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Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome to 2019. This is the first newsletter of the year, and we're gonna have a lot going on. Remember, 2019 is officially the 45th Anniversary of the airing of Little House On The Prairie! And, boy, are we gonna be busy! ("You can say that again", said Sock Monkey!)
Let's see, what's been going on? Well, we had a great time in Tennessee for Christmas. Visited the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and went to a wine tasting. Good times! Spent New Year's Eve at a fabulous party with some amazing jazz musicians, and then last night we went to see Ilene Graff and her daughter Nikka at Vitello's. Wow, what a show! Both Broadway veterans, they sang and told stories, and just had a great time with the audience. If you ever have a chance to see either of them in anything, do it! You won't regret it!
So, schedule? Shall we?
OK, the next Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood is, well, today! And it's sold out, to boot! (This one is Alison's Birthday themed tour, so you're missing a good one!) The next tour is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th. The tours are $85.00, and run from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The tour begins at the 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 Website For tickets go to: Nellie Tour Tickets So look forward to an IRS themed tour for the next one, with Secret Agent Sock Monkey along to advise on your taxes!
Then on Tuesday (and on every Tuesday) there is "The Alison Arngrim Show". This is Alison's weekly radio show, where she interviews guests and focuses on topics that make us feel good, and people who are doing good things in the world. It's on every Tuesday night at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. To catch the show, go to http://ubnradio.com/ and click on UBN Live, Channel 1. (Or go to Alison's page on FaceBook) To listen to the previous shows, go to Alison Arngrim Show There you will find all of her previous shows. Her guest this week will be Savannah Ostler, actress/producer with a new film coming out, "Twice The Dream". Future guests include Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital) and Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre).
Then, on January 26th, we're going to Project Nunway. From their Website ( Project Nunway Website ): The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are proud to announce the resurrection of Project Nunway LA. After a three year hiatus, our over the top designer competition and fashion show returns!!
SAT JAN 26, 2019 / 8-11pm VIP Reception Cocktail Party / 6-8pm
Evening includes special guest performers, our main event runway show and an after party with all the joys of the circus.
Project Nunway LA challenges designers to create over-the-top, avant garde designs based on a theme exclusively for this event. For 2019, we present to you...Cirque Des Soeurs (Circus of Sisters)
We encourage our designers to stretch the absolute limits of their boundaries to create one surrealistic look that bends the perceptions of reality, ignites the senses, and tells a story while the model and garment make their way through our three-ring circus themed Nunway. *RSVPing to this Facebook Invitation does not guarantee you a seat!
Visit Project Nunway Tickets to purchase your tickets today!!!! Ticket are $40 general admission and $75 for VIP. All proceeds from Project Nunway LA will benefit Alliance for Housing and Healing, which for more than 30 years has provided vitally needed housing and support services to people struggling with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness in Los Angeles. Alison will be there to judge the fashion show. As usual with the Sisters, expect the unexpected! See you there!
Then, on February 14th (otherwise known as Valentine's Day!), Five Star Adventure Tours presents "Nasty Nellie Oleson's Tour of Palm Springs with Alison Arngrim" (Toast to The Stars) For the first time ever, Alison exports her tour to Palm Springs for Valentine's Day! From their Website: "Do you love Palm Springs and want to know it's Hollywood history? Do you love Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie? Then THIS tour's for YOU! Come and join "The Nasty Nellie Oleson Palm Springs Tour" with your special host Alison Arngrim as she shares how much Palm Springs and Hollywood have in common." The tours are $99, and there will be two, one at 10 am and one at 2 pm. Tickets are available on the website or by calling 760-200-9483. This will be followed at 6:30 pm with a Book and Picture signing as part of The Palm Springs Village Fest, to be held at the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, 110 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA. Admission to the book signing is free.
Next, Alison will be receiving the Elevation Award from Women In Film & Media Colorado (WIFMCO) at their Inaugural Elevation Award Gala Fundraiser in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, February 26th. Tickets are $100 for VIP, $50 general admission and $20 with student ID. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to: WIFMCO Elevation Award. From their website: "The Elevation Award was created by WIFMCO to honor an inspiring woman in the film and media world whose work, both professionally and in support of others, reminds us all to bring our best to our own endeavors. The 2019 recipient of the Inaugural Elevation Award is Alison Arngrim. Yep, Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, the character you loved to hate, will be our Award recipient. Come meet her!" The event will be held at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205 (Mercury Cafe) With VIP tickets you also get a copy of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch and a Meet & Greet and book signing with Alison just before the event. Well, this is just fabulous! I wish I could be there for this one, but I have to work. Sock Monkey is going, though. ("Nyah, nyah!" Shut up, Monkey!)
Then on Saturday, March 9th, we're going to the March Meeting of the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy (SPERDVAC). (SPERDVAC Website) It's not on their website yet, but it is usually free and open to the public. It will be held at the Tibor Ruben VA Medical Center in Long Beach, and Alison will be performing in a production of " Our Miss Brooks ". If you're a fan of old time radio drama (Johnny Dollar, George Burns & Gracie Allen, The Bickersons, Fibber McGee & Molly, etc.) then this is the event for you. They re-enact a taping of some of the old radio shows, using the original microphones that were used back in the day (No, really, the ones from NBC radio!), and a Foley artist for sound effects, and various personalities from movies, TV and radio playing the parts. Only they video the whole thing this time. I love this stuff! Sock Money and I will be there!
Later in March Alison will return to France. ("Hurray!", says Sock Monkey!) Elle se produira 3 spectacles, "La Malle Aux Tresors de Nellie Oleson", dans différentes villes de France. Les emplacements seront annoncés plus tard. Singe de chaussette ira avec elle. Bien!!
