I love shooting churches. When I saw that St. Mary Magdalene was hosting its 4th annual European Festival, it was a no-brainer. No special appointments that needed to be made. I wouldn’t feel like I was putting anyone out while I shot up their church. Most folks would be checking out the arts and crafts, food and dancing, and I would have the church to myself. Mwuah-ah-ah-ahhhh. (Sorry, shouldn’t do a sinister laugh about churches.) As you can see, it’s a beautiful church. And the food and entertainment was great, too! (Found this one waiting in the wings from September. Ooops!)
Had to add HDR toning to this one!
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.
No walk is complete without a zombie bridal couple
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.
Very impressed with their stunts
Even zombies can have cute kids!
What would you do if one day you were told that your otherwise perfectly normal, healthy, 6-year-old little girl had a terminal brain tumor that would take her life within a year? This is exactly what happened to Ed and Megan McNamara whose daughter, Maria, was diagnosed with a diffused intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) on April 1, 2006. This was no April fool’s joke.
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!!
The Zombie Hunters
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.
The Art of Jeff Hulligan
Carol’s Creepy Treats
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.
Johnathon Bragg, Andrea Zee, Tisharra Moore, Jonathon Marche (w/ gas mask)
Brad Denington and Dakota Deyarmin
Ian Porter, Andrea Zee, Tisharra Moore, Ryan Cunningham (w/ hammer)
Sonika Saini, Jonathon Marche
Andrea Zee, taking out another zombie
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 Talarsky – this was my families first walk, but we plan on coming every year! Great fun and even greater cause!
Ryan Cunningham – Zombie 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…
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.
Miranda Kiwa, Kristen Teleha, Katelyn Jones
Braeden Goodman and April Bealer.