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Judy’s 100th Birthday Celebration

June 9 - June 12

the 100th birthday video

Join us for a weekend full of fun at the Judy Garland 100th Birthday Celebration as we remember and honor the Grand Rapids, Minnesota gem. There will be events for all ages to participate in, including an outdoor viewing of “The Wizard of Oz” on a jumbo screen.
Save the date for Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday Celebration. Starting Thursday, June 9th and running through Sunday, June 12th, the celebration will host events for all ages including movie showings, meet and greets, special access guided tours, a 5k, and Judy’s 100th Birthday Fundraising Dinner. View the full schedule, pre-purchase event tickets, and pre-register for the “Dash for the Ruby Slippers 5k Run/Walk” at our website judygarlandmuseum.com. Celebrate this national treasure right here in her hometown of Grand Rapids, MN.

 

***We recommend purchasing a Judy Garland Museum Membership through the website. Members receive unlimited general admission to the museum as well as 15% discount off of these event admissions and gift store purchases. ***

Please plan to pre-purchase event tickets, follow this secure link:

 https://judygarlandmuseum.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/8111

 

To Pre-register for the “Dash for the Ruby Slippers 5K Run/Walk” follow this link:

https://judygarlandmuseum.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/8160 

Thursday June 9th

  • Judy Garland Movies and Documentaries
    • View Judy’s beloved movies and documentaries throughout the day
      • Time: 10am-5pm
      • Price: general admission
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • Special Access guided tours with 30 year Judy Garland authority, John Kelsch
    • Check out the newly finished archive basement tour with white glove experience to touch some of prized archive collections
    • John Kelsch is a 30 year veteran of the museum and now serves as the sole curator with first hand knowledge to archives
      • Times: 10:30am and 1:30pm
      • Price:  $15
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum
  • John Fricke Presentation
  • John Fricke is regarded as the preeminent Judy Garland and MGM Wizard of Oz historian and has written seven books on these topics. He is the recipient of Emmy Awards as co-producer of the PBS American Masters and A&E Biography Garland documentaries, and a Grammy Award nominee for his liner notes on the Capitol CD, Judy Garland: 25th Anniversary Retrospective. John has appeared as a programmer and co-host on the Turner Classic Movies network and at their Los Angeles Film Festival. In addition, he’s been interviewed on The Today Show (four times), CNN, Entertainment Tonight, The Joan Rivers Show, National Public Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. He’s a long-time regular at the Judy Garland/Wizard of Oz Festival, and we are happy to welcome him back this year.
    • How Do You Measure Miracles? – John Fricke, hostHost John Fricke opens the celebration and welcomes attendees to Judy’s centennial. He’ll briefly summarize Judy’s impact across ten decades of pop culture — and on audiences of all ages — and present two video collages, specially produced by René Reyes and Shane Rosamonda. These montages celebrate both her motion picture and television careers and concisely summarize the Garland reputations as “the little girl with the great big voice,” “MGM’s greatest asset,” “Miss Show Business,” and the “World’s Greatest Entertainer.”
      • Time:  3pm – 4:30pm
      • Price:  $10
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • Welcome Reception with Jazz Tribute to Judy by Josh Gallagher and his Orchestra
    • John Fricke will kick-off Judy’s 100th Birthday Celebration
    • Musical tribute to Judy by jazz pianist Josh Gallagher and his orchestra
    • Light snacks and refreshments provided.
      • Time:  6pm – 8pm
      • Price:  $10
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room

Friday June 10th – Judy’s Actual Birth date!!

Museum Meet and Greet

  • John Fricke will sign books and meet fans
    • Time: 9am – 10am
    • Price: general admission, additional fees for autographs may apply at time of event
    • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room

Judy Jeopardy

    • Back for the 12th year, Judy Jeopardy hosted by Joe Malinovsky and Paul Herrick
    • A fun trivia event to test your Judy knowledge, be ready to learn and have some fun
      • Time:  10am-11:30am
      • Price:  $10
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • Special access guided tours with 30 year Judy Garland authority, John Kelsch
    • Check out the newly finished archive basement tour with white glove experience to touch some of our best archive collections
      • Times: 9:00 am and 1:30pm
      • Price:  $15
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum front entrance

John Fricke Presentation

    • They Remember Judy – John Fricke, hostThis video program offers an extraordinary assemblage of interview outtakes from the two primary Judy Garland television documentaries of the 1980s and 1990s – all of them moments that were not included in the programs themselves or telecast elsewhere. Garland costars, coworkers, songwriters, musical conductors and arrangers – even the Gumm Family “au pair” from 1925 – discuss the girl, young lady, and woman they knew and cherished. It’s a compilation of happy stories and honest personal recollections from people who were actually THERE with her, and who tell it like the wonder it so often was. Participants include June Allyson, Alan King, Hugh Martin, Mort Lindsey, Norman Jewison, Ann Miller, and many others. In addition, John offers behind-the-scenes stories about guiding the interviews and about the documentaries themselves for which he received two Emmy Awards as co-producer.
      • Time:  1pm – 2:30pm
      • Price:  $10
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • Main Event: Judy’s 100th Birthday Fundraising Dinner
    •  Jennifer Grimm welcomes her 11-piece band for a musical birthday tribute to Judy Garland- “Jennifer Grimm Sings Judy Garland”
    • Show your support for our non-profit museum, proceeds generated at this event keep our museum going!
    • Judy Garland Heirs Trust is launching – Judy – A Garland Fragrance by Vincenzo Spinnato, we are getting a limited number to auction off!
    • Possible Exclusive Live stream to Judy’s 100th Birthday Fragrance Launch Gala in California
      • Time:  5pm – 6pm Social Hour
      • Time:  6pm – 7pm Buffett Dinner Served and Speeches
      • Time: 7pm -8pm – Live entertainment from “Jennifer Grimm Sings Judy Garland”
      • Time:  8pm – Closing Remarks
      • Price:  $75    ($63 for Judy Garland Museum Members)
      • Place: Timberlake Lodge Hotel and Restaurant, 144 SE 17th St, Grand Rapids Minnesota 55744

