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“Debutant’s Ball” a Benefit for Iris Downey!

Y’all it was a night of Drag Queens, Kings, Live music and FUN! Help Hope Live! Chris Smith, Celeste LeRue,  put this together as a benefit for Iris Downey a Local Singer Songwriter  (www.irisdowney.com). It was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington, Vt. last night.

The Girls from Tuck performed and The House of LeMay helped out with the Raffle Tickets.

They  had a Silent Auction with a lot of great prizes and give aways.

Working with Help Hope Live,  Iris is raising funds to cover the uninsured medical costs associated with her transplant. TIcket, raffle, and auction proceeds benefits the Northeast Kidney Transplant Fund in Honor of Iris Downey. DJ for the night was Papi Javi! Great Job with the music!

Looking for Something to do This Weekend?

Hey Y’all looking for some fun events?

Here are a few fun events for this weekend that you may enjoy!

Join us for a night to benefit Local Singer Songwriter Iris Downey (www.irisdowney.com) and Help Hope Live! This will be a night of Drag Queens, Kings, Live music and FUN! They will have a Silent Auction as well as 50/50 raffle!!! Doors open at 5:30pm for cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvre service and a CASH bar… Then the rest of the night will be filled with Performers From New York and Vermont. Tickets are $25.00 per person.

Working with Help Hope Live, Iris is raising funds to cover the uninsured medical costs associated with her transplant. TIcket, raffle, and auction proceeds benefit the Northeast Kidney Transplant Fund in Honor of Iris Downey.

To purchase tickets online please click on the link below:

(https://m.helphopelive.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/52BF4DC0-E608-9D86-63FD50EB59355E3A/)

To purchase raffle tickets to a Trip for Two to Kauai please follow linK: (https://m.helphopelive.org/event/1889/view?next=%2Fcampaign%2F1033)

For information on how you can help or about the event you can contact Celeste LeRue @ 802-343-9573. Semi Formal Attire Encouraged!!!!

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Don’t let the Winter Drag Ball be the only time you dress up a bit this year. Join the very first theme party with “The Queer Uniform Party,” a Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party and some queer bingo for the pre-show.Saturday, March 22nd, 9pm-1am at ARTS RIOT at 400 Pine Street, Burlington, VT – 18+ and $5 cover 9pm-10pm Queer Bingo with host Ita Meno (Burlington)Just some good old fashioned bingo, played for cash prizes, with funny queer shapes!Starting at 10pm-1am Featuring DJ Llu (pop/mashup/remixes) and Alan Perry (house) on the decks trading off all night, AND the community debut of THE HOUSE OF LORDES – Vermont’s first queer people of color drag crew! As always, come early to play and stay late to dance. Enjoy the great food and drink of our hosts Arts Riot all night.
Come join the FUN!

19th Annual Mardi Gras Parade in Burlington, Vt.

It was another fun and cold Mardi Gras Parade in the beautiful city of Burlington, Vt. The Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade is a fundraising event that  brings awareness and support to H.O.P.E. Works of Chittenden County. (http://www.hopeworksvt.org/mission-history.html)   The Magic Hat Mardi Gras weekend is H.O.P.E. Works’ largest fundraiser, having raised more than $215,000 over the years. Thank You Magic Hat. Amber and I stopped in to see our friends at Old Gold. It was like we were camouflage.

Then we walked down to the  Hood Plant to say Hi to everyone on all those fabulous  floats. They had some Great Floats this year. Here is Preservation Burlington’s float, Wrecking Ball.

We would like to Thank Seven Days for inviting us to ride on their float.

Amber and I decided we would Cheer all the floats along. Here’s Lyric’s float Les Mis

http://www.lyrictheatrevt.org/backstage_LesMis.htm 

When Magic Hat’s float, which was the last float in the parade,  pulled onto the Parade  Route Amber and I walked through the crowd and stopped into ESOX for a cocktail and to continue our Mardi Gras Party!

To see more pictures Click here https://www.facebook.com/lucybelle.lemay/media_set?set=a.801048139909561.1073741875.100000131462555&type=3

 

Drag Ball XIX

Another fun Drag Ball had by all. What a night. The House of LeMay  presented the 19th annual Winter is a Drag Ball to benefit the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition. We had six hours of entertainment, 100+ performers, two rooms, costume parade and fun!!

