USAToday has a story up about several places in Newfoundland, Canada, that includes a sighting of Meg and John Mellencamp visiting the town Dildo (yes) a few weeks ago:
‘(…)”We’re just a little community,” says Doreen Higdon, a waitress at the Dildo Dory restaurant on Dildo’s picturesque harbor. But its name does entice tourists to pause for a photo with the Dildo sign at the edge of town. Among recent visitors: singer John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan, who stopped by the restaurant and left an autographed photo raving about the “to die for” Dildo sticky pudding.(…)’ SOURCE
Posting this sighting is a great excuse to take a trip down memory lane. Because this was not Meg’s first trip to the town of Dildo, she was already there back in 2005 with her friend, fellow actress and writer Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher wrote a hilarious piece about their Newfoundland trip for the September 25th 2005 edition of the New York Times, called ‘SCREECH AND TELL’:
‘(…) We started our trip in St. John’s, the provincial capital. Over the summer, St. John’s stages several historic re-enactments, including one in which Napoleon surrenders to the English. Yes, I know that it’s highly unlikely that Napoleon was even in Newfoundland, much less surrendered to the English there, but like the re-enactment itself, that is another story. In the final analysis, though, a huge part of what drew us there was another absurdity: we were going to Dildo, a two-hour drive away along the scenic route. Yes, I said Dildo, the name of a fishing village in Newfoundland. Unusual, you say? Well, yes, I would have to agree with you, but it is by no means the only village with a strange name. It’s just across the bay from Spread Eagle.
We set off from St. John’s mid-morning, laden with cameras and overnight bags in case we couldn’t find a B & B inviting enough and, more to the point, large enough to accommodate all 6,000 of us. Somehow, we managed to fit into one vehicle, trailed by the owner of the hotel where we’d stayed, the Spa at the Monastery and Suites, in his soon-to-be-vintage BMW, carrying our stuff – at least, I think that’s why he was with us. Though, I also think his sudden appearance had to do with Meg Ryan’s being in the first car.(…)’ READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
The original article that appeared in the NY Times had photos taken by Meg herself. Sadly, we don’t have scans of the original piece, but we do have two other photos of Meg and Carrie’s visit there, just [click here] to see.