Tuesday, May 29, 2012

36th Anniversary "Tales" Walking Tour

On Saturday, May 26, 2012, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a "Tours of the Tales" walking tour with Larry Rhodes (www.toursofthetales.com) in San Francisco.  Our group met near the Buena Vista/Aquatic Park and ended with dinner in the Castro at The Sausage Factory.  A surprise for everyone, Armistead Maupin and Christopher Turner joined us for dinner.  Christopher Turner toted a bag of books that Armistead graciously signed for the tour participants while personally greeting everyone.  Needless to say, it was the highlight of the night.

Larry led the tour pointing out locales mentioned in Armistead's novels, as well as other historical information.  We enhanced the experience by playing clips on an iPad from the miniseries at the locations they were filmed.  We also talked about the influence of Hitchcock in the "Tales" mini-series, and other movies that were filmed in San Francisco.

I want to personally thank Larry for organizing an amazing day roaming the world of Anna Madrigal and tenants, to Armistead and Chris for making the evening a memorable one, and the folks that came to share their stories of what the "Tales" universe means to them.  I met some amazing people that I look forward to seeing again in the near future.  Armistead's influence extends beyond being a great storyteller, through his work, I have befriended a handful of fans that surround the globe.

Included in the tour were Scott and Brandon from San Francisco, Peter and Maggie from England, Tim and Alicia from New York, Trish and Cindy from California, Nancy Snell and myself from Indiana, and tour guide Larry Rhodes from New Mexico.

If you are interested in signing up for a Tales Tour, check out Larry's website at www.toursofthetales.com or the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ToursoftheTales.  You can also download tours to explore the city on your own.

Macondray Lane 
Macondray Lane  
Macondray Lane

Me, Armistead and Larry

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