Arts & Entertainment: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life in Fife’ returns Dec. 1

// Actress Karolyn Grimes holds special screening of the classic Christmas film at annual holiday gift show

  • IN THE SPIRIT. Karolyn Grimes, best known as “Zuzu” from the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” will speak of her experiences on set before introducing a screening of the film during the day-long annual holiday gift show. (File Photo)

  • Actress Karolyn Grimes hold a special screening of the classic Christmas film at annual holiday gift show. (Photo by Cedric Leggin)

Few holiday events bring together a little bit of something for everyone in the family. But thanks to the upcoming “It’s a Wonderful Life in Fife” event, visitors to Louie G’s Pizza on Dec. 1 will enjoy the best the Christmas season has to offer. The main highlight will be an opportunity to meet Karolyn Grimes, best known as “Zuzu,” the youngest daughter of George Bailey from the iconic Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Grimes will not only speak about her experiences on the movie set along with inside info about the film, but she will also be displaying unique memorabilia, from film stills and call sheets to letters written by legendary director Frank Capra.

A number of retail vendors will be on hand throughout the day, providing countless unique gift items for visitors looking to get a jump start on their shopping.

Grimes is supporting a number of charities during the event, such as Toys for Tots, Northwest Harvest and Seattle Pug Rescue.

Louie G’s will be offering an all-you-can-eat $7 pizza and salad special throughout the day, and a special screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Grimes will share her own experiences during the filming starting at 5:30 p.m.

She has kept busy throughout the holidays for many years, using her celebrity to raise awareness for important causes while advocating for the film, as well.

“This is the type of film that reminds people that they do make a difference,” Grimes said. “You end up feeling good about yourself and humanity after watching this film.”

Grimes, who lives in Port Orchard, is especially looking forward to the event in Fife, because it has become her signature, home-town event.

“This event has become such a community effort,” Grimes said. “It reminds me so much of the feeling of community that’s so important to the film.”

A number of local organizations have jumped on board with the event as sponsors, including the Emerald Queen Casino, Harley Davidson, Rockstar Energy Drink, Farmers Insurance, Fife Flowers, Travelodge and Johnny’s at Fife. The City of Fife has been especially supportive as well. Mayor Rob Cerqui presented Grimes with a special pin in appreciation for her efforts. “Not many holiday events have the potential to really bring people together in this way,” Cerqui said. “Karolyn Grimes has such a far reach, and it’ll be exciting to have her here.”

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Louie G’s, located at 5219 Pacific Highway E. in Fife.

Toys for Tots will have donation boxes available for anyone interested in donating new, unwrapped toys or donations to make the holidays a little bit brighter for children in need.

Admission to the event is $5, or $3 with two cans of food for Northwest Harvest.


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