This month's news from Alison...
Ahh, summer. First there was "May Gray". Now we have "June Gloom". Whatever happened to sunny California?? Anyway, it's getting hot out here.
Well, what's been going on, you ask? Alison went to Philadelphia and did one show, then she went back to the Laurie Beechman in New York City. For Mothers Day weekend, as usual. So, Saturday night, she starts the show. There is one table of people in the audience who just will not stop talking. (They've been doing tequila shots!) And they're really loud. Even when everyone around them tells them they're too loud, and to please quiet down. But no. They get belligerent! And rude! So, they actually made Alison stop the show. They bring the lights up. The manager asks the people to leave. No sale. More rudeness, expletives not deleted, just crazy stuff! The manager threatens to call the police. They say, "Go ahead!". And still more rudeness. (How rude were they? One of the bouncers was from Paris - and HE was offended!) Finally they called for the "upstairs" bouncer. A very large, very attractive man comes downstairs, towers over them, and asks them in no uncertain terms to just get out. So they do, cursing and yelling all the way. The crowd breathes a sigh of relief, (with several patrons now swooning over the bouncer!), more drinks are ordered, and the show goes on! Sock Monkey was scared!! And I ask you, how do you celebrate Mothers day in your country??
Speaking of Mother Day, here's an interview Alison did in the Burlington County Times remembering her mother: Alison Remembers Casper
So, how do I say this? ALISON HAS A FREAKIN' RADIO SHOW!!! There, I said it. It's on UBN, (Universal Broadcasting Network) every Tuesday night at 5:00 pm Pacific time. This is from their FaceBook page: "Brand New Show On UBN!! You might remember her from "Little House On The Prairie, Ms Alison Arngrim who played Nellie Oleson will be starting her brand new show "The Alison Arngrim Show" Every Tuesday at 5pm on Channel 1. So get ready for some fun. Come and Support!!" Here's the link for the station website: http://ubnradio.com/ You can go there and click on Channel One and listen. Her first show was last Tuesday, June 12, and you can still find it on the website. And for guests for that night, she had Dan McBride (Henry Riley) in studio, with call-in appearances from Pam Roylance (Sarah Reed Carter), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), and Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls). (Quite the Prairie round up, n'est-ce pas?) Next Tuesday, June 19th, she will have Anson Williams from Happy Days. And over the next few weeks you can look forward to appearance by Geoffrey Mark (Author: Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald), Joyce Bulifant (Actress: The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Donelle Dadigan (President/Founder of The Hollywood Museum), and Judy Norton (Actress: The Waltons) Sock Monkey and I listened to the first show, and it was great! Can't wait for Tuesday!
And this is what they said about the radio show in USA Today: Alison Radio Show
So, how about some schedule, hmmm . . . ?
Once again, Alison and Tour Guide Extraordinaire Richard Sebastian present another episode of the Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood on Sunday, July 22nd. 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. And I really have no idea regarding the theme for this one!
July 27th - 29th there will be a Prairie Table at The Hollywood Collectors Autograph Show, featuring Alison, Rachel Greenbush, and Charlotte Stewart. And now they've added Dean Butler and Hersha Parady! This is held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Friday night is preview night only, no celebrities, and the autograph tables are going on Saturday and Sunday. Check it out: Hollywood Show The show runs from 10 AM to 5PM on Saturday, and 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, and tickets are $25 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday. For an extra $10 you can get in an hour early on your chosen day. There are 57 celebrities signed up so far, but watch the website, it changes almost daily. I'll be there. ("And so will I", said Sock Monkey!)
And then, on Saturday, August 4th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Alison will be interviewed at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. (Beyond Baroque) This is an event entitled "Inside the Writer's Studio". From their poster: ”Come join us for an in-depth conversation with Alison discussing her acting, writing, stand-up comedy, and activism." She will be interviewed by good friend Eric Andrews-Katz, author of 'Tartarus', cited as the Best Gay Fantasy. (Eric Andrews-Katz) This is a free event with limited seating, and will be followed by audience Q & A and a book signing. (Sock Monkey & I will be in the front row!)
And then, later in August, Alison will be appearing as "Louise", in the Sharon Playhouse production of "Always... Patsy Cline" from August 17 through September 2nd. That's the Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Road, Sharon, Connecticut 06069. Tickets are $25 to $45, and you can get them through their website: Sharon Playhouse Now, this is very early news, so spread it around as much as you can! Heard it here first! And there may be more developments for Connecticut, stay tuned! And, don't tell Alison, but I might be heading for Connecticut to surprise her on Opening Night! (Shhh!)
Previews of other coming events (To Be Detailed later):
The Mark Twain Nostalgic Film Festival in Hannibal Missouri from September 13th - 15th. Hannibal Film Festival
"Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" returns to the Rochester Fringe Festival in Rochester, NY, from September 19 - 22. This year's comedy headliner is Eddie Izzard, with schedule and ticket sales to be announced on July 10.
