In what has to be considered the front-runner to win "most unusual anniversary party ever," tonight the Loring Theater will host Where Tammy Tied the Knot, a evening celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the wedding between Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker at the very same theater back on April Fool's Day, 1961.
The three-part event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a documentary about the life of the televangelist/eyebrow tattoo enthusiast, followed by a Tammy Faye symposium, and ending in a 1960's-style wedding reception dance party.
While we're just as stoked about the celebration as the next Tammy Faye-aholic, the event itself leaves out a few key details about her life. That's why to get in the spirit, we've put together a quick list of "Tammy-facts" every party-goer should know.
[jump] 1. She was a divorcee
Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker got married on April 1, 1961, grew old together, and then became the focus of a bizarre anniversary party 50 years later. The end, right? Not so much.
The couple actually divorced in 1992, after Jim was caught up in a sex scandal that lead to the end of their popular television show, and then sentenced to 45 years in prison on charges of fraud and conspiracy. In 1993, Tammy Faye was married to a man named Roe Messner who she stayed married to up until her death in 2007.
Oh, and did we mention that Roe was sentenced to 27 months in prison in 1996 for bankruptcy fraud? Yeah, Tammy knew how to pick'em.
2. She had an air-conditioned dog house
During her first marriage, TFB (as she's known on the streets) and Jimbo were put on blast in the media for their uber-opulent lifestyle, which included an air-conditioned dog house and gold-plated fixtures in their home.
At the time, the couple was persecuted for their bling. Today, that kind of stuff would get them an invite on to the next season of Real Housewives. Speaking of reality TV...
3. She hates Ron Jeremy's penis (but otherwise got along with the infamous porn star)
Much like Tammy Faye, Ron Jeremy's penis is a national treasure that is likely also being celebrated somewhere this weekend. Sadly, T. Faye had no interest in getting up close and personal with the Hedgehog's hedgehog when the two were roommates on season two of The Surreal Life. In one episode, the gang visits a nudist resort for the day, but before Ron and company can release the beast (and other miscellaneous parts), Tammy burst into tears and refused to stay. The whole scene is still considered one of the most memorable of the entire Surreal franchise, which is a pretty impressive feat when you realize that this also includes a drunken Verne Troyer pissing off a scooter and the resurgence of Flavor Flav.
Now that you've been schooled on all things Tammy, strap on your 1960's dancing shoes, paint up those eyebrows, and toss your dog into his air-conditioned dog house. It's party time.
If you go:
Where Tammy Tied The Knot
Fri., April 1, 7:30 p.m.; dance party at 9:30 p.m.
$25; $15 for the dance party only