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This was the  7th Annual Breast Cancer Benefit that was held last night on Monday Sept. 8, 2014  at Leunig’s Bistro & Lounge. Amber

and I , Lucy Belle,

were the Mistresses of Ceremony for  the Best of  Fashions with breast cancer patients modeling fashions from some of Burlington’s top local stores.

We had a faboulus Four-Course Wine-Pairing Dinner, prepared by the Leunigs Crew who donated their time,  with Live music by Dayve Huckett.

This event sold out and all proceeds donated to The Vermont Cancer Network and the Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen. Stephens and Burns volunteered their time to do makeup and hair,

Conroy and Company at Keller Williams Real Estate contributed to the cost of the tent. During the months of September and October Leunig’s and Farrell’s distribution will make an additional donation based on wine sales. They also had a raffling for some fabulous prizes.

Thank You for letting the House of LeMay  be a part of this Wonderful Fabulous Fun Night!

Let’s Get Ready for PRIDE!

Vermont’s Annual Pride Parade & Festival for the LGBTQA Community in Beautiful Burlington, Vt. will be held on SUNDAY September 14th, 2014! They are looking for people to be creative with some colorful floats this year and to make this Parade the best ever! This years theme will be “Generations”. Since I am blogging this on a Throw Back Thursday I will share with you the floats that the House of LeMay came up with in the past years. Now to me a float is anything on wheels. In 1996 this was the beginning for Lucy Belle LeMay!

Here are the Sister LeMay in 1997!

 

In 1999 we had an entourage!

In 2000 another entourage “Queens of the Nile” or Denial!

2001 we brought our Trailer!

In 2002 it was raining but that did not stop us!

2003 It was “Just Us For All”!

2004!

 

2006!

 

 

In 2008 the House of LeMay introduced the “League of Drag Queen Voters”.

2009!

2010!

2011, this was the year that we came out with our own App “Ask Some Drag Queens”! Now you will just have to wait and see what we come up with for 2014!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Dance a Benefit for PRIDE!!

On Sunday July 27th  The House of LeMay, will Host a Tea Dance from 4-8pm at the Boathouse upstairs at Splash. Come dance to the music from DJ Rob Douglas, drink, enjoy a sunset AND support Vermont Pride Day activities.
The theme for Pride is “Generations.” So, come dressed in your favorite outfit from the 60s, 70s or 80s and be eligible for great prizes!!

 

Here are pictures from a previous T-Dance we held in 2012 at Splash click here:  https://www.facebook.com/lucybelle.lemay/media_set?set=a.491532244194487.127052.100000131462555&type=3

Third Annual Stonewall Commemoration Service

PRIDE Vermont presents the Third Annual Stonewall Commemoration Service featuring inspiring speakers, music and fellowship. In addition to marking the Stonewall anniversary, this year, (in accordance with the theme for PRIDE Vermont 2014 – “Generations of Pride” ) we will hear about the lives of three different generations of LGBTQ Vermonters. This Friday June 27th,  at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, Vt. at  2 Cherry Street at 7pm.  This event is free and open to all.

It all started back on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s West Village, The bar is still present.  It started like any other night. To enter, bar goers paid a $3 cover and signed a register (often with a fictitious or humorous name). Bar management was often tipped off when the local police district planned a raid on the bar and would warn LGBT patrons by turning on the lights.

However, on the morning of June 28, 1969, instead of the usual command, the NYPD First District raided the bar. But that particular time, the drag queens and street youth fought back. There were reports of stilettos, bottles, coins, bricks and debris thrown. The altercation spilled into the streets and more queer street youth joined in the uprising. As word spread, more LGBT people from surrounded neighborhoods joined the riot. They did not have cell phones to help spread the word. The rebellion, which lasted six days, marked the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement.

Did you know that  it was illegal for men to dance together, to serve alcohol to a homosexual, and to dress in the clothing of the opposite sex. The cops came in to break up the party but that night, they fought back.

So! Please join us in marking this very special day in the history of the LGBTQ community!

After this event come and join the House of LeMay  for  Cocktails at Three Needs at 185 Pearl Street it is just up the street!

 

What Are You Doing This HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

Why don’t you come and help The House of LeMay cheer on the runners!

We will be Volunteering our time at the corner of Church Street and Cherry for the “26th KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay” this will be our 5th year volunteering. We are hoping for better weather for the runners this year.

Rain or Shine we will be cheering the runners on! This Marathon will take the runners a little over 26 miles along the streets of Beautiful Burlington and the shores of Lake Champlain. So come say Hi!

Now on Friday May 23rd, Burly Bear is starting the summer season with a HOT HOT party
organized as a tribute to one of the greatest House DJs ever, DJ Frankie Knuckles!! Frankie passed away last month, so we are picking up the torch and running with it from Burlington to Chicago and NYC!!!
DJs Craig Mitchell, Brian ‘Chia’ and Man Machine will be spinning for this Warehouse-style party! And dancers and prizes/gifts make this an official Burly Bear event! And this month we have the talented and ridiculously sexy dancer, Ryan M. Aruzza, giving us a performance!!!!!!!
This is A Pride VT Fundraiser! $5 at the door!
7pm-midnight!
Trust me Red Square won’t disappoint anyone with its drink specials and great crew!!
Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!

