WE CAN PLAN EVENTS...Memories From "Gateway To The Wind"

Meet Me In St. Louis!

St. Louis was the place to be in November of 2010 when visitors interested in Gone With The Wind arrived from New York, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Kentucky, South Carolina and many other places for the fun three-day GWTW event produced by Sally Tippett Rains and co-produced by Suzanne Corbett.

Sponsored by: American Airlines, Drury Hotels, The Lodge At Grant's Trail Bed & Breakfast, Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, Creative Packaging Resources (CPR), M&P Graphics, Insight Communications LLC, The Hawkins Foundation, and Copying Concepts.

American Airlines Does It Again!  In 1939 American Airlines flew Clark Gable and other members of the GWTW cast to the Atlanta Premiere of Gone With The Wind...In 2010 American Airlines flew Mickey Kuhn, Paul Rabwin and others to Gateway To The Wind.

Pre-Event Publicity

The St. Louis media was very good to "Gateway To The Wind". There were radio interviews on KWMU and KMOX Radio as well as television appearances on Great Day St. Louis on KMOV-TV, FOX Two Sunday Morning and Tim Ezel's show on FOX-2. Articles also appeared in the Webster-Kirkwood Times, Ladue News, Sauce Magazine, Missouri Life website and others.


FOX 2:  Popular St. Louis funny guy host Tim Ezel (in a replica Carol Burnett "Curtains" costume) interviews Sally Rains and Anna Blair the Wednesday before the event.

KMOV/CBS Channel 4- "Great Day St. Louis"
Carol Daniel, the host of Great Day St. Louis interviewed Sally.

Other Media Coverage:
Webster-Kirkwood Times --
Webster-Kirkwood Times editor Don Corrigan included a schedule of events in his article.

RADIO-  KWMU- Host Steve Potter interviews Paul Rabwin from the set of ABC's hit show "Detroit 1-8-7", (which he produces and it airs on Tuesday nights at 9p.m.CST) about Rabwin's involvement in Gateway To The Wind.

KMOX Radio- Dan Gray and Debbie Monterey

Articles also appeared in Sauce Magazine, The Post-Dispatch, and the Ladue News.

THE BIG DAY IS HERE--"Gateway To The Wind"
 Opens at White Haven


"The Antebellum Plantation: Perception vs. Reality"
Event held at White Haven, the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Emcee B.J. Rains introduces the speakers: (from left to right) Abb Dickson of Clayton County, Georgia (his family knew Margaret Mitchell's family), Kathleen Marcaccio (Gone With The Wind expert) and Pamela Sanfilipo (historian at White Haven)

There was a panel discussion which included comparisons of White Haven, an antebellum plantation once lived on by Ulysses S. Grant and Rural Home, the ancestral plantation of author Margaret Mitchell's great-grandparents the Fitzgeralds. This portion of the event was produced by Gary Miller.

Participants got to tour White Haven and were treated to a Civil War cooking demonstration and music of the era.

"The Art Of The Southern Biscuit" by Suzanne Corbett, Food Historian

Ed Hawkes and Laura Sleade of Champaign, Illinois provided the Civil War era music

Friday night- "Blog With The Wind" featured a panel of those who run websites, blogs, or Facebook pages dealing with Gone With The Wind.
Panelists included: Sally Tippett Rains (GWTWbook.com and GWTWbook.com on Facebook) and Kendra Bean (Viv and Larry webiste) via Skype as well as (pictured above from left to right) Merideth Wold (DearMrGable.com), Leigh Mills (vivien-leigh.com) Angela Danovi (Bring Olivia deHavilland to TCM Movie Festival on Facebook), Kathy Witt (author working on interactive exhibit at Marietta GWTW Museum) and Denise Tucker (GWTW But Not Forgotten on Facebook)

"The Fiddle Dee Dee Follies." 
This lively stage production was held in the ballroom at the Drury Inn Forest Park and was produced by Anna Blair and Three-Legged Productions.

SATURDAY November 6, 2010

The morning was filled with exhibits:

The Market Bazaar featured an autograph section with three actors who played Beau Wilkes in Gone With The Wind (Mickey Kuhn, Patrick Curtis, and Greg Giese) as well as authors with books about either Gone With The Wind ( Herb Bridges, Kathy Witt, Sally Tippett Rains, and Mark & Paul Rabwin who had copies of their mother Marcella Rabwin who was the executive assistant to GWTW producer David O. Selznick) or Missouri (Robert Wolk, Don Corrigan). This portion of the event was set up by Kimberly Althage.

Barb Jochens of Creative Packaging Resources had tee shirts and sweatshirts with the event logo on it. She only had certain sizes, so if you were not able to get one, she will custom make one for you.  For those who would like to order additional souvenirs shirts, contact Barb at bjochens@cprpackaging.com.

