Watch the entire Harry Potter franchise this weekend

There’s a franchise coming from J.K. Rowling: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, later in November. Want to get into the Harry Potter spirit early? A whole bunch of theaters are screening all eight of the films starting tomorrow.

Essex Cinemas and Springfield Cinemas, will each be holding an epic marathon, screening each entry in the franchise between October 21st and 31st. You can find details for Essex Cinemas here and Springfield Cinemas here.

Tilt Arcade is selling off its games


When Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House closed down earlier this summer, there was some hope that the pub would reopen in some form. That appears not to be the case, as a listing for the business’s games just went live on Craigslist.

The ad lists off the games that had been a fixture of Tilt since it opened, and it should be a good deal for anyone looking to recreate the magic that they found at Tilt in their own home. Games range from upwards of $5000 (Pirates of the Caribbean pinball) to $750 for Centipede or Asteroids.

Here’s the full ad:

The recently closed Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House is selling their collection of pinball and arcade games. These were meticulously maintained and would make great additions to a home game room. Message for pictures.Pinballs: Addams Family $6000, Star Wars $4000, South Park $3500, X-Files $2500, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not $4000, The Simpsons $2500, Pirates of the Caribbean $5000, Dr. Dude $2500

Arcade Games: Simpsons 4-player $1500, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4-player $1500, Contra $750, Crusin USA $750, Asteroids (original!) $750, Pacman (original!) $1000, Centipede $750, Altered Beast $750, Bad Dudes $750, NeoGeo Multicade $750, 1943 $750, Street Fighter II $1000, Lethal Enforcers $1000

It’s a shame that the pub won’t be reopening under a new name, and it’s a sad fall from when the pub first opened. People involved in the company had spoken about opening a second branch somewhere in Vermont. In the meantime, the Archives is operating in downtown Burlington. 

3rd Annual Ghostacular: ParaCon This Saturday!

Burlington will be home to a paranormal convention this weekend: Ghostacular Paracon! It will be held on Saturday, October 1st, from 10am – 5pm, and will be at the Hilton in Burlington. The price of admission is $10.

The convention will also host some guests, such as Shannon Sylvia, who has been on Ghosthunters International. There will also be a series of workshops:

Theatre RM A:
11:00AM – Maureen Short – “Creating Sacred Space”. Join Maureen Short, Spiritual Energy Healer for an informative & enlightening talk about creating sacred space- within & without. She will share stories from many years as a space clearer with stories of ghost busting, aura clearings & Earth healing!
12:00PM – Bernice Kelman – Ghosts, Spirits, & Other Non-Physical Entities: Bernice will review her many years of experience helping release ghosts into the Light, as well as what she has learned from other non-physical entities. Q & A
1:00PM – Keynote : Shannon Sylvia ‘as seen on Ghost Hunters International
2:00PM – Ruth Butts – Young Living Oils – Learn how to help bring balance to your chakra system – changing lives one drop at a time!
3:00PM – PI-NE – Paranormal Investigators of New England – All things paranorma. What constitutes an investigation, what happens during the investigation, & what results can be provided to client.
4:00PM – Julio Baez – Paganism 101 – Pagan Pride Day

Theatre RM B:
11:00AM – Eric Perry – Owner of Haunted Productions , Ceo of Haunted in New England and owner of CNHPS. Lecture on paranormal TV vs real investigators.
12:00PM – Michele Nappi – Mystic Medium – Ghosts I Have Met – Sharing of Experiences – Sightings – Effects Q & A
1:00PM – Keynote: Shannon Sylvia ‘as seen on Ghost Hunters International
2:00PM – Ally McHugh – Spirit 101 – Learn basic protocol for connecting with spirit. Test your mediumship skills through fun, interactive exercise.
3:00PM – Christine Favreau – Labyrinth History & Development – traced back over 4000 years. What exactly is a labyrinth, and how have they developed over the centuries?
4:00PM – Tina Gilson – Basic Spirit Communication & Protection

More details here.

Cover and plot for Daniel Mills’ Moriah


Daniel Mills just revealed the cover and synopsis for his upcoming novel Moriah, and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic read.

Mills is a local horror author who’s written numerous short stories (and one novel), and has participated in the Vermont SF Writer’s Series events in the past.

Here’s what it’s about:

Silas Flood is a broken man in a broken country. Nine years have passed since the end of the American Civil War and Flood is helpless to escape its shadow.

