By Terri Hemmert

It’s time for summer camp for Beatles fans of all ages. The Fest For Beatles Fans runs this weekend at the Hyatt O’Hare, and I will be your camp counsellor once again. Three days of music, stories, films and friends, new and old. One of these days I’m not going to MC so I can be out there with you folks having a great time! But what a line up!

Very excited about the preview showing of Good Ol’ Freda, a documentary on Freda Kelly, the secretary of the Official Beatles Fan Club in England. She was part of the Beatle family for 10 years, and like many other Beatle people I’ve met over the years, she’s a sweetheart with some marvelous stories to tell. The Beatles were not only musical icons, they were brilliant about surrounding themselves with lovely and loyal people. It’s a joy to meet them. Add Freda to that list. We’ll have a chance to chat with her as well.

There will be all kinds of authors and photographers there for lively discussion. One of our favorite guests returns. Larry Kane is out with a new book about the Beatles growing up in Liverpool. He knew them in the 60’s and had many opportunities to interview them. He has great stories. And that’s him in the picture on the blog, with Sir Paul, me and my sister Julie in the East Room of the White House. I know. I’m a very lucky girl.

And, of course, music. Sound Alike Finals. The Battle of The Beatle Bands. LIVERPOOL!!!!!!! The sing-alongs that go all night long. And some special guests. Chad & Jeremy, veterans of the British Invasion.

Our dear friend Billy J Kramer returns. He was managed by Brian Epstein and had several hits written by Lennon-McCartney.

Joey Molland is back! He was in Badfinger, a band who’s legend looms large in Apple Records history.

And our buddy Mark Hudson will be there. He produced Ringo’s albums for a good decade. Also one of the Hudson Brothers. They, in fact, adopted me a few years ago since they needed a sister. So we’re sorta related. He was in Ringo’s band for the Soundstage taping. That’s him playing guitar and harmonica. And wearing a kilt. I was in the front row for that taping, and during a lull in the action I yelled, “Nice skirt, Mark.” That got his attention. A sister can do that to her brother.

Some come join us for great fun! More info here. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.


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