Thursday, December 11, 2014

TIS THE SEASON ...


"It's the most wonderful time of the year", and for the "elegant ladies" who are members of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, this is the time of year they give thanks and  make merry.


Each year, during the month of November, the NJCC gives thanks, by reaching out to veterans groups.  The Manahawkin veterans were treated to a great NJCC Showcase.  The above photo captured the ladies in the finale of the show when they sang  "God Bless America".  Everyone sang along, and those veterans who could, stood up.  It was an emotional sight to see!

 The annual NJCC Christmas Party was an evening which abounded in fun, laughter and good cheer.  The event was held on December 4th at the Toms River Hotel.  The food was excellent and the libations plentiful to all those who cared to imbibe.  Steve and Debbie Berger provided great music for everyone's listening and dancing pleasure.  After dinner, everyone quieted down in anticipation of the Gift Basket Raffle, in the hope that their number would be called as winner of one of the festive and amply filled baskets.   Winner or not, everyone went home with a gift from the NJCC and a "mystery goodie bag", compliments of Johanne Santori, MSNJSA STATE ADMINISTER AND PAGEANT DIRECTOR.   Kudos to Jo Ann Gordon and her committee for a job well done!

 Another highlight of the evening was Diane De Salvo Beebe, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014.  With maraccas in hand, the Queen sang a lively Christmas song from the Caribbean.

The NJCC SHOWCASE was Sunday, December 7th at Silver Ridge in Lakewood, for the Ladies Club.  It was no ordinary show, but a Christmas Extravaganza Performance, filled with holiday music and standard tunes! 
 
   Husbands of NJCC members took many photos of the ladies during the show and afterwards, as can be seen in the 2 photos above.  Kudos to all who brought their cameras along and captured this magical performance!
 
As the songs says: "Fast away, the Old Year passes, Hail, the New, ye lads and lasses".  The fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, used their God-given talents in 2014, and gave much pleasure to audiences across the Garden State, and  long may they live to do it all again next year!    
 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

EXTRA! EXTRA! - READ ALL ABOUT RESULTS OF MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014


Besides participating in the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014, Diane DeSalvo Beebe, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, also serves as Secretary of the NATIONAL SENIOR ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION. The NSAA Annual Meeting was held Tuesday morning, October 28th at Resorts in Atlantic City.  In spite of a busy schedule of rehearsals, Diane was at hand to take a picture with her Jersey "Sisters".  From left to right are: Rebecca Orsatti/MSNJSA2010, Johanne Santori/MSNJSA2006 and MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR, Diane DeSalvo Beebe/MSNJSA2014, Norma McGhie/MSNJSA1995, Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, and Carole Lelli, Vice Presisent/NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.
 
The curtain has fallen, the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014 is over, and the 42 State Queens have returned home.  Those Queens who made the Top 10, are either satisfied with their placement, or wondering why they didn't go higher, or, win the title.  The rest are probably trying to cope with their disapointment at not having placed at all.  One thing is for sure - each Queen took home memories that will last her a lifetime. 
 
The following statistics are: this year, there were 42 States represented in the Pageant, and included in that number were the US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  The number of States with Pageants still stay the same, at 21, and the remainder are At-Large.  Among the Top 10, there were 7 At-Large, and in the QUEENS COURT, there were 2.
 
The Top 10 States, in no particular were:  Vermont/At- Large, Washington State/At- Large, Massachusetts/At- Large, Oregon/At- Large, Virginia, Rhode Island/At- Large, Michigan, Georgia/At-Large, Alabama, Kentucky/At-Large.  Ms Kentucky returned this year to compete again, while the other At-Large State Queens were new.
 
