This month's news from Alison...
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So, last month I wrote about a heat wave. One of the most intense ever. Well, California must have read the newsletter and said, "Hold my beer!". She has outdone herself this time. Temperatures over 113 here in Tujunga, and as high as 121 in Woodland Hills. (All time record) And we're not done yet. Although, today is supposed to be the last day of intense heat. (And I think the cat melted!)
There are a few fires, although none really close to us at this point.
What have we been up to? Well, the cats have begun a tradition I like to call, "Demolition Derby", their little game to see what they can destroy next. And with the heat wave, we have not been going out much. I still go to work every day. And there is the occasional support your local restaurants pick up dinner.
On August 8th we did another staging of "Confessions of a Prairie Terror", live from the Comedy Club in our basement. It went well. In fact, some of the comments we got were along the lines of, "Best Show Ever". It went so well we're going to keep doing it. (See below)
And we went to another zoom birthday party. This one was much better. It seems that people are getting used to this 'phone it in' era we live in, and are finding way to enjoy themselves.
By the way, I was getting ready to start working on the Newsletter and I thought to myself, "Just a few more sign-ups and we'll break 4,000". So I asked Alison to mention it on her daily FaceBook reading. Well, she did. You remember that phrase, "be careful what you ask for"? I've entered over 200 new sign-ups in the last two days.
Oh, I almost forgot: WELCOME to all our new readers! Couple of things: 1) This newsletter comes out sort of monthly, we usually get 10 issues per year, with a Holiday message at the end; 2) no, you don't have to sign up every month, you're on the list; 3) we sometimes use the 'B' word, as in "Confessions of a Prairie . . .", you know. (Hey, it's the title of the book, after all!) So if you've signed up with your work e-mail, and they have a very stern language filter, you might want to change to a different e-mail. (I'll be right back, I have to enter a couple more sign-ups.)
So, time for the usual run down of Alison's activities:
1. Daily Little House Book Readings - Every day, usually at 1:30 pm Pacific time, Alison goes on Facebook and reads from the Little House books. She has finished the Little House books, read one called "Prairie Lotus" and is now starting on "West From Home - Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder San Francisco, 1915". Here's the link to her page: Alison FaceBook
2. Bonnets, Etc. - Bonnets, tin cups, books, photos, Alison sells them all at her online store, 'Not Your Mothers Mercantile'. Here's the link to the store: Mercantile They are all available with autograph, and there is a comments section for specific signing instructions. We are now starting to stock up for Christmas.
3. Cameo - Alison is signed up for Cameo, as are many of the others from the show. You can now have your favorite Little House cast member record a personal video greeting - Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Get Well Soon, you name it!
Check it out: Cameo
Or... cut to the chase: Cameo - Alison
4. Coach the World - Alison has signed up for Coach The World, where you can book a 15 minute interactive chat with your favorite celebrity. "Online Coaching with Experts and Influencers - Video Chat with Stars and Actors - CoachTheWorld is your global marketplace for stars, CEO's, experts, actors, coaches and influencers, this virtual coaching platform brings together people who need support with the expert coaches who are able to provide it, connecting them instantly." Here's their website: Coach The World
5. Radio Show / Podcast - Alison now interviews the guests on her show in a virtual studio. The show is 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 Radio for their website. (She's on Channel 1) Her recent guests were Karen Grassle and attorney Wendy Murphy on the anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Coming up this Tuesday will be a rerun of her interview with Jazz Singer Laura Pursell. (One of my favorite shows!) And then next week she will have on Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from The Munsters TV show.
Now for a little schedule:
First off, Alison will soon be flying to, well, somewhere, to work on a film entitled "Twice Upon a Song!". (Socially distanced, COVID cautions compliant, etc!) Here's the IMDB link: Twice Upon A Song This is the second film from writer-director Savannah Ostler, and here's her FaceBook page: Savannah FaceBook OK, actual part, actual film, actual work, just like the old days! (Sorta!) This is going to be great! Release date projected for some time in 2021. Cannot wait to see this one!
