Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Music lovers were treated to an evening of wine, women and song Sunday afternoon, when 18 fabulous women from the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB performed at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt.  Although it is open year round, autumn is the winery's high season, and people come from all directions to enjoy the fun activities and entertainment Laurita provides.  Theirs is an informal dinner theater format, which allows patrons to buy food, and drink, and bring them to the table, while watching the show.

The GRAND DAMES CHORUS opened the show with the medley, "With Love, From Motown".  Their sensual and lively rendition was just the thing to stir up the audience, who, in turn, waited in anticipation for more great performances to come.  And they did.  There were songs from every genre, comedy and dance, and each lady performed to peak perfection!

One act, in particular made a perfect way to end the first act.  Gymnast Debra Canale, invited the audience to get up and dance.  And they did, each, displaying their own moves, and bumps and grinds!

After intermission, the NEW JERSEY STAR DANCERS opened Act 2.  They literally glittered as their costumes lit up, while dancing the disco to  "Night Fever".

The show concluded with the patriotic medley, "This is My Country, God Bless America", in which the audience was invited to sing a long.

National QUEEN, Peggy Lee Brennan, MSSA2016, was in town with her husband Geoff, mother and friends, and she was invited to perform.

Afterwards, the audience lingered on in the theater;  many walked over to mingle and talk with the performers, and to take photos.  People were so impressed by the high energy of the show, and quality of each lady's performance, and they wanted to let them to know how they felt.  Numerous inquires and photo ops followed.

It was indeed another stellar performance by these "Ambassadors of Love", and a memory that will linger long in everyone's mind for years to come.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


The 38th MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT is now history, and a new National QUEEN has been crowned.  State QUEENS came from near and far to Resorts in Atlantic City last week, to participate in the annual week long Pageant which celebrates life after 60. 

The Show began with entertainer Lou Parisi, who sang an original song he wrote, "The Little Girl Inside", to the CLASS OF 2018,

and ended with the crowning of this year's new QUEEN.  From left to right are: Alicia Windsong Diamond/VA-4th RU; Theresa Rothschild Hall/TN-2nd RU; Gayle Novak/CO-MSSA2018; Suzie Neustadter/NJ-1st RU; and Catherine Whitaker/UT-3rd RU.  Besides the QUEEN, the 1st Runner Up is a highly sought after position, and a discerning panel of judges found Suzie Neustadter, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2018 worthy.  If, for any reason, the QUEEN is unables to carry out her duties during the year of her reign, the crown and title goes to the 1st Runner Up. 

 Pageant week is always an exciting time for the contestants, family and friends, and the National Senior Alumnae Association.  NSAA as it is known, is a "sisterhood" of past State and National QUEENS, who attend the National Pageant each year to support their State QUEEN, to maintain friendships with their sisters, and to make new ones.  NSAA also awards the QUEEN and her Court with financial prizes.  The following is the week in review, and QUEEN Suzie's journey.

QUEENS gathered together for a meet n' greet at the QUEENS Orientation Dinner, on Sunday evening.  Suzie's entourage included, Johanne Santori/MNJSA'06, and NJ State Pageant Administrator, Rebecca Orsatti/MSNJS'10, Carolyn Slade Harden/MSSA'17, and Suzie Neustadter/MSNJSA'18.  Also in attendance, but not in the photo was Terry Meade/MSNJSA EXECUTIVE STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR.   

The QUEENS spent all day on Monday in rehearsal, but in the evening, QUEEN Suzie joined her entourage for dinner at Gallagher's Burger Bar.

Carolyn Slade Harden, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017, began all three days of the MS SENIOR AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT with a beautiful patriotic medley.  On Thursday, she gave a lovely farewell presentation, and received a standing ovation from the audience for her performance.

On Wednesday contestants and the public attended the CAMEO BALL for an evening of good food and fun.  Norma McGhie/MSNJSA'95, was one of 4 recipients who were awarded the title of Honorary MS SENIOR AMERICA.

As was mentioned, it was an evening of fun, and here, guests danced the night way.  In the forground, Millie Tate is responding to Johanne Santori's sultry move!
The table centerpieces were made of pink and purple feathers, and Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA'07, thought it would make a great hat!

The QUEENS CHOIR, under the direction of Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA' 07, was the opening act at Tuesday night's Welcome Show, and also performed at the Pageant.  They performed "With Love, from Motown", which was a salute to Dianna Ross and the Supremes.

There were several dance groups that performed at the Pageant.  Here, the NEW JERSEY STAR DANCERS literally lit up the stage with neon lights on their costumes, and saucy dance steps to the music of "Saturday Night Fever".

Terry Meade supplied QUEEN Suzie's supporters with NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB crowns which lit up.  Sadly to say, "Sam", the sound man, noticed the lights and told them to turn them off.  Johanne, Terry, Carole, and Carolyn sadly, but dutifully complied.

Thursday was the Final Pageant, and all the QUEENS were called to the stage.  A uneasy silence fell over the audience as everyone waited for the top 10 to be called.  When QUEEN Suzie's name was called, her supporters cheered with excitement.  With the exception of the Judges Interview, the previous scores were thrown out and the 10 finalists began to compete anew.  In the Evening Gown Catogory, Suzie looked poised and elegant, as she glided effortlessly across the stage.  Her Philosophy of Life was positive and uplifting.

For her Talent, she sang "Home", from the hit Broadway Musical, THE WIZ.  Her voice was strong, and for her emotional rendition, she received a standing ovation from the audience.

QUEEN Suzie returns to the Garden State to resume her role as MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2018, and to a very busy schedule of appearances in the year ahead.  Kudos to an outstanding delegate who represented the State New Jersey at the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2018.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


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With the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2018 rapidly approaching, State QUEENS from across the "fruited plain" will be descending upon Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City.  The week long annual event begins Sunday, October 14th, and ends on Friday, October 19th. The 2 Preliminary Pageants are Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Final Pageant is on Thursday.  All Pageants are held in the Superstar Theater at 1:00 PM.

Tensions run high during Pageant Week, as each QUEEN is hopeful of winning this year's National Title and Crown.  Suzie Neustadter, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2018 will represent the Garden State.  Since winning the State Pageant last June, QUEEN Suzie has traveled throughout the State performing in NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES, in parades, as guest at non-profit events, and on radio and TV.

Suzie recieved many awards and Proclamations of Achievement from legislators at every level of government.  As a resident of Margate, QUEEN Suzie was honored by Mayor Micheal Becker at the Margate Town Council meeting last July.

In August, a joint meeting was held to honor QUEEN Suzie their State office in Linwood.  The two photos at the top are with Senator Chris Brown. The bottom left is with Assemblymen Amato and Mazzeo, who are then joined with Suzie's chaperones, Johanne Santori/MSNJSA'06 and MSNJSA PAGEANT ADMINISTRATOR, and Rebecca Orsatti/MSNJSA'10.

In July, QUEEN Suzie entertained at a non-profit fund raiser for the Jewish Community Center in her hometown of Margate.

As QUEEN Suzie prepares for the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2018, her NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB "sisters" and past QUEENS, know that she will be great, and everyone wishes her much good luck.

A list of events and ticket information for the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2018, can be found on their website: www.senioramerica.org.  Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of each Pageant, beginning at noon.