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California has been burning . . . again. So far, we and all of our LHOTP friends have been spared and are not in danger. Many of the fires are now under control. I will keep you posted.
October. Now, THAT was a month! Very, very active you know. Even Sock Monkey is worn out at this point! Now let's see, just what did happen? Where do I even begin?
The first thing we did was fly to Ohio. We spent a few days with friends from my past, and then we went to Cleveland for the Ghoulardi Fest! (OK, I'm not going to explain Ghoulardi again!) Upon arriving in Cleveland we spent one entire morning in studio on the Ray Carr Radio Show. This was a blast! Of course, once they had booked Alison to appear, they called back and asked if they could book Sock Monkey!! ("I need an agent", said Sock Monkey) No, really, check out their recent guests: Ray Carr Show If you go to their pictures page, you find a bunch of shots of Alison & Monkey in the studio (Ray Carr Studio Photos).
Then there was Ghouldardi Fest. It was insane! Alison had a table next to Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price, and there was a line at both tables all weekend. We got to meet Big Chuck, Hoolihan, Lil' John, and many other legends of Cleveland broadcasting! One of the highlights of the weekend was when we were surprised by a couple who drove all the way in from Columbus (all the way across the state!) and showed up as . . Nellie & Percival! What a hoot! Check this out: Nellie & Percival
No sooner did we return from Ohio than we got back on another airplane and went in the other direction to . . Hawaii!! Alison & Sock Monkey got to ride on a float in the Honolulu Pride Parade! What a whirlwind! We flew in on Friday, parade on Saturday, Catamaran ride and fabulous dinner on Sunday, and then brunch and fly back on Monday. (Whew!) Did I say fabulous dinner? Well, we were wandering down the street checking out restaurants trying to pick one for dinner. We found one that looked good and went in, only to discover that we had stumbled upon Iron Chef Morimoto's new Waikiki restaurant! (Dinner was fabulous!) Even Sock Monkey had a good time.
And then Alison spent a few days in Alabama at Con-Fuzion, A Multi-Genre Pop Culture & Comic Con in Muscle Shoals. She had a great time hanging out with Butch Patrick, Krista Allen and many other sci-fi and horror luminaries. And that was her first trip to Alabama!
Let me take a few moments to welcome all of our new readers from Ohio, Hawaii, and Alabama. Welcome aboard!! (Sock Monkey says, "Aloha!") And now for the usual:
In this newsletter, we sometimes use the word bi**h. (Like in "Confessions of a Prairie . ." Hey, it's the TITLE OF THE BOOK, you know!) If you are signed up using an e-mail that has a language filter, like those addresses ending in .edu or mentioning k12, this may present a problem. I will try to behave for this issue, to give you time to switch to a different e-mail. But for the next issue, I make no promises! I think there's a way for you to edit your e-mail when you receive this one, but if not, send me an e-mail with your old and new addresses, and I'll make the change in the database.
And that behaving thing, it's getting a little difficult! ("You think it's hard for you!", said Sock Monkey.)
So, who's up for some schedule??
Later today we leave for the SPERDVAC Old-Time Radio Convention, November 7, 8, 9 & 10, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3131 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. OK, so what's a SPERDVAC, you ask? It 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. And all of this is video- taped and audio recorded. And they actually have used some of the original microphones from the early NBC broadcasts in the 1940s! So, here's the website: SPERDVAC Web Tickets range from $200 for the full convention package, including the Thursday evening meet and greet, to $45 for Sunday morning program and breakfast only.
THIS JUST IN!!
Seriously, this is like one of those old newspaper movies where they yell, “Hold the presses!” I was just putting the finishing touches on the newsletter when an e-mail came in . . . We’re going to Berlin!! (Yes, Monkey, Berlin, Germany!!) Europe's biggest and most famous youth show of the Berlin Friedrichstadt-Palast celebrates its world premiere of “In the Maze of Books“ on November 17th 2019. Check out this theater: Palast Berlin From their e-mail: “250 children from 20 different nations belong to the young ensemble of the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. It is one of the oldest and biggest youth ensembles in Europe. The young shows are something special and unique in its own dimensions: children play for children aged 5 and older. Each performance features over 100 children and young people on the largest theatre stage in the world. They take on all the roles, including the leading roles. The kids are taught by experienced teachers who are trained to work with children. All the choreographers, acting and vocal coaches, acrobatics and master trainers involved in the young ensemble are experts in their fields.” Largest theatre stage IN THE WORLD! (Might even be big enough to hold Catahoula!)
