This month's news from Alison...
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Well, it's that time again. Summer is here, the tomato plants are threatening to take over the entire patio, and our June gloom is interspersed with days of blazing hot summer. (California, I know!)
It's been pretty interesting around here. The documentary about Alison's first foray into Horror, entitled "Hush, Hush, Nellie Oleson", screened at the first annual (and appropriately named!) Hollyweird Film Festival. It was held at the California Institute of Abnormal Arts (CIAA) in Burbank. Check out this article about the venue: CIAA Article Her director from the horror film, Kelly Hughes, was in town for the weekend. You can see more about him, and the documentary on his website: Kelly Hughes Website
Plus, there's even a "horror music video" featuring Alison and scenes from the horror movie. It's an "Italian post metal" group, (wait, "Italian Post metal"? That's a thing? Yup, that's a thing.) They're called "Post Vorta", and the music video that Alison is in is called ominously, "We're Nothing". Eeek!
To round out the weekend of horror, we stopped in at "Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre" ( Zombie Joe's Website ) and caught a production of the shocking "Blood Alley"!
Let me just say, not for the faint of heart!
So, to sort of get things back to normal, this evening we're going to the Sunset Safari at Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve. ( Shambala Website ) The best part of the evening is when the lions start roaring to each other as the sun goes down.
Then tomorrow we're going to visit the Hollywood Fringe Festival for a production of "I Wanna Be Evil: The Eartha Kitt Story" Here's an article from Broadway World: Eartha Kitt Article I would say you need to come see this, but all three performances are sold out. Alison just had the star of the production, Jennelle Randall, on her radio show a couple of weeks ago. Check out her FaceBook page: Jenelle Randall FaceBook I would not be at all surprised to see this production on Broadway in the near future!
So, enough about us, let's talk about Alison! Schedule time!!
First up, next weekend even, Alison and Tour Guide Extraordinaire Richard Sebastian present another "Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood". This one will be on Sunday, June 23rd. 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 This is quickly becoming one of the most popular tours in Hollywood. Now, I always suggest that you reserve your tickets early. There are two reasons for this. One is that the tours definitely do sell out. The other is that if there are not enough ticket sales prior to the tour, it may be cancelled, and who knows when the next one will be booked!?! (You've seen her schedule!) She can only do these when she's in town, you know!
OK, so, the next thing up on the calendar is the 45th Anniversary of Little House on the Prairie TV Cast Reunion in Walnut Gove (I can hardly wait!) So, here's the info:
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota is planning a huge celebration of all things "prairie" with a cast reunion. The official dates have been announced: July 12 - 14, 2019. For the latest info on the event, go to the "Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion" FaceBook page: Cast Reunion FaceBook Cast members attending thus far include:
1. Alison Arngrim Nellie Oleson (Of course, silly!)
2. Charlotte Stewart Miss Beadle
3. Dean Butler Almanzo Wilder
4. David Friedman Jason Carter
5. Wendi Lee Baby Grace Ingalls (aka Wendi Turnbaugh)
6. Robyn Greenbush Carrie Ingalls (One of the twins who played Baby Carrie)
7. Stan Ivar John Carter
8. Radames Pera John Edwards, Jr.
9. Pam Roylance Sarah Carter
10. Hersha Parady Alice Garvey
11. Lindsay Kennedy Jeb Carter
That's the line up at this point, and I suspect that may be the final word. The Museum will announce any further changes. Watch their website for more: Walnut Grove Museum
Not sure what else to say about it. I'm sure the cast will be planning some sort of hijinks (they always do!) and the Museum may have a few tricks up their sleeves. I know there will be plenty of merchandise in the museum store, including a very nice commemorative T-shirt. (I just checked, you can order the t-shirts online from the Museum Store.) And this is the very first time that Alison's own brand of scented candles will be available in the large glass jar format. There's "Nellie's Warm Cookie" and "Alison's Hot Orange Tart"! Both delicious!
The museum site also has contacts for lodging in the area. From what I've been told, most every place is full up by now. There are a few people on the Reunion FaceBook page who are arranging to share lodging and transportation, so you might want to check there, too. This is going to be great fun. Vacation is approved, flights are booked, and Sock Monkey is already starting to pack!