Opening up Poseidon’s Ballroom was Craig Mitchell doing his live tribute to Prince’s Purple Rain album.

Meanwhile, over in the Sirens Lounge Marc Bouchard  hosted “Laughter Around the Captain’s Table” – it was a showcase of Vermont’s funny people.

At 10:00 the live performances started in the Ballroom along with  DJs Rob Douglas and Alan Perry  to keep the music playing and dancing going throughout the night.

Also at 10:00, the Sirens Lounge took off  with  Major Face and drag queens and kings getting on stage to perform their lip syncing numbers.

John Martin and Superior Sounds were back again to keep the dancing happening.

And then there’s the midnight costume parade. Click on this link to see pictures from the night.

 You can see another fantastic collection of photos by clicking here!

1/9 Miler Race Burlington Vermont

I would like to thank everyone that  supported The House of LeMay in the 1/9 Miler Race  held Sunday Jan. 26th.It is a benefit for Vermont Childrens’s TRUST Foundation. 

 This foundation promotes the well being of children and families in Vermont by raising funds for community based prevention programs. This makes our 3rd year running.

It is a fun community event and we always have  fun warming up the crowd before the big race.

 

Check out Lucy Belle LeMay’s  pictures on Facebook to see just how much fun we had. I would also like to thank Stephen Mease for taking such wonderful photos again! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

 

Winter Rendezvous 2014

Five Days of Wintry Bliss Y’all!

This makes the House of LeMay’s 5th year to attend and we  sure had a lot of fun this year hosting and mingaling with the crowds. This is the longest running Gay Ski Week in the northeast celebrating 30 years and it all took  place in Stowe Vt. just over the mountain from Beaver Pond, Vt. so us girls had to go. We met and made a lot of new friends and fans. We also saw some friends and fans that we made from years past.  We started this 5 day event on Wed. Jan. 22nd at the Kick Off Party held at the Back Yard Tavern on Mountain Rd.

Singing and hosting Karaoke thanks to TOP HAT Entertainment. Thursday we started at 1pm with the Downhill Costume Competition and Parade on Mt. Mansfield. Amber was hosting and I, Lucy Belle,  was one of 3 judges. We judged on Best Costume, Best Style and Crowd Favorite.

After the competition we went into the lodge for a Pizza Party. At 7pm we had the pleasure of greeting  the crowd at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for the group Well Strung.

What a performance. If you ever get a chance to see these guys do it! Then we rushed back to Stoweflake Resort for the 80′s Dance Party to dance the rest of the night away.

Friday at 3pm we went up to the Trapp Family Lodge to host the “Sound of Music Sing a Long”.

Come Saturday at 9pm  we went back to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center to meet and greet the crowd for the fabulous “Kinsey Sicks” performance. We love  the Kinsey Sicks, they are America’s favorite Dragapella Beauty shop Quartet they are funny and very talented. We have seen this wonderful group many times before and they just keep better and better! After the show we rushed back to the Stoweflake Resort for the Blow Out Party with Steve Marsden.

 We are already looking forward to next year! See y’all then! To see more check out Lucy Belle LeMay’s  pictures on Facebook!

Thank You Michael for a Fabulous week of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitchin’ in the Kitchen with Lucy Belle #49 “Chicken Corn Chowder”

Hey Y’all! I know it’s been a while since I shared one of my recipes with y’all. Well I made a tasty “Chicken Corn Chowder” the other day and I thought, I should share this recipe. So here it is. Now I started with a left over rotisserie chicken I had in the frig. I boiled the chicken in just enough water to cover the chicken. It made about 4 cups of broth. I like to dice an onion and throw in the pot while the chicken is boiling. After the chicken boils for 2 to 3 hours or until all the chicken falls off the bone. After you  pick the bones out you will have  2 to 3 cups of shredded chicken. Now you are ready to start your chowder. Here is your ingrediants:

