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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween


Samhain, which is the pagan name for this time of year has evolved into what we now know as Halloween, a unofficial holiday that runs the gamut from emulating monsters and fright nights to people running around in costumes parading up and down streets and drinking themselves silly in bars. It’s the perfect excuse for men to put on dresses or gay priests to wear tutus. It is not in its origins quite all that.

The Apostolic tradition usurped this pagan festival and turned into All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. (Hallows = Holies or Saints; E’en = Eve)

The late Scott Cunningham wrote quite a few books on Wicca and Paganism in his short time on the earth. And since this is the time of year to remember those who have passed on let’s recall what he had to say about it.

At Samhain … say farewell to the God. This is a temporary farewell. He isn’t wrapped in eternal darkness, but readies to be reborn of the Goddess at Yule.

Samhain also known as November Eve, Feast of the Dead, Feast of Apples, Hallows and All Hallows, once marked the time of sacrifice …

Samhain is a time of reflection, of looking back over the past year, of coming to terms with the one phenomenon of life over which we have no control – death.

…On this night the separation between the physical and spiritual realities is thin.


This is from Scott Cunningham’s Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. Check out his bio.

This is the time to remember all of those who have gone before us: our forebears and all of those who have paved the way. It points the way to what all the world’s religions are about – the rhythm of life. God and the Goddess go through a yearly cycle of death and rebirth that reflects what humans experience in the Four Seasons.

But, hey, if wearing a pink tutu and scurrying about on Christopher Street or Castro Street or Spruce Street floats your boat, go for it! You can always remember those who have gone before. It’s a cycle after all.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Your Sunday Song: Live It Up



“Give a butch roar or a girlish shriek, I don’t mind who does what, sort it out for yourselves!” – Dusty Springfield

Dusty was born an O'Brien into a Catholic family in 1939 London but there is a lot more to her than that. She was furnished with a lot of soul which came forth in many of her recordings. "Live It Up" was recorded in New York City in 1964 and written by Leon Huff, a stalwart of the music of Philly, who would eventually co-produce Dusty's second Atlantic album, A Brand New Me, as a precursor to the Philadelphia International Sound.

Dusty's 60s recordings, especially, were derivative of Classic RnB, but she had no intention of eclipsing it. Instead she celebrated it. Martha Reeves with whom she had a special relationship says as much in the BBC documentary Full Circle. In fact, "Live It Up" is reminiscent of the Vandellas' "Dancin' In the Street." Dusty's vocal is inspired and inspiring.

It's a song, much like "Dancin'," that can help take one away to a better state of mind in spite of the world and its woeful state. Give a listen. Be Happy for a bit.

Now, you work all week just to make that money, yeah
A-waitin' for the weekend to finally come, yeah, heah
So, now that the weekend is finally here
There's nothing but music in the atmosphere
So, come on everybody, let's live it up, yeah

The music sounds good and the beat is so groovy, yeah
It really sounds good 'cause it really, really moves me, yeah
Oh, dancing dances won't cost you a dime
Listen to the beat and you're bound a good time
So, come on everybody, let's live it up, yeah

Listen to the music, 'cause it sounds so sweet
So, come on everybody
It makes you wanna move your feet, oh yeah
Live it up, living it up, oh, live it up, baby
Come on, live it up, live it up, live it up, yeah, heah

The music sounds good and the beat is so groovy, yeah, come on now
It really sounds good, 'cause it really, really moves me, yeah
So, now that the weekend is finally here
There's nothing but music in the atmosphere
So, come on everybody, let's live it up, yeah, I said come on, and live it up, baby
A-come on, and live it up, yeah, ...
[Leon Huff]


And tomorrow is All Hallows' Eve and a time to remember those who have gone on! Here is our mini-tribute to La Springfield.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Beefcake Gettin' You Through the Night


Your Saturday Beefcake Foreplay






Your Saturday Beefcake Main Course: Young Evan

Saturday Beefcake: Antipasto


Edited from WiseGeek.com: Antipasto [Antepasto] means before the meal and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Some have compared antipasto to hors d’oeuvres, but there are several distinctions. Hors d’oeuvres are served while guests are still standing, and tend to be served off trays in the most formal settings, or placed on a table. They are enjoyed with drinks prior to the meal.





