“Time Passages”

May 25, 2017

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Hello All!!!!! Helen and I are proud to host another installment of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at The Daily Grind Coffee Shop, at 48 High Street in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, June 9th (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage as we present “Time Passages”.  We will be presenting three classic shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” about time travel.

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 Wednesday, June 14th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Time Passages” presentation live, once at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and once on “Radio Once More”. We have some great shows, time related music, and treats lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!!  Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on June 9th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening June 14th at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!

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Clint Stueve of the ‘Oz Museum’ on ‘Radio Once More’

April 25, 2017

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Recently on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show on the internet radio station, ‘Radio Once More’, Helen and I presented a ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed show.  We featured a great interview with Clint Stueve, Executive Director of the ‘Oz Museum’ in Wamego, Kansas. Clint told us about the origin of this wonderful museum.  He also discussed some of the neat items in the museum’s collection and also how it interacts with the town of Wamego.  Clint also discussed how the success of the museum has boosted visitors to this small Kansas town.  The ‘Oz Museum’ has even led to other businesses including ‘Toto’s Tacoz’.  Helen and I had the opportunity to tour the ‘Oz Museum’ and dine at ‘Toto’s Tacoz’ in 2014.  If you ever get the chance to visit this wonderful attraction, stop by and check it out.

And now here is the entire interview with Clint Stueve, the Executive Director of the ‘Oz Museum’.

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Dorothy at the ‘Oz Museum’

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a Giant ‘Tin Man’ at the ‘Oz Museum’

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The ‘Cowardly Lion’

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Oh my…someone dropped a house on the ‘Wicked Witch of the East’ at the ‘Oz Museum’

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‘Holmsey’ trying to figure out how to get home from the land of OZ.  Unfortunately………………”I can’t”……….”I don’t know how it works!!!”

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After a fun day of touring the ‘Oz Museum’ enjoy a tasty meal at ‘Toto’s Tacoz’

We also talked about the 1939 classic MGM film “The Wizard of Oz” and we played many wonderful musical numbers from that delightful movie including Ray Bolger’s “If I only had a Brain” Jack Haley’s “If I only had a Heart” along with Bert Lahr’s “If I only had the Nerve”.  We also played the delightful deleted number, “The Jitterbug”.

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We also presented an episode of the ‘Martin and Lewis Show’ radio series featuring Billie Burke (Glinda the Good Witch) as the guest star in a funny episode from 1949.

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I shared a story as part of our ‘Classic Comedy Clip of the Night’ segment about one of my fond childhood memories.  As a youngster, I had a GE Show’N Tell unit along with a large library of programs.  In our segment, I played the audio of one of my favorites, “The Wizard of Oz”.

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This is the same model GE Show’N Tell I had as a youngster…….kinda cool!!!!!

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The GE Show’N Tell “Wizard of Oz” program

Here is the ‘Classic Comedy Clip of the Night’ segment featuring the GE Show’N Tell version of, “The Wizard of Oz”

Helen and I also presented the “Lux Radio Theatre” version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ that originally aired on CBS on December 25, 1950.  This production featured Judy Garland along with Hans Conried, Herb Vigran, Edwin Max, Herb Butterfield, and Betty Lou Gerson.

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Helen and I had a wonderful time reminiscing about “The Wizard of Oz”.  And again, big thanks to Clint Stueve, Executive Director of the ‘Oz Museum’  for appearing on ‘Radio Once More’ with us.

So, for the time being………Follow the ‘Yellow Brick Road’!!!!!!!  Woo-Hoo!!!!!!

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“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

March 26, 2017

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Hello All!!!!! Helen and I are proud to host another installment of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at The Daily Grind Coffee Shop, at 48 High Street in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, March 31st (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage as we present “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.  We will be presenting three classic shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” connected to our ‘National Pastime’, the wonderful game of Baseball.

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 Wednesday, April 5th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” presentation live, once at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and once on “Radio Once More”. We have some great shows, Baseball related music, and treats lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it is a cozy coffee shop with limited seating. Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on March 31st at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening April 5th at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!

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“Hail to the Chief”

February 13, 2017

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Hello All!!!!! Helen and I are proud to host another installment of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at The Daily Grind Coffee Shop, at 48 High Street in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, February 17th (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a hot cup of coffee as we present “Hail to the Chief”. To commemorate President’s Day, we will be presenting three classic shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” about former U.S. Presidents.

