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Episode 1563

Topic: Celebrations
Air Date: May 7, 1986
Previous Episode: 1562 - Celebrations
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Mister Rogers arrives with a cassette recording of trumpet music performed by Wynton Marsalis. At Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers introduces viewers to Mr. Marsalis and talks to him about the importance of practice. Joe Negri comes in to the rehearsal room along with Johnny Costa, Bob Rawsthorne, and Carl McVicker. Together with Mr. Marsalis they perform a jazzy version of It's You I Like.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, it is nighttime and Queen Sara and Prince Tuesday are searching the night sky for Friday's Comet. Royal Trumpeter Adkins plays his trumpet and sings in an unsuccessful attempt to lure the comet.

Purple Panda appears and finds that Daniel Stiped Tiger has been frightened by his arrival. Purple Panda shares that Lady Elaine has come to Planet Purple to learn about Friday's Comet. Before leaving Daniel's Clock, Lady Aberlin sings You Are Special.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine explains that she has been to Planet Purple and seen Friday's Comet. Still unimpressed by the comet, Lady Elaine continues to place her attention on Henrietta's upcoming birthday.

Moving on to the tree, Lady Aberlin talks with Henrietta Pussycat who is wishing that she were beautiful. Lady Aberlin tries to encourage Henrietta by letting her know that she is loved.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers discusses talking with others when you feel frightened.


Visit Wynton Marsalis' official website at

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

As Mister Rogers enters Negri's Music Shop, a few albums by Wynton Marsalis can be seen on a counter display just to Mr. Negri's left (Hot House Flowers and Black Codes).

This episode marks the beginning of the short time that Prince Tuesday's voice was performed by Carole Muller.

Looking through a telescope, Queen Sara and Prince Tuesday are able to see Planet Purple.

In talking with Henrietta Pussycat, Lady Abelrin mentions that her birthday is December 30th. Betty Aberlin was born on December 30, 1942.

Clips from this episode were used in the making of the song/video Garden of Your Mind.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Paul Spencer Adkins
  • Wynton Marsalis




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Paul Spencer Adkins, John Costa, Wynton Marsalis, Carl McVicker, Carole Muller, Joe Negri, David Nohling, Bob Rawsthorne
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producers: Sam Newbury, Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1986 Family Communications, Inc.

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