Brock Posted August 4, 2011 Report Share Posted August 4, 2011 I'll have more comments tonight but I just wanted to check in here as we just got to the hotel! The place is jam-packed with people this year -- probably double the attendance of the last two festivals, which is VERY encouraging! Hopefully the powers that be here are asking patrons whether they are here for Lucy or here for the comedy, because things seem definitely tilted in Lucy's favour! The first thing I did was pick up the tickets at the old gift shop building, where they are also holding the silent auction. There are some interesting items in there, such as three pairs of Lucy's shoes, an ashtray from her collection, a painting of Lucy by Red Skelton (opening bid: $15,000!), some tiles from Roxbury and a few items from Jess Oppenheimer's estate. There is also a daily silent auction of less unique Lucy memorabelia. Tom Watson might be glad to know that a very beat up version of ILL: The Classic moments -- complete with chunks taken out of the front cover and without a dust jacket is currently going for a very healthy $15! The first event I went to was the Trivia Contest hosted by Michael Stern, which was very entertaining. I wonder where Trivia Contest veteran John Schillner is this year. He pops in here from time to time. The event was attended from people as far afield as Toronto, Hawaii, Australia, and there was even a British media presence! Next up is the Lucy & Joan Rivers Do Jury Duty dinner and the woman herself at 8:00! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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