Saturday, June 3, 2017
Carolyn Slade Harden, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2017
The search has ended, and a new QUEEN was crowned last Wednesday, who will carry on the mission of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization, which is to "promote the positive aspects on aging". A discerning and distinguished panel of judges recognized Carolyn Slade Harden of Manchester, as that special woman who possessed the most dignity, maturity and inner beauty. Ms Harden enchanted the audience at Harrahs' Concert Venue Theater the moment she entered the stage, with a warm and engaging smile.
Her attire was very haute couture, as she glided effortlessly across the stage in the Evening Gown portion of the competition. Music has been her "lifes' blood", and for her Philosophy of Life, she composed a poem, using titles of familiar songs to show how she has lived her life.
Her philosophy was emphasized once again in the Talent Presentation, by the song, "For Once In My Life". Carolyn possesses a warm mezzo voice, and her style is reminsicent of the great female songstresses of the past century. Her delivery was deeply felt by the audience, who rewarded her with a standing ovation.
The QUEEN and her COURT.
In the year to follow, QUEEN Carolyn will be accompanied by her COURT, in appearances with the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, in showcases throughout the State of New Jersey. These 4 ladies also scored highly among the 9 women who competed this year. From left to right are: Terry Meade of Princeton, 2nd Runner up, who sang and danced to the song , "Broadway Baby", from the hit musical Follies; Carol Rosario of Southampton, 1st Runner up, who sang "Orange Colored Sky"; QUEEN Carolyn; Denise Mechan of Bayville, 4th Runner up who sang a John Denver song, "Perhaps Love"; and Wenonah Brooks of Hopewell, 3rd Runner up, who sang "Over The Rainbow".
After the Pageant, everyone flocked to the stage in a photo frenzy. QUEEN Carolyn is flanked on the left by Peggy Lee Brennan, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2016. Peggy flew in from Missouri, and was one of the featured guest performers. Standing on the right is Johanne Santori, MSNJSA STATE ADMINISTRATOR & PAGEANT DIRECTOR. Johanne also sang a popular song in French. Other featured performers were: the GRANDE DAMES CHORUS; Jim Craine, the "singing lifeguard"; the reigning Mr. Mature, 2017, and a farewell performance by outgoing QUEEN, Diane Deluca, MSNJSA 2016. An Apres Pageant Party was held in the Eden Lounge, with music provided by Steve and Debbie Berger.
The MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, a time honored Pageant, that began in 1971, shares the same philosphy of its parent organization, the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, which is based on the belief that Seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure. Over the years, these QUEENS have carried out their responsibilites successfully. Over time, many have either passed away, or have moved to other States. QUEEN Carolyn is seen here with those past QUEENS who still remain, with the oldest, Norma McGhie, MSNJSA 1995, to outing going QUEEN, Diane Deluca, MSNJSA 2016.
To paraphrase a popular quotation, "it takes a village to make a pageant", describes how hard many people worked this year to make the MSNJSA PAGEANT 2017, successful. However, without proper leadership, none of it would have happened. Kudos to NJ State Administrator & Pageant Director Johanne Santori, MSNJSA2006, and her beloved husband Adeo, for their tireless efforts, who made it all possible.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
"The Age of Elegance, Acknowledge it, Embrace it, Act on it", is the theme for the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2017. Harrah's Resort Hotel & Casino will host the annual event on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:00PM, in the Concert Venue Theater. The Pageant is the search for that gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans.
Nine women who have entered the "Age of Elegance", that is, 60 years or better, will participate in the time honored Pageant. The winner then goes on to compete for the national title of MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017, which will be held at Resorts also in Atlantic City in October.
Photo courtesty of Johanne Santori
QUEEN Diane Deluca spoke at the luncheon about her experiences during this year of her reign. The photo collage was from the Mr. Mature America Pageant, that was held in Ocean City earlier this year. She had an exciting and rewarding year, and gave much needed advised to the contestants.
