Monday, November 14, 2016


The Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch will host a holiday open house on November 30th. Guests can explore the lighted Topiary Park, see the Huntington holiday train in the main lobby, snack on cookies and listen to Christmas carols for free (including parking).
You can register online here.

The Gateway Film Center will feature a series of holiday films beginning December 1st. Check out their website for details. Films include:
Dec. 1 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Dec. 2 Die Hard (1988)
Dec. 3 Home Alone (1990)
Dec. 4 Holiday Inn (1942)
Dec. 6 A Christmas Carol (1951)
Dec. 8 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) *in 35mm
Dec. 9 Scrooged (1988)
Dec. 11 Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Dec. 14 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) *in 35mm
Dec. 16 Gremlins (1984)
Dec. 20 The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) *in 35mm
Dec. 22 White Christmas (1954) *in 35mm
Dec. 22 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Dec. 28 The Apartment (1960)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Today, the local radio station 93.3 began playing Christmas music.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Sunday, November 6th is the premiere of the new season of the Holiday Baking Championship on the Food Network. If you love baking as much as I do, you'll love seeing these talented and creative bakers make beautiful and delicious treats for the holidays. I always get ideas for new things to try from this show.

On a sadder note, Kay Starr has died at the age of 94. Starr is known for her country hits, but she is also someone I listen to every year at Christmastime. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag is one of my favorites, and her version of I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm is excellent too.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Now it is November!


SiriusXM has a holiday station up and running! Channel 17 is Holly, a contemporary Christmas station.
Beginning November 28th, Channel 785 will be Natividad, a Latin Christmas station.
On December 5th, Channel 18 will play Holiday Traditions featuring classics through the 60's and Channel 58 will be a Country Christmas station.
On December 13th, Channel 49 will play Holiday Soul.
December 23rd will kick off Radio Hanukkah on Channel 787.

The Hallmark channel has begun showing Christmas movies. A few new ones will be out soon.
November 5th 8 p.m. The Mistletoe Promise
November 12th 8 p.m. Every Christmas Has a Story
November 13th 8 p.m. Christmas Cookies
November 19th 8 p.m. My Christmas Dream
November 20th 8 p.m. A December Bride
November 23rd 8 p.m. Broadcasting Christmas
November 24th 8 p.m. Christmas in Homestead
November 25th 8 p.m. Christmas List
November 26th 8 p.m. A Heavenly Christmas
November 27th 8 p.m. Journey Back to Christmas

A new holiday movie Almost Christmas has showtimes beginning November 10th in theaters.

November 18th will begin the official holiday season at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. The tree will be lit in the evening and the mall will begin offering carriage rides ($10 per person 15 years and up; children ride free with an adult) and photos with Santa.
For more information visit

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Christmas Watch


This year Christmas will be especially special because I have a baby boy to share it with. There have already been signs around town that it will be here before we know it.

SEPTEMBER 7th : received an email soliciting song choices for office Christmas CD

OCTOBER 10th : saw the nativity scene outside the State Auto building

OCTOBER 17th : husband got me a skating pond for my Christmas village

I also bought Isaac several Christmas outfits for this year, including a Santa suit.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TCM Honors Dickie Moore

Set your DV-Rs on September 24th because TCM will honor Dickie Moore that day.

The Star Witness is a must-see, a minor entry to filmland but a charming one, and an excellent display of how cute Dickie Moore could be. He whines throughout it to his older brother idol, and spends a good amount of time with grandpa who entertains him with Civil War stories. Moore and Sale worked together again in The Expert, possibly my favorite Dickie Moore movie. In his book, he remembered the shock of seeing Sale, who was in truth a young man at the time, without his makeup.

Sergeant York was one of Moore's own favorites. He remembered Gary Cooper fondly, who taught him to love the great outdoors.

6:15 AM Three Who Loved (1931)
7:30 AM The Star Witness (1931)
8:45 AM So Big (1932)
10:15 AM Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
11:45 AM The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
1:15 PM My Bill (1938)
2:30 PM Sergeant York (1941)
4:45 PM Out of the Past (1947)
6:30 PM Bad Boy (1949)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

John Richard Moore (9/12/1925 - 9/10/2015)

Today Dickie Moore died, and I'm heartbroken.

I know what you're thinking. How much could an 89 year old man I've never met mean to me? Plenty.

