I just returned from Jamestown, New York. I went with 2 friends, T and C, and our Grace. Uh huh, 4 wild (Okay, sheesh. So we were all in bed by 10 and the only wild thing we did was drink chocolate milkshakes but hey!) girls let loose on the road! Yup, THAT Jamestown. The birthplace of Lucille Ball AND Lucy Ricardo. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the Lucille Ball Birthday Festivities in Jamestown and the lovely small towns, old houses and natural scenery in the Allegheny area.
Welcome to Jamestown Girls!
On Friday we all attended a special afternoon luncheon in the beautiful recreation of Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana nightclub. Lunch was followed by a special tribute to Lucy’s costume designer, Elois Jenssen, by film producer and author, Alan Glaser. The author of The Official “I Love Lucy” Paper Dolls, Alan shared original costume sketches approved by Lucy herself that Elois created for some very memorable "I Love Lucy" episodes. We enjoyed a slide show of rarely seen photos from Allan's personal collection, and listened to Lucille Ball pay tribute to Elois on a rare audio tape that was recorded weeks before Lucy passed away. And as a special treat, Universal Studios’ Lucy Ricardo impressionist Diane Vincent offered a mini fashion show of some Elois-inspired costumes. Now THAT was fun! The menu for the luncheon was inspired by the popular “L.A. At Last” episode featuring William Holden in the Brown Derby!
On Saturday afternoon, we took one of the Lucytown Tours! Jamestown native Lucy Studd served as the tour guide, pointing out more than two dozen locations in Jamestown and neighboring Celoron that were significant in the early life Lucille Ball. From the home in which she was born, to the quiet place where she now rests, we got a wonderful glimpse into the area that shaped Lucy's life.~The home in which Lucille Ball was born~ ~The home in which she spent many happy years~ We also enjoyed the Lucy/Desi Museums in Jamestown. Family treasures, videos, personal mementos and artifacts from their careers, it was all so interesting. There were even detailed re-creations of the Ricardo's brownstone apartment living room, their kitchen and even the Beverly Palms hotel room where the Ricardos resided while in Hollywood.
Grace even had the chance to chance to step on the “Vitameatavegamin” set and perform her own version of that famous TV commercial!I will be back tomorrow to share some photos I took of some of the great homes we saw in the area...beautiful old houses. We stayed in the little town of Warren, Pennsylvania and it was such a sweet spot. On the Allegheny River, nestled in the mountains and the Allegheny National Forest, it was just wonderful.
I also have some photos to share from last week and of tonight's Ritter's Dog Nite!
I will be trying to visit you all this week as I have so missed each one of you. I hope all is well in your lives and please know how often I think of you all. To those who have only recently introduced themselves to me, WELCOME to Rabbit Run! I am so happy you stopped by!
I hope we will get to know one another well.
To ALL of you, stay well, enjoy your week and be kind to yourselves. You are VERY special.
Love and Hugs,