Monday, April 16, 2018
The 5th annual MR MATURE PAGEANT 2018, promised, a fun Saturday for the residents of Ocean City, New Jersey this year. The morning started off with a "Parade of Pooches". Residents were invited to bring their beloved dogs to march. There were marching bands, and convertibles driving dignitaries along the parade route. One person, in particular riding along was actor Eric Estrada, star of the TV series, "Chips".
Carolyn Slade Harden/MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2017 & MS MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017
It was fitting that QUEEN Carolyn Slade Harden, began her cross country tour right here in New Jersey, on Saturday evening, April 14th. Carolyn was invited to sing, and also to serve on a panel which consisted of 3 judges.
The idea of creating a Pageant for men 55 and over, came from the long established and time honored MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT. Some similarities do exist, however, the main difference between the two is the MR MATURE PAGEANT is local, and is sponsored by the City of Ocean City; whereas the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT is nationwide. State Pageants are held during the year, and then their QUEENS must compete for the national title.
The evening began with the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner", led by QUEEN Carolyn. Eric Estrada was the emcee. A capacity audience filled the room that evening, and people were excited and very vocal as they cheered for their favorite contestant. There were eight in all, and each man tried his best to outshine the other as they paraded across the stage. There were 3 Judging Categories: Talent and Poise, which were public, and a Judges Interview, which was private. In the end, it was Bill Quain, who won this year's title.
all photos, courtesy Denise Mechan
Although it has been at least three decades since he starred in the hit TV series "Chips", Eric Estrada still retains his masculine charm and allure, as he poses with with QUEEN Carolyn after the Pageant.
Here, QUEEN Carolyn poses with: Bill Quain/MR MATURE 2018, and the other two judges, Frank Farelli, Jr. - the very first MR MATURE, and Katie Schreckengast/MISS PA 2017, who was 10th runner up in last year's MISS AMERICA PAGEANT.
Yes, in America, "monarchies" still do exist, as proven by these two Senior Pageants. See them as they stand regally, proudly wearing their crowns, banners and staff. Long live QUEEN Carolyn Slade Harden/MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017, and Bill Quain, MR MATURE 2018. YEAH!
Friday, April 13, 2018
"Ready, Set, Go, and they're off!" is the current mantra of the fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB these days. January 2018 began with with problems for its members, as did most of the nation, with colds, flu, physical ailments, and the passing of a beloved "Sister". The cold, snowy and unpredictable weather was another factor that affected the scheduling of Showcases, and resulted in some cancellations in February and March. But, April is showing promise so far, and the ladies are hopeful of getting back to a full season of performing for their constituents throughout the State of New Jersey.
The first Showcase for the month was Thursday, April 5th at Lutheran Crossing Enhanced Living, in Moorsetown. Eight of our finest entertainers gave a great show for a predominently female audience. The residents were generous with their applause. One lady in particular, whose name was Deborah, was especially vocal in displaying her appreciation. During the course of the Showcase, she gave little quips about her life and her musical knowledge.
Courtesy, Warren Beebe
The audience was invited to sing the finale song, "This Is My Country/God Bless America". From left to right are: Diane Beebe/MSNJSA'15, Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA'07, Johanne Santori/MSNJSA'06, Denise Mechan/Showcase Coordinator, Nancy Bassett, Rose Majofsky, and Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA'08.
President Carole Lelli spoke about the Board's decision to change the location of the meeting place, to the Manahawkin Elks Lodge, and told of the generosity of the veterans, who offered the use of their hall to the CLUB free of charge. All the members in attendance agreed that it was the right decision and that the new facility was cleaner and brighter than the last.
The meeting ended with everyone extending their love, and support to Carolyn Slade Harden/MSNJSA'17 & MSSA'17, as she embarks on her journey to many States across the country, as guest in MS SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANTS. She shared an impressive travel itinerary with the members, and asked for their prayers for stamina and good health in the months ahead.
