Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes and Noble

Tonight, Barnes and Noble in South Burlington will be hosting a Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball from 5:30pm-7pm!

Wizards, witches and muggles of all ages are invited to join us Friday December 9th at 7PM for our Barnes and Noble Harry Potter themed Holiday Ball!

Costumes, holiday or ball themed attire, music, dancing and special Harry Potter themed ornaments for adults along with crafts for our younger witches and wizards will be at the heart of this event to celebrate all things Harry Potter this Holiday Season at Barnes & Noble!

RSVP here.


Read the Prologue for Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn

Brian Staveley’s next fantasy novel, Skullsworn, is due out next year, but you can now read the prologue, thanks to Tor.com.

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer–she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one you love / who will not come again.”

Read the prologue here.

WCAX on the Green Mountain Squad

WCAX stopped by Killer Rabbit Comics & Games last night to cover the 501st Legion’s Green Mountain Squad:

These guys took time off from guarding the Death Star to inspire others to donate toys to local kids. The storm troopers, as well as a few Jawas, helped out with a toys for tots drive at a Williston comic book store Monday night.

See the full report here.

501st Green Mountain Squad Toys for Tots Drive


Do you like Star Wars? Getting pictures with Stormtroopers? How about donating to charity?

The Green Mountain Squad will be stopping by Killer Rabbit Comics & Games on December 5th in Williston to support a Toys for Tots drive. Stop by the store between 6 PM – 7:30 PM with a new, unwrapped toy to donate!

Anyone who donates will be receive a 5% discount their purchase. 

RSVP here.

14th Star is releasing a Stranger Things-themed beer

This is pretty cool: 14th Star Brewing of St. Albans is releasing a new beer called The Upside Down, a Sour Dark ale. Here’s the details from their Facebook page:

This beer may sound like one of the stranger things we’ve ever brewed… but we think you are going to love it — on tap starting TONIGHT at 14th Star!

The Upside Down – 3.3% ABV, 1 IBU, 33 SRM
Dark roast, chocolate, and mellow tartness intermingle to turn your taste buds upside down!

It doesn’t look like this is being release in can form just yet, but it will be on tap in their brewery in St. Albans.

Doctor Strange early screenings!

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Doctor Strange is hitting theaters this week, and it’s showing up in theaters a bit early tonight.

Here’s where you can see it:

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00pm (3D), 9:30pm (2D)
  • Roxy Cinemas, Burlington. 7:00pm (2D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D)
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D)
  • Capitol Theatre, Montpelier. 7:00pm.
  • Paramount Theatre, Barre. 6:30pm (2D)
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:15pm (2D)
  • Playhouse Theatre, Randolph. 7:30pm (3D)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00pm
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. 7:00pm, 9:30pm.
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:15pm (3D), 9:35pm (3D)
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:05pm, 9:35pm.

Here’s where it’s opening normally, on Friday, November 4th:

  • Stowe Cinema 3plex, Stowe.
  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury.

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.