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Greetings from California! Sunny, at least for today, but cold. We almost had snow at our house the other day. Almost, that is. It was cold and raining, and made it to hail, but not quite cold enough for snow. But it did snow in Malibu!
We spent part of last week in Palm Springs. That's the actual desert, by the way. Was it hot, you ask? Did you get a sun burn, you ask? Well, no, none of the above. It was pouring rain and the streets were flooded. Several roads washed out completely, and we had a little difficulty getting back to the highway to come home. But we had a great time while we were there. Alison did her tours of Palm Springs with Five Star Adventure Tours, which even though they technically became a BOAT tour for the day, were sold out! (Almost) If it had not been raining, they were going to need a third tour. But it would not stop raining. (Not complaining, mind you. At least it's not another drought!)
So, let's see, what do we have coming up?
Well, first off, Alison gets on a plane tomorrow to go to Colorado, where she 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: Women in Film Awards Gala. 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'm sure Alison and Sock Monkey will have a wonderful time.
The following day, Tuesday, is the next installment of "The Alison Arngrim Show" on UBN Radio. 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. 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. To listen to the previous shows, go to Previous Radio Shows There you will find all of her previous shows, listening only. There have been 31 shows to date. This week's show will feature Steve Pieters and Reverend Keith Mozingo of the Metropolitan Community Church. Upcoming guests include Roslyn Kind, actress, singer, songwriter and sister of Barbra Streisand (Roslyn Kind), and Jerry London, TV Director and Producer.
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 ) It is free and open to the public. The show starts at 2:00 pm. It will be held at the Tibor Ruben VA Medical Center, 5901 West 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90822, 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. Sock Monkey and I will be there!
Then, later in March, Alison returns to France. ("Hurray!", says Sock Monkey!) Elle se produira 4 spectacles, "La Malle Aux Tresors de Nellie Oleson", dans différentes villes de France. ( www.alison-arngrim.com )
La petite maison dans la prairie est née le 30 mars 1974. Et c'est en France que je vais fêter les 45 ans de la série ! Je vous dis à très bientôt à tous ! ~ Alison ~
l'horaire est comme suit:
Vendredi 29 mars 2019, 20h30 :
PEYROLLES-EN-PROVENCE (Bouches-du-Rhone) Rens. / Reservations : 04 42 57 89 82 / 07 78 11 42 68
Samedi 30 mars 2019, 20h :
CROLLES (Isere) Renseignements / Reservations : 06 50 72 99 52
Vendredi 5 avril 2019, 20h30 :
VILLENEUVE-LE-ROI (Val-de-Marne) Renseignements / Reservations : 07 80 30 19 35
Samedi 6 avril 2019, 20h30 :
LE LONZAC (Correze) Renseignements / Reservations : 06 13 82 59 53
Chaque representation est suivie d'une longue seance de PHOTOS et DEDICACES.
Un spectacle humoristique de Alison Arngrim & Patrick Loubatiere.
Et, peut etre, Les Enfants de la Tele, lundi, 25 mars 2019
Un article de Tele-Loisirs: Nellie Oleson Article
("Vive la France!!", dit Singe de chaussette.)
Then, in April, it's back to Hollywood for the next episode of "The Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood". 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 this time, with Secret Agent Sock Monkey along to advise on your taxes! (And rumour has it that Sock Monkey will be dressing up for this one. Professional CPA, you know!)
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 Or try their FaceBook page:Cherry Blossom FaceBook All events not involving food are free. Also attending will be Judy Norton, Kami Cotler, Michael Learned, Mary McDonough, Richard Thomas, and Tammi Bula, all from the cast of The Waltons. And Ed Asner will be getting a star on their Walk of Fame. I think Alison and Sock Monkey are going to have a great time!
Then, on Saturday, May 11th, at 7:00 pm, Alison returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre, inside West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 (at Ninth Avenue), for her annual Mother's Day weekend performance of "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch".Doors open 1 hour before show time. Tickets are $22 with a $20 per person food/drink minimum. You can call the Beechman at 212-695-6909, or better yet get your tickets on line at: Beechman Nellie Tickets And as I point out every year, take Mom to the show, and you can say, "See! You certainly raised me better than THAT!".
Whew! That's enough for now. Future bookings include:
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
1. St. Patrick's Day. Could there be a Nellie tour of Hollywood? Inquiring minds want to know . . . .
2. Ohio. Summer? Maybe? Ya think?
3. Alabama?? Could it be??
4. A CRUISE???? The Prairie meets the high seas??
Anniversary - Yes, I know, I talk about this every month. Here's why: After the last reunion in 2014, in response to the very next newsletter, several people wrote and said, "Why didn't you tell me there was going to be a reunion?!?". So, bear with me, I'm doing it again. 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, and this has become the topic of a great debate. Who from the cast wants to go? Well, I think probably all of them! Well, most, anyway. (I'm told that there are three definitely on board so far.) This tale will unfold gradually over the next couple of months.
