41ST ANNUAL MISS FIRE ISLAND CONTEST 06
by Jeannie Lieberman
The weather was perfect for the 41st Annual Miss Fire Island Contest at the Grove Hotel (Ice Palace) as contestants poured out of their rooms and mingled with the huge crowd assembled inside and around the pool.
Upstairs, in Executive Producer Isaac Vaughan's inner sanctum, the judges, Scott Hirsch, owner of Ocean Beach's Island Mermaid restaurant, Linda Giardinello, Director of Education at the N.Y. Institute of Beauty, Grove's own Master Tom, Mr. Fire Island Leather 2006, Jeannie Lieberman, editor of Theaterscene.net, Publisher of Fire Island Sun.com, Dong, Fashion consultant, Ray Cusumano, distributor of Nicole Miller Beauty Products, our own Charity, Miss Fire Island '68 and "top judge" Dennis McConkey convened and received their instructions from Pageant Director Sal Piro.
Bella, Electra and Ariel MC-ed the event, Rich Parisi herded the contestants, Jeffrey Wallach made it all glam.
the Royal Crowns
the place was packed as the judges observed
I really need this crown!
I heard that! Yes, I'm really a guy
Am I really here?
The Lovely Electra St. Jill kept it moving and funny
Bella, Ms Fire Island 2005, who knows how to "Push The Button"
How sultry I am.........
China! For MISS Fire Island? In the wrong category but who cares - always a winner!
Am I not to die for? I mean really.
I feel pretty! Oh, So pretty!
OK! Whatever you are you get my vote! (Victoria Michaels, Winner Entertainer of the Year)
What are these people laughing at? Something in the front of Ariel's dress?
Took months to make this gown - hope the judges appreciate that
I dunno! Sounds like Midler....
OMG! Its Cher!!!
Tatiana in a schmotta!
Dame Edith as she abuses yet another straight, willing victim
Wynona - a winner in white
Sexy Siren Porsche ooozes out a ballad
Vanessa: Let Me Entertain You!!!
what will they decide?
Epiphany: Is it really me?
I can't believe it! (I'd cry but it would screw up my makeup)
Ariel whispers some tips to the new Miss Fire Island
Johnny Savoy's theme song of the contest "Miss Fire Island" was beautifully sung by Brandon Cutrell, and Ginger Moore, Miss Fire Island 2005 passed the crown to the winner, Epiphany, the always classy Demi Tasse won Ms. Fire Island and the spectacularly androgynous Victoria Michaels won Entertainer of the Year.
What a show!
See you next year!