On the other hand, antipasto is served at the table and signifies the beginning of the Italian meal. Most table settings will feature a central antipasto plate, and small plates for each diner to enjoy this warm-up to the other courses.




The most traditional offerings are cured meats, marinated vegetables, olives, marinated and/or roasted bell peppers and various cheeses, perhaps provolone, or fresh mozzarella. Other additions may be anchovies, or bruschetta, toasted bread, upon which one may stack the meats or cheeses. The antipasto is usually topped off with some olive oil.




Meats for antipasto may include mortadella, but more traditionally, types of salami, prosciutto and coppa are usually offered. It really does not much matter which meats one chooses, as antipasto dishes are quite individual and can be suited to one’s taste.

Sometimes, an Italian meal will begin with a variant like Caprese salad. This dish is made up of fresh tomatoes, fresh bufala mozzarella and leaves of basil topped with olive oil.





Though antipasto varies in form, and numerous adaptations and recipes exist, its main purpose is to extend the meal. Traditional European dining is nothing like the fast-paced meals we most often consume today. Instead, the food is enjoyed slowly, and is only one part of the dining experience. The other part, is of, course, good conversation. A typical meal, consisting of antipasto, salad, soup, pasta and a meat dish, perhaps followed by a light dessert, is supposed to take time, as it is meant to build and maintain relationships with friends and family.




One should take the appearance of antipasto to mean that lingering over the meal and being conversant, rather than eating one’s food rapidly, is probably the accepted social norm. The antipasto can “take the edge off” for those hungry diners, but one should accept only a little bit, unless there are ample supplies on the table. Eating too much may make one disinclined to eat the rest of a meal, or be considered as greedy by other diners.

Love In the Afternoon Beefcake: Trevor Adams




Trevor Toujours!

Saturday Beefcake Lunch Bunch



Creamy Beer Soup
A Taste of Heaven (2009)


Ingredients:
1 (750-ml) bottle Achel Extra (about 3 1/2 cups) or your favorite Achel or Rochefort beer
2 tablespoons sugar
4 large egg yolks
6 tablespoons crème fraîche or heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Method:
Pour the beer, 2 cups water, and the sugar into a large soup pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.

Beat the yolks, crème fraîche, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Slowly add 1/2 cup of the hot beer mixture to the egg mixture, whisking until well combined.

Pour the egg mixture into the pot of beer, stirring constantly, and cook for a couple more minutes over low heat without bringing to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately





Chicken Kitchen Chop Chop

Chicken and Rice:
1 whole bone-in chicken breast, skin on (about 1 ½ pounds)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (enough to coat the chicken)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup yellow rice
2 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken stock
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 ounces of lettuce (romaine or iceberg), shredded
¼ cup diced red onion
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Curry Mustard Sauce:
¼ cup lowfat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350F




Place the chicken breasts skin-side up on a baking sheet. Coat with the olive oil and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until cooked through. Allow the chicken to rest for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottom saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat the chicken broth over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Add the rice, stirring for the first minute, then cover and reduce to a low simmer. Cook until rice is plumped and soft, about 20 minutes.




While the rice is cooking, make the curry mustard sauce. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, curry powder, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add a little water to thin it out if necessary.

When the chicken is ready to handle, peel off the skin and remove the meat from the bone. Discard the skin and bone and chop the chicken into chunks.

Pour the rice onto a large platter. Top with the tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, and place the chicken on top. If you are using cheddar cheese, put it on top of the hot chicken so the cheese melts a bit.

Pour the sauce over the dish. Serve hot.





