2015 Year End Holiday Letter

December 30, 2015
New Year-2016

Helen and Holmsey at the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ in Canton, Ohio

Happy Holidays to all our friends and family. 2015 has been another incredibly fun and adventurous year for us. During 2015, we took some more trips to some neat places, and attended various autograph/nostalgia conventions.

Starting off in January, Helen and I are now on the internet radio station ‘Radio Once More’ every Wednesday. We now also host the ‘Holmsey Hall of Fame’ every other Wednesday, which is a variety pack of assorted ‘Old Time Radio’ shows. With this new show, along with our ongoing ‘At Home with Holmsey’ and our ‘Daily Grind’ Recapitulation Presentations, we are now on every Wednesday, so feel free to tune in to www.RadioOnceMore.com on Wednesday evenings 9PM (eastern) for some ‘Woo-Hoo Holmsey Fun’. By the way, more on our ‘Daily Grind’ events later. Also, Helen and I have decided to retire from our ‘Color Runs’ (for now!!), but we have participated in a variety of painting parties and have enjoyed dabbling with art on occasion.

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The “Holmsey Hall of Fame” flyer.

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Helen and Holmsey dabbling with painting!!!!

In February (despite Helen & I having slips on ice) we celebrated Helen`s Birthday in Lititz, PA for a weekend where we enjoyed a Murder-Mystery Dinner at the Mount Hope Estate. We also toured the Sturgis Pretzel Factory and Wilbur Chocolates Facility, and we enjoyed meals at Miller’s and Shady Maple Smorgasbord Restaurants. In March we again attended the ‘Monstermania Convention` where Helen was thrilled to meet some American Horror Story celebrities, and we also met Judge Reinhold, and William Sanderson. Also in March, The Mount Holly Police Department and the Township of Mount Holly held a very touching 40th Anniversary Memorial March in remembrance of the 1975 ‘Good Friday Sniper Incident‘ where 2 brave Police Officers were killed, and my Father was critically wounded and left paralyzed for the rest of his life until he passed in 1992. The MHPD did a wonderful job and was very kind and respectful to our entire family. The Holmes Family would like to again, thank the Township of Mount Holly and the Mount Holly Police Department for this touching and memorable tribute to these three brave Police Officers. March was also the 5th Anniversay of the ‘Holmsey Blog’. Occasionally, I’ll post an article and photos about events/trips, promote our ‘Daily Grind’ events, and I post past interviews we’ve done on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ Radio Shows. We are now over 5,000 hits on the ‘Holmsey Blog’!!!! Feel free to visit the ‘Holmsey Blog’ at https://JHolmsey.wordpress.com/.

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Holmsey trained as a Pretzel Twister………….But eating Pretzels are more fun!!!!

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Helen making a chocolate hat at the Wilbur Chocolate Candy Americana Museum & Candy Store

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Lester, Johnny, and Ken Holmes at the 40th Anniversary Memorial March in remembrance of the 1975 Good Friday Sniper Incident

April brought us to the ‘Amazicon Convention’ where we met celebrities Gil Gerard, Marta Kristen, and Parker Stevenson. The first ‘Chiller Theater Convention` of the year was also in April where we met many celebrities including, the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ cast, Anson Williams & Donny Most from Happy Days, and the legendary Ann Margaret, among others. In May, Helen & I attended the final Three Stooges Fan Club Meeting, but the good news is a full blown “Three Stooges Convention” is in the works for April Fools Day Weekend in 2016. Also in May, Helen and I attended for our first time, the Cinevent Classic Film Convention in Columbus, Ohio. We got to see many friends and we enjoyed many classic films. Also, while in Ohio, we visited friends in Akron, and we toured the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. We already mentioned our internet radio show on ‘Radio Once More’, Helen and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary of “At Home with Holmsey” – “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” show in June. We had many callers congratulating us and we also had special ‘Give-a-ways’ to our listeners!!!

