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Nellie Newsletter

There we go. December, and now into another year.
December was pretty good. Went to a World AIDS Day event in Orange County, went to the Inn of the Seventh Ray where friends renewed their vows, saw Ketty Lester at the Gardenia, spent way too much time at the dentist, had a company Christmas party, and spent the Holidays in Tennessee. And of course there was Nellie’s Nasty Noel in the Comedy Club in our basement. Not bad for one month!
And it rained. And it’s still raining. Not bad today, but next week there’s another storm heading our way. Flooding and mudslides aplenty. And everyone in California forgets how to drive at the first raindrop!
So, let’s get to it. Here’s the Alison Rundown:
1.            Daily Book Readings – The daily readings are currently on hiatus for an indefinite period.
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: Mother's Mercantile   Be sure to specify how you want them signed.
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: Cameo Alison
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: Memmo Alison  (She can also do them en francaise!!)
5.            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. Her next guest will be Actor/Activist Ed Begley Jr. (A Mighty Wind; Best In Show; Young Sheldon, etc.).
6.            Who's Going To Do The Cooking? -  Alison will be appearing on her FaceBook page, cooking something with instructions, often on Monday mornings at 11:30 am. (And now, whenever she can find the time!) She has made many incredible dishes. Her last one was Ratatouille! And she did that one from Pinehurst, North Carolina! You can find all of these on her YouTube Channel: Who's Going To Do The Cooking?

Keep in mind, now that she is getting back out on the road, Alison may not be in town to sign the things you order from the Store. She signs them all personally, so she must be here to do it. Watch her schedule and place your order when you know she will be in town. Otherwise, there may be a delay in getting your order filled. (Pay particular attention to the trip to France. That will be a long one!)

And now for the infamous schedule:
First up, on Saturday, January 21st, we’ll be presenting Nellie Oleson’s Birthday Blast, the twenty-second production in the Basement Comedy Club at our house. The show is at 5:00 pm Pacific Time, 8:00 pm Eastern, and you can get tickets at: Stage It  And here’s the link to the Spin Cycle site for the event: Spin Cycle This could be good. We used to have these lavish Birthday Parties at our house in January every year. And then, well, COVID. So now we get a smaller cake and celebrate with all of you, from the house. Sock Monkey has something up his sleeve, I’m sure. And the cats have something up their sleeves. (“Hey, cats don’t have sleeves!!”, yelled Sock Monkey.) And I’ll figure something out . .  And what will she do? What will the puppets do? Can one ever predict, really?? (By the way, did I mention that this show is online? You don’t have to leave your living room to go to her show. You don’t have to get dressed up or anything! You don’t even have to put on pants!)
Then for February why, nothing booked at this point. Nope, nope, nope! (Open to suggestion!)
OK, so, in March 2023, Alison will be returning to France with a new tour and a new show!! Check out the new updated website:  Elle revient en France en mars 2023 avec un tout nouveau spectacle! Le nouveau spectacle s'appelle : « Nellie Oleson allume les années 80 »
Here’s the schedule (Voici le calendrier):
Vendredi 10 mars 2023, 20h30 - RIVES EN SEINE (Seine-Maritime)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 32 08 01 95  -
Samedi 11 mars 2023, 20h30 - BATZ-SUR-MER (Loire-Atlantique)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 06 81 67 50 -
Vendredi 17 mars 2023, 20h30 - AULNAY DE SAINTONGE (Charente-Maritime)
Renseignements / Réservations : 07 77 76 17 32
Samedi 18 mars 2023, 20h30 - LE LONZAC (Corrèze)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 13 82 59 53 -
?Vendredi 24 mars 2023, 20h30 - SARRE-UNION (Bas-Rhin)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 27 80 03 92
Samedi 25 mars 2023, 20h30 - VILLENEUVE-SUR-AISNE (Aisne)
Renseignements / Réservations : 07 67 81 25 79
2 heures d'humour, de musique, de nostalgie et de convivialité...

So, you see what I mean? If you want to order something from the store and have her sign it, just forget about March!

Then, once she gets back to this country (assuming they’ll let her back in!), we’re off to the North East Missouri Spring Pickers Market! This is April 1st and 2nd at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Macon, MO. Check this out: Pickers FaceBook The event is Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10-4. Admission is just $5, and children 12 & under are free. Alison will be joined by Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder), Pam Roylance (Sarah Carter); Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) and Pat Labyorteaux (Andy Garvey). And of course, Secret Agent Sock Monkey, International Monkey of Mystery. But wait . . . there’s more! You notice I said “we’re off to’ at the beginning of this? Yep, that means I get to go to this one! (Yippee!!) This is going to be a great time!
Then, on April 27, 28, 29 & 30th, Alison returns once again to the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield Missouri. Here’s their website: Cherry Blossom They don’t have this year’s event up yet, but you can go to their FaceBook page to get anything current.  ( Cherry Blossom FaceBook ) If you scroll down far enough, you’ll find Alison. So far, it’s just Alison and Charlotte Stewart from the LHOTP gang, but these things may change.
Next, on Saturday, May 6th, Alison will be at the Revolution Super Fest in Summerdale, PA. This show is booked as Pennsylvania's GREATEST Comic Book, Toy & Pop Culture Expo! Check out their website: Revolutions SuperFest and their FaceBook page: Revolution FaceBook  The event is at the Conference Center, 600 College Hill Rd., Summerdale, PA, from 11 am to 3 pm. (Early Buyers can get in at 9:00 am) Tickets range from $5 for children to $20 for VIP Early Start Plus Art Print. (There’s a happy hour from 3 to 5 pm for an extra $10 ticket at the door) Tickets can be purchased at:
Revolution Tickets  This is a first for Alison, and it looks pretty good. (Even has a happy hour!) I’m sure Sock Monkey will be staying for happy hour!
Enough schedule for now. We’re still booking for next year, so the schedule may fill up fast.

