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actually from
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Mr. Bob

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5/1/2022
 
Mayday! Mayday!! May day . .  Well, okay, it’s May 1st. When I was a kid, I remember celebrations dancing around the May Pole on the playground at school. A holiday to celebrate the coming of Spring. And an International Workers holiday. The other meaning is mayday, a distress call. Made to sound like the French term, “M'aidez”, which means ‘help me’.
 
So, here we are. Alison is currently in Missouri at the Cherry Blossom festival, and from what I can see, she’s having a great time! And Sock Monkey is with her. So, it’s just me, Roswell, and Morticia sitting here writing the newsletter. (This may take a while!)
 
Last month was April, and what a month that was! Starting on April 1st we were in Atlanta for a wedding. And to check out the Out Front Theatre, where Alison was planning to do a show. Then we went home so Alison could pack for her trip to Macon, Missouri for the Spring Pickers Market.
 
And what a time she had there! She was there with Charlotte Stewart and Pat Labyorteaux. From what I hear they got a very enthusiastic reception. Here's a link to Alison & Pat having dinner at a local restaurant the night  before the event: Alison & Pat at Dinner
 
So, enough about that. Let’s do the run down!

1.            Daily Book Readings – Almost every day, usually at 1:30 pm Pacific time, Alison goes on Facebook Live and reads. The current book is “Little House in the Ozarks.” Here's the link to Alison’s page: Alison FaceBook
 
2.            Bonnets, Etc. - Bonnets, tin cups, books, photos, Alison sells them at her online store, 'Not Your Mothers Mercantile'. Everything autographed. Here's the link to the store: Mercantile  Of course, she won’t be able to sign anything until she gets back . .
 
3.            Cameo - You can now have your favorite cast member record a personal video greeting - Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Get Well Soon, you name it! Check it out: Cameo Website   Or... cut to the chase: Alison Cameo
 
4.            Memmo – Just like Cameo, except it’s based in Europe. So, if you want a message from Alison, especially if you are located in Europe, try this on for size: Alison Memmo  (She can also do them en francaise!!)
 
5.            Coach the World - Alison is also on ‘Coach The World,’ where you can book a 15-minute interactive chat with your favorite celebrity. Here's their website: Coach The World
 
6.            Radio Show / Podcast - The Alison Arngrim Show is on every Tuesday at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. The best way to catch the show live is to go to the UBN Radio page on FaceBook: UBN FaceBook.
 
7.            Who's Going To Do The Cooking? -  Alison will be appearing on her FaceBook page, cooking something with instructions, often on Friday mornings at 11:30 am. She has made many incredible dishes. You can find all of these on her YouTube Channel: Who's Going To Do The Cooking?
 
Another warning for you. As Alison gets back out there and travels around, the schedule of her activities in the rundown may become quite fluid. (She may do some on location, so to speak!) If you want to order things from the store, for example, be sure to watch her schedule. She can’t sign the items you order if she’s out on the road. Each one is personally autographed; nothing is pre-signed.
 
And now for the infamous schedule:

First thing, coming up REAL soon, Alison makes her triumphant return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City, resuming her traditional Confessions show on Mothers’ Day Weekend. This will be on Sunday, May 8th, at 4:00 pm Eastern time. Check out the Spin Cycle website for more info: Spin Cycle   Here’s the website for tickets: Beechman Tickets Tickets are $26, with a $25 food and drink minimum. And if you have not tried their food, you must! Come on, New Yorkers! We need to welcome back both Alison and the Laurie Beechman!! You can do it!!  (Wish I could be there!)
 
Next is that big fund-raising gala that was scheduled for January, and then canceled. It’s been rescheduled!! Here’s the scoop: Alison is scheduled to receive the Radiant Compassion Award at the 36th Annual Radiant Health Center Gala. This year’s theme is “Club Radiant” with 70’s attire, platform shoes, disco, and boogie the night away! The event is now scheduled for Friday, May 13th, from 6:00 to 10:30 pm, at Grand Gimeno, 146 N Grand St, Orange, CA 92866. Now, this is a fund raiser to support health equity and HIV care in Orange County. Individual tickets are $350.00. Check out their website for updates at: Radiant Health Center  This is going to be grand fun, much more so since it is now SOLD OUT!! (Sock Monkey, better get your tux out of mothballs!)

Then we wait until July 1st and 2nd, when Alison will be showing up at the Hollywood Show. This is a big autograph show held at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 North Hollywood way, Burbank, CA 91505. This will be on Friday from 4 to 8 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Here’s the link to their website: Hollywood Show   Tickets range from $20 to $50, not counting the VIP packages or the deals that include hotel stay. And will she be by herself?? Well, no, because it’s a freakin’ Little House Reunion! Here’s the attendance list:

Alison Arngrim                           Nellie Oleson                                  
Bonnie Bartlett                           Grace Snider Edwards
Charlotte Stewart                       Miss Beadle
Dean Butler                               Almanzo Wilder
Hersha Parady                           Alice Garvey
Karen Grassle                           Caroline Ingalls
Ketty Lester                             Hester Sue Terhune  (First Convention Appearance!!)
Lance Kerwin                            Danny Peters
Patrick Labyorteaux                   Andy Garvey
Lindsay & Sidney Greenbush      Carrie Ingalls (Both of her!!)

