Thursday, August 1, 2013

ICS Update: Hello From Hendo The Big Move - August 1, 2013

(Thank Goodness HENDO IS BACK IN ACTION!!!  After a brief hiatus we resume the ICS Updates - Judy)


You know, change is not always easy. We find comfort in familiar patterns and familiar surroundings. Any disruption to that can cause anxiety and stress.

Well, this has got to be easiest damn change I for one have EVER made! Moving to our new facilities was as easy as it gets! We had moved our equipment to the new site weeks ago. So all's we had to do is wait and see who showed up that night. And what a great turnout we had! It took no time at all to warm to the new venue. And I think that's because the ICS is not a building, it's people.

Below is a lineup of the events we have planned, compiled by John Ward. Looks like some really good stuff coming up! We've gotten confirmation from Greg Mank that he will be here in October!

Aug 2013  H.G. Wells in Film -- Joe Martellotta

Sept 2013  Dario Argento -- Gary Svehla

Oct 2013  Young Frankenstein -- Greg Mank  (+ Halloween Potluck)

Nov 2013 Favorite movies -- Wayne Kern

Dec 2013  Movie sequels -- John Ward   (+ Silent Auction)

Jan 2014  Strong Women in Sci-Fi -- Jean Salvatore  

(15th Anniversary)

Feb 2014  Sweethearts of the 60's-70's -- Margaret Freeman

Mar 2014  No topic -- Betsy Childs

Apr 2014  Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea -- Dave Henderson

May 2014  Targets (with Boris Karloff) -- Courtney Spies

June 2014  Batman on Film -- Kim Bartenslager

July 2014  No topic -- Lorne Marshall

Aug 2014  Open

Sept 2014  No topic -- Charlie Wittig

Oct 2014  Open

Nov 2014  Open

Dec 2014  Grindhouse/Drive-In Special -- John Ward  (+Silent Auction)

I would encourage everyone to try their hand at a movie night. You don't have to do a presentation if you don't want to. You could bring in 3 movies you like, or 3 movies you put on when you want a visitor to finally go home. The true object is to expose the club to something they may not have seen, or may not have seen in awhile. Now a little ICS History here- originally we had people just bring in a movie, and we voted. Pretty consistently we voted. You could almost tell what would win. Not that there's anything wrong with that- we watched a lot of great movies that way. Like "The Giant Claw".  Lorne Marshall, an ICS member, said to Dave Willard, 'This way I'll never get to see the type of movies I like'. And he was right. We were missing out on a chance to see a broader spectrum of movies that we might not have watched on our own, but actually liked when we saw it. Or not. That's the fun. That's how we got to see "Don't Torture A Duckling" (I still remember that guy falling down that cliff in slow motion). Well, I'm glad to say that Lorne has returned to the ICS after a long hiatus (isn't it a bugger when work gets in the way of having fun?). 

Hey this weekend there are TWO big Conventions going on! The one of course is SHORE LEAVE, who have finally shaken free their Stargate trappings and are having guests like William Shatner, Amanda Tapping and Brent Spiner. Unfortunately the Shatner talk cost extra, and is sold out. Although I heard that at previous cons he likes to talk more about his horses than Star Trek. How about the fun times doing the "Promise Margarine" commercials, Bill? How about your resentment that JJ "the hack" Abrams has no interest in featuring you as Kirk Prime in the rebooted franchaise? How about working on "The Devil's Rain" where you chewed up all the scenery and had a semi nude scene with Hee-Haw Honey Lisa Todd? If you want to go off Star Trek topic- at a frikking Star Trek CONVENTION- how about talking about those?

Speaking of horsies, this weekend there's also- BRONYCON! Yes friends, a con is dedicated to "My Little Pony"! So far they've sold about 6,000 tickets, which is 5,999 more than I thought they would.
 So if you can't make Shore Leave, be sure and giddyup over to Bronycon. You can bet I WON'T be there!

That's all for now folks! And remember, if you only see ONE movie this year, you need to get out more often!


Monday, January 28, 2013

ICS Update: Addendum - January 28, 2013

Given that Hendo has stepped down as Chairman, "Hendo's Corner" will be placed in stasis.  A new blog will be started as John Ward has taken over the Chairman's position.  The new blog is "The Last Ward" and will be added to the "News and Media" link on our ICS Home Page.

We will provide a link here that goes directly to John Ward's new blog as Chairman.

ICS Update: Happy Anniversary - January 28, 2013

Greetings ICSers!

This January marks our 14th year in existence! I want to thank all of those frosty folks who came out on such a frigid night to watch movies. We showed the animated feature "The Dark Knight Returns" based on the story by Frank Miller. Kim Bartenslager was supposed to do presentations, but his father was taken to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Our best wishes go out to Kim.

The board has been shuffled around some. John Ward is the new Chairman, Tom Proveaux is the new Secretary, and Nina will stay on as Treasurer. Charlie and myself will become members at large. Since our inception, we have always had elections. We have had many great boards over the years- everyone should consider running one day.

