Serling Fest 2021: An All-Star Line-Up Set to Appear in Binghamton Oct. 15-17

It’s been two years since we last had an in-person Serling Fest. Thanks a lot, Covid! 😒

We didn’t go completely without last year, though. Thanks to Nick Parisi, president of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation (and author of an excellent volume on Rod Serling), we got to enjoy a one-day virtual Fest in August 2020. It was certainly fun, but there’s no substitute for meeting in person, is there?

So I’m happy to share with you the line-up for this year’s in-person (but masked) Serling Fest. It’s a packed agenda, and it includes a special guest: Marc Scott Zicree, author of the indispensable “Twilight Zone Companion.” There’s going to be talks, live performances, games, prizes — even a Kickstarter campaign to get a Rod Serling statue built in Recreation Park. And admission is free.

You may notice a familiar name on Sunday’s dance card. That’s right, yours truly will be there, in a presentation that covers “Rod Serling’s genius in adapting classic short stories by other authors into Night Gallery episodes.”

As long-time readers know, I’ve already been doing this for Twilight Zone with my “Re-Zoning” posts. And now I’ve begun doing the same for Night Gallery. My first “Re-Framing” post gave readers a tour of Season 1’s “The House.” There are lots more to come, but if you attend Serling Fest, either in-person or streaming on the Foundation’s Facebook page, you can get a preview of my next few posts.

With any luck, once the Fest is over, I can resume the weekly schedule I stuck to for much of 2020. It’s been a busy year for me since that summer, both personally and professionally, but I’m determined to get back on doing a post each week.

At least preparing for Serling Fest is giving me plenty of material to work with, so I don’t think it will be too hard to get back to it after the 17th. And don’t worry. Even if there’s an uptick in Night Gallery material, I’ll still be covering Serling’s other projects — including, of course, a Zone we all know and love.

Hope to see you in Binghamton!

About Paul

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 10/08/2021, in General and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. COVID did give me the opportunity to stream most of Night Gallery, Paul, until thy buried it deep within Peacock. I wish I could attend in person. I always enjoy the details you share about the Serlingization of other stories. Good luck. And, I look forward to the return of weekly posts.

    • Thanks, Dan! Glad you got to see so much of NG recently. You say it’s on Peacock, though? Last I checked, I didn’t see it.

      I appreciate the well wishes too. Should be fun! I hope you can catch it virtually, at least.

      • I was watching it on NBC’s streaming as they were introducing Peacock. Then, suddenly I couldn’t find it on Peacock but for about two weeks, it was in my “recently watched” stuff on NBC, but I felt like I was digging through the stacks of an old library. I found a couple more episodes then that link went dead.

  2. It looks like it’s going to be packed with good stuff and topics.

    Break a Leg on Sunday! I hope you have a good turn out and you’re in top form for your presentation!

  3. That is so cool, Paul. Congrats on presenting! Wish I could be there. 😎

  4. I wish i could attend in person! Since I moved from NYC 5 years ago, all the events or outings I would’ve loved have been firmly established or expanded. (Of course when I leave! 😖) I can’t wait to see what the foundation offers on streaming. I’ve enjoyed your posts for years now whether it is about TZ or NG. I love the “Re-zoning” posts and learning what could’ve been or what Serling and other writers (usually) masterfully chose to edit or keep. It’s a fun portion of the blog that I hope continues. Congratulations on keeping busy (hopefully in a positive, successful way for you and yours) despite all the setbacks in our current Twilight Zone world!

    • Thanks, Lady G! Unfortunately, the streaming that worked so well on Saturday went more or less kaput on Sunday. It turns out the school it was being held at blocks Facebook. 😣 Great idea to keep the kids from being distracted, but not so good for the Fest! It was a fun time, though. Hope you can join us at a future Fest. In the meantime, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the posts. I’ll be posting one shortly about “The Doll.” 😱

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