July 30, 2008

Picnic Slated For Lucy’s Birthday Celebration

Posted on The Post-Journal website, Lucille Ball was always involved in the annual company picnic for Desilu Studios employees and their families. A highlight of Lucy’s Birthday Celebration will be Sunday’s Fan Reunion and Picnic with special guest Wanda Clark, Lucy’s personal secretary.

Since the annual company picnic for Desilu Productions employees and their families was such an important part of the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, it's only natural when their fans gather that a picnic would be in order.

The American Legion Post 777 near Celoron - Ball lived during much of her childhood - will be the site for the Lucy-Desi Fan Reunion and Picnic during Lucy's Birthday Celebration, Friday through Sunday.

Wanda Clark was Ball's personal secretary for more than 25 years. She will share rare photographs from the Lucy-Desi Center archives during the event beginning at 11:30 a.m., Sunday.

The Lucy-Desi Fan Reunion will be an opportunity to learn more about the Queen of Comedy from someone who played a unique role in her life. A founding board member of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, Ms. Clark is traveling from her home in Oklahoma for the gathering of fans from across the country.

Giftwear manufacturer All-U is providing more than $500 in door prizes for the event sponsored by Quality Markets. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Celoron's Desi Arnaz Band Shell that was dedicated in the spring of 2007.

For more information or to order tickets for Festival events, call 484-0800 or visit online at www.lucy-desi.com. The Lucy-Desi Museum at 212 Pine St., Lucy-Desi Gift Shop at 300 N. Main St., and Desilu Playhouse at 2 W. Third St. - all in downtown Jamestown - are open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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