This month's news from Alison...
"La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson"
Un spectacle humoristique d'Alison Arngrim & Patrick Loubatière
Cela faisait si longtemps! Si longtemps que je n’avais pas pu recontrer en personne mes formidable fans francais . . . Fevrier 2020. Est-ce que cela fait deja plus d’une annee? Et une annee tellement difficile et effrayante . . . . Vous m’avez tous tellement manqué! Mais . . . apres la longue nuit, le soleil fait son apparition . . . Et maintenant . . . Je Reviens!!! Oui!!! En octobre 2021, dans a peine un peu plus de deux mois, Patrick Loubatiere et moi-meme retournons sur les scenes de France! Une tournee (des petites communes, comme d’habitude!) qui va nous amener dans le Nord, dans le Sud, et de l’extrmite Quest jusqu’a l’extremite Est. Ce serons nos grandes retrouvailles. J’espere vraiment vous y voir! -- Alison
Samedi 9 octobre 2021, 20h30 : LES ATTAQUES (Pas-de-Calais)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 43 73 19 90
Vendredi 15 octobre 2021, 20h30 : SAINT-GEORGES-DES-COTEAUX (Charente-Maritime)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 48 58 03 70
Samedi 16 octobre 2021, 20h30 : SAINT-DONAN (Côtes-d'Armor)
Rens. / Réserv. : 06 45 46 79 41 / http://bzh.me/LMAT
Samedi 23 octobre 2021, 20h30 : SCHIRRHEIN (Bas-Rhin)
Rens. / Réservations : 06 29 87 85 76 / 06 42 92 55 97
Dimanche 24 octobre 2021, 18h : ILLY (Ardennes)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 71 77 83 13
Vendredi 29 octobre 2021, 20h30 : CAPBRETON (Landes)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 75 56 79 07
Dimanche 31 octobre 2021, 14h : RIVE-DE-GIER (Loire)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 51 39 20 39
Chaque représentation est suivie d'une longue séance de PHOTOS et DÉDICACE
Pour plus d'informations: www.alison-arngrim.com
OK, enough with the schedule, already!!
1. The Prairie vs The Waltons? Ya Think!?! And who would win . . . . . ?
2. An Osmond on Alison’s Radio show? Maybe?? And which one . . . ??
3. Even In Dreams on Blu Ray?? Dare we hope??
4. A Catahoula Christmas? And what would that even be like?? Hmmm . . . ?
Landon Roast - (No, this isn't a recipe!) Back in 2014, Michael Landon was roasted as "Man of The Year". You remember the roasts? That's where the guest of honor sits quietly at the table while all of the other guests take turns going up to the microphone and insulting them to their face. Great fun! This one is billed as "Don Rickles Roasts Michael Landon". Well, Mr. Rickles actually insults everyone in the room, and gets Melissa Gilbert with a couple of good ones. Check this out: Landon Roast
Heeere's Amy - Remember Alison's Comedy album "Heeere's Amy"? Still available from Uproar Entertainment. For the full story of the album, from Alison herself, check out their website: Heeere's Amy
Who's Going To Do The Cooking? - OK, we now have 21 episodes saved on You Tube. And counting! (I'm still eating some of that coffee cake!) Each month I go in and check the rankings based on the number of people who've watched them on You Tube. Here's the thing: I'm not getting an accurate picture of the popularity of each one, because people keep watching them over again on FaceBook. So, help me out. When you go over them again, watch them on You Tube. It's easy, it's convenient, they're all in one place and everything. Here's that link again: Who's Going To Do The Cooking?
OUT OF STOCK!! - Yes, sadly, we are out of copies of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch on Audio CD. And the company that makes them told us there weren't going to be any more available! Boo!! But wait, we just heard back from them again! They were just re-doing their ordering system, and they have more! We just ordered a bunch of copies. They will soon be available again in the Mercantile!! (More bonnets have been ordered, too!)
Maintaining our lives in the age of COVID-19 - Well, the beat goes on, as they say. The Delta variant is now the prevalent form of the virus. Coming along right on its heels is the Mu variant. Not sure what's going on with that one yet. There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine will not work on this one. Still researching, though. What we know: 1) all viruses mutate; 2) COVID mutates more slowly than many other viruses; and 3) viruses that can't replicate, or pass from person to person, don't mutate.
We have to keep in mind that this is a new disease, and like with all new diseases, we are learning as we go. So, what to do? Obviously just wear your mask. Don't care if you're vaccinated or not, just wear it. It's easy, and is the least we can do for each other. I wear mine every day. Secondly, get vaccinated. None of the objections I've heard to date actually hold water. The vaccine is safe, well researched, still being studied in hundreds of thousands of people, and going to be FDA approved any minute, if it hasn't already happened.
