This month's news from Alison...
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Well, well, well . . It's been a while, hasn't it? I'm still here, Sock Monkey is still here, and so is the cat. (Sock Monkey is sneaking up on her right now!) And Alison just got back from France a few days ago.
She had a great time. She visited with Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr.) and his young family, did five shows in French, and visited Switzerland! (Oh boy! Swiss chocolate!) She came back with stories, and chocolate, and new clothes, and chocolate, and plans for something new in France! (Sorry, can't say what. Secret, you know.)
Of course, she leaves in the morning for her next outing in Arkansas. (First time there, you know.) I'm dropping her off on my way to work. (Sock Monkey, have you finished packing? "Yikes!!" I guess not . . . ) For more info on that, see below.
Well, I guess it's time for . . . The Schedule!!
She's off to the Fayetteville Arkansas Comic Show. This is billed as: "Pop Culture Celebrities, Comic Creators and More! Fun for the entire family!" This will take place February 29th - March 1st, Saturday 10 - 6 & Sunday 10 - 5, at the Town Center, 15 West Mountain, Fayetteville, AK 72701. Tickets range from $10 for students and kids (6 - 12), all the way up to $125 for the VIP Package with Sleep Away Camp and Movie Pass, and can be purchased on their website: Fayetteville Comic Show She will be joined by Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), who will be meeting up with several of her Twin Peaks' buddies. It's a veritable Twin Peaks Reunion! And along with her famous Beadle Bags, Charlotte now has original cast Twin Peaks tote bags!!? (You can e-mail orders to firstname.lastname@example.org) Check out their FaceBook page: Fayetteville FaceBook Sounds like fun to me!
And then, once she's back from that trip, she will be going to "Making HERstory" an historical performance and awards show, sponsored by the Women's Journey Foundation, where she will be presented with The Legacy Award. (Yay, Alison!!) This will be on Saturday, March 7th, from 6 to 9 pm, at the University Synagogue Non-Affiliated Venue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine CA 92612. Tickets are $59 general admission. From the website: ”All tickets include light appetizers, ice tea, water, cookies, access to interactive exhibits, vendors and the lively performance. A no host wine bar will be available." Ticket sales end on March 5th, and can be accessed here: HERstory Tickets For more about the organization, check out their website: Women's Journey Foundation
On the following weekend we will again be going to the SPERDVAC Long Beach VA Medical Center Old-Time Radio Recreations. To jog your memory, SPERDVAC stands for The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy. If you like old time radio drama, (think Johnny Dollar, The Bickersons, Fibber McGee and Molly, George Burns and Gracie Allen, etc.) you will love this. A collection of entertainment professionals, some from radio, some from television and movies, all with voice over experience, get together and do a live re-enactment of the radio plays from back in the day, complete with Foley Artist (sound effects) and live music. This one will be on Saturday, March 14th, at the Pantages Theater on the second floor of the VA Medical Center, at 5901 East 7th St., Long Beach, CA 90822. Admission is free. The shows they're doing this time out are Ethel & Albert, Richard Diamond, and My Friend Irma. Doors open at 1:45 pm, and the show runs basically from 2:00 to 4:00. Sock Monkey and I will be at this one.
Then, in April, Alison returns for another visit to the 15th Annual Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival! This takes place in Marshfield, Missouri, on April 23, 24 & 25th, 2020. She will be accompanied by her frequent Partner In Crime (PIC), Charlotte Stewart! (Miss Beadle). They will be joined this year by Wendi Lou Lee (Baby Grace Ingalls). This will be Alison's fifth visit to the Cherry Blossom Festival, and to hear her tell it, this is an event like no other. Check out their website: Cherry Blossom Website They always have an amazingly eclectic roster of guests, with an emphasis on American History. This year so far they have scheduled guests related to Presidents Truman, Hayes, Polk, McKinley, Roosevelt, Coolidge, Cleveland, Clinton, Washington, and Eisenhower. And many, many others. I know Sock Monkey will be having a great time! ("You know I will!, said Sock Monkey) News Flash: I just learned that Richard Thomas (The Waltons) and Randy Travis will be among the guests this year. Another News Flash: Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr.) will be joining the gang for his first visit to the Festival!
