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Lennon Sisters Are Still Best Pals – On Stage and off at TimeToPlayMag.com’s 2010 Holiday Toy Showcase.

September 28th, 2010 · No Comments · brand

Lennon Sisters Are Still Best Pals – On Stage and off at TimeToPlayMag.com’s 2010 Holiday Toy Showcase.

It pays to have friends in high places. Today I went to TimeToPlayMag.com’s People Play Award Show (featuring the knowledgeable and affable Chris Byrne, otherwise known as “The Toy Guy), at the beautiful Altman Building which is conveniently located on West 18th off 6th Avenue in Manhattan.

What a pleasure I didn’t have to tromp on over to The Javits Center for this one, especially since I’m coming home with some goodies for my kids Nodari and Sofia.

And one of those surprises is a replica of a homemade rag doll – get this – made by The Lennon Sisters. Yes THOSE Lennon Sisters from The Lawrence Welk Show (“Tonight, You Belong To Me” and “Sad Movies”).

In an age where technology is king (and don’t get me wrong I can’t wait to blog about some of the super slick toys I saw demonstrated at the show), it’s great to see that the simpler things can still spark the imagination. I am practically racing home to give my daughter Sofia McLane her first dolly, her first “best pal.” See the photo below which links to a clip of Kathy and Janet Lennon at The 2010 Time To Play Holiday Showcase.

It is made by KatJan, Inc. (the sisters Lennon), and is an exact replica of a doll made by the sisters’ Mom and Grandmother in 1949! The dolls are made of vintage fabrics, are eco-friendly and have pretty much garnered every award the toy industry has to give out. There’s also a CD full of songs by the Lennon sisters that encourage singing along with one another and to garner a closeness that you just don’t get with, for instance, interactive gaming.

On top of everything, I got a personal rendition of “Pure Imagination” (from Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory), which they nailed a Capela on the spot with total ease as well as a photo for my mom and a dolly for Sofia. I hear they’re going back out on tour and sing regularly with their granddaughters (something I’m going to find out more about). Here’s a SplashVideo.tv exclusive where Kathy and Janet Lennon explain their wonderful concept. Enjoy.

Kathy and Janet Lennon are Best Pals, and Sofia McLane's too!

Kathy and Janet Lennon are Best Pals, and Sofia McLane's too!

Brian McLane is the head of SplashVideo.tv, a digital marketing and communications company based in New York City.

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