Visitors to downtown Willoughby on August 14 entered another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but also of the spirit. A trip to a wonderful land of imagination.
Their stopover: the Twilight Zone.
Or at least an event inspired by an episode of the classic TV series.
Last Stop Willoughby has been taking place since 2008. It takes its name from an episode of the first season of “Twilight Zone” titled “A Stop at Willoughby”. The episode first aired on May 6, 1960.
The episode is screened throughout the day in the Willoughby Library, but is only part of the event.
Heart of Willoughby president Greg Patt called it a “free and fun family event.” Nothing costs money other than food, he says.
âIt’s just supposed to be a fun thing,â Patt said.
The event featured lots of activities for kids, from face painting to playing with model trains. New this year was a chalk art competition, which featured artists drawing on buildings in downtown Willoughby.
It also offers a parade. This year’s parade featured six floats, which is more than usual, Patt said. Cash prizes were awarded to the floats judged to be the best decorated.
Although the event has been going on for over a decade, it did not take place last year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Patt said it was good to be back. He added that the event had one of its best turnouts to date. He said he thought people were excited to get out of the house.
Patt added that the good weather also helped the event this year.
âYou can plan for years, but you can’t plan for the weather,â he said.