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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Waltons Reunion: Coming Soon!

The Waltons reunion is just one month away!  In case you haven't heard yet:  this year is the 40th anniversary of the Christmas TV movie The Homecoming, based on the story written by Earl Hamner Jr.  In 1971, The Homecoming was such a success and earned such high ratings that it lead to the creation of the TV series The Waltons.  The long-running TV series about the Depression-era Walton family living in the mountains of Virginia changed not only TV history but the lives of it's viewers.  I'm very proud to include myself as one such viewer.

What is exciting is that Friday Dec. 2, 2011 there is going to be showing of the movie The Homecoming in Jersey City, NJ at the legendary Lowes Theatre.  Tickets are $20 each.  As if that's not special enough, there is a Waltons/Homecoming cast reunion with a Q&A panel discussion after the film.

The cast reunion includes:
~~Richard Thomas
~~Michael Learned
~~Judy Norton
~~Mary McDonough
~~David Harper
~~John Walmsley
~~Kami Cotler
~~Eric Scott
~~David Huddleston
~~Leslie Winston
~~Lynn Hamilton
~~Hal Williams
****just added: Radames Pera

This is a once-in-a-lifetime special Christmas event.  I'll be there, as well, as the moderator of the Q&A panel discussion after the film.  There's no way I would want to miss this opportunity!

Tickets are on sale now.  I'll see you there! www.WaltonsHomecoming40th.com

Please feel free to share this post and the links with anyone you know who would appreciate this special event!

1 comment:

  1. This should be great, congrats on moderating, I'm very happy for you!

    I watched The Waltons religiously for the first 8 seasons. I quit watching around the time they brought in a new John-Boy. Richard Thomas is,was and always shall be John-Boy! I didn't see The Homecoming until it was rerun in the late 70s. If I wasn't working the next day, I'd probably make the trip & check out the reunion. That Loew's theater looks like a gorgeous old movie palace.

    Since you're an "Achiever"(like me), I'm sure you're excited to see that David Huddleston, the titular "Big Lebowski" himself is on the guest list. Between The Homecoming and his roles in Santa Claus:The Movie and the Christmas episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Huddleston is a one-man Christmas marathon!

    It's cool that Michael Learned will be there, but I'm sorry that Patricia Neal(the original Olivia Walton, for those who haven't seen it) didn't survive to see the 40th anniversary of The Homecoming. My aunt knew Patricia Neal(they both volunteered at Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem,CT), she always said she was a wonderful person.