MOUNT VERNON – “HOW....DEE!!!” That familiar greeting you might have enjoyed if you watched the “Hee-Haw” television program that first ran on CBS from 1969-1971 and has been in syndication ever since. The woman behind that greeting, wearing a hat the still had the $1.98 price tag on it, was none other than Minnie Pearl, comedienne, storyteller and a sort of singer. What started out as a character she created after attending acting school, it became a lifelong role she portrayed for over 27 years.
On Thursday, July 25, the Chautauqua Series invites Minnie Pearl portrayed by Chris Petee, one of the founding members of the Chautauqua Series. Chris will bring Minnie Pearl to life, entertain you, tell about her life and so much more you didn’t know about the woman you saw from time to time on television, the Grand Old Opry and constant touring around the country.
The performance will be at the Grand Hotel in Mount Vernon, Ohio, located at 12 Public Square. Elixir Presents brings these year round Chautauqua programs to you on a donation basis with the assistance of a grant from the Ariel Foundation and, with support from The Grand Hotel.
Opening the program will be Gerry Rensel bringing the type of music Minnie Pearl loved and enjoyed to set the mood for the featured performer.
The doors open at 6 PM for the program to accommodate those with special needs such as wheel chairs, walkers or strollers. The program begins at 7 PM with 30 minutes of music presented by Gerry Rensel, followed shortly thereafter by Minnie Pearl and then a question and answer period with the audience and Minnie.
For more information about this and upcoming programs in the Chautauqua Series, visit www.elixirpresents.com or call 740-392-3018. If you’d like to receive a gentle reminder email on the Sunday before each program, send request to Mike Petee at firstname.lastname@example.org