QUEENS COURT 2014

Virginia Patsy Godley/MS SENIOR AMERICA 2014 - country singer
Carol Thomas/MS MICHIGAN/1st Runner Up - classical pianist
Deborah Miller/MS KENTUCKY/2nd Runner Up - opera singer, At-Large
Renee Pierce/MS ALABAMA/3rd  Runner Up - classical pianist
Ethel Lee/MS MASSACHUSETTS/4th Runner Up - jazz singer, At-Large

There were several events during Pageant Week for members to enjoy.  One event, in particular, that deserves particular mention was the WELCOME TO ATLANTIC SHOW, which was held on Tuesday evening in the Superstar Theater at 7:00 PM.  The show was emceed by Helen McCarney/MSSA2005, who was funny, entertaining and kept the two and a half hour show running smoothly.  The variety show included 35 acts, of solo and group performances.  Of particular mention, was the QUEENS CHOIR, under the direction of Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007.  This year, the group paid tribute to Diana Ross and The Supremes, with a 3 song medley,  "With Love From Motown".
     

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AREA WOMENS CLUB IS GRACIOUS HOST TO NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB


Since its inception in 1971, the elegant ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB have brought laughter and cheer throughout the Garden State, with great shows.  From time to time, these shows create fond memories, for both audience and performers.  The first time invitation for the Women's Club of Homestead Run in Toms River, on Sunday, September 28th, was such an occasion.   The officers of the Women's catered to the performers comforts and needs. 


They bought a special sheet cake, complete with a Queen's Crown to honor the ladies.


Before the show began, they were anxious to take pictures with the ladies.  This is only one of many.

The audience kept on taking photos and videos during the performance as well.  As usual, each lady was in top form, and the audience showed such appreciation with generous applause for everyone.

After the show, there was a cake cutting ceremony, and everyone was treated to dessert and coffee.  People from the audience mingled with the ladies.  There were individual "congrats", and lots of hand shaking and hugging.

Kudos to the Women"s Club of Homestead Run for making the afternoon an "occasion to remember".

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MERCER COUNTY FREEHOLDERS HONORS DIANE DE SALVO BEEBE


When reporting the news it is always wise to "check the facts" beforehand.  Unfortunately, this was not the case regarding MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, Diane DeSalvo Beebe, and her impressive itinerary.  Therefore, a correction needs to be made.  In the preceding article, it was reported that Diane had already met with the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 The meeting was actually earlier this evening in the Chamber Room of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Chairman Andrew Koontz read the Proclamation of Achievement to QUEEN Diane, as the other members looked on.

Another photo for the pleasure of the "paparazzi" at the completion of the ceremony.

This reporter apologizes for causing any confusion to the family and friends, of QUEEN Diane, who support her by physically attending these events, or reading about them on this blog.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP HONORS DIANE DESALVO BEEBE


Since winning the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, Diane DeSalvo Beebe has been busy traveling throughout the Garden State, promoting the positive aspects of aging.  She and her "Queens Court" have been featured performers in  NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES, and in  parades.  Also included in her itinerary are solo appearances in trade shows and radio and TV interviews.

Recently Diane met with Andrew Koontz, Chairman, Mercer County Freeholders, who presented her with a written Proclamation of Achievement.  She has also received a written Proclamation from both Houses of the New Jersey State Legislature. 

Yesterday, she was invited to Hopewell Township Town Hall, and was honored by Mayor Vanessa Sandom and members of the Town Council at their monthly meeting.   The event was covered by local TV and newspaper.


 Diane DeSalvo Beebe, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014 and Mayor Vanessa Sandom, smiled for the papparazzi.  Mayor Sandom then read the Proclamation of Achievement Award,  congratulated the Hopewell Township resident, and wished her good luck in the upcoming MS SENIOR AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT 2014. 

Afterwards, Diane spoke about her experiences as "QUEEN" thus far, and of her excitement as she looked forward representing her Town, County and State in the MS SENIOR AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT 2014. She invited everyone to "bring your banners and come on down to cheer me along".  All in attendance expressed their appreciation with cheers and warm applause.

Pageant week is Sunday, October 26th through Friday, 31st.  Diane and the other State Queens arrive on Sunday, at Resorts.  The week will have events for the public to attend which are: 1st and 2nd Preliminary Pageants, Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Final Pageant on Thursday.  Starting time for all 3 Pageants is 1:00 PM in the Superstar Theater.  For ticket information/purchase go to the Senior America website: www.senioramerica.org.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB ENTERTAINS AT HAMMONTON CANOE CLUB


AtlantiCare Health System held their annual Senior Health Fair on Thursday, September 18th, at the Hammonton Canoe Club.   "It takes more than medicine to build a healthier community", is their motto. Around 200 Seniors attended the annual Fall event.  Doctors were on hand and spoke on issues concerning Seniors.  A complimentary luncheon was served in the banquest hall overlooking beautiful Hammonton Lake, followed by a NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASE.   The show contained a variety of performances ranging from grand opera, to pop and jazz tunes, and comedy and dance routines.  This year, the show was enhanced by the enthusiasm of an elderly gentleman who sat in the front row.  He became the "object of affection" for several of the ladies' performances.  It was done in good taste and everyone had a good time.




Diane DeSalvo Beebe/MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, flanked on both sides by the elegant ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, outside of the Canoe Club, along the banks of  Hammonton Lake.





The finale of New Jersey Cameo Showcase at the Hammonton Canoe Club was met by thunderous applause and a standing ovation as the ladies took their final bow. 


AtlantiCare is a sponsor of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT.  The pageant organization is very thankful for their ongoing support, and is proud to entertain at such a worthy event.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

REFLECTIONS ON THE ATLANTIC CITY ARMED FORCES PARADE


Diane DeSalvo Beebe, MSNJSA2014, possessed a radiant smile atop the float, and waved regally to the adoring crowds that lined the entire boardwalk in Atlantic City, on Monday, August 11th, for the 4th Annual Armed Forces Parade.  For her solo, Diane sang "GOD BLESS THE USA"

The GRANDE DAMES CHORUS, also honored the veterans this year with a special number, a "MILITARY SALUTE", which included athems from the 5 miliary branches.   Other great medleys included: Broadway and hits of the '60s with music from Motown.
 
Before the parade started there was a "photo frenzy".  Making memories of good times is an important credo of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT Organization.  Several of the ladies brought cameras for the photo op.  No sooner did they start taking pictures, that passersby begged to take pictures of them also.  There were 19 ladies in all, but unfortunately, not all were present at the time this photo was taken. The picture was taken in front of the Revel Casino, where the parade began.

 The parade had begun, and the float's driver, was about to pull out.  However, she had to wait, when an eager serviceman jumped onto the float, and insisted on taking a picture with Queen Diane.

The ladies were all dressed in different hues of red, white and blue to honor the US Flag and  the country's veterans.  When the float stopped at the viewing stand, popular Atlantic City legend and celebrity, Pinky Kravitz was there, along with other Atlantic City dignitaries, and a crowd of over 500 people.  Due to a bit of congestion along, the parade route, the float was halted there for a time.  As a result, everyone was treated to a full performance by the GRANDE DAMES CHORUS, directed by Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA2007.  The show was outstanding, and Pinky praised the group for their fabulous job.
 
 
What made this year's parade so special, was the involvement of its members.  One couple, in particular,who stand out is Carol Dugan, MSNJSA2012, and her husband John.   In  2012, MSNJSA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR  Johanne Santori, wanted the women sing on the float for the parades.  John Dugan volunteered to provide the sound system for the float and to record the music using the latest in digital technology. 
 Kudos to this couple, and their efforts to improve the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT Organization. 

Special thanks go to the families and friends who were at the parade, and followed the float.  Terry Meade's husband Mark and son Scott took pictures and videos, and posted them on Facebook for all to see.  Warren Beebe, Queen Diane's husband, and Johanne's husband Adeo, also walked the boardwalk, and took pictures.  Final thanks to Johanne Santori, whose tireless efforts, keeps the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT Organization thriving.
      

