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79156 Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. ..... .. 79/57 79/61 78/61 79/60 clouds. Highs and clouds, derstorms with a stray in the upper Highs in the possible, thunder- 70s and lows upper 70s storm. in the upper and lows in 50s. the low 60s. BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT SHADY DRIVE INN PAGE 10 Wednesday July 7, 2010 $I.00 VOLUME NO. 25 NUMBER 45 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Dovray, and Revere areas "3 e Pageant Time The stars are coming Dean Butler and By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- Little House stars will be making individual appearances the second and third pageant week- ends. Dean Butler who por- trayed "Almanzo" in the TV series will be coming the second weekend of the pageant, Saturday, July 17. Butler will be promoting his upcoming documentary DVD "Little House On the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder." Butler appeared in 65 episodes of "Little House on the Prairie," and in the Little House special "The Last Farewell." Butler is no stranger to the real Walnut Grove, he first appeared in 2003, and then returned the following couple of years to film documenta- ries for cable. He also returned to help cele- brate -Laura's birthday party. Butler will sign auto- graphs on the museum grounds from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. He will he speaking and signing autographs at the Family Festival from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. In the evening he will sign autographs at the pageant site from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. "Nasty Nellie," Alison Angrim who played Nellie Oleson the feisty spoiled brat of Margaret and Nels Oleson in the Little House TV series. Angrim who is noth- ing like the Nellie in the TV series will appear the Alison Angrim to last weekend of the pag- eant July 24. Angrim will be pro- moting her new book available at the Wilder Museum gift shop. On Saturday Angrim will do a book signing on the museum grounds from 9:30 to 12:00 p.m. with a 15 minute break at 10:45. In the afternoon Angrim will appear at the Family Festival from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. speak- ing and answering ques- tions. She will continue with the book signing and autograph session until 4:30 p.m. In the evening she will sign books and auto- graphs before the pag- eant performance from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday morning Angrim will conclude her visit with a book signing and autograph session from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A visit at the pageant ticket office revealed ticket sales are ahead of last year. With reserved seating, the third week- end, nearly sold out, although there is an ample supply of general admission tickets avail- able. Ticket sales for the first and second week- ends are also doing very well. Three tour busses and several grouls have purchased tickets also. Errol Steffen who plays "Pa" in the show said, 'qJarring any bad weather we expect to top last years pageant." Amy Ankrum direc- tor of the Wilder Museum and Visitor Center was appear two pageant weekends "Nellie Oleson" Alison Angrim Alison Angrim "Almanzo" Dean Butler positive about the sea- son. She noted visitors were slow early spring but numbers are up sig- nificantly for June. "We are expecting big week- ends with the Little House stars coming," Ankrum said. Nicole Elzenga histo- rian and acquisitions official, noted the authors and illustrator appear- ances will also bring a lot of people into the muse- um. Auth or Barbara Hawkins will give a pre- sentation at the Family Festival July 10. She has written several Laura related books and pro- duced two DVD's. Saturday July 24, the following authors will be signing books and auto- graphs throughout the day: William Anderson, John E. Miller, Amy Mattson Lauters. Illustrator and artist Cheryl Harness will appear at the pageant site from7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pageant update Pageant director Bill Richards Said, "things have been going quite well, the weather has been great, although we had some issues with the heat last week." Richards said this year's pageant will fea- ture more live music. The set crew has been busy repairing some of the sets, Oleson's Store has a new sign. There has been some shifting of some roles. Jan Mason will be play- ing Ma Ingalls this year. Veteran Ron Kelsey will play two new parts this year. He will play Mr. Hansen and Doc Hoyt. Laura, Mary, and Carrie will all be played by new persons. Anna Larson will play Laura, Mary will be played by Johanna Christensen, and Carrie will be played by Madison Dennistoun. In the program Richards recreated an old post card picture of Laura, Mary and Carrie. Sharon Bakken sewed costumes to match the ones in the original photo. A few minor charac- ters, mostly children, have been added to dif- ferent families. They try to accommodate most of those who try out for parts. Margaret Oleson got one of face during a melee by the town council meeting her cream pies in the her children before in Oleson's Store. Pageant Continued on Page 3 FLYING THE FLAG Last week utility worker Jozepf Rusek put the flags up for the Fourth of July weekend in Westbrook. Family Festival By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune Family Festival direc- tor, Paula McGarvey has set up a gangbuster three Saturdays of family fun, during the three pageant weekends, July 10, 17, and 24. The Festival Saturdays are loaded with star visits by Dean Butler, and Alison Angrim, entertainment, food, demonstrations and family activities for all ages from one to one hundred. The Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like con- test will be the first two weekends. Norm Peterson, wood carver. Connie Peterson, weaver. Ron Kelsey, Seed art & corn shelling. Sarah Davis, corn husk dolls. John Sterner, caricture art. Erin Richards, jewel- ry making. Fiddle player Lauren Lee and Liberty Road of Oklahoma will perform July 10. Joel Schaan, Scott Devlin and Toby Schann will play the 24th in an accoustic performance. July 17 Bud and Rona Johnston will demon- strate Native American beadwork, and pipemak- ing along with sharing their knowlege of the Minnesota Native American families of the late 1800's and early 1900's. John J. Koblas west- ern author and Jesse James authority will be speaking about Jesse James at 12:00 noon the 24th. He is the author of 62 non fiction books focusing on U.S. history. Lonesome Ron Cowboy singer, story tell. er and yodeler will per- form throughout the day July 17. Saturday, July 24 the second annual car show will be held. It will fea- ture cars, trucks, motor. cycles, and tractors. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. and the show runs through 4:00 p.m. July 10 Family Festival Schedule: 11 to 12 noon Lauren Lee & Liberty Road. 12 to 1:00 p.m Author Barbara Hawkins. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Laura and Nellie Look-a. Like contest. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lauren Lee and Liberty Road 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Lauren Lee and Liberty Road. Historic Bus Tours: 1:30, 3:30, 5:00 p.m. Craft and vendor sales: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Art Exhibit: 2:00 to 7:30 at the community center. : i: : i INDEX ON RECORD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 INSIDE PAGE 3 AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 9 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT PAGE 10 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CONTACT US CLASSIFIEDS " ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2010 Sentinel Tribune