The Fitchburg Historical Society Premier of Featherstone’s Flamingo: Pink and Proud

The Fitchburg Historical Society to Host a Premiere Showing of

“Featherstone’s Flamingo: Pink and Proud”

New Documentary traces the History of an Ever-Popular American Decorative Icon

            (Fitchburg, MA) On Thursday October 9, 2014, the Fitchburg Historical Society will present the premiere of “Featherstone’s Flamingo: Pink and Proud” at 6:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Building, at 781 Main Street. This new documentary traces the career of designer Donald Featherstone, a charismatic and creative artist whose design helped create the visual style of post-World War II America and its new leisure opportunities.

The film program is free and open to the general public, light refreshments will be served. The director Judith Lindstedt will be in attendance to answer questions; Don Featherstone and his wife Nancy will also be in attendance. In honor of the occasion, it is suggested that everyone wear something pink.

Donald Featherstone is a long time Fitchburg resident whose flamingo was first created in 1957, while he was working for Union Products in Leominster. Hugely popular in the 1960’s, the decorative plastic lawn sculpture has always been produced, and experienced a dramatic resurgence in sales and popularity during the 1980’s, as part of the 50’s-influenced “New Wave” styles.

More recently, Featherstone’s pink flamingo was featured as a character in the animated Disney film “Gnomeo & Juliet;” the character was named “Featherstone”, after its inventor. The pink flamingo lawn sculptures continue to be produced by a Fitchburg company, who purchased the copyright in 2010.

Judith Lindstedt, the Producer/editor of the film, is a teacher and dancer with many performances and awards to her credit.  She has appeared in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Nice, France.  Judith was also a Top Female Executive for the Fitchburg area in the 2012 Who’s Who.  Judith is an award-winning producer, director, and editor of “An Uncommon View” on FATV & LATV since 1992.

This project is supported by a grant from the Fitchburg Cultural Council, a local agency, and the Leominster Cultural Council, a local agency, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Phoenix Building is located at 781 Main Street, Fitchburg; with free parking behind the building.  For more information, call 978-345-1157; or visit fitchburghistoricalsociety.org.


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