MISS HOMECOMING QUEEN CONTEST
By Jeannie Lieberman
May 26, Cherry Grove
It was that fun season opener at Cherry Grove Community House. How
could the season begin without its new annual Homecoming Queen? Without lending
her official imprimatur to the opening of all major events in the community?
Arts Project members were in high spirits greeting each other,
many for the first time this season. The house was filled with royalty, many
former HC Queens :Beach DeBris, Uneeda Dunes, Ivana Cocktail, Luisa Verdi,
Lola, Donna Pirhanna, Legs Labohn, Mandi, Cobra, Coco Love, Angela Merci, Urban
Sprawl, Joan Van Ness, and more
And of course outgoing HCQ 2012 Robyn Kradles…
…who quipped when asked how it felt to be over “Its great! I
didn’t even pin this (crown) on”
No one gets past HCQ Uneeda Dunes till doors officially open (and
Celebs mingled in the crowd
HCQ Beach Debris & Cobra
HCQ Legs Labohn in a rare smile escorting contestant Shirley
Ivana Cocktail in biker chic
The ever glam Donna Piranha
How many raffle tickets did you want? HCQ Luisa measured for the
The Contestants Arrive:
Robin Banks – “I want to change my life”
Shirley Shapiro – “I want to show what an old girl can do”
The ever nurturing Mother – “I want to give back to the community”
Whore D'Oeuvres of Palace fame: First time entry, “It’s my time”
Jo Jo Gerard – long time resident –
Newlyweds Curtis & Jack reveal who handles the money
Martha, her sister & Ellen
Les Girls Linda & Barbara
Beach DeBris, Lola and Juanita Martini show off new
bar tending technique
Former Mr. Fire Island Leather BMG’s approach more serious
Perhaps because the current Mr. Fire Island Leather 2013 Candido
Soares is standing by
Wizard HCQ Urban Sprawl transforms Bobbie Green into a Panzi
Am I seeing double? That’s Bella wannabe Joanne Tavis with the
Gotta get down on her knees to be here
Hosted by Panzi & Bella
There they are…………..
Or are they???
Borrowing from last year’s smash hit Identify Theft theme of the
Doctor’s Fund show
Bobbi Hirsch and Joanne Tavis became Panzi & Bella
Double Vision!!! The Real Thing – nice try gals
Bella prefers the “other ‘ Panzi!
HCQ Robyn croons her swan song “I thought about you” to the
enthralled crowd of devoted subjects.
Robin Banks: “I woke up like this. If elected I’ll rule with an
iron fist – first one to get it – Bruce Michael” (???)
Jo Jo Girard, Grove historian from1928-1982 (the years she’s been
Newbie Juanita Martini – needs a little work —“I believe this is
where the angels live;”
(That’s the adorable Anita helping out in the back)
The gorgeous Whore D'Oeuvres wants it “because it’s
not the Pines”
The ever expansive Mother had the best motives: One thing I can hope
to accomplish is to t try to establish ourselves as the leading gay community
and do it in a way to give back to the community “
Official photog Lorraine and Joan eating it up!
…and then it was Shirley Shapiro’s turn
contestants Jo Jo Gerard, Robin Banks, Whore D'Oeuvre &
Shirley Shapiro, MC Panzi & Bella, & contestants Juanita Martini &
After a close run off – repeated twice for accuracy between
newcomer stunningly statuesque Whore D'Oeuvre and community favorite Shirley
Shapiro (you can’t make these names up, folks – and they say it all)
The winner is…Shirley Shapiro
Robyn said she warned the contestants about crown-ready hair but
no one listened!
“As Homecoming Queen, I would like to do a little something extra
to save the Community House.”
Partner Donald (Sister Sylvia Shapiro) will have a ball designing
all those gowns for those Royal Command Appearances.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!