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Reunion

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Holmsey & Helen’s name tags from the 2015 ‘Cinevent Classic Film Convention’

Helen & I took another Starr Tour in July, where we toured Annapolis, Maryland. We toured some of the US Naval Academy and while we were there, Helen was thrilled to see the Chapel where her parents were married back in the 1950’s after Helen’s Father graduated from the Naval Academy. We also had the opportunity to tour and visit the Maryland State Capitol Building, which is the oldest capitol building still being used in the country. In August, we attended our second ‘Monstermania Convention’ of the year where we met George Wendt from ‘Cheers’ and the legendary Malcolm McDowell. Also in August, Helen and I enjoyed an extended getaway weekend to Wildwood. This was the first trip to Wildwood for us in 8 years. We enjoyed walking the boardwalk, sampling Pizza, and having a relaxing weekend.

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Holmsey at the Maryland State Capitol Building in Annapolis, Maryland

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The Chapel where Helen’s Parents were married in the early 1950’s

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Helen and Holmsey having fun in Wildwood!!!!

In September, Helen was promoted to Claims Investigator 3…congratulations Sweetie!!!! We also enjoyed a quick visit with family in New York City, where we walked around and briefly toured the Whitney Museum of American Art. Also in September we attended the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, MD and had a great time seeing old friends and meeting celebrities including the ‘Bionic Reunion’ with Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner, and we also met Tina Cole, from the ‘King Family’ and ‘My Three Sons’. In October we visited the ‘Rod Serling’ archive in Binghamton, New York and got to see many neat props used in ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes and other Rod Serling related memorabilia. Also in October we attended a family wedding in Metropolis, Illinois. (Congratulations Kristen and Justin!!!) We attended our 2nd ‘Chiller Theater Convention` of the year in October where there was both a ‘Batman’ and a ‘Lost In Space’ mini reunion.

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The ‘Bionic’ Reunion

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The ‘Batman’ Reunion

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The ‘Lost in Space’ Reunion

Helen and I took a trip to New England in November, where we toured Vermont and New Hampshire. While there we saw 2 state capitols, 2 Presidential homes, 2 Presidential resting places, and 2 art museums. Helen and I really enjoy New England and perhaps this could become home for us during retirement, we’ll see!!! We mentioned our ‘Daily Grind’ “An Evening of Old Time Radio” events, well Helen and I have been volunteering since 2012 at the ‘Daily Grind Coffee Shop’ where every other month, we put on an Old Time Radio presentation. In December we completed our 20th presentation at the ‘Daily Grind’. Helen and I are honored and proud to be part of the ‘Daily Grind’ family and to support the ‘Daily Grind’, downtown Mount Holly, and Old Time Radio. Helen and I were proud to announce the completion of our basement renovation in December. We look forward to watching many films, playing board games, and having some exciting Ping-Pong matches in our newly completed ‘Fun Room’!!!!

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At the Vermont State Capitol Building in Montpelier, Vermont

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And at the New Hampshire State Capitol Building in Concord, New Hampshire

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The newly, renovated, Holmsey Basement!!!!

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Who’s up for a Ping-Pong match?

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Moe, Larry, Curly, and Mr. Hitchcock seem to like their new home!!!

As always, many photos of these outings are posted on our Flickr page which is linked to our home page at www.JohnnyHolmes.net. We are hoping next year to visit Michigan and Virginia in 2016.

Again, we wish you all a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year in 2016. Please keep in touch and our very best to all of you!!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Helen & Johnny Holmes

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A Christmas Present from ‘The Holmsey Blog’

December 20, 2015

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Merry Christmas!!!!  Many folks have told me over the past couple of years that cannot attend our “An Evening of Old Time Radio” events at the ‘Daily Grind’ Coffee Shop in Mount Holly, NJ and cannot stay up to hear our ‘Recapitulation Presentation’ on the internet radio station, ‘Radio Once More’, to make it available online to listen to.  So, I decided to post a special ‘Holmsey Blog’ version of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” for you to enjoy.  As a special Christmas gift, we have our recent, “Home For the Holidays” presentation posted for your listening pleasure.  I don’t know if I will do this for every “An Evening of Old Time Radio” presentation, but we’ll give it a try and see what you folks think.