Everything is set and ready for next week's MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2017, and the anticipation of crowning the new QUEEN is at a feverish pitch. Who will she be? Friends and family will be there to cheer for their own to win. Tickets are $15.00 for all seats, and can be purchased at the box office which opens at 11:00 AM on the day of the Pageant.
For more information about the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, please visit our website: www.newjerseysenioramerica.org.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Another year has come to a close, and the fabulous ladies who make up the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization, and the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, can rest in the knowledge that their continued efforts to promote the positive aspects on aging have been successful. This year's Pageant at Harrah's was very a glamorous event, and one that the 11 contestants will remember for years to come. Several contestants have joined the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and along with our reigning QUEEN, Diane DeLuca, have been performing in Showcases around the State.
It was another great Showcase, as the ladies appeared together for the finale.
The MS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT organization is thriving, because of these special ladies who are: Renee Tompkins, NJCC Showcase Coordinator; Diane Beebe/MSNJSA2014, audio, and website setup; the NJCC Officers; and Johanne Santori and husband Adeo. It is from their labors, that the year ahead looks to be brighter.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Last Thursday, 18 ladies from the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB gave a stellar show in Atlantic City, at Kennedy Plaza, an outdoor theater, located on the boardwalk, opposite the legendary Boardwalk Hall, at 5:00 PM. The show included a variety of performances from grand opera, to Broadway, country, dance and female impersonations.
Everyone was invited to Johanne and Adeo's home for an apres show party. Thanks for such a lovely dinner, and for providing a friendly atmosphere to unwind.
It was not an all-female party. The husbands and significant others have become the Club's beloved mascots, who provide physical help and emotional support to the ladies. Thank you!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The annual Atlantic City Armed Forces Parade was set aglow last night with another great performance by the fabulous ladies of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization. The recent heat wave saw unprecedented crowds of locals and vacationers who flocked to New Jersey's popular resort city. It seems that despite the heat, people lined the boardwalk for miles to honor, watch and enjoy the parade.
Friday, July 15, 2016
The July 13th meeting of the fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB was lively, energetic and filled with ideas for the club's future growth. It was a time to strengthen the bond with members who came from different parts of the Garden State, and to welcome the new QUEEN and the Class of 2016 into the "Sisterhood". The attendance was very good, despite the extremely hot and and humid weather. Many ladies donated to the "food/goodies drive for our veterans", held by Diane De Salvo-Beebe/MSNJSA2014. The gown/shoe swap was also a success. Diane Beebe, modeled a stylish shrug that she designed to wear with a gown. It comes in white only, and is just enough coverage to keep the shoulders warm in air conditioned theaters and ballrooms. She is willing to make them for a cost of $15.00 to $20.00. The usual committee reports were given, with all indications point to the membership is cooperating with Director Santori to maintain the vitality and continuance of the CLUB and Pageant Organization.
Friday, June 3, 2016
The year long search for that "gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans" is over, with one lady, Diane De Luca, who had it all.
Diane De Luca, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2016, took her first QUEEN'S WALK across the stage of Harrahs Concert Venue Theater, Wednesday afternoon, at the conclusion of the Organization's time honored PAGEANT.
The Pageant began with "This Is My Country/God Bless America", sung in duet by Dr. Sandra Greco/MS SENIOR AMERICA 2003, and Diane Beebe/MS NEW JERSEY 2014, followed by a Military Honor Guard who led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were a variety of performances which included: Jim Craine, Atlantic City's Singing Lifeguard, who sang and entertained the audience with impromptu comedic remarks. Rene Sese, Mr. Mature 2016, sang the Tony Bennett hit song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco". The GRANDE DAMES CHORUS, under the direction of Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA 2007, delighted the audience in a medley of songs from famous Broadway composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the JERSEY GIRLS ROCK danced to the tune of "Happy" .
Kudos to Director Johanne Santori and her husband Adeo for producing another successful PAGEANT. Everyone in the Organization are most grateful and appreciative. We applaud them for their tireless efforts to bring so many elements together, that resulted into a world class event.