We are thrilled and honored to be invited once again to hold the Rondo Awards Ceremony at the WonderFest Convention in Louisville. It's this Saturday (June 2), at 5 p.m.
The ceremony has become a mixture of live award-giving and video acceptances, and is always great fun, sometimes quite emotional and always memorable.
If you're around Louisville this weekend, do come by. Dress is black T-shirt, not black tie!
Here are some images from years past...
Above is one of the first WonderFest ceremonies in 2006: That's Joe Busam,
Donnie Dunagan!, Donna Lucas, Tom Weaver, Basil Gogos, Tim Lucas, Bob Burns,
John Goodwin and Kathy Burns.
From 2009, an amazing line-up: Sara Lattis, Ray Castile, Cameron McCasland, Gary Prange, Linda Wylie,
Michael Schlesinger, Tim Lucas, Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh, Larry Blamire,
Bob Burns, Donnie Waddell, Jovanka Vuckovic, Joe Moe, me, Joe Busam.
From 2012, Tom Stockman, Julie Adams, Dr. Gangrene, Tim Lucas.
And this could be from any year in the Old Dark Clubhouse at the hotel,
now known as the Kogar Suite.
Who will show up this year? If you can't make it, we'll let you know here.
Thanks to all who make the Rondos classic horror's annual celebration!
We are soon on our way to Louisville, 611 miles and about a nine hour-plus ride. Doable in a day but we'll likely stop somewhere in Kentucky.
From Arlington, VA we take 270 up to Frederick, MD, then 70 west across top of Maryland and into West Virginia down 68 to Morgantown.
Then 79 southwest to Clarksburg and then Charleston to 64 west past the Union Carbide plant in Institute (which I covered once as a reporter), and then past Nitro (love West Virginia!), to the giant refinery at Ashland, KY.
Stay on 64 past Lexington (home of Daniel Boone, saw his grave once), and into Louisville!
This will sound city-boy, but it's striking how thick the forests are. Most places in the East if you see a "forest'' there's usually a housing devlopment a few hundred feet inside if you squint hard enough. But the Daniel Boone National Forest is truly that, a deep and endless forest, and it's amazing to motor up and through it.
Other ways go straight through West Virginia but so circuitous that it would take much longer, more authentic as it would be. Sometimes we come back down to Berklee and then up 81 and fight the trucks to 66 and east to home.
Still, a fun trip for sure!
'See the USA, in your (Honda SUV)'