Confessions of A Prairie Bitch

Further ravings of Alison Arngrim

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2014 Where’s Alison??? She may be near you!

Philadelphia, PA - April 24 – “Confessions” at Voyeur

On Thursday, April 24th 8:00 pm, she’ll be performing “Confessions of A Prairie Bitch” at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. (between Walnut and Locust just east of 13th), Philadelphia, PA 19107  www.voyeurnightclub.com/or 215-735-5772. 8 PM, and tickets are $22.00 or $40.00 for VIP (www.spincyclenyc.com/index.php/live-performances )

Parsippany,NJ – April 25, 26 & 27 - Chiller Theater Autograph & Memorabilia Show.

On April 25, 26 & 27th it’s the Chiller Theatre Show at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey. This will be Alison’s FIRST appearance at Chiller Con www.chillertheatre.com/   News Flash: Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) will be joining Alison at Chiller!

 

Hollywood, CA - May 11 – “Nasty Nellie’s Tour of Hollywood”

Treat Mom to a tour with Alison she will remember forever! This Mother’s Day Sunday May 11th at 4pm, join us on The Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour of Hollywood”. Take mom on the tour of a lifetime and let Nellie herself share Hollywood with you like no one else can!

In three hours, Alison will share her personal history geographically, from Gardner Elementary School (and her superstar classmate MJ) and Hollywood High School to the legendary Garden of Allah and the Chateau Marmont.  Of course there will be plenty of time for Q and A! Ask her anything!  Included is also an autographed photo of Alison, and an opportunity to have your picture taken with her. Don’t forget your camera!  This is a rare treat - a tour given by an international television icon! Alison has been there and seen it all, and for a limited time, is sharing it with us, the lucky ones at Dearly Departed Tours.  http://www.zerve.com/DDTours/Nellie

 

May 24 – Moreilles (Vendée), FRANCE -“Confessions d’une garce de la prairie”
Samedi 24 mai 2014, 17h : MOREILLES (Vendée)
“Confessions d’une garce de la prairie”
Renseignements / Réservations : 02 51 30 87 16 / 06 70 58 36 56

http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm

 

May 31 – Soulac-Sue-Mer (Gironde) FRANCE - “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Samedi 31 mai 2014, 15h : SOULAC-SUR-MER (Gironde)
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Réservations : 05 56 09 86 61

http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm

 

June 4 – Montpreveyers (Vaud) SWITZERLAND - “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Mercredi 4 juin 2014, 20h30 : MONTPREVEYRES (Vaud, Suisse)
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Réservations : +41 21 903 43 63

http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm


 
Hartford, CT – June 11 –An Evening with Alison Arngrim” and book signing

Come visit with Alison at the Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105 on Wednesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm for An Evening with Alison Arngrim a.k.a. Nellie Oleson “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch”  www.marktwainhouse.org/visitor/events_programs.php  or 860-280-3130) General admission $20, members $15. Alison will be speaking, taking questions, and signing her book.


 
New York, NY June 13 &14 – “Confessions” at the Laurie Beechman

Alison will be performing “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. (www.westbankcafe.com/beechman_theatre.html) The shows will be on June 13th and 14th at 7:30 PM each night. Tickets are $22.00, and are available at: www.spincyclenyc.com/index.php/live-performances 

Ogunquit, ME – June 19, 20, 21 & 22 – “Confessions” at the Admiral’s Inn

Alison will be doing 4 shows as part of the Summer Concert Series at the Admiral’s Inn, 87-95 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907 (www.theadmiralsinn.com/‎ or 207-646-7093) on June 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2014. Tickets go on sale on April 1 at www.reactionshows.com.

 
Green Bay, WI – July 11 – “Confessions” at the Meyer Theater

Wisconsin  Confessions at the Meyer Theater, 117 South Washington Street, Green Bay, WI 54301 on Friday, July 11th, with a book signing to follow the show. Tickets are $20 regular or $50 VIP, and the show is at 7:00 PM. VIP Ticket includes a book and private Meet and Greet. Tickets for this show went on sale December 13th. (www.meyertheatre.org/events/ or 800.895.0071)

 

Green Bay, WI – July 12 & 13 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Days with Little House Cast Members Laura Ingalls Wilder Days at Heritage Hill in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday and Sunday, July 12th & 13th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm  (www.heritagehillgb.org/calendar/laura-ingalls-wilder-days/379) Tickets are $10 adults, $9 senior citizens and $8 for children 4-17, those 3 and under are free. This year they will be welcoming Alison Arngrim (Nellie), Hersha Parady (Mrs. Garvey), and Lucy Lee Flippin, who played the school teacher (Almanzo’s sister, “Eliza Jane Wilder)! And here’s some info so fresh it’s not on their website yet: Radames Pera is appearing, too! They’re also bringing in noted author and Wilder historian Bill Anderson.

 

Walnut Grove, MN - July 25, 26 & 27 – LITTLE HOUSE CAST REUNION!!

“Little House TV Cast Reunion” scheduled for July 25, 26 & 27, 2014, in Walnut Grove, MN. (www.walnutgrove.org/) The line-up so far is: Hersha Parady (Mrs. Garvey), Wendi & Brenda Turnbaugh (Baby Grace Ingalls), Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Rachel & Robyn Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Alison, Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder), and Radames Pera (John Edwards)


Toulon, France – August 16 - LITTLE HOUSE CAST REUNION – IN FRANCE!!

"Réunion des acteurs de La petite maison dans la prairie en France.”  Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2:00pm in Toulon in the south of France. The actual roster of LHOTP alumni attending has been released, and those appearing are Karen Grassle, Charlotte Stewart, Alison and Radames Pera. 

