Sandy Fluty of Independence, Missouri, hosted 1700 red
hatters at the Third Annual Branson Fling (Page 1, Row 1, photo
1- Queen Jill on left, Queen Sandy in middle, and Queen
Karlene on right. About 15 gals from Portland attended,
including two of us from the Crimson Crones (Clara Kries and Queen
Jill). We saw seven shows in five days.
Here is just a sampling of the pictures taken over a fun-filled five days:
first night, I went to see Andy Williams and Ann Margret.
Great show! I was able to meet with Ann after the show
as she was about to go home (Page 1, Row 1, Photo 4). We had
been neighbors in 1964 in California, where I knew her for about 20
minutes. I sent a note back stage requesting a quick visit
after 40 years, and she graciously allowed me to meet with her.
day we went to the Lost In The 50's Show. It was
wonderful. Queen Karlene wore fabulous 50's fashions, and
someone wanted to take a photo of her thinking she was part of the
night we went to the Jim Stafford Show. He is a musician
and comedian. His routine was about the best I've heard in
years. Truly great comedy. Not only is he a great
musician, but so are his two children (Page 2, Rows 1 & 2).
I also asked if I could go back stage and take pictures, and Jim
Stafford agreed. I invited a red hatter that I didn't know to
come with me (Page 2, second row from bottom). I took lots
of pictures of the red hatters in the audience, and had fun
meeting up with Queen Gena Walls from Texas who I hadn't
seen in 19 years (Page 2, last two photos).
missed the pajama party on Friday night. I'm hoping some hatters
will send me photos to include here. I heard it was tons of fun.
Saturday night banquet (Page 3), there was an Elvis impersonator to
entertain us along with Roy Rogers, Jr. and his band. It
was quite nostalgic hearing Roy Jr. sing the songs his
father sang back in "the olden days." After that,
there were door prizes given out and a fabulous talent show put on by
that evening, about 40 red hatters went to the California Bar and
Grill to listen to the band that usually played at the show 50's
At The Hop. They were fabulous. As soon as they
started playing, the dancing began and never stopped.
final pictures (Page 4) are from the show at Mickey Gilley's theatre
and one picture from Stuck On The 70's show.
was GREAT! Thank you, Sandy Fluty, for planning such a