Saturday, June 06, 2015

Down in Lucy Town–Jamestown, NY!

A week or so before my arrival here in Jamestown, New York I was asked if I was interested in seeing some special commemorative sites around town –a Lucille Ball tour of sorts!

Oh, yes!  Sure!  I had no idea that Lucille Ball, lovingly called Lucy by those who have watched her reruns again and again and again throughout previous decades of our lives, was originally from this town!

And they are sure proud of Lucy and revere her efforts to bring us the joy of life, happiness and so much laughter from her scenes in the still ever popular “I Love Lucy” show.

I don’t think there is ANYONE who doesn’t love Lucy.  She is classic!  And what a funny, terrific lady.

Who in this day and age, nearly 70 years later does not remember the Vita-Meata-Vegamin scene?

Or Lucy losing control in the chocolate factory?

These episodes still make me smile today and I was pleased to be able to tour the place that Lucille Ball called home until about the age of 19.


Lucille Ball, born on August 6th, 1911 in Jamestown, New York


While young, Lucy lived in this house!

It looks like an every day modest family home from the early years of the 20th century.  But there is still a bit of Lucy about…check out the garage:


Painted like her famous blue polka dot dress!

Around town there are wonderful murals bringing to mind favorite scenes from the beloved series:


The Desilu Studios building is a museum and comedy play house!


There she is…Vitameatavegamin for HEALTH! 


Lucy and Desi on the side of a building through a car window!


The chocolate factory episode!


The Ricardos and the Mertzes on a road trip to somewhere ---


Me and the ugliest statue of Lucy EVER ---

Doing the Vita-meata-vegamin face!

This does NOT look like the Lucy that I know and love:


Now THIS is Lucy!  What  a beauty!

The funny thing is, the statue has been dubbed “Scary Lucy” and there are measures being made to replace it with something MORE “Lucy-like” in resemblance.  I have to admit..the statue looks NOTHING like Lucy at all ---

If I were Lucy, I wouldn’t want to be associated with that statue either!


The end of our Lucy tour – her memorial.

Lucy is remembered in a stately yet non-ostentatious way in a beautiful old cemetery in her birthplace of Jamestown, New York.

This marker is in a family plot, and she is here with family members:


Ball Family.

Her father Henry, her mother Desiree, Lucille and her brother Fred.

As a quilter, I will always think of Lucy like this:


Lucy Festivals are huge in Jamestown, and to honor Lucy, I am leaving you with the largest grape stomping festival the world has ever known ---

Our workshop today was wonderful!  Photos to follow tomorrow.

I’m back to my room – it’s about 8pm and I plan on some jammies and sewing time on a borrowed featherweight before tucking myself in for a good night’s sleep.


Andee said...

How awesome! We love Lucy too! She is funny across generations--way back when when I started walking the treadmill I treated myself to every episode...would only allow myself to watch them when I was walking the treadmill. Watched them all that way! This past year went to Vegas to the wax museum and got my photo with Lucy--we share a bday too!

KathyinMN said...

You should see the Fonzie statue in Milwaukee! It's close to what this is of Lucy!

Anonymous said...

I love Lucy! Do you know what sewing machine Lucy is using in that shot???


Jennifer Schifano Thomas said...

Thanks for the memory tour of Lucy's hometown. I'd love to visit someday.

Patricia Chopp said...

Lucy and my Mother shared the same birthday. She has always been my favorite and I will watch her over and over again. I'll never get tired of her shows :)

krs0216 said...

Thanks for that mini-tour! I agree, everyone loves Lucy.

sao said...

This was a great post, Bonnie. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE "I Love Lucy" and it was fun to see all of the photos. I didn't even know this existed.


Kathy said...

Wasn't Lucy an absolutely stunning woman? They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder . . . what or who on earth was that sculptor beholding?!!!!! Yikes!