Kudos to the Board for making its members feel welcomed in the new meeting place, to the Committee,
for preparing a great lunch, and to the members, who kept an open mind regarding the Board's decision to move to a new location for the quarterly meetings. One door closes, and another door opens.
See you at the Pageant!
Friday, February 23, 2018
Diane Beebe is an great example of women who live in the "Age of Elegance", that is 60 or better. After winning the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, she joined the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and became an active member. She is a regular performer in their SHOWCASES, and when she is present, she operates the sound system as well. Diane helped the Pageant organization to grow, by creating the State website, and serves as the webmaster. She served as Secretary of NSAA for 2 terms, and created that organization's website as well.
Recently, Diane won an NY NUB Award, which was the first ever given by that film industry, for background acting. This news caught the interest of www.communitynews.org, an area newspaper, and a reporter contacted Diane for an interview. The article, published on February 22nd, is an in depth overview of Diane's interesting life, from childhood to the present day. To read the full story, click on this link:
Kudos to this NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB member and former QUEEN, who has proven that life after 60, can be exciting, rewarding and fulfilling.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Since her appointment as EXECUTIVE PAGEANT DIRECTOR of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, Terry Meade of Princeton Junction, has been busy seeking contestants for the 2018 Pageant, and doing her utmost to spread the word across the State about the Organization. Recently, a reporter from the West Windsor News, a newspaper in her area, interviewed Terry and wrote an extensive article that was published this week.
Terry's story is a poignant and beautiful account of her life from childhood to the present. After reading it, one will realize why Terry was the most qualified successor to Johanne Santori. The feature article also was published online, and can be accessed by clicking on this link:https://communitynews.org/2018/02/14/village-grande-woman-named-ms-new-jersey-senior-america-pageant/
FYI. Any lady over the age of 60, who is interested in becoming a contestant, can call Terry at: 908-216-8534, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, please visit our website: www.newjerseysenioramerica.org.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
The ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB had a great evening of food, libations, dancing and song, last December at the annual Christmas Party, but for some reason the event went unreported on this blog site. Some CLUB members were unable to attend the party, due to illness, or distance. So, the following is a recap of the great time had by all.
FYI. These photos were taken by Mark Meade, and lovely provided by Terry Meade, our new Executive State Pageant Director.
Monday, February 12, 2018
The past week marked the passing of Josephine Mazzarella, mother of JoAnn Gordon, MSNJSA 2008. Family, friends, and New Jersey Cameo Club sisters attended her wake on Sunday, February 11th at the Silverton Memorial Home in Toms River, followed by a funeral Mass this morning at St. Justin Roman Catholic Church.
During the last few years of her life, Josephine managed to enjoy life amid countless setbacks with her health, and JoAnn was always by her side. They were inseparable - laughing, and crying together - hoping that the next day would be better. Mother is gone now, and the hole that remains in her daughter's heart will be hard to close in the days, weeks, even years to come.
Josephine is God's very own now, and she is at peace. As for JoAnn, please know that God also cares for you today and will take of you in this your time of sorrow and loss. He will either shield you from your suffering, or give you the strength to bear it. Amen.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Last Saturday evening, friends, family and "sisters" came together to honor Carolyn Slade Harden, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017. More than 200 people attended the lavish party which was held in the ballroom at La Renaissance in Manchester. Christmas was the theme, and the ballroom was decorated with red and white pointsettas, adorning the stage and tables, and fresh white tablecloths, with gold ribbons on the back of each chair, added a touch of elegance.
All photos, compliments, Mark & Terry Meade
Soon after Carolyn won the National Title last October, plans for a party began to take shape. A "Celebration Committee" was formed, which consisted of friends from La Renaissance and the New Jersey Cameo Club, and they are: from La Renaissance/Linda Celiano, Diane Harkavy, Arlene Kearney, Beverly Terranova, Paula Williams, Phyllis Zauberman, and Sherri McGhie, from the New Jersey Cameo Club. Pictured above were the complimentary pamphlets for each guest to take home as a memento of the occasion.
It was a grand event for a grand QUEEN, and hopefully, one that Carolyn will remember and cherish for years to come.