Sunday, August 22, 2010

Adventures Part Deux!

Alison and I had another adventure that will go down in the books as quite a memorable day.  It all started when Carbo picked us up to go to Red Carpet Pageant & Prom in Wayne, NJ to pick up the final piece of Alison’s wardrobe – the tutu.  For those who don’t know, this girl is an unbelievable dancer and could, as Linda has said, dance in her pajamas (or other things) and still be phenomenal.  Long story short: wrong tutu, not finished, in pieces with no elastic, hooks, ties, anything. As a result, we made lemonade out of many many lemons and headed to M&J Trimmings among other places in the garment district and went to town – thank goodness we live in NYC!  We ended up at Grishko where all plans changed and Ali spotted a tutu in a framed photo on the wall and said “I want that one!” And they had it.  And we bought it.  I can’t wait for you all to see it.

This whole experience brought a new level of respect and pride for Alison.  She impressed us all with her poise and professionalism, taking this major roadblock and moving through it just days before she left for the national competition.  She’s safely to Orlando already for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and I will join her on Tuesday for preliminary competition!  Lots of other great things lined up for that week – meeting all of the Miss America contestants, filming segments for Tall Pony, our production company for Miss America on ABC, Disney World, spending time with family (my mom and sister are coming) and friends, and also dress shopping/sketching with Regalia for my Miss America competition evening gown, and of course the MAOT competition!  I’m sure it will be a week full of photos, so keep an eye out for the blog and Facebook fan page!

I’m writing this blog on the train on the way home from Saratoga, NY.  I went up last night and spent the day today at the tracks, watching 7 of the horse races, presenting awards in 4 of them at the Winner’s Circle.  The track was filled with all things pink, including saddle blankets, silks and the New York Racing Association flag, as it was Fabulous Fillies Day, raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I was joined by Brittany, Miss Albany’s OT, and Art Hunsinger, who organized the appearances for us.  I’ll update you later with a final number of the funds raised for BCRF.  I met some great people – Natalie from Saratoga Trunk, Christine Moore and Patricia Underwood – both unique hat designers to the stars, Linda Rice – horse trainer for the winner of race #1, Don Miller – big owner in Racing, Scott Johnson - Mayor of Saratoga, and of course all of the women from the BCRF.  We had great press from Channel 13, YNN (VIDEO), 95.5FM and 101.3FM thanks to Art.  Now I’m sleepy! Long and early day in the sun and a delayed train….bedtime.

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