Alison & Charlotte return to the Snake River Comic Con in Pocatello, Idaho, September 28th - 30th.
There, that's enough schedule to hold you for awhile.
BUT WAIT!!! SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!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 tentative dates that have been discussed are July 11 - 14, 2019. (This is definitely in the rumour category for now!) 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! And I've seen some posts indicating that there are some people who are making hotel reservations now, thinking that they could change them if the dates change. And it's still over 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 know just how much fun it could be! I, for one, cannot wait! (And Sock Monkey has already cleared his monkey calendar to be ready!)
1. Indiana? A little Nellie, perhaps?
2. Texas?? A little more Nellie, perhaps?
3. Do you think Alison should do voice over? (Kinda runs in the family!)
AudioBook - Confessions Of A Prairie Bitch, the audio version narrated by Alison herself, is now available almost everywhere. It's on Amazon.com at Confessions-Amazon
It's on Audible.com at Confessions-Audible
In my opinion, the only thing better than reading Alison's book is having her read it to you!
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Charlotte and hubby Michael Santos will be exhibiting at the Fiesta of Gems at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. in Culver City, California, on June 23 & 24. Culver City Fiesta Admission and parking are free. My favorite guitar pick was made by Michael from a meteorite! See you there!
Wendi Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls) - Wendi appeared at the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas on June 9, 2018 for their 15th Annual Prairie Days Festival, and from what I can see in the pictures, she had a great time! Check out these pictures from the event, Wendi is in several of them: Kansas Prairie Days Way to go, Wendi!!
Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) - Katherine is retired, and she is at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills. (Probably driving them all crazy!) She is well into her nineties by now. I ran across this tribute on the Little House on the Prairie website: Katherine MacGregor (You'll notice in her college yearbook drama club photo, she looks a little bit like Bettie Page!)
Kent McCray (Producer: Little House on the Prairie) - It is with sadness that I must report that Kent McCray, producer of Little House, Bonanza, High Chaparral, and many other classic TV shows, has passed away. (Kent McCray Obit) We last saw Kent at a book signing at the Autry Museum for his book, "Kent McCray: The Man Behind The Most Beloved Television Shows". It's wonderful! Check it out on his website: Kent McCray
Chuck McCann (Tinker Jones) - In April we lost another fan favorite. Chuck McCann, who played Tinker Jones, passed away at age 83. This from the Hollywood Reporter: Chuck McCann Obit And to see some of Chuck's favorite things, check out his website: Chuck McCann
Patrick Laborteaux (Andy Garvey) & Matthew Laborteaux (Albert Ingalls) - Let's take a look at these two together, since they are related. Here's a look at the history of the two brothers together from the Little House Website: Pat & Matt
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Sixty-Five)
The train slid smoothly down the track, clickety-clack, clickety-clack. Sock Monkey leaned back in his seat. He looked over at Alison in the seat next to his, peacefully dozing as they sped along toward the south of France. It had been a good flight. They had talked, and laughed, and enjoyed the fabulous food and drink. (Air France, non?) And she had been less than forthcoming with information, to say the least. "Where are we going?" "France" "Paris?" "Yes, at first, but no." "North or South?" South" "Mme. Sophie?!?" "Well, maybe, but that's not where we're going." "Will I have fun?" "Yes" "Will there be wine?" "Oh, yes, and then some!" That, at least, had made him feel better. They had been in Paris long enough to take a cab to the train station. (What a ride that was!) Now they were flying along south as fast as they could go. Alison slept soundly as Sock Monkey pondered his fate. He could hear some music coming faintly from the other compartment, sounding a little like a Johnny Cash tune. "I hear the train a comin', it's rolling 'round the bend . . ." Sock Monkey was worried . . .
(To Be Continued . . . )
Catahoula News - We're looking forward to our first monthly gig at Viva Rancho Cantina, June 30. Here's the schedule, which is now up on our website (www.catahoulamusic.com ):
Saturday - 6/30/18 Saturday - 7/28/18 Saturday - 8/25/18 Saturday - 9/29/18
And last (so far!) but not least, Saturday - 10/27/18
And look for some new photos on the website very soon! Let's get this Last Saturday of the Month series started off right!. That's Viva Rancho Cantina, 90 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506. Viva Cantina Call 818-845-2425 for reservations. Pack the house in June! Good food, good friends, strong drinks, and a great time. (Remember, the more you drink, the better we sound!) Alison will be there, along with Sock Monkey all decked out in his Western finest, and we are going to have some great times!!
There you have it. The fifth Nellie Newsletter for 2018. Bring it on, summer! We are ready! (Just don't burn anything please!)
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.