 

Ogunquit, ME – August 21, 22, 23 & 24 – “Confessions” at the Admiral’s Inn

4 more shows!  If you missed it in June, catch it in August at the Admiral’s Inn on August 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2014. Part of the Summer Concert Series at the Admiral’s Inn, 87-95 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907 (www.theadmiralsinn.com/‎ or 207-646-7093). Tickets go on sale on April 1 at www.reactionshows.com.

 

September  26 – Montbeton-Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne), FRANCE - "Confessions d’une garce de la prairie"

Vendredi 26 septembre, 20h30 : MONTBETON-MONTAUBAN (Tarn-et-Garonne)
“Confessions d’une garce de la prairie”
Renseignements / Réservations : 06 71 30 31 52
http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm


October 3 – Saint-Mard (Seine-et-Marne) FRANCE “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”

Vendredi 3 octobre 2014, 20h30 : SAINT-MARD (Seine-et-Marne)
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Réservations : 01 60 03 11 12

http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm


October 4 – Berric (Morbihan)
FRANCE - "Confessions d’une garce de la prairie"

Samedi 4 octobre 2014, 20h30 : BERRIC (Morbihan)
“Confessions d’une garce de la prairie”
Renseignements / Réservations : 02 97 67 01 37 / 02 97 67 07 46
http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm

 

October 10 -  BEAUMES-DE-VENISE (Vaucluse) FRANCE “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Vendredi 10 octobre 2014, 20h30 : BEAUMES-DE-VENISE (Vaucluse)
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Réservations : 04 90 62 94 39
http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm


October 11 - ANCÔNE-MONTÉLIMAR (Drôme) FRANCE -  "La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson"

Samedi 11 octobre 2014, 20h30 : ANCÔNE-MONTÉLIMAR (Drôme)
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Réservations : 07 82 01 25 81

http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm



October 18 – Chasse-Sur-Rhone (Isere) FRANCE  -“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”

Samedi 18 octobre 2014, 20h30 : CHASSE-SUR-RHÔNE (Isère)
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Réservations : 04 72 24 48 00 

http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm



October 24 – Virton, BELGIUM  - “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”

Vendredi 24 octobre 2014, 20h30 : VIRTON (Luxembourg, Belgique)
“La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”
Renseignements / Réservations : 0032 475 692 858 / 498 500 485 / 497 942 436 
http://www.alison-arngrim.com/info.htm

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How to get an autographed picture

It’s that time again - everyone’s been asking “How DO I get an autographed picture, anyway?” Well, here you go:
How to get an autographed picture

I’ve been getting asked a lot about this lately, so in answer to some of the Frequently Asked Questions on this subject, I am posting the following:

I enjoy signing autographs for my fans and am happy to oblige people with an autograph photo. I get a lot of fan mail – from people all over the world! – so it would really help me if you could help me “streamline” the process as it were.

1.  Get the right address.  Fan mail pops up everywhere – old addresses, my agent’s office, etc., etc. Here is the REAL, TRUE CORRECT ADDRESS to write to me:

Alison Arngrim

P.O. Box 98

Tujunga, CA 91043

2.  Include a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE - or as the professional autograph seekers call it, the “S.A.S.E.”.    I love you guys, but I’m not Office Depot.  Help a Prairie Bitch out and give me something to mail you back the photo in.  (And include the correct amount of postage.  ESPECIALLY if you’re in another country. )  Oh and send an envelope BIG enough for the photo you want.  I get a lot of requests accompanied by little, teeny envelopes.  (The teeniest envelopes tend to come from Germany. I have no idea why.)  If you send me a little teeny envelope, I will try to find you a teeny little picture, but if you really want a nice 8 x 10, send me a big envelope.  And if you have some cardboard lying around to protect the photo, that would be great too.  (Some fans use old cut up manila folders.  Those work really well.)

3.       Tell me WHO the autograph is for.  I know this should seem obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people write to me and tell me they need one autographed picture for them and ..oh, four more for their brothers….or their kids…who all apparently HAVE NO NAMES. I have even had people send a note asking for picture, with no signature and a return address with no name – it’s like they’re the phantom mystery fan. Well, the cynical conclusion here, would be that some peopleahem, cough, cough…are asking for “signature only” photos in order to re-sell them on E-Bay, etc.  Oh now, you wouldn’t do THAT now WOULD YOU??

Look, a lot of celebrities get seriously PO’d about this sort of thing, but I understand that some people - especially nowadays - really need the cash.  I’m actually cool with that. So, here’s the deal:  you want a “signature only” autographed photo to re-sell for profit? OK, then just TELL ME.   Don’t lie, don’t make up some weird, fake sounding story, just tell me the truth, then, MAKE IT WORTH MY WHILE.  Think of it as you and me going into business together. Say, “Hey, I’m selling autographs on line.  Can I buy a couple from you (cheap) to re-sell for a profit?”  Answer?  YES.  You give me the SASE, a couple bucks, and you can do whatever you want with the pictures.  (But, remember kids, I’m not exactly Barbra Streisand.  The resale of my autographed picture is unlikely to pay off your mortgage.)

4.       Requests: Yes, I tale requests.  I can sign photos and books “Happy Birthday”, “Marry Christmas”, “From one Prairie Bitch to another”, etc.

5.       Letters. Write something nice. You don’t have to write a long fan letter if you don’t feel like it.  But you can if you want.  I really do sit down and read them all. (Extra points for originality and humor!)

