Hoosier ‘Story’: Hollywood Producer Visits Zaharakos for Video Series Segment
Predictably, Seymour native Craig Hall’s introduction to Zaharakos was pretty sweet, thanks to a banana split he dove into a few days ago.
“Everything was great. Beautiful. Amazing,” Hall said of the 1900 Columbus confectionery, known for its historic onyx Mexican soda fountains from the 1904 World’s Fair and its 1908 Welte orchestrion.
The 51-year-old creator, writer, director and one of the executive directors of the ‘Indiana’s Story’ video series, currently available on Facebook and slated for Amazon next spring, had never heard of ice cream in his years training before leaving. for Hollywood in 1991. Hall and a cameraman traveled last week to include the location in his television series which he hopes will land on PBS.
The episode is scheduled to be seen possibly in March 2023. A separate Fox Broadcasting Network crew is scheduled to travel to Zaharakos today to include in a segment of its docuseries based on the New York Times bestseller “A history of the world in six glasses.
For the Hoosier show, Hall interviewed local businessman and philanthropist Tony Moravec, who painstakingly restored Zaharakos in 2009, and Moravec’s former assistant, Debra Slone, a well-known history buff. Along with being impressed with the shop, Hall was also impressed with the adjacent museum, which features myriad old-fashioned soda fountains and more.
“A whole collection,” Hall said.
He toured the restored PMQs upstairs with Slone, who offers official tours. As of now, it’s unclear how many of his interviews and footage will make up the final 24-26 minute cut of a finished episode.
“We were able to get a lot of footage,” Hall said. “I have a feeling that most if not all of the (basic) information will at least be mentioned.”
The two soda fountains captured his attention more than anything else.
“Imagining what the price of these was at the time, so that (the Zaharakos brothers) could buy two, well – they had to sell a lot of ice cream and candy,” Hall said. “And then, of course, the music machine in the back of the store – well, all of those things are just amazing pieces.”
Hall conceived the series after being inspired by a Californian PBS series “California’s Gold”. He mentioned that his state celebration is about “showcasing and showcasing the people, the places, the things that really make up Indiana’s history,” as he put it. “These are places that not only appeal to the local community, but outside of that as well.”
Slone loved the chance to be on the show.
“I think everything went really well,” she said. “I have always liked Zaharakos. So whenever I can promote it, it makes me feel good. It’s truly a gift that Tony has given back to the community.
Slone remembered one of her favorite parts of the store, beyond the decor, when she worked nearby for Cummins Engine Co.
“I loved their coney dogs,” she said. “I just thought they were delicious.”
About the show
To find out more about the glacier: zaharakos.com
Learn more about the video series: Facebook page for Indiana’s Story.