Zombie Walk: 2014

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Zombie Hunters gather for planning

I’ve covered the Zombie Walk every year it’s been held in Amherst. Kristen’s been to everyone except the first one. Glad to see the MJ finally got on board this year. Unfortunately, with the rain Saturday morning, a lot of folks got scared and the turnout was much less than in the past. Even the dance troupe the “Monster Dolls” bailed because they didn’t want to get wet. Nice. Canceled a little bit before the event started. So while there were fewer zombies, it was still quite entertaining.

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No walk is complete without a zombie bridal couple

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This hunter and zombie seemed to be working on their stunt moves because they kept quite a few of us entertained with the “violence”, plenty of kicks and falls. 

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Very impressed with their stunts

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Even zombies can have cute kids!

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Zombie Walk 2013

While both local papers got on board this year and actually covered some aspect of the Zombie Walk, AND included a photo (though the MJ’s was B&W), you don’t get the full impact of the walk. The walk begins with the Zombie Hunters leading the way (and the route), warning folks ahead of them that “The Zombie’s Are Coming!” The Zombies follow, doing their slow moaning shuffle. The Hunters interact with the Zombies during the walk, shooting, “hitting”, lying in wait to shoot some more. Everyone has a blast, and money and canned goods are collected for Second Harvest Food Bank. But everyone gets to show off their makeup and costumes. And there were some great costumes!!

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 The Zombie Hunters

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Workshop Players Theatre: A…My Name is Alice

To get some promo pics for someone, I made arrangements to attend the dress rehearsal of “A…My Name is Alice”, a musical revue performed by the Workshop Players Theatre in Amherst. I’ve never felt the desire to attend anything like this before, and I’ve never been to the WSP Theatre in my life. I didn’t even know where it was.

OMIGOSH!! I laughed my ASS off!! I laughed ’til I cried! The show was brilliant!  Hysterical! A riot! Very well done! And the WSP on Middle Ridge is small, but it’s so personal. And intimate. There’s probably 80-90some seats, and there’s not a bad one in the house.

From the Theatre’s website:

The New York Post described this hilarious musical revue as “a boodle of laughs.” Featuring five women, variously representing sisters, rivals, buddies and even a basketball team, this series of sketches, punctuated by clever musical numbers, delivers not only laughs, but also insights into the wild, wacky and wonderful world of females! This is an adult themed show. PG 13 recommended.

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When I say intimate, and not a bad seat in the house, I mean it!!

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Please, get tickets to see this. There’s only two more weekends for the show.

LCFD & Zombie Walk – Vendors

One thing that is absolutely vital to these walks are the sponsors/vendors that donate goods and/or services to the cause. This could be in the form of letting them use business space, like the use of the patio at Church Street Bar and Grill for making up zombies last year. This could also be items donated for gift baskets for raffles at the walks. Quaker Steak & Lube, Corks and Stubby’s, Cedar Pub, and more.

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The Art of Jeff Hulligan

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Zombie Influx

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Julian Bean

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Zombissage

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Carol’s Creepy Treats

 

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Keyhole Gallery

LCFD & Zombie Walk – Zombie Hunters

Protecting the public from the zombie threat, and doing their best to insure that the virus doesn’t spread, the Zombie Hunters play a vital role in every Zombie Walk. They also seem to be a very close-knit group, and many were at the 2011 Walk. I also believe that many of these Hunters attend other Walks throughout Northeast Ohio. Bless them for helping to contain the epidemic.

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Johnathon Bragg, Andrea Zee, Tisharra Moore, Jonathon Marche (w/ gas mask)

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Brad Denington and Dakota Deyarmin

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Ian Porter, Andrea Zee, Tisharra Moore, Ryan Cunningham (w/ hammer)

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Sonika Saini, Jonathon Marche

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Ian Porter

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Andrea Zee, taking out another zombie

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I posted a “Thank You” to the The Lorain County Zombie Outbreak Response Team page on Facebook, and asked why participants do it, and for some additional info. Here’s two of the responses:
Samantha Jo Talarskythis was my families first walk, but we plan on coming every year! Great fun and even greater cause!

Ryan CunninghamZombie walks are the only place i can go and really let loose at… i get to take on the role of a character and forget myself for a little bit… I’ve been to most of the ones that have been had in the Cleveland area at least 15 or more…. and I’m always a Survivor, because if the Zombie Apocalypse ever happens for real, i certainly don’t plan on becoming one of them… but the true reason i go is the charity!! hunger is a real problem facing many people in our area, and anything i can do to help my friends and neighbors, i will. just like in a REAL zombie apocalypse, we need to work together locally, to effect any change and help one another rise above our problems, no matter what they are, Hunger or The Living Dead…

LCFD & Zombie Walk – Zombies

There was more than one driver doing a double-take while driving through downtown Amherst Saturday afternoon. Trying to figure out if the area across from Church St. Bar and Grill was a war zone, accident scene, movie set, or Ground Zero for a virus outbreak; turns out it was all of these things.

This was the gathering place for everyone that wanted to help stop the outbreak of hunger that plagues Lorain County. A food drive/fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank brought out about 200 people: zombies, zombie hunters, makeup artists, vendors, horror fans, and photographers. This post is the first in the series covering the Walk.
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Miranda Kiwa, Kristen Teleha, Katelyn Jones

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Katie Burnsworth

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Braeden Goodman and April Bealer.

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Gus Maurer

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Stryker Raven

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Jeff Joslyn

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Lorain County Food Drive & Zombie Walk Sept. 1st 2012

Lorain County Zombie Walk

Mission
To stop the outbreak of hunger in Lorain County!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Zombie walk is where people come together to donate, dress in full zombie makeup, and walk like zombies throughout a town. The zombie walk is for zombies of all ages and is family-friendly as well as for the older crowd; we encourage participation from anyone who is interested in letting go of reality for a couple hours and having a great time for a great cause.

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Church Street Bar and Grill is the prime location for registration, food donation, and make-up application for participating zombies who need assistance. Along with the food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain County we are having Life Share Blood Mobile as the “Vaccination Zone.” So Please make sure you plan to include this as part of your visit during the Walk 🙂

General Information:

Admission: $5.00 plus 2 non-perishable food items
Walk Starts Promptly at 3:00PM

MAKE-UP
Although we encourage you to arrive in full make-up –
Don’t worry! We will have several FX Make-up & air brush Artists available starting at 11:00am for an additional fee of $5.00 for those Zombies needing assistance. Make-up application will be located on the outdoor patio @ Church Street Bar & Grill.

Make-up application starts at 11:00am thru 2pm.

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What to expect from a Zombie Walk you ask??? During the Walk, all participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies, lurching, shambling, dragging limbs and communicating only in a zombie-like manner (such as grunting, groaning, moaning and slurred calls for “brains”.) Some participants occasionally dress up as soldiers who are called in to contain the outbreak, or survivors who are trying to defend themselves from the onslaught of the zombie hoard. It’s a great fun afternoon while raising awareness for our community and local charity.

If you’re joining us on the walk or just wanting to watch the walk, please review our WALK RULES/GUIDELINES! This will keep things safe & fun for everyone!

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Our first annual Zombie Walk in Amherst brought in $1445.61 and 1,143lbs of food making this walk the 3rd highest one day food drive in Lorain County for 2011; equivalent to 8,000lbs of food! Last year we had such a great time organizing the zombie walk, we decided to continue to raise awareness and give back to the community annually. Please join us September 1st, 2012 in downtown Amherst, Ohio for the biggest food collection YET!