6.       Don’t feel you have to indulge in fake flattery.  I get the impression that there are websites there telling people “How To Get Star’s Autographs”, that advise people to “butter up” the celebrity to get their autograph and offer form letters for doing so.  “Be sure to just randomly mention lots of shows they were in!!”  This would explain some of the odd letters I get that tell me that my performance was really brilliant on “Dance Fever” or “Match Game Hollywood Squares”.   (Or maybe there’s some strange subtext in these shows that I’ve been missing all these years.)   If there’s some show or episode I did that you really liked, feel free to say so, but don’t feel pressured to name everything I’ve been in like its pop quiz.

7.        Gifts.  Gifts are good.  But very small items, as I probably have way too much stuff in my house now as it is.  If you really want me to fall all over you and send you lots of autographed pictures, make a donation to PROTECT.org via their website.  You can also send me a check payable to: “PROTECT”.  You can check them out on the web at www.protect.org

Thank you and I look forward to reading your letters.

Alison

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Booksigning in Knoxville, Tennessee for PROTECT!!

Calling all bonnet-heads!! There will be a book signing scheduled for Friday, December 20 at 6:00 pm at Barnes & Noble in Knoxville. This will be the one at Suburban Plaza, 8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 (865-670-0773). This is another event to benefit Protect. ( www.protect.org )

Now get this: Protect gets a portion of: A) Anything sold in the store during the event (12/20); B) Anything sold in any B&N store in the country up to seven days after event (12/20 - 12/27) if the customer gives the cashier "the Nellie code"; C) Anything sold on www.barnesandnoble.com up to seven days after the event!!! (12/20 - 12/27)  - as long as the customer inputs “the Nellie code” during online checkout.

That’s right, I said ANYTHING.  On December 20, you can come in and buy my book “Confessions of A Prairie Bitch” and have me sign it for you, OR you can buy the original Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder - heck, I’ll even sign those! - in fact, for all I care you can go and buy Melissa Sue Anderson and Melissa Gilbert’s books! PROTECT will STILL get money!

Don’t live in Knoxville? No problem! You can buy Anything sold in any B&N store in the country - (that whole week) and PROTECT STILL gets money!!

Can’t get over to a Barnes & Noble at all?  Not the entire week? Again  - NO PROBLEM!! Go on on-line and buy Anything sold on www.barnesandnoble.com up to seven days after the event, and guess what?? PROTECT STILL gets money!!!!

But you need the magic “Nellie Code”. So you’ll have to stay tuned to this site, (or my Twitter, my Facebook, my webpage, PROTECT’s webpage, whatever) and get that code when it’s released!

And the more that gets sold with the Nellie code, the higher the percentage of donation!

So this Christmas, make it a “Nellie Code” Christmas and do your shopping the week of December 20 at Barnes & Noble.

And make it a better Christmas for children everywhere.

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Totally Epic Celebrity Motorcycle Auction for PROTECT!!

OK people, this is FREAKIN’ EPIC!  Not only did Margaret Cho donate her motorcycle to be auctioned off to benefit PROTECT, but it has now been autographed by THE MOST INSANELY SURREAL GROUP OF CELEBRITIES EVER ASSEMBLED!!!  Think I’m kidding?  Besides me, there’s Tippi Hedren, Romi Dames, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson , Geri Jewell, Kate Linder, Christine Devine, ERIK FREAKIN’ ESTRADA!!!, Kevin Dobson, Valerie Harper, Carolyn Hennesy, Rex Smith, Katy Kurtzman, Ed O’Ross, Melissa Manchester, Rip Taylor (RIP TAYLOR FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!),  Marta Kristen, Tammy Locke, Sean McNabb, Erin Murphy, Paul Petersen, Jon Walmsley, - (yes, we got a Walton in here), Johnny Whitaker, Ernest L. Thomas, (“Raj” from “What’s Happening?”)  and award winning director Joel Zwick  (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”).  Seriously OMG! WTF?, right?

And 100% of the proceeds for to PROTECT.org 

What are you waiting for?

PLACE YOUR BIDS NOW!!!

http://www.protect.org/auction

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121209500431

Filed under protect.org

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How to get an autographed picture

I’ve been getting asked a lot about this lately, so in answer to some of the Frequently Asked Questions on this subject, I am posting the following:

I enjoy signing autographs for my fans and am happy to oblige people with an autograph photo. I get a lot of fan mail – from people all over the world! – so it would really help me if you could help me “streamline” the process as it were.

1.  Get the right address.  Fan mail pops up everywhere – old addresses, my agent’s office, etc., etc. Here is the REAL, TRUE CORRECT ADDRESS to write to me:

Alison Arngrim

P.O. Box 98

Tujunga, CA 91043

2.  Include a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE - or as the professional autograph seekers call it, the “S.A.S.E.”.    I love you guys, but I’m not Office Depot.  Help a Prairie Bitch out and give me something to mail you back the photo in.  (And include the correct amount of postage.  ESPECIALLY if you’re in another country. )  Oh and send an envelope BIG enough for the photo you want.  I get a lot of requests accompanied by little, teeny envelopes.  (The teeniest envelopes tend to come from Germany. I have no idea why.)  If you send me a little teeny envelope, I will try to find you a teeny little picture, but if you really want a nice 8 x 10, send me a big envelope.  And if you have some cardboard lying around to protect the photo, that would be great too.  (Some fans use old cut up manila folders.  Those work really well.)

3.       Tell me WHO the autograph is for.  I know this should seem obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people write to me and tell me they need one autographed picture for them and ..oh, four more for their brothers….or their kids…who all apparently HAVE NO NAMES. I have even had people send a note asking for picture, with no signature and a return address with no name – it’s like they’re the phantom mystery fan. Well, the cynical conclusion here, would be that some peopleahem, cough, cough…are asking for “signature only” photos in order to re-sell them on E-Bay, etc.  Oh now, you wouldn’t do THAT now WOULD YOU??

