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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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Bitchin in the Kitchen with Lucy Belle #48 “Dinner in a Pumpkin”

I know I gave y’all this recipe once before way back in 2011 #15 check it out.

http://houseoflemayblog.com/HOLblog/2011/11/10/bitchen-in-the-kitchen-with-lucy-belle-15/

In this recipe we are using different ingredients. This recipe calls for rice instead of stuffing. You will need :

One medium size pumpkin, I like to use the pie pumpkin or sweet pumpkin.

One can of chicken and vegatable soup or use left over homemade chicken and vegatable  soup like  I did.

One can of cream of mushroom soup

One box of long grain  rice or one box of rice. I like to use Zatarains Long Grain Rice it has seasoning mix in with the rice.

Start by heating the soup, bring to a boil in a 3 quart sauce pan. Add the rice to the soup when it starts to boil. Cook the rice as directed.

While the soup and rice is cooking clean out your pumpkin. Cut the top off and clean out all the guts (seeds and stringy stuff).

Save the top. Now I like to rub a little olive oil inside with some sea salt after cleaning my pumpkin. Once the rice is done you can add a can of cream of mushroom soup this will give it a creamy texture and taste. Now fill the pumpkin with the rice mixture. Amber likes it when I add a pecan(pee-can) crust. Just take some chopped toasted pecans and sprinkle on top and  place the top on the pumpkin and place the pumpkin in a roasting pan because the juices will drip out of the top. Preheat oven at 350 degrees, cook the pumpkin for 45 minutes to an hour. When you can stick a fork through the pumpkin skin it is ready. Enjoy! A bottle of White Wine will go well with this dish!

Leaf Peepin’ Cider Sippen Revue 2013

We would like to Thank everyone who came out to see our 47th Annual Leaf Peepin Cider Sippin Revue Show Saturday and did we have a lot of FUN!

We did our usual singing and joke telling. Margaurite LeMay showed off her Award for the commercial Mt. Mansfield Media of Colchester made for Westaff entitled, “SH@! Bad Employees Do.” It won the  Best in Show award that was announced back in May 16, 2013 at the Vermont Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Montpelier, Vt.

Congrats to Maggie and Mt. Mansfield Media! We were able to give the Oldest Living Miss Beaver Pond  a new Sash back since she lost hers in the 1927 flood.

Check out the pictures from the show on Facebook. Have a Happy Halloween!

DRAG NIGHT at Charlie-O’s Oct. 19th 2013

The House of LeMay had a Great time in Montpelier, Vt. last night helping to raise money for Vt. People With AIDS Coalition.

It was our First time for us at Charlie-O’s and I have a feeling we may be back.

 

Everyone was so nice and friendly. We had two Winners of the Drag Walk for Best Drag and they both took home a pair of Drag Ball tickets for Winter is a Drag Ball that will be held Feb. 15th  2014  at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vt. We also announced the theme for Drag Ball which will be, “Sailors and Mermaids” or the “S&M Ball”! Now y’all can start planning those costumes for the Ball!

Don’t forget we will be having our annual “Leaf Peepin’ Cider Sippin’ Revue Show”  at Three Needs in Burlington Vt.Oct. 26th. Two Shows at 7pm and 9:30pm.

For more pictures from this fun night, click HERE, or HERE, or HERE.

Bitchin in the Kitchen #47 Tomatillos Salsa

Hey Y’all! Fall is here and it is time to clean up those gardens and  I had a lot of tomatillos in my garden. I had the regular green ones and the little pineapple flavored ones so I  decided to make myself a salsa. Tomatillos have a natural acidic and fresh note that gives them a little sparkle. (They keep that sparkle even after they’re cooked.) Tomatillo salsa goes well with grilled meat, but it is a great do-ahead, have-on-hand salsa to freshen up anything off the grill or out of a skillet.

