MISS FIRE ISLAND ‘08
Photos & text by Jeannie
It was a tough year for the popular event, especially for Sal Piro culminating his first year as General Manager of the Ice Palace. Hurricane Hannah was rolling up the East Coast and Fire Island was in her path. What to do? Boat Basins were suddenly empty as otherwise attendees fled home. The Ferry service announced Friday its intention to suspend service if necessary on Saturday and water taxis, of course, were the first to bail. What to do? The Ice Palace decided to postpone the annual event to Sunday, with the storm safely passed. But even then the always iffy water taxies left nothing but a recording on the morning of the event that they were “evaluating the situation, please call back at 11AM”!!!
Nevertheless the event came off in
flying colors, but with less than capacity crowds. Too bad since the bevy of
beauties, after all their hard work and expense, with nary a no-show, were as
gorgeous as ever. A big thank you to them for their perseverance.
Faced with the hard choice of judging
these darlings of the drag world were: myself, Jeannie Lieberman, beloved Grove
Icons Charity, the
second Miss FI ('68), the oldest
living Miss FI ('69) Rita George, and Sybil Bruncheon plus Sal Piro’s sister Lillias, Pines’ Valerie Perez, Kenny Holcomb and, as always,
Dennis McConkey the tally judge.
The contest was dedicated to the memory
of Peter “Cher” Taylor, Entertainer of the Year 1994
Here are the results:
Miss Fire Island: Coco Love
Ms Fire Island Nikki Starr
Southern Comfort Award: Desiray
Absolut Award : China
NEXT Magazine award: Courtney Summers
Red Bull Award: Bastard Amber
Coors Light Award: Delfina
Judges Award: Logan Hardcore
Most Popular Award: Jason Cozmo
Miss Cherry Grove Renee Flaming
Ms Cherry Grove: Ambrosia
Ms. Fire Island: Nickie Starr
Miss Ice Palace: Martina Skyy
Entertainer of the Year: Shi-Queeta Lee
Another casualty of the weather was the absence of my
traditional photographers so here is partial coverage as I await more pictures
coming in from friends (tune in again later for incoming additions).
Waiting to go on….
Grove armed forces
Judges Charity & Rita George confer
Miss Fire Island 2007 Stephanie Stone
SOME OF THE GIRLS……….
Coco Love, competing for Miss Fire
Bella hostesses poolside
Demi Tasse is that you???
WAITNG FOR THE RESULTS
the same girl!!!
sang “Hard Hearted Hannah” in honor of the storm
Sinclair, Bella and Porsche, Emcees
N ikki Starr Ms Fire Island ‘08
the Absolut Vodka award – she drinks it!
should be entertainer of the year?
Shi-Queeta-Lee, Entertainer of the Year (a marvelous Tina Turner)
Popular, Jason Cozmo, who emulated DollyLevi, a "Chicago" flapper, a grown-up Annie and
Liza Minnelli in one number
Flaming, Miss Cherry Grove
for Miss Fire Island ‘07
MISS FIRE ISLAND: COCO LOVE
Cowboy from Kismet came to rescue me!!!
Charity entertained the crowd while the
WAITING FOR THE RESULTS
I found some entertainment for myself
– from Kismet
Ariel, Bella & Porsche ready with
Miss Fire Island 2007 Stephanie Stone, ready to give the crown away to……..
CoCO Love – the new Miss Fire Island 2008
Nicky Starr Ms. Fire Island
Entertainer of the Year Shi-Queeta-Lee
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