Look, a lot of celebrities get seriously PO’d about this sort of thing, but I understand that some people - especially nowadays - really need the cash.  I’m actually cool with that. So, here’s the deal:  you want a “signature only” autographed photo to re-sell for profit? OK, then just TELL ME.   Don’t lie, don’t make up some weird, fake sounding story, just tell me the truth, then, MAKE IT WORTH MY WHILE.  Think of it as you and me going into business together. Say, “Hey, I’m selling autographs on line.  Can I buy a couple from you (cheap) to re-sell for a profit?”  Answer?  YES.  You give me the SASE, a couple bucks, and you can do whatever you want with the pictures.  (But, remember kids, I’m not exactly Barbra Streisand.  The resale of my autographed picture is unlikely to pay off your mortgage.)

4.       Requests: Yes, I tale requests.  I can sign photos and books “Happy Birthday”, “Marry Christmas”, “From one Prairie Bitch to another”, etc.

5.       Letters. Write something nice. You don’t have to write a long fan letter if you don’t feel like it.  But you can if you want.  I really do sit down and read them all. (Extra points for originality and humor!)

6.       Don’t feel you have to indulge in fake flattery.  I get the impression that there are websites there telling people “How To Get Star’s Autographs”, that advise people to “butter up” the celebrity to get their autograph and offer form letters for doing so.  “Be sure to just randomly mention lots of shows they were in!!”  This would explain some of the odd letters I get that tell me that my performance was really brilliant on “Dance Fever” or “Match Game Hollywood Squares”.   (Or maybe there’s some strange subtext in these shows that I’ve been missing all these years.)   If there’s some show or episode I did that you really liked, feel free to say so, but don’t feel pressured to name everything I’ve been in like its pop quiz.

7.        Gifts.  Gifts are good.  But very small items, as I probably have way too much stuff in my house now as it is.  If you really want me to fall all over you and send you lots of autographed pictures, make a donation to PROTECT.org via their website.  You can also send me a check payable to: “PROTECT”.  You can check them out on the web at www.protect.org. 

Thank you and I look forward to reading your letters.

Alison

 

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NELLIE NEWSLETTER STRIKES AGAIN!

It’s that time again If you haven’t already signed up for this, you really must! (E-mail LooseGravelProd@aol.com and say “Hey! I want the Nellie Newsletter!)

Here’s this month’s issue:

 Looooong Hot Summer, Indeed!!!!  It’s was 103 degrees here the other day, and the air conditioning just decides to stop every now and then.  (We just got it fixed. It was a capacitor!!)
 
So, anyway, Alison is back in town for awhile. She was in Wisconsin on August 11th, and went down twice in the dunk tank! (But the line waiting to dunk her went on for miles!) And then she had a great time in Chicago talking to lawyers and having lunch with Richard Bull!! (More on that later!)
 
So, on to the schedule:
 
Look out Seattle!! Here she comes!
 
Alison has two events coming up in Seattle: The first is a performance of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch at Julia’s on Broadway.  That will be on Thursday, September 6th, at 7:00 PM at Julia’s Restaurant, 300 Broadway E., Seattle, WA 98102 (http://juliasrestaurantseattle.com or 206-860-1818) Tickets are $20 general admission, and $35 for VIP. (VIP tickets include “Front Row” seating, an autographed poster, and an autographed copy of Alison’s book) You can order your tickets at: http://prairiebitch.brownpapertickets.com
 
The other event in Seattle is a benefit entitled “Cabaret for Marriage Equality”. This is going to be a musical/comedy/variety show, and Alison will be the hostess and emcee. All proceeds will benefit Washington United for Marriage in support of Referendum 74 which will give LGBT couples and families the benefits and protections of civil marriage. This event will be on Saturday, September 8th, at 7:00 PM at Downstairs at Town Hall.  Tickets are $35 General Seating or $75 for the VIP Package, which includes a backstage reception with the cast. For tickets, go to: www.WUFM.it/cabaret, and for more info on Town Hall go to: http://townhallseattle.org/downstairs/. The line up for the show includes: Alison, comedians Scott Silverman (http://thescottsilverman.com), Abbey Drake, and Peggy Platt; Jinkx Monsoon, host of Le Faux at Julia’s on Broadway; Tacoma singer/songwriter/“Voice” contestant Vicci Martinez (viccimartinez.com/); renowned Northwest comedy vocal group, Captain Smartypants, Seattle’s Jackie Hell and videos by Collide-O-Scope.  (This one seems like so much fun that I’m going, too!)
 
Then, it’s back to France. This tour is a little different, because she now has 2 French shows that she does: “Confessions d’une garce de la prairie, the first show, and the new “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson”. For anyone going to France, here’s the revised schedule:
 
9/22/12 : Samedi 22 septembre 2012, 20h, SAINT-PAULIEN (Haute-Loire), “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson” : 06 22 08 66 70 / 06 21 84 47 95 / 04 71 00 40 88
 
9/28/12 : Vendredi 28 septembre 2012, 20h30, GODERVILLE (Seine-Maritime), “Confessions d’une garce de la prairie” : 02 35 29 65 85
 
9/30/12 : Dimanche 30 septembre 2012, 15h, LANDRECIES (Nord), “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson” : 06 21 65 53 57 / 03 27 77 52 52
 
10/6/12 : Samedi 6 octobre 2012, 20h30, ORVAULT (Loire-Atlantique), “Confessions d’une garce de la prairie” : 02 40 89 65 01
 
