Serling Fest 2020: Coming to a Device Near You

Last year’s “Serling Fest” was a lot of fun. It was tough saying good-bye at the end, but hey, we knew we’d all be gathering in 2020, right?!

Ahem. Not quite. Like a trip to the Kanamit home planet, things haven’t turned out quite the way we were expecting.

We’ll be getting a Serling Fest, all right. But it won’t be the in-person, three-day extravaganza we’ve gotten in years past. It’ll be a one-day affair, and because of a certain Virus Who Shall Remain Nameless, it’s all online.

So there won’t be any reports from the front lines by Yours Truly, and no appearances either. But good news: Thanks to Nick Parisi, president of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation, I don’t think anyone who wants to attend from the comfort of home will feel cheated at all. In fact, he’s put together a fantastic line-up. Check it out:

I’ve gotten a chance to see nearly all of these experts in person, and I can tell you from experience that they have some great insights and stories to share. This is going to be a lot of fun!

It’s a shame we can’t all gather in Rod Serling’s hometown of Binghamton, New York, but on the bright side, this will really save on transportation and lodging. And it’s free. The entire event will be streamed live from the Foundation’s Facebook page.

“Every hour throughout the day, giveaways will be awarded for donations” to the Foundation, notes the Rod Serling Archive. Among the items available:

  • Autographed copies of Nick Parisi’s 2018 book, “Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination
  • Oversized photos of Serling from Nick’s personal collection
  • 10 full sets of Twilight Zone trading cards, including binders
  • Other rare books and surprises

Hope you can spend all or part of your Saturday at this year’s Serling Fest! It could well be “what you need” …


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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!

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Fanning about the work of Rod Serling all over social media. If you enjoy pics, quotes, facts and blog posts about The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery and Serling's other projects, you've come to the right place.

Posted on 08/14/2020, in General and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I have no desire to get a Facebook account, but I certainly want to attend.

    • Hmmm, I don’t think you have to BE on FB to watch it. Can’t swear to it, but I think you’ll be okay. They have their content set to “public,” which should help.

  2. The timing isn’t great, but maybe I can free up some time. This looks interesting. Thanks Paul.

    • Sure thing, Dan. I’m hoping that the presentations will be recorded and made available for later viewing. Obviously, it’s best to watch live so that one can participate in Q&As and have a chance to win prizes, but hey, if the timing is bad, it can’t be helped. Hope to see you, even if only briefly!

  3. I can’t wait to see this, I just became a member this week. Had I known of this event all the years before I moved out of NY, I would’ve attended one. I just learned of these events in the last 3 years. Well, better late than never. :) I feel bad it’s not being held in person, but this is an opportunity to reach thousands of more people and gain new TZ fans and members to the foundation. They can come back from this better than ever next year if things clear up.

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