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Everything coming to and leaving Hulu in April 2021



Everything coming to and leaving Hulu in April 2021


Hulu is gearing up to welcome back its most popular original series this April!

After a two-year hiatus, the critically-acclaimed “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns for its fourth season on April 28. It picks up after June escaped Gilead with members of the resistance.

Fans can also tune into “Sasquatch,” a three-part docu-series produced by the Duplass brothers to uncover the truth about the urban legend of BigFoot, who is said to have killed three men on a weed farm in 1993.

On April 21, Freeform launches its newest thriller “Cruel Summer,” which takes place over three years in the 90s and finds two popular girls involved in a young woman’s disappearance. Jessica Biel serves as executive producer.

Fans will also be able to tune into the 93rd Oscars on ABC!

Here’s everything coming and leaving Hulu in April 2021:

Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Caribbean Life: Complete Seasons 18 & 19 (HGTV)
Chopped: Complete Season 44 (Food Network)
Chopped Sweets: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Christina On The Coast: Complete Season 2 (HGTV)
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: Complete Seasons 34 & 35 (Food Network)
Doubling Down with the Derricos: Complete Season 1 (TLC)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Complete Season 1 (HGTV)
Guy’s Grocery Games: Complete Season 22 (Food Network)
Naked and Afraid XL: Complete Season 6 (Discovery)
Say Yes to the Dress: Complete Season 19 (TLC)
Tournament of Champions: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Undercover Billionaire: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)
UniKitty: Complete Season 3 (Cartoon Network)
Vegas Chef Prizefight: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Worst Cooks in America: Complete Season 18 (Food Network)
Higurashi: When They Cry: Season 1, Epsiodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)
2012 (2009)
28 Days Later (2003)
A Hologram for the King (2016)
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
A Simple Plan (1998)
The Abyss (1989)
Before We Go (2015)
Bug (2007)
Bulworth (1998)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Chappaquiddick (2017)
Chato’s Land (1972)
Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (1983)
Cohen and Tate (1989)
The Color Purple (1985)
The Dead Zone (1983)
The Devil’s Double (2011)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Frankie & Alice (2014)
Friends With Benefits (2011)
Garden State (2004)
The Gift (2000)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
Guess Who (2005)
Hancock (2008)
The Hunting Party (1971)
In The Mix (2005)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
Lady in a Cage (1964)
Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)
Life Of Crime (2014)
Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)
Mad Max (1980)
Madea Goes To Jail (Theatrical Feature) (2009)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004)
Monster’s Ball (2001)
Motel Hell (1980)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Never Back Down (2008)
New in Town (2009)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
The Out-Of-Towners (1999)
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Platoon (1986)
The Polar Express (2004)
The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
The Program (1993)
Ramona and Beezus (2009)
The Replacement Killers (1998)
Rio (2011)
The Sandlot (1993)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Sex And The City (2008)
Sex And The City 2 (2010)
Shaft (2000)
Shrek 2 (2002)
The Skull (1965)
Sleeping With The Enemy (1991)
Sliver (1993)
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Step Up Revolution (2012)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
That Thing You Do! (1996)
The Upside (2017)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Virtuosity (1995)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
War (2007)
Warriors of Virtue (1997)
What About Bob? (1991)
Where the Heart Is (2000)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Law & Order: Organized Crime: Series Premiere (NBC)
Manifest: Season 3 Premiere (NBC)
The Moody’s: Season 2 Finale (Fox)
Real Housewives of New York City: Complete Season 12 (Bravo)

Hysterical: Series Premiere (FX)
Blair Witch (2016)

Girl (2020)

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Season 1, Epsiodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Home Economics: Series Premiere (ABC)

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay: Season 2 Premiere (Freeform)
Rebel: Series Premiere (ABC)
The Standard (2020)
Stars Fell on Alabama (2021)

The Day I Became a God: Season 1, Epsiodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)
Desierto (2015)
Knuckledust (2020)

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
Spontaneous (2020)

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Complete Season 10 (Bravo)

Fly Like A Girl (2020)
Songbird (2020)

Modern Persuasion (2020)
Thelma (2017)

Sasquatch: Documentary Series Premiere (Hulu Original)

Cruel Summer: Series Premiere (Freeform)


The Place of No Words (2020)

Wild Mountain Thyme (2021)

The Oscars Red Carpet Show: Special (ABC)
The 93rd Oscars: Special (ABC)

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 4 Premiere (Hulu Original)
Arrival (2016)

The Judge (2014)

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

50/50 (2011)
9 to 5 (1980)
Affliction (1998)
Article 99 (1992)
Beloved (1998)
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Blow (2001)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Chato’s Land (1972)
Cocktail (1988)
Cohen and Tate (1989)
Crimes Of The Heart (1987)
Damien – Omen II (1978)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Everything Must Go (2011)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
From Hell (2001)
G.I. Jane (1997)
Garfield (2004)
Gargoyles: Wings of Darkness (2004)
Happy Tears (2010)
The Haunting In Connecticut (2009)
The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia (2013)
Hitman’s Run (1999)
How Do You Know (2010)
The Hunting Party (1971)
The January Man (1989)
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Jumping The Broom (2011)
The Last Waltz (1978)
Mad Max (1980)
Madea Goes To Jail (Theatrical Feature) (2009)
Mafia! (Jane Austen’s) (1998)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004)
Motel Hell (1980)
Mousehunt (1997)
My Best Friend’S Girl (2008)
Never Back Down (2008)
Ninja Assassin (2009)
The Omen (1976) (1976)
Only God Forgives (2013)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2009)
Platoon (1986)
Pretty Woman (1990)
The Prince Of Tides (1991)
The Replacement Killers (1998)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
Shaft (2000)
The Shootist (1976)
Sideways (2004)
Strategic Air Command (1955)
The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Teresa’s Tattoo (1994)
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Two Weeks (2006)
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
Walking Tall (1973)
Warriors of Virtue (1997)
What About Bob? (1991)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Wonder Boys (2000)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Young Adult (2011)


Thunderbird Entertainment Group Reports on Q1 2022 Results



Thunderbird Entertainment Group Reports on Q1 2022 Results

Q1 2022 Revenue $35.1 million, 77% year-over-year increase

Q1 2022 Adjusted EBITDA $6.3 million, 31% year-over-year increase

27 shows in production; 12 IP or Partner-Managed

Conference call and webcast scheduled for November 29 at 8 a.m. PT/ 11 a.m. ET

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, November 24, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV: TBRD, OTCQX: THBRF) (Thunderbird or the Company) today announced its financial results for Q1 2022, which ended September 30, 2021, and provided a corporate update.

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $35.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $19.8 million for the comparative period of fiscal 2021, an increase of $15.3 million (77%). The majority of this increase over the comparative period in 2021 is related to growth in production service projects and due to the delivery of the live-action series Strays for CBC.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $6.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $4.8 million for the comparative period of fiscal 2021, an increase of $1.5 million (31%).

  • Free cash flow was $3.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $1.2 million for the comparative period of fiscal 2021, an increase of $2.2 million (183%).

“Content remains king and Thunderbird is laying the foundation to sustainably grow with the ever-increasing demand. With quality as our North Star and our focus on maintaining a culture that is diverse, inclusive and promotes excellence, Thunderbird will continue to lead in delivering premium content to our partners, further driving shareholder value,” said Jennifer Twiner McCarron, Thunderbird CEO.

Thunderbird’s Q1 2022 Corporate Highlights

  • At September 30, 2021, the Company had 27 programs in various stages of production. Twelve of these projects are Company IP or partner-managed service productions where the Company receives a percentage of certain revenue streams.

  • The Company’s productions currently air on Netflix, Peacock, Nickelodeon, Apple, Sony, PBS, Bell Media’s Discovery, Disney+, Corus Entertainment and the CBC, among others.

  • In Q1, the Kids and Family Division, Atomic Cartoons (“Atomic”) was in various stages of production on 16 animated television series/programs and two animated feature-length films, 18 productions in total. These programs reflect a blend of both partner-managed and service-based work.

  • During Q1, work produced by Atomic included: Mighty Express debuting its fourth season exclusively on Netflix; the Lego Star Wars: Terrifying Tales special streaming on Disney+; Season 4 of Trolls: TrollsTopia streaming on Peacock and Hulu; Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends — the first full-length Marvel series for preschoolers — premiering on Disney Channel and Disney Junior; and Curious George: Cape Ahoy debuting on Peacock.

  • In Q1, the Factual Division, Great Pacific Media (“GPM”), was in production on eight series and/or documentaries: Highway Thru Hell (Season 11), Heavy Rescue: 401 (Season 7), Mud Mountain Haulers (Season 2), Deadman’s Curse (working title) (Season 1), Good job (Season 1), Styled (working title) (Season 1), Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet (Season 1) in conjunction with Wapanatahk Media, and The Teenager And The Lost Mayan City (working title).

  • Subsequent to Q1, GPM announced it has partnered with director, writer and producer Brad Peyton and visionary physicist Michio Kaku for its new series in development, If: Imagine the Impossible. This series is based on Underknown’s What If, which is a top ranked science program on social media.

  • In Q1, Thunderbird also announced Reginald the Vampire, its new fully-owned scripted series starring Spider-Man’s Jacob Batalon. Reginald the Vampire was picked up in a straight-to-series 10-episode order by SyFy and is being co-produced with Modern Story Company and December Films.

  • Also, in Q1, Strays, the spin-off series from Kim’s Convenience, premiered on CBC.

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Conference Call Webcast on Monday, November 29 at 8 a.m. PT/ 11 a.m. ET

Thunderbird will hold a conference call and webcast to share the Company’s Q1 financial results on November 29, 2021 at 8 a.m. PT/ 11 a.m. ET. The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay via the “Investors” section of the Thunderbird website.

Conference Call and Webcast Access:

Toll-free dial-in number: (833) 900-1530
International dial-in number: (236) 712-2271
Conference ID: 2977972

Participants joining by phone are requested to call the conference line 10 minutes early to avoid wait times while connecting to the call. The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay via the “Investors” section of the Thunderbird website. Investors can access a replay of the teleconference at: (+1) 416-621-4642 or toll-free at (+1) 800-585-8367 three hours after the call’s completion. The Conference ID # is 2977972. The teleconference replay will be available through December 13, 2021.

For information on Thunderbird and to subscribe to the Company’s investor list for news updates, go to

Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a global award-winning, full-service multiplatform production, distribution and rights management company, headquartered in Vancouver, with additional offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Ottawa. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted, and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and international broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place. The Company develops, produces, and distributes animated, factual, and scripted content through its various divisions, including Thunderbird Kids and Family (Atomic Cartoons), and Thunderbird Factual and Scripted (Great Pacific Media). The Company also has a division dedicated to global distribution and consumer products. Thunderbird is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @tbirdent. For more information, visit:

On Behalf of Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.

Jennifer Twiner McCarron
Chief Executive Officer

Neither the TSX-V nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX-V) accepts responsibility of the adequacy or accuracy of this release, which has been prepared by management.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the Company’s objectives, goals or future plans and the business and operations of the Company. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments; those additional risks set out in the Company’s Filing Statement and other public documents filed on SEDAR at; and other matters discussed in this news release. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except where required by law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

In addition to the results reported in accordance with IFRS, the Company uses various non-IFRS financial measures which are not recognized under IFRS, as supplemental indicators of our operating performance and financial position. These non-IFRS financial measures are provided to enhance the user’s understanding of our historical and current financial performance and our prospects for the future. Management believes that these measures provide useful information in that they exclude amounts that are not indicative of our core operating results and ongoing operations and provide a more consistent basis for comparison between periods. The following discussion explains the Company’s use of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow as measures of performance.

“EBITDA” is calculated based on earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. “Adjusted EBITDA” is calculated based on EBITDA before share-based compensation, unrealized foreign exchange gain/loss and items of an unusual or one-time nature that do not reflect our ongoing operations. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are commonly reported and widely used by investors and lenders as an indicator of a company’s operating performance and ability to incur and service debt, and as a valuation metric. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not earnings measures recognized by IFRS and therefore do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Therefore, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

“Free Cash Flow” (“FCF”) is calculated based on cash flows from operations, purchase of property and equipment and net interim production financing. FCF represents the cash a company generates after accounting for cash outflows to support operations and maintain its capital assets.

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LOOKING BACK IN LITCHFIELD: New theater announces opening in 1936 | Entertainment



LOOKING BACK IN LITCHFIELD: New theater announces opening in 1936 | Entertainment

Editor’s note: Welcome to a new feature that looks at Litchfield history, from the perspective of a native of the area. Terry Shaw is a sort of unofficial recorder of Litchfield history, having researched and written two books — Terry Tales” and “Terry Tales II” — of his remembrances of growing up here. In recent years, Shaw has made daily posts on the Old Litchfield & Meeker County Facebook page. This new column will include snippets of history from both his books and Facebook posts.

  • The original owner of the land where Litchfield’s downtown now stands, George Baker Waller Sr., deeded one-half interest in 150 acres of his land to the railroad company to plat a town upon, and upon which a part of the original township was laid out in July of 1869. Waller moved his family here in November of 1869. Could we have been named Waller, Minnesota?
  • On Nov. 3, 1881, a grand opening ball was held on the main floor of the new Howard House hotel located at the north corner of West Depot and North Sibley. In November of 1978, the Bachman Construction Co. of Hutchinson bought the vacant building and lot. An auction was held of all the furniture and fixtures. What wasn’t sold, unfortunately, was thrown away, except for a few treasures my friend Pete Hughes had been given by one-time manager Vic Forte. Those treasures are on display at the Meeker County Historical Society (G.A.R. Hall). The hotel was torn down in December.
  • The G.A.R. Hall was dedicated on Nov. 14, 1885. One week after the dedication, on Nov. 21, 1885, the members deeded the Memorial Hall, as they called it, to the Village of Litchfield with the stipulation that it be kept as it was “in memory of the 300,000 soldiers who fell in defense of the Union” and be opened to the public for reading. So, the Hall naturally became the first public library in Meeker County. You can visit the hall for free (a donation is asked) and see it just like it was more than a century ago. The meeting room still contains the “kitchen chairs” each member brought from home to sit on at meetings.
  • The new Litchfield Opera House was designed by architect William T. Towner and built in late 1900. Opening night was Thursday, Nov. 8, 1900. The William Owens’ traveling troupe performed “The Marble Heart” that night.
  • In November 1925, a cross was burned on the lawn between Norwegian Reverend Martinus O. Silseth’s and lawyer Nelson Daniel March’s houses on Sibley Avenue South, only a block and a half from the railroad tracks. Litchfield had a 100 members strong chapter of the KKK back then. Not all of our news of the past is something we can be proud of.
  • Remembering that Electus Darwin Litchfield’s son was an architect, our town petitioned the government to have him design our new U.S. Post Office. Washington, D. C., gave the job to the son in November 1933, and so the son of Litchfield’s namesake designed that brick building on the northwest corner of East Second Street and North Marshall Avenue that is still used as our Post Office today.
  • Calvin Franklin “Frank” Schnee built the Hollywood Theater and opened it on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1936. On the Grand Opening night, the movie shown was “Libeled Lady,” starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy. Adult tickets were 35 cents and children’s tickets were a dime. It had “mirrophonic sound.” The opening night souvenir program told the patrons to leave their names with the usher or usherette if they were doctors, nurses, or professional people. Generally, these people would call the telephone office and tell the operator they were attending movies at the Hollywood Theater. Then if someone called the operator needing a doctor, the operator would call the movie theater and the usherette would be directed to get the physician and give him the message. The new building included a soundproof cry room for parents with young children. As with the Unique Theater, also run by the Schnee family, children under 12 were encouraged to sit in the first six rows. The water fountain with an electric eye was activated by bending down to it. Usherettes wore navy blue skirts with a gold trimmed red jacket and a pill box hat. The Schnees had quite a reputation for cleanliness. They did not allow popcorn in the theater until later years.
  • On a Sunday morning in November 1940, 56-year-old Walter Johnson, his wife and 18-year-old Walter Jr. were hit by the west bound Great Northern Empire Builder at the Armstrong Avenue crossing in Litchfield on their way to church. Eight-foot high snowbanks had blocked their view and Walter’s car got stuck in the deep, ice-filled ruts of the crossing’s approach. Walter’s son Bob was walking home from an earlier church service and had stopped at the Traveler’s Inn to warm up. He heard the train’s whistle blow and turned to look from the café’s doorway just in time to see his dad’s car being tossed into the air. He ran to the Sibley Avenue crossing, where the car had ended up, and saw his father dead in the car and his brother and mother laying on the gravel. Help came and Rosalind and Junior were taken to the hospital.

