Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Budweiser Clydesdales Drop In for a Visit - Chicopee, Massachusetts


It was a quiet afternoon, just about suppertime.  A few of the neighbors went outside to stand by the road.

 Because it isn't too often that the Budweiser Clydesdales pulling that big old beer wagon comes down your street.

Not that anybody was filming a commercial or anything, but they just happened to be in the neighborhood.


This is Chicopee, Massachusetts.  As most New Englanders know, the Eastern States Exposition, or the "Big E" as we call it, the annual state fair for all of New England's six states is currently going on across the Connecticut River in West Springfield.  The Budweiser Clydesdales always show up for that.

Why they made a detour in this neighborhood first is because one of the neighbors, the guy who lives across the street, won a contest. His prize was  a case of Budweiser beer, to be delivered like this.

Not usually something that happens in this neighborhood around suppertime.  So folks came out to have a closer look.

 It resembled an impromptu block party, and for a little while, it was as cheerful and friendly as a holiday family gathering.


Then it was time to go.

Everybody went home and had at lot to talk about at supper.  The winner of the prize wasn't the only winner that day. 

Congratulations to Mr. Thomas Peloquin, who won the prize raffle sponsored by the Williams Distributing Company of Chicopee.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Valley Players - Program Ads from Summer 1954 - Holyoke, Massachusetts


 



We take a last look back at summer theatre, with fall soon upon us, but from the summer of 1954 when summer stock, and Holyoke's Valley Players, was in its heyday.

We've discussed the Valley Players in previous posts, and theatre on Mt. Tom in its many forms will be the subject of a future book, but today we salute not the art form, but that which keeps it among us--support from the community.  Not the audience, this time, but the advertising.


Have a look at some of these ads of, mostly former, Holyoke, South Hadley, and Springfield, Massachusetts business that advertised in the Valley Players programs.


How many do you remember?



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS - Ocean State Theatre Company - Rhode Island

The delightful family stage musical MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, based on the 1944 movie, comes to the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick, Rhode Island, this December.  Have a look at their press release below for details and advanced ticket sales:


OCEAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES
TICKETS ON SALE FOR HOLIDAY PRODUCTION OF
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
 
WARWICK, RI – Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) is proud to announce that tickets for their 2014 holiday production of Meet Me in St. Louis, which will be presented at their state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, from December 3-28, will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, September 2.
 
“The response to last year’s holiday production of Miracle on 34th Street was so tremendous, we thought our audiences would enjoy another classic musical for the holidays,” said Producing Artistic Director, Amiee Turner. “We had been considering including Meet Me in St. Louis in our main stage season but, with it’s warm family themes and the joyous Christmas scene that includes the classic carol “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” it just felt better suited for the holidays.”
 
Based on the heartwarming 1944 MGM film which starred Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis is a wonderful classic from the golden age of musical comedy. Join the Smith family at the 1904 World’s Fair and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a close family. Memorable musical numbers include “The Boy Next Door, “The Trolley Song,” “Under the Bamboo Tree,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Meet Me in St. Louis is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the entire family!
 
Meet Me in St. Louis will be presented from December 3 – 28. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, December 4 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Wednesday (except 12/10 & 12/24) through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except 12/18), Saturdays (except 12/6) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. (There are no performances scheduled for December 25.)
 
Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2014-15 Season, which includes Lerner & Loewe’s abso-bloomin’-lutely perfect musical, My Fair Lady, the classic murder mystery thriller, Dial M for Murder, Jeff Stetson’s compelling play, The Meeting, Jason Robert Brown’s musical masterpiece, The Last Five Years, the door-slamming farce, Lend Me a Tenor and Stephen Sondheim’s charming musical, Into the Woods, are also available.
 
The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets for Meet Me in St. Louis are $39 for preview performances and $39-$54 for all other performances. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. $30 “Rush” tickets will be available on a limited basis one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance. Tickets will be available at the box office Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon – 4:00 pm, and up until curtain on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.
 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ann Blyth Kickstarter Campaign - 1 day left...

“I’m glad you know.  He never loved you.  It’s always been me.  I’ve got what I wanted and there’s nothing you can do about it.”  Her triumph, searing through narrowed eyes and the gloss of a long-aspired to sophistication hangs in the air just for a moment, until the catastrophe happens, by her own guilty hand.  Hysterical and sobbing, begs her mother, “Help me!”


This is no ploy, she is genuinely at the end of the rope.  Her, by now, truly tragic emotional collapse and her mother’s leaden inability to take any more--is topped only by more flip-flopping by both until the movie’s last few moments.

