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Volume 23/Issue 5/2005

Rip & Marsha



by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain 
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Spring Fever Benefits Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends March 4

Gay Easter Parade's EGM IV Electra City & Tittie Toulouse

Spring Fever 2005 is the 3rd annual Star Studded Show & Silent Auction set for Fri., March 4, 8pm, at 4 Seasons, 3229 N. Causeway, in Metairie. Hosted by Easter Grand Marshal IV Electra City and Tittie Toulouse, the extravaganza benefits the 6th Gay Easter Parade and it’s charity, Food For Friends.

The show features the talents of Easter Grand Marshal VI Lisa Beaumann, Opal Masters, Lauren Brown, Princesse Stephaney, Gizelle Bouvier, Delta Louise Carter, Jay Cooper, Crystal Charbonnet, Star Daniels, Vanessa Carmichael, Tiffany Holiday, Bambi Riviera, Tami Tarmack and more. The Silent Auction will be hosted by Phyllis Denmark.

Gay Easter Parade Entry Deadline March 11

The 6th Official Gay Easter Parade rolls through the streets of the French Quarter Easter Sunday, March 27, beginning at 4pm. In order to have an entry in the parade, all updated parade entry forms must be received by Fri., March 11. You may obtain an updated entry form by going to GayEasterParade.COM and download the form, or pick one up at Ambush, 828-A Bourbon St., or call Ambush at 504.522.8049 to have one faxed or mailed to you.

Carriages run $235 for 2-4-6-8 person carriages and $475 for 10-12-15-20 passenger wagons and trolleys. You may also enter a car, truck, float or walking group for an entry fee of $15. Checks should be made payable to Ambush/Gay Easter Parade.

The Gay Easter Parade is presented by Queen Fashions and Ambush Mag. Sponsors include Platinum - Whiz Magazine; Gold - Pride Specialty; Silver - Corner Pocket, Cowpokes, Double Play, 4 Seasons, GrahamStudioOne.COM, Starlight By The Park; and Bronze - Craig Austin.

All proceeds minus parade expenses benefits Food For Friends. For sponsorship information, e-mail info@gayeasterparade.com or call Rip Naquin-Delain, 504.522.8049.

The 3 Bitches Slated to MC 4th Super-Star Studded Drag Extravaganza Mar. 12; plus The David Egg Auction

The Gay Easter Parade is proud to present The 3 Bitches: Bianca Del Rio, Barry Bareass and Donnie Jay, as the celebrity emcees for the upcoming 4th annual Super-Star Studded Drag Extravaganza. Held on Sat., March 12, 8-10pm, this year's mega show will be hosted at Cowpokes, 2240 St. Claude in New Orleans. The show benefits the Gay Easter Parade and its charity Food For Friends.

Pride Specialty's Clint Weber & Chris with The David Egg to be auctioned off at the Super-Star Studded Drag Extravaganza March 12

Included in the evening's festivities is the auction of The David Egg, donated by Pride Specialty's Chris Ward and Clint Weber, who are Gold Sponsors of the Gay Easter Parade. The egg was designed by Sylvia Frank and Pat Skelly and originally was auctioned off at the King Cake Queen Coronation earlier this year. The minimum bid is $500.

This annual affair features some of the biggest names in the entertainment community, all of whom donate their stage tips to the Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends. You can experience this event for a $10 donation at the door. There are also 10 VIP tables available at $100 per table which seats 4. Those tables will be adjacent to the stage area and will be the best seats in the house. Contact Rip Naquin-Delain at 504.522.8049 or info@gayeasterparade.com for VIP table reservations. Checks should be made payable to Ambush/Gay Easter Parade.

Some of the mega stars confirmed as of press time include Easter Grand Marshal (EGM) VI Lisa Beaumann, EGM V Princesse Stephaney, EGM IV and Gay Easter Parade Board Members Electra City and Tittie Toulouse, King Cake Queen XII Savanna DeLorean, Queen Amon Ra XL Ali, Queen Hooker Delta Louise Carter, Miss Queen Fashions Tami Tarmack, Miss Lower Quarter Lantern Trash Eva Las Vegas, Golden Lantern Entertianment Director Marcy Marcell, Star Daniels and many, many more.

