May 20, 2008

Jamestown Welcomes Lucille Ball Fans

As reported by Sarah Crump from The Plain Dealer, Jamestown, NY welcomes all who love Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

Are you an adoring fan of "I Love Lucy" 57 years after the show's premiere? You can't pay better homage to Lucille Ball than to journey to her hometown, Jamestown, N.Y., Friday through Sunday, May 25, for an annual festival in her honor.

More than 40 events, many free, highlight Lucy-Desi Days, a well-done community effort toasting Jamestown's favorite star and her husband, Desi Arnaz. For a complete listing of events, go to www.lucy-desi.com.

There will be competitions determining the best snail snackers, spaghetti eaters and salad dressing pushers, a la "Lucy" episodes, as well as appearances by celebrities. Melody Thomas Scott, "Nikki" of "The Young and the Restless," and Wilmer Valderrama of "That '70s Show" and "Yo Momma" will talk about how Lucy and Desi influenced their careers. A weekend-long collectors show, trivia contests, bus tours of landmarks and a scavenger hunt will be among the fun stuff.

Visitors should stop at the Lucy-Desi Museum, which traces the personal and professional lives of the couple, and the Desilu Playhouse, a museum devoted to "I Love Lucy" that includes the Ricardos' New York apartment set.

Can't make it to Jamestown on Memorial Day weekend? Jamestown will host another Lucy festival Friday, Aug. 1-Sunday, Aug. 3.

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