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Nellie Newsletter : Breaking News!! Grand Opening!!

Summer . . June . . . Hot, real hot! We’re having the first heat wave of the year, temperatures in the 90s and rising. No rain in sight. Well, sounds like California, doesn’t it?

It’s been a pretty good month so far. First we went to the funniest, most bizarre, creepiest comedy show in the world. Two Headed Dog presents ‘Clowntown City Limits’! (It’s hard to explain. You’ll just have to go see it!) Then there was the Standells/Rick Derringer concert at the Palace. What a show! Alison introduced the bands, and a good time was had by all. And the Palace Theater in downtown LA is a great old theater. It was built in the vaudeville days, and Houdini performed there! (We’re going back for a tour!)

Then we went with Rachel Greenbush and Danny to see a performance of Jersey Boys. It was an incredible show, and we got to meet one of the cast, Barry Anderson, (who might just be a bit of a Bonnethead..!) and he took us for a tour backstage. I was in heaven! There were guitars everywhere! Great show Barry, and thank you again for the tour!

BREAKING NEWS! Alison….Nominated for an EMMY?? Well, almost.  See, before the nominations come out, actors and shows are on the TV Academy page listed as “For Your Consideration”, so all the TV Academy members can vote for them! And guess who’s on there right now?? Yes, Alison is now under consideration for Emmy nomination for her role in the hilarious “Life Interrupted”.  The shows is up for nomination too, as well as her co-stars Dawn Wells, (yes, “Mary Ann” from Gilligan’s Island!) and Michael Learned, (mom “Olivia Walton” from The Waltons!). So if you’re reading this and you happen to be a voting member of the Television Academy, be sure to look under “Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series” – that’s where Alison is!  (And of course you can also vote for “Life Interrupted“, the show at  “Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series”.)  You can watch “Life Interrupted” and subscribe to their channel here: Life Interrupted YouTube

Grand Opening!!!!
(See details below)

Schedule, anyone?

On Saturday, June 24th, A Peterson Production & Loose Gravel Productions present the first Indomitable Spirit gathering – with guest speakers Jody Vaclav and Steve Pieters, hosted by Alison Arngrim. The meeting will be at the Woman’s Club of Hollywood, 1749 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, 90046, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Tickets are only $20.00, $15.00 in advance, and you can get them here: Indomitable Spirit Tickets (There will also be beautiful t-shirts and tote bags for sale!)  The Indomitable Spirit is not just a series of speakers, but a movement: a gathering of people who have overcome tremendous, often life shattering obstacles and have not only refused to give up, but gone on to thrive and lead amazing, happy fulfilling lives. Find out how you can too, at And if you’ve never been to the Woman’s Club in Hollywood, you’re in for a treat! It dates back to the early days of the studios, with Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. It was founded in 1905, and has been in operation ever since. Check it out:  Woman’s Club  Such history!!

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. Alison’s buddy Caroll Spinney will be there! (You remember, he was Big Bird!), along with another ex-child actor, Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire). Could be a very good time. But wait, there’s more. We just found out that Alison’s table will be near Rob Paulsen, who was the voice of Pinky in ‘Pinky and the Brain‘!! NARF!! POIT!! (Alison is in heaven over this one!)

Later in July, Alison will be going, also 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:  They will also be joined there by William Anderson, Author and Wilder Historian. Alison has never been to De Smet, so who knows what she and Dean will get up to?? (Could be scandalous!)

The De Smet summer event is on Friday, 7/14, Saturday, 7/15 and Sunday, 7/16.  Schedule De Smet Schedule  And for a special treat, Alison will be presenting a Special edition of Confessions, entitled “Confessions from the Prairie” on Sunday at 2:00 pm (Reception to follow) See, South Dakota is turning into a real adventure, isn’t it?

Well, it’s that time of year when people are planning their summer vacations. And to accommodate your planning procedures, Alison and Tour Guide Extraordinaire Richard Sebastian have scheduled two episodes of the Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood. The first one will be on Sunday, July 23rd, and the second one will be on Sunday, August 20th.  The tours are $85.00, and run from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. And they are now starting at the brand new Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum at 5601 Santa Monica Blvd. (right across the street from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Of course!) Check it out here: Dearly Departed Tours For tickets go to: Nellie Tour Tickets  Now remember, there’s always a theme to the tours. I believe the theme for July is a celebration of summer. And we don’t yet have a theme for August, so we’ll be surprising you!

Then, in August, AlisonRachel (Carrie Ingalls) and Brian Part (Carl Sanderson Edwards) will be Grand Marshals of the Ed Perine Memorial Parade taking place as part of Fiesta Days 50th Anniversary on August 4-6, 2017. Their duties as marshals will include a Meet & Greet along with autograph signing and pictures with the fans! For the official Fiesta Days website, go to: Fiesta Days The celebration will be at Frazier Mountain Park, 3801 Park Drive, Frazier Park, CA 93225 From their website: “Fiesta Days is the longest running celebration in the Mountain Communities with people from all over flocking to the mountains to participate in the three day festival!  Show off your pets in the Pet Show, test your luck in one of the many family games, enjoy live music all weekend, shop a wide variety of vendors, and taste a wide assortment of foods.  Come to Fiesta Days to see old friends, make new friends, and keep building your Mountain Memories!” This is the Fiftieth Anniversary, so it’s going to be a big deal. I’m going to be there, and so is Sock Monkey!
(Yes, you can meet Sock Monkey in person!)

