June 27, 2009: Mindy’s report
This past Saturday, June 27th, my sister and I took a trip up to Scranton to experience The Office Fan Tour. When I saw the announcement of the tours, I knew I had to go since it’s so close, how could anyone pass it up.
I live just outside of Philadelphia so it was only about a 2 hour drive. My sister lives in Pittsburgh, PA, so she flew home for the trip. Once in Scranton, we headed to The Mall at Steamtown which is where to tours begin. (Also, we were amongst other Tallyheads, but I’m sorry that I didn’t get their names.)
When we arrived at the mall, we headed straight for the “Welcome to Scranton” sign that is featured in the opening credits of the show.
The tour begins with some history as to how Scranton became the town where The Office would take place, we saw some clips of behind the scenes with the cast that a local news station did. They wanted to know how much the cast actually knew about Scranton (some did better than others). The room where this happens is full of huge painted cut outs of the cast (this was one of my favorite things!).
It was time to get on the bus to go see some sites made well known by The Office. Our first stop was the Penn Paper building (which is the building we first see on the opening credits).
Next stop, Farley’s (Home of the Michael Scott burger).
Then we were on our way to Coopers for an amazing lunch. We had everything from sandwiches and fries to Schrute Family Beet salad (which my sister and I were good sports about and did try the beets for the full experience, they weren’t as bad as I thought they were going to be but I don’t think they will become part of my everyday diet).
Once lunch was over, we were back on the bus and headed to Lake Scranton. On the way to the lake, we did some office trivia for Schrutebucks. In the end, the person with the most Schrutebucks won a prize. We arrived at the lake and it was beautiful and the tour guides were quick to point out that there is no sand at Lake Scranton.
While we were at Lake Scranton the tour guides also told us that there would be “beach games” so most of us took part in a spoon and “plastic” egg race (it was so much fun). I did not win the race but I was happy enough that my egg stayed on the spoon while I ran!
We were back on the bus headed to our final stop of the tour and probably the most anticipated stop. On to Poor Richards Pub! We were all a little shocked to see what Poor Richards was really like but we all had a good time while we were there and I’m pretty sure the majority of people on our tour left with Poor Richards Pub T-shirts (my sister and I included). Here’s my sister on her way inside Poor Richards.
After we left our final stop on the tour, we were headed back to the mall to say our “good-byes” and “thank you’s”. I told our guides more than once that day that the idea of an office fan tour had to be one of the greatest ideas I’ve ever heard of.
The tour was one of the coolest things I have ever done and would highly recommend it to any fan of The Office. I couldn’t believe that we had made it the entire day without a “TWSS” but I just couldn’t help myself and when the opportunity presented itself while we were saying good-bye I blurted out “that’s what she said” to one of the guides and we all had a huge laugh.
So thank you again to the awesome tour guides and people of Scranton, and to Tanster for allowing me to share my awesome experience with you all.
I just couldn’t help myself with this one, I saw the van and just had to take a picture of it. Dwight: Hello rock 107 am I the 107th caller? Hello rock 107 am I the 107th caller?