Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, Inc.
Month-In-Review: August 2005
· The Desilu Playhouse, permanent home of the “I Love Lucy” 50th Anniversary Tour, opens in the new Rapaport Center building.
· Melody Thomas Scott, Lucy-Desi Center board member and star of The Young and The Restless, and Diane Vincent, Universal Studios: Hollywood’s “Lucy Ricardo” impressionist, pull together to create and present “Lucy and Ethel’s Variety Show” as a last-minute stand-in for Edie Adams’s headlining event during Lucy’s Birthday Celebration. Visiting Lucy fan and director and choreographer Dan Mojica spends his weekend writing a script and creating a show!
· Birthday Celebration visitors Mark Farmer and John Moscone donate their vacation to install A-V equipment in the Rapaport Center’s Tropicana Room, where the Lucy-Desi Museum and Desilu Playhouse will welcome group visitors as well as offer special festival events and opportunities for private events.
· Special celebrity guests - including Bart Braverman, Wanda Clark, Elisabeth Edwards, Frank Gorey, Melody Thomas Scott, Keith Thibodeaux, Roger Twedt, Diane Vincent, and Tom Watson -- make for a wonderful Lucy’s Birthday Celebration in Lucille Ball’s hometown.
· The Lucy-Desi Museum and the Desilu Playhouse are included in a Greater Niagara Newspaper travel story about Chautauqua County attractions.
· Lucy-Desi staff participated in planning for a Children’s Museum of Jamestown.
· Laughing With Lucy, the autobiography of “I Love Lucy” writer Madelyn Pugh Davis arrives in the gift shop.
· The Lucy-Desi Center is contacted by a Denver radio station to do a live interview to promote Lucy’s Birthday Celebration.
· Young performers in The Company Kids of the Orange County (California) Song & Dance Company, the Jamestown Suzuki Strings & Friends, and the Infinity Performing Arts Project all add to festivities during Lucy’s Birthday Celebration.
· Representatives of Jamestown visitor attractions meet to discuss the Lucy-Desi Center’s joint promotion made possible through a grant from the Gebbie Foundation.
· The Lucy-Desi Center represents the Jamestown area at a group travel show in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.