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh tomatillos

1 large Spanish onion (about 12 ounces), cut into large chunks (about 3 cups)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 packed cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 jalapeno (seeds and all if you like heat) I used a hot red pepper that I had and it worked well.
1/2 lime, juiced
Kosher or fine sea salt


Directions
Pull the husks from the tomatillos and wash them under cool water until they no longer feel sticky. Cut them into quarters and put them into the work bowl of a food processor or a blinder. Add the onion and garlic and process until smooth. Add the cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice and process until the jalapeno is finely chopped.

Scrape the mixture into a small saucepan. Season lightly with salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is boiled off and the salsa looks relish-y, about 15 minutes.

Cool before using. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. If refrigerated, you may want to add a little salt and/or lime juice to the salsa before serving.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/daisy-martinez/tomatillo-salsa-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Bitchin’ in the Kithchen with Lucy Belle #46 Zucchini Bread

Well Y’all summer is coming to an end and the gardens are producing. I found this great recipe for Zucchini Bread. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

2 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups grated fresh zucchini
2/3 cup melted unsalted butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
METHOD
1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter two 5 by 9 inch loaf pans.

2 In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini and then the melted butter.

3 Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and stir it in. Add the flour, a third at a time, stirring after each incorporation. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmeg over the batter and mix. Fold in the nuts and dried cranberries or raisins if using.

4 Divide the batter equally between the loaf pans. Bake for 55 minutes (check for doneness at 50 minutes) or until a wooden pick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly. Makes 2 loaves.

Now don’t forget this weekend the Annual High Heel Race on Church Street at 2pm sponsored by the Northern Decadence and VGTA check it  out at:  http://www.northerndecadence.com/schedule.html

And then after the Drag Race come to Splash down on the waterfront at the Boat House for  Tea Dance a benefit for PRIDE hosted by The House of LeMay with DJ Rob Douglas and Alan Perry!

Hope to see you Sunday Sept. 8th!

Happy PRIDE!!

VERMONT PRIDE EVENTS 2013!

PRIDE VT. has a lot going on this year and I was checking to see what was happening and where and  this is what I found Y’all. On  Sept. 8th, kick off PRIDE Week  with the  Annual  High Heel Race  at Church and Main Street starting around 2pm in front of City Hall. Last year we had a blast.

After  the race  walk down to the Boat House  for Tea Dance from 4 to 7:30pm hosted by us The House of LeMay. Come Dance and watch the beautiful sunset. Sept. 11 -Proud Women Play Music at Red Square from 6pm to 9pm. Sept. 13 – Out on Church Street  from 6pm till midnight and don’t forget to purchase your beads, starting at 9pm it is Pop Up! Queer Pride Dance Party, Arts Riot Space at 400 Pine Street. Then Sat. Sept. 14, Womens Tea Dance at Red Square 1pm till 4pm and then Pride Dance at Higher Ground from 9pm till 2am, wear Pink. Sept. 15 – Pride Parade starting at 12:30pm ending at Battery Park and the Pride Festival will start at 1:30pm till 4:30pm. Northern Decadence Food Festival in Battery Park from Noon till 5pm

and after the festivals walk back to Red Square on Church Street for the  Burly Bear T-Dance from 4pm till 8pm.

It is going to be a FUN Week! Happy PRIDE Y’all!!

P’town Carnival 2013

The Girls from Beaver Pond, Vt. had a Blast at Carnival this year. Tea Dance everyday from 4p to 7p at the Boatslip.

On Monday Major Face went to the Opening Party and met Jinkx Monsoon.

On Wednesday we went to Drag Bingo as Grandma Face’s Good Luck Trolls.

We went to some friends house for cocktails and then stopped by the Boatslip for Tea and then walked down the street to the UU Church for BINGO.

We did not win a game but we sure had a lot of fun. The host for Drag Bingo was my friend Scarbie and she had the Hat Sister from Boston call out the first ball to start the games.Thursday was Parade Day.

On Friday morning we dressed and went to Drag Brunch hosted by the wonderful Miss Richfield 1981 at the PATIO  where Amber and I performed for the crowd.

It was another funfilled week. You will have to check out the photo albums on Facebook and if you are not my friend become my friend. I wanted to share a few photos now because I have soooo many to go through, like 400. So keep checking for more!