Arcola festival is backdrop for film about dolls' creator
ARCOLA — The 2009 Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival festival provides the backdrop for a new documentary about Raggedy Ann and Andy and their creator, Arcola illustrator Johnny Gruelle.
The documentary, "Raggedy: The Magical Legacy of Johnny Gruelle," airs at 8:15 p.m. Thursday on WILL-TV.
In June 2009, hundreds of people descended on Arcola to attend the festival and to bid farewell to Arcola's Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum. The museum's collection was about to move to a new home at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y.
North Carolina filmmaker Rob Hill produced and directed the documentary as an offshoot of a video project to film a Japanese tour group.
The program includes interviews with Gruelle's granddaughter, Joni Gruelle Wannamaker, and her husband, Tom, who operated the Arcola museum. Gruelle family photographs and nostalgic stories help bring the past to life.