And then, in September, it’s back to France! Quel plaisir de vous retrouver bientôt sur scène!
Vivement le mois de septembre, pour deux représentations exceptionnelles! Alison et Patrick Aux emplacements suivants:

Jeudi 14 septembre 2017, 18h30 : 36ème FOIRE NATIONALE DE VERDUN
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson” Tarif : 15 euros (Entrée Foire comprise)
Renseignements / Réservations : 03 29 86 29 29 /

Samedi 16 septembre 2017, 20h30 : SALON FLASH BACK VINTAGE, LONS-LE-SAUNIER
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson” Tarif : 20 euros (Entrée Salon comprise)
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 68 31 79 05 /

Vendredi 22 septembre 2017, 20h30 :
“La malle aux tresors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Reservations : 067 64 81 11 /

Voici une interview avec Alison & Patrick: Alison/Patrick Interview

So, enough schedule for now.

Rumour Control

1.            Montreal?? Maybe?? Don’t know, but keep your fingers crossed!

2.            Audio book. So, who do you think should read it? Maybe . . . Alison?

3.            Florida? Where in Florida?  Kevin . . . ?  Laura . . . ?


Heeeres Amy – Remember Alison’s Comedy album Heeeres Amy? Well, still available from Uproar Entertainment. For the full story of the album, from Alison herself, check out their website:
Uproar Entertainment And if you want to sample a few tracks, go to their Facebook page and scroll down about halfway to the album cover, and it will give you a few seconds of each routine: Uproar FaceBook

Store – GRAND OPENING!!  We are proud to announce the Grand Opening of Alison’s “Not Your Mothers Mercantile!” Here’s the link: Not Your Mother’s Mercantile  So, would you like a Prairie Bitch T-Shirt? An autographed copy of Alison’s book? One of Alison’s scented candles? A copy of Alison’s mother’s book? A Nasty Nellie Tour tote bag? A DVD of Alison’s first film, “Throw Out The Anchor”? An autographed photo? Well, they are all now available online at Alison’s new store. Yes, you can be the first . . . no, wait, you can’t! That’s because Brittany beat you to it! She was the very first customer at Alison’s Mercantile. Hurray, Brittany!!

OK, OK, I was about to send out the Newsletter when I found . . . THIS! Walnut Grove Cast   And according to Alison, she just taped this one TODAY!!  Talk about a last minute treasure! (“Did she mention me?”, asked Sock Monkey.) Enjoy!! I’m playing this as I upload the Newsletter . . . .

WAIT!! I found another one, also taped today. This one is on Richard Skipper’s Facebook page: Richard Skipper Celebrates  This girl is everywhere!!

Prairie Tidbits

Radames Pera (John Edwards, Jr.) – Radames and wife, Anne-Sophie, have completed their move and are settling into their own house in the North of France. Daughter Camille is nearing 11 months, and has begun crawling around exploring her new home. I just saw pictures of Camille and proud papa Radames celebrating her first Fathers Day. Better get busy baby-proofing that house, Radames!

Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) – This summer is the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, so Dean’s a pretty busy guy! He’ll be at:
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, De Smet, SD – July 14-16  (With Alison, see above)
Genesee Country Village, Genesee, NY – Aug 4-5
Heritage Hill, Green Bay WS – Aug 11-13 ( ) With Lucy Lee Flippin
Keep up the good work, Dean!

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 in Wisconsin. (See above) And rumor has it that Lucy Lee just got some beautiful new headshots. I see auditions in her future . . . . .

Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) – Well, no news on Melissa, except that she had a birthday in May. (Happy Birthday, Melissa!) Check out this recent article from Parade magazine, which includes her audition at age 9 for Little House. Melissa Birthday

Melissa Francis (Cassandra Cooper) – In case you weren’t aware, after the Prairie Melissa went on to become a Harvard graduate, mother of five and a Fox News and Fox Business anchor. Here is an article from April giving you 5 things you did not know about Melissa.  Melissa Francis

Chuck McCann (Tinker Jones) – Chuck is a very funny guy, and lives right here in southern California. Here’s a link to his website for more information: Chuck McCann

The Saga of Sock Monkey    (Chapter Fifty-Five)
Sock Monkey was dreaming. He dreamed that he was the pilot of the plane, and he was up in the cockpit with all the stars everywhere . . . but wait, there was some turbulence! The plane was shaking!! He couldn’t control it! “Monkey, wake up! We’re landing”, said Alison as she shook him awake. Sock Monkey slowly woke and stirred, thankful that he was not really flying the plane. Alison was gathering her things and getting ready to move on. “Come on, Monkey, you’re going to sleep through Paris!” That got him! He started putting his things in his little Monkey travel bag, starting with this Monkey passport. “You can’t be too careful!”, he thought. He remembered when he didn’t even need a passport, but those days were long gone! Heightened security everywhere! He grabbed his bag, and jumped into Alison’s bag, as they began the long slow walk off of the plane. He was going over his French lessons in his head. “Un deux, trois, quatre . . . lundi Mardi Mercredi Jeudi Vendredi Samedi Dimanche.” He wanted to make a good impression . . .
(To be continued . . .)

Catahoula News
And we have some this month, too!! Catahoula is playing again. We will be at Viva Cantina, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank CA  91506, on Saturday, July 8th, from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. (Viva Cantina) No cover, but for Table Reservations Call (818) 845-2425 (each reservation $7.50). This is a very cool club, a Mexican restaurant right next to the Equestrian Center in Burbank. By the way, free parking across the street at the Pickwick Bowl. We’re very excited, for several reasons. First, NO COVER! Second, we’re playing the whole evening, which means I don’t have to tear down my equipment every time the set ends! Visit our website at, and we’ll see you at the club! (Remember, no cover = no excuses!) Come on out, have a drink, and party the night away!

There you have it. The Fifth Nellie Newsletter for 2017. Welcome to all our new readers, and congratulations Brittany!!

As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.

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