Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I spent the weekend at Ferris Fest, a 30th anniversary weekend-long celebration of one of the greatest movies ever made, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There were only 300 tickets available to this, which sold out within days back in February, but my best friend, Monica, and I managed to get two after it was announced and we read about with stars in our eyes on Facebook. All the John Hughes movies were MAJOR parts of our childhoods, and we watched them constantly for years, so it was IMPERATIVE that we went and party like it was 1989 (I know, bad Prince pun, sorry).
The weekend was FANTASTIC. UNBELIEVABLE. We were lucky to have gotten on the tour bus with the man who put the whole festival together, David Blanchard, and he was the best tour guide and just as passionate about the movie as the rest of us were on the bus. We had the best time and were just blown away by everything we got to do.
We met a number of members of the cast – Ferris’s Mom & Dad, one of the Valets who “borrowed” their car, the snooty Maitre D at Chez Quis, Grace (Rooney’s secretary) and even got to sit in a replica of the car!
We visited Cameron’s house (it looks exactly the same after all these years!)
The “Save Ferris” water tower, where we met several people who knew John Hughes and had great stories about him (and even a high school yearbook with his picture in it!).