Every year fans of actress/singer/animal do-gooder Doris Day make the pilgrimage to Carmel (more precisely Carmel’s Cypress Inn—co-owned by Day) to celebrate her birthday on April 3. This happy occasion has become a weekend extravaganza, raising money for the Doris Day Animal Foundation, a non-profit Day started in 1978 that gives grants to other non-profits that “directly rescue, care for, and protect animals.” Here’s the scoop on what’s happening for her 92nd birthday and how you can be a part of it:
Friday, April 1: Day starred in 39 films (okay, how many times have you watched Pillow Talk or The Man Who Knew Too Much?). Some of her co-stars like Kim Karath (The Thrill Of It All and Gretl from The Sound of Music) and Brian Nash (TV’s Please Don’t Eat the Daisies) are participating in a Q&A at the Cypress Inn. A concert follows by Jim Martinez and Laura Didier at the Church of the Wayfarer (across the street).
Saturday, April 2: The musical tribute to the sunny star continues as Scott Dreier performs his “Doris and Me” show (it has sold out from coast to coast). Some of Day’s co-stars (like Jackie Joseph from The Doris Day Show) will be lending a hand with a memorabilia auction during intermission. Tickets are still available for the Saturday concert by calling 831.620.7455. If you can’t make it to Carmel in April, Dreier will also be performing the show in Los Angeles at the El Portal, March 18—20.
Day isn’t expected to attend, but those who made the trek on her 90th birthday still talk about when the star showed up unexpectedly during a birthday dinner to greet each guest in attendance personally.