This month's news from Alison...
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Good evening. What a week it was. Ending, of course, with a fabulous anniversary dinner! And then it got cold. No, I mean turn on the gas and light the furnace cold!
So, what's been happening? Well, there was the few days in Vegas with Rich Little . . . No, his show was fabulous! We had the best time, ever! He had a stage set up in his house, just like we do. (Except he has a WAY bigger house!) He did his show, pay per view, with sound and lighting, and he was hilarious. And then there was pizza. But the best part was sitting up after the show listening to Rich and Alison swap stories about people he worked with and people she grew up with. Anyway, check out his website: The Rich Little And if you EVER get the chance to catch one of his shows, jump at it! (He's back at the Tropicana, I hear.)
Then there was the Women's Inspire Network Conference in Dublin. Alison's presentation was on "Reinventing Yourself in the Midst of a Crisis”, and boy, was she a hit! The presentations were pre-taped, so we spent a few hours working on it here (in the Comedy Club in our basement), and then sent it in. She was online during the conference (virtual, of course!) and from what I could tell, she had a great time. (And they all want her to come to Ireland, now!) To learn more about them, go to: Women's Inspire Network
Next up was "Nellie's SCARY Prairie!". We redecorated the Basement Comedy Club to look like the spooky cemetery in Walnut Grove. And there was spooky music, and there was blood, and it was all very scary Halloween. And we had a blast!! And it seemed like everyone else did, too! Stay tuned for the next show . . . .
So, let's do the Alison Activity Rundown:
1. Daily Little House Book Readings - Every day, usually at 1:30 pm Pacific time, Alison goes on Facebook Live and reads from the Little House family of books. She is now reading "Pioneer Girl - An Annotated Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder". (She read Edgar Alan Poe for Halloween!) And who knows what will be next? 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: Alison Mercantile And the special Christmas Package is up! From the website: "Two Walnut Grove tin cups, with yes, peppermint candy and a shiny new penny!!! Just like Laura and Mary got from Santa! Tied together with red yarn and of course, autographed "Merry Christmas" from Alison!" Going fast!!
3. Cameo - Alison is now on 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 Website
Or... cut to the chase: Alison Cameo
4. Coach the World - Alison is also on 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." 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 UBN Radio for their website. (She's on Channel 1) This week is a rerun of her interview with Joan Van Ark. Coming up will be Hank Garrett from "Car 54 Where Are You?". Looking forward to a spectacular December 1st World AIDS Day show, with some very special guests. . . .
Aah, now for a wee bit of schedule . . . .
Well, November. We already did the Anniversary, and the next thing is Thanksgiving. We're going to do a real turkey, not a virtual one. (How would you cook that, anyway?) This is the only time of year that Alison lets me into the kitchen, because I get to make the stuffing! (Make sure there's enough wine for the cook!)
But seriously, the next thing on the schedule is "Nellie's Nasty Noel", the seventh production in the Basement Comedy Club at our house. This will be on Thursday, December 17th, at 8:00 pm Eastern and 5:00 pm Pacific Time. We are redecorating the basement for the Holiday, and will be running the usual crew, Sock Monkey directing, with Morticia and Roswell as lighting crew members. ("What?!", yelled Sock Monkey, "I thought I fired them!!") Tickets are on sale now at Stage It Tickets or at Spin Cycle Tickets It will be It will be live, pay per view, 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. Rumour has it she's got even more surprises up her sleeve this time!! (Shhh . . . !)
OK, that's enough schedule for now. We are starting to look at 2021, and see what the New Year will bring.
1. Well, there may be something going on in France . . or about France.....or from France...or.....oh who knows!!
2. Simi Valley? The location where they shot the show? The "scene of the crime"? I don't know. Maybe . . who knows . . I don't know.
3. New Years Eve . . . What are you doing? More to the point, what are WE doing?? Of course, nowadays all of this is "virtual" . . .
4. Prairie Okie?? Again?? Is it even possible?!?!?
Chaparral Round-Up - On March 12 - 14, 2021, Susan McCray will be hosting Chaparral Roundup in Tucson, Arizona. This is a get together to commemorate the TV show "High Chaparral", called by many reviewers and fans “A Real Western”. Susan McCray was the casting Director for Little House, and the wife of Kent McCray, the Production Manager on this show and Little House on The Prairie. Check out their website: Chaparral Roundup Of course, this is assuming everything is opened back up by then. And the list of special guests is still "To Be Announced".