Then, on Saturday, May 9th, Alison returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre, inside West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 (at Ninth Avenue), for her annual Mother's Day weekend performance of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch.Doors open 1 hour before show time. Tickets are $23 with a $20 per person food/drink minimum. You can call the Beechman at 212-695-6909, or better yet get your tickets on line at: Beechman Tickets There's only one show this year, so you might want to book early. This is such a fun night. The food and drinks are just great, and everyone has a real good time. And what better place to take Mom to celebrate her special day, after all? Hey, all of our New York friends - Stop asking me when she's coming to the east coast, READ THIS!!
OK, schedule through May, that's enough for now
1. Ru Paul?? Los Angeles?? Convention Center?? You never know . . . .
2. Tombstone, Arizona. Home of Wyatt Earp, Boot Hill. Is there a reason to go there??
3. Ireland. The land of Alison's ancestors. Should she go back there? (She's never been)
Radio Show / Podcast
Don't forget Alison's radio show. It's "The Alison Arngrim Show" on UBN Radio. Alison interviews guests and focuses on topics that make us feel good, and people who are doing good things in the world. It's on every Tuesday night at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. The best way to catch the show live is to go to Alison's page on FaceBook. Or go to UBN Radio for their website. (She's on Channel 1)
Last week was her first show since she got back from France. It featured an interview with Marty Kroft (Sid & Marty Kroft Productions, HR Puffinstuff, Lidsville, etc.) The last few shows were reruns while she was in France. The line-up for this year is still forming, so tune in to see who will be up next. You can find all of her old shows at: Alison Archives It's a great show. I rush home from work every Tuesday night so Sock Monkey and I can watch. I also found that I can pull up her facebook page on my phone while I'm driving, and using my blue tooth, listen to the show on the way home. (Can't watch it, gotta drive, you know!)
Calendar - You can still get an ADVENTURES OF SECRET AGENT SOCK MONKEY CALENDAR. See Secret Agent Sock Monkey, International Monkey of Mystery, cavort all over the world, with a beautiful color photo for each month! Paris, Berlin, Hawaii, Bora Bora! He's been everywhere! Makes a lovely gift! (And yes, both Sock Monkey and Alison Arngrim can autograph it!) You can buy one for just $20 HERE: Not Your Mothers Mercantile Yes, Sock Monkey absolutely personally signs each one, as does Alison.
Carrie Ingalls Birthday - This year would be the 150th birthday of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey. (Baby Carrie all grown up) There is going to be a birthday party and festival on July 25th & 26th, 2020, in Keystone, South Dakota, sponsored by the Keystone Area Historical Society. This is their website: Keystone Website So far, Sydney Greenbush (Baby Carrie) and Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) have been confirmed as VIP guests of the festival. And here is their FaceBook page: Keystone FaceBook It's still a long way off, and there's not much on the website so far, but I'll keep you posted with whatever details I can discover.
Cruise - OK, I confess, it was not just a rumour. There was going to be a cruise, and it was going to be great fun, and I was going to get seasick, and we were going to love it. And then . . Hello Corona Virus! This cruise, along with many, many others, has been cancelled. The whole travel industry is reeling at the moment. So, let's all be safe. Do not get this virus! (Sock Monkey says, "Wash your paws, Dummy!")
Queen's Treasures - This is the company that makes those 18" LHOTP dolls. Well, Alison's friend, Andrea, ordered a prairie dress from them and made a present for Alison's birthday. Check this out: Alison Birthday Present And rumour has it that they are working on a Nellie Oleson Doll! (Have to get the expression just right, you know!) Here's a link to the LHOTP section of their website: Queen's Treasures Wait! This should be in Rumour Control! What am I doing?!?
Making of Little House - A French fan has put together a video of still shots from the making of the show. Some nice candid moments during filming, along with some clips of the show. Check this out: Making of Little House Well worth the time to watch it.
Shannen Doherty (Jenny Wilder) - Well, not all news is good news. Shannen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015. She underwent treatment, which was deemed successful, she was in remission. Unfortunately, her cancer has returned, and she is now stage 4. Here is her interview on Good Morning America: Shannen GMA Hang in there, Shannen. Give 'em hell!