10/12/12 : Vendredi 12 octobre 2012, 20h, JEBSHEIM (Haut-Rhin), “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson” : 06 75 03 70 99 / 03 89 86 67 74
 
10/13/12 : Samedi 13 octobre 2012, 20h, VAGNEY (Vosges), “La malle aux trésors de Nellie Oleson” : 06 74 99 52 14
 
10/19/12 : Vendredi 19 octobre 2012, 20h30, LOUHANS (Saône-et-Loire), “Confessions d’une garce de la prairie” : 03 85 74 09 94 / 06 61 66 11 14
 
For further info on the French shows, go to http://www.alison-arngrim.com
 
Then for November, “Back by Popular Demand”, Alison is again going to be at The Cabaret at Camp Bar in St. Paul!!  That would be Thursday through Sunday, November 8th through 11th, at 7:00 PM (5:00 PM on Sunday) at The Camp Bar, 490 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 (651-292-1844 or http://camp-bar.net) Ticket information is available at 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.  She is now up on their website, and the tickets are available now.  (They just can’t get enough of their Nellie in St. Paul!) And she’s followed a few days later by Leslie Jordan.

Next, there’s something going on in Roanoke, Virginia. Alison is doing a benefit called the “Music For Memories” Fundraiser. It’s on November 17th, and is described as: “A Christmas Homecoming with all proceeds benefitting the Adult Care Center of Roanoke Valley.”  There is also talk of a possible book signing at Barnes and Noble the night before. More on this as it develops.

Out of the Dark Ages: In the wonderful world of today’s internet, nothing ever really goes away.  So if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic for the 70’s….and the days of Jimmy Carter, (You remember Jimmy Carter -President, Georgia, “Nucular” Physicist, etc.), there’s a trip down political humor memory lane called “Heeere’s Amy!” – a thoroughly demented comedy album from the 1970’s starring Alison as none other than: precocious presidential daughter Amy Carter! 
And you can now get it on I-Tunes if you want.  And you can get the whole story on how it came about and some of the famous people involved at: http://www.uproarcomedycd.com/catalog/alison_arngrim_as_amy_carter_heres_amy.htm  Check it out!

Prairie Tidbits:
 
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) – Back from France, is all I know.  (Still dating the hot French guy!)
 
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) – Charlotte may be in southern California sometime in the next couple of months, but it’s just a rumor at this point.
 
Richard Bull (Nels Oleson) – Well, it’s been confirmed. Alison was in Chicago and had lunch with Richard and Bobbi Bull. Sometime in September, they are packing up their Conestoga wagon and setting out across the Prairie to return to California. Now, if they can just survive the dust storms, prairie dog holes, and buffalo stampedes, we might see them in a couple of months!

Patrick Labyorteaux (Andy Garvey) - Nick at Nite will premiere its first-ever original live-action family comedy executive produced by and starring Scott Baio, See Dad Run on Saturday, Oct. 6. The series is executive produced by Baio and comes from creators/executive producers Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux.  Way to go, Pat!!  You can check out the show, and sign up for free tickets to the tapings at: http://www.tvtickets.com/fmi/xsl/shows/browserecord.xsl?&Show=see+dad

Katherine MacGregor (Mrs. Oleson) – Katherine, as far as we can tell, is still doing well here in southern California. She’s retired, and very militant about being retired!  She doesn’t do autographs or answer fan mail, either.  (She has been known to make the occasional exception, but it’s iffy and unpredictable!) However, now that Mr. Oleson (Richard) is returning to California, there may be trouble brewing!

Allison Balson (Nancy Oleson) – Allison is now in Texas and the host of the radio show: Music Scene Live (http://www.musicscenelive.com/) Here’s the description from the website: “A show that brings you “live” performances of original music by Texas based singer/songwriters and bands, including candid dialogue with the artists about their music and performing “live” in front of an audience.” Also check out her website at www.allisonbalson.com.

Miscellaneous: If you want to see some photos from the July 2005 Little House cast reunion in Tombstone, Arizona, try this: http://www.zunshine.com/littlehouse/tombstonepics.html. These photos were all taken by our good friend Eric Caron. Brings back lots of memories! Thanks, Eric!
 
The Saga of Sock Monkey     (Chapter Twelve)
It was the day of departure, the first mission for Mr. Sock Monkey. He was very excited. And somewhat puzzled, too. Alison had told him he would be flying “Monkey Class”. Now, Sock Monkey had heard of First Class, Economy Class, Business Class, and the upgraded economy tickets, sort of “economy with benefits”, so to speak, but he had never heard of “Monkey Class”.  And he was curious! Alison started to brief him on their mission. “Well, she said, there are a couple of Senators and Representatives that we need to visit before we leave for France, so we’ll be stopping in DC first.”  Sock Monkey listened carefully. “There are those who are not willing to vote for legislation that will protect children, and one guy who is busy re-naming the food in the cafeteria instead of running the country. So, we have lots to do.” Sock Monkey decided to wait and see about the “Monkey Class” thing. (To be continued… .) 

Catahoula News:
 
Catahoula has signed with Red Queen Music Publishing.  And we’re STILL very excited! You can read more about them at http://www.redqueenmusic.com/.  For a taste of our performance at The Federal, you can still go to:  http://vimeo.com/38597779  Catahoula is set to begin rehearsals, and the schedule of events will be forthcoming.
 
So there you go, the Sixth Alison Newsletter of 2012. The Prairie Bitch Midwest Tour 2012 has been successful, and soon she’s off to rampage around France again. There’s a rumor that Argentina is calling, and you know, she’s not yet been to Australia.  Hmmm … .
 