Saturday, June 7, 2014

DIANE BEEBE IS CROWNED MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014

Diane Beebe, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014

An anxious and excited hush fell over the audience in the Concert Venue Theater last Thursday, June 5th.  As the 14 contestants returned to the stage for the last time, each waiting nervously for her name to be called, they knew down deep in their hearts that only one of them would win the coveted title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014.   They had all done their best in the four categories of  Evening Gown, Philosophy of Life, Talent, and Personal Judges' Interview, and the endless wait onstage for the Judges' results had begun.
  
This year, the quality of contestants, and the diversity of talent was impressive, and it made for a delightful afternoon variety show as well as a hard fought Pageant.  Included in the afternoon's entertainment were performances by the GRANDE DAMES CHORUS under the direction of Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA 2007, the NEW JERSEY STAR DANCERS, under the direction of Brenda Christian, member of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and solo performances by Johanne Santori, MSNJSA 2006 & State Pageant Director, Fran Lundeen, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB member, Dr. Sandy Greco, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2003, and Carol Dugan, MSNJSA 2012.   The audience was treated to a special performance by Carolyn Corlew, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2013.  

Outgoing Queen Vanessa Shaw, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2013, gave an entertaining farewell performance.  In lieu of a farewell speech, she persented her life story in Song with Dialogue.  Of particular charm was bits of her tribute to the late Eartha Kitt, who was an influence in her life and career.

But it was DIANE BEEBE who turned out to be the "woman of the hour", captured the judges' favor, and emerged as the new Queen.  She looked lovely and composed in her choice of evening gowns, had an uplifting philosphy of life, and her song "Bring Him Home", had a touching poignancy and was well sung. 
 
There were other ladies who placed in the competition, and who make up the QUEEN'S COURT for 2014: they are:  Mary A. Morris/Manchester, 4th Runner-up; Leah Whelan/Southampton, 3rd Runner-up; Patricia Genovese/Dover, 2nd Runner-up; and Patricia Andrews/Manalapan, 1st Runner-up.

And now, the adventure for Diane Beebe, her Court, and the rest of contestants begins.  As Queen, Diane will have the responsibility of promoting the positive aspects of aging to her age related constituents.  The rest of the "Class of 2014"  are invited to join the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB to begin their journey as well.   As members of this prestigious organization, they will get the opportunity to tour the width and length of the Garden State and use their God-Given talents to entertain a wide variety of audiences.
 
Many thanks to Johanne Santori, State Pageant Director, and to everyone in the Pageant organization, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to produce a most spectacular and successful MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014.  Their experience and expertise brought out the best in all the contestants.  They were responsible for successfully carrying out this year's mission:  "It's Never Too Late To Become The Woman You Were Meant To Be".
   

Monday, June 2, 2014

LOCAL COMPETITION ENHANCED BY THREE NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB LADIES

Josephine Araniti/MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2007
Won "Exellance Over All" Statue, Certificate of Appreciation and Cash Prize of $50.00 

Jo Ann Gordon/MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2008
Won "#1 in Senior Pop" Statue, and Certificate of Appreciation

Diane Beebe/Member, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB
Won"#1 in Senior Broadway" Statue, and Certificate of Appreciation 

Seniors "down the shore"  were encouraged to audition for a new competition called PERFORMING ARTS IDOL, which was presented by the Performing Arts Ensemble of New Jersey.  The event was held on Sunday, June 1st at the Algonquin Theater in Manasquan. 

The Performing Arts Ensemble, a non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization,  was founded in 1987 by Evelyn Gardell, a former professional dancer, and is based in Red Bank.  The mission of  the PERFORMING ARTS IDOL competition is to bring together, showcase and provide opportunities for exposure for New Jersey's great talent from a variety of performing arts disciplines.

