This month's news from Alison...
March. In like a lion, so they say. Here we are, a very pleasant rainy evening, the cat asleep in my lap as I type, the sound of rain on the windows, sirens somewhere off in the distance (after all, it IS still California!), Alison and Sock Monkey nowhere to be found. (More about that later!)
So, let's see, what's been going on? Well, Alison had a lovely time in Seattle. She was there to support the formation of a federal credit union for the LGBTQ community and all who believe in equality. Check it out here: Equality Washington She was also there to support the David Wash Legacy Fund of Pride Foundation to assist those affected by HIV or cancer. This was in honor of our good friend David Wash who recently lost his battle with cancer. For more info, or to donate directly to the fund, check this out: David Wash Fund A weekend well spent for good causes.
Last week we were fortunate enough to be invited to the Roger Neal Style Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Hollywood Museum. What a great time that was! By the way, if you've never been to the museum, you're missing something quite special. Check this out: Hollywood Museum Anyway, there was a gauntlet of press, after which we sat down to a great meal and spent the rest of the night sipping champagne and watching the Oscars on several large screens around the room. Good times, good friends, and a great relief to know that I still fit into my tux!
Alert Alert Alert Alert
I left some valuable information out of the last Newsletter. Here you go:
There is going to be a book signing at the Autry Museum of the American West on Saturday, March 17th, at 9:00 am. From their website: "Long-time TV Western producer Kent McCray discusses his new book, Kent McCray: The Man Behind the Most Beloved Television Shows. Actor Dean Butler (Little House on the Prairie) will join McCray for a lively Q&A discussion. A book signing will follow at the Autry Store, concluding at 11:00 a.m." The museum is at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (Sort of in or near Griffith Park) Check out their website:https://theautry.org/ Now if you don't know, Kent McCray was the man who produced Little House on the Prairie, he was Michal Landon's partner in crime, so to speak, and produced many other shows. Kent & Susan McCray will be joined by Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey), Rachel Lindsay Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Stan Ivar (John Carter), and Matthew Labyorteaux (Albert Quinn Ingalls)! For more info on Kent McCray, go to: www.kentmccray.com Now, Alison will be in France (and so will Sock Monkey!), but I'm going to this one. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so you should make a reservation on the website. (I just made mine!)
Now for the Schedule.
Et maintenant, aujourd'hui, Alison part pour la France. (Et aussi, Singe de Chaussette !)
Official French Website - www.alison-arngrim.com From the website: Quel plaisir de vous retrouver, pour trois représentations exceptionnelles !
Vendredi 16 mars 2018, 20h30 : MONTIVILLIERS (Seine Maritime) La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson"
Renseignements / Réservations : 02 35 30 96 58
Vendredi 23 mars 2018, 20h30 : LAILLÉ (Ille-et-Vilaine) "La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson"
Renseignements / Réservations : 07 68 88 34 21
Dimanche 25 mars 2018, 14h : ERDEVEN (Morbihan) "La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson"
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 78 18 22 84
Chaque représentation est suivie d'une longue séance de photos et dédicaces
Right after she returns from France we're off to the Hollyweb Festival. Yes, Livin On A Prairie is now an Official Selection for the 2018 Hollyweb Festival! And we're going! This will be taking place April 5 to April 8, and they are screening two episodes, Episode 1 - Pictionary, and Episode 4 - Date From Hell. These episodes will be shown on Friday, April 6, as part of Screening Block 3, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. The awards ceremony will be on Sunday, April 8, at 5:00 pm. Tickets and schedule are available on their website at: Hollyweb Tickets for the single screening block are $12.00, and the tickets for the Awards Ceremony and Blue Carpet (???) are $45.00 each. Here's the link to check out Livin' On A Prairie: Cut and Dry Films Should be a good time. (Blue Carpet??)