Wow! What a line up! And there may even be more! Sock Monkey and I will be there, too! (Sock Monkey will be signing autographs, but I won’t!)

Then, in August, Alison will be appearing at the Knoxville Fanboy Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee, on August 5th, 6th, and 7th. This will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. And guess what? They’re having what they call a mini-LHOTP Cast Reunion! (Not like the one you just read about, however!) There will be Alison, Karen Grassle, and . . . wait for it . . . Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls)!!! This is going to be great!! Tickets can be purchased on-line and range from $10 for a one-day pass for a child, up to $70 for an adult for the entire weekend. (They also have packages that go up to almost $600, but I digress.) Check out their website: Fan Boy Expo  This is going to be great!! Nellie and Laura, along with Ma Ingalls to maintain order! What a weekend! (Sock Monkey is still rubbing it in, since he’s going and I’m not!)

OK, enough with the schedule already! Sheesh!

Rumour Control
 1. Do you remember Drag Con?Just sayin . . .
 2. Ketty Lester? Another Event? Could it be this summer?
 3.  Another show from our basement Comedy Club? Maybe . . . . 
 4.  En France, encore? Peut-être . . .

Miscellaneous
 
Meet The Biz – David Zimmerman has this interview program called “Meet The Biz”. It’s a very good show, and Alison has been on before. This time David was interviewing Katy Kurtzman (Anna Gillberg from LHOTP “The Music Box” in 1977). Well, there was a little surprise in store for Miss Katy!! Check this out: Meet The Biz
 
Go Ask Alice – “I think she’ll know, when logic . .  “ (Bob! Stop it!!) Sorry, I got carried away. Anyway, Alice Garvey has offered . . . well Hersha actually . . has offered to take your questions, and answer them, too! So, if you have a question for Hersha, send it to me at the e-mail address at the bottom of the Newsletter, and Hersha will provide the answers!

Maintaining our lives in the age of COVID-19 – Well, get ready for a parade of new variants and sub-variants. The ones I was hearing about today were called Omicron BA4 and BA5, making quite an impact in South Africa, they say. So far, they’re saying more contagious, but not sure about whether they cause more severe sickness or not.
 
COVID seems to be going the way of the flu virus, becoming something that we will be getting a shot for every 6 months to a year. (The researcher I was listening to today was recommending yearly.) I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be vaccinated. And to get boosted. I now have one J&J and two Pfizers and will be getting a booster in a couple of months. While it may not completely prevent infection, it will keep you out of the hospital. And that’s really important. And I will simply not give up my mask, so there!
 
Now for our Fauci moment: "I don't know how to explain to you that you should care for other people."

Prairie Tidbits
 
Wendi Lou Lee (Baby Grace Ingalls) – Wendi is currently hanging out with Alison at the Cherry Blossom Festival. After that she will be speaking at the Atascadero Bible Church on May 7th. Here’s the link: Atascadero Church   And then on June 24-25 she goes to Burr Oak, Iowa, for Laura days. (Burr Oak is the birthplace of Grace Ingalls) There’s a dinner/photo event on Friday night and then Laura Days all day on Saturday. Their website has not been updated lately, but here’s the link anyway: Laura Days  Wendi, you’re like perpetual motion! You go!
 
Lance Kerwin (Danny Peters) - Lance Kerwin played Danny Peters in one episode of LHOTP, “100 Mile Walk” in 1974. He worked constantly until 1995, and after that he worked on documentaries and features about child actors. According to the internet, he now lives on lives on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. And he’ll be at the Hollywood show in Burbank in July. Hi, Lance!!
 
Jill Schoelen (Jane Canfield) – Jill played Jane Canfield on one episode of LHOTP, “Love” in 1982. And she is still working! Here’s a link to her FaceBook page: Jill Schoelen   HI, Jill!!

The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter One Hundred & Eight)
Sock Monkey was glad to be back on the train. (And he had located the bar car, so all was well!) They had spent a few days in the countryside while Alison modeled Mr. Jimmy’s new line of clothing. He could see why she came out here for her outfits. The styles were great, Alison was a good model, and Mr. Jimmy was a lot of fun!  And everyone was down to earth and friendly. (Not like some of those Divas in Paris!) Alison did her cooking show from the kitchen, and everyone had a blast! (Sock Monkey took a sip and pondered.) They were leaving now, and Alison was taking a few outfits with her. She even had a couple of shirts to send home. Sock Monkey took another sip. Here lies the problem. There was not a single thing in Mr. Jimmy’s entire collection in his size! Imagine that! M. Singe de Chausette going away empty handed!! (Empty-pawed??) He was mortified! What was the world coming to? He would have to figure something out. He took another sip. And the train rolled on into the night.
(To be continued . . . )

Catahoula News 
 
Catahoula is still on hiatus from performing. But you never know, things could change. Check out our eventually to be updated website:  www.catahoulamusic.com  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 fifth Nellie Newsletter for 2022. Stay safe, mask up (highly recommended!), wash up, get your booster shots, and be good to each other.

As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.

-       Bob


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