Blairstown is famously known as the place where ‘Jason’ from the 1980’s Slasher Movie, “Friday the 13th!”, terrorized people.
Every year, fans from far & wide descend on Blairstown to get a glimpse of movie scenes, resulting in many Jason characters roaming around town, complete with fake machettes splattered with fake blood.
Many of our local historic buildings were used in the movie scenes and some of our local Blairstown residents, as well.
One of the first scenes in the movie takes place in front of the historic Roy’s Hall movie theater. Owner, Mark Clifford proudly states, “Roy’s Hall has been showing the classic film “Friday the 13th!” for the past 12 years. It’s always a full house.” Roy’s Hall has two showings, at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
There are many You Tube videos offering virtual tours of our community which showcase scenes in the movie. Our area has not changed much since the film was made.
The You Tube channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcJYZl46NH0 shows Main Street in Blairstown, the village of Hope and of course, Camp Crystal Lake, which is actually the Boy Scout Camp, No-Be-Bos-Sco, in nearby Hardwick.
The Camp allows tours of the property several times a year, through Crystal Lake Tours and nearby residents have reported bumper to bumber traffic leading up to the remote property on Friday the 13th. For more information on a tour of “Camp Blood,” visit https://crystallaketours.com/upcoming/
The Gourmet Gallery, The Blairstown Inn and the Blairstown Diner offer special menus for “Friday the 13th!” Order a meal off the regular menus or the “Killer Classic Menus.” There are postcards, T-shirts and sweatshirts sold at various stores to commemorate the movie.
Blairstown Diner is hosting the first “Friday the 13th!“ Mini-Con Convention. Mini-Con is a two-day event on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th. Fans can experience the horror up close. Mini Con’s activities include Wedding Vow Renewal, a Costume Competition, and Celebrity autograph signing with a Meet & Greet.
Vendors for Mini-Con will be set up in the diner’s parking lot. Mini-Con enthusiasts enjoy a dinner followed by a movie screening. Nothing is more appetizing then watching teenagers being stabbed to death by a psychopath in the wilds of Appalachia.
The festivities will take place in the field behind the diner. Doors open at noon. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at F13mimicon.eventbrite.com
Why is Friday the 13th so notorious?
The following listing is based on historical research, myth and lore.
- On Friday, October 13, 1307, Jacques de Molay the Grand Master of the Order of The Knights Templar, was arrested by King Philip IV of France executed on order of Pope Clement V and since then, the day has been a harbinger of doom.
- 13 is the death card in the Tarot Deck.
- Rarely, is there a 13th floor in buildings or elevators, because it is considered bad luck.
- Even the ‘Thirteenth Floor Elevators’, a psychedelic rock group from the 1960’s didn’t have much luck making the Music Charts.
- There are 13 lunar cycles in a year and it may affect lunacy.
- There are 13 weeks in each season and 13 loaves in a baker’s dozen, although shoppers have come to expect this perk.
- The number 13 has been maligned in a lot of ways but also may prove to be auspicious.
- According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17–21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day.
- Friday the 13th is known as a Grizzly Day of bad luck.
- Fridays were days of executions and merriment accompanied Lady Justice. The following day was called “the hangover” and is still applicable to this day.
This is an exciting ‘Ghoula Gala’ event that makes Blairstown a fun place to be and experience. This year, 2022, Friday the 13th only happens once, on May 13th. Next year it’ll happen twice, on January 13th and October 13th, 2023.
All are invited to scare away the bad luck of this day, enjoy the movie and support your local businesses. This year’s gathering will be like a spring celebration, so dig up a date and camp out if you dare!
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.
She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.