As I type, the snow continues to fall outside my poorly insulated windows making March 20th (Spring) seem like eons away... Fortunately, the Lemay Sisters of "House of Lemay" (www.houseoflemay.com) fame helped ease the burden of icy roofs and snow-blocked driveways via their annual "Winter is a Drag" Ball. Held last Saturday, February 16, at Higher Ground in So. Burlington (www.highergroundmusic.com), the standing room-only party packed both the ballroom and show-case lounge with tons of music, entertainment, dancing, art, raffles, and um, loads of "gender-bending." So in celebration of my birthday on Valentine's Day, I became "Madame Valentine" and my daughter became "Andrea," playing a girl playing a boy playing a girl...or something like that (fourth picture down)... and all for a good cause- all proceeds of the ball went to the Vermont Coalition of People with Aids and HIV. Most of the people in the following pics are either related to me, sing with me, or just wanted to get in on the act! (PS...check out "Winter is a Drag Ball" 2006 "A Toast to New Orleans" on the House of Lemay Website "past Drag Balls" ...third picture down features "moi" singing with The Decoys, opening with Ike & Tina Turner's "Rolling on the River," and ending with "Lady Marmelade." What a blast! And congrats to the "Sistahs" for setting a record in selling the highest number of tickets for a one-night event, Rocky Horror Valentine Drag ball, in the history of Higher Ground! Guess winter is not such a drag after all)!!
Seeing as this is a personal blog, I can be completely unprofessional in bragging about the fact that my greeting cards were accepted for publication in a forthcoming book entitled; 1000 Hand Made Greeting Cards Published by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books which "Create beautiful illustrated source books for professional designers and artisans of all types." RP also states, "Our books present the best design work from around the world and bring you inside the world's most talented design and art studios to see how the work gets done and the inspiration that lies behind each finished piece." Check it out: www.rockpub.com/graphic-design.asp
So much for my "New Year's Resolution..." related to "writing more" on this blog, but I am trying!! Some new developments to brag about, nonetheless! My art dolls and greetings cards are now being offered at the wonderful new boutique, Candles and Creations, located at 150 Dorset Street in South Burlington, Vermont. C&C is owned and operated by Heather Paine and Casey Webster Stabile- Featuring local and regional artists, Heather and Casey's vision was to open a shop with a very special mission; many of the artists featured contribute proceeds to charitable causes. Classes are offered, and they host a really cool monthly workshop called "Sixth-Sensory World." About 35 people showed up at last month's "Colors" workshop. Check out Heather and Casey's own work, view their press, and learn more about Candles and Creations: