JAMESTOWN - The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will feature a fashion show and live auction, featuring some of the rarest Lucille Ball memorabilia and most high-end designers, at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station on Saturday at noon. Registration for the auction will begin that day at 11:15 a.m.
The event will begin with a fashion show featuring items from the collection of Melody Thomas Scott, star of "Young and the Restless." Some of the world's most famous designers will be represented in the showcase, including Christian Dior, Betsey Johnson, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Bob Mackie, Gucci, Monolo Blahnik, Donna Karen, Issac Mizrahi and many more. All dresses will be available to purchase during the live auction.
Dresses will be worn by various past participants of the Lakewood area Distinguished Young Women series, including 2013 participants Veronica Schuver, Olivia Nugent, Alyssa Leathers and Allison Munella.
Following the fashion show, a live auction featuring some of the rarest Lucille Ball memorabilia will take place. Memorabilia from Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz that will be auctioned includes:
1. Lucille Ball's red velvet dress from "Mame."
2. Lucille Ball's pink sequined costume from the first episode of "The Milton Berle Show."
3. Lucille Ball's Charlie Chaplin costume (jacket and pants) from the "The Lucy Show" episode, "Chris' New Year's Eve Party."
4. Lucille Ball's monogramed sewing case with initials engraved and sewing supplies enclosed.
5. The Lucy Plate by Danbury Mint (one of 100 in existence).
6. Collection of two clear glass ashtrays from Lucille Ball's Beverly Hills home.
7. 1956 TV Stage magazine with Lucy and Desi on the cover (mounted).
8. Original Two Smart People (1946) movie poster starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak.
At the conclusion of the event, winners of the silent auction (which will take place throughout the weekend) will also be announced. Rare dolls from Danbury Mint and Franklin Mint along with items personally donated by Gregg Oppenheimer, son of "I Love Lucy" creator Jess Oppenheimer, will be available to bid on during the festival.
Bids can be made by telephone or e-mail, but need to be arranged by contacting the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy at 484-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 1.
For more information on the live auction and fashion show, along with other festival performers including Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, "Comics to Watch," and much more, visit www.lucycomedyfest.com.