When I was 15 years old, I was a frustrated teenager with strict parents who did all they could to keep me at home. We couldn't afford cable, and I wasn't allowed to watch rated R movies without them screening them first and giving me their approval. This kept me out of the loop with a lot of my peers, but I found solace at the library among the plethora of black and white movies which had the bold NR sticker on the side indicating they were not rated and therefore fair game.

I came to old stuff gradually. When I was a kid, my dad introduced my sister and I to black and white comedy shorts, specifically the Little Rascals and the Three Stooges. We owned several of the Cabin Fever tapes, so when I got bored of watching the same movies over and over again I revisited the Rascals.

At this time Roswell had just ended. Roswell was a show about aliens which was aimed at teens. This was in the same era as Dawson's Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Felicity. Ever the outsider, I watched Roswell, and while it had a very loyal and passionate fan base (which saved the show from cancellation twice by bombarding the network with Tabasco sauce-- an alien favorite) it couldn't survive the ratings game. I campaigned hard to achieve more viewership, even going so far with my "grassroots" campaign as to email unsuspecting people whose emails I found on various message boards and annoying everyone in my classes with my weekly announcements that "Roswell is on tonight!" It was this energy that was pent up waiting for an outlet that I channeled into my interest in old movies.

Watching the Little Rascals films with young adult eyes was quite a different experience from watching them as a kid. At seven, I was just amused by the various ways the kids played together, and I lived vicariously through them, knowing my parents would NEVER let us out of their sight long enough to explore a cave and meet a giant (Mama's Little Pirate) or to gather various pieces of trash to create a giant fire engine to drive down a big hill (Hi Neighbor). When I was older, I began to see the comedy behind the jokes, and to see just how adorable the kid actors really were.

It was all Dickie Moore's fault that I became the old movie nerd I am today. It was those big brown eyes and that deep put-on little man voice that did it. As a kid I thought he looked like my friend Kyle, but as a teen he just looked like the cutest kid ever, fodder for my budding maternal instincts. I began to wonder if he ever did anything besides the Rascals.

This was dangerous thinking, and I knew it. I had been down that road before, that intense wonder, the obsessive itch to find out everything I could about something and then some. And I knew this topic was an unpopular one, something that could get me teased even more than I already was. I gave it a few days. Curiosity won out.

I did a search of several of my favorite Rascals. I found out about the "curse," or the fact that many of them died young and because of unusual circumstances. But Dickie Moore was not only still living, but also had a long and varied career as a child star. He was the launching point. It was through him that I met Gary Cooper (Sergeant York), Marlene Dietrich (Blonde Venus), Robert Mitchem (Out of the Past) and others. I got his book from the library and read all about child stars I had never heard about before. There were more names and more movie titles than I knew what to do with. It was heaven.

I wrote him a fan letter a few years later, and to my surprise he responded. It was a brief but pleasant note, and the encouragement he gave me lead me to write to other stars I admired. His was one of the few responses I ever received.

At my second Cinevent in 2008, Dickie Moore and the Little Rascals led me to new friends. Sitting on the Kukowski table just inside the door was Volume 8 of the Cabin Fever set, a tape I did not own. I bought it and began talking to David about the Rascals and how much I liked them. He showed me a lobby card featuring Dickie Moore, which I thought was hilarious because it depicted Dickie lying dead in the middle of the street, and Dick was one of the few stars of the era who was still alive. It took some time but I eventually bought the card and ever since have proudly displayed it on my wall.

I heard about a year ago that Dick was not doing well, that he was suffering from dementia and could no longer travel. This made me sad but it prepared me for the worst. Today's news is not a shock, but it is a blow, a close to a life that touched a lot of people through the years, and mine especially.

I recently wrote another fan letter to Dick, this time because of my recent quest to obtain autographs from classic stars before they inevitably pass away. He was married to actress Jane Powell, a very talented musical star who appeared in many escapist movies which never fail to put a smile on my face. I sent their photos and letter together and specifically requested that she relay my good wishes to Dick if he was too ill to read them himself. I wrote:

"My passion for classic movies brought me friends from around the globe, and you were inadvertently the catalyst. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for that. It means more to me than I can ever express... It is satisfying to know that you will receive this letter and understand that after all of these years, the movies you made as a little boy are still making people smile and will continue to do so for years to come."