This month's news from Alison...
OK, good times! It's a sunny Sunday afternoon, a wee chill in the air, and all is good. It even rained this week, if you can believe that! (I don't know, I blinked and missed it!)
So, what's been going on? Well, as usual, Alison has been busy! She did 3 shows at the Rochester Fringe Festival, and she had a blast. Very enthusiastic audiences, and a lot of newsletter sign-ups. (Welcome, one and all!) Then she came home for about 10 minutes, and was off on another excursion! This time it was to the Snake River Fandom Con in Pocatello, Idaho. Alison and Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) had a great time at that one, too. (Welcome to all our new Idaho - and Utah! - readers!)
And then she came home to stay for awhile. We went out for dinner last night with Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls) and Danny, and caught a performance by Bonnie Tamblyn at Molly Malone's. Great show!)
And then there's "The Alison Arngrim Show". This is Alison's weekly radio show, and 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. 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 Alison's Past Shows There you will find all of her previous shows. The last show was an interview with Richard Horvitz, who has a very long acting resume and was the voice of Invader Zim, one of our favorite cartoon shows. Here's the schedule of guests for the next few weeks:
October 9 - Michael Learned of The Waltons
October 16 - Scott Michaels of Dearly Departed Tours
October 23 - Thom Bierdz, Actor & Author (Who was in a film with Alison! "The Last Place On Earth" - )
Now, be sure to tune in on Tuesday the 9th. Michael Learned, who played Olivia Walton on The Waltons, spent some time recently in Wisconsin, and visited the Laura Ingalls historic sites and took pictures. So, Mrs. Walton is going to come on Alison's show to talk about Little House on the Prairie! Go figure!
And Thom Bierdz was in "The Last Place On Earth" (2002) with Alison. He plays Rich, one half of the couple Rich & Ken, and Alison toasts to their marriage at their 10th Anniversary dinner. (Small world?) Check it out: Last Place On Earth Trailer
By the way, if you want a DVD copy, they're available on Amazon: Last Place On Earth Amazon
Anyway, let's get to that schedule, time's a-wastin'!
Of course, just because Alison's home doesn't mean she's not busy! Starting next weekend, Alison goes to the San Gabriel Valley Pride Celebration on Saturday, October 13th. Pride Festival It's in the Pasadena Central Park, from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, and admission is free. Alison will be in the Author's tent signing copies of her book, except for when she gets to participate in The Queen’s Croquet Game, a fundraiser based on the croquet game in Alice in Wonderland. Alison will be the Queen of Hearts battling the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and other assorted drag queens. There will be a Classic Car Show, a Blessing of the Animals, an art show, and assorted vendors and food items. Pride Organization Sounds like a great time!
Then, the very next day, 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 Tours For tickets go to: Nellie Tour Tickets This is October, and you know what that could mean in terms of a theme for the tour! I predict chocolate! ("I'm going", said Sock Monkey!) Oh, by the way, I believe this one is already sold out. There may be one ticket left, you could check . . .
Speaking of Dearly Departed, 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!) And has been for weeks, don't you know!
Then comes 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!) And just now, I pulled up an old episode of Johnny Dollar on YouTube. Wow!! What memories! At the convention, 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! (I'm taking vacation and we're staying for the whole thing!)
Then, if I'm not mistaken, someone's having an anniversary! (Shhh . . . . )
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, John Pratt, 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.
OK, things are winding down for the year. December is, well, undecided at this point. Could be local, could be international, will definitely be busy.
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. Japan? Little house IS quite popular there...hmmmm.
Trivia Department - Popularity in Spain - In the late 1970s and early 1980s, La Casa de la Pradera (Little House on the Prairie) was one of Spanish Television's most popular series. In 1976 Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) won Spanish television's prestigious TP de Oro award for best foreign actress, and the series itself won for best foreign series; Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls) won the TP de Oro in 1980 thanks in part to the enhanced profile she received as a result of her visit to Spain and her appearance on Spanish Television's 625 Lineas program in early 1979. The continued popularity of the show led to the appearance of Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) on 625 Lineas and Ding Dong in 1980.
Anniversary: 2019 will mark the 45th anniversary of the TV 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 almost 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 still have un-revealed photos from the last reunion!) I think I can say, with utmost confidence, that Alison, Sock Monkey and I will be there. Will you???
Heeeres Amy - Remember Alison's Comedy album Heeere's Amy? Still available from Uproar Entertainment. For the full story of the album, from Alison herself, check out their website: Heeere's Amy
AudioBook - Confessions Of A Prairie Bitch, the audio version narrated by Alison, is now available almost everywhere. It's on Amazon.com at Amazon Confessions It's on Audible.com at Audible Confessions In my opinion, the only thing better than reading Alison's book is having her read it to you!
Not Your Mother's Mercantile - Your One Source for all things Alison, and many things Prairie. Now remember, Alison personally autographs each of her items, so don't forget to tell her how you want them signed. Also, the website clearly states that we will fill all orders within two weeks. Well, we will, but when Alison is in France, or out of town anywhere, the order has to wait until she returns so she can sign the items. Here's the link: Alison's Mercantile You know, for a few weeks, Harper Collins was completely out of copies of Alison's book. I believe the next printing is in now, but if you're having trouble finding a copy, we have them here. And what better Christmas present than a signed copy of Confessions?!?
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - Charlotte and Michael have several gem shows coming up. Michael has a company called Starstruck Extraterrestrial Jewelry. He makes jewelry from meteorites. He made the guitar pick that I'm currently using. Anyway, they go to these shows and Michael sells his gems, and Charlotte has her book and the Beadle Bags. Here's the next show coming up on December 8th: San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society: San Francisco Gem Show
Wendi Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls) - Wendi is still hard at work on her book, which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019. (Just in time for the 45th Anniversary of the show!) The only mention I could find is in this Prairie blog: Prairie Blog - Wendi Can't wait to read this one! And check out Wendi's website: Wendi Website
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Sixty-Eight)
They parked the car, and their driver carried their bags in. "Let's go, Monkey, said Alison. We have to change and get over to the Festival. This is opening night!" They walked up the winding stone staircase and down the hall to their room. Sock Monkey was impressed! The room was large, with floor to ceiling windows and antique furniture. He checked out the bathroom. There was the toilet, the bathtub, the sink, and the . . the . . "Alison, what is this thing?" Sock Monkey reached for the handle to flush, and the water shot up in the air! "Alison, this thing is broken! Or is it a drinking fountain?" Alison laughed. "No, Monkey, that's a bidet. And never mind, you don't need to use it. Now get dressed, we're leaving!" Sock Monkey put on his cowboy hat and boots, and headed for the stairs. He was starting to think that this new adventure might bring him a whole new appreciation of life in France.
(To Be Continued . . . )
We did it again! Our last show at Viva Cantina was packed!. And the place was rockin'! We're back again on Saturday, October 27th. Check out the 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!) Let's pack the house again in October! Good food, good friends, strong drinks, and a great time. Alison will be there this time, hurray! Come on out! (And if you do neglect to make reservations, check us out anyway! We'll find you a seat!) And watch the website for future bookings into 2019.
There you have it. The eighth Nellie Newsletter for 2018. Summer is over, and we're entering the California rainy season. (One can hope!)
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.