|OK, so February was a great month, n’est-ce pas? Plenty of rain, plenty of fun, and now we’re on to March. (In like a lion?)
What’s been going on? Well, Alison and Richard had a wonderful time on their Nasty Nellie Tour of Hollywood, St. Valentine’s Edition. (I hear there was plenty of chocolate?)
Then, two weeks later, we were at a fabulous Oscar Viewing Party at the Hollywood Museum. Tuxedos and gowns, lobster and champagne, and a wonderful evening for all involved. Tippi Hedren got an award, presented by Melanie Griffith, and Geri Jewell was at our table for the evening. And we spent some quality time with our friends Harlan and Doug. Good times!
And you remember Alison’s web series, “Life Interrupted”? Well, they’ve been entering film festivals, and winning! Let’s see, there was the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Awards, the Accolade Global Film Competition, and the Festigious International Film Competition. And they won something in each one of them!! Best Script, Best Actress, Best Song, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and the list goes on! If you have not seen Life Interrupted (shame on you!) then you must go right now and watch an episode or two. Life Interrupted YouTube And while you’re there, click on the little button labeled ‘Subscribe’. This allows you to go back and watch them anytime you want, and it does not cost anything to subscribe. Then check out their FaceBook Page Life Interrupted FaceBook This is very exciting. There is a new episode every Tuesday, and you can watch all of the others to get caught up. Alison and Erin Murphy (Bewitched), Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), Mason Reese (Child actor, Underwood Deviled Ham commercials), Michael Learned (The Waltons), and many others. Created and directed by Steven Wishnoff (Oz). Congratulations to all of you!!
Now for the schedule:
Alison is leaving me again!! (Woe is me!!) No, wait, it’s OK, she’s doing a play!! She leaves on Sunday for North Carolina, just in time to escape the dreaded Daylight Savings Time. March 23rd through 26th, Alison returns to the stage in Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”, at the Judson Theatre in Pinehurst, North Carolina. From Their Website: “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is a classic British murder mystery set in the late 1930s that begins with ten guilty strangers being trapped in a mansion on Soldier Island off the coast of Devon. Upon arrival it is discovered that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing. A recorded message is played accusing each of them in turn of having gotten away with murder, and one by one the guests begin to die at the hands of a diabolical avenger via means foreshadowed by a nursery rhyme above the mantel telling how each of ten soldier boys met his death…and then there were none. Stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by the ancient nursery rhyme, with only the fallen believed to be innocent, which of them is the killer?” Alison plays Miss Emily Brent, and tickets are $38 in advance, $43 at the door, with discounts for students and military personnel. All shows take place at: Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 Check it out, and get your tickets, here: Judson Theatre Now, if you’re anywhere near Pinehurst (that’s east of Charlotte and northwest of Fayetteville), this is your chance. I believe this is Alison’s first time performing in North Carolina. Here’s an interview with Alison in Outreach North Carolina Magazine Outreach North Carolina
After she returns, on April 9th at 3:00 pm, Alison and Tour Guide Extraordinaire Richard Sebastian present another episode of the Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood! Check it out here: Nellie Tour It’s a 3-hour tour (No SS Minnow in sight, I promise!), tickets are $85 on the website, and are going fast. Or call at 855-600-3323. This will be the pre-Easter Episode of the tour, so there will definitely be some shenanigans going on! (More chocolate??) Who knows, maybe a bunny that lays eggs! And this is a special event: It’s the first Nasty Nellie Tour starting from the new Dearly Departed location across from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery! Check out their FaceBook page for their new location: Dearly Departed Tours
Then a few days later we’re off to Palm Springs to try something completely new. On Wednesday, April 12th, Alison will be the Special Guest at the Toast to the Stars: Palm Springs Variety Show. This is held at the Rat Pack Hideaway, 200-220 W. Alejo Rd. Palm Springs CA. 92262 This is the house where Frank, Sammy and Dino had their parties and where scenes were filmed for the Emmy award winning “Behind the Candelabra.” The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00 pm, followed by Gilmore Rizzo and Francesca Amari performing hits from The Rat Pack, famous composers, singers, and TV and movie stars who have had homes in the Coachella Valley, including Hoagy Carmichael, Jerry Herman, Sammy Cahn, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Louie Prima & Keeley Smith, Bob Hope, Judy Garland and many more. Then, in the center of the evening, Alison will take the stage. And who knows what she’ll do with it! Tickets include dinner, drinks and live entertainment. You can book tickets at 760-200-9483, or check it out online at Palm Springs Variety This is a one-of-a-kind event, so book early!
And then, once again, she’s off to the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, MO. Alison will be there, along with Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder), and Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle). Check it out: Cherry Blossom Festival The festival runs from April 27th thru April 29th. All events at the festival (that don’t include food) are free. (Mmmmm, cherries!) There will be many activities, including a discussion commemorating Memories of Little House, and a Legends of Television panel moderated by Alison. Should be fun!
And then there’s Mom. Remember Mom? For her special day, Alison will be back in New York on Mother’s Day weekend at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (inside West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue). 212-695-6909 Doors open 1 hour before show time. Tickets are $22 with a $20 per person food/drink minimum. Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 pm and Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 14th at 1:00 pm. Beechman Tickets Or call at 212-695-6909.Take Mother to brunch and enjoy a really good show! As I always say, what better way to celebrate Mothers Day? (Look, ma, I could have been like Nellie!)
