing three costume changes and be featuring 60 songs that cover the entire range of Elvis’ career,” Crum said.
Crum’s impersonating is so compelling that he modeled for the Aloha Elvis figure released in 2008 by McFarlane Toys. The 6-inch figure features Crum’s body with Elvis’ face, he said.
According to USA Theatres, seating will be limited to one set per person and subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting.
Attendees will also have the opportunity for a chance to win a brand new classic-style full-size jukebox (List Price: $1,495.95), provided by RetroWonders.com, an authorized reseller of Crosley Radio products.
A real-Life 1966 Batmobile and Star Wars characters will also be featured, in addition to a pinball showcase and a mobile video game theater.
Early buyers are welcome Friday evening at 5 p.m. and also Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for $25 per person each day, while general admission on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, college students and active military with photo I.D. Children 11 and under will be admitted for free, accompanied by a paying adult. Parking is free.
A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event.
For the most current show information, visit their website, www.usatheatres.com/conventions
THE BIGGEST CELEBRITY LINE-UP IN 23 YEARS! DON’T MISS OUT!
ANTHONY DANIELS – The Steel City Con is very pleased to announce that ANTHONY DANIELS ( C-3PO in all six of the STAR WARS feature films ) will be attending the upcoming Show! Mr. Daniels was both the body and voice of the golden robot. Daniels has reprised the role for various promotional work such as hosting The Making of Star Wars, Star Wars Connections and The Science of Star Wars; for appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street and an anti-smoking public service announcement; for The Star Wars Holiday Special; in advertising for Star Wars licensed products such as Kenner toys. Daniels is the only cast member of the original Star Wars trilogy to voice his character in all three parts of National Public Radio’s dramatizations of the trilogy. He voiced C-3PO for three animated series: Droids, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Other C-3PO voicework by Daniels includes: the Christmas-themed Christmas in the Stars album; the multiple Walt Disney theme park attractions and Star Tours.
MR. DANIELS IS ONLY APPEARANING SATURDAY 10am-6pm
IMPORTANT: Buy your 3 Day Pass so you can get in before general admission and get in line first!
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS – American actor, artist, singer, and writer. He is most known for playing LANDO CALRISSIAN in STAR WARS – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Billy Dee Williams and James Caan were both nominated for Emmy Awards for best actor for their performances in the film Brian’s Song. Mr. Williams will only be siging for LIMITED HOURS so please check out the web site to make sure you are at his booth at the right times.
COREY DEE WILLIAMS - COREY DEE WILLIAMS is the son of Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams (a.k.a. Lando Calrissian from the originalSTAR WARS trilogy). Corey was actually his Dad’s stand-in on Return of the Jedi! It was during his time on set that he was offered the role of KLAATU. If you are a Star Wars fan then you know that this is a rare appearance!
SPECIAL NOTE: THE STEEL CITY CON IS THE FIRST CONVENTION IN THE WORLD TO HOST BOTH WILLIAM’S IN A SIGNING APPEARANCE TOGETHER!
CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT – American actor best known for playing PETER BRADY on the 1970s series, THE BRADY BUNCH. He has since gone on to become a successful businessman and had a successfull reality TV Show. Christopher Knight will be joining Susan Olsen in a mini- BRADY BUNCH Reunion!
SUSAN OLSEN – The Steel City Con is VERY pleased to announce that SUSAN OLSEN will be attending the March Show! Many of you know Susan as “CINDY BRADY” from the BRADY BUNCH. Susan has appeared nearly all of the Brady Bunch reunion fils. In 2007, Susan and her fellow cast members were honored with the TV Pop Culture Awards on the TV Lands Awards. This is a very rare signing appearance. Make your plans to attend!