It’s quite a ride.  Ann Blyth is consistently believable in Veda's mercurial psyche...

We discussed Mildred Pierce (1945) here.

THERE is 1 DAY LEFT to my Kickstarter campaign - looking for backers to raise funds for upcoming  book on Ann Blyth's career - principally to offset costs of fees to obtain never or rarely seen photos in libraries, museums, and newspaper files.  The drive ends tomorrow evening at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Thanks to all who can help.

Click here to back the project.

My thanks to anyone who may share this post on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or social media of your choice, or just pass a note in gym class.

Also tomorrow, I will be a guest on John Losh's radio show: Losh-Man's Hollywood Classics from Noon-1pm CT on http://www.1027thehog.com and 102.7 FM-Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
 
I am interviewed by John Hayes at his blog Robert Frost's Banjo on the Ann Blyth series and upcoming book here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kickstarter campaign and Radio Guest Appearance

"...She puts her hands on the ship’s wheel and says, 'She's lovely.'

He puts his hands atop hers, 'And she always obeys me.'

'Perhaps because she likes the touch of your hand,' she replies, looking down with satisfaction at his hand covering hers. 

'She ought to; I’m in love with her.'

Modern films with love scenes showing two people writhing in bed are not more erotic than this scene under the night stars, so astonishing in its simplicity and effectiveness..."

From our post on The World in His Arms (1952), discussed here.

THERE ARE 2 DAYS LEFT to my Kickstarter campaign - looking for backers to raise funds for upcoming  book on Ann Blyth's career - principally to offset costs of fees to obtain never or rarely seen photos in libraries, museums, and newspaper files.  Thanks to all who can help.

Click here to back the project.

My thanks to anyone who may share this post on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or social media of your choice, or just pass a note in gym class.

RADIO:  I'll be a guest on John Losh's radio program this Sunday, August 24th, noon to 1:00 CT, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET.  Tune into Losh-Man's Hollywood Classics on http://www.1027thehog.com/ and 102.7 FM-Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  If you've ever wondered if I am as long-winded speaking as I am writing, now's your chance to find out.


I am interviewed by John Hayes at his blog Robert Frost's Banjo on the Ann Blyth series and upcoming book here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ann Blyth Kickstarter campaign - 4 days left


"...She senses his growing anxiety.  Like any thoughtful and concerned groom, she gently asks him if he is nervous about the wedding night.
He responds, “Well, a little maybe.  No more than the average man, I guess.”
She delicately tries to reassure him, as if he were a virgin in a 19th century English novel about to faint in the clutches of a highwayman, “There’s nothing to be afraid of, dear.  I’ll be awfully gentle and tender.”
He shoots her an incredulous look, this devil-may-care bachelor having lost all control of the situation..."

From Once More, My Darling (1949), discussed here.
THERE ARE 4 DAYS LEFT to my Kickstarter campaign - looking for backers to raise funds for upcoming  book on Ann Blyth's career - principally to offset costs of fees to obtain never or rarely seen photos in libraries, museums, and newspaper files.  Thanks to all who can help.

Click here to back the project.

My thanks to anyone who may share this post on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or social media of your choice, or just pass a note in gym class.


RADIO:  I'll be a guest on John Losh's radio program this Sunday, August 24th, noon to 1:00 CT, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET.  Tune into Losh-Man's Hollywood Classics on http://www.1027thehog.com/ and 102.7 FM-Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  If you've ever wondered if I am as long-winded speaking as I am writing, now's your chance to find out.


I am interviewed by John Hayes at his blog Robert Frost's Banjo on the Ann Blyth series and upcoming book here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ann Blyth Book Kickstarter campaign - 5 days left


"She rests on his back, rubs her chin on his bare shoulder blade, while he strokes her arm and kisses it, and they talk about the future.  She writes words on his back in sand.  When they come out of the surf after swimming, there is that lovely moment where their wet bodies embrace, they kiss each other, the ocean rolling a magic carpet up to their toes.  A moment to rival the passionate beach scene in From Here to Eternity, the waves come in and roll around them on all sides."

From our post on Our Very Own (1950), see here.

THERE ARE 5 DAYS LEFT to my Kickstarter campaign - looking for backers to raise funds for upcoming  book on Ann Blyth's career - principally to offset costs of fees to obtain never or rarely seen photos in libraries, museums, and newspaper files.  Thanks to all who can help.

Click here to back the project.

My thanks to anyone who may share this post on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or social media of your choice, or just pass a note in gym class.

I am interviewed by John Hayes at his blog Robert Frost's Banjo on the Ann Blyth series and upcoming book here.