Anyway, be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.
 
-             Bob
 

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The “Nellie Newsletter”

What, you may well ask, is a “Nellie Newsletter”?  Well, much like it sounds, it’s a newsletter for fans of Nellie Oleson, (and well, by extension, fans of me), who wish to receive updates on my activities and all things “Nellie related”.

Bob writes it up and e-mails it out about once a month or so, to those who request it.

Today I wanted to post a list of all my upcoming engagements, and I realized the easiest way to do that, is to just post the latest edition of The Nellie Newsletter.

If you want to start getting this, send an e-mail to: LooseGravelProd@aol.com and say, “Hey! I want to get the Nellie Newsletter!” It’s that easy. (And you can only get the “BONUS: The Saga of Sock Monkey” with the newsletter!)

Nelle Newsletter June Edition


Hurray, Alison is back from France! (Again) Wait, I said that last month!

Well, it’s true.  She just returned from the premiere performance of her new French show “Nellie Oleson’s Trunk of Treasures – The New Show With Alison Arngrim and Patrick Loubatiere”.  Or, as they call it in France: “La Malle Aux Tresors De Nellie Oleson - Le Nouveau Spectacle D’Alison Arngrim Et Patrick Loubatiere!” It was a huge success. So many people wanted autographs that they had to schedule a special signing for the next day. (http://www.alison-arngrim.com ) But it was a lot of work, and when she came home she slept for two days! It seems like they were running her ragged.

There is sad news from the Prairie:  Ruthie Foster (“Mrs. Foster” the postmistress) passed away on Saturday, May 12, at the age of 92. In addition to playing Walnut Grove’s postmistress, she was also the stand-in for many of the actresses.  She began her stage career at the age of 12, after winning a dance contest.  She had many parts on TV up until she got Little House. 

(http://westernboothill.blogspot.com/2012/05/rip-ruth-foster.html)

One of my favorites was the time she spent as part of Spike Jones’ band. (No, not the director of “Being John Malkovich” – that’s Spike JONZE.  This is Spike JONES, the musician and band leader) She was always a dancer, and performed regularly well into her seventies.

So, back to Alison’s schedule. First off, she’s going to be at the El Segundo Author Fair on Sunday, June 3rd. This is at the El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245 (http://www.elsegundo.org/library/ or 310-524-2722) The fair goes from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Alison will be part of their “Pop Culture of the 60’s & 70’s” panel from 2:30 to 3:30, and then will be signing copies of her book from 3:30 to 4:30. What, you say she’s not listed on their website? That’s right, this is a stealth appearance! This is so secret, only you know about it! (She’s filling in, they had a cancellation.)

The next item on the itinerary is the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where she has been asked to be a judge this year. (No, she is not taking bribes! Who do you think she is, Nellie Oleson?) The Monte Carlo TV Festival runs from June 10 through June 14th. (www.tvfestival.com/2012/) We’re both going this time, so I’ll have to find something nice to wear. (Hmmm … Wonder where I put that tux?)

Then we come back to the US just in time for another performance of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York. (http://www.westbankcafe.com/beechman_theatre.html) She’ll be there Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th, at 7:30 PM each night. That’s The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036. (212.695.6909)

It’s just west of Ninth Avenue - Subway Station: Times Square. Tickets are $20 online at http://spincyclenyc.com/.  You know, it’s been several years since I’ve actually seen the show.  I’m usually here at home writing newsletters, and such!

Then it’s back to LA for awhile.  You know, fourth of July, fireworks, shooting a TV pilot, picnics, yard sales, the usual!

Then she’s off to Laura Palooza in Mankato, Minnesota, July 12 – 14th, 2012.  Alison will be doing Confessions at 7:00 PM on Friday, July 13th.  (http://beyondlittlehouse.com/laurapalooza-2012/faqs-laurapalooza-2012/) Dean Butler will also be there.  Dean will be presenting the Pa’s Fiddle project that was filmed recently in Tennessee, and will soon air as a PBS Special. The theme of the Laura Palooza event this year appears to be “What Would Laura Do?”  (“WWLD” Is there a t-shirt?).

Then things get even more confusing.  There is a benefit evening being put together by the local Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. We think it’s on July 15th, we think it’s in the evening, and that’s all we think we know.  More on this as it develops …

THIS JUST IN: Alison has just booked two shows at The Camp Bar in St. Paul.  That would be Wednesday and Thursday, July 18 and 19, at 8:00 PM at The Camp Bar, 490 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 (651-292-1844 or http://camp-bar.net) Ticket information soon to be available at 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.  This is still pretty new, so it’s not up on either website just yet. (See, you heard it here first!)

And then she returns to the original “scene of the crime”: Walnut Grove, MN for The Wilder Pageant.  From their press release: “Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson, will visit Walnut Grove on July 20-22. This will be her third visit. She first visited Walnut Grove in 1992 and returned in 2010.”  (http://www.walnutgrove.org/) There will be book signings, autograph sessions, panels, general skullduggery, etc.

But wait!  In answer to our first question when we heard there was a “What Would Laura Do?” theme – Yes, we have just been informed that the gift shop WILL be stocking “WWND” – What Would NELLIE Do?” T-shirts, pins, key chains and magnets!!!

Then she’s off to Heritage Hill in Green Bay, Wisconsin for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days on Friday and Saturday, July 27th & 28th.  (http://www.heritagehillgb.org/calendar/laura-ingalls-wilder-days/267 ) From their website: “Heritage Hill welcomes Alison Arngrim who played “Nellie” on the Little House on the Prairie television show. Learn about life on the show and what Alison has been doing since the show. Alison will be signing autographs and answering your questions throughout the event.” Admission: $10 adults, $9 senior citizens and $8 for children 5-17, those 3 and under are free.