Braised Chinese Long Beans
Zakary Pelaccio

1 bunch long beans
1⁄4 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
2 Thai chilies, crushed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, finely minced
2 tablespoons canola oil
One 2-inch knob of fresh ginger, finely minced
1 can coconut milk (13 ½ ounces)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fried shallot, to garnish

Remove three long beans from the bunch and slice into very thin rounds. Boil enough white vinegar (about 1⁄4 cup) to cover the bean slices. Add 1 teaspoon salt, Thai chilies, and garlic to the vinegar. Pour the mixture over the long bean rounds and let them pickle for at least half an hour.




Cut the remaining beans on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces. Blanch them in heavily salted boiling water until just al dente, less than 2 minutes. The water should taste like seawater. This is important because you want the seasoning to penetrate the beans and not just coat the outside. Drain the beans and shock them in an ice bath to stop them from cooking further.

Sweat the shallots in canola oil until translucent, about 5 minutes, then add the ginger. When the mixture is fragrant, within a minute or two, add the blanched beans and the coconut milk. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, uncovered, until the coconut milk has reduced and coats the beans like a thick gravy, about 20 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt and freshly ground pepper.




Serve the beans in a shallow bowl, garnished

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Feature: Labors of Love from A Scootch



One is proactive because it is less frustrating living life when setting things in motion. Good things need to be nurtured and allowed to flourish. There are two organizations which are the beneficiaries of one of the many projects of The Imperial Court of NYC: Lifebeat.org and The Jan Hus Community Church. It is a very special labor of love to charge up (pester) people to help out either as talent or an attendee.

In the old neighborhood there was a slang expression for a pest, "scootch." In the Urban Dictionary it is spelled, "skutch." The etymology is the same, the Italian verb scocciare, pronounced in dialect, skoochar--picture a young child tugging on a mother's skirt or apron: un bambino socciante. Essere scocciante in some cases is also a labor of love. So, here goes:

The Jan Hus Church and Neighborhood House
is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is home to the Jan Hus Playhouse Theater. This church was built in 1877 and gets its name from the great Czech Religious reformer Jan Hus. Today, Jan Hus Church practices progressive thinking and is committed to encouraging and welcoming the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in its congregation and within the church’s hierarchy. They are also active in social outreach, serving as a place of spiritual inspiration, worship and a beacon of hope to the community it serves. Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, the current pastor of Jan Hus, is very proud of the church’s community programs which include a senior center, preschool, homeless outreach program, public cafeteria, AA meeting hall and theater. Recently, Pastor Ray participated in the workshop Carl Stillitano facilitates. After witnessing Carl’s unique ability to guide his participants with grace & integrity, he was inspired to familiarize himself with Carl’s writings. He was so impressed with Kenny & The Virgin Mary; he chose this production to bring the stage at Jan Hus back to life in order to co-create an entertainment venue which serves humanity.


Lifebeat
has carved out a unique niche by effectively using the power of music as a nonprofit that uses the power of music to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. For more than seventeen years, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the HIV-positive community. Lifebeat relies on a small but dedicated staff and an active Board of Directors to carry out our mission, as well as a wonderful group of volunteers and a network of national AIDS service organizations (ASO’s) to educate young people through our outreach efforts.






We are inviting you to join us for this talent-filled evening. Visit www.love-out-loud.com/events.html where this current event is chronicled.

Love,

Giovanni "Lo Scocciante" Vitacolonna
gio@poz.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gay Thursday: Teddy Sears



Looks like American Horror Story is playing the gay stereotype card with their ghostly gay couple, especially with Zachary Quinto's performance. Stereotypes do exist and it's not as if some of the other ghostly characters in this show aren't over the top. Teddy Sears plays Patrick who does something also stereotypically associated with gay men. If Dylan McDermott is nearby who among us would not? This show has so much to draw us in ... watch it! We hope it can maintain its momentum.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Wednesday Word: Keene


Missy Keene and Ken Lundie

"Missy Keene Sizzles At Feinstein's" declared a reviewer of her recent successful return run at Feinstein's at the Regency. In 2002, Missy inaugurated their popular Monday night series. Trained at The Juilliard School, some of Missy’s other cabaret appearances include The Iridium, Don’t Tell Mama’s and Backstage at Dopo Teatro .

