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Wyandotte Woman Attends Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday Celebration in Jamestown, N.Y.

Emily Smith shares some of the highlights from the annual "I Love Lucy" party.

Wyandotte Patch reader Emily Smith is in Jamestown, N.Y., this week for . She sent along this write-up and several photos from the festivities:

"If you look in almost any book about Lucille Ball’s life, Wyandotte will be in it. Lucy lived in Wyandotte when she was little, and her father actually died in Wyandotte. Drive five hours east and you will end up in Jamestown, New York. Lucy was born in Jamestown on August 6, 1911. She moved back to Jamestown after her father passed away.  Jamestown has been doing festivals in honor of Lucy since 1991. My mom and I have been coming to Jamestown for about five years. This year is Lucy’s 100th Birthday Celebration.

The Lucy Fest began on Wednesday and is ending on Sunday. The Jamestown Jammers baseball game was on Wednesday night against the Tri-City ValleyCats, where the Jammers won 6-3. Andrew Norelli opened Thursday night for Joan Rivers. Friday’s main event was the Rooftop Stand-Up Showcase which featured Christina Pazsitzky, Costaki Economopoulos, and Nate Bargatze.

Be A Lucy is taking place on Saturday, where the Guinness World Record will be set for the most people dressed as Lucy Ricardo in one place at one time. Also, the radio show “My Favorite Husband” will be recreated.

Sunday ends the festival with a boat cruise on Chautauqua Lake and a picnic in the Lucille Ball Memorial Park.

Other events include bus and cemetery tours, dinner shows in the Tropicana Room with Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred impersonators, various showings of Lucy in television and movies, a silent auction, a parade, and other comedy shows.

Executive director of the Lucille Ball–Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, Journey Gunderson, said that Whoopi Goldberg is penciled in for next year’s Lucy Fest."

Sandy August 08, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Great article Emily - sounds like it would have been a wonderful time celebrating our Lucy♥

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