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 Wednesday, February 22nd at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Hail to the Chief” presentation live, once at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and once on “Radio Once More”. We have some great shows, Presidential music, and treats lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it is a cozy coffee shop with limited seating. Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on February 17th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening February 22nd at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!

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Josh Beck on ‘Radio Once More’

January 26, 2017
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Johnny with the talented musician, Josh Beck

Recently on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show on ‘Radio Once More‘, Helen and I hosted our annual ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday Dance Party’.  We featured lots of dance songs and Big Band music during our annual dance party.  We also played a couple of Big Band remotes featuring Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.

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“Dance Party”

During our ‘Helen’s Beatles Break’ segment, we featured a special version of the classic Beatles hit, “Hey Jude” sung and performed by local Mount Holly musician, Josh Beck.  Josh is amazingly talented at the young age of 13, and plays the guitar, piano and saxophone.  A big thanks to Josh and his family for sharing his talents on ‘Radio Once More‘.

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And now, please enjoy ‘Helen’s Beatles Break’ featuring  “Hey Jude” performed by Josh Beck.

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2016 Year End Holiday Letter

December 31, 2016

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Happy Holidays to all our friends and family.  2016 has been another incredibly fun-filled year for us.  During 2016, we took some more trips to some neat places, and attended various autograph/nostalgia conventions along with a couple of other treats.

During the month of February, we celebrated Helen’s Birthday in style with a New York City mini vacation.  While there we dined at the famous ‘Carmines‘ and enjoyed a wonderful Italian Dinner.    We toured and took in the breathtaking views from the top of the ‘One World Trade Center’ Observatory.  What an amazing building!!!  We again enjoyed breakfast at the popular ‘Tick-Tock Diner‘.  We also toured the ‘Whitney Museum‘ and walked the ‘High Line‘.  We took in two Broadway shows, first, ‘Something Rotten‘, and then ‘The Book of Mormon‘.  Helen and I toured ‘Madame Tussauds Wax Museum‘ and before heading home we checked out the ‘Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market‘.

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Helen and Johnny enjoying dinner at ‘Carmines’ in NYC

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Times Square February 2016

In March we again attended the ‘Monstermania Convention` where Helen was thrilled to meet some ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Walking Dead’ celebrities, and we also met for the second time, Robert Carradine.

April, took us to 4 different conventions, in 4 different states.  First up, for April Fools weekend in Trevose, PA was the first official ‘Three Stooges Convention‘ in close to 20 years.  Helen and I reconnected with many ‘Stooge’ friends and we got to witness the largest gathering of ‘Stooge’ family ever.  Numerous children, nieces & nephews, grandchildren, etc. of the ‘Stooges’ were there to celebrate an ‘April Fools Stooge’ weekend.  Our next convention brought us to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the ‘Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention‘.  We reconnected with many of our ‘Old Time Radio’ friends and we also met again, Paul Petersen &  Kathy Garver.  While we were in the “The Great Lakes State”, Helen and I took a quick trip to Lansing, where we toured the State Capitol Building and a State Museum.  This was our 26th capital visit in our quest for all 50.  Our next April convention brought us to Wilmington, Delaware for ‘Amazicon‘.  We met for the 2nd time, Felix Silla (Cousin Itt), and former Miss America, Lee Meriwether.  I also picked up some neat ‘Banana Splits’ figures to add to my cartoon collection.  Our final April Convention was The first ‘Chiller Theater Convention` of 2016 where met many friends, and got some great photos and autographs from various celebrities including Erik Estrada, Max Baer Jr., Alice Cooper, and a mini ‘Rocky Horror’ reunion.

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Helen and Johnny in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the ‘Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention’

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Helen and Johnny with our dear friends participating in the ‘Trivia Quiz’ at the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention.  We didn’t win…….but we had Fun!!!!!!!

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Helen and Johnny at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan

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Helen and Johnny with Max Baer Jr.  (Jethro from the ‘Beverly Hillbillies) at the April Chiller Theater Convention.

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Helen and Johnny joining in on the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ reunion!!!!

