Have you ever watched that show called ‘Once Upon a Time‘? It’s pretty good. It’s a show about, well, a lot of stuff. And I really shouldn’t try to explain it, because the show is a lot better if you don’t have any spoilers to begin with. But what I will say, is that it is taken place in this town called ‘Storybrooke’.
Now, Storybrooke seems like a pretty small town. It has a few streets with some cafes/diners, pawnshops, bakeries, etc. There’s this old Inn and there’s a court house, but otherwise it’s surrounded by a bunch of forest. So it’s pretty tucked away and otherwise snug.
But that’s only how it looks in the show. It’s filmed up in British Columbia (maybe other places, but I think that it’s only in BC) and “Storybrooke” is actually an assortment of different towns and places. But they do a really good job of piecing it together to make it seem like it’s only one small town.
My mom took me out on a surprise today, and she seemed really excited. And I could not guess what the surprise was.
Is it the movie theater?
Are we… going horse-back riding?
Are we… Um… going to a… Um… Friends house?
Nope. None of those things.
So we get to this town called ‘Steveston’. It’s got some nice cafes/diners, pawnshops, bakeries, etc. We start driving down the road, and I start reading signs to try and figure out where we are, when my mom points to a sign.
“Look at that sign!”
We passed the sign, so I wasn’t able to read it.
So I continue reading signs, until we parked and got out.
Mom and me walked down to this candy store, and she started looking at something in the window. There’s an assortment of cakes and fudge in the window, and a couple of papers taped up to it. I start trying to talk about something with mom while I read the names on the cakes and stuff.
Me: “So, mom blah blah blah blah blah.”
Mom: “Uh huh.”
Me: “And then blah blah blah blah blah.”
Mom: “Yep, that’s really interesting.”
Me: “But I… Mom? Are you even listening to me?”
Mom: “Uh huh.”
No she isn’t. She’s staring at a piece of paper in the window, and she has on this voice that sounds completely fake.
That’s when I look at the paper. And stuff began to click. It took a really long time for it to all form in my head correctly though.
The piece of paper was a brochure explaining how the show ‘Once Upon a Time’ was filmed in Steveston, and how you could take a tour around the places that they usually filmed.
I had been reading signs, and I’d probably read the name ‘Storybrooke’ on at least three of them. But I didn’t even notice. I had passed a bakery that said ‘Storybrooke Bakery’, and a ‘Storybrooke Pet Shelter’, and I hadn’t noticed. I had stood there in front of that window and read the names of cakes and fudges, including a special ‘Snow White Fudge’ and I had not noticed.
After that, we started to have a lot of fun.
We got to see a lot of the buildings and stuff from the show, and some of them were still partly dressed up to look like Storybrooke. And we got to eat at this diner that the characters are always eating at, so that was really fun. (The inside of the diner is actually filmed somewhere else. But the outside of it is what looks like something from Storybrooke.) For awhile I sat outside of “Granny’s” diner with a cup of hot cocoa, saying how weird it was that I was ‘at Granny’s Diner’ over and over again. 😄
I’m not even a super huge fan of the show, but it’s the only show that both my mom and me watch together and manage to keep up with. Plus, it really was like I was walking around in Storybrooke. I mean–sure–a lot of stuff that’s in the show wasn’t there. But it was still really cool.
And, they were having a festival too! Which means lots of crafts and activities and food.
And, the Lady Washington was there! The Lady Washington is a ship that was used in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and is also used as Captain Hook’s ship in Once Upon a Time! It’s funny, because a few years ago I saw that exact same ship when we were down in Monterey, California. Back then I was five or six years old, and now I’m twelve years old, and I’m seeing the same ship again. O-O