Riff...we are going to mourn the passing of the follies! (and Mary)!!!
Are you sure you won't change your mind? :-) ♥
We've seen the show again this year 2014. They surpass all expectatio
We first met filmmaker extraordinaire Louie Schwartzberg back in 2000 when he produced a splendid documentary about the Follies for his series “America!” which aired on (what is now) The Hallmark Channel. Some months ago, he contacted us about revisiting that footage for his new series entitled “Gratitude Revealed” where he explores such topics as Love, Wonder, Generosity and—for the Follies’ segment—Purpose. It’s a touching remembrance of our Follies and reminds us of why we must ALL have a purpose. I’ve included a link below. Please enjoy. RM
One year ago today, the curtain came down on our beloved Follies. Whether you were with us in person or in spirit, we publicly expressed that day our deep appreciation to the millions of you who shared this journey with us. We also celebrated an extraordinary 23-year theatrical run, as well as acknowledging our small contribution to the ongoing dialogue about aging in America.
Finally, we said good-bye, which was not easy.
Since then, it has been gratifying to see the contin...uing life journeys of those who toiled to make our Follies everything it was until that final performance: the closest to theatrical perfection either of us could have ever imagined. During this time, our young folks have advanced their careers and our old folks have reinvented themselves, perhaps for the third or fourth time. Their complete and unwavering commitment to our magnificent obsession is hard to imagine in today’s world, but the Follies was a tangible manifestation of just that.
As the years progress and specific memories of the show recede, what we trust remains is the inspiration, laughter and sense of wonder you told us you felt during every Follies performance.
In addition, that you fondly remember the shared experience of attending the Follies with your children, grandchildren, friends, comrades-in-arms and spouses. In an increasingly online world, we are grateful you went off-line for a few hours and shared that time with us.
“Those were the days, my friend; we thought they’d never end …” is a lyrical refrain that seems particularly apropos one year later. To us, it represents the perfect toast to those wonderful times, with the knowledge that there is (still) even more to come.
In its final distillation, the Follies was about one thing: HOPE. Someone even once said the Follies is really church disguised as a show. We will leave that analysis to others, but knowing that we touched your life is some way—large or small—is our greatest satisfaction.
Let us all raise our glasses to The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. Long may her memory resonate within each of us and let us all vow to “Dance to the Music” until our very last breath.
Riff Markowitz and Mary Jardin
Writer extraordinaire Pam Price wrote this heartfelt piece about the Follies after her visit last week to our Blowout Sale. Her mother was a retailing legend here in Palm Springs and we loved fussing over them both whenever they attended.
Follies Senior Sales Manager Dolores Dey (second from right) accepting a special award recognizing her many years of service to the Palm Springs tourism and hospitality industry at the 2014 Palm Springs “Best of the Best” Tourism Awards. (From left: Event Co-Chair and Palm Springs Director of Tourism Mary Jo Ginther, Event Co-Chair and Restaurateur Tony Bruggemans, Dolores and CBS2 “Eye on the Desert” Host and Awards Emcee Patrick Evans.)
It's the final day of the Follies Blowout Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center!
Come say goodbye to the Follies and take home a piece of history.
Mr. Bruce Belland, founding member of The Four Preps--"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" among their many hits--wrote the following passage for the group's current newsletter. We were so touched that we wanted to share it with our FB Friends:
"In the middle of the month, we were invited to the final performance and after-show dinner of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies… closing their doors for good after 23 amazing, history making seasons.
"If you’re not aware of The Follies and wha...
Read our latest newsletter for details on the Follies' "Blowout Warehouse Sale" on June 13 and 14 at the Palm Springs Convention Center benefiting Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Hope to see you there!
The Follies made Time Magazine's Digital Edition today with photos by world-renowned photographer Danielle Levitt and writer David Wallace. Be sure to also watch the accompanying short film.
Nearly 700 photos from the Follies closing day are now available online for viewing and/or downloading. There are four albums: Red Carpet, Show, Staff and Party. If you weren't able to attend, here's a glimpse at that memorable and bittersweet day. (Kudos to Photographer Mark Davidson.)
Reuters News produced several wonderful news features on the Follies this week, which are now appearing around the globe. Here's one on Euronews.