Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Finally -- Hate Crimes Bill passed into law
When Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998, the Laramie, Wyo., police department requested assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice. Because crimes motivated by anti-LGBT bias were not covered in federal law, the department could not assist, and the prosecution was so expensive that Laramie had to furlough law enforcement officers. The act ensures that local law enforcement will have the resources it needs to address hate crimes."
Monday, October 26, 2009
Castle Bedelia in the fall
Jose and his burro are enjoying the last days of warmth on the patio and there are still a few birds left to take a drink in the birdbath.....
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The Royal Court
The Countess and the Baby Countesses in Training!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
A Weekend at the Castle Bedelia
The carriage has been brought around and soon I will be on my way to see the Royal Granddaughters. Have you ever seen more beautiful girls?
They love 'The Countess'. Their father keeps trying to call me 'Grammy' but the girls insist on 'Countess'. I love it!
Later this evening my dear Alice will be coming for a sleepover. We have been friends for over 50 years.....can you imagine? We don't get to see each other too often now but when we do, it's like no time has passed at all.
Such a nice relaxing weekend......I needed a little break from traveling. Next weekend The Countess will be the 'Celebrity Judge' at the BEST Halloween party in the Berkshires....at Rumpy's Tavern, of course. And then we will be off to New York City again. So I am enjoying this little respite while I can.
You all have a great weekend!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
The Franklin-Barry wedding weekend
It was a little chilly when we first entered the barn so I gave my fur wrap to Sara. She really vamped it up......
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Football Tailgate Party and more...
Mama Freddie turns 75!
Bridget Everett and The Countess
The boys got me up to dance....
She started singing "You are so beautiful....to me...." so sweet!
But then she started climbing up my back and humping me!
By that time Bridget was taking off my clothes!!!
We brought down the house! The Ritz Bar will never be the same. Stop in next week for more outrageous behavior at Sideshow on Sunday night !!!
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
On the Yellow Brick Road to Oz and back again.....
I did return to the Berkshires for a quick visit. Rumpy's Tavern always is the place to be on a Thursday night for karaoke. Even The Countess sings now and then.....
Then the next night Davo and I went to see 'Red Remembers' at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
A wonderful play....especially if you are a baseball fan and remember the golden days when radio was the medium that you used to 'see' a baseball game. Red Barber was the voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers and he used to paint pictures with words to describe the action and play by play. Television changed all that and today we live in a different world filled with information overload, but back then, radio was your ticket out of your humdrum world and into the major leagues.
Then it was off to New York City! I can't tell you how excited I was to return to the Big Apple after being away from the city all summer. As much as I love my time in the bucolic beautiful Berkshires, I miss the hustle and bustle of the city.
First night was my party at Joe's Pub to see the Our Hit Parade show performed by my friends Bridget Everett, Neal Medlyn, and Kenny Mellman. This started out as a fun thing to do last March when my friend, Jenn Harris, was going to perform in this cabaret for the first time. We had a table for four that night and we all loved the show and had a great time. This past Wednesday I had a table for fourteen and squeezed in a few more....probably 20 of us altogether.
Matt and Daiva are my great friends who hang with me around town. They are Besties and have known each other since they were about 12. Imagine meeting that young, going on to college and theater careers and still being roommates and best friends! Matt has a short film, "Curious Thing", that is premiering at the Miami Short Film Festival in mid-November...
Sadie and Laura came into town all the way from the Berkshires. We had talked about this during the summer because a couple of their friends sometimes perform at Joe's Pub. They had such a good time that they want to do this again!!! Here they are with one of our friends who talked them into coming to the city for Our Hit Parade....
I had a couple of cancellations due to the awful cold/cough thing going around, so I called up Arne who was one the Berkshire Theatre Festival apprentices this summer, and asked him if he would like a night out on the town. The Countess had such fun with all the apprentices and interns this year and it is such a treat to keep in touch with them during the year. Arne is such a talented young man and I think he got some ideas about marketing an act from the amazing people performing at Joe's Pub that night. The picture is a little blurry but I think you can see what a handsome young man Arne is.....
Here is Jenn Harris getting her act ready with Jim Andrelis. Watch out! The Barbies and cake came out after I took this picture....it was insane!
That night I also got to meet Matt's boyfriend, Travis, and see my pal Russ, who takes all the videos of the performances at Our Hit Parade.
The next night I saw "A Steady Rain" starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. The hottest ticket on Broadway and I was sitting in the 5th row Center!! OK, I will admit that I did turn into a 13 year old girl when faced with Wolverine and James Bond in one room! My friend, CJ Wilson, is Daniel's understudy. We went out for drinks after the play and he entertained me with some stories.....you will just have to use your imagination!!
Friday I met up with the beautiful Stephanie and we went to see "Superior Donuts". This play had just opened the night before to rave reviews. I can only add to them. It was a stellar performance. Tracy Letts (the playwright) has trumped his own success with 'August, Osage County'.
On Sunday, after a wonderful dinner with a special friend, I went over to the Ritz Bar on 46th St for Bridget Everett's SideShow. It was Bridget's mother's 75th birthday and she had written a comedy skit about the occasion. Since her mother was in Iowa, she asked me to play the part. Needless to say, I was the star of the show!! So much fun! The boys were all asking me to dance in honor of my birthday...and don't I look damn good for 75!!!
There were pictures taken and I will add them later when they are available.
Such a wonderful visit to New York City. The Countess is greatful to all her friends in the city who make time to share with me. From actors in Broadway shows to cabaret singers, I am blessed with friends everywhere I go. Thank you all.