Then in July, Alison will be appearing for the first time ever at O Comic ConJuly 7th, 8th, and 9th 2017 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA. Check it out here: O Comic Con Advance tickets are $35, or $40 for all three days. Tickets: Comic Con Tickets O Comic Con is an indie expo-style comics and pop culture convention now in its third year of operation. Now, I don’t know what this will be like, but I love their sense of humor. From their website: Picture a large, cavernous space. No, not an actual cavern. Now, picture rows and rows of tables filled with vendors, artists, comics writers, exhibitors, and media guests signing autographs and taking photos. No, they don’t have spelunking gear. Or headlamps. I never should have said “cavernous.” (I just might have to go to this one!)
And then, just to keep her busy (and out of town!) for July, Alison will be going, for the first time ever, to De Smet, South Dakota to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society’s Summer Event. She will be joined there by Dean Butler (Almanzo) for a wonderful weekend. Checkout their website here: Discover Laura There’s nothing on the site about Alison & Dean, but it’s still early. And she’s never been there, so who knows what she and Dean will get up to??
OK, enough of the schedule, already!
1. Don’tcha think it’s time Alison did an audio version of her book? Really?? Actually, it’s one step closer . . .
2. Let’s see, who’s written books from Little House? Alison (of course!), Charlotte, Melissa, Melissa Sue, and Melissa Francis. Hey, how come none of the men have written a book? Or have they . .
3. Qu’est-ce que tu penses? Devrait-on retrouver Alison en France? Peut-etre . . . . .
4. OMG, they’re doing a remake of Battle of The Network Stars! Back in the ’70s, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Melissa Gilbert were all on it. Who will be on it now?
5. It appears that Keystone, South Dakota has come calling once again. Who might we see there this summer?
Little House on the Prairie Legos – Well, I have to say, “We tried”. There was an ongoing campaign, and it was approved for Legos Review, and then they responded with this: ” Our team has thoroughly considered the possibility of releasing this project as a LEGO set according to the criteria of the LEGO Review. Unfortunately the LEGO Review Board has decided that we will not produce this project as a set.” Check it out for yourself: Little House Legos Bummer, man!
Alison’s YouTube Channel – Alison now has her very own YouTube Channel. You can access it here: Alison YouTube When you get there, click on ‘playlist’, and go to the section marked ‘New Shows Starring Me’. There you will find Life Interrupted, Living The Dream, The Mephisto Box, and Tinder & Grinder, to name a few. Enjoy! (Oh, and please click on subscribe.)
Indomitable Spirit – Well, the symposium did not happen, and things are changing a bit. Instead of a large event, there will be a series of small gatherings with one of two speakers at each one. You can check the website here: Indomitable Spirit And of course, I’ll keep you posted on upcoming activities in the Newsletter.
Pam Roylance (Sarah Reed Carter) – OK, now this is one for the record books. I’m still laughing, and I’ve only watched it once. If you are a fan of Ellen Degeneres, you may know what I’m talking about. Here is Pam Roylance talking to us about our fruit: Pam Roylance Ellen This aired on 2/20/17 on Ellen. Pam, thank you, thank you, thank you! This is fabulous!
Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) – Dean will be hitting the road this summer. He will be appearing with Alison & Charlotte at the Cherry blossom Festival. (See above) Then in June he’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan, for an event on June 2nd. Then in July he rejoins Alison in De Smet, South Dakota. (See above) And then, to round out the summer, he will be joining Lucy Lee Flippin in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 12th & 13th for their Laura Ingalls Wilder event. Heritage Hills Hey Dean, can you say “Road Trip”? Have a good summer!
Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder) – Lucy Lee will be hooking up with Dean for an appearance at the Heritage Hills Laura Ingalls Wilder event. (See above) Here’s an interview with Lucy and Dean at the Wilder Farm in Burke, NY in August 2013. Interview Burke NY (Well, for the first 8 minutes, anyway!) Have fun, you two!
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) – First off, Charlotte will be joining Alison & Dean at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Above) And of course, wherever she goes you will find her book, “Little House in the Hollywood Hills: A Bad Girl’s Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X and Me” available with autograph. Charlotte Book And of course there are the Beadle Bags, which can be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org. Another way to find Charlotte is to see where Michael Santos will be appearing at a gem show. Check out his FaceBook page: Michael Santos FaceBook Stayin’ busy, girl!
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) – Karen has locked herself in her studio and won’t come out until her book is finished. (No, silly, she’s writing one, not reading one!) And we can’t wait.
Radames Pera (John Edwards, Jr.) – Radames, being a new dad and all, is very busy right now. However, he is starting to increase his presence on social media. Here’s where you can find him:
FaceBook Fan Page: Radames FaceBook
Instagram: Radames Pera @RADPERA
Twitter: Radames Pera @_Radames
So, check him out, see what’s there. (And we’ll see if we can get him to start a YouTube Channel!)
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Fifty-Two)
So they walked. . . And they walked . . . And then they walked some more. Sock Monkey was wondering, “Just how big is this airplane, anyway?” And then they were at the end of the plane, and they paused briefly. The man in the uniform handed Sock Monkey a small glass of cognac. He turned to Alison and said, “Et pour vous, Madame?” Alison accepted a glass of champagne, and then they were walking again. Sock Monkey thought to himself, “Well, this is much nicer than those men in the airport!” They had been just obnoxious, and Sock Monkey shuddered at the thought. The cognac, however, made things seem much, much better! After they had passed through First Class and reached the other end of the plane, they went up a couple of steps and through a small door, that had to be carefully unlocked. Then they made a left turn, and stopped. “Wait here, s’il vous plait!”, said the man in uniform. He went up a couple of steps, and entered a long code into a key pad. The door slowly opened. “Follow me, please.” (To be continued . . .)
Nothing new to report here. Catahoula is now working on booking another gig in Los Angeles, and writing some new songs in the meantime. Check out our website at catahoulamusic.com
There you have it. The second newsletter for 2017. As we spring forward into Daylight Savings Time, and the exciting developments of summer.
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.