Twin Peaks Fest 2011 Photo Report

Franny FlufferThis is a guest post by Franny Fluffer, who generously offered to be my “owl” at the Twin Peaks Fest 2011. Knowing her as the meticulous producer of The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque, I was pretty sure Franny would do a great job documenting the annual fan event that I so sadly had to miss. And she did! Enjoy her photo report. (Twin Pie)

I fell in love with Twin Peaks the moment it aired on television. I was fast asleep on my mother’s couch having very strange dreams. When I finally awoke in the middle of the pilot episode, I was delirious but seriously hooked. I was only three-years-old.

Clearly my mother’s choice to let me stay up to watch intensely suggestive and daring primetime programming affected who I later became as an adult because I am now a burlesque performer and producer of The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque. Within the past year, The Pink Room Burlesque has satirized and paid tribute to the many works of Lynch including: Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart & Mulholland Drive.

After a successful spring season I decided it was time to take a summer sabbatical where I would visit all things Lynchian in the Pacific Northwest. The night before driving to David Lynch’s birthplace I got nervous because of the LAST time someone declared they were going back to Missoula the next day (poor Madeline Ferguson). I made a point of visiting Lynch’s childhood vacation spot, Hungry Horse, MT. It was in this town that saw imagery that could have inspired Lynch’s filmmaking – it was also the town in which I had the best huckleberry pie of my life. Pie aside, this trip would not be complete without experiencing the Twin Peaks Fest in North Bend & Snoqualmie, WA.

I went to the festival with my mystery man. If I told you his name you would be history, man! The mood as we entered Snoqualmie couldn’t have been better – the sun was setting and there were ominous clouds hanging as we drove through the windy roads of Snoqualmie Pass. At the Edgewick Inn where we stayed during the fest, we were greeted by a crotchety, old woman who seemed as though she got passed up for the role of Irene, the diner waitress in Fire Walk With Me. Our room had a flickering fluorescent light that stayed on the entire weekend despite the power being turned off. It was an awfully charming touch that I would like to believe was planned by the festival producers. Luckily, all we needed was a clean place, reasonably priced.

We started the morning with donuts and coffee -black as midnight on a moonless night- but we were disappointed to learn that the bus that was supposed to take us on the tour of Twin Peaks filming locations had broken down. It just goes to prove a point that once a traveler leaves his home he loses almost 100% of his ability to control his environment. Luckily we had a rental car so we made our own tour.

This photo gallery shows our trip from our tour around town to the celebrity dinner & farewell picnic where surprise guest Ray Wise (Leland Palmer) made appearances along with Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Jan D’Arcy (Sylvia Horne), Phoebe Augustine (Ronette Pulaski) & Lenny Von Dohlen (Harold Smith)!

I’ve been told I sometimes talk too much, I won’t make that mistake today. Please enjoy this photo gallery of the Twin Peaks Fest 2011!

For those near near New York City coming October 25th, the next installment of The Pink Room will be Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street, NYC, 9pm. Get your $10 advanced tickets and RSVP via the Facebook invite.

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Entering Snoqualmie Pass.

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The Edgewick Inn – The Yelp review says it best, “certainly nothing fancy”.

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Every issue of Wrapped In Plastic in existence!

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Donuts go fast at the TP Fest – even when covered in Waldo’s blood.

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Let’s Rock!

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Teresa Banks’ motel room

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I rang the bell. Wouldn’t suggest it.

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I wouldn’t chugalug this soda.

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Mt. Si Motel makes the Edgewick seem glamorous.

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I found out what kind of trees these are – they’re actually Ponderosa Pines!

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Fan artwork.

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At $15 this is a bargain. Why didn’t I buy this lunch box!?

 

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Twin Peaks Murder Mystery Game.

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I just know I’m going to get lost in those woods again tonight. Luckily I’ve eaten half a dozen donuts already so I’ll have plenty of energy!

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This must be where pies go when they die.

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Twin Peaks playing above the kitchen at Twede’s.

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Twin Peaks map is just about as confusing as Mulholland Drive.

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RR lights.

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Back view of Twede’s.

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Twin Peaks mural.

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Snoqualmie Falls is as beautiful and haunting as you can imagine it.

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Got lost for a while. I think this is the Ronette “rape” bridge.

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… but it seems like there are a lot of rape bridges in this town…

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Mid-day break: Bushmills and beer from up north.

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In a nutshell, the Last Frontier Saloon is across the street from the Road House exterior location but has more grit – I highly recommend a visit.

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If you like cheap beer & whiskey and can handle an occasional sexist joke, DEFINITELY go visit Last Frontier.

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Here in Twin Peaks, health and industry go hand in hand.

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Laura! Laura!

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Log.

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Not much to do in this town except squash coins on the railroad tracks.

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The new girl at One Eyed Jack’s?

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Exterior at the celebrity dinner.

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Johnny Horne & Madeline Ferguson.

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Ronette, Audrey, Harold, Leland, Laura & Sylvia. Everyone seems to be getting along okay despite past, ahem, issues!

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I love this guy.

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A Wild At Heart reference – still, I love the snakeskin jacket!

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The cast loves it too.

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Love of Twin Peaks is forever but tattoos are permanent.

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Flesh World tranny costume.

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I thought this girl was Maddie dressed up as Laura but as it turns out she wasn’t in costume – she’s just a young, pretty girl.

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Leland admiring the Flesh World tranny. What’s not to love here?

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Irene, the diner waitress in Fire Walk With Me; “Leland” with his golf clubs.

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Ray Wise singing Mairzy Doats.

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Windom Earle in disguise as The Log Lady.

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Is Bobby Briggs Windom’s next victim?

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Costume contest winner – Diane. BRILLIANT!

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This needs to be part of next year’s caption contest.

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Big Ed, presumably after Nadine gave him a shiner.

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A long line to meet Ray Wise.

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Sheryl Lee kindly and patiently talks to every fan.

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It’s a Palmer-Franny-Palmer sandwich!

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Flyers in the parking lot during the celebrity dinner.

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Walk through the woods trying to find the Farewell picnic. Actually got lost in the woods. Laura might have had better luck getting out if she had a cell phone back then.

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The weekend would not be complete without some Double R cherry pie!

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Lenny looking stylish with that hat and his baby blues.

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Meeting Sherilyn Fenn – SCORE!

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I just had to cozy up to this guy one more time.

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Cherry stem tying contest.

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Cherry stem tying contest (part 2)

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Tibetan rock throwing contest.

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I thought I was a fan until I got to this festival – but the über fans got me beat!

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Farewell Twin Peaks! See you next year?

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