Being a moderately obsessed fan, you can imagine my delight when I attended last Tuesday's sale of excess props and costumes from the show.
How many times have you walked into a sale to be immediately confronted by a box labelled, "chunks of bodies"?
And if you did, would you turn tail and walk back out? or would you bend over an start rummaging about for the largest chunks ?
Perhaps I should explain that many of the citizens of Haven are afflicted or "troubled" with some sort of supernatural power or other. Most of them are not malicious about their powers, they just don't know they have them, or how to control them. Imagine you get cut off in traffic, think a bad thought about that rude driver, and suddenly a huge boulder lands on his car ! Would you realize that your angry thought had made that happen ? Or perhaps you are lying in bed reading a creepy story, and unbeknownst to you, the monsters in the story have come to life and are stalking the street outside your house.
Haven is that sort of place.
Our heroine, Audrey, has a talent for identifying the "troubled" and helping them learn to deal with their affliction. But if someone just gets really ticked off and blows up, what is left to do except gather up the body chunks and put them in a box ?
Co-starring with Audrey, are her two handsome side kicks, each of whom loves her. Nathan the Chief of Police is her true love. Duke, the "bad boy" with the heart of gold, acts like a shady character, but always does the right thing and achingly hides his love from her.
The sale was very "loosey goosey" in that prices weren't marked. You just loaded up a box with stuff and they made up a price at the checkout desk. And the prices were very reasonable. In hindsight I should have stuffed my box even more, but since all proceeds went to the Food Bank I can't complain.
The shoppers at the sale seemed to be a blend of those who were just there for a bargain and rabid fans like myself who were hunting for treasured souvenirs. The staff were keen to talk to fans and point out items that would only be of significance to someone who's watched the show.
There was an entire room full of clothes. I picked up five mint condition jackets for $30,
but I passed on the decorations from the "Christmas in July" episode.
Here's some of my haul consisting of a "Haven Herald" newspaper, a menu card from the "Grey Gull" restaurant, a full utensil holder from Duke's boat, a Haven parking ticket, wanted posters, business cards, assorted photos of the stars, a fake orchid in a pot, a wall decoration from Audrey's apartment (which now hangs over my bed) and a jacket worn by the female lead -- Audrey and of course the "Founders' Day Festival" sign of which only three were made.
And of course, don't forget the three "Chunks of bodies".
And here, like a bonus "blooper reel" is a bit more about Sybil's past adventures in Haven.
Last summer when Sandy was visiting, we drove down to Chester where much of the filming is done in hopes of meeting up with cast members.
In August they were using the empty rink of the curling club as a sound stage. We knew when we saw all these trucks lined up that we'd hit the jackpot.
A very kind Assistant Director took these photos for us.
|"Duke", me, "Vince", "Dwight" and Sandy|
When Lucas Bryant who plays "Nathan" sauntered up for his photo with us, I cheekily leaned over and asked if I could have a "singleton" shot ? meaning just me 'n him. And the following photo is the result. In it he is gently nudging Sandy out of the picture. It's a marvellous shot of them. Crappy shot of me. But I'm such a wonderful person that I'm sharing it with you nevertheless. ;-)
BTW we did each get "singleton" shots. Lucas is a super guy.
We were delighted to have met everyone in the cast except "Audrey".
Hopefully we'll rectify that NEXT summer.