This month's news from Alison...
Well, hi there! Remember me? Yes, I know, it's been a while. Since mid-July, I believe. It's been a long, busy summer over here. But more about that later. Right now, I would like to welcome all of our new readers. Many of them live in New England, and other parts of the eastern seaboard. Welcome!
So, what's been going on? Well at the end of July, there was the Little House Cast Reunion at the Hollywood Collectors Show. Alison had a great time there with Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), and Dan McBride (Henry Riley). It was a good show, but I could only stay for a little while, because Catahoula was playing that night! (More about that later, too.)
And then there was August. Well, Miss Alison took herself off to Connecticut to the Sharon Playhouse to perform in "Always . . . Patsy Cline". (She just got back yesterday!) She played crazed fan Louise, alongside the awesome and amazing Carter Calvert playing Patsy Cline. Well, they brought the house down! Sold out performances! Standing ovations! Rave reviews! Speaking of reviews: Broadway World: Broadway World Review
Berkshire On Stage: Berkshire On Stage Review
Berkshire Edge: Berkshire Edge Review
Berkshire Edge (3 days later): Berkshire Edge Review
The Howard: The Howard Review
That last one has the best photos. I went for the opening weekend, and Sock Monkey and I saw the play 4 times! I was blown away! The audience was laughing, crying, singing, clapping, and just going nuts! Alison was simply amazing. And Carter! Well, if you ever get a chance to see Carter Calvert perform, don't think twice, just go! Check her out here: Carter Calvert
Let's see, where did we leave off from last time? Oh, yes, radio. As you may remember, Alison now has her own radio show, called "The Alison Arngrim Show". (What else?) And it's going great guns. She now has a dozen shows under her belt. And each show is live streamed on FaceBook. It's 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 that same website, click on Shows, then the letter A, and then click on The Alison Arngrim Show. There you will find all of her shows. Coming up in the future, you can hear (and see) Country Music Artist Eileen Carey and Author Rebecca Rosenberg, to name just a couple. Every Tuesday I hurry home from work to find Sock Monkey waiting by the computer so I can turn it on and we can watch Alison. It's a great show, you should check it out.
First up, "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" returns to the Rochester Fringe Festival in Rochester, NY, from September 20 - 22. Alison has three shows, all at the School of the Arts Ensemble Theatre on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Check out her show: Confessions Rochester Tickets are $20 each, and are available on-line. Just follow the link I gave you for her shows, and click on a show time to purchase tickets. Admission is restricted to those 13 years and older. This year's comedy headliner for the Festival is Eddie Izzard, doing his new show, "Believe Me".
Then, just a few days later, Alison and Charlotte Stewart will be appearing at the Snake River Fandom Con, September 28th through 30th at the Mountain View Events Center in Pocatello, Idaho. Website: Snake River Fandom Ticket prices range from $25 for a Youth 3-day pass (ages 8 - 15), $40 for a Standard 3-day pass, to $80 for a VIP 3-day pass. Tickets are available on-line at: Fandom Tickets This is a great event, and if you're lucky, you'll get to meet Nick the Zombie!! Here's an article from an anime newsletter describing the event: Snake River Second Year Last year, Alison took the Downtown Pocatello Ghost Tour, and it was scary! And last year it was called the Snake River Comic Con, until somebody sued and they had to change the name!
Next, on Tuesday, October 2nd, Alison will be participating in the Lambda LitFest presentation entitled "Remembering James Carroll Pickett & Artists Confronting AIDS" at 8:00 pm at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N Vermont, Los Angeles, 90027. Check it out here: Lambda LitFest James Carroll Pickett was a playwright during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and he will be remembered by Michael Kearns, who directed and starred in many of his productions, and Alison, who worked with James and Michael many times over the years, among others.
On Saturday, October 13, from 11 am to 6 pm, Alison will be joining in the fun at the San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival at the Pasadena Central Park. Check out their website: SGV Pride Not sure exactly what's going on, but Alison will be speaking and signing copies of her book, and joining the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in some street theater. Croquet, anyone? This could be a whole lot of fun, and the event is free! We'll keep you posted on any emerging details.
Then, on Sunday, October 14th, Alison and Tour Guide Extraordinaire Richard Sebastian present another episode of The Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood. 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 For tickets go to: Nellie Tour Tickets OK, so there will be milkshakes, and a theme. What will the theme be, you ask? Well, I don't know. October, black cats, smiling pumpkins, bats and spiders, witches and broomsticks, you figure it out!! (Remember, this is the one thing you can do that I will never be able to do!) I think Sock Monkey wants to go along . . .
And then, continuing the Dearly Departed theme, on Friday, October 19th, Alison will be hosting the annual Dearly Departed Tours Nasty Cocktail Party, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. Check this out: Nasty Cocktail Party There will be door prizes and a cash bar, a tour of the museum, and Alison will be speaking and signing copies of her book. Normally, I would encourage all of you to buy tickets and attend, but, alas, this thing is already sold out! (Sorry about that!)
Then, in November, Alison will be at the SPERDVAC Golden Days of Radio Convention. That's on November 1, 2 and 3rd, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. Check out their website: SPERDVAC Now, SPERDVAC stands for the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama Variety And Comedy. I remember when I was a wee thing I used to listen to "Johnny Dollar" on the radio that my dad built at electronics school. (I was supposed to be sleeping!) They will be re-enacting several of these old broadcasts. Alison gets to be Gracie Allen in a George Burns and Gracie Allen production. You can get tickets on their website. There will be a Meet and Greet on Thursday evening, and then programs with lunch and dinner included on Friday and Saturday. If you like old time radio, this is the one convention to attend. I wouldn't miss it!