New Orleans AIDS activist wins Man of the Year Award

Chicago - Wally Sherwood of New Orleans, a pioneering activist in the continuing fight against AIDS, was accorded the Man of the Year Award in star-studded Community Service Awards ceremonies on Feb. 19 in Chicago, amid competition with 16 other esteemed honorees from around the world. A life-long newspaperman, he retired as Press Officer for the City and County of San Francisco and moved back to New Orleans and the Faubourg Marigny. Wally, who earned his graduate degree in journalism and theatre from the University of Mississippi, remains active within the community through his Sherwood’s Forest column appearing regularly in Ambush Magazine.

Wally Sherwood accepts Man of the Year Award

His extensive AIDS work will continue as the Honorary Easter Bunny for the 6th Official Gay Easter Parade through the French Quarter on Mar. 27. The event is being held on behalf of the Food for Friends outreach program of the NO/AIDS Task Force and Wally is planning a separate benefit for the cause.

Todd Cole of Baton Rouge, president of the Lords of Leather, and Sherwood, a member of the Krewe of Petronius, were also among the 10 nominees for the South Central Regional Award, which includes the Gulf South states from Alabama to Texas.

That award was won two years ago by Danny Lecompte, while president of the New Orleans Bear and Bear Trapper Social Club.

In past Gay Appreciation Awards, Sherwood was voted as the Gulf South’s Leather Person of the Year for 2001-02-03-04.

As a dedicated AIDS activist, Wally organized and produces the Mr. and Ms. Marigny Leather Contest as an annual charity for Buzzy’s Boys and Girls on the first Sunday of August.

He received the Heart of San Francisco Award from the AIDS Emergency Fund and his benefits have been praised by presidents, first ladies, vice presidents and mayors. A member of the "old guard" of the leather community, Sherwood organized the first leather club in the Southeast United States in 1969. He has been honored with memberships in over 15 leather organizations, is one of the oldest members of the Chicago Hellfire Club and has been elected to a second term as lieutenant of the New Orleans Bears.

He was recognized with "A Leather Icon for 30 Years" ceremony in San Francisco in 1999, which featured a logo by Larry Graham of New Orleans. He was the subject of Graham’s Official Mardi Gras Poster 2003 and is again appearing as a model in his forthcoming Caravaggio photographic exhibition.

The international Community Service Awards were revealed during the Pantheon of Leather XV weekend at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, which maintains and preserves the writings of award-winning journalists such as Wally Sherwood.

March 4 Production benefits PFLAG at Marigny Theatre

New Orleans - Creating a benefit production of People Come & Go So Quickly Here is a community effort. "I couldn’t have done it without them," says playwright/performer, Lewis Routh.

The benefit, scheduled for Fri., March 4 at Cowpokes Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny Street (at St. Claude), is for PFLAG. "I have loved working with PFLAG," said an enthusiastic Routh, "they’re an amazing group of volunteers! Their scholarship program is especially rewarding since our show director, Todd Blauvelt is a past recipient.

The wigs, from Fifi Mahoney’s and styled in their latest outrageous incarnation by Arthur’s House of Glamour and the costumes lovingly adapted from thrift-store racks by Bernadette Klotz, add just the right penache to the trailer-trash residents which people this one-man show.

Theatre is a communal art form, it takes everyone working toward the same goal to make it a success. "Everyone involved in People Come & Go So Quickly Here have been generous with their talents, their time and their dedication. I will forever be in their debt." This benefit will be a hit! David Cuthbert, the reviewer for the Times-Picayune succinctly summed it up, "...my God is it funny!"

Performances Friday & Saturday, March 4 & 5, 11 & 12, and 18 & 19, 8pm, Cowpokes Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny (at St. Claude)m wheelchair accessible, $10, adults only.

For more information, contact Lewis Routh, 504.821.3094, lewisrouth@cox.net, www.marqueetheatre.org.

New Orleans Pride Week June 13-19, Next Meeting March 10 at Friendly Bar

The New Orleans Alliance of Pride (NOAP) has announced that Pride 2005 will be moved back to June. Pride week will be June 13 - 19, 2005. Festivities throughout the New Orleans Metropolitan area will be planned during the week culminating with a parade on June 19th.