Continuing her adventures in the mid-west, she then goes to The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, Michigan for two performances of Confessions on Friday and Saturday, August 3rd & 4th at 8:30 PM. (The Dunes Resort , 333 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck, MI 49453 - Phone: 269-857-1401 & Fax: 269-857-4052) Tickets are $30 and are available at www.reactionshows.com

For the next stop on her mid-west tour, she’s off to Pinecrest Historical Village in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on August 11th.  Then to Chicago where she is speaking at the National Association of Counsel for Children’s 5th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference, August 14th – 16th at the Historic Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.

Well, that’s it for the summer.  She goes back to France in September, and that’s all we currently know for sure.

Prairie Tidbits

Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) – Unless you’re living in a cave somewhere, you already know that Melissa was on “Dancing With The Stars”. She lasted up until week 8, got whiplash and a concussion during a Paso Doble, nearly killed her partner during a tango, had a three way dance with 2 hot Russian dudes for the finale and then got voted off.  Rumor has it she took off to Paris for a few days after the show.

Dean Butler (Almonzo Wilder) – As we’ve mentioned, Dean will be at the Laura Palooza event presenting his documentary about Pa’s Fiddle. The PBS Special that was taped in January will air on Nashville Public Television on Sunday, June 3rd at 7pm and Monday, June 4th at 11pm. Be sure to watch! You can read more about this project at:  http://www.murfreesboropost.com/fiddling-father-gets-his-due-cms-31250   The CD will be in stores June 5 but is available now as a pre-release special at www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com.   Dean is also producing a show called FEHERTY for the Golf Channel in Orlando. It airs on Mondays at 7PM and 10PM PDT on GOLF CHANNEL.

Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) – Charlotte will be appearing in Walnut Grove, MN, for The Wilder Pageant.  From their press release:   “Charlotte Stewart, who played Miss Beadle on the television show based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books, will visit Walnut Grove for the first time on July 14 and 15.” ( http://www.walnutgrove.org/ ) We could possibly see Nellie and Miss Beadle together again.  What will THAT be like?!?

Matt Labyorteaux  (Albert Ingalls) – Matt recently did voice over for a video game called Kinect Star Wars.  From the packaging: “Experience the breadth of the Star Wars Universe as you wield a Lightsaber, train to be a Jedi Master, soar in command of a speeder bike, become a champion Podracer, wreak havoc as a rampaging Rancor, battle the Dark Side in one-on-one duels, dance for Jabba the Hutt, and much more.”

Radames Pera (John Jr.) – It appears that Radames worked on a film in 2010 called Mojo Tango. The description in IMDB reads: “Chilita pees on a stick. Janine follows her heart. Mikey manages a ménage-a-trois and Donny deals with a damsel in distress.” Really. Here’s a clip of the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1521222681

Catahoula News

More Catahoula News!!!! Catahoula is about to sign with Red Queen Music Publishing.  We’re very excited. This means that you may soon hear a Catahoula song in a hit film or TV show  … and many other possibilities.  You can read more about them at http://www.redqueenmusic.com/.  For a taste of our performance at The Federal, you can still go to:  http://vimeo.com/38597779

So there you go, the Third Alison Newsletter of 2012. After a wonderful time in Bora Bora (almost drowned, don’t you know!), buying a tux for Monte Carlo, and negotiating a publishing deal for the band, I’m a little shell-shocked! But the year is only half over.  There’s a lot more fun in store!

 Anyway, be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.

-             Bob

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"Heeere’s Amy!" the backstory……

OK, here’s what happened: 

In 1977 I started doing stand-up comedy in clubs around Los Angeles.  I was 15 years old.  I had become friends with a comedy group my dad was managing called “The Village Idiots”, (I know – one of the best comedy group names EVER!).  They were a very talented bunch and even got a gig doing sketches every week on a popular TV show of the time, called “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”. This gang of brilliant idiots helped me write my first stand up act.

Now remember, it was the 1970’s…Jimmy Carter was in office. He was the first president in a very long time to have a kid running around the White House – the adorable, blond, precocious, nine year old Amy Carter.  Now adorable she was, but she also was also slightly nearsighted, and became famous for wearing very large, round, shall we say, somewhat unflattering, black rimmed glasses.  She was clearly quite smart for her age and preferred books to hobnobbing with famous White House visitors. She soon became a heroine to nerdy little girls everywhere. She was ahead of her time, the trailblazer for what we now call girl-geek-chic.

So since I was blond, young and a bit of geek myself, it was agreed that to NOT do some kind of impression or “bit” about little Amy would just be missing too much of a comedic opportunity.

It started small, at the end of my act, I put on a pair of gigantic black rimmed glasses and said, “Goodnight everybody!” in what everyone assumed would be little Amy’s southern twang.  (As the real Amy famously did not say much in public, it was just assumed that with the rest of her family all twanging and drawling all over the place, she must be as Southern fried as they were.)

Strangely enough this three second sight gag was a hit. Gradually we added more. The Village Idiots and I came up with a piece called “Amy’s Prayer” in which we imagine what Amy would discuss with God in her bedtime prayers, making lots of cracks about various politicians and White House officials – but all in utter innocence of course – she was only nine, after all.