1/2 cup butter
1 small carrot, finely diced or a cup of frozen carrots
2 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 can of whole kernel corn, if you want to stretch your chowder you can add a can of cream corn.
3 russet potatoes, diced
2 cups cooked  chicken, shredded or chopped
3 cups chicken stock from the rotisserie chicken , divided
2  cups half-and-half
1 pinch nutmeg
salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Start by melting  butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir carrot, celery, onion, and garlic into hot butter until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Stir flour into mixture to make a paste; cook until lightly browned and flour gives off a slightly toasted smell, about 5 minutes. Watch carefully, flour burns easily. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside to cool, about 15 minutes.
Stir  corn, potatoes, chicken, and 3 cups of chicken stock in a large soup pot over medium heat. Whisk remaining 1 cup chicken stock into vegetables and flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir mixture into ingredients in soup pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until thick, about 5 minutes.
Stir half-and-half, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper into chowder. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

I like to serve mine with cornbread. It is really good in a small bread bowl.

Enjoy!

FIRST NIGHT Burlington, Vt. 2014

Y’all It is time for “FIRST NIGHT BURLINGTON”.

The 31st Annual New Year’s Eve Festival of the Arts ringing in the New Year with a substance-free celebration with 113 performances and activities at 18 different sites starting at 1pm ending at Midnight with Fireworks at the Waterfront. We will be performing at the Flynn Space with our accompanist Cousin Craig Hilliard and the band “The Decoys” at 9pm and 11pm for our 5th consecutive  year.

Don’t forget to get your button and you have to buy a ticket to see our show. Get your tickets now they only have a few left. Here are a few places you will be able to find us in 2014. We will be in Stowe, Vt. Jan. 22 to 26 for the  Annual Gay Ski Week “Winter Rendezvous”, and then get your tickets for “The Winter is a Sailors and Mermaids Drag Ball” at Higher Ground in South Burlington on Feb. 15th.

Happy New Year!!!

Santarchy Burlington, Vt.

Hey Santarchists! Get out your Santa suit and prepare for the year’s most epic pub crawl.

 

Here’s the schedule:

7-8:30PM: The House of LeMay will kick things off. You will not want to miss what these ladies have in store for us!

8:30-9:30PM: Ri Ras. Drinking happens.

9:30-10:30PM: Ake’s Place. More drinking happens.

10:30-11:30 (or midnight): Finnegans. Obviously, drinking will happen.

Midnight to 2AM: NO COVER FOR SANTAS AT METRONOME! (It’s 80s night, yay-yah!)

Santarchy is fun, and only fun. That being said, Santa has rules. Read them, know them,

RULES:

1 DON’T FUCK WITH THE COPS.
If the cops tell you to do something, DO IT.

2 DON’T FUCK WITH STORE SECURITY.
If they ask you to leave a store, get the hell out and be nice about it, or other Santas will take shit for it. Besides, they might call the cops and then we’re dealing with the first fuck.

3 DON’T FUCK WITH LITTLE KIDS.
I’m serious, this is supposed to be fun. Holidays are unpleasant enough for kids these days. If we can’t brighten it at least we can be one less worry for them. If you see kids, give them nice toys, candy, or something pleasant. Remember: The kids of today are the weirdoes of tomorrow.

4 DON’T FUCK WITH SANTA
I just might puke on your suit, you damned impostor.

Here are a few more rules to take a look at:
Holiday apparel is mandatory. A Santa hat is not enough. Buy a suit, make a suit, borrow a suit or steal a suit. Elves, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and unusual interpretations of Santa are appreciated. Glue cotton balls to red long johns if you have to. Got an extra suit? Bring it along.
Smart Santas wear multiple layers. It’s December, after all. Dress to maximize merriment whether singing Christmas carols in the snow or swinging from a stripper pole in a hot nightclub.
Don’t be That Santa. Watching Santa get drunk and rowdy is fun. Babysitting Santa while he vomits in an alley, not so much. On that note, Santa doesn’t drink and drive and neither should you. If you plan to drink, plan a safe ride home. Santa’s sleigh is already full.
Bring gifts! Naughty gifts are okay for adults, nice gifts (like small toys and candy) for the kids. Throwing coal at people is discouraged no matter who they are; yes, this includes politicians.
Pay for your drinks and tip your bartenders! Santas don’t like to wait on other Santas to pay their tabs, so pay for your drinks as you order them. This adventure should be cash only. And don’t ask for free drinks, ever, no matter what.
No Santa left behind! Santa is not inconsiderate and selfish. Stick with your fellow Santas and make sure you all know when it’s time to move on to the next place. It’s not just a case of “the more, the merrier”- Santa is safer with large numbers of fellow Santas. And it’s more fun that way.
Santa doesn’t make children cry. Don’t freak them out, don’t try to scare them, just give them a nice smile and a small gift. Parents are a different matter- adjust your attitude based on their behavior.
Santa doesn’t get arrested. There is no bail fund for incarcerated Santas and if you cross that line, you’re on your own. Be nice to authorities and business owners.
Have fun, and don’t forget to “ho-ho-ho!”