It would seem like a daunting task for a panel of judges to score singers, dancers, novelty acts, ranging from 6 to 96, but this fledging competition managed to rise up to the job.  In Act One, the singers competed and were interspesed with group dance numbers, which provided entertainment only. The contestants were judged in their own age groups which were as follows:    Kids, 12 and under .... one/dancer;  Teens, 13-17 ...  five/all singers;  Adults, 18-54 ... two, one male singer and one novelty act;  Seniors,  55+ ... 5 singers/1 impersonator.  

Act Two started off with a company ballet, then was followed by an all-dance competition, seventeen in all, which consisted of solos duets, and one ensemble number.  The contest took 3 hours, and its success was due to a tireless backstage staff, who kept the performers moving on and offstage quickly and efficiently.

In the end, it turned out to be a "feel good" event, and everyone won something ... a certificate, trophy and 3 people won $50.00 in cash.  Among the six Seniors, three ladies from the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, not only sang well, but raised the bar for the rest of the contestants, regardless of age.  After the opening dance number, Josephine Araniti, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2007 was the first contestant.  She sang UN BEL DI, from Puccini's opera, MADAME  BUTTERFLY.  Diane Beebe sang  THE PRAYER, and Jo Ann Gordon, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2008, sang  COME BACK TO ME.  All ladies received warm and generous applause from the audience.  

In the end, everyone went home happy ... parents and grandparents who paid good money to send their kids to the Performing Arts Ensemble, were happy to see their kids developing into graceful dancers, and the those in the related arts,  got the chance to donn their finest "duds" and sing/dance/or whatever ....  on the stage of the Algonquin Theater. 

Will this concept of "lumping the arts together", with all age groups, and showcasing them in a competition last?  Who can tell?  One thing though, it did change the format from an all-dance to a variety show.  This reporter is not one to discourage any arts groups from trying to include Seniors in competition.  Rather, it should be left up to the Senior him/herself to decide whats best for them.

JA


Saturday, May 24, 2014

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014



MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA
PAGEANT 2014


HARRAH'S RESORT HOTEL
& CASINO

CONCERT VENUE THEATER

THURSDAY, JUNE 5TH      1:00 P.M.

TICKETS:  $12.00

PURCHASE AT THE BOX OFFICE

Please visit our website: www.newjerseysenioramerica.org.

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A FAREWELL TO THE QUEEN




Vanessa Shaw, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2013

The past year has been an exciting and busy one for QUEEN Vanessa Shaw.  She has traveled the length and breadth of the GARDEN STATE, appearing in parades, radio and TV interviews, other pageants, and NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB Showcases.  She has been a role model  to all her constituents, and has done her part to promote the positive aspects of aging.  The following are messages from your NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB "Sisters", to show our appreciation for all you have given.

 
A FAREWELL BOUQUET
 
V        Is For The VISION You Have For Our Organization's Future,
A        Is For The ARDOR You Show For All,
N        Is For The NURTURING Words Whenever 
               You Speak To Your Constituents,
E         Is For The  ENTERTAINMENT You Bring,
S         Is For The SENSITIVITY Of Your Singing,
S         Is For Your SWEET SMILE,
A        Is For The ATTENTION You Gave To Those Who Needed You.

A LETTER TO OUR QUEEN

DEAR QUEEN VANESSA, 
 
You Have A Wonderful Way Of Making People Feel Special And Loved.
Your Kind And Thoughtful Words Have Brought A Special Warmth 
       To All Those You Have Touched.
 
Thank You For Being The Kind Of QUEEN befitting our Pageant Organization.
 
Your Reign's End May Be Close At Hand, But A New Door Has Been Opened To You,
        An Invitation To Become Our Newest NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB "Sister".
You Will Always Have Your Title ... We Hope That You Will Always Honor It.

We look forward to seeing you as you grace the stage for your 
Farewell Presentation and Performance at the 
                                 
             MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2014 
                    Thursday, June 5th, Harrah's Resort & Casino, 
                           Concert Venue Theater, at 1:00 PM.

GOOD LUCK & MUCH LOVE!