Now here’s where things got crazy:

My mother was Norma MacMillan, a famous voice over artist known for such things as “Casper the Friendly Ghost”, “Gumby”, “Sweet Polly Purebred”, (Underdog’s girlfriend) and “Davey”, of “Davey & Goliath”.  But in 1962, she had recorded an album called. “The First Family”.  Yes, “The First Family”, the famous comedy album about the Kennedy family.  Very tame by today’s standards, it was considered controversial at the time, (it not only “mocked” a seated president, but even included the wife and kids It went down in history as the "largest and fastest selling record in the history of the record industry" selling at more than a million copies per week for the first six and one-half weeks in distribution.

My mother had done the voices of – you guessed it -  the Kennedy kids, Caroline and John-John.

I can still see the gigantic cartoon light bulb popping up over my father’s head as the obvious next move occurred to him:  “Hey, why not have the daughter of the woman who played Kennedy’s daughter on a huge hit comedy album 15 years before, play the current president’s daughter on a new comedy album and even have the famous mom guest star!”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why there is a comedy album from 1977 called “Heeere’s Amy!” starring Alison Arngrim.

Phones were dialed, meeting were held, arrangements were made, and eventually I was introduced to Mr. Dave Drozen of “Laff Records” who had  won many Grammy awards, producing the likes of Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, George Carlin and my personal favorite – La Wanda Page.

Before I knew it, I was in a recording studio with Dave, the Village Idiots, my mom, my dad, my dad’s business partner, Jess Petersen and a sweet, almost shy, young man named Gregg Suddeth who sounded exactly like Jimmy Carter.

The Village Idiots wrote the sketches. We recorded the whole thing in a day.  For the “laugh track” we invited a bunch of friends back to the studio for pizza and beer that evening and played back the tapes and recorded their reactions.

So, was it a hit?  Well, no not really. It was the 70’s and there was no internet - no Twitter, no Facebook.  Back then, if you wanted to sell something like this to your fans, you had to go on daytime TV and somehow explain your sense of humor to people like Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore.  Perhaps it was ahead of its time.

So is it any good? Well, I asked that myself.  But I kept getting letters and e-mails from fans telling me they had found copies of “Heeere’s Amy!” on E-Bay and whatnot and they all seemed to think it was hilarious.  They kept asking me where they could get it on CD, could they download it? I was amazed.

Why is this silly thing out on I-Tunes now? Because Dave Drozen of Laff Records is still alive and kicking, and still a friend of mine. And now he has a company called UPROAR Entertainment.  http://www.uproarcomedycd.com/index.htm

He’s been putting out all sorts of comedy, new comedy, old comedy and yes, bizarre ancient things from the vaults.

Like “Heeere”s Amy!”

I have to say, it IS quite the dusty antique historical monument in a lot of ways.  (Jokes about Idi Amin and Jody Powell for the love of God!  There’s even a freaking Beulah Bondi joke!!)  But Greg Suddeth’s impressions - Nixon, Carter, Cronkite, etc. are hysterical. And yes, it’s still funny when Uncle Billy belches.

Weirdly, many famous people mentioned on the album have resurrected themselves in the public consciousness: Jerry Brown, Roman Polanski,..Charo.  Go figure.

And of course, there’s some famous people doing the jokes too.  Sadly, many of them are no longer with us.  Who’s on it?  You won’t believe it:

The Village Idiots – all four of ‘em!

Peter Jurasik - Wait! You mean “Londo” from “Babylon 5”???  Yes. THAT Peter Jurasik.  Check out his impression of Henry Kissinger and tell me it isn’t the exact same accent he used on Babylon 5 for the “Centauri”! He’s alive and well and somewhere in North Carolina.

Mark Ganzel - Went on to be a writer/producer on the TV series “Coach” starring Craig T. Nelson. Lost to cancer at the young age of 51.

Jan Fischer - Brilliant, troubled and seriously over educated, Jan went on to write the screenplay for the movie “The Lost Boys”: the infamous 80’s teen vampire flick that launched what we later came to know as  “the two Coreys”. Realized she really was too hip and had to go….March 10, 2011.

Robin Hunt - A gorgeous and funny woman – married well and got out of Hollywood, having the last laugh on all of us.

The others:

Norma Macmillan – AKA My mother. Pretty much every cartoon you saw as a child. She was Casper for God’s sake!  Became a Friendly Ghost herself, on March 16, 2001.

Thor Arngrim – My father & personal manager. Used to work for Liberace. Went to the big red carpet event in the sky, December 16, 2009.

Jess Petersen – My dad’s business partner, my other personal manager and technically third parent.  Sought more interesting employment on the other side…May 21, 2008.

Greg Suddeth – The quiet, shy, comedian and presidential impressionist. Went on to be a screenwriter, actor and Dramalogue Award winning playwright.  Passed away at 55.  I’m told he’d stayed the sweet guy he always was, right to the end.

So as you can imagine this album is quite the trip down memory lane for me, to hear all those voices again: my friends….Mark, Jan, Greg, my parents….and …Jess.  Ahhhh gotta love those “Medium Size Dogs and “Bilingual Presidential Yes Men”!

WARNING: Much of the humor, (like most of the Laff Records catalog I would imagine), is quite politically incorrect by today’s standards. Perhaps that’s a selling point, I don’t know.  As you listen, try to keep in mind that this is an “archeological specimen of comedy”.  (And I was only 15 freakin’ years old.)

But even though appalling things are said and alluded to on this album, no matter what happens, the character of Amy always remains the innocent voice of reason, standing firm against the foolishness and corruption of the adults around her.

No actual children were harmed in the making of this album. (Except possibly me and I’ve been a lost cause for years.)

On November 22, “Heeere’s Amy!” will be available for purchase on I-Tunes, Amazon, UPROAR Entertainment and all other sites where digital comedy is available.