Drag Spotlight: The House of LeMay’s “Major Face”

 

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Posted by: J. Wolffe on November 24, 2013.

Hi Andrew!

Hi Andrew!

 

Many, many years ago, in another lifetime, I met a young, adorable man named Andrew Goodman. We met through a mutual acquaintance. Over the years we lost touch and I wondered, off and on, what happened to him because we’d gotten along so well. Recently he’s popped up on my FB feed, but looking VERY different.

Andrew/Major Face: I’m so glad to be doing an interview for your blog – thanks again for thinking of me!  It has been quite a long time…I still remember when we first met…  In any case it’s good that we are reconnecting.

LGR: It has been awhile. It’s so good to see you again. Let’s get started.

552595_10151166892019000_805987107_nLGR: How did you get from college to drag queen?
AG/MF: Well let’s start with where I am now – not so identified as a ‘queen’ but as more of a entertainer/performer/artist.  In fact I have even called myself a drag clown on occasion!  I focus on the comedy, theatrics, personality, and costume of it all…which can be wildly different than other individuals in this “craft”. I’m not pageantry…but would give it a go for the sheer self amusement.

564555_10151142241009000_487315168_nGetting into the journey, I did a lot with theater in high school and college which I would call my “base” for how this style of performance evolved.  Then over the years, I would spend more and more time on costumes for Halloween and attending themed parties.  After moving to Burlington in the fall of 2009, I got more into music, clubs, bars, events, etc.  I had an intense desire to be more involved in the nightlife.  Spending more time with friends who were part of this performance sector, I started thinking… Gosh, I’m funny, can stay in character, have no fear of the spotlight, and can put together a fresh visual appearance…DRAGTIME!

382265_10151423538974000_164794067_nLGR: Why the name “Major Face”?
MF: Major Face was created actually a little bit before I ever wore a bra or a dress (well, outside of the house).  My dear friend (and personal muse) Ashley was having a Fire and Ice themed birthday party.  This consisted of dressing in either whites/blues or lots of reds, pre-gaming at home, and then bar crawling downtown in all our costumed glory.  I liked making many crazy but highly flawless faces for photos.  ”Major” being exaggerated or grand…”Face” being what I’m delivering, changing to fit the motif.  There was definitely some whiskey involved in this name decision, and some input from Ashley’s partner Joey.  Major Face can deliver Grandma Face or Major Mess or anything in between.  I like the versatility.  Oh and by the way, I highly recommend themed birthday parties…

VT Pride 2013 w/ the LeMays

Burlington, VT Pride 2013 w/ the LeMays

LGR:  Do you perform regularly? Where can people find you performing?
MF: I can be seen with the legendary House of LeMay.  AmberLucy Belle, andMarguerite LeMay are the best aunties I could ask for!  I perform regularly at Peep Show VT, hosted by Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.  I also occasionally end up on stage at Higher Ground for a LGBT eventsheld there and I co-hosted the entertainment at the Pride festivalthis year here in Burlington.

1452027_10151957529759000_1314054430_nLGR:  How do you promote yourself?
MF: Getting my name out there at events, Facebook primarily…have both a personal page and a Major Face page.

MAJOR FACE’S FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/partywithMajorFace?fref=ts

LGR: Where have you performed this last year? (links go to Facebook pages)
MF: Performing – in any sense: The Monkey HouseHigher Ground,Three NeedsBattery ParkDrink, and Club 313 in Manchester, NH

Appearing, mingling, and causing laughter: Red Square, Half Lounge, Nectar’s/Club Metronome, ESOX,  Rocks in Albany, NY and Prime Time in Highland, NY.