So, who do we know in Germany? Henning?
And then there's Thanksgiving, and a December trip to Napa, and then . . . .
On Friday and Saturday, December 13th & 14th, there is an event called "Pioneers and Prairies Holiday Hoedown", Celebrating the Western Genre in Film and Television, at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. There will be several people from LHOTP, Alison, Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls), Charlotte Yerke (LHOTP Script Supervisor), Dan McBride (Henry Riley), and several other special guests, including Darby Hinton (from Daniel Boone), Tammy Locke (from The Monroes), Robert Carradine (from The Cowboys), Rodney Allen Rippy (from Blazing Saddles), and Julia Pomilia (granddaughter of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans). So, for the Little House gang, we're very organized. We have the usual suspects, along with Charlotte Yerke (because these people STILL need supervision!) and Dan McBride (because Alison still needs someone to throw a chicken at!). There will be a screening of a couple of LHOTP episodes on Friday (imagine Little House on the big screen!), autograph sessions and book signings on Saturday, and then a dinner Saturday evening followed by fabulous music by Catahoula! (Hmm . . . I think I've heard of them!) Sheena Metal will be our host for the event, and there will be a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carols from The Prairie Carolers. The times are Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, and Saturday from noon to 4:00, and then from 6:00 to 10:00. For ticket info call 818-904-1990 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a link to the FaceBook page: Pioneers & Prairies I think Sock Monkey may need a new outfit for this one! ("Oh boy, shopping!", said Sock Monkey)
And then we're off to Tennessee!
1. Little House On The Prairie: The Musical . . . in Los Angeles . . . It could happen!
2. Encore en France? Peut-etre . . . Au l’hiver ou printemps . . ?
3. Iceland?? Ya think?? (Mighty cold up there!)
4. Edinburgh Fringe Festival?? Maybe . . . . .
5. LHOTP in Simi Valley . . . again!?! (Hmmm . . . )
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 UBNGO for their website. (She's on Channel 1) Last week's guest was Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder). Check this out: Dean / Alison Her last couple of guests were Geri Jewell (Deadwood) and Haiyang Yu (Film Maker "Hold On") 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. And I'm going to figure out how to get it on the TV so we can see it on the big screen, so to speak.
Today Show (Australia) - Alison was recently interviewed for The Today Show - Australia. Check this out: Today Show-Australia (Still waiting on that trip to Australia!)
Michael Landon: A Celebration of Life - This is a tribute to Michael Landon, prepared by INSP TV on the 25th anniversary of his death: Landon Tribute (Followed by an interview with Melissa Anderson)
Little House On the Prairie: The Musical - This is a behind the scenes look at preparations for the musical at the Springfield Little Theatre as broadcast on Ozarks FOX AM-SLT : Little House - Ozarks
AudioBook – There seems to be some renewed interest in the audio book, so I’m putting this in again: Confessions Of A Prairie Bitch, the audio version narrated by Alison herself, is still available almost everywhere. It's on Amazon.com at Audio-Amazon
It's on Audible.com at Audio Book-Audible Nothing better than Alison reading Alison!
Heeere's Amy - Remember Alison's Comedy album Heeeres Amy? Still available from Uproar Entertainment. For the full story of the album, from Alison herself, check out their website: Uproar-Amy
Carrie Ingalls 150th Birthday Celebration – On July 25 & 26, 2020, there will be a birthday party for Carrie Ingalls Swanzey, who will be turning 150 on August 3rd. This will be held at the Keystone Historical Museum in Keystone South Dakota, where Carrie ended up when she left the Prairie. Rumour has it that Lindsay & Syndey Greenbush, and possibly Charlotte Stewart, may be in attendance. (Keeping you posted again) FYI, there will be another party for Carrie on August 1st in Independence, Kansas.