And then next, for the first time ever, Alison will be appearing at the Roy Rogers Festival, August 1 - 3, at the Holiday Inn, 711 Second Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. This festival is "Dedicated to the Memory of Roy Rogers and the Cowboy Way of Life". Check out their website: Roy Rogers Festival Or their FaceBook page: Roy Rogers FaceBook Alison will be joined by Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls). Trivia: Roy Rogers grew up in Southern Ohio. (I never knew that, and I'm from Ohio!) Tickets are available on the website (Look under Registration Form), and cost $83 for the weekend in advance, and $92 at the door. Advance prices are available if paid by July 10th.
Then, in September, Alison is returning to Mansfield Missouri for their annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, September 20 & 21, at the Laura Ingalls Wilder historic Home & Museum, 3060 Highway A, Mansfield, MO 65704. (877-924-7126) Check it out here: Wilder Home Website Alison will be the Special Guest for the annual "Wilder Dinner", Friday, September 20th. This is a fund raising event to support the activities of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. Tickets are $85 for the dinner or $125 for the dinner and VIP Reception, and go on sale to the general public on June 25th.
Then in October, Alison will make her first appearance at The Big Chuck & Lil' John Ghoulardi Fest in northeast Ohio. (Lot of Ohio this year, don't you think?) This will take place on October 11, 12 & 13 at theCuyahoga County Fairgrounds and Event Center,19201 East Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130. Ticket information can be found on the website at Ghoulardi Website Advance tickets are $13 for one day and $25 for all three days if you get them before October 1st, and are available by mail. After that prices are $15 for one day and $30 for all three. Now, you can bet I'm going to this one! Oh, what is a "Ghoulardi", you ask? Well, if you grew up in northeast Ohio when I did (don't ask!!), then you would know. Every city has their own late night horror movie host, and for that time in Ohio, it was Ghoulardi. Turns out that Ghoulardi was played by Ernie Anderson, long time comedy partner of Tim Conway, and the official announcer for The Carol Burnett Show and the ABC Television Network for many years. This year, Alison will be the featured guest, along with Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price. Sock Monkey and I will both be there!
And then, in November, Alison takes her first trip to Alabama. She will be a special guest at Con-Fuzion, A Multi-Genre Pop Culture & Comic Con in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This will take place on November 2nd & 3rd, 2019, at Muscle Shoals Recreation Center, 1000 Gattman Park Drive, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661. Check out their website: Con-Fuzion From the website: Attendees age 18 and up will be charged the adult admission rate of $15 for Single Day Pass, and $25 for Weekend Pass. Children must be accompanied by adults during the convention. Children's ticket prices are $10 for single day pass, and $15 for weekend passes for ages 11-17. Children age 10 and under are free with adult admission. To hear Alison's invitation to the event, go to: https://confuzion.net/guest-videos
So, enough with the schedule, already!
1. Quebec . . . still only a rumour . . . . . Just have to wait and see . . .
2. A Hollywood Book signing?
3. Oh Canada?
As I'm sure you remember, Alison has a weekly radio show. It's "The Alison Arngrim Show" on UBN Radio. Alison 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 Alison Arngrim Show Archives You will find all of her previous shows, (audio only), on both of these sites. Her last three guest were Kelly Hughes (Horror film and documentary director), Susan J. Berger (Author), and Jenelle Randall (Eartha Kitt star, writer & producer). And this week is her One Year Anniversary! She's celebrating by taking the evening off, and re-running her most popular show ever, her interview with Geri Jewell, star of the new Deadwood Movie. Her next three guests will be Toni Tenille (The Captain and Tenille), Gabrielle Stone (Author and daughter of actress Dee Wallace), and Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr. from Little House, and Little Grasshopper from Kung Fu). It's a great show, she does a fabulous interview, and she plays Catahoula Music to start and end her show. It's from our first album, and the song is called "Livin' Large".
Daily Blast Live - Here's an Interview with Alison from Daily Blast Live in their TV Legends: Where Are They Now? segment: Daily Blast Live
Music Video - As we mentioned above, Kelly Hughes has taken shots from his horror film and created a Music Video for a band called "Postvorta', for their song "We're Nothing". Here's a link to the video on YouTube: We're Nothing Video (And you thought Alison was scary as Nellie!)