The Fire Truck pull to support Outright VT

The Fire Truck Pull to support Outright VT (MF in center)

LGR: Any upcoming shows/causes you’d like to promote?
MF: 
Peep Show VT on 12/13 at The Monkey House in Winooski is my next scheduled performance. Impromptu ones seem to pop up though.  A big cause I would like to promote though is Drag Ball at Higher Ground!  It’s put on by The House of LeMay and proceeds benefit The Vermont People with AIDS Coalition.  (I don’t know the date at the moment)

1000751_10151690250464000_1619169509_nLGR: Fans will want to know; Are you gay? Are you available?
MF: Gay yes, available yes, relationship oriented not so much. Ha! Spontaneity is key…keep in interesting, funny, and fun.  Always enjoy meeting new people for that sector of life.

VT's Garth Vest & Major Face

Garth Vest & Major Face

LGR: What can fans expect to see from you in a show? Favorite songs to perform/jokes to tell?
MF: I add something theatrical to every performance – whether it’s squirting Redi-whip into an empty ice cream cone to Nicki Minaj’s “Come on a Cone” or putting stickers on audience members that read “A Friend” while performing the theme song to Golden Girls (dressed like one too) or looking like a jungle huntress shaman performing Santigold’s “Creator” wielding a large bamboo staff.  I always like to add something creative or hilarious to a performance and give the audience something new they haven’t seen before.  As for jokes, I make plenty of them in the moment…damned if I can remember any of them afterwards!

Violencia!

Violencia!

LGR: Wanna give a shout-out to any fellow queens or places you perform?
MF: Shout-outs go to all the venues I listed above.  As for people…the list is long…and no particular order…

The House of LeMay (Burlington) – for taking me in after I was born out of some strange swamp near Beaver Pond, VT.

Isis Vermouth (Poughkeepsie/NYC) – opening my mind and providing some inspiration to get me to where I am.

Violencia! (Manchester NH/Boston) – hosting my very first performance, always supportive and welcoming.

Dahling

Dahling

Celeste LeRue (Burlington/Tampa) – painted my face for the first time, always has a piece of advice to give, and longest drag friend I have.

Rynn Mayroy (Burlington) – a fantastic sister and partner in crime.

Demanda Dahling (NYC) – I LIVE for moments with Demanda, highly entertaining free spirit.

945958_10151926973189000_2086282984_nLGR: Do you make your own outfits or do you work with someone?
MF: I am proud to say I make or piece together all of my outfits.  Years in coming up with my own costumes for different events gives me an edge in this category…I declare.

LGR: Who does your make-up?
MF: My first face was done by Celeste LeRue which opened my mind to possibility.  I have done my makeup since, with a few pointers here and there.  It’s an ever-evolving skill that I constantly surprise myself with.

LGR: Who styles your wigs?
MF: I need help in this category!  I attempt wig styling a bit but usually end up with a hat or headpiece of some sort.  Wig stylist needed!

Major Face & Queen Raja!

Major Face & Queen Raja!

LGR: Any thoughts on RuPaul’s Drag Race and the queens’ popularity?
MF: I think it’s a fantastic show and opens many people up to this world who otherwise would have had a narrow vision of what it is.  I’ve agreed with most of the season winners – especially Jinkx Monsoon (who I met!) and Sharon Needles.  The show builds awareness which builds popularity…and ultimately reinforces the art form.  It’s superb!

All profits go to Outright VT.

All profits from this sale (sq. compact mirror) go to theRU12 Community Center.

LGR: Can we expect a Major Face merchandise line in the future?
MF: OMGGGG yes please!  I’ve thought about t-shirts…but maybe bobble heads?? Who knows a good bobble head manufacturer??

LGR: What is the worst part of drag for you?
MF: Shaving my beautiful, cute facial scruff.  I may enjoy getting into character and costume and owning an event…but afterwards I’d like to pick up a guy who digs my natural face!  Unfortunately a few days have to go by before it grows back in.

485461_10201401226008184_1118897887_nLGR: Thank you for your time. You’ve been fabulous!

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    November 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Amazing! Love it :) Thanks for the link!

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