East Rutherford NJ (PRWEB) June 12, 2014
It has been 1 year in the making of the First Ever Brady Bunch Convention being held in NJ August 15-17th of 2014 to celebrate the final year original episodes were aired but the beginning of a 40 year syndication run for Brady Bunch fans along with the 20th anniversary of the movie. Along with celebrities from all aspects of the Brady shows, this was to be a huge weekend at the Hilton Meadowlands hotel.
We were all stunned to learn of the passing of the beloved Ann B. Davis on June 1 after a sudden fall put the Brady Bunch star into a coma that she would never come out of.
The outpouring of emotions from the cast and fans came through social media remembering the feisty woman that Americans grew to love over the 4 decades of the Brady Bunch run.
The character Alice popped up in many of the spin offs and the movies keeping the younger generation still asking about Pork Chops and Apple Sauce for dinner along with her signature meatloaf.
The event promoters of Then and Now Events, Jodi Blau Ritzen and Phyllis Paganucci were given the green light by cast members of the series to make the Friday evening all about celebrating the life of Ann B. Davis.
Ritzen says, "When I had reached out to Ann regarding attending this event, she had stated that she is retired and when I turn 87 years old, I am not going to want to work either.
"We were hoping that we could Skype with Ann at the convention from her home in Texas at the event for fans.
"The shock of her passing hit fans very hard so changing the schedule for the event was something that we needed to do."
Now event planners will have Friday August 15 as a Celebration of Ann's life with never heard before stories about the actress behind the scenes on the beloved tv show told by her TV family.
Maureen McCormick who was best known as the character Marsha Brady and Lloyd Schwartz son of Sherwood Schwartz the shows creator are flying to Texas to attend the memorial for Davis where Schwartz was asked to do the eulogy which he will also read to the audience of fans at the Friday night event.
The evening will not be focused on a Q and A with cast members about the Brady Bunch TV show but will engage in a Q and A about Ann and their relationships on and off the set.
Barry Williams who is best known for the character of oldest son Greg Brady told a funny story of how though Davis was known for being the family maid, she could not cook in real life, had no children and was actually nothing like the character of which she portrayed.
The Brady Bunch family was always known as "Americas Favorite Family" and they have remained close over the years in real life.
A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold for the Friday night tribute will be donated to the charity that Ann B. Davis worked so closely with over the past 30 years when she left Hollywood to dedicated her life to that of the lord.
The weekend will include autographs, pictures and meet and greets with fans. Saturday August 16, the Original Cast of the show will engage in a large panel discussion and Q and A's with the audience. We will also be celebrating the life of America's favorite TV dad Robert Reed along with his only daughter Karen Leigh Baldwin.
The evening show is Barry Williams performing all of the songs from the Brady Bunch TV show INCLUDING Barry transforming into his most popular character, the one and only Johnny Bravo.
Sunday August 17 on stage for a Q and A will be cast members of the Brady Bunch Movie answering questions about what it was like to transform into the loveable family and what it was like to portray some of the most loved kids on TV.
Rounding off the weekend on Sunday will be the biggest Disco Party in NJ with Disco Unlimited complete with costumes, fog machines and lights to take you back into the era when Abba was on the radio and everyone was to Boogie on Down.
Also at the convention, reality TV show producer and director Marshall Jay Kaplan Gemini Award nominated television producer and syndicated cartoonist, and television host who currently has on air Alan Thicke's new show Unusually Thicke and the upcoming Tori Spelling show that will air on HGTV will be filming a new show called The Fame Café at the convention and will be engaging with Brady Bunch fans for his upcoming series.
Tickets are still available at the official website http://www.bradybunchconvention.com along with a list of celebrities already announced with more to come.
A schedule of events is also available and continues to be updated.