Cinnamon Chicken - Here are a few scenes from the infamous Cinnamon Chicken episode: Cinnamon Chicken
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 Amazon
It's on Audible.com at Audio Book Audible This could be a good thing to listen to in the car as you're driving to Walnut Grove for the reunion!
Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) - Dean will be joining us in Walnut Grove in July. And he has a new CD of four Little House songs called "Remembering Pa" ... including versions of Old Dan Tucker and Pa's favorite song, Sweet By and By. The CD will be available on line in July at EBay at his "Call Me Manly" store ( Call Me Manly ) and at the upcoming reunion in Walnut Grove. He is also collaborating with Susan McCray on a documentary tribute to Kent McCray that will be released as part of the High Chaparral S4 DVD collection in the fall. The doc will feature interviews with Kent, Susan, High Chaparral star Don Collier, Melissa Gilbert, stunt coordinator Jack Lilley, Production Manager Brad Yacobian, and Leslie Landon Matthews. And, if that is not enough to keep him busy, he just returned from Northern Ireland where he was shooting promo and lifestyle packages for NBC and Golf Channel's July coverage of The Open at Royal Portrush. Dean has been busy!!
Radames Pera (John Edwards Jr.) - Radames will also be joining us in Walnut Grove. Yep, he's flying in all the way from his home in France. And it's going to be a great time! And, snooping around as I do, I came across this tribute video to Radames that was recently uploaded to YouTube: Radames Tribute Nice one, Radames!! See you soon!
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Charlotte and Michael are on the road again touring with Star Struck Meteoritics (Starstruckmeteorites.com). 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:
June 29, 30 - Culver City Rock & Mineral Club at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA
August 2, 3, 4 - Orcutt Mineral Society at Nipomo High School, Olympic Hall, 525 N. Thompson Avenue, Nipomo, CA
August 31 & Sept 1 - Hanford Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Meteorite Show, Hanford Civic Center, 400 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA
September 21 & 22 - Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Monterey County fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road
October 19 & 20 - El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society, ElDoCo Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville
And she is coming to the reunion! Good times and Beadle Bags! Yay, Charlotte!
Allison Balson (Nancy Oleson) - I wondered what she had been up to lately, so I went looking. Here's what I found: "Allison Balson, aka Nancy Oleson from Little House on The Prairie, won The Voice of The Ocean competition on the Emerald Princess 2018!!!" ( Voice of The Ocean ) It turns out that Princess Cruise does a "The Voice" competition on their cruises, and for 2018, on the Emerald Princess, our own Allison Balson won the Grand Prize! Check out her website: Allison Balson Way to go, Allison! What a trip!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Seventy-Five)
Things were getting better. They had arrived in Sharon, found the Playhouse, and made their way to the house where they would be staying for the next few weeks. They stocked up on groceries, and found the liquor store. Sock Monkey even talked Alison into getting him a bottle of cognac. Life was looking up. The week of rehearsals went well. They met the cast and crew, got to know the band, and started hanging out with Alison's co-star, Carter. She would be playing the Patsy Cline role, and oh my, could she sing! And she was . . . well . . . Sock Monkey was smitten! Of course, she was married to the drummer (Darn!), but he could admire from afar! "Sock Monkey! Straighten up!", said Alison, "You're embarrassing me!" Opening night was upon them, and the house was sold out! It was a friendly crowd, even in the rain, and the show started without a hitch. Sock Monkey was dazzled by the brilliance of the performance when suddenly there was a crash of lightning and a boom of thunder and . . . all the lights went out! Power failure! Sock Monkey sat there in the dark thinking, "Oh my! What do we do now??"
(To be continued . . .)
Catahoula is still playing at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, Viva Rancho Cantina, once a month.
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. We have one more show this month on Saturday, June 29th. We have a lot of new material, so come on out! Can't wait to see you! Laissez les bon temps rouler!! Reservations, people, make reservations!! You need a seat!
Just in case you managed to miss it:
Nellie Tour - June 23rd.
Reunion - July 12 - 14th.
There you have it. The fifth 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.