We had a very important issue to discuss. In a nutshell: The church wants to increase our rent. Originally they told us $100, which we felt was reasonable. THEN they said $150, which we feel is not. Charlie has been our go-between, and a meeting was arranged with the pastor and the ICS Board, which he canceled with 1 hour's notice. Although he has said the amount is flexible, fact is we cannot afford more than $100. Just not doable. So while we remain in negotiations, we are exploring any possible options. Nothing is set in stone yet.

Here's the schedule for the foreseeable future:

February- Tom Diggin - Superhero Parodies
March- John Weber - ?
April- Courtney Spies - Quatermass Movies
May - Skip Phillips- Once Upon A Time in the West
June - Tom Proveaux - Chilling the Funny Bone
July - Judy Pentz - Horror in the 60s
August - Charlie Wittig - Fantasy in TV
September - Gary Svehla - ?
October - Greg Mank - Dissecting Young Frankenstein
November - Wayne Ferguson - ?
December - John Ward - Tarantino Movies
January - your friendly neighborhood Hendo - Jules Verne on Film

So there you have it. John Ward will be taking over the ICS-UPDATES as the new Chairman. I've enjoyed being Chairman of this fine group of people for the past 2-3 years. But you need to have variety to keep things from getting stale. New ideas, new approaches. I look forward to serving you on the board as a member at large as John takes the helm.

Stay warm, my friends.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

ICS Update - January 24, 2013

Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed,,,

Roger, ready to move out

Yes, friends, those immortal words uttered at the beginning of the Batman TV show gives a clue as to what this Saturday's Meeting will be about- BATMAN MOVIES! There are certainly a number to choose from. From Adam and Burt to Bale, and all those in between. Personally, to me the only Batman movies are the campy 60s one, and the ones with Christian Bale. But hey, maybe you're a big fan of Joel Schumacher's Bats? Come on out and let's watch some bat-movies, same bat-time, same bat-place.

We're now in January and coming up is February- two months known for... snow! Now if we cancel a meeting, I will send out an email that morning, or if it snows badly on Friday, that evening. In any event, use your own judgement. If you are worried about the streets, stay home. We don't want anyone getting hurt.

We have an open calendar for showing movies. Used to be we had a year waiting list. Now it's like 6 months. We encourage all members to take a night. If you don't want to do a presentation, that's fine. You could simply do something like "Your 5 favorite movies", or "Movies I Hate" or whatever.

January is Dues Time. We need to ask members to try to pay your dues promptly, so we can pay the bills. We now have PayPal available via our website (that's how I renewed).

That's all for now. Keep Warm!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

ICS Update - December 12, 2012

Season's Greetings folks!

First off- remember you can always catch current goings-ons and conversations on our FACEBOOK page.

The meeting will be this Saturday, Dec 15th. Due to a snafu on our part, we will not have the hall. We will have the church instead. Charlie Wittig made a special trip to pick up a key to the church (ours for some reason no longer work). We will be having another Silent Auction (so bring in stuff). Also please bring food. The theme for the evening will be "Evil Children".

That morning a group are headed to AMC White Marsh to see THE HOBBIT. If you want details or want to join in, check with JOHN WARD. I imagine that it's possible by now that it's sold out.

A reminder that we will be collecting dues starting in December. They are still $25. Remember, if you'd like a waiver, you need to request one from the Board.

Also we will be taking nominations for our January elections. If interested in running please see Sam DiBlasi and Rick Arnold.

I won't be there this weekend, so let me wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ICS Update: Happy Thanksgiving - November 21, 2012

Greetings one and all, and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

This weekend is our November Meeting- and we will be having a RECENT MOVIE NIGHT. Everyone is asked to bring in a recent movie (1939 is NOT recent!) for members to vote on. For example, I will be bringing in "The Woman In Black", John Ward will be bringing "The Avengers" and "Contagion" and a few others.

There won't be any presentation that evening- instead we'll have a discussion of recent movies we've seen, led by John Ward.

Hard to believe, but another year is coming to a close. We will be holding our Annual Elections in January. Anyone wishing to run for office can put their name in for the ballot. I will again be asking Sam DiBlasi and Rick Arnold to be tellers- however I need to see if they are willing to do this for us.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, October 29, 2012

ICS Update: Halloween The Day After - October 28, 2012

Greetings one and all!

I wanted to thank everyone for bringing both themselves and food to our Annual Halloween Potluck Dinner! I hope that everyone there enjoyed themselves at our little fete.

You may be curious (or, maybe not) about who won the All-Nighter. This year we had 4 hardy souls, including for the first time a woman. Yes Mary Blackstock broke the "glass ceiling" by staying until 5:30 with Skip, John W and Darryl! As John Ward put it:

Skip, Darryl, Mary and I lasted until 5:30 this morning, watching The Cabin in the Woods, Zombieland, and the complete "Grindhouse Experience" back to back to back!! If you count the Grindhouse movies separately -- Planet Terror and Death Proof -- that's four movies we watched after Greg Mank's presentation on "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man."

Man, I get tired just THINKING about staying up until 5:30! Well done, gentlemen and lady!

Included is a photo of those who dressed up. Nina Hawes won the costume contest, dressed as Tippi Hedron from "THE BIRDS"!

The real Halloween is this Wednesday, and between us and that stands a big storm. Everybody stay safe!