One of the most energetic and active actresses that we know is Dawn Wells. She visited Eli’s the Place for the first time when she was promoting the Gilligan’s Island Cookbook at the Taste of Chicago and then returned when she was the guest star of the Vagina Monologues at the Apollo Theatre. This weekend, we were delighted when Dawn visited Eli’s during her stay in Chicago to help promote the Idaho Potato Commission at the FMI/Produce Show at McCormick Place.

A great fan of Idaho while growing up, Dawn has become a major supporter of Idaho creating Spudfest in Driggs, Idaho, a drive-in family film and music festival. This year Supudfest is going to be held on August 17th to the 20th. More information is available at

Dawn’s lastest initiative is the creation of the Film and Television Institute in Driggs which will help bring films to Idaho. The Institute will be an accredited partner with Idaho State University and Stephens College in Columbia. It will offer instruction in screenwriting, cinematography, sound engineering, set design, editing, costuming, makeup and hair.


May 3, 2005

SEEN ON SCENE: ‘Gilligan’s Island’ mainstay Dawn Wells, looking for a good steak to go with her potatoes (she’s spokeswoman for the Idaho Potato Commission), headed to Eli’s the Place for Steak.

Bill Zwecker reports on entertainment and celebrities at 6:20 and 11:25 a.m. on WBBM-Channel 2.


Dawn Wells with Maureen Schulman of Eli’s at the Idaho Potato Commission Booth at the FMI Show in Chicago


Don’t miss Spudfest 2005 in Driggs, Idaho from August 17th to the 20th.

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