Jamestown, New York is the hometown of my favourite Lady of Comedy–Lucille Ball. I grew up watching I LOVE LUCY (yes, I know that dates me, but if you read my about page, you already know how old I am). I have the complete DVD series of I LOVE LUCY and have watched every episode. Obsessed? Perhaps, but laughter is good medicine and no matter how often I watch, Lucy makes me smile! I’ve seen many of her movies, too.
I’ve been to Jamestown several times over the years (about a three hour drive from home) but my favourite was the 100th anniversary of her birthday, August 6, 2011. Usually, Jamestown is a quiet little place, almost a ghost-town. But for this celebration, it was filled with Lucy fans, including over 900 Lucy-lookalikes! It actually made the World Record.
Here’s me in my Lucy dress, I look so much like her–don’t you think?
My daughter Jean blogged about the Lucy Fest and wrote a lovely tribute to a remarkable woman. Here’s the crowd waiting for the parade, Lucy and Desi will arrive in a helicopter!
The house Lucille Ball was born in on Stewart Ave.
The house she lived in when she was young had a garage sale during the event with lots of Lucy memorabilia. The street is now called Lucy Lane.
I bought my Lucy T-shirt the first time I visited Jamestown. I have two Lucy dolls and a small Lucy collection.
It felt strange sitting on the porch steps where little Lucy once sat and played on the porch.
People gathered at the cemetery to pay respect to a woman who was more than a great entertainer. Complete strangers became instant friends and shared the laughter that Lucy brought to our lives!
August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989