'Blob' gets 'stamp' of approval

PHOENIXVILLE - The Phoenixville Post Office announced a special commemorative postmark celebrating the upcoming sixth annual Blob Fest, hosted by The Colonial Theatre starting July 15.

The announcement was made in front of The Colonial Theatre Wednesday afternoon, as Pat Canning, postmaster, and Angie Lupo of Phoenixville Post Office, showed Mary Foote, executive director for the Association of The Colonial Theatre, and Blob Fest committee members Evey Nissle, Shane Stone and Joan Kelly a copy of the postmark.

Canning said the concept for the postmark recently came about after having a discussion with Foote at the post office.

"She comes in there all of the time," said Canning. "She mentioned Blob Fest to me, and we got to talking about the postmarks. I asked Mary for a logo and so I used that and added 'Blob Fest' to it. We put it on the computer, and then sent it off to Philadelphia for approval."

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After getting final approval, Canning said the design is made into a rubber stamp.

"The special postmark is dated July 15, 2005 to designate the start of the fest," he said. "These special postmarks are considered collectors items and will be available all weekend during Blob Fest activities.

"The postmark will also be available at the Phoenixville Post Office from July 15 and for 30 days only."

Canning said that if anyone can't make it to Blob Fest or to the post office, they can send in a self-addressed stamped envelope, and it'll be sent back out.

Foote said that the postmark is another way of getting Blob Fest out to the community.

"There is more buzz going on with Blob Fest than in years past," said Foote. "We're in the American Automobile Association (AAA) Travel Guide as a must-see thing to attend. No one should miss this because they'll meet folks from everywhere."

The sixth annual Blob Fest is scheduled for July 15, 16 and 17 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street.

The weekend starts on Friday night, July 15, with the infamous reenactment of the classic "running out scene" from the 1958 horror classic, "The Blob," which was filmed at The Colonial Theatre.

Patrons will run out of the theatre, screaming, posing and giggling, so get there early as the theatre always fills to capacity for this event.

On Saturday, July 16, the 200 block of Bridge Street will be blocked off for a classic car display along the street. Rockabilly band Cotton Jackson will be playing live. A costume contest is also scheduled, with the first place winner receives a hefty cash prize.

There will also be a "Dress Up Your Fire Extinguisher" contest, along with constant showings of "The Blob" and other horror films throughout the day.

A regular staple at every Blob Fest is the presence of the actual "Blob" itself, brought out by owner and caretaker Wes Shank. Shank purchased a five-gallon can containing the actual red-dyed silicone from the late filmmaker Irvin "Shorty" Yeaworth in 1965.

Kyra Schon, the little girl from the classic "Night Of The Living Dead" will be a guest judge at the costume contest, and meeting and greeting fans.

Returning from last year to entertain young and old alike will be Vlad Tspepis (Kevin Novotny) and his sidekick, Creighton (Kevin Rice) from "Ghoul A Go-Go," a New York-based horror/dance TV show that's broadcast in several stations in the surrounding area.

For up-to-date information and directions to this event, please visit our website at www.thecolonialtheatre.com or contact Mary Foote at 610-917-1228.