Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beatles At The Ridge

Walnut Ridge Airport
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, is a small town that celebrates the Beatles event that occurred there in 1964 and it is a true celebration. The event is FREE, the parking is FREE and the memories are priceless. This event is near and dear to my heart, not just because it's about The Beatles, but because of the genuine intent of the citizens to conduct a festival that benefits the entire community. Through the hard work and vision of its mayor, Charles Snapp, this Beatles festival has received critical acclaim around the world, notably, it was named by USA Today as one of the best Beatles places to visit.
My descriptions of the festival would result in a Mark Lewisohn-type tome, so instead of filling the page with words, I'd like to share the Artists & Authors Symposium schedule and show you what you are in for this weekend! You can also hear Mayor Snapp and his sister, Carrie Mae, on an episode of Recipe Records Radio Show - link is below. Hope to see you at The Ridge!

Radio show:
Tune in to hear my interview from 2013 with Charles and Carrie Mae Snapp of Walnut Ridge:

The Beatles & Fats Domino
Fats was a great early influence 

FRIDAY, 16 September 2016
2:00 p.m. – Displays open for viewing at “The Studio”

4:30 p.m. – “Meet and Greet” reception with all authors and artists present

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at “The Studio”
Featured Author Jude Southerland Kessler
Jude & Ivor

Jude Southerland Kessler will start with an introduction of this year’s artists and authors, then follow with presenting a multi-media show: “Lennon’s Liverpool: The Beginnings of The Beatles”Jude is the author of three books (of what is to be a nine book series) on the life of John Lennon: “Shoulda Been There,” “Shivering Inside,” and “She Loves You”. She is currently working on Volume 4, “Should’ve Known Better.” 

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at “The Studio”
Featured Author Ivor Davis
Ivor Davis
Ivor Davis who toured with The Beatles in 1964 and wrote “The Beatles and Me Our Tour” will present: “The Sixties: Eyewitness to History: From The Beatles to Bobby Kennedy”
In 1964, Ivor Davis was hand-selected to accompany The Beatles on their North American Tour and was the only journalist with the group for all 34 action-packed days. Davis was also the only newspaper writer invited to accompany the Beatles for the amazing “Rock and Roll Summit” when the Beatles finally met Elvis Presley in Los Angeles on 27 August 1965 – 50 years ago this Summer. In 2014, Davis broke his long silence and shared the “rowdy and riotous” memories of that historical summer trek in a fast-paced book entitled The Beatles and Me on Tour.

7:30 p.m. – Book signing for Ivor and all authors. Artists also available to sign their works.

SATURDAY, 17 September, 2016

All Authors will have their books for sale in the MarketPlace throughout the day

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at “The Studio”
Studio Walking Tour of “Meet the Look-Alikes”
Ken Orth will giving a walking tour of Meet the Look-Alikes, a collection of artwork that parodies The Beatles’ album covers, followed by coffee and a Q&A session.

Ken Orth and Carol Sanders
"Meet the Look-Alikes" Collection

10:15 a.m. – Noon at “The Studio”
Book Release Party & Presentation

Sara Schmidt

Book Release Party for Sara Schmidt’s “Happiness is Seeing the Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis.” Join us for cake and coffee and a celebration of this new Beatles author! The party will be followed immediately with Sara’s Presentation: “The Beatles in St. Louis,” with a Q&A and book signing to follow!

Noon – 1:15 p.m. at “The Studio”
Lunch and Learn with Aaron Krerowicz

Aaron Krerowicz

Aaron Krerowicz, author of “Days in the Life” will present: “The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.” This 60-minute multimedia presentation will compare and contrast the two through musical examples and interviews with the band members. Please bring your lunch and enjoy it during the presentation. Q&A and book signing to follow!

1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at “The Studio”
“Good Ol’ Freda” Film

Jude Southerland Kessler of The John Lennon Series will briefly discuss Freda Kelly’s role as Official Fan Club Secretary for the Beatles and Freda’s 12 years as a NEMS employee with Brian Epstein, followed by a showing of the award-winning film, “Good Ol’ Freda.”