I'm repeating myself here, but again from Dr. Anthony Fauci: "I don't know how to explain to you that you should care for other people." But we must. Be kind, be considerate, and take precautions.
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) - Karen is now ready to launch her book. It will be released on November 16, 2021, and is available for pre-order. The title is: "Bright Lights, Prairie Dust: Reflections on Life, Loss and Love from Little House's Ma" From the Amazon website: " Karen Grassle, the beloved actress who played Ma on Little House on the Prairie, grew up at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in a family where love was plentiful but alcohol wreaked havoc. In this candid memoir, Grassle reveals her journey to succeed as an actress even as she struggles to overcome depression, combat her own dependence on alcohol, and find true love." Check it out here: Bright Lights-Prairie Dust - Amazon (I'm going to order mine tonight!) And this just in: Karen has a brand new website to promote her book!! Check this out: Karen Website Good job. Karen!
Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) - Stumbled across Hersha's website. It looks pretty darn good! Here's the link: Hersha Website
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Charlotte is busily making Beadle Bags every day. (You can order one by e-mail at email@example.com.) But wait, there's more! Charlotte will be appearing soon at the StocktonCon Pop Culture Convention, September 11 - 12 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Stockton Arena. Check out their website: StocktonCon Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office. You go, Charlotte!!
Tracie Savage (Christy Kennedy) - Yes, we saw Tracie recently, so I went looking. She is listed as working on NBC Channel 4 News from 1994 to now. She also appeared in a film in 2020 called "13 Fanboy". From their IMDB page: "An obsessed fan stalks his favorite actors from the Friday The 13th films and beyond, mirroring his idol Jason Voorhees." Check it out: 13 Fanboy IMDB Nice work, Tracie!!
Ike Eisenmann (Erich Schiller, Viktor Pyatakov) - Aside from the two LHOTP episodes listed above, Ike had a very long career, starting with an episode of Mannix in 1972, all the way up to an appearance in "Race To Witch Mountain" in 2009. He has since retired to Florida, where he continues to do his podcast, Pop Culture Retro. Here's a link to their FaceBook page: Pop Culture Retro FaceBook (I suspect someone we all know may be appearing soon!) Nice meeting you, Ike! (If you scroll down, you can find both parts of his interview with Matt Labyorteaux!)
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - OK, I'm hearing a lot of rumbling. Is Melissa working on another book? Have you heard anything? Well, I checked her Instagram page, and she is! It's due out in May of 2022, and she posted pictures of herself shooting the cover for the book. What's it about? What's the title? Not information I could find anywhere. (Maybe she'll let us know . . .)
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter One Hundred)
Sock Monkey sighed, relaxed, and poured himself another drink. He was in a pretty good Monkey Mood at the moment. He had recently directed Alison's Summer Shenanigans show, to rave reviews! "Best show ever!", screamed a viewer in Florida! "More puppets!", yelled a fan in New York City! "More Roswell", cried another! Wait just a Monkey Minute, now! Why were they cheering the lighting crew? They should be yelling "Author!", or "Director!", or something like that! Who cheers for the crew? He would have to double down on his efforts to mess with those cats. He had planned on surprising them during this last show, but something went wrong, and he ended up in the corner tangled up in flower leis. Hey, maybe that was when Roswell sneaked in to get on camera! Crafty little things they were! He finished his drink, and went back to packing. Alison had finally let slip where they were going next. It was New York City! (Next to Paris, he liked New York best!) And they were going to meet up with their East Coast Promoters! She said something about a spinning cycle, or something like that. He was a little worried, because he was not very good on bicycles. What if they had to take a spinning class? He promised himself that he would hop on the cross trainer and try to get a little prepared before they left.
(To be continued . . . )
Catahoula is still on hiatus from performing. Check out our eventually to be updated website: www.catahoulamusic.com And we may be showing up somewhere deep in the bowels of the internet! As things are starting to open up, we will be booking and posting on our website. And if you really need a shot of Catahoula, you can always get copies of our CDs at Alison's Mercantile, or at I-tunes: Catahoula I-Tunes Or Spotify: Catahoula Spotify As always, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!!", with or without Catahoula! We will be back with you just as soon as we possibly can! Stay safe! (Wash your hands, wear your mask!)
There you have it. The Ninth Nellie Newsletter for 2021. Stay safe, mask up, wash up, get your shots, and be good to each other. And we'll see you in person soon!
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.