The Grand Opening
The weekend of Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2005

Numerous photos of the RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY & PRESS REPORTS from the Grand Opening have been added to the site. The photos also offer a glimpse of the hundreds of items that make up the house's collection.

 

The Grand Opening weekend included:

  • Friday evening a reception/fundraiser was held in Maysville at Rosemary's cousin's home. Ben Breslin invited all to "Come On-A My House" from 8 - 11 p.m. at 219 E. Second Street, Maysville, KY.
  • Donations to the fundraiser were made by Concord Records, Patsy's NYC Restaurant, Hope Enterprises, the Lucy-Desi Museum, the Netherland Plaza Hilton, the Ava Gardner Museum, Caproni's Restaurant, Louisville Stoneware, LoneStar Restaurant, and many others.
  • Saturday morning, October 1st at 11 AM local dignitaries joined the Henry's for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Rosemary's husband Dante, her brother and his wife, Nick and Nina Clooney, and her sister and husband, Gail and Chris Darley and her childhood best friend Blanchie Mae Chambers participated in the ceremony.
  • Joan Barthel, the co-author of Rosemary's "Girl Singer" held a book signing at the house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the purchase of an autographed copy of "Girl Singer" fans received a laminated bookmark featuring a photo of Joan and Rosemary taken by Dante in the front yard of Rosie's Augusta home.
  • The first ornament in The Rosemary Clooney House Collection was made available for just $16.95. It's a three-dimensional replica of the front of Rosemary's riverside home.
  • Merchandise for sale included t-shirts, cds, books, "White Christmas" nightlights, dvds, and Christmas ornaments.
  • The second floor of the home was opened to the public. It features Rosemary's bedroom with her actual furnishings plus the Miss America room which houses Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000's gowns, crowns and memorabilia from her days as Miss Kentucky and Miss America.
  • Linda Hope, the daughter of Bob & Dolores Hope and Vice President of Hope Enterprises provided The Rosemary Clooney House with original rare photos and memorabilia featuring Bob and Rosemary from the Hope archives.
  • Building materials salvaged from the demolition of Rosemary's Beverly Hills home at 1019 Roxbury were exhibited. These materials will be used in a planned addition to the Augusta home.
  • The director's scripts from Rosemary's television shows of the 50's were on display as well as Bob Mackie designs for several of Rosemary's later concert gowns.
  • On Sunday the Belle of Cincinnati Lock & Dam Cruise traveled from BB Riverboats in Cincinnati to Rosemary's Augusta home. Boarding was at 7AM, departure at 8AM, and arrival at Rosemary's at 1PM and return to Cincinnati around 7PM. The Henry's, Dante and Gail were on board for the first part of the trip.

 

THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY HOUSE P.O. Box 197 106 East Riverside Drive Augusta, KY 41002 Phone: 502-384-5346 info@rosemaryclooney.org