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Post by Katiedot on Sat Dec 01 2012, 11:45

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Monsita Ferrer was identified as the little girl in her father, Jose Ferrer's arms, in this undated family Christmas card photo circa 1960s, along side her mother Rosemary Clooney.

Monsita Ferrer is the 2012 Augusta White Christmas Parade grand marshal.

November 29, 2012 4:50 pm • WENDY MITCHELL

There will be no need for snow for a white Christmas in Augusta.

Celebrating its famous connections to the movie "White Christmas" has become an annual holiday theme for the Ohio River town of Augusta.

This year another celebrity in her own right will be the grand marshal for the parade on Dec. 15.

“It is a busy time of the year, my youngest son is in school and the other two boys are working, so I will be coming by myself,” Monsita Ferrer said on Thursday. "I am so excited to see Uncle Nick and Aunt Nina.”

Ferrer spent her childhood in a Beverly Hills, Calif., neighborhood filled with stars, including her late mother and father, Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer.

She is the niece of Nick and Nina Clooney of Augusta, cousin to actor George Clooney, and sister-in-law to singer Debby Boone. Her husband, Terry Botwick is also in the entertainment industry.

Influences from Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny and Ira Gershwin made her Roxbury Drive neighborhood an entertainment buffet, but her heart is with her Kentucky roots, Ferrer said.

“Mama loved California, but we were always coming back to Maysville a lot. Mama did not buy the house in Augusta until 1984; we were grown by then,” Ferrer said. “She bought it to be close to her family. We used to go to my grandma's farm. Kentucky is in my blood.”

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Ferrer is the fourth of five children in the Ferrer family, including Miguel, Maria, Gabriel and Rafael Ferrer.

Brother Miguel, also an actor, is currently featured in the television series, “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Acting would be nice, but she is very aware of the time and determination it takes to make it in the acting businesses, she said.

“I have done some commercials, but I chose to spend the time when my children were growing up, being with them as much as possible,” Ferrer said.

In 1989, Monsita Ferrer got a rare opportunity to appear in a movie with her father.

“I was so nervous, we had never acted together,” she said. “He was such a phenomenal actor.”

During the filming of “Mothers Day” she played a witness and her father played the judge in a courtroom scene.

“The director told my father he was being too nice to me, saying "Thank you" after everything I said.” Ferrer said. “So he said he would have to rough it up a bit. It was a great experience.”

With both of her parents gone, Ferrer remains close to her aunt and uncle in Augusta.

“Aunt Nina is like my surrogate mother; she and Mama were best friends,” Ferrer said. “If I have something I need to talk about, Aunt Nina is there to listen and be straight with me. She is so kind and yet matter of fact, like Mama. I adore her.”

Ferrer is looking forward to participating in the parade and is hoping the weather is favorable for a fun evening.

“They said they have been lucky with good weather each year; let's hope it holds out for this year,” Ferrer said.

Parade festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include awards for lighted floats, a chili cook-off, child reindeer costume contest, a gingerbread house contest at the firehouse and Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting with children.

Beginning 15 minutes after the conclusion of the parade, the Augusta Trolley will also be conducting free rides around town, after the parade, to allow riders to see the city decorations for the holiday. The trolley will be picking up passengers at the Augusta Welcome Station caboose on the corner of Main Street and Riverside Drive.

Veteran Cincinnati newscaster and reporter Deb Dixon will emcee the parade.

The Augusta White Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Augusta Rotary Club and city of Augusta.

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Post by Katiedot on Sat Dec 01 2012, 11:46

I'm assuming 'aunt Nina' is George's mum, right?

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Post by Joanna on Sat Dec 01 2012, 11:52

Yes Katie that's right. They appear to be a close family.
What a lovely face Monsita has.
She has her mother's look.

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Post by it's me on Sat Dec 01 2012, 16:11

that family Christmas card photo is amazing Very Happy

the article too Thumbs up!

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Post by silly girl on Sat Dec 01 2012, 16:18

She doesn't look like I thought she would....for some reason I thought she would look more like her brothers. She is very pretty.

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Post by melbert on Sat Dec 01 2012, 16:50

A beautiful family with wonderful ties to one another.

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Post by Maggy on Sat Dec 01 2012, 19:05

melbert wrote:A beautiful family with wonderful ties to one another.
Yes, nice family.

I love the Christmas card.

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Post by MM on Wed Dec 05 2012, 15:14

Yes, Monsita pulled out all the right genes.

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Post by melbert on Wed Dec 05 2012, 16:53

MM, are you going to go to the parade? If you do, please give us a report!!

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Post by MM on Thu Dec 13 2012, 16:37

Sorry, gang, I'm afraid that I will not be able to attend.

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Post by it's me on Thu Dec 13 2012, 19:23

why baby? are you ok, I hope!

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Post by MM on Fri Dec 14 2012, 17:39

I'm fine. I just have too much to do here. Wish that family were still here in Ohio, I think more native Cincinnatians could see them more often. But, Nick and Nina come here whenever they can.

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Post by it's me on Fri Dec 14 2012, 18:59

ok

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Post by suebee on Sat Dec 15 2012, 02:30

Watching white Christmas right now, she was beautiful and that voice.

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Post by MM on Sun Dec 16 2012, 01:05

Yes, Rosemary Clooney was very famous for that role. When I was growing up here in Cincinnati, especially at Christmas time, "White Christmas" was the most favorite song and Christmas movie, all because of Rosemary Clooney, the local hometown girl made good.

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Post by silly girl on Sun Dec 16 2012, 01:27

My Mom liked the movie --- she liked to sing the song "sisters"...because she used to sing it with her sisters... thanks for reminding me of that....

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Post by suebee on Sun Dec 16 2012, 02:34

The fact it is still shown to this day, speaks volumes of what a classic it was sand her too. I watch it over and over, not many moviea you can sat about that pin this day and time.

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Post by it's me on Sun Dec 16 2012, 23:50

it is still shown to this day

cheers Thumbs up! Very Happy

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Post by suebee on Sun Dec 16 2012, 23:54

santa

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Post by it's me on Thu Dec 27 2012, 22:32

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'White Christmas': A Concert With Rosemary Clooney
December 14, 2012

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Fresh Air from WHYY 48 min 27 sec

To celebrate Christmas, Fresh Air listens back to a concert given by the late singer and actress on Feb. 11, 1997. Clooney spoke then with Terry Gross about her childhood, being on the road as a young performer with her sister, and working with Bing Crosby and Billy Strayhorn.


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Post by suebee on Thu Dec 27 2012, 23:24

I wish I had radio to hear it....December 14th! thanks....

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Post by it's me on Fri Dec 28 2012, 08:23

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