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Merry Cryptmas

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 24, 2009 at 8:20 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags: holiday_songs
Unusual Holiday Songs

I am now officially starting a recurring, but not necessarily annual, tradition here at Spook Central of posting one or two holiday songs that aren't quite your normal holiday songs. I unofficially christened this new feature back in 2005 with the posting of two Rugrats holiday songs (I retrofitted that post to be part of this new series), and sewed the seeds of it about ten years ago with this year's songs, which I sent around via e-mail at that time to my friends. I could have sworn that I also posted them here, but since I apparently didn't, they become the official first in the new tradition.

I currently have enough material for several more years of holiday song posts. After that....well, I'll just have to see if I can find anything - assuming the Mayans are wrong and we're all still here after 2012. Maybe I'll take user submissions to help make this a continual annual tradition. I guess I'll see how this goes and what the reception is from you guys to this being a recurring feature.

We start with two oldies but goodies that demonstrate the special bond between Halloween and Christmas (and New Years). They come from the 1994 album Tales From The Crypt: Have Yourself A Scary Little Christmas. The long out-of-print album is available for download at Sharebee and Sharebee . (links courtesy of Vinnie Rattolle and the Universal Horror Sounds blog).

Performed by The Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir)
Christmas Rap
Should Old Cadavers Be Forgot

If you want something that's also humorous, but less creepy, to listen to tomorrow, check out Frank Welker's A Totally Ridiculous 12 Days of Christmas from 1986. Also, Amazon has many free MP3s available for download.

For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.

Tavern On The Green Closes Next Week

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 22, 2009 at 12:32 AM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Miscellaneous
[UPDATE 1/1/2010 - Click to page 2 for an article and videos about the closing.]

The legendary restaurant Tavern on the Green, where Louis was refused entry because they don't allow pets, will have its last seating on December 31, 2009 after 75 years of service. In September, the LeRoy family, who has owned the restaurant since 1974, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, due to the financial crisis and New York City's decision to give the Tavern license to a new operator, Dean J. Poll. As reported by the New York Times, the LeRoys' license has been extended to February 14th to allow the family enough time to remove the items it owns and to conduct an auction of the restaurant's famous interior and exterior fixtures and topiaries. The auction, which will be conducted by Guernsey's auction house, will be held on-site in the Crystal Room on January 13th and 14th (though you can also bid in absentia via telephone, e-mail or internet). Previews will be held on-site January 6-12 from 12-8 PM each day. Poll, who takes over in February with his new 20-year license, plans to renovate with green technology. However, he may not be allowed to use the Tavern on the Green name. The LeRoys and the City are embroiled in a trademark dispute over the name, though Poll has registered Tavern in the Park as an alternative.

It is unknown when Poll's new Tavern will open, but even if it retains the name, it certainly won't be the same place that everyone has known and loved for the past 35-75 years. So if you want to celebrate the real Tavern's last Christmas or New Years, make your reservations right away.

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