This month's news from Alison...
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Wow. . . Summer in LA . . . Well, sort of. First we have May Gray, then we have June Gloom, then I guess it's summer. It's gonna rain next week anyway . . .
Nice, lazy Saturday, sleeping in for a change. Quite a contrast to being up at 4:00 am for work. So, what's been going on?
Well, Alison got back from France, and had a wonderful time, as usual. (There was an incident with Sock Monkey and apple juice, but we won't talk about that!) Her last Nellie Tour of Hollywood was sold out, and featured Sock Monkey the Accountant.
Then Alison spent a few days in Missouri at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Now, the more I hear about this event, the more I want to go. It was a virtual reunion battle, Little House vs. The Waltons. And everybody won! She got to hang out with Wendy (Baby Grace - who's promoting her NEW BOOK!! See below!), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), and Dean Butler (Almanzo), and presented the Hubble Initiative Award to Darby Hinton! And welcome to all of our new readers from Missouri!!
So, what's coming up, you ask? Let's see . . .
First off, Alison leaves soon for New York City. 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 Tickets There's only one show this year, and from what I hear, tickets are going fast. This is such a fun night. The food and drinks are just great, and everyone has a real good time. And what better place to take Mom to celebrate her special day, after all? WARNING: I just found out that there are only about 20 tickets left for the show at the Beechman. ORDER NOW!!
And then, by popular demand, another "Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood" has been added to the calendar. (No, really, the last one sold out so they added this one.) The next tour is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th. 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 tour is very popular. There are people from all over the world who take this tour. (Remember, this is the only tour of Hollywood that stops for milkshakes!) And Secret Agent Sock Monkey, International Monkey of Mystery, will be there for your protection. ("What?!?", said Sock Monkey.) And there will be a theme. Do I know what it will be? Of course not, silly!
Then, on May 24, 25 & 26, Alison will be showing up at Rupaul's Dragcon. This will be her first appearance at this event, which is described as "Three Days of Pop Culture, and All Things Drag". The event takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center South Hall. This promises to be one outrageous weekend! Check it out here: DragCon (Alison did a film with Rupaul many years ago, "For The Love Of May".) Check out their FaceBook page: DragCon FaceBook Tickets are available on the website, and are priced at $40 for one day, $70 for the weekend, and $300 for VIP. Alison is on the website under 'Additional Talent' (she's not in drag!), and will be joined by old friends Leslie Jordan, Judy Tenuta, Drew Droege, John Cantwell and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Like I said, outrageous!
Then, on Sunday, June 9th, from 8:00 pm to midnight, Alison will be going to the Holly Weird Film Festival, at the California Institute of Abnormal Arts, 11334 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Check out their website: Holly Weird Website All tickets are $15.00. From their website: ”The First Annual Holly Weird Film Festival celebrates independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or an avant-garde challenge to what is expected or accepted. HWFF provides a venue for narrative, documentary, experimental and avant-garde film and video. Holly Weird is dedicated to celebrating all types of creativity from the worldwide independent film community." Why will she be there? A little unclear at this point. Either her Independent film/TV series project, "The Mephisto Box", or the Music Video for "We're Nothing", by the Italian band, POSTVORTA.
Then, there's the reunion! (See special newsletter Reunion Section right after Rumour Control)
OK, now for something completely different: 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 Days Website
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 the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 19201 East Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130. Ticket information can be found on the website at Ghoulardi Fest 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: Con-Fuzion Invitations So, Alabama, not just a rumour, eh?
So, enough schedule for now.
1. Quebec. Seriously?? Could it be?? Haven't been to Canada lately . . .
2. France ... AGAIN? It could happen.....
3. Heavy Metal? Italy? Evil High priestesses of witchcraft? What do these things have to do with each other? Or with Alison? Hmmmmmmm....
So, the beat goes on. And the drama continues. Here's the details:
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. For the latest info on the event, go to the "Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion" FaceBook page: Cast Reunion Page Cast members attending thus far include:
1. Alison Arngrim Nellie Oleson (Of course, silly!)
2. Charlotte Stewart Miss Beadle
3. Dean Butler Almanzo Willder
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
There you have it. We are up to 11 cast members thus far. And who knows?? Not everyone is willing, able, or available to travel to Minnesota during the summer. And the museum is playing it very cool. They won't announce anything until they're sure the person is coming. Watch their website for more: Walnut Grove Museum
This is a complete Carter Family reunion. And a couple of these folks have not done much in terms of appearances and autographs, so they're in for a treat.
So, you should be planning ahead by now, if not already. I just turned in my vacation request at work, and plans are being made. Finding hotels may be difficult. I just saw someone on FaceBook who said they got one of the last hotels rooms in the area. But get creative. Camping is good, you could try that. Or maybe Air B & B. I've never tried it myself, but many of my friends have. And Sock Monkey is lobbying for new luggage. If you were at the 40th in 2014, we all thought that was the best. I'm afraid the 45th is going to surpass all expectations!!
