Three months after Huell Howser slurped the ice cream from his first Lodi A&W Root Beer float, "Road Trip with Huell Howser" featuring Lodi will air Thursday. The TV show will be broadcast on the PBS affiliate, KVIE Channel 6, at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The cellardoor, Lodi Beer Company, Old Arch restaurant and Rosewood will host "Road Trip" premiere parties organized by the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau.
"Each venue will have the station on and the volume up," said Nancy Beckman, of the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau, who is partly organizing the premiere parties.
Food or drink specials will also be available.
With only a cameraman, Cameron Tucker, and a microphone, Howser started his Lodi visit at the Lodi Wine and Visitor's Center and then visited Michael-David Vineyards. He filmed the zoo and Japanese tea garden at Micke Grove Park. He got his boots muddy while watching Sandhill cranes. He also toured Downtown and enjoyed a root beer float from A&W Root Beer on Lodi Avenue.
105 S. School St.
Old Arch Restaurant
115 S. School St.
Rosewood Bar and Grill
28 S. School St.
21 N. School St.
It's not known who from Lodi will appear on "Road Trip with Huell Howser," but Howser interviewed more than 10 people, from local historians to Lodi wine experts and business owners.
Howser started his career as a TV reporter, but his enthusiasm for California inspired his idea for several PBS travel shows. Today he remains the quirky, always positive and always energetic interviewer who gets excited about everything from a gliding flock of Sandhill cranes to the consistency of ice cream in a root beer float.
Some locals who might appear on "Road Trip with Huell Howser:"
Mark Chandler, Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission.
Don and Jeannie Phillips and family, Phillips Farms.
Christy Weybret, Lodi Historical Society.
Ralph Lea, Lodi Historical Society.
Ken Neiland, Micke Grove Zoo.
Sara Kitigawa, Japanese Garden docent.
Joquin Madrid, Japanese Garden docent.
David Stuart, San Joaquin County Historical Museum.
Gersh Rosen, San Joaquin County Historical Museum.
Bruce Forman, Department of Fish and Game.
Peter Knight, A&W Root Beer.