Saturday June 11th

Dash for the Ruby Slippers 5K

    • This event has a seperate registration page:
    • All ages welcome to join “Dash for the Ruby Slippers 5K Run/Walk”
    • Dress in your best Wizard of Oz costume and running shoes
    • Free T-shirt for pre-registred participants
    • Fun Wizard of Oz activites following the race
      • Time:  8:30am (pre-registration begins at 7:30am)
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum
      • Price:
Individual$35
Children age 4-12$18
Children under 3FREE

 

  • Special access guided tours with 30 year Judy Garland authority, John Kelsch
    • Check out the newly finished archive basement tour with white glove experience to touch some of our best archive collections
      • Times: 9:00 am and 1:30pm
      • Price:  $15
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum front entrance
  • John Fricke Presentation
    • Celebrating Judy – John Fricke, hostEnjoy Judy-on-screen and in anecdotes about her humor, her warmth, her inestimable talent, and her show business savvy in selecting songs and planning her concerts. Recall her countless happy triumphs in all media, from the 1920s through the 1960s . . . and beyond!
      • Time:  11am – 12:30pm
      • Price:  $10
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • Judy’s Hometown “Joy Ride” Bus Tours
    • Enjoy the comfort our our local “Hotel Rapids” Joy Ride Bus service
    • Ride around town in this comfortable, decked out bus that will include an entertaining guided tour around Grand Rapids
    • Hit up areas where Judy Garland and her family spent time in their 12-year history in Grand Rapids
    • Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on the bus
      • Times:  10am – 11am
      • Times:  11:30am – 12:30pm
      • Times   1pm – 2pm  – this tour will be conducted by Judy Fans, Joe Malinskey and Paul Herrick
      • Price:  $15
      • Place:  Judy Garland Museum
  • “Easter Parade” High Tea Party
    • In celebration of Judy’s movie “Easter Parade” come enjoy this upscale tea party
    • Come dressed with tea attire and hats, prizes for most creative hat, most traditional hat and biggest bonnet award
    • English teas, finger sandwiches and traditional baked goods served
          • Time:  3pm – 4:30 pm
          • Price:  $25
          • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • Meet and Greet at the Museum
    • Get an autograph or picture with Judy’s son, Joe Luft
        • Time: 5:30pm
        • Price: $20
        • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • John Fricke Presentation
    • Let’s Talk Judy! – John Fricke, hostInterspersed with silent home movie footage of Garland stage shows from 1951-1967, John discusses the three Judy Garland concerts he attended as a teenager, as well as the moments he saw her offstage – and his very brief but unforgettable one-on-one conversation with her at 2:30 a.m. in the Pump Room of Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel! Thereafter, the evening will be open to questions and remembrances from others. Did you first discover her as “Dorothy,” “Betsy,” “Esther,” “Hannah,” “Jenny” – or on TV as herself? Dou ever see her “in person” – or meet her? Please come and share your recollections on this occasion!
      • Time:  7pm – 8:30pm
      • Price:  $10
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room
  • Live Entertainment at the Museum
    • Hang around outside or inside the museum, bring food or buy from some local food vendors
    • Take picture with the cut-out characters in the garden, enjoy games throughout the property
    • We hope to have live music and entertainment if budget and performers come forward
      • Time: 5pm-8:30pm
      • Price: general admission if touring museum, otherwise free
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum
  • Main Event: Rolling out the Red Carpet: outdoor JUMBO screen showing of “The Wizard of Oz”
    • Outdoor showing of the classic film, starring Judy Garland, will be shown in the finest Blu-ray, on a JUMBO Screen outdoors. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!  Free event for the community.
    • Come dressed up as a Wizard of Oz character or come as you are
    • Take your picture on the red carpet with a Judy Garland and/or Wizard of Oz character
    • Enjoy some interactive surprises while the movie is showing!
      • Time: 8:30pm (movie will play when it’s dark enough)
      • Price:  FREE
      • Place: Evergreen Terrace Lawn, right next to the Judy Garland Museum

Sunday, June 12th

  • Closing Remarks
    • Join fans and friends for one last goodbye
    • Catered Buffet Style Breakfast
    • Judy Garland Museum membership discount not applicable for this event
      • Time: 9am
      • Price:  $20.00
      • Place: Timberlake Lodge Hotel and Restaurant, 144 SE 17th St, Grand Rapids Minnesota 55744
  • Judy Garland Movies and Documentaries
    • View Judy’s beloved movies and documentaries throughout the day
      • Time: 10am-5pm
      • Price: general admission
      • Place: Judy Garland Museum, 100th Birthday Room

 

We highly recommend purchasing a Judy Garland Museum Membership. Members receive unlimited general admission to the museum as well as 15% off event admissions and gift store purchases.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL EVENTS and INFORMATION MAY BE CHANGED WITHOUT NOTICE

THERE WILL BE OTHER EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN SUPPORTING JUDY’S 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATON. WE WILL POST THIS ON OUR WEBSITE AS WE ARE INFORMED OF THEM!! 

 

Details

Start:
June 9
End:
June 12