She has been seen in theatrical productions as Sandy in Grease, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Missy is particularly proud of her musical participation in numerous events honoring Olympian Athletes and commemorating the heroes and victims of 9/11. Her new CD, As Long As I’m Singing, was released this past summer to coincide with her Feinstein's appearance. Missy’s Christmas Wishes CD was released December 2009.

Ken Lundie continues to be one of the busiest audition pianists on the New York theatrical scene having played for hundreds of Broadway and regional shows. Ken began his career as an actor and was in the original Broadway production of Crazy for You and appeared in the film Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Dolly Parton. Musical direction credits include Jimmy Buffett's Don't Stop the Carnival, Dietrich and Chevalier, For Lovers Only and Golf: the musical. Ken is pleased to be performing once again with Missy Keene.

The Imperial is proud to have this talented twosome on hand for Daytime Meets The Nighttime, come hear the wonderful sound they make. See what else is in store right here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Your Tuesday Talent: BethAnn Bonner



BethAnn Bonner is a unique, multifacted individual with a big heart. She performed at Bacharach to the Future on World AIDS Day in 2008 and replicated the same performance for Broadway Cares the following year. Thanks to Alex Rybeck, Burt Bacharach and BethAnn's soul there evolved a performance to remember. BethAnn will deliver yet another on November 4 check it out here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Monday Musing: A Kiss Is Still A Kiss




Tim Tebow (Denver Bronco And Focus On The Family Spokesperson) kisses Demaryius Thomas

Though Tim Tebow infamously filmed a Superbowl commercial in 2010 for the anti-gay, anti-abortion organization Focus On The Family, he seems to have no problem sharing a male-on-male lip lock in front of thousands (millions?) of onlookers.

On Sunday, the Denver Bronco kissed Demaryius Thomas after Thomas caught a touchdown pass. The Broncos, led by a rally by Tebow, went on to beat The Dolphins 18-15.

Towleroad notes that this isn't the first time Tebow, who has been referred to as the "Bieber of Football," has shared a same-sex kiss on the field: Tebow was pecked by University of Florida teammate Tony Joiner a few years ago.

Tebow's feelings about homosexuality and gay marriage remain unclear. This summer, when asked about gay marriage by the Washington Post, his publicist jumped in and rejected the question. But, considering his ties to Focus On The Family, he's probably not about to announce he's coming out of the closet (or would support those who have) -- but who knows?

Still, if an NFL quarterback and card-carrying member of FOF wants to go around very publicly kissing other men on the mouth, we're OK with that.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Your Sunday Sermon: Giving, Loving Out Loud



I was born with bugle horns and trumpets in my heart,
Mandolins & accordions & voices in three parts
Pounding drums and guitar strums
And choirs singing out
I was born to love, love out loud




From 2001 to 2005 with the help of Chris Meloni's participation in eBay auctions it was, needless to say, rather easy to raise funds as an individual. Meloni provided an identity for the process that was an extension of his own personal generosity. It seemed a natural progression as a member of the Smart + Strong family to raise the bar as far as fund-raising was concerned. It was gratifying that Ilene Kristen of One Life to Live was the very first to step up when the idea was formulated. When All My Children's Thorsten Kaye came on board the first event started to take shape because loyal fans stepped up to give it life, especially in New York. Fund raising as a team, as an entity, if you will, with individuals using their personal resources to do so, can utilize events with other fund raising opportunities so easily accessible in New York City, Los Angeles and other urban centers.




