Fairfield County Heritage Association Hollywood Tour
The bus is full, but we're building a waiting list for our Heritage & Hollywood Tour to Augusta, Kentucky. USA Today called Augusta “the most picturesque town in Kentucky,” and we will see for ourselves as we head for the Rosemary Clooney House there on our first “Heritage & Hollywood” bus trip.

A Kentucky native, Rosemary Clooney bought a home on the Ohio River and used it as her getaway from the Holly- wood rat race during her long singing career. The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of memorabilia from the1954 movie White Christmas, Ms. Clooney’s best-known picture, and some of the rooms are preserved as they were when she lived there for 20 years. Additionally, we’ll take a walking tour of local historical sites with Miss Lily, “an 1860s gentlewoman” who will tell us tales of life in 19th century Augusta.

Movie and music buffs Tammy Drobina and Mary Lawrence from Fairfield Heritage are leading the tour and hope you will enjoy the trip
as much as they intend to.

The Fun Bus will take us to the Ohio River, and then we’ll board a ferry for the crossing to Augusta. Lunch will be on your own and there’ll be time for shopping or browsing the town. There are several restaurants and shops within walking distance, all along the riverbank. Rosemary Clooney broke into show business in 1945 with her sister,

Betty, singing on radio station WLW in Cincinnati. She was 16, her sister was 13. Because they had an unstable home life, they sang to sup- port themselves. Still teenagers, they went on the road with Tony Pastor’s band. Betty retired from show business, while Rosemary signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.

Her breakthrough hit was the novelty tune “Come on-a My House.” Other hits included “Tenderly,” “This Old House” and “Mambo Italiano.” She made a number of successful albums with Bing Crosby as well. The Christmas songs they recorded together are played every holiday season, along with their movie, White Christmas.

Ms. Clooney died in 2002. Her brother, Nick Clooney, a journalist and actor, still lives in Augusta. His boy also keeps a house there. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. His name is George — George Clooney.

Tickets are $59 per person and include transportation, museum admission and the walking tour. Once ordered, tickets are nonrefundable unless Fairfield Heritage is forced to cancel the tour OR someone from the waiting list buys the ticket. To add your name to the waiting list, please call 740-654-9923 or email office@FairfieldHeritage.org.

• 8am: Leave Georgian Museum, 105 E. Wheeling St.
• About 11am: Arrive in Augusta
• Visit the Rosemary Clooney House & take a walking tour of Augusta
• Lunch and shopping on your own
• About 4pm: Leave Augusta
• About 7pm: Return