The month of May brought a milestone for our humble home.  Helen and I celebrated 25 years since I moved into our little Mount Holly Cape Cod home in 1991.  We’ve had many fun times here and we look forward to many more!!!!!  And in June, Helen and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary of our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ – ‘At Home with Holmsey’ show on the internet radio station, ‘Radio Once More’.  If you haven’t had the chance to listen to us yet, we invite you to tune in on Wednesday evenings, 9PM (eastern time) for some nostalgic fun at www.RadioOnceMore.com.

In July, Helen and tried something different at the ‘Daily Grind‘ coffee shop in downtown Mount Holly, we hosted a musical trivia quiz which we blatantly stole the name from the 1950’s and 1970’s-80’s quiz show, “Name That Tune“.  This event packed the coffee house and everyone had a great time guessing songs from the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and winning prizes.

Helen and I attended our 2nd ‘Monstermania Convention‘ in August.  We were thrilled to meet a couple of the stars from the TV series ‘Bates Motel’, Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds), and Tom Atkins (Halloween III, Creepshow). Also in August, Helen and I happily celebrated Helen being 12 years Cancer Free.  That is worth a major…..Woo-Hoo!!!!!

The month of September took us to Virginia, where we visited parts of the beautiful state and toured the State Capitol Building in Richmond, (our 27th capital visit) and a couple of Museums.  We also visited the Hollywood Cemetery (where the graves of James Monroe and John Tyler are),  and we also toured the Poe Museum dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe.  Our next stop was Charlottesville, where we explored the Charlottesville historical downtown mall, toured the Monticello, the marvelous home of Thomas Jefferson, and the Highland, the home of James Monroe.  Additionally we toured Montpelier, the beautiful home of James Madison in Orange, Virginia.  Helen and I also drove part of the beautiful Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.  While we were away in Virginia, we had our bathroom renovated and updated.  What a treat to come home to a new bathroom!!!!  We Love it!!!!!

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Helen and Johnny at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia

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Helen and Johnny inside the Virginia State Capitol Building

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Helen at the ‘Monticello’, the home of Thomas Jefferson

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Johnny also at the ‘Monticello’

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The entrance to Shenandoah National Park

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A before and after photo of the Bathroom

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 Robert Fuller, Robert Conrad, Bernie Koppel, and Kent McCord.

In the month of October, our ‘Fright Night‘ Presentation at the ‘Daily Grind‘ coffee shop marked our 4th Anniversary of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” and was our 25th Old Time Radio presentation at the ‘Daily Grind‘.  Also in October, we attended our 2nd ‘Chiller Theater‘ Convention of 2016 where we met Ronnie Schell, Kristy McNichol, Ted Lange, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and the legendary Tim Curry.

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Johnny celebrating 4 years of ‘An Evening of Old Time Radio’ at the ‘Daily Grind’

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Helen and Johnny with Tony Orlando and Dawn

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Helen and Johnny with the legendary Tim Curry

Helen and I took a Starr Bus TourMystery Trip‘ in November to the Silver Birches at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront on Lake Wallenpaupack in Hawley, PA, where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch and a great show that paid tribute to veterans.  Our tour also took us to  Wilkes Barre, PA where we toured the historical Luzerne County Courthouse, and The Frederick Stegmaier Victorian Mansion.

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Helen and Johnny on our ‘Mystery Trip’ spending time at Silver Birches at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront on Lake Wallenpaupack

Again, we wish you all a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year in 2017.

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Please feel free to continue to stop by the ‘Holmsey Blog‘ (where we recently reached 7,000 visits).  On our blog, I’ll post an occasional 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.  And also, many photos of our outings are posted (or will be posted) on our Flickr page which is linked to our home page at www.JohnnyHolmes.net.  It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end to another year.  Helen and I are planning a return visit to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2017.

Keep in touch and our very best to all of you!!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Helen & Johnny Holmes

 


“Home For the Holidays” (2016)

December 2, 2016

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Happy Holidays to one and all!!!  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, New Jersey.  If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, December 9th (6:30PM to approximately 9:00PM), 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 14th 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!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it is a cozy coffee shop with limited seating. Helen and I sincerely wish you all a joyous Holiday Season and we hope to see you Friday evening at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on December 9th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening December 14th at 9PM, and as Tiny Tim said at the end of “A Christmas Carol”, God Bless Us, Everyone!!!

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