The first Love Out Loud took place in 2006 due to the generosity of Rich Herschenfeld and Ian Duke affording the opportunity at Prohibition on Columbus Ave at 84th, the locale that had been the site of events and fund-raisers for years. Experiencing the AIDS crisis from the early days is a life changing experience. It was homage to friends and others who are no longer with us—having a party in their honour prior to AIDS Walk New York.




Michael Clay of Austin, TX provided the theme, his signature song, the incomparable "Love Out Loud," a paean to loving as one’s nature dictates, an autobiographical sketch of how the emotional struggles of youth brought the singer to musical expression a metaphor/simile for loving and living. Michael could tell many a tale of close friends from his Nashville years and more than one has inspired his original material. They were years full of creativity and connecting personalities. Michael is now down in Austin loving as loud as he can and performing his handsome butt off.




Michael came to New York with his band and filled Prohibition with a joyous noise along with Ilene Kristen. In 2007, Ken Lundie, musical producer, became part of the entertaining tapestry. John Kouri and Tremors eventually became the band of the hour, so to speak, with Ilene Kristen, cabaret chanteuse Barbara Porteus and Mr. Lundie once in following years. In 2008, there were even more celebrities in attendance with CBS shows coming on board with Marj Dusay of Guiding Light taking stage to address the attendees. By that time it had become an Upper West Side tradition. In 2009 the musical experience achieved new heights with the addition of John Pagano who graced Love Out Loud ’s Bacharach to the Future.



Actors from ABC, NBC, CBS, Logo and here! TV have come together at POZ‘s annual fund-raisers for AIDS Walk New York and AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) of All My Children continues to be there has been joined by fellow cast members Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Billy Miller (Richie), Jeff Branson, (Jonathan),Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Adam Mayfield (Scott) and Brittany Allen (Marissa); One Life to Live’s “Foxy Roxy" Ilene Kristen has been accompanied by talented co-workers, Jason Tam (Markko), John Brotherton (Jared), Mark Lawson (Brody), Bree Williamson (Jessica), Farah Fath (Gigi), John Paul Lavoisier (Rex), Brittany Underwood (Langston), Brandon Buddy (Cole) and Daphnee Duplaix Samuels (Rachel); As the World Turns has been represented by Wolé Parks (Dallas), Davida Williams (Jade), Meredith Hagner (Liberty), Mick Hazen (Parker), Van Hansis (Luke), Billy Magnussen (Casey), Trent Dawson (Henry) and Evan Alex Cole (Hunter). Guiding Light past and present has been represented by Murray Bartlett (Cyrus), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni), Zack Conroy (James) and POZ’s good friends Mark Dobies (Noah), and Brian Gaskill (Dylan), who came in from the West Coast in 2009. Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth and Kevin Christiana helped us out in 2008. Thom Christopher, “Hawk” of Buck Rodgers in the 21st Century fame, has been there more than once to add his smiling face to the cause. Soap Opera legend Laurence Lau (All My Children’s Greg Nelson, Another World‘s Jamie Frame) was in the good company of his gift-bearing fans in 2009. Actors Colton Ford and David Moretti from The Lair were on hand to add some spice to the proceedings. Fan favourite Matt Walton (Optimum and One Life to Live)and good friend to POZ has been on hand more than once. Law &Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni greeted his many fans and lent his special presence. Christopher Meloni of NBC’s Law & Roder: SVU taking time out of a very busy schedule to greet his many fervent fans in 2009.




The year that Alicia Minshew of All My Children came was the same year she announced her engagement to long time love, Rich Hershenfeld of Prohibition. The fan response was immense and intense. It was best year for funds!






Love Out Loud West has been happening in Los Angeles since 2007, first at The Abbey, followed by East/West Lounge and then h.wood for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives),Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless), good friend, Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Thom Bierdz(The Young and the Restless), Lisa LoCicero and Brandon Barash of General Hospital, heartthrobs David Moretti of The Lair, Brandon Beemer of The Bold and the Beautiful with Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Brian Gaskill, who has been on both coasts and, of course, Ilene Kristen an inspiration on every coast.