Gateway To The Wind Souvenirs:  Posters from the event still available for $10 each. A few remaining Documentaries ("The Making Of A Masterpiece, A Documentary")  $10; Souvenir Tote Bags available for $10; and "The Making Of A Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell's Classic Novel Gone With The Wind" book $20.
 Send check made payable to: "GWTW Book Event"  to: P.O. Box 6934   St. Louis, MO 63123 (Please estimate postage and add accordingly) If you have questions about the souvenirs, email: info@GWTWbook.com

"Yes Mr. Selznick, Recollections of Hollywood's Golden Era" by Marcella Rabwin.  this book written by Gone With The Wind producer David O. Selznick's executive assistant Marcella Rabwin has been out of print for years. Her sons Mark and Paul Rabwin were featured speakers at Gateway To The Wind and everyone loved meeting them and hearing the stories about their mom. They brought the book back just for the event and if you did not get your copy you can order it. The book can be autographed by her sons. It would be a great gift!  For information on the book email:  yesmrselznick@gmail.com

Memorabilia Exhibit: The Collection of Novella Perrin, PhD.
This exhibit was facilitated by the Business Project Class at ITT Technical Institute- Earth City Location led by their teacher and Gone With The Wind collector, Rita Kiry. The exhibit featured a Power-Point presentation made by the students with information on Novella's collection; a brochure (printing donated by Copying Concepts), posters, a beautiful trellis at the entrance designed and built by students, and background music--Gone With The Wind theme.

The Art of Yakovetic
Artist Yakovetic displayed his Gone With The Wind artwork. This event was produced by Kent Martin with Joe Yakovetic.
A highlight of the day was the "unveiling" of Yakovetic's newest painting, "Young Master Wilkes."  The painting depicted Beau Wilkes at age seven, played by Mickey Kuhn who was on hand to assist with the unveiling.

It was exciting as Mickey Kuhn, who played Beau Wilkes as he looked in the painting, unveiled Yakovetic's work: "Young Master Wilkes."

The Margaret Mitchell / Vivien Leigh Birthday Luncheon Featuring Herb Bridges and The Beaus

Birthday party hats and flowers decorated the tables and cakes spotlighting both"birthday girls" as well as a grand sheetcake featuring the Gateway To The Wind logo baked by cake specialist Meghan Godsy of Liberty, Missouri.

Event producer, Sally Rains, Featured Speaker Herb Bridges, "The Beaus" Greg Giese, Mickey Kuhn, Patrick Curtis, and artist Yakovetic on the second row. Seated are Mark Rabwin, Paul Rabwin and Novella Perrin, who spoke about her collection.

Tribute to Cammie King who played "Bonnie Blue Butler" in GWTW.
The very graceful Cammie King has graced many Gone With The Wind events with her appearance and she was invited to this one. She declined saying she had cut back her travel but in reality she just wanted to fulfill the events she had already booked because she was suffering from cancer. Very few knew it so it was a shock when she passed away shortly before the event. Patrisha Henson, one of the many "Windies" who had known Cammie and seen her at many events gave a short tribute to Cammie and then she introduced a video produced by J.D. Thompson, which brought tears to the eyes of many at seeing their beloved Cammie on the screen.

Saturday Night- Gateway To The Wind Charity Ball to benefit Rainbows For Kids

Sponsored by: Carney's Kids Foundation, The Drury Hotels, MEDEX, The St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Care

Guests were decked out in their ball gowns and enjoyed the lovely fresh flowers including magnolias and gardenias as well as doing the Virginia Reel. (For more information on Rainbows For Kids go to: www.RainbowsForKids.org

Star Trek has it's "Trekkies" and Gone With The Wind has it's "Windies" and they arrived in an array of beautiful gowns and period clothing.

SUNDAY November 8, 2010  "The Hollywood Connection"

Premiere of "The Making Of A Masterpiece, A Documentary"
Produced by Sally Tippett Rains and edited by Audrey Hasse. Before the premiere, there was a reception sponsored by Creative Packaging Resources hosted by Barb Jochens.

Panel Discussion on the Hollywood Production
Held at the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, Cook Hall at Saint Louis University. This part of the event was produced by Debbie McGuire with assistance from Mary Marshall of Saint Louis University.
Susan Lindsley, the niece of Margaret Mitchell's friend, Susan Myrick who consulted on Gone With The Wind in Hollywood presented memories from her aunt. Mark and Paul Rabwin talked about their mother's (Marcella Rabwin) memories of working on the production of Gone With The Wind. Leigh Mills (green shirt) presented information on Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable and some of the other actors.


Gone With The Wind was shown at Webster University as part of their Webster Film Series.
We appreciate Webster University for getting on board with "Gateway To The Wind."


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