Sunday, December 20, 2009


There are three words to describe the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB Christmas Party: FOOD, FUN, and FELLOWSHIP. The event was once again held at the Lobster Shanty Restaurant in Toms River, on Friday, December 11th.
The FOOD was delicious and was served by a courteous and attentive waite staff. There was a cash bar, and a mimosa fountain which flowed amply all evening long.
The FUN was provided all night long by the great musical team of Steve and Debbie Berger. During dinner, they played background music, that did not interfere with people's conversations.
Afterwards, they performed all the songs on everyone's wish list, from sentimental ballads, to lively line dance tunes. During Steve's rendition of "It's a Wonderful World", couples stopped dancing, and others in the room quieted down to listen to the lyrics. His tender voice brought sighs and a tear or two out of the guests. Debbie did wonderful solos of her own. Her alto voice is clear and mellow to the ear. Together, they made a "dynamite duo". Their fun duet, "I Ain't Got Nobody", evoked memories of the legendary musical couple, Louie Prima and Keely Smith.
It was an evening of good cheer and FELLOWSHIP, as guests talked gaily and got caught up with latest news of mutual interest. The rafle consisted of 5 beautiful baskets of edible and non-edible items. Everyone bought tickets in anticipation of winning. Norma McGhie and family won two items!
Everyone stood to applaude Bernadette Dudek, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2009, as she entered the room. She was radiant and looked absolutely lovely, dressed in a yellow two-pieced bustiere gown. Later in the evening, she delighted everyone by singing a popular Hawaiian Christmas song accompanied by Steve.
Once again, the glitter and glamour was provided by the gorgeous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, all of whom were decked out in their "holiday best". They are a great example of the "age of elegance". Long may they always shine!
Kudos to Jo Ann Gordon and the ladies on the committee for a job well done. Their attention to detail was evident.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Despite the chilly temperatures, crowds of people gathered for the Atlantic City Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 28th. The parade route started at the beginning of Atlantic Avenue at the monument, ending at the outlet shops.
On hand for the annual event "braving the elements" were eight elegant ladies from the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. They road atop a gleaming and colorful holiday float, that came especially equipped with seats, thus making the ride more comfortable. The entourage included: Bernadette Dudek, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2009, and members of The Queen's Court; Rebecca Orsatti, Kay Vique, and Carol Lelli. Other ladies in attendance were: Johanne Santori, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT STATE DIRECTOR, Barby Jo Crema, Marge Wanamaker, and Agnes Raimondi.
They dazzled the crowd, each one stunningly dressed, and sporting the latest in "haute fur couture." Waving and smiling, they threw candy to the children along the parade route. Everyone had a great time, merrily ushering in the holiday season, despite the cold and windy winter weather.