Bob ran back to the church and came in during the middle of the sermon. He found his other brothers, ran to their pew, and he told them the news. They all ran out of the church. Others in the church had overheard what Bob had told his brothers, and they stood and told the preacher who stopped the service. Walter’s wife survived but Junior died later that day at the hospital. Rosalind spent five months in the hospital. George, who had a house of his own, moved back home to help raise the other kids. The sons got together and decided to not let the tragedy stop the company’s growth. Abe dropped out of college and came home to pick up the slack in the company. Walter’s son Jim, who had taken over as the manager of the company, told Abe, “Dad had a plan about you goin’ to college and we’re gonna keep with Dad’s plans. You’re goin’ back to school.” Abe finished up at Harvard majoring in business. The company, of course, was the world-famous Johnson Brothers Construction Co.

  • My youngest brother, Patrick Francis “Pat” Shaw was born on Nov. 19, 1946, in the Meeker County Hospital (the old one).
  • Eighteen-year-old James Henry “Jim” Bachman, home on leave from the Army on Nov. 1, 1957, tried to beat the train at the Sibley Avenue crossing with his beautiful fender skirted ’49 Chevy at 4:35 p.m. that day. Fifteen-year-old Lyle Allen Rosenow witnessed the accident and told the police that Bachman took off south from the traffic light by the hotel and never slowed down for the tracks, even though the signal lights were flashing. Bachman had just dropped 13-year-old David Charles Lindell off at his home at 4:30 p.m. Ironically, David would be killed in a traffic accident five years later.
  • Michael Scott “Mick” Weber had his dad Clarence Peter Weber’s brand new 1960 Plymouth Valiant at school on Friday, Nov. 3, 1961. Clarence Weber had bought the car for his oldest son, Jack, to set him up in a taxi business. Mick Weber had promised to give football teammates Ralph Koelln and Kenny Fenner, Police Chief George Fenner’s son, a ride home after school at three o’clock. They had a football game that night and wanted some time at home first. Ralph and Kenny went to the school parking lot and found Clarence’s car and got in, waiting for Mick, who had given them the car keys. Mick never showed up. For some reason, he had forgotten about the arrangement and had walked uptown.
  • Along came my friend, Jerry Aloysius Wimmer. “What’s up guys?” Jerry asked. They told him and the three of them concocted a scheme where Ralph would drive Kenny home, drive himself home from Kenny’s and then turn the car over to Jerry and have him return it to the parking lot and explain it all to Mick, who would have realized his mistake by then and gone back to school. Jerry was an amazing athlete, but a terrible driver. Everything went well dropping off Ralph and Kenny, but as Jerry’s luck would have it, driving back to the school alone, he managed to stall the car right in the middle of the Holcombe Avenue railroad crossing. He put the car in park and tried over and over to get the ignition to fire. Nothing happened. Hearing an oncoming freight train, Jerry panicked, and he jumped out of the car. He tried to push the car off the tracks, first from the front of the car, and then from the rear. Unfortunately, he had forgotten that he had put the car in park and that’s why it wouldn’t budge. Jerry was very excitable. I can just imagine what he went through, struggling to push that car, his face turning redder than his bright red-orange hair. He must have finally realized that there was nothing he could do because he wisely turned and ran, just as the horn-blasting and speeding Great Northern freight train plowed into the “borrowed” car.