WGN Radio - Here's an interview from October with Alison on WGN Radio in Chicago: Alison on WGN
Wide Open Country - And here's a recent interview with Alison on the Wide Open Country website: Alison Wide Open Country
Landon Tribute - As we all know, October 31st was Michael Landon's birthday. Here is a tribute to Michael from 2014: Landon Tribute
Baby Carrie - This is a very recent article on Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (Rachel and Robyn), the twins who played Baby Carrie, from a website called "Do You Remember?": Greenbush Twins
Norma MacMillan - You remember Alison's mother, Norma? She was an actress and voice over artist, and she also did commercials. This is one of her famous Kraft Mayonnaise commercials from back in the day: Mayonnaise Commercial
Wide Open Country Book List - This is a list of 4 books for fans of Little House on the Prairie. (Guess whose book is listed first?) Anyway, here's the link: Wide Open Book List
Michael Landon - Michael and his good friend, Johnny Carson! This is his last appearance on The Tonight Show after his tragic cancer diagnosis, (it's in two parts): Landon Carson
Livin' On A Prairie - And here's a message from Pamela Bob, creator of "Livin' On A Prairie": "I am continuing to work on the full version of Livin’ On a Prairie with an exciting new producer. More info to come, but things are developing behind the scenes! In the meantime, I’m hosting another Little House Live! On Monday Nov. 2nd at 8pm est on Facebook Live and YouTube on the Livin On a Prairie pages- see hilarious live commentary of a favorite Little House episode as we all watch together at home. I think we all need a laugh at this tense time, don’t you?!? Keep up to date with Livin’ On a Prairie and watch the series anytime at Livin' On A Prairie, and FB/IG/Twitter at @PrairieTV."
Maintaining our lives in the age of Covid - So we are still at it. I hear rumblings about the beginning of the "second wave". Other sources say we are still in the "first wave". And things are not going so well in California. We are sliding back into the higher infection rate/stricter restrictions area. But there is some hope. There is at least one vaccine showing 90% effectiveness in small advanced-stage trials. And there are treatments being developed and approved. And doctors are learning new ways to improve treatment when you do get to the hospital.
So, again, what do we do? Well, continue to check out everything you hear. (Do NOT believe anything you see on FaceBook without checking it out.) Go to reliable medical sources for information, like the CDC, medical journals, and major hospital websites around the country. Wash your hands at every opportunity! And use sanitizer when you can't wash up. And just wear your mask. This one isn't even worth a conversation at this point, just wear the darn mask! Please!
And again in the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci, "I don't know how to explain to you that you should care for other people." Be kind, be considerate, and take precautions. And be patient. We'll get through this. I promise.
Messages From The Cast - Our message this month is from Hersha Parady, (Alice Garvey) from October 31:
"Hi .. Nellie fans !!! Hope you all are having a safe .. yet fun Spooky full moon time this Halloween eve !! Just a short share of how I’m coping with Covid Days ... Virtual viewing of many friends .. from coast to coast doing their thing .. “Pretending” .. not on stage .. but in front of their IPhones or laptops! Actors are a never-say die troop of characters .. they have the will ..& will find a way !! // so between them & my sparrows & Squirrels & soooo many friends I communicate with daily on my iPhone .. & trips to dollar stores & ice cold swims .. I’m doing great ! chin up.. glass half full ... give us a smile!!"
Ketty Lester (Hester Sue) - Well, we have just not said enough about Ketty's book! It's called Ketty Lester: From the Cotton Fields to Grammy Nominated "Love Letters" to Little House on the Prairie - An Autobiography. Well, reading this book is just like having a conversation with Ketty herself! And it is available now on Amazon at: Ketty Lester Amazon and at Barnes & Noble at: Ketty Barnes & Noble Good job, Ketty!!
Dan McBride (Henry Riley) - Dan did a recent interview with the Tampa Post. Check this out: McBride Tampa Post Way to go, Dan!!
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) - And here is a recent interview with Karen Grassle in English and Spanish on W Radio: Karen W Radio
Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) - Well, we found a rare old gem of a short film starring our very own Hersha. It's called "Rodeo Champ" and was filmed in 1979. Here it is, fresh from YouTube: Rodeo Champ Way to go, Hersha!!
Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr.) - Radames is embarking on a new business venture! He is in on the ground floor of a French Tourism Project, working on developing websites and promotional concepts for tours of the French countryside. Check out these websites: France Guided Tours and France Intense He is even working on a Motorcycle Tour package! Ever the entrepreneur, (Oh wait, that's a French word!!) Radames will do well. On the home front, their adorable child is now speaking in compete sentences. (Will probably be teaching her father to speak French!) Way to go, Radames! You rock!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Ninety)
Sock Monkey was groggy. He sipped his coffee slowly, trying to wake up. He had not slept well. Between the cat (who was still upset about that falling off the couch thing!), and the dreams, he had only gotten a few hours of sleep. But the dreams! They were so vivid! He remembered walking along the beach, with the white sand and the sparkling blue ocean, and palms trees lining the way. The sand was warm between his toes, and the breeze was cool on his face. He took another sip of his Mai Tai as he walked along the boardwalk out to his bungalow over the water. Two young ladies were sunning themselves on the deck in the hut next to his, their blonde hair and golden tans completing the idyllic scene. He smiled and took another sip of his drink. He was thinking of investing in a company that made bikinis . . . . "Yeowch!", yelled Sock Monkey, "That darn cat!" The cat had leapt up on his lap and made him spill his hot coffee all over himself. "Monkey!", called Alison, "You fell asleep again! What is wrong with you?"
(To be continued . . . )
Catahoula is still on hiatus 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 Tenth 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.