Los Angeles affords the opportunity for a large crowd of celebrities, among them: Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives), Amanda Baker (All My Children), Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital), Jai Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!), Greg Vaughan (General Hospital), Adam Grimes (General Hospital:Nightshift), Carrie Southworth (General Hospital:Nightshift)and Matt Borlenghi (General Hospital.

Singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination)gave an exceptional performance in 2009 that proved that he has a very special talent.




The gracious personal support on the part of members of the entertainment industry to help those with HIV/AIDS and its awareness helps make POZ events in Los Angeles get brighter every year. Michael Maloney (Soaps In Depth) and Tammie Arroyo (Steven Bergman Photography) as members of the media did their part for awareness. It’s grand when the beautiful people do something beautiful.



Strong mention needs to be made of the media participation and support of Kimberly Roots formerly of Soaps in Depth, her colleagues Chris Eads and Frank Scalise along with Roger Newcomb, Kevin Mulcahy, Jr and Damon Jacobs of We Love Soaps who co-sponsored Love Out Loud in 2011. With friends like these who cares of you have enemies.





In 2008 the advent and subsequent friendship of Kevin Spirtas, well known on Broadway and on television, helped bring the World AIDS Day event Bacharach to the Future to fruition. It was more than a memorable evening with many of the best and brightest performers giving life to Burt Bacharach’s compositions highlighting his early contribution to the AIDS struggle with the song “That’s What Friends Are For,” the pioneering recording that benefited The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985.

Katie Adams (Wicked), John Bolton (Curtains) BethAnn Bonner (One Life to Live), Terry Burrell (The Threepenny Opera) Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of the Opera), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), Kevin Earley (A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables), Natalie Hiatt (Leading Ladies) Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard), Ilene Kristen (Grease, Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live), Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Jill O’Hara (Hair, George M!, Promises, Promises), John Pagano (Burt Bacharach Concert Orchestra), Billy Porter (Angels in America, Jesus Christ Superstar), Linda Purl (Tom Sawyer), Julie Reiber (Wicked, Rent), Tony Roberts (Promises, Promises, Xanadu, Victor/Victoria) Kevin Spirtas (The Boy from OZ), Matt Walton (Hair, Burn After Reading), Pearce Wegener (Gypsy) Director, Bruce Kimmel (The First Nudie Musical, The Brain From Planet X) and Musical Director, Alex Rybeck.




This event not only introduced us to Mr. Spirtas’ very capable producing abilities but also brought some good friends and performers into our life, viz. John Pagano, Sherri Lewis and Ted Detwiler. It was a milestone in the life of Love Out Loud.




None of these events would have any meaning without the participation of generous souls like Charlotte Walton, Diane Nilsen, Amy Beard, Kay Gordon, Trudi Bills, Daiva Keys and many others.

Last year in collaboration with Lifebeat, we produced a tribute to Carole King, King for A Day: Brother, Brother. It was a grand evening hosted by good friend, Matt Walton. The gracious Callaway Sisters were there to bring a tear to an eye or two with “You’ve Got A Friend.” Mighty Kate practically stole the show with her performance. Colton Ford and Gregory Nalbone, heart throbs for gay and straight alike, gave memorable performances. This year we have amazing athlete DeMarco Majors (Shirts & Skins ) to meet and greet you along with Mark Dobies, Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), who is paying us a visit from the West Coast along with CSI’s Gerald McCullouch.




This year we want to steal your heart away in collaboration with The Imperial Court of New York benefiting Lifebeat and The Jan Hus Community Church. Of course, the ever-giving Ilene Kristen will be there. There will be other amazing performances—BethAnn Bonner is on hand to wow you with her flawless voice and beauty. Check out what we’ve got planned for you.

These are generous, giving people who are pointing the way.