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Datebook: October 3 – The Dick Van Dyke Show Premieres 50 Years Ago

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The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966. It was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. The series won 15 Emmy Awards. In 2002, it was ranked #13 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The premise of the show is an “inside look” at how a television sow is written and produced. It features the work and home life of Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), he head writer for a comedy variety show. At the time of the premiere, conventional dress for most television housewives had been dresses. Since Mary Tyler Moore wore Capri pants on the show a small controversy erupted within the network, but further, Capris became a huge fashion craze in the early 60s.

It’s Monday, October 3

Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris Fall Classes includes Ann Stapp’s six class session in landscape painting in oil or acrylics starting Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday Sandee Green’s class in stained glass starts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with three sessions. E-mail RELSA@att.net or see schoolforthearts.org for details.

Aurora’s Country Festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy live music and flea market shopping at the KenLake Music Stage across from the Brass Lantern Restaurant. The group Girls, Guns and Glory performs 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Vendors of honey and sorghum join crafters and concessioners. See aurorajohanthancreek.com for a schedule.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College hosts boogie-woogie, pop, and jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer Thursday at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $18 for this Coffee House Series Concert preceded at 6 by the opening reception of the Juried Art Exhibit in the Anne P. Baker gallery.

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