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 Radio Website for their website. To listen to the previous shows, go to Previous Broadcasts You will find all of her previous shows, listening only, on both of these sites. Her last three guest were Donna Mills (Knots Landing), Marion Ross (Happy Days), and Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital). Her next guest will be Sheena Metal, beloved LA Rock n Roll disc jockey and talk radio host. And my favorite part, Alison plays Catahoula Music to start and end her show. It's from our first album, and the song is called "Livin'Large".
Jetons L'Ancre - Or, as it is known in English, "Throw Out The Anchor". This was Alison's first film, and it came right before she started on Little House. The French have made it available on DVD, in English with French subtitles. It includes an original poster of the film, and a 15 minute interview with Alison that was recorded in Paris. (Not sure, this part may be in French) They are now available on Alison's Mercantile Site: Alison Mercantile And she brought more copies back from France when she returned. There are many other items available in the mercantile, things like T-shirts, candles, books, autographed photos, Catahoula CDs, etc. You should check it out!
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 Website
Les enfants de la tele - Interview d'Alison Arngrim dans Les enfants de la télé par Laurent Ruquier, le 13 avril 2019, pour le nouveau livre "Made in France" (avec Patrick Loubatière) et le spectacle humoristique "La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson". Inclus : extraits d'Alison dans La croisière s'amuse. Cliquez ici: Les Enfants de la Tele (Alison was on a talk show when she was in France this last time)
Nellie's Cafe - While you're in Walnut Grove for the Reunion (You ARE going, aren't you?), you must stop in at Nellie's Cafe. Who knows, we might run into you there! Check it out: Nellie's Cafe
Interview - Here's an interview with Alison that ran in the Deseret News in salt Lake City, UT on April 11th: Deseret Interview
Closer Magazine - And here's an article from Closer Magazine in March that has 'then and now' photos of the LHOTP cast: Closer Cast Photos
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Melissa was recently on the cover of Closer Magazine. Here's the article from April 10th: Closer Melissa Gilbert You rock, Melissa!
Wendi Turnbaugh (Baby Grace) - Where do I even start? Wendi is now Wendi Lou Lee. Check out her website: Wendi Lou Lee And she has written a fabulous book, being released on August 6th, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon "A Prairie Devotional": Amazon Pre-Order (I've already ordered my copy!) And she has her own Newsletter! Instructions for subscribing from her FaceBook page: " Last chance to subscribe before the April Newsletter comes out tonight. You'll get the real story of losing my keys in Missouri and finally getting home yesterday! Simply visit my website and enter your email address to be included on my email list. All subscribers are given the password to my Little House Album video as a thank you!" Wendi, you are all over it!! Congratulations!
Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey) - Hersha will be joining us at the Reunion!! Hurray!! Can't wait, Hersha! And guess what I found?? Hersha has a website! Check this out: Hersha Parady
Lindsay Kennedy (Jeb Carter) - Lindsay played Jeb Carter on 18 episodes of LHOTP from 1982 to 1983, and 3 subsequent Little House TV Movies in 1983 & 1984. He did some voice work on Grand Theft Auto, and his last IMDB credit was for playing a policeman in an Australian film called "Offing David" in 2008. From everything I can figure out, he is now a chef and co-owner of The Village Idiot on Melrose. If that is correct, then this is an interview with him in 2011. National Night Out He will be joining us at the Reunion, and this may be his first time doing Little House appearances. Welcome back, Lindsay!
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 15, 16 - Cambria Father's Day Gem & Mineral Show at Veteran's Memorial Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria, CA
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
And she is coming to the reunion! Good times and Beadle Bags! Yay, Charlotte!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Seventy-Four)
Sock Monkey was a little more than alarmed. As Alison had instructed, he had quickly packed all of his things in preparation for an extended stay in New England. They had taken the FlyAway to the airport (Very nice!) and had made the flight to Connecticut. Then they picked up the rental car. They were now speeding along the winding narrow back roads of Connecticut, in the dark, in the rain, looking for the little town of Sharon, Connecticut. They seemed to be in the middle of a forest. They had no idea where they were going, and there did not seem to be any street signs. "If the whole trip is going to be like this, we're in big trouble!", thought Sock Monkey. They were going to be here for six or seven weeks, and he was a little unclear on many things. What was the Sharon Playhouse even like? Why was there no one there to meet them when they arrived? Who was this Patsy Cline person to begin with? He had learned that this was basically a two person play. And who was this Carter Calvert who would be playing Patsy Cline? Sock Monkey needed a drink . . . .
(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. (Reservations are highly recommended!) We have two more confirmed dates, and they will be May 25th and June 29th, both Saturdays. We have a lot of new material, so come on out! Can't wait to see you! Laissez le bon temps rouler!!
Just in case you managed to miss it:
New York City - Alison will be there this month.
Ohio - Alison will be there in August and October.
There you have it. The fourth 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.