The “Zoom” team will reunite at NorthEast Comic Con

Come zoom, zoom, zoom this 4th of July weekend when multiple cast members of PBS’ 70s original sensation “Zoom” reunite at NorthEast Comic Con & Collectible Extravaganza

The event takes place from Friday to Sunday at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough.

Created and produced by WGBH-TV in Boston, “Zoom” was a half-hour educational television program created almost entirely by children.

With its “kids can do anything” message, “Zoom” soared to the top of the PBS charts, becoming its second most popular show, just behind “Masterpiece Theatre.”

Bernadette Yao, seen here today, will be part of a 50th year "Zoom" cast reunion at NorthEast Comic Con this weekend in Boxboro.

“Zoom” was for kids and by kids, and the cast members, in their matching striped shirts, received an average of 10,000 letters a week suggesting games, puzzles, recipes, skits and topics of discussion that became the content of the program. .

In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, NorthEast Comic Con is hosting a reunion of several of the show’s cast members, including Joe Shrand, who grew up to be the chief medical officer at Riverside Community Care in Dedham, and Bernadette Yao, a Boston-based musician who recently released a single called “Shine Your Light” in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

One of the Zoomers’ most memorable, Yao’s “signature move” was a series of mesmerizing contortions with his arms tuned to chimes and music. So many young viewers wanted to know how she did it that she finally demonstrated it for them in one of the episodes.

Former Zoomers Kenny Pires, Maura Mullaney and Nancy Walker will also be on hand to share memories and stories and meet fans.

And that’s not all.

Vendors and artists will be on hand throughout the three days of the convention with antique and collectible toys, comic books, action figures, art, vintage vinyl records, books and magazines, posters, video games, limited edition items and more.

“It’s mostly a collectible extravaganza, stuff, stuff for people who love stuff. The showroom is full of killer stuff,” said Gary Sohmers of NorthEast Comic Con & Collectible Extravaganza. Today, with the economy in the state it is in, second-hand items are valued, and you can buy a comic book right now that could potentially be worth 100 times what you paid for, and you can enjoy reading it. So there is value in that.

Cowboy Mach Bell will lead cosplay karaoke (costume optional) at 7 p.m. Friday; and Sal Baglio, of famed The Stompers and Amplifier Heads, along with Charlie Farren, lead singer of the Joe Perry Project and Farrenheit, will perform on Saturday (doors open at 7 p.m.). Evening entertainment is included with admission to Comic Con.

Transgender actress Chelsea Brickham will lead a cosplay contest at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with cash prizes of $100 per day.

Vendor and artist booths will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (with special access for advance buyers available one hour earlier each day). Free parking. For tickets or more information, https://collectiblesextravaganza.com.