NOAP will have an open board meeting on March 10 at the Friendly Bar, 2301 Charters Street in the Marigny, 7pm. Organization of the committees will occur at this time. Anyone interested in being a part of a committee should attend.

The next open board meeting after that will be on March 24 at the Country Club, 634 Louisa Street in the Bywater, 7pm.

Sponsorship packages are available by calling 504.480.NOAP (6627). More information pertaining to upcoming fundraisers and Pride activities will be available soon. Please come show your support for the community with your ideas, suggestions and most of all, your involvement.

Hopping Down The Bunny Trail with Bywater Bar.B.Que and Buzzy’s Kids March 27

On Easter Sunday, March 27, Bywater Bar.B.Que will once again open its restaurant doors to host the 4th annual Buzzy’s Boys and Girls Easter Brunch beginning at 11am and ending at 3pm.

Owner Michael Murray and his staff donate all of the food, time and talent to prepare this Easter feast which has generated over $10,000 during the past three years. This year’s menu will feature a delicious selection of mid-morning delicacies including eggs benedict, pan-fried sausage and bacon, freshly cut fruit, pancakes and homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, and of course, home fries like mama makes. The menu will also feature grilliades and grits a la Dudley and James.

The event features eggs filled with valuable door prizes available for purchase. The cost of this lovely brunch is only $20 with all proceeds going directly to Buzzy’s Boys and Girls.

The William J. Fanning Foundation, also known as "Buzzy’s Boys and Girls," helps people with HIV/AIDS who are in need by providing prescription medicine, medical equipment and supplies, dental work, personal items, and clothing to name just a few services. The foundation also helps other organizations, such as Project Lazarus, Belle Reve, the Pediatric AIDS program at Children’s Hospital, HOP Clinic, NO/AIDS Task Force programs, Home Again, and others agencies in their efforts to care for those With HIV and AIDS.

Thank you for your continued support of Buzzy’s Boys and Girls. If you need more information on the Easter Brunch or about the organization, please contact Marty Curtain at 504.943.8929 or Michael Hickerson at 504. 638.6519.

Depression Glass Society Offers Fun, Social, and Benefit Opportunities

The Crescent City Depression Glass Society, a non profit organization, was founded in 1977. CCDGS meets once a month on the second Wednesday at the Metairie Lions Club on Metairie Road in Metairie, LA. Meetings begin at 7pm and activities include door prize and raffles of collectible glass, check in/out of library books about glass, a program about a glass pattern or type, Show ‘n’ Tell session, bargain table of items for sale from members. Other club activities include field trips to antique malls, home tours of members’ collections, a silent auction, a Summer Social.

Most of CCDGS’s 123 members live in the Greater New Orleans area and are avid and knowledgeable glass collectors.

The next show is Sat., March 4, 10am-5pm, and Sun., March 5, 11am-4pm, at St. Bernard Civic Auditorium in Chalmette. Visit www.crescentcityglass.org for additional information. CCCDGS’s past shows have drawn about 1,000 attendees mostly from the GNO area. A large number from the North Shore parishes, River Parishes, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast also attend the yearly show.

Each year a different children’s charity is chosen to benefit from CCDGS’s annual show. CCDGS also supports ANGEL’S HOUSE through regular meeting activities and other fund raisers held throughout the year.

Depression glass is basically colored glassware for the table that was machine-made and mass-produced during the period from 1928 – 1949. This glassware was sold for very cheap prices during the Depression Era and was even used as promotional items and give-aways, such as, bonus items in soap-powder, sugar, cereal, or flour, or given away at movie theaters, gas stations, and carnivals. Today’s definition includes elegant glassware also produced during the Depression Era as well as glassware produced for use in the kitchen such as reamers, water jugs, measuring cups, etc. Glass shows might also include American made glass from the 40’s & 50’s as well as collectible glassware of the 60’s. There were about ninety companies that produced glassware during the Depression Era. Most of the table ware was produced with some type of pattern molded or etched on the glass. Glassware of the Depression Era is a popular and valued collectible in today’s antique market.

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