Then, on Thursday, September 24th, Alison is presenting another "Confessions of a Prairie Terror" show on Stage It. The show will again be available on a live, pay-per-view broadcast at 8 pm Eastern and 5 pm Pacific. It will be live, and you will not be able to find it on you tube when it's over, they will not be offered after the broadcast. Tickets are only $10 per show. You can read about it and get tickets here: Confessions Tickets This will be the fifth production out of the Comedy Club in our basement, and we're getting the hang of it. We are scheduling a few more in the coming months:
Tuesday, October 27th - "Nellie's SCARY Prairie!"
Thursday, December 17th - "Nellie's Nasty Noel"
Then, on October 15th . . . Wait. You remember Rich Little? Rich is the legendary master mimic of more than 200 voices and arguably the most famous impressionist in the world. Well, he had a gig performing in Las Vegas, which got . . . cancelled. (COVID, you know!) So, he is taking his show in the road, so to speak, the virtual highway. He is now presenting “Rich Little … Virtually Speaking”, a virtual club act. This will be just like seeing Rich Little live. Wait, you will be seeing Rich Little live, just not in the same room as you! Anyway, here's a link to the Highlight Hollywood article: Highlight Hollywood Tickets are $15, and you can get them here: Rich Little Tickets So, why am I plugging the Rich Little show? Hmmm . . ? Go to the third line in the Highlight Hollywood article, where it says, " under the Musical Direction of Dan Ellis and directed by Alison Arngrim". Yes! Alison is directing! And we're going to be there!
Then, on October 21st, there is the 8th annual Women's Inspire Network conference in Dublin, Ireland. Here's their website: Women Inspire Network Of course, this conference is now being held online, so Alison will be participating from the Comedy Club in the basement. This is from their website: ”We meet the women who have succeeded in their business community, hear all about the ups and downs and also learn some new skills along the way. Network with other women just like you! If you are thinking of starting a business or are already working from home or building your empire, come along to this National event for Women!" This promises to be a great event. We'll be watching this one.
1. Cooking? A cooking show? (OK, I know, the same rumour for weeks now, but still only a rumour!)
2. Simi Valley. Could there be something happening in Simi Valley that we should know about?
3. South Dakota? November? Wendi is hinting at something . . .
LIW Tour Mansfield Missouri - This is a tour called Laura Ingalls Wilder's Final Home Mansfield MO - Field Trip Friday. Check it out here: Laura Ingalls Wilder Missouri Tour The tour is given by a very enthusiastic little girl, who even buys a bonnet! (These are the Missouri bonnets on Alison's web site)
Mouse & Weems - This is an interview Alison did online in August. Here's the link: Mouse & Weems Interview Warning: It's a long one!
Michael Landon - This is a tribute to Michael recorded by many cast members in July 2016, entitled "Michael Landon: A Celebration of Life | Co-star Memories" - Here's the link: Michael Landon Memories
Pamela Bob - Pamela is in the very beginning stages of working with a new producer to develop "Livin' On a Prairie" into a full series. Too early to talk more about it, but stay tuned! And check out the series at Livin On A Prairie TV Also, she plans on starting to do Little House On the Prairie live viewings on social media with live commentary and chatting with all of you! Perhaps some special guests will also join in... Stay tuned for the announcement on FB/IG/Twitter @PrairieTV
Closer Magazine - This is an article from Closer Magazine dated 9/5/2020, titled 'Secrets From The Set Revealed by the Actors Who Grew Up On The Show'. Here's the link: Closer Article
Friendly Family Productions - This is the Official Little House On The Prairie website hosted by the family of Ed Friendly, original producer of the LHOTP TV Series. The site is pretty comprehensive. Check this out: LHOTP.com
Maintaining - Well, things are leveling off, it seems. There's less and less whining about wearing masks, and more people seem to be just putting them on, no fuss needed. This is actually our ticket out of this. Wear your mask, wash your hands, disinfect when necessary, and just don't freak out. As things are opening back up, remember to be cautious. The virus is still around. There won't be anytime soon when we can say, "That's it, it's over, back to the way things were before!" If ever. Vaccines and treatments are being studied, but none of that will take effect next week. These things take time. And in the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci, "I don't know how to explain to you that you need to care about each other." That is the key. Be kind, be considerate, and take precautions.