The train slammed the Valiant into the automatic crossing signal lights, shearing them off their standard. The car sailed another 50 yards before it came to a rest beside the tracks and up against the rest of the train that had finally come to a screeching halt. Jerry just stood there, paralyzed, staring at the car. He must have been thinking, “My life is over. I’m dead. They will put me in jail.” Before long, people ran up, asking Jerry if he was OK. He just stood there, mumbling, staring at the car, and crying. After he had completely broken down, he was taken to the doctor, who sedated him. Jerry, the football team’s star QB couldn’t play that night either and Litchfield got beat bad. Jerry was never the same after that and all of us, to this day, are a little more cautious when we drive across a railroad track crossing.

  • Litchfield Coin-Operated Dry Cleaners owners Ed Fitzloff and his wife were on their way home to Hutchinson from Litchfield when a train at the Sibley Avenue crossing killed them both in November of 1963.
  • 1936 Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress and Litchfield born, Gale Sondergaard was performing at the Guthrie Theater in 1967 and she made a trip out to Litchfield one day in November of that year. She visited friends, stood in the bandstand for a while, and then she spoke for about an hour to the high school Thespian Club, which had been named after her. Gale did a few more movies in the ’70s, including “A Man Named Horse,” before her death in 1985.
  • On Nov. 1, 1968, a Litchfield man, who survived six months of precarious mine detection duty with the U.S. Army combat engineers without incurring a scratch, was killed instantly at 6 o’clock in the morning when his car was struck by a Great Northern freight train at the Sibley Avenue crossing. His name was Wayne Henry Heyer, and he was the 21-year-old son of Henry Harlen and Ellen W. Heyer. Wayne, a 1965 graduate of LHS, was discharged from the Army on July 2 after serving 16 months in Vietnam, the last six months on mine detection duty. The day before the accident, he had just completed his first day of work as a construction worker at Litchfield’s new Ripley Elementary School and was on his way to work again when the accident happened.
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1986, my brother Mike Shaw, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, Howard Holtz (who was Mike’s “heart-lung machine during Mick’s world-famous operation), and my mother were reunited in Litchfield for the filming of a BBC and Boston PBS Nova documentary about the developments in surgery since the end of World War II. Mike had had the first successful open-heart surgery which had been invented by Dr Lillehei of the Heart Hospital in Minneapolis. Mick and Dr. Lillehei were filmed walking through Central Park. Then the entire group was filmed sitting around our mother’s kitchen table discussing the operation.
  • Most of us can remember the famous Halloween blizzard that happened on Nov. 3, 1991.
  • Longtime Carnegie Library head librarian Gertrude Johnson died in November 2008. Her son Jim asked me to sing at her funeral at the Ness Church. It was then that I found out that she had been baptized, confirmed, married, and then buried at that same church.
  • In November 2019, the Worden mink farm finally went out of business. Of course, the closing of the business was the result of the change in people’s attitudes towards wearing furs among other things.
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Claus for Celebration: Holiday calendar is packed; check out our list | Entertainment/Life



Claus for Celebration: Holiday calendar is packed; check out our list | Entertainment/Life

With Santa and spirits bright, parades and pretty lights, music and mistletoe — south Louisiana switches into full holiday mode starting Friday.

In the Baton Rouge and Acadiana areas, there are diverse events, both secular and religious, planned from now into the new year.

Take your pick and make some Christmas memories.


ZOOLIGHTS: Gates open 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., grounds close at 9 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Presented by Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, this mile-long trail through the zoo offers 50-plus illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3; Friends of the Zoo members, $3.​ 50% discount with donation of a non-perishable food item to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS: 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily, Baton Rouge General – Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Ave. Walk through or drive through this display of more than 400,000 twinkling, singing and musically synchronized lights.


TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tanger Outlets Gonzales, 2100 Tanger Blvd. Lighting of the new, 36-foot holiday tree, holiday music, food trucks, face painting, photo booth and sweet treats. Free.


CREOLE CHRISTMAS + HOLIDAY FAIR: noon to 5 p.m., Magnolia Mound, 2161 Nicholson Drive. Seasonal decorations in the historic house, traditional songs in French and Spanish sung by local schoolchildren, period demonstrations, folk crafts, and the annual bonfire to welcome Papa Noel.

LAND OF THE SWEETS TEA: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Lod Cook Alumni Center, 3938 W. Lakeshore Drive. Tea treats, drinks and crafts. Also, young guests can learn choreography from Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker, A Tale From the Bayou,” even joining in the dance with their favorite characters.


GEORGE BELL AND FRIENDS – AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY JAZZ: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. $45 at


HOLIDAY BRASS: 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 401 Main St. Concert featuring the full Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion. Tickets are $30 at or by calling the BRSO box office at (225) 383-0500 extension 100.


“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER”: 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Pasqua Theatre, 823, Felicity St., Gonzales. An Ascension Community Theatre production. $25, adults; $22.50, seniors; and $15, children.


DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Lighting of the 35-foot Christmas tree, music, fireworks, ice skating and more.

LIVE NATIVITY: 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church garden, 763 North Blvd. Thirty-minute reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ as told in the Gospels.

REINDEER RIDE: 6 p.m., Farr Park, 6402 River Road. Eight-mile family bicycle ride to Downtown Festival of Lights.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 763 North Blvd. Featuring Michael O’Brien and the Foto Sisters.


A VERY MERRY MUSEUM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Festive activities throughout the day, along with holiday-themed planetarium shows. Adults, $12; children (3-12) and seniors (65+), $10; and members, free.

A HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., along Railroad Avenue, downtown Plaquemine. Local vendors, music, food and kids’ rides. Free event hosted by Plaquemine Main Street and We Are The Difference.

A JANE AUSTEN CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oakley House, Audubon State Historic Site, 11788 La. 965, near St. Francisville. Costumed guides accompany the visitor in a trip into the past through the candlelit Oakley House, decked out for Christmas. Dance hosted by The Lagniappe Historic Dance & Pastime Society; music by the Lagniappe Dulcimers. Chestnuts will be roasting and wassail served.


BROADMOOR’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE: noon, from Broadmoor High School, 10100 Goodwood Blvd.

HOLIDAY BRASS: 7:30 p.m., Whimsical Alley, 4512 Virginia St., Zachary. Outdoor concert featuring the full Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion. Tickets are $30 at or by calling the BRSO box office at (225) 383-0500 extension 100.


HOLIDAY BRASS: 4:30 p.m., Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, 40136 La. 942, Darrow. Outdoor concert featuring the full Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion. Tickets are $30 and $50 at or by calling the BRSO box office at (225) 383-0500 extension 100.

DEC. 6-28

MESSENGERS’ CHRISTMAS LAND: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9481 Prince Charles St., Denham Springs. A family tradition since 1964, the sprawling yard and garage display features lights, homemade animated scenes, a timeline and even the North Pole. Free.


HOLIDAY MUSIC CONCERT: 7 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Performing will be local five-piece instrumental and vocal group Jemini Venture, playing a diverse cross-section of genres on acoustic instruments.


VENDORS AT THE VILLAGE: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Acadian Village Shopping Center, Perkins Road at Acadian Thruway. Seasonal specials, local handmade items, refreshments, live music, caroling and Santa Claus.


HOLIDAY BRASS: 7:30 p.m., Hemingbough, 10101 La. 965, St. Francisville. Outdoor concert featuring the full Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion. Tickets are $30 at or by calling the BRSO box office at (225) 383-0500 extension 100.


“CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. $30.


COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 1 p.m., Morganza. Fire trucks, marching bands, arts/crafts, food vendors, Santa Claus and more.

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DENHAM SPRINGS CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., starting from Denham Springs High School, 1000 N. Range Ave., to Veterans Boulevard.