Candles - Well, by now you all know that Alison has special candles for sale. (What?? You didn't know!!?!) Well, she does. You can get them on her mercantile site: Nellie's Mercantile Or, you can go straight to the source. Scott Travis is the creative force behind CBT Boutique Candles, and has created personal scents for a long list of celebrities. You can go directly to Alison's candles on his website: Alison Candles Or you can just browse the site to see what else you might enjoy: CBT Candles These are "100% All Natural Hand-Poured Original Scented Soy Candles". And they smell great. I just have to figure out how to get Sock Monkey to stop lighting them all over the house! (Monkey! Put that match down and step away from the candle!)
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: Heeeres Amy
Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls) - Here is an recent article from Fox News interviewing Jennifer Landon about her memories of Michael: Jennifer Landon Interview
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Melissa and hubby Timothy Busfield have teamed up with Jeff Daniels to launch a production company called Grand River Productions. Here's a recent article from Deadline Hollywood: Deadline Hollywood Grand River Keep it up, Melissa!
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Charlotte sand Michael are on the road again touring with Star Struck Meteoritics (Starstruck Meteorites). They have declared 2019 to be "The Year of the Lunar Meteorite", and will be traveling to gem and mineral shows all over California. Here's a sample of their schedule:
March 1, 2, 3 - Castro Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Ave., Newark, CA
March 8, 9, 10 - California Federation Show - Hosted by Pasadena Lapidary Society at Fairplex, Bldg. 6, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA
March 16, 17 - San Jose - Santa Clara Valley GMS at Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA
March 23, 24 - Roseville Rock Rollers Gem & Mineral Society at "The Grounds", 800 All America City Blvd, Roseville, CA
April 13, 14 - Mariposa Gem & Mineral Club at CA Mining & Mineral Museum, 5005 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA
And that's just for starters. And remember, as a friend recently asked me (Laura?), you can still get those Beadle Bags. Write to her at email@example.com. You can pick from her standards, or she can custom design one for you. Charlotte - Phew! I get tired just reading your schedule!
Pamela Roylance (Sarah Reed Carter) - You just never know where this girl is going to turn up. First off, we just learned that she is currently, as in today, at the 60th anniversary of BONANZA celebration at The Ponderosa II in Mesa AZ, with Susan McCray. (This sounds like a good time!) And, according to IMDB, she has a role in "The Creatress", which is still in post production, as far as I can tell. Seems like we may have mentioned this one before . . . Hmmm . . . Anyway, way to go Pam!! Hope to see you soon.
Tammy Lauren (Elizabeth Stark) - Tammy played Elizabeth Stark in the episode entitled "Rage" in 1982. That was her only appearance. From a synopsis posted on IMDB: " Mr. Stark has gotten himself so far in debt that he has lost his mind. He goes home and shoots his wife and daughter. Then he goes off and ends up at Laura's house. He mistakes Laura and Jenny for his wife and daughter, but when he sees Rose, he thinks that his daughter has had a baby." Tammy was most recently seen in an episode of Criminal Minds in 2014. Tammy, welcome to the Newsletter!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Seventy-Two)
Sock Monkey settled into his seat with a smile. His glass was full of champagne, and it was Air France all the way home. It had been a wonderful time at the Country Music Festival. Their hosts were amazing, the food was great, the drinks were even better, and he had a new appreciation for country music. There had been thousands of fans, and they all loved Alison, and a few of them had even asked for his autograph! (Note to self, thought Sock Monkey, get some 8 x 10s made right away!) He would miss the black Peugeot and driver, and the Armagnac. (Well, except for the four bottles he had hidden in his luggage!) And even Alison was worn out after this trip. She was sound asleep in her seat. Sock Monkey sighed and took another sip. He loved France dearly, but he was ready to spend a little time at home. There was the California sunshine, the beautiful sunsets, and a cat sorely in need of tormenting! Then he remembered. When he had been packing for the trip home, he had cleaned out his luggage. There, stuck in the recesses of one of the pockets, he had come across a slip of paper. He had found this when they were in Texas, a slip of paper with just one word written on it..... "Grier". He slowly unfolded it.When he looked closer, he saw that it was a doctor's appointment, one that Grier had probably missed. "I must get back in touch when we get home, thought Sock Monkey, he should go to his appointments!"
(To be continued . . .)
Catahoula returns to our current favorite Mexican Restaurant, Viva Rancho Cantina, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, for our Mardi Gras Spectacular! 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've confirmed dates for the next few months, and after March they will be April 27th, May 25th, and June 29th, all Saturdays. We have a lot of new material, so come on out!
There you have it. The second Nellie Newsletter for 2019. And the Year of the Prairie continues . . .
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.