Although as previously reported about the Lucy-Desi Center Giftshop closing or more rather a consolidation due to these economic times, the Lucy-Desi Festival will feature many highlights.
The Lucy-Desi Festival will be held in Jamestown, NY next weekend, May 22nd to 24th. Among the activities planned for this three-day annual festival:
•Lucie Arnaz: "An Evening with Lucie Arnaz" - a special fundraiser for the Lucy-Desi Center being held at the historic Reg Lenna Civic Center (Tickets $25)
•Komedy Kollege - Directed by Diane Vincent (Lucy Ricardo), recreate one of three "I Love Lucy" episodes, Job Switching, Lucy Does a TV Commerical, and Lucy's Italian Movie. (Tickets $20 includes a Lucy-Desi T-shirt)
•Legend event with Keith Thibodeaux - Meet Keith Thibodeaux, the actor who played Little Ricky. Each ticket holder will have their photo taken with Keith on the Ricardo's living room set. Breakfast will follow wtih a Q&A session with Keith. This is your chance to hear his memories personally from working on "I Love Lucy". This event is hosted by Tom Watson. (Tickets $100)
•Trivia Contest - Randomly selected audience members will have a chance to prove their Lucy-Desi knowlege. Prize baskets awarded to winners! (Tickets $10)
•The Unexpected Guests - Jamestown's own highly-acclaimed improv group pays tribtue to America's First Couple of Comedy. (Tickets $10)
•"America Alive" TV Interview with Lucille Ball - a rarely seen 70s TV show that paid tribute and interviewed Lucille Ball. Co-hosted by Wanda Clark, Lucille Ball's longtime personal secretary and Michael Stern, proclaimed by Lucy as her number one fan. (Tickets $15)
•Orson Wells & Desilu Studios - Enjoy screenings of rare TV episodes featuring Lucy and Orson Wells together. Followed by discussions lead by Tom Watson and Dann Cahn. (Tickets $15)
•Lucy Town Tours: A two-hour video-enhanced tour of Lucy's hometown with a special mystery guest aboard an air-conditioned bus (Tickets $20 includes memento)
•Fan Reunion Cruise aboard The Summer Wind - hosted by Wanda Clark, Michael Stern, and John Schillner on beautiful Lake Chautauqua. Boards in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celeron, just outside Jamestown. Limited seating. (Tickets $50)
•Tropicana Luncheon: "Fountain of Youth" - Have lunch in The Tropicana Room as you view a rarely seen TV piolot created by Orson Wells and Desilu Studios. Hosted by Dann Cahn and Tom Watson (Tickets $25)
•Lucy Under the Stars - Enjoy an outdoor screenings of "I Love Lucy" episodes. Popcorn and beverages available for purchase. (Free event)
•Film Festival "Life With Lucy" - View three rarely seen episodes from Lucy's final TV series. Co-hosted by Michael Stern and Wanda Clark (Tickets $10)
For a complete schedule of events for the Lucy Desi Festival, click here!
For more information, go online to www.lucy-desi.com.