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ENCHANTED FOREST OF THE ADIRONDACKS, OLD FORGE, NY 1956

Last Week I WENT TO THE ENCHANTED FOREST WITH PEE-WEE HERMAN!

Enchanted Forest of the Adirondacks

Last week I WENT TO THE ENCHANTED FOREST WITH PEE-WEE HERMAN!

Paul-Pee-Wee Herman-Reubens and I were among a small group invited by a mutual friend to visit her family’s historic camp deep in the Adirondack Mountains. As fate would have it we were five miles from the Enchanted Forest, a children’s storybook theme park now celebrating its 50th year. There was no way I was going to leave the Adirondacks without seeing if the Enchanted Forest is still enchanting.

So mid-way through the week, while taking a break between canoeing, hiking, swimming and applying sun block and bug spray, I suggested that we all go to the Enchanted Forest. Everyone passed but Paul.

So off the two of us went, he disguised in a hat and sunglasses and me thinking to myself over and over again- I can’t believe I’m going to the Enchanted Forest with Pee-Wee Herman!!! On the way there I told him I’d never seen his TV show. He slowed the big, rented Buick and veered to the side of the road as he said “get out of the car!”

Once beyond the vintage turnstile we were both enchanted by Cinderella and her pumpkin coach, Humpty Dumpty, and what must be the biggest Paul Bunyan ever, to name a few. They were original but all a bit thicker from many coats of paint. After we’d seen it all and had several encounters with his fans, (even with his hat and sunglasses on they still recognized him) we were hungry and it was time to go.

For lunch we wound up across the street and around the corner at a diner called the Muffin. Between bites of my delicious BLT I could see the waitress getting more and more frenzied over the fact that she was waiting on Pee-Wee. Not one split second after he had swallowed the last bite of his savory sandwich all three waitresses swarmed the table and asked for his autograph all at once. Can you sign this napkin for me? Can you sign one for my husband? Can you sign one for the restaurant? For the restaurant he wrote: To the Muffin Diner, MMMMMM…MUFFIN-Y! – Pee-Wee Herman.

Speaking of… PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE, which USA Today just called one of the best TV shows ever, IS BACK ON THE AIR! Tune in weekday nights on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (check your local listings for times). And yes, I’ll be watching!

Here’s to the Enchanted Forest, Pee-Wee Herman and YOU!