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Street Vendor Area
“The Secret Stories Buttons Tell”
Lisa Harp's Beatles Button Rings
Antique Button Jewelry Artist, Lisa Harp will present “The Secret Stories Buttons Tell”

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at “The Studio”
“Sing Along with Cameron Hicks”

Cameron Hicks & Ivor Davis

Stay after Freda’s film & have fun singing your favorite Beatles songs, led by Cameron Hicks!

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at “The Studio”
“Tea and Scones” with Lanea Stagg

Enjoy a British tea with scones and lemon curd with Lanea Stagg followed by her presentation: “A Day in the Life of a Beatle!” Q&A on foods The Beatles loved and book signing will follow.

Fire Departments are Hot!
All Authors will collect donations
to benefit Walnut Ridge's Fire

Rande Kessler Sculpture
and Art Will Be On Display

Festive Maryjane Callahan & Lanea

Jude Kessler & John Lennon

Bud Loveall's Beatles Booth
Is A #1 Hit!
"The Octopus's Garden"
by Jon Fuchs
available at Recipe Records Booth

"Martha My Dear" Exclusive Print
for Beatles at the Ridge by Jon Fuchs
Available at Recipe Records Booth

Liverpool Legends 
Performs Free Concert at 7:30 p.m.

Liverpool Legends

You have the chance to win a Fire tablet by attending the presentations!

The Argenta Collection

An incredible photographic display, The Argenta Collection, will be on display all day Friday and Saturday in The Studio.

Would you like a spot of tea?
Cheers, Love!
My British Tea will be held at Beatles at the Ridge on Saturday, September 17 at 4:00 pm

Mrs. McCartney's Tea
The exceptional Angie McCartney sends her love 'from me to you' through a videotape message created just for my audience. You will be able to hear all about Beatles stuff, 'take tea,' enjoy scones and lemon curd and perhaps schmooze with a surprise guest!
Maharishi Peach
(which didn't last long)

Check out Mrs. McCartney's magnificent teas --and also her wines. I am a HUGE fan of her libations! A short supply of her teas will be available for purchase at my presentation.

Were The Beatles the Original Millennials?

That's a very interesting question to ponder. I will be taking a look at this thought at Willard Library on Monday, September 26, 6 pm - 8 pm. Join me for some delicious samples and to hear a comparison of the Fabs to our modern day millennials! 

Sign up for the program here:

BRITBEAT SHOW - OCTOBER 1:  Indiana Theatre, Terre Haute

Back by popular demand! BritBeat – A Multimedia Concert Journey Through Beatles Music History returns to The Indiana Theatre October 1, 2016. 
Join BritBeat along with Fred Whitfield as ‘Ed Sullivan’ and experience a theatrical recreation concert celebrating the greatest rock and roll group of all time, The Beatles. It is their look, sound, mannerisms, accents, costuming and instrumentation, coupled with the Beatles’ iconic vocal harmonies for the ultimate Beatles tribute concert. 
Take a trip through the ascending eras of Beatles’ music history including the Cavern Club, Ed Sullivan, Shea Stadium, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road. Within the concert is award winning multimedia as you’ll experience the music, the moods and emotions of the 1960s with a stunning backdrop of projected images and video that will immerse you in a fantastic journey back in time and channel you back to the Beatles’ historic explosion onto the pop culture and music scenes in the turbulent decade of the sixties.
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Peace & Love,
Lanea Stagg
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M Dianne Grotius Berry said...

This was a a fantastic blog that informed and entertained me! Well written in the fresh appeal only you can present!
Thank you!!

Lanea Stagg said...

Dianne ... you are so precious. I'm off to phone a contractor that can expand the doorways so I can fit my head through them ;) Genuine thanks, Dianne. See you soon! L