Sunday, April 14th, Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood. (See above)
Next, also in April, Alison returns to Marshfield, Missouri for her FOURTH visit to the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Festival is scheduled for April 24 - 27, 2019. This one is always a good time. So far, Alison, Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) and Wendi Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls) are confirmed for the event. Here is their website, Cherry Blossom Festival but they won't have much on this year's festival until sometime in February. Or try their FaceBook page: Cherry Blossom FaceBook All events not involving food are free.
So that's the schedule through April. Some bullet points for future events:
May 11 - 12, Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Mothers Day Weekend.
July 11 - 14, Little House Cast Reunion, Walnut Grove, MO, 45th Anniversary Celebration
September 20 - 21, Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, LIW Homestead and Museum, Mansfield MO
So, enough of that.
1. No, seriously, is there a mystery Prairie Fairy out there somewhere who has Melissa's dress and is going to donate it to the museum? (Inquiring minds want to know!)
2. Oklahoma, you ever had any Nellie in town? In any of your towns? Want some?
3. How about you, Dallas? Specifically you, not just Texas. (Yes, I know, it's a big place!)
4. Ma Ingalls in Antarctica? Ya think?
5. Ohio? Could there be any Nellie in Ohio? Could there?
Anniversary - Okay, but I have to keep reminding you: 2019 will mark the 45th anniversary of the TV show, "Little House On The Prairie". The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota is planning a celebration, a cast reunion. The official dates have been announced: July 11 - 14, 2019. Who will be there? We don't know yet, since this is in the early planning stages. Who from the cast wants to go? Well, I think probably all of them! (I'm told that there are three definitely on board so far.) Hotels are filling up fast! Just sayin'! So, yeah, this is going to be a big deal! There were several thousand people at the last one, and that was before we knew just how much fun it could be! I think I can say, with utmost confidence, that Alison, Sock Monkey and I will be there.
AudioBook - Confessions Of A Prairie Bitch, the audio version narrated by Alison herself, is now available almost everywhere. It's on Amazon.com at Audio Book Amazon
It's on Audible.com at Audio Book Audible
Suffer A Witch - Suffer A Witch the horror series: Season 2 becomes available on Amazon Prime on April 2nd. Hide the sharp objects - Alison is on a stabbing spree. "Underground occult soap opera from the creator of the Grunge-Era cult series Heart Attack Theatre! Using mind-altering hypnosis techniques, a sex and drug addicted psychiatrist unlocks the secrets of a young woman's past, unleashing a Pandora's Box of supernatural evil." Reviews: "John Waters meets David Lynch". Check it out here: Suffer A Witch - Kelly Hughes
Or maybe here: Suffer A Witch Website
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) - Well, there is a rumour . . . . "Ma goes to Antarctica. Bulletins from there on FaceBook when possible" Pretty solid rumour, I think. We'll see . . . . Plus, Karen's movie: Lasso, came out in November. This appears to be available on Amazon Prime : Lasso - Amazon If so, I think we should watch it tonight. Keep it up, Karen!
Pamela Roylance (Sarah Reed Carter) - Well, Pam's latest Lifetime movie is now called "My Daughter's Ransom". It started out as "Rachel On The Run" and then "Race for My Daughter", now this. It first aired on Lifetime on January 3rd. Not sure how to find it now, l but I'm looking. And according to Pam, she has a Verizon commercial running, and I'm sure I've seen her recently in a commercial for some medication or other, not sure which one. Of course, while I was looking around for info, I found this: Vimeo Roylance It's called, "This is me: Pamela Roylance". Very cool! Here's looking at you, Pam!
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Melissa is scheduled to appear as one of several rotating guest actors in the American premiere of Nassim by celebrated Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Check it out here: Gilbert Nassim She is set to appear on January 19th. And here's an interview with Melissa on the joys of living in New York: Gilbert New York City Good going, Melissa!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Seventy-One)
Sock Monkey was grumpy! He had been awakened at the crack of dawn, after a late night at the Festival. ("Please, no more Johnny Cash", thought Sock Monkey.) He had barely had time to grab a coffee (French press, of course!) and a baguette, before they dragged him out to the waiting car. Then they had driven endlessly on the French country roads, winding along up hill and down, heading towards a nearby summit. They were now heading up a very steep little road to the entrance to the chateau. "You're going to love this, Monkey", said Alison, "This is where they make the Armangac that you've been drinking". OK, so there's a drink involved. Sock Monkey started to perk up. Then they turned the corner and parked the car. Sock Monkey stared. They were going into a castle! As they entered and began their tour, Sock Monkey felt as though the castle had been built at the beginning of time. "There has been someone living on this property since 52 BC...", their host stated. Alison and Sock Monkey gasped in amazement! Their host just shrugged and continued..."but we did not know them". The tour progressed out of the castle to a door built into the hillside. "This is where we age the Armangac", said their guide, as he opened the door. Sock Monkey began to worry. It was very, very dark down there!
(To be continued . . .)
Catahoula returns to our current favorite Mexican Restaurant, Viva Rancho Cantina, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, also known as Groundhogs Day! Check out our website: ( www.catahoulamusic.com ) That's Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506. Call 818-845-2425 for reservations. (Reservations are highly recommended!) We're trying for our usual once a month show, and I'll list the future dates as soon as we have them confirmed. And we have a lot of new material, so come on out!
There you have it. The first Nellie Newsletter for 2019. And I am once again calling this the Year of the Prairie. (You know, 45th Anniversary and all!)
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.