Next up, Alison returns to Palm Springs. On Wednesday, April 11th, Alison will again be the Special Guest at the Toast to the Stars: Palm Springs Variety Show. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00 pm, followed by Gilmore Rizzo and Francesca Amari performing hits from The Rat Pack, famous composers, singers, and TV and movie stars who have had homes in the Coachella Valley, including Hoagy Carmichael, Jerry Herman, Sammy Cahn, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Louie Prima & Keeley Smith, Bob Hope, Judy Garland and many more. Then, in the middle of the evening (right before desert!), Alison will take the stage. And who knows what she'll do with it! Tickets are $119, and include a wine toast, 3 course culinary feast, and the show. You can book tickets here: Toast to the Stars Now, they are at a new location this year, and they're being very mysterious about it. (I think it will be even better than last year!) Call the number on the website for details about the location. You can also combine this event with a tour of Palm Springs, if you want to make a day of it. Hope to see you there!
And that very next weekend the Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood returns!! Yes, Alison and Tour Guide Extraordinaire Richard Sebastian present another episode of the Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood on Sunday, April 15th. The tours are $85.00, and run from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The tour begins at the new Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum at 5601 Santa Monica Blvd. (right across the street from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery) Check it out here: Dearly Departed For tickets go to: Nellie Tour Tickets OK, so there will be milkshakes, and a theme. This will be an income tax themed event. (No, I don't think the tour is deductable, but check with your accountant to be sure!) There are two reasons to buy your tickets early: 1) This thing regularly sells out, and you would not want to miss it, and 2) if they don't book a minimum number of seats, the tour will be canceled! (Yikes!) And Sock Monkey will be there! But wait, the Nellie Tour made the LA Times!! Check this out: LA Times Article It's an article about Hollywood Tours, and the nature of fame, but scroll about half way down, and there's a quote from Alison
Next, also in April, Alison returns to Marshfield, Missouri for her THIRD visit to the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Festival is scheduled for April 26 - 28, 2018. She will have several friends along this year. Let's see, there will be Judy Norton (Mary Ellen, The Waltons), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Michael Learned (Olivia Walton, The Waltons), Mary McDonough (Erin, The Waltons), Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery, The Waltons), Marion Ross, (Mrs. C from Happy Days), and Bill Anderson, author of many books on Laura Ingalls Wilder. You can check out their website, www.cherryblossomfest.com , or go to their facebook page for current information: Cherry Blossom FaceBook All events not involving food are free. Now, if you're in Missouri, and you have not been to this event, you really should go. It's a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Then Alison will try something new. She will be performing "Confessions of A Prairie Bitch" at Club Ruba, 416 Green Street, Philadelphia PA 19123 on Friday, May 11th, at 7:30 pm. Ruba Club From their website: ”Founded in 1914, Ruba Club is a 100 year-old social club and bi-level event space located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. Ruba is one of the most unique spaces in the city housing a vintage Cabaret-Speakeasy bar, dance floor, and stage on the lower level and a full theatrical stage upstairs in a vaudeville style Ballroom-Theater." Tickets should be on sale soon on the Spincycle website (see below) but they're not up yet. (I'm intrigued by that 'speakeasy' description.)
Then, the very next day, for all you Mothers out there, Alison returns for her annual Mother's Day weekend at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (inside West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue). 212-695-6909 Doors open 1 hour before show time. Tickets are $22 with a $20 per person food/drink minimum. Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 pm and Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday, May 13th at 1:00 pm. Spincycle Nellie Tickets And stay for dinner. I can say from personal experience that the food and drinks are superb. I know I say this every year, but take Mom to see Nellie, and you can say, "See, you certainly raised me better than THAT!"
Enough with the schedule, already!