CHRISTMAS BOZAAR: 4 p.m., John Schneider Studios, 16050 Florida Blvd., Holden. Includes concert with John Schneider and the Stars N’ Bars Band and screening on the film, “Christmas Cars.”

70th ANNUAL CORTANA KIWANIS CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5:30 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. See route map and more at

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 6 p.m., Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway. Special guests will be the group Authentically Anointed.

LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE & GIFT FAIR: 6:30 p.m., Livingston. Route is from Hilltop and F Street to downtown.


JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS PARADE: 1 p.m., Gonzales. With the theme “Gingerbread Village,” the parade will roll from Irma Boulevard along East Sanders Street and South Sandra Avenue.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 7:30 p.m., Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive. Concert featuring the full Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and soloists. $19-$65 at or by calling the BRSO box office at (225) 383-0500 extension 100.


HOLIDAY MUSIC WITH MIKE ANDERSON THE DULCIMER GUY: 3:30 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

CAROLS IN THE GARDEN: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales. Caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. (225) 647-3955.


CHRISTMAS ON COURT ST.: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Port Allen. Live music, craft vendors, carnival rides, food, drinks and bonfire on the levee from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

DEC. 17-JAN. 3

ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: Times TBA, Raising Cane’s River Center Arena, 275 S. River Road. or (225) 389-3030.


WALKER CHRISTMAS PARADE: 11 a.m., from Walker High School, 12646 Burgess Ave. Floats, marching bands, antique cars and horses.

ST. ALBAN’S UKULELE ORCHESTRA: 12:30 p.m., Plaza at Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Free holiday performance.

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park, 13750 Ball Park Road, Walker. Farmers market, Christmas music, photos with Santa, food trucks and lots of seasonal activities.

LEGENDS OF CHRISTMAS: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Performances by Circus Louisiana, GymFit-Adventure Community Center and Bayou Cirque. $30.


“THE HOLIDAY NUTCRACKER”: 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Brown Holt Theatre, The Dunham School, 11236 Roy Emerson Drive. A Cangelosi Dance Project production. $20 and up.

“NUTCRACKER — A TALE FROM THE BAYOU”: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Raising Cane’s River Center Ballroom, 275 S. River Road. A Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre production. $30-$65 at


BRUNCH WITH SANTA: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or noon: The Legacy at Bonne Esperance, 1655 Sherwood Forest Blvd. Buffet: Free, 1 year old and younger; $15, 2-12 years; $25, 12 years and older at



EVENING HOLIDAY MARKET: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Moncus Park, Lafayette. Presented by Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market Holiday. Music by the Magnolia Sisters, a s’mores corner, and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Dec. 3-19

“AN ACADIANA CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays,  Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. $20; opening night gala, $45.


LIGHTING OF THE TREE CONCERT: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette. Presented by The Evangeline Bank and Trust Co. Music by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.


SONIC CHRISTMAS PARADE: 1 p.m., Lafayette. Route from Jefferson Street, passing through downtown and to the Oil Center. Followed by official after party at 2 p.m. in Parc International, 200 Garfield St.


43rd ANNUAL QUEEN CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5:30 p.m., New Iberia’s historic district. This year, the street parade down Main Street will be followed by a boat parade on Bayou Teche and fireworks.

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., AA Comeaux Park, 300 AA Comeaux Memorial Drive, Abbeville. Enjoy a drive-through Christmas experience with a holiday light trail around the park’s circle. Trolley transportation will be available to the park from Magdalen Square following the town’s Christmas Parade. The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana. Tickets $10-$25 can be purchased at


“THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. A Lafayette Ballet Theatre production. $25-$58 at


GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Wonderland Performing Arts, 2807 Johnston St., Lafayette. Presented by Storybook Events, Twin’s Bakery and Wonderland. Gingerbread house kits, cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate and photos with Santa. $100 per table of 4 at

DEC. 16-29

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Moncus Park, 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette. Live music, activities for the whole family, visit from Santa, Christmas market and general store, selfie stations, live art installation, local food vendors and more.

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