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This month's news from Alison...

actually from
Alison's hubby
Mr. Bob

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9/7/2021
 
Hey, Hey!! Happy Labor Day from sunny California! (Too sunny, I think, it's like 105° today!!)
 
So, what has been going on, you ask? Well, plenty!! If you recall, the last newsletter was written on location in Salt Lake City, Utah, where we were attending the premier of "Even In Dreams", a film by Savannah Ostler featuring Alison as evil Band Manager Debra Thomas. This was a great time!  And it's a great film! It's still only being shown in theatres, but you can log on and request to see it in your town. No, really! Here's the website: www.evenindreams.com Just click on “BRING EVEN IN DREAMS TO YOUR CITY”. Then enter your zip code and e-mail, and you can help make it happen! It's now going to several festivals, and fingers crossed, may be on its way to wider distribution! (And then we can all see it!)
 
Then on August 19th there was "Nasty Nellie's Summer Shenanigans". We had a blast with this one! This opened with Alison on the beach in Hawaii (cue the Hawaii Five-O theme music) and continued with Roswell, Sock Monkey, puppets, flower leis, a Methodical Lobster, and all kinds of foolishness! We had a great time! And we just might be planning another one, you never know!
 
On  August 26th, Alison and Savannah (Even In Dreams Again!) made an appearance on Screen Chatter with Tony Toscano! We met Tony in Utah, and he also had a part in Even In Dreams. Here's the interview: Screen Chatter - Tony Toscano  As you can tell, they all got along famously!
 
Then, continuing with our Dreams sequence, Alison and I drove to Cerritos to attend the opening of Even In Dreams at the Harkins Theatre in Cerritos. (See, that request thing does work!) It was a great evening, and I even think we saw one or two of you there!

And one more thing. This last weekend we were invited to go to the Dances With Films Film Festival at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.  Our friend Andy Steinlen had produced an independent film, and it was screening at the festival. Well, the film was called "Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol", and it featured Ike Eisenmann! (Ike was in two episodes of LHOTP, Centennial in 1976, and Harriet's Happenings in 1978. Super crazy Prairie trivia: Radames Pera, who played John Jr. on Little House, his mom, Lisa Pera, played Ike's mom in BOTH episodes!!!) This film was by Dion Labriola, and recounts some of his life growing up in Akron, Ohio! (Whaaat!?!) Check out their IMDB page: Dear Ike - IMDB  Anyway, we went, we had a great time, and we also ran into Tracie Savage! (Tracie was Christy Kennedy in 10 episodes of LHOTP) What a Prairie weekend that was! The film is great, and if you get a chance to see it, you're in for a treat. Here's a review from IMDB: Dear Ike - Review
 
OK, now for the Alison Run Down. (Warning: As things open up and Alison travels more, she may have to curtail some of these activities.)
 
1.   Daily Book Readings - Every day, usually at 1:30 pm Pacific time, Alison goes on Facebook Live and reads. She was reading from "The Long Winter" today. Here's the link to her page: Alison FaceBook  This may vary as she resumes travelling.
 
2.    Bonnets, Etc. - Bonnets, tin cups, books, photos, Alison sells them all at her online store, 'Not Your Mothers Mercantile'. Everything autographed. Here's the link to the store: Alison Mercantile  As Alison goes back on the road, there may be a delay in shipping some items, since she signs each one personally.
 
3.   Cameo - Alison and many others from the show are now on 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.   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
 
5.     Radio Show / Podcast - The Alison Arngrim Show is on every Tuesday night 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. Her guest this last Tuesday was William Anderson, Little House author extraordinaire. 
 
6.      Who's Going To Do The Cooking? -  Alison will be appearing on her FaceBook page, cooking something with instructions. And the show has moved to Friday mornings at 11:30 am. The idea is to go simple and basic, for people who don't cook, or haven't cooked, or think they can't cook. So far she has made many incredible dishes. (According to You Tube, Cinnamon Chicken has now bumped the Apple Pie episode from the most popular spot!) You can find all of these on her YouTube Channel: Who's Going To Do The Cooking?
 
As I’ve been trying to point out, as things open up and Alison gets more bookings that require travel, the schedules listed above will vary. She is going to New York soon, and her schedule may not permit readings or cooking shows. And who knows what will happen when she goes back to France?
 
So, schedule, anyone??

First up, Alison returns to New York City. At a different club this time. On Sunday, September 19th, Alison will be presenting "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" at Caveat, 21-A Clinton Street, Manhattan (212-228-2100). Doors open at 3:30 pm, show starts at 4:00. Tickets are $22 in advance, and $25 at the door. You can get tickets here: Caveat Tickets  COVID POLICY: All attendees must present proof of full vaccination to enter. As of about a week ago, half of the seats for this show were sold. If you want to go, you may want to get your tickets now! (Just sayin' . . .)
 
And then, straight from her Caveat gig, Alison is going to the Rochester Fringe Festival. Here is their website: Fringe Website The Festival runs September 14th to 25th in Rochester, New York. Alison will be at The Stage at The Theater at Innovation Square, 131 Chestnut St., Rochester, NY 14604, on 9/24 (7:00 pm) and 9/25 (5:00 pm) Tickets are $24. Tickets are available at Fringe Tickets. Also, all attendees must show proof of full vaccination to enter. CDC card or New York State Excelsior Pass accepted. Must be two full weeks since second shot (or two full weeks since J&J shot). (Sock Monkey is looking forward to this one!)
 
Then, no sooner does she get home from New York, she turns right around and takes off for France!!! Here’s her French schedule:

Pour nos amis Francais:

"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!!

Rumour Control
 
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 . . . ?

Miscellaneous
 
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.

Prairie Tidbits
 
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 lottebanks@yahoo.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 News 
 
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.

-   Bob


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