Then, on November 8th, Alison will be participating in a Chautauqua. (What??) A Chautauqua. (Again I say, what??) Well, let's start at the beginning. What is a Chautauqua? It was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of western New York. There is a high school social studies teacher in Greensburg, Indiana who is keeping the tradition alive. Check out this article in the local newspaper: Chautauqua Article So far the speakers are Alison, Australian country singer Jamie O’Neal, Romanian film critic Irina Margareta Nistor; paleontologist Dr. Peter Larson; Holocaust survivor Frank Grunwald, and the man who filmed Bigfoot, Bob Gimlin. Tickets are $5.00, and they went on sale September 4th. Probably won't sell out since there are 1,000 seats available.
So, enough with the schedule, don't you think?
1. France. Just checking, have you had any Nellie lately? Avez-vous eu récemment Nellie? Could you use some more??
2. Palm Springs? Tour? Hmmm...what Little House connections would there be in Palm Springs...?
3. Australia?? Could there be Australia??
For our German friends, there's this: German Article
Anniversary: 2019 will mark the 45th anniversary of the television show, "Little House On The Prairie". In honor of this occasion, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota is planning a celebration. The official dates have been announced: July 11 - 14, 2019. Now, if you were at the 40th Anniversary in 2014, you know what a time this could be. And we are expecting there to be another cast reunion. Who will be there, you might ask? 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! People are making hotel reservations now, and the hotels are filling up fast!. And it's still a year away! 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. Will you???
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 Audio Book It's on Audible.com at Audible Audio Book In my opinion, the only thing better than reading Alison's book is having her read it to you!
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) - Well, can you say Rocky Ridge? And this one's coming up soon! Karen will be the Special Guest for the 2nd Annual, “Wilder Dinner and VIP Reception”, to be held on Friday, September 14th, at The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, 3060 Highway A, Mansfield, Missouri 65704. This is the lead-in for their Wilder Days celebration on Saturday, September 15th. From their website: " Tickets are $85.00 per person for the Dinner or $125 for the Dinner and VIP Reception Add-On. The VIP Reception is an Add-On ticket only and must be purchased in conjunction with the Dinner. Tickets are non-refundable. The Dinner will be held on Friday, September 14th. Your tickets may be purchased online or by calling 417-924-3626." Check out their website at Laura Ingalls Wilder Home I think this will be Karen's first visit to Rocky Ridge. Not to be missed for all you aficionados out there! (You know who you are!!) Karen, you rock!!
Wendi & Brenda Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls) - Baby Grace (both of her!) recently appeared at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, New York. From what I hear, they had a great time. Check out these beautiful photos of these beautiful people: Wendi & Brenda
And there is a rumour that Wendi will soon be publishing a book. Don't take it from me, get it straight from her: Wendi Book Wendi, Brenda, you both rock! Hope to see you soon . . .
Pamela Roylance (Sarah Carter) - So, from IMDB I discover that Pam has two films in post-production: "The Creatress", where she plays Gwen, and worked along with Fran Drescher and Peter Bogdanovich; and "Race for My Daughter", where she plays Diane. That last one used to be called "Rachel On The Run". She also has two other items listed in post-production: a short entitled "Parole Board", and a comedy entitled "Criminal Criminals". Of course, when I asked her she said, "Nothing going on". You're too modest, darling, and we love you!
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Melissa, who now lives in New York, also has a film in post-production. It's called "When Last We Spoke", and she got to work with Cloris Leachman and Corbin Bernsen. She plays Ruby, grandmother to Juliet and Evangeline, who are dropped off by their Broadway-bound mother at their paternal grandparents' Texas ranch in 1967. Here's their IMDB Page: When Last We Spoke This is gonna be good! I can't wait! Way to go, Melissa!
Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls) - I think I missed one here. Melissa was in a film entitled "The Con Is On", which was released (limited) in the US in May 2018. It also features Uma Thurman, Parker Posey, Sofia Vergara, Maggie Q, Crispin Glover, Tim Roth, and Stephen Fry, among others. Score!! Check it out here: The Con Is On Melissa, this is great! I'll have to find this one and watch it.
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Sixty-Seven)
Sock Monkey was thoughtful. Here they were, speeding along a bumpy country road in the south of France, on their way to the Country Music Festival. (Of course, riding in a brand new black Peugeot, you hardly felt the bumps!) Alison was happily chatting away with the driver, who was a British gentleman who had retired to the south of France, and when retirement got too boring, he started driving for the Festival. He said he would be staying nearby and would be on call for them 24 hours a day. Sock Monkey was impressed! But wait! What was he saying now? Sock Monkey thought he must have been confused by his British accent, but no! He had not said 'hotel'! He said 'chateau'!! Just then they turned down a tree lined country lane that seemed to go on forever. At the end of it, they came around a bend in the road, and there it was: a castle! "What do people do here?", asked Alison. "Well, they have the vineyards, and of course the golf tournament. And you'll be staying in the Presidential Suite." Sock Monkey fell off his seat. He could not believe his eyes, or his ears, or anything else for that matter!!
(To Be Continued . . . )
Our last show at Viva Cantina was on Labor Day weekend. And the place was rockin'!. By the way, a couple of people neglected to make reservations. Tsk, tsk! (Do not do that!) Here's the schedule, which is now up on our website www.catahoulamusic.com :
Saturday - 9/29/18 Saturday - 10/27/18
That's Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506. Call 818-845-2425 for reservations. (Reservations are highly recommended!) Let's pack the house again in September! Good food, good friends, strong drinks, and a great time. Alison will not be there this time, alas! But we're going to have a great time anyway! Come on out! (And if you do neglect to make reservations, check us out anyway! We'll find you a seat!)
There you have it. The seventh Nellie Newsletter for 2018. Summer is almost over, so let's make the most of it!
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.