2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
GWTW ALERT: Missouri Wind fans–April 28-29 event in Marshfield, MO–Greg Giese will be there, Sally Tippett Rains will be speaking, details in article.
Last week was an exciting week for the Gone With The Wind community: New York recognized them! Selina Sorrow, a long-time Windie, collector, and dressmaker from Georgia was featured by the New York Times. She was photographed wearing a Gone With the Wind inspired dress she made: the Barbecue Dress. Here’s a link to that article:
This writer has seen some of the dresses Selina has made and they are amazing.
“I have been making the GWTW ballgowns and I have also designed other ones besides Scarlett,” said Selina Sorrow.
She makes dresses for those wanting a special dress for an upcoming “ball” or other Civil War or Gone With the Wind event.
“I let the customer send me information and photos of what they may want and I make it from that,” she said.
If anyone is interested talking to Sorrow about having a dress made, they can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send them information.
It is great to see more of the country recognizing the significance of Gone With the Wind. The “Gateway To the Wind” event in St. Louis in Nov. 2010 drew people from all over the country including Georgia, Utah, California, North Carolina, New York, Kentucky, Michigan and more.
There are many events commemorating GWTW this year including two the same weekend in Georgia: The Road To Tara all-day event Saturday June 11th at the Road To Tara Museum in Jonesboro, GA and the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square event June 10 and 11th. Information has jut gone out on the Marietta event so contact the museum or go to their website to find out more.
The Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in Marshfiled, MO April 28 and 29 with some exciting guests in attendance including Donna Douglas who played Ellie May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies and Mary McDonough of the Waltons, descendants of past presidents AND GONE WITH THE WIND people. Greg Giese, who played baby Beau an baby Bonnie in GWTW will receive a star on the Walk of Fame and I will be introducing him. Dr. Christopher Sullivan who has a collection in the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum will be receiving the Hubbel Award for preserving the history of GWTW and Deborah Dozier, Ann Rutherford’s step daughter will be presenting it to him. Deborah’s mother is Joan Fontaine, one of the women who tested for the role of Scarlett O’Hara and her aunt is Olivia de Havilland who played Melanie. It’s an old-fashioned small town event with a lot of excitement.
Greg Giese will receive his star at 1 p.m. at the Crossbridge Church in Marshfield, which is near Springfield, MO, and at 4 p.m. at the same church there will be a program: “The Civil War Aspect of Gone With The Wind” featuring Sally Tippett Rains and guests will be able to view a copy of Margaret Mitchell’s cousin’s scrapbook which contains the Civil War background for Gone With The Wind. For more information: http://www.Cherryblossomfest.com
Belle’s Birthday Bash will be June 18 from 6-8pm. This event held in Lexington, Kentucky celebrates the life of Belle Brezing (written about in “The Making of a Masterpiece, the True Story of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind”, www.GWTWbook.com). Brezing was the model upon which Margaret Mitchell based her character Belle Watling. Last year the event included a book signing with this writer and Kathy Witt, author of “The Secret of the Belles.”
GWTW enthusiast Liz Smith decided to put on an event in Kansas so she chose the name “It’s Windie in Kansas” for her November 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2011 festival in Olathe, KS.
“Since Gone with the Wind’s historic 1939 film premiere, movie fans (known as Windies) have traveled the nation, attending events in celebration of the film,” she says on her “It’s Windie in Kansas” Facebook page. In 2011, the Mahaffie Historic Site, along with the support of local Olathe, Kansas area businesses will host an event which includes a period dress ball, wine tasting, catered picnic, civil war living history demonstrations, historical speakers, and up to 200 renowned book-signing authors, actors from the movie, and film enthusiast.
This event honors Kansas native and co-star of GWTW, Hattie McDaniel! Join Patrick Curtis, Joseph Yakovetic, Carlton Jackson (author of Hattie McDaniel biography) and others. For information: email@example.com
And one of the entertainment centers of America, Branson, Mo. will soon have a Gone With The Wind Museum. Dr. Novella Perrin brought a small part of her collection to the “Gateway To The Wind” event in St. Louis and displayed it. She gave a power point presentation and thrilled the crowd by showing them a pair of pants worn by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
When she got the opportunity to display her collection in Branson, the popular tourist spot, she jumped at it. The museum will be housed in the old Taney County Title Co. building in downtown Branson.
“I’ve redone the inside of the building, built new display cases, and will be moving part of my collection down there.” said Perrin.
Perrin will debut her “Gone with the Wind A Book and Film Museum” the first weekend in May, 2011 if all goes on schedule. It is located at 109 East Main in Historic Downtown Branson, Missouri and will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 pm. or other times by appointment. Admission will be $10 for adults 18-55, $8 for seniors 56+ and active and retired military, $5 for children 13-17, and children 12 and under are free.
Perrin has been collecting GWTW memorabilia for over 25 years. Original costumes, props, autographs, costume sketches, foreign and domestic posters, research materials, lobby cards, and art will be exhibited. The museum will also host a large display of GWTW dolls and other memorabilia based on the movie.
For more information about the museum call 660-429-2872 or follow the museum construction at GWTW Branson on Twitter. A website and Facebook presence will soon be available.
“I have had a lot of fun developing the museum,” said Perrin. “I am excited about opening in May and I look forward to sharing my collection with many others who love the book and movie.”
By Sally Tippett Rains, author of “The Making of a Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell’s Classic Novel Gone With The Wind.”
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