The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
The Summer Challenge: Day 29
Last year I explained all about my love for Lucille Ball and how we only live a couple hours away from where she was born and grew up; Jamestown, NY. I have been down there many times to the museum but this was the first time I had ever attended the comedy festival that the town puts on in honor of Lucy’s birthday on August 6th. (She would be 104 years old this year)
This is my friend Eloise. We’ve known each other since middle school and she’s a Lucy fan too. Every year we’ve planned to attend Lucy Fest and yet we’ve never made it until this year. We attended Lucy & Ethel’s Brunch Theater, a guided tour of Lucy’s hometown, Jamestown, and we had plans to do more of the free festivities but I was tired and with a 2 hour drive home, we just came home.
Now seeing as I have been here so many times in the past, I opted (after great debate in my own head) to NOT bring my big camera. This has never happened before and will never happen again. Ever. In my defense, I didn’t think I would take hardly any photos (I wasn’t sure if we could during the brunch show, and that was going to be the only new thing for me). The photos are ok in quality but I have been spoiled with my big camera. Anyway, moving on… 🙂
Professional Lucy & Ethel impersonators (Diane Vincent – Lucy and Rhonda Medina – Ethel) were performing the show and they did such an amazing job! You would have sworn that it really was Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance up there. It was so much fun and there was a lot of audience participation.
They incorporated a lot of scenes from various episodes into the skits and they had everyone laughing throughout the entire show. During costume changes and while the food was being served, they showed an interview with Diane and Rhonda about why and how they got into portraying Lucy & Ethel. Both of them have been doing it for 20 years!
Before the show began, we submitted our names for the chance to go up on stage and tell a joke. They randomly selected 4 people from the audience and they all had to come up. There was a large church group at the show and one of the people called up was a nun. She was probably around 80 years old and she was such a trooper! (Someone else submitted her name.) She went up on stage, told her joke, and won a prize for her joke. It was so funny to watch and while I submitted my name, I am kinda sorta glad that I wasn’t chosen. lol
Both Lucy & Ethel came out after the show to take photos with the audience. We were so excited and now I have a photo for the Lucy frame that I bought during last years trip.
We also went on a Hometown Tour of Jamestown and they took us on a bus ride throughout the area. The tour guide did a great job telling us about the history of Lucy’s life in the town and she answered various questions from everyone. It was a great tour and well worth the money to go.
One of the stops during the tour was to see the infamous Lucille Ball statue. It has made the national news because of how ugly it is and doesn’t look anything like her. Of course, everyone wanted to have their photo taken with it. lol
Overall, (despite the less them stellar photos) it was such a fun day trip! We are already planning a trip back next year. 🙂