Our 1st offering is from the famous series, “Amos ‘n Andy” and is their ‘Annual Christmas Show’ from December 24th, 1950.

Our 2nd offering is from the Police drama, “Dragnet” and is entitled “The Big Little Jesus”.  This episode was originally broadcasted on December 22nd, 1953.

Our 3rd and final offering is from the hysterically funny series, “The Jack Benny Program”. The episode is entitled “Jack Buys Don Golf Tees For Christmas” and was originally broadcasted on December 17th, 1950.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed our Christmas present of a special “Holmsey Blog” version of “An Evening of Old Time Radio”.

Helen and I wish you all a very ‘Merry Christmas’ and we hope you enjoy the Holidays with friends and family. Be safe and we’ll see you soon!!!!!!

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‘Jolly Johnny and Holly Helen’

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Another wonderful visit with Joanna Wilson on ‘Radio Once More’

December 10, 2015

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Recently, I again had the honor and pleasure to chat with author and Christmas TV specials expert, the delightful Joanna Wilson on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ Radio Show ‘At Home with Holmsey’ on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More”.  Joanna and I chatted about her new book project that was recently released entitled, “The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman & Akron’s History of Christmas Attractions”. This book is available from the publisher at: http://www.1701press.com/archie-the-talking-snowman

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We also discussed many classic TV Christmas episodes from some great series including ‘The Flintstones’, ‘Dragnet’, and ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’. Joanna and I (again!!!!) shared our disappointment that the 1973 Made for TV version of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ has not been released to DVD yet, however we agreed that Christmas miracles do happen and hopefully this wonderful adaptation will eventually be released onto DVD for all of us to enjoy. In the meantime, it is available to view in its entirety on You Tube.

We also played audio clips and discussed, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, and in celebration of its 50th anniversary, we ended our wonderful discussion with A Charlie Brown Christmas. All of these titles and so much more are all covered in Joanna’s book, Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-For-TV Movies.  This book is hands down the best book out about Christmas TV Shows & Specials.  This tremendous volume is close to 800 pages and covers virtually everything Christmas that’s been on Television.  You can purchase this wonderful book and read many of Joanna’s blog entries at www.ChristmasTVHistory.com.

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Below I have posted our discussion that we aired on December 9th on ‘Radio Once More’.  Thanks again to Joanna Wilson for taking the time to chat with us!!!!  Enjoy!!!!!!

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Helen, Joanna Wilson, and Holmsey, together for a visit in Joanna’s hometown of  Akron, Ohio.

 


“Home For the Holidays” (2015)

December 2, 2015

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Happy Holidays to one and all!!! I’m hoping you are all having a wonderful Holiday Season and I’m sure that you are all busy shopping, decorating, and preparing for that magical day on December 25th. Well, Helen and I are honored and proud to again host an installment of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop at 48 High Street in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, December 11th (6:30PM to approximately 9:30PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage and share in the Holiday Season with us as we present, “Home for the Holidays”. We will be presenting three classic Christmas Shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” to get us all in the Holiday Spirit!!!!

Stay for 1, 2, or all 3 shows!!!!  As a special bonus, we are also planning to broadcast the presentation live on www.RadioOnceMore.com the following Wednesday, December 16th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Home for the Holidays” presentation live, once at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and once on “Radio Once More”.  We have some great Christmas shows, Christmas music, and treats lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Arrive early if you plan on attending, it is a cozy coffee shop with limited seating, so take a breather from all your shopping and preparation and stop by the Daily Grind and take in some of these audio gems from those “Golden Days of Yesteryear”. Helen and I sincerely wish you all a joyous Holiday Season and we hope to see you at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on December 11th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening December 16th at 9PM, and as Tiny Tim said at the end of “A Christmas Carol”, God Bless Us, Everyone!!!

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