Pamela Roylance (Sarah Carter) - Pam reports that her house was just used to film not one, but two episodes of BOSCH, a TV series on Amazon that has been running since 2014. Check it out here: BOSCH TV Next thing you know, she’ll show up in an episode! (Hey! It could happen!) Keep it up Pam. Hope to see you soon.
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) – Charlotte will be appearing at the ConEx Comic Con and Exotic Animal Expo on November 26th & 27th in Pleasanton California. Here’s their website: ConEx Web Currently she and Michael are safe at home tracking the various fires that are burning all around Napa. Charlotte – See you in a few weeks in Napa!
Wendi Lee (Grace Ingalls) - Wendi has a mini Texas Tour coming up with an appearance in Sacramento. You can get details at her website: Wendi Website Here's just a sample of her schedule:
11/10/19 - Arlington Adventist Church - Arlington, TX
12/7/19 - Inspire Christian Writers - Sacramento, CA - Quarterly Luncheon - Keynote Speaker
After that she will be joining us all at the December Little House event (see above).
Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr.) – Radames is loving his life in France. Baby Camille has just started pre-school, and Radames has a new job!! He is now a full-fledged tour guide running a day-long tour through the historic city of Reims and the stunning champagne vineyards surrounding it. Check this out: Bubbles Tour This website can get you a Bubbles Tour with Radames at your request. Way to go, Radames!! (I can hear the corks popping from here!)
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) – Well, Melissa did one of her very, very rare autograph signing appearances at Chiller in New Jersey in October, and rumour has it that she had a great time. And she’s still signed on to be the Keynote Speaker at Tidewell Hospice’s 11th Annual Signature Luncheon, scheduled for February 20, 2020 in Sarasota, FL. Here's a link to their website: Tidewell Hospice Keep it up, Melissa!
Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) – Well, Dean appears to have several irons in the fire, so to speak. He was just on Alison’s Radio Show/Podcast (see above), and “Remembering Kent McCray: Laughter, Love & Television”, a documentary that Dean wrote and co-produced will be available December 1st. Here's a teaser: Kent McCray Teaser Also, I just realized that Dean is not only producing The Feherty Show for the Golf Channel, he is also writing and directing it. (Who does he think he is, Michael Landon??) Dean, you’re a madman!!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Seventy-Nine)
Sock Monkey stirred and rolled over. There was that cat, sitting in the corner switching her tail. He would have to come up with something special for her this time. “Hey, Monkey, you up yet?”, called Alison from the kitchen. “Coffee’s on.” Those were the magic words! Sock Monkey leaped out of bed, narrowly missing the cat’s paw as she pounced. “I’ll get back to you on that,” thought Sock Monkey. Alison was waiting in the kitchen with steaming mugs of coffee. “Monkey, it’s time to start packing. We leave for the airport in an hour.” Sock Monkey was alarmed! They had just gotten home yesterday, and now they were off again. “Where to this time?”, he asked. “We’re off for fun and sun in beautiful Waikiki! And pack light, we’ll only be there for two days.” Hmmm, thought Sock Monkey. Leaving in a rush, and going all that way for only two days. What could be afoot? Well, it is Hawaii, and there will be beaches, and bikinis, and surfing, and . . “Oh, and be prepared, we’re going to be in a parade”, added Alison. The plot thickened . . .
(To be continued . . .)
Catahoula just had another night at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, Viva Rancho Cantina, on 10/26/19. That finishes our run for 2019. We’ll be booking more dates there soon, and I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the listing above for “Pioneers and Prairies Holiday Hoedown”. We’ll be playing after dinner on Saturday December 14th. Check out our updated website: ( www.catahoulamusic.com ) Can't wait to see you! Laissez les bon temps rouler!! (And rouler on the Prairie, this time !)
There you have it. The ninth Nellie Newsletter for 2019. And the Year of the Prairie continues . . .
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.