Debbie Turner, former Arcadian and child star who played Marta in the 1965 Academy Award-winning “The Sound of Music,” along with three of her seven Sound of Music siblings (www.theSOM7.com) Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) and Kym Karath (Gretl), will greet attendees at the Taste of Arcadia from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday evening, Sept. 24, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
The reunion of the cast of "The Sound of Music" was named this week as the best cast reunion ever on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and one of the top 25 "Oprah" shows of all time out of more than 4,500 episodes. The announcement and highlights of the program were introduced Tuesday night on the first of a new limited series on Oprah's OWN cable network called “TV Guide’s Top 25 Countdown,” featuring the episodes ranked as #21 - #25.
Actresses Patricia and Michele Turner, also formerly of Arcadia and older sisters of Debbie Turner, will also be guests at the back-to-back Sound of Music tables near the entry area in the first-ever Business Showcase at the Taste.
The three actresses who co-starred in the 1965 classic musical as daughters in the singing von Trapp family will offer a handful of fully autographed (by all seven actors who played the von Trapp children) Limited Edition Collectors editions of their L.A. Times Best Seller The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook with a “seal of authenticity.” They will also be offering books for purchase that will be autographed and personalized by Angela, Debbie and Kym.
Tickets for Taste of Arcadia, featuring nearly 40 food and drink booths, are still available for $50 at the Chamber office, 388 W. Huntington Drive, by phone at 626-447-2159, and at the Chamber web site: www. ArcadiaCaChamber.org.
The appearance of the Sound of Music actresses is only one of several new features and activities planned for this year’s Taste of Arcadia, the community’s signature event that draws about 1,000 guests who enjoy the many different foods and tastes from the best local restaurants, caterers and wine-and-beer vendors.
A culinary contest of the food and drink will be judged by Food Network stars Jyl Everman and Penny Davidi as well as Arcadia Mayor Pro Tem Mickey Segal and his nutritionist gourmet wife Lee Segal.
Completely new this year will be a Business Showcase at the Taste, featuring about 30 tables featuring area businesses and organizations, including a dozen new 2013 model cars from four local dealers.
Also new also this year will be a strolling magician and the eight-piece Lounge-O-Rama band, made up of local JPL and NASA employees. The band will play timeless Swing and Big Band numbers early in the evening, moving to classic pop/rock favorites after the sun sets and the dance party starts heating up. And helping with that will be the popular Brazilian Dancers.
Arcadia High School’s talented drum line will again greet guests as they enter the gate.