Rumour Control
     1.  A Nellie/Laura co-event? Could it be? Would they survive it?? 

      2.  More reading material? And what would that be, exactly??

      3.  Pickers in Iowa?? Could it be??

Prevention Magazine – Melissa Gilbert did an interview with Prevention Magazine that was published on December 18th.  Check this out: Melissa Prevention
Heeere’s Amy – Here’s a blast from the past! 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
50th Anniversary Report – The 50th Anniversary is not until 2024, two years from now! Here’s what I know so far:
Walnut Grove – Definitely doing something, and rumor has it in June or July 2024. They will be meeting soon to set a date. (They’ve been saying that for 2 months now.) Stay tuned . . . 
Simi Valley – Well these folks are way ahead of everyone in the planning process. They have actual dates March 22-24, 2024. And they meet every couple of weeks to move things along. (Plans are getting elaborate!) And you can now sign up for their mailing list at: Simi Mailing List
No other updates at this point. I’ll keep checking, though.
Maintaining our lives in the age of COVID-19 – OK, we now have Omicron sublineage XBB and XBB 1.5. This is going to continue, with new variants all the time. We seem very proud of our ability to detect and track new variants. This is good.
What has not changed are the recommendations for prevention and controlling the spread of the virus. I notice that more people are now wearing face masks as a matter of course, no big deal. I have mine with me all the time, and wear it most of the time, except when dining out, etc. (Hard to get food in through the mask!) On vaccinations, I still need to get the latest booster. (Got my Shingles vaccine instead last week) And we will need to keep this up and continue vaccinating for this just as we continue to vaccinate for the flu. So, not to be repetitious, but get your shot, wear your mask, wash your hands, etc.
And for our Fauci moment: "I don't know how to explain to you that you should care for other people." But we must.

Prairie Tidbits
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) – Well, on March 16 – 19, Charlotte will be at the First Annual Television WestFest Tucson in Tucson Arizona. Check this one out: WestFest Tucson Looks like a lot of fun. (They even have a visit to Ponderosa II, the home that Lorne Greene had built to emulate the Ponderosa set on his TV show.) Other than that, she’s trying to keep up with your orders for her fabulous Beadle Bags. (You can order one at
Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) – Holiday message from Hersha: “Tell all those Bonnetheads that Alice wishes them all healthier and more peaceful lives in the New Year, and that goes for our entire planet. Love to all, Hersha”
Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) – Holiday message from Dean: “Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) wants the Little House community to know that the Gene Autry Museum in Burbank, CA will be presenting a tribute to Michael Landon and his producer, Kent McCray, this coming May 13, 2023. Stand by for more details. Dean is preparing to announce a project of interest to Little House fans for the summer of 2024. You’ll get more details here as they become available. Happy New Year!”
Suzy Barbieri (Leslie Barton) – Suzy Barbieri, billed as Suzy Gilstrap, played Leslie Barton in one episode of LHOTP, “Dearest Albert, I’ll Miss You”, in 1980. She was Albert’s paraplegic pen pal in this episode. In real life, she is paraplegic resulting from an injury when she was 11 years old. She went on to be a Producer and Casting Director, known for the films Blue Crush and The Nutty Professor. As far as I could discover, she is well and living in Southern California.

The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter One Hundred & Sixteen)
Sock Monkey was busy. They had gotten home from the Wizard of Oz fest, and he had recuperated from his injuries. (He was only flying Delta Monkey Class from here on out!) But he had a project now. Alison was going to have a birthday soon, and he wanted to find something special for her. And she was not an easy person to shop for! First off, she had everything. In fact, she has so much of everything that she keeps telling people not to give her things, because she has no place to put them! But that did not phase Mr. Monkey. Oh, no!  Au contraire n’est-ce pas! He was going to get her something anyway. Let’s see, what would she like? Another cat? No, no, no, no! (What was he thinking?) A trip to France? No, she already had that. In fact, he would need to start packing soon. He thought back to when they first met, with Grier and David and Princess Millie, and all. Maybe something from the old days? He was pondering . . .  
(To be continued . . . )

Catahoula News 
Catahoula is still on hiatus from performing. Check out 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! Stay safe! (Wash your hands, wear your mask!)
There you have it. The first Nellie Newsletter for 2023. Stay safe, mask up, 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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