The House of LeMay Sure Had a FUN Weekend!

Margaurite LeMay attended the RU12?’s 16th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration Friday night that was held at the ECHO Lake and Aquarium in Burlington, Vt.  where they revealed the new name for the RU12 center. It will now be called  “Pride Center of Vermont”!

On Saturday, May 3rd at  Nectar’s, Amber and Lucy Belle, attended  Girls Rock Vermont’s 2nd annual all female arm-wrestling tournament.

Where strong-armed women costumed as their wrestler alter egos  competed in a double elimination style tournament to raise money for their summer camps and the champion of the tournament won a $50 cash prize and a trophy! Click on the link below to see pictures from the event:

https://www.facebook.com/lucybelle.lemay/media_set?set=a.834821809865527.1073741879.100000131462555&type=3

They way  raised  money  through a “betting” process. Before each round, each wrestler’s “entourage” members will collect bets on who everyone thinks will win each match. The “bets” however, are actually donations towards the  summer camp. This way, no matter who wins or loses, it is really the  campers who win!

Their  mission is to allow any girl into camp, regardless of her family’s ability to pay. The “bets” will go towards scholarships for the campers.

 

The Big Reveal !

RU12?’s 16th Annual LGBTQA Community Celebration: The Big Reveal! Will take place this Friday, May 2, 2014  will take place at the Echo Lake Aquarium in Beautiful Burlington, Vermont  with Cocktail reception starting at 6:00PM, Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM and Silent and Live Auctions.

The House of LeMay has always been a Big Supporter and  really appreciates  all the work that they have done for the LGBTQA Comm. We LOVE RU12! What will be the new Center  Name?

The House of LeMay was honored to received the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award! Click the link below to see the blog and  pictures from that event in 2012:

http://houseoflemayblog.com/HOLblog/2012/05/06/ru12-community-dinner-2012/

Margaurite will be going this year and she  wants  to see everyone Friday nite at the ECHO for RU12′s Big Reveal!!!!!! She is happy  to have Craig Hilliard as her  escort  along with Tracy! Come and join them  to be the first to hear  the  new Center name!! For tickets click on the link below:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ru12s-16th-annual-lgbtqa-community-celebration-the-big-reveal-tickets-11011029285

Here are pictures from the Dinner in 2011 that we attended. The theme was  ”80′s Prom”:

Bitchin in the Kitchen with Lucy Belle #50: Passover Lasagna

Hey Y’all, I have a recipe from our neighbor  Golda LeMay, who lives on the West Bank of Beaver Pond, Vt.,   likes making this lasagna for Passover. It is called Matzo Spinach Lasagna:

Spinach and Matzoh Pie recipe
Golda told me that this is a great way to use up leftover matzo. You just substitute matzo for the noodles. Here are the ingredients  you will need:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped dill, divided
  • 1 (16-ounce) container cottage cheese or use ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 6 ounces feta, crumbled (1 1/2 cups), divided or you can use grated Parmesan
  • 6 matzos (about 6 inches square)

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.

Cook onion in oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, put spinach in a sieve and press out as much liquid as possible. Add spinach to onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/3 cup dill, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Purée cottage cheese in a blender with milk, eggs, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper until smooth. Reserve 2 cups in a bowl and stir remainder into spinach with 1 cup feta.

Stack matzos in a deep dish and pour reserved cottage-cheese mixture over them. Let stand 15 minutes to soften.

Arrange 2 soaked matzos side by side in a generously oiled 13- by 9- by 2-inch (3-quart shallow) baking dish. Pour in half of spinach filling. Cover with 2 more matzos, then pour in remaining filling. Put remaining 2 matzos on top and pour any remaining cottage-cheese mixture over them. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup feta.

Bake, uncovered, until golden and set, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, then serve sprinkled with remaining 2 tablespoons dill.

Enjoy and have a HAPPY EASTER!

R.I.P. Wayne Beam

We have all lost a Wonderful Person and Friend.  It’s always  hard to say goodbye to a friend. We will all remember Wayne Beam’s  smile and the kindness he brought to us all.

A man who was always smiling and one of our favorite Bartenders for many years. He served up many drinks and smiles. The House of LeMay will Miss You!

We send our love to Wayne’s family and friends.

We Know A MAC Award Winner!

Check out the 2014 MAC Awards – List of Nominees  We would like to Congratulate our dear friend Yolanda! For winning a 2014 MAC (Manhattan Assoc. of Cabarets & Clubs) Award for  IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST for  Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour!

The last time we saw Yolanda was  2013 when she performed the Rev. Yolanda’s  Old Time Gospel Hour Show at the annual  ”Winter is  a Drag Ball”. This is a benefit for the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition and it was fabulous!  The House of LeMay has  perform  at many events with Yolanda over the  years. Here she is at Drag Ball 2001.

Drag Ball 2002

And at Drag Ball 2011

 

Girl Keep on Singing! We Love and Miss You in Vermont!