1. Missouri. Joplin, Missouri. Need a little Nellie in your life? How is summer in Joplin, anyway?
2. Ohio. Tell me, Ohio, have you EVER had any Nellie? Hmmm? Southern Ohio??
3. Podcast? If you enjoy having Alison in your ear, you may get another chance soon.
4. Tacoma. Tacoma Washington. You had any Nellie lately? Could be good!
AudioBook - Confessions Of A Prairie Bitch, the audio version narrated by Alison herself, is now available almost everywhere. It's on Amazon.com at Amazon Nellie AudioBook It's on Audible.com at Audible Nellie AudioBook
In my opinion, the only thing better than reading Alison's book is having her read it to you!
Heeeres 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 And if you want to sample a few tracks, go to their Facebook page and scroll down about halfway to the album cover, and it will give you a few seconds of each routine: Amy FaceBook (Remember, every time they sell 100,000 copies, Alison gets a dollar!)
Not Your Mother's Mercantile - Your One Source for all things Alison, and many things Prairie. Now remember, Alison personally autographs each of her items, so don't forget to tell her how you want them signed. Also, the website clearly states that we will fill all orders within two weeks. Well, we will, but when Alison is in France, or out of town anywhere, the order has to wait until she returns so she can sign the items. Here's the link: Alison's Mercantile And the Bonnets are hand-made in the actual Walnut Grove!!
Wendi Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls) - Wendy will be appearing at the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas on June 9, 2018 for their 15th Annual Prairie Days Festival. You can read about it here: Wendi in Kansas Better yet, try Wendi's FaceBook page: Wendi FaceBook And to check her schedule of speaking events, try here: Wendi Schedule You go, Wendi!!
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Melissa's play is opening in a few days. She is starring in the New York premiere production of "My Brilliant Divorce". Directed by Aedín Moloney, My Brilliant Divorce begins performances March 15 at the New Ohio Theatre in advance of a March 20 opening, and will run through April 8. Tickets available now at 866-811-4111 or online at Melissa Tickets. Here's the website for the theatre: New Ohio Theatre
Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) - Hersha just closed her latest play, The Chinese Wall at the Lonnie Chapman Theatre. It was a fun show, and we had a great time when we saw it. What's next for Hersha? Who knows? But, I've run across a video on YouTube that seems to be quite fun, and it's all about Alice Garvey (Hersha). Check it out here: Hersha YouTube (Thank you, Eric!) It also contains one of Alison's classic lines: "No one can help Willie. He's hopeless."
Patrick Labyorteaux (Andy Garvey) - Well, what's Pat been up to lately? Last thing I found was an appearance on NCIS on January 9, 2018, in an episode titled "Dark Secrets", reprising the role he originated on JAG as Captain Bud Roberts. (I saw it, good episode!) But then, following Hersha's YouTube video, I found this: Patrick Interview It's a great interview about how he got the part, and his experiences on Little House, and his memories of all his co-stars. Good one!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Sixty-Two)
Sock Monkey was relaxing on the patio with a fine glass of Chardonnay. He was enjoying California, even if they were only going to be home for a few days. He thought back over their trip to Idaho, and shuddered a little. He did not like ghosts, and was very convinced that they had seen, or at least been seen by, several large and unfriendly-looking ghosts. And for a little while he thought they had brought one back in the luggage! But then he realized that it was just the cat skulking around, trying to sneak up on him. They had gone round a bit, and she was now hiding under the couch glaring at him. What fun! And now it was starting to rain. Sock Monkey liked the rain, but he was going back inside because nobody likes a soggy sock monkey! Alison greeted him in the kitchen, "Ho, Monkey, it's time to start packing!" Oh, no, thought Sock Monkey, I wonder where to now? I hope there are no more snakes, or ghosts, or bats, or . . . whatever! "Yes, said Alison, we're off to Paris again!" Paris!! Sock monkey was so excited, he almost spilled his wine! (Almost!) "Whoopee", he shouted.
(To Be Continued . . . )
We're working on having a residence at Viva Cantina, playing once a month. Won't start for a little while, but I'll keep you posted. You'll hear it here first, or check out our website: (www.catahoulamusic.com )
There you have it. The second Nellie Newsletter for 2018. (And the best is yet to come!!)
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.