SID & MARTY KROFFT SUPERSTARS REUNION TOUR
Presented by: In Person Productions & Hosted by Steel City Con
Many of you remember that the sibling team of Sid & Marty Krofft produced a series of
influential children’s television and variety show programs in the USA, particularly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. They are largely known for a unique brand of ambitious fantasy programs,
The Steel City Con is proud to be the first stop on this amazing Reunion of many original cast members:
SIGMOND & THE SEA MONSTERS
JOHNNY WHITAKER – Star of Sigmond & the Sea Monsters & Family Affair!
LAND OF THE LOST
KATHLEEN COLEMAN – ( “Holly” from Land of the Lost)
WESLEY EURE (“Will” from Land of the Lost)
BUTCH PATRICK – “Mark” from LIDSVILLE & “Eddie Munster” -THE MUNSTERS
IAN ZIERING – In 1990, IAN ZIERING was chosen as ” STEVE SANDERS” on the hit series BEVERLY HILLS, 90210. He was a celebrity dancer on Season 4 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. His professional dance partner was Cheryl Burke, who won the competition in Season 2. In made it to the semi-final round and received a perfect score (three 10s) from the judges for one of his two dances in the semi-finals.
ANGIE EVERHART – American Actress and Fashion Model. Angie has graced the covers of such fashion mainstays as ELLE and GLAMOUR MAGAZINE. She was ranked #98 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2003. Angie made her film deut in 1993 with the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy LAST ACTION HERO. She has since appeared in such features as Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (1996), Denial (1998), Trigger Happy (1996), and Gunblast Vodka (2000). She has also appeared in Another 9½ Weeks (1997), Payback (2006) and many others.
GENA LEE NOLIN – American Actress and model. GENA LEE NOLIN is best known for her television appearances on The Price Is Right and BAYWATCH in the 1990s. Nolin starred in her biggest role as Neely Capshaw in the television series Baywatch (becoming the second actress to play the controversial character). Let’s not, however forget Gena’s role as SHEENA – QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE in the 2000-2002 TV series!
IAN PETRELLA – A special treat for Steel City Con attendees! Yes, it’s “RANDY PARKER” who portrayed Ralphie’s brother in the Holiday Classic Film A CHRISTMAS STORY! Very Rare Sigining Appearance!
Ian’s Signing Appearance is being Sponsored by: In Person Productions
ROSITA – TNA KNOCKOUT and former Knockouts Tag-Team Championship
ROSITA’S Signing Appearance is being Sponsored by: Collectors’s Realm
Steel City Con
TOY, COMIC & POP CULTURE CONVENTION!
San Jose Super Toy & Comic Show Hosts actors Butch Patrick & Ken Sagoes
Saturday August 13, 2011
Early Bird admission: 9 -11 am, $15
General Admission: 11 am – 4 pm, $5
The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
Toy & Comic Book collectors are invited to the San Jose Super Toy, Comic Book & Collectible Show on Saturday, August 13, 2011! Come see 250 tables filled with every variety of Vintage to Modern Collectibles, including Toys, Comic Books, Magazines, Vinyl Records, Posters, GI Joes, Robots, Disneyana, Legos, Sports, TV, Music, and Movie Memorabilia, and lots more! We are Northern California’s Largest vintage Toy and Collectible show, growing in size and attendance since 1995.
Butch played Eddie Munster in the cult 1960?s TV series The MUNSTERS .
He also played Mark on the popular Sid & Marty Krofft 1970′s Saturday morning show LIDSVILLE.
Ken Sagoes played Kincaid in Nightmare on Elm Street parts 3: Dream Warriors and part 4: The Dream Master.
He fought Freddy Krueger in Part 3 and survived.
He was the first Black actor to survive a Major Horror film and return in the sequel.
Ken runs the non profit charity:
GBC-Giving Back Corporation. A 501 (c) 3 Organization.
GBC gives assistance to the community, including senior citizens.
It pays for students’ books and supplies while in college, as well
as helping families during Thanksgiving and toys for children
Butch & Ken will all be signing photos and taking snapshots with attendees for a nominal fee.
All guests are subject to cancellation due to professional commitments.