Carmel - In honor of Doris Day's 96th birthday, Carmel will be celebrating one of its best known residents with a weekend of festivities revolving around her work in show business.
The festivities will take place Thursday through Saturday and include honoring the 50th anniversary of her film "With Six You Get Eggroll" and her TV series "The Doris Day Show." Proceeds from the events will go to her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation. The organization is responsible for helping to improve animal welfare across the nation.
Day, a Carmel resident for the last four decades, is widely credited with making the town more dog-friendly and setting a trend to make other towns more amenable to dogs and their owners.
"It's not only her 96th birthday but also the 50th anniversary of (the) last film she made and the 50th anniversary of when that show started," said Lea Price, director of the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Price noted that in honor of the event, Day's former TV co-stars Jackie Joseph and Philip Brown would be in attendance as well as her film co-stars John Findlater and Jimmy Bracken.
Festivities kick off Thursday at Day's Cypress Inn with a casual evening of Doris Day-themed bingo. Then on Friday evening, award-winning singer Scott Dreier will perform an ensemble of Doris Day favorites based on his latest album "The Doris Day Project" at the Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts. That will be followed by a 50th anniversary tribute to her television series by Brown and Joseph.