In the summer of 1874, he is dispatched to the mountain village of Moriah, Vermont to investigate sensational claims of supernatural happenings. There the brothers Thaddeus and Ambrose Lynch are said to converse with spirits and summon the dead.

As Flood investigates the true nature of these phenomena he must first come to terms with his own past and with the hold it has upon him—before he can behold the mysteries of the other side.

Moriah will be available on March 14th, 2017.

Grace Potter’s NASA Collaboration: Look What We’ve Become

Grace Potter has filmed a new music for her song Look What We’ve Become, which was originally on her self-titled album from a couple of years ago.

The video celebrates the role that women have played at NASA over the years, and it’s a really entertaining, and important video to show off. I hadn’t thought about the lyrics within this context before, but they fit perfectly.

Grace Potter is promoting women in space with NASA


Vermont’s own Grace Potter is partnering up with NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a song called Look What We’ve Become, which will be highlighting the role that women have played at the agency.

Potter will be releasing a music video on September 19th.

NASA Johnson Space Center and recording star Grace Potter have collaborated on a new space-themed music video to be released Monday, September 19. The video, which was shot at Johnson, features Potter performing her song, “Look What We’ve Become” and highlights NASA women engineers, scientists and astronauts in their workplace.

According to Potter, the song has an empowerment theme with a message that you can do anything you set your mind to, no matter who tells you otherwise.

“So much of this song is about when you are coming up through any part of your life and you face challenges, there are so many different ways that that can affect you and change the course of your life,” Potter said. “I think that it creates a strength within you if you do make the choice to push onward and say, ‘I know that this might be more difficult than another path. That’s why I want to do it.”

This looks like a really incredible thing, and we can’t wait until Monday to watch. Here’s the full release.

Green Mountain Squad: Official


The 501st Legion now has a regular presence here in the state of Vermont: the Green Mountain Squad was officially approved earlier today!

From their Facebook page:

I’m proud to announce the official end of the Green Mountain Squad of the New England Garrison’s probationary status, and their incorporation as an official operational unit of the 501st Legion!

I’m exceptionally impressed by the growth I’ve seen in Vermont over the past six months. In addition to the six new members from the Squad formation (bringing their numbers to 20), they’ve gained another dozen recruits in the process of building a variety of costumes. They’ve had nearly two-dozen successful events, including a convention and minor-league ballgame, and have a very grass-roots approach to building positive relationships within the community. They’re a shining example of what can be built with a small, motivated team.

I’m eager to see what comes next for the Green Mountain Squad; Congratulations, everyone!

Erich Shafer, Commanding Officer
501st New England Garrison, proud unit of The 501st Legion

You can follow along with the group here:


New Gaming Store to Williston: Killer Rabbit Comics & Games

There’s a new geeky store coming to Williston’s Taft Corners: Killer Rabbit Comics & Games!

The store, run by Mark Stair and Jennifer Garrett, will be selling comics, board and card games, toys and other accessories. The store will is planning on having a soft opening this weekend (provided their orders come in on time), and their official opening will take place on November 5th.

You can check out their website here, and like them on Facebook.

William Shatner is coming to Rutland

The face of Star Trek is coming to Rutland in October: William Shatner will be stopping by the Paramount Theater on October 17th as part of his Shatner’s World tour.

In Shatner’s World, a one man force of nature delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical selections in his inimitable style.
Through anecdotes, songs, jokes and even some poignant moments, you will experience William Shatner ‘s phenomenal path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, brilliantly creating the larger-than-life and most important character he has ever played, William Shatner.

The performance will take place on October 17th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $65, $85, $95, or $105. Buy tickets here.

Kickstart This: No Honor Among Thieves

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Here’s a really interesting looking board came that’s being Kickstarted out of Burlington: No Honor Among Thieves.

Here’s what it’s about:

No Honor Among Thieves is a competitive/cooperative game for three to five (or six, with some adjustments) players in which each player assembles a crew of thieves and sets out to see who can steal the most wealth from the rich and powerful of a fantasy city. Working alone is difficult, but working together leaves you open to treachery by your so-called allies–or gives you the chance to betray them, and take it all for yourself. An unspoken code of honor exists among the thieves of this city, but that won’t last past the first betrayal, and once that uneasy trust is gone the game becomes more dangerous as players tap into abilities that they couldn’t use while the thieves’ code of honor was still intact.

The organizers are $17,520 into their $28,000 goal, with two weeks left on the clock. Check out the full campaign here