Messages From The Cast - Our message this month is from Pam Roylance:
To our LHOTP family of supporters: I hope you are finding ways to stay strong and positive amidst the storm of challenges most of us have never experienced. Remember you are not alone. You have great worth and purpose. During dark times there is ripe potential for individual, family, community and global change and improvement. So, look to your art, your talent, your unique gifts, and ask yourself, what do I love? What did I give up that brought me joy in the past? What do I sense deep within that I was meant to do, or to be? What can I offer? And then start something. Write a song, a poem, a script, a children's book; paint a mural, a greeting card, a fence; make pottery or a quilt; build a cedar chest or a jewelry box, write that editorial, start that science experiment or bake that secret recipe. Express yourself in ways that bring you joy and are meaningful, constructive, and healthy. No matter how great or small, share what you were meant to give the world so that it will become a better place. Do not judge what it becomes. Just see if it brings you happiness.
Wishing you peace. - Pam Roylance
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - There's a lot of Melissa this month. Here we go:
Crest Commercial: Melissa Crest Commercial
TV Academy Interview from 2011: Melissa Interview
US Magazine interview from August 2020: US Magazine Interview
Podcast - It seems that Melissa and hubby Timothy Busfield have returned to the Prairie with their last couple of podcasts. Check this out: Melissa Podcast
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) - Karen now has a YouTube channel where she reads Stories for Young Children. Check this out: Karen Stories Also, here is an article in Boomer Magazine from August 7, 2020: Boomer Magazine
And, of course, her wonderful website: Karen Website You are rockin' it, Karen!
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Still busy sewing, and if you haven't yet seen her Beadle Bags, you should take a look. This is her FaceBook page: Charlotte FaceBook Just scroll down a little and you'll see several examples. And if you want to order one, here is her e-mail: email@example.com Charlotte seems to be doing fine, although she did mention that she would have been in Denmark a couple of weeks ago at an Elvis celebration if it were not for COVID. (Sigh!) Sorry, Charlotte!
Wendi Lou Lee (Baby Grace Ingalls) - Wendi is still going strong, adjusting to the new distance learning protocols with her kids, and doing her FaceBook Live every Tuesday at 9:00 am Pacific Time. And she has a few new items in her store: Wendi Store And she is being very mysterious about South Dakota . . . Keep it up. Wendi!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Eighty-Eight)
Sock Monkey yawned and stretched. The shows had gone well, he thought. And he felt pleased with his work as a Director. Of course, there were some down sides. Being in charge, he had to learn the names of his crew members. That means those darn cats now had names! There was Morticia, the one who had been giving him grief for months, now. She was black, strong, and sneaky! The new one was Roswell. She was small, almost all white, and very silly! All in all, they made a good team. Then there was the camera man, whatever his name was. He seemed OK, but a little quiet. (You had to watch out for the quiet ones, thought Sock Monkey. ) And Alison had been in fine form, for both shows! "Monkey, you rocked it!", cried Alison, bursting into the room. "But it's time to get up and grab your coffee! I just booked five more shows! We have work to do!" Sock Monkey groaned . . . .
(To be continued . . . )
Catahoula is still on hiatus (still not our choice!) from performing. Check out our soon to be updated website: www.catahoulamusic.com And we may be showing up somewhere deep in the bowels of the internet! As soon as things start 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 Eighth Nellie Newsletter for 2020. Stay safe, keep the faith, and this too shall pass.
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.