Ketty Lester (Hester Sue) - Well, this girl has been busy! First off, she has a brand new website: Ketty Website A very nice website, don't you agree? And here is her FaceBook page: Ketty FaceBook Oh, and to top that off, she has finished her autobiography, "From the Cotton Fields to Grammy Nominated Love Letters...to Little House on the Prairie" (I've heard a few of her stories. This is going to be great!) It's supposed to be available Spring 2020, but I'm not sure where. I'll keep you posted. Ketty, you go, girl!
Pamela Roylance (Sarah Carter) - Well, Pam finally fessed up! She has a recurring part on Nancy Drew. She plays Patrice Dodd, mother of Lucy Sable. Here's their IMDB Page: Nancy Drew And she just finished work on an Independent film entitled Summer Someday. Here's their page: Summer Someday This one is still filming, so it will be a while. Nice going, Pam! (No more secrets, OK?)
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Charlotte will be enjoying her weekend with Alison in Fayetteville, Arkansas. And she is still working on her new Secret Project, the Beadle B. . . . (Can't say yet!) We don't yet have a schedule for the gem shows, but I did find a couple of treats. These are clips from early in Charlotte's career:
Bachelor Father, 1961 (2 clips): Bachelor Father
Cade's County, 1971: Cade's County
And then there's the Tremors 30th Anniversary Panel: Tremors Panel
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Well, just a few things for Melissa. Here's a commercial she did in 1973: Melissa Commercial
She was recently the keynote speaker at a fund raiser for the Tidwell Hospice. Here's an interview where she recalls her time on Little House: Tidwell Interview
Hold the presses, this just in: Melissa will be appearing for all three days at the Fanboy Expo's Knoxville Comic Con on July 10 - 12, 2020. Check this out: Fanboy Website And this is their FaceBook page: Fanboy Facebook (Hubby Timothy will be there, too!) Way to go, Melissa!!
Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr.) - Radames will be flying in from France for the Cherry Blossom Festival (see above) Here's an interview he did at the 40th Anniversary Reunion in 2014: Radames Interview Have fun in Missouri, Radames!
Wendi Lou Lee (Baby Grace) - Wendi also has a new project. She has just launched her Etsy Site!! Check this out: Wendi Etsy This is great! One stop shopping for all things Wendi! And then there is, of course, her website: Wendi Website And you can also catch her at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (See above) Very busy girl!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Eighty-Two)
Sock Monkey was not happy. He had just recently been in what he considered to be paradise. Palm trees, bikinis, parades, surfing, tanning himself on the beach. (Do Sock Monkeys tan??) He had gotten his picture taken while driving the catamaran. He was now an entrepreneur, with his own calendar and everything. And then Alison had uttered that one little word that changed everything: Berlin! They had flown home and unpacked and re-packed in the same motion. (He had to chase the cat out of his luggage twice!) They had raced to the airport in the middle of the night. (Not the first time either, he thought to himself.) And then they had flown straight to . . . London! OK, they had a layover. He was a little irritated that all he had ever seen of London was Heathrow Airport. What about Big Ben, the Tower of London, lorries, Westminster Abbey? (There are some things even a pint of Guinness won't make up for!) Then they got on another plane and flew to Berlin, landing, you guessed it, in the middle of the night. And it was cold! It was freezing! And where in this airport do you find a taxi? Well, they found one. They were all lined up in a very orderly fashion once they found them, but you had to know where to look. So, he was now sitting in the back seat of the taxi, trying to keep warm. (Did I mention it was freezing?) Alison leaned over and whispered, "Sock Monkey, cheer up! They've gotten us an apartment for the weekend. You're going to love it!" Sock Monkey was not impressed!
(To be continued . . . )
Catahoula is back at our favorite club, Viva Rancho Cantina! Our next date is Saturday, April 18th. We are also tentatively booked for Saturday, May 23rd. Check out our updated website: ( www.catahoulamusic.com ) That's Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506. Call 818-845-2425 for reservations. (Reservations are highly recommended!) Can't wait to see you! Laissez les bon temps rouler!!
There you have it. The second Nellie Newsletter for 2020. And away we go!
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.