Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DONKEYS ON THE TOWN

 With the Democratic National Convention under way, as seen from Hillary's first appearance below with Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney at our beautiful City Hall....
 
they aren't the only donkeys in town. The donkey has long been the mascot of the Democratic Party. I myself like elephants better, they are my favorite animal, but they are unfortunately not the chosen animal for the democrat's. All around town colorful fiberglass versions of the animal are greeting convention visitors, delegates, and politicians... just about everywhere you go in Philadelphia. Fifty-seven hand-painted donkeys, each representing a state, have been place all around town. In fact, the initiative, launched by the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, is dubbed "Donkeys Around Town. This project is a fun way to engage the delegates... and will enable them to connect with Philadelphians, all our wonderful history, and the local arts community, and also get people interested in signing up to vote, and to get visitors to tour the city and all the fabulous we have to offer. As luck would have it, I was in King Of Prussia working one day at another of our locations and met a friend for dinner in the city last week, so it gave me an excuse to get some pictures to share. This week though, I hear the city is down right crazy!!!! Pennsylvania's donkey is located in front of the delegation's hotel -- the Double Tree Hotel on South Broad Street.  
 
Are you  visiting and want to find any of the other 55 donkeys? Well, there's an app for that! Just search for "scavify" in the App Store or Google Play. Or click Art Jawn to see all the state donkeys.
 
I just bet Deb from She Who Seeks, will love the bee
The donkeys will be on display through Labor Day. After that, the delegations can accept their respective donkeys or allow them to be auctioned off to the public, with proceeds split evenly among the artists who painted them.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

LATE NIGHT WITH TINA COUSINS

Tina Cousins was huge in the late 90's here in the States, and she is an English singer, songwriter and former model. She has had five singles in the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others, but her song Pray has and is always a favorite on the dance floor at Tea Dance....and perhaps politicians on both sides should take a listen......

Friday, July 22, 2016

IT'S THE WEEKEND, SWEETIE DARLINGS

I can't think of a better way to end this hot and humid three day work week, then with,  none other than  Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, form Absolutely Fabulous as they embark on a new tale in the premier of their new movie here in The States today!!!! While I won't be seeing it this weekend, I do have plans to go see it...along with my boofont and cock-a-tail🍸🍸🍸
 
I'll be scarce this weekend, with time being spent at my home away from home, the Raven. I can't think of a better way to stay cool in this heat...so I say I'm letting it all hang loose in square cuts and sitting poolside with some frozen libations.....suppose to be in the high 90"s! There will be a late night swim. I also have a pool party to attend on Sunday...so you will begin to see my condition already.
Hope you all have a great weekend...Sweet Darlings!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

GRANDE DAME.......

Who is this sunny delight? It's Magnolia Applebottom!!! And she has a habit .....
And it's a hard one to break!
 
If you live in or visit Rehoboth Beach , and attend the night scene, then you have probably seen this very talented and funny queen. Magnolia Applebottom is quite a rising star on the drag circuit, and I just adore her style....and those glasses!!! I 'd only wished I had seen her Celine Dion at the Blue Moon's Legends show. Magnolia is also a welcome addition to such a small drag scene, bringing her fresh perspective to Rehoboth with her usual antics and humor. She can be seen at Blue Moon and Purple Parrot, but I have the feeling this long legged queen, who has stated she didn’t make the Season 7 cut for RuPaul’s Drag Race..... but I'm sure she’ll be on a season to come. Mark my words.
Yep, she showed us a peek of her fierce colorful balls!!!

CALLING FOR A FREINDLY REMINDER

 
Hello? Why yes, this is your friendly neighborhood Mistress with a quick call to remind you, if you haven't, and would like to enter my lovely Summer Fun Give-a-way, you have till the end of Sunday at 12:00pm to enter! Simply click here darlings for the quick tip on the give-a-way and to see what it is! Good Luck to all!!! And if you did comment, and specially specified you didn't want to be entered, your entered! 
 
Tootles
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FIRE ISLAND POLAROIDS

You will be able to tell I'm still in vacation mode darlings.!!! How else can I get through a three day work week?!?!? Thank you for the lovely comments about Fire Island. Should I ever win the lottery, y'all pack your bags cause I'm taking all of us to the Island!!! While up in Fire Island we got invited to a little house party one night, where low and behold we had the pleasure to meet photographer Tom Bianchi. It was only for a couple minutes, but he was  one hot daddy, I'm here to tell you!!!! My friend had asked if I ever seen his series of polaroid's he did capturing the Fire Island of yester year, and I hadn't. A little search and voila.....I absolutely loved them!
 
 And you thought these were going to be my polaroid's of  my sexual antics I bet didn't you?!?!?
 
“Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983″, photographer Tom Bianchi captures the beauty of the gay utopia, both its environemnt and its occupants, before and during the onslaught of the terrible AIDS epidemic. Growing up in the 1950s, Tom Bianchi would head into downtown Chicago and pick up 25-cent “physique” magazines at newsstands. In one such magazine, he found a photograph of bodybuilder Glenn Bishop on Fire Island.  He thought Fire Island sounded exotic, perhaps a name made up by the photographer, but would later call it home. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends’ lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images are just a few,  and record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, Fire Island Pines conjures a magical bygone era. While it still has the same feel, I'm sure it has changed also.
 
If Jon from over at Lone Wolf Concerto were on Fire Island this reminds me of him and his style....
 
 We can hardly view men and Fire Island without a favorite Tea Dance Anthem can we???? So here's a Casa favorite for your evening pleasure. The minx is BACK!!!! Grab a cock-a-tail and get dancing in those undies!!!!!! And why not throws around some glitter too and go the whole nine yards........πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE SPLENDOR OF SUMMER

My goodness, seems like just yesterday I left for vacation. Where did the time go? I'm happy to report, from what I can remember, a very good time was had by all! It was great to get away from everything I'll say. It was a lovely relaxing time, filled with maximum minimum debauchery.  I only recall stripping once at a party, and losing two pairs of square cuts....god only knows. And then there was an unexplained can of Redi Whip in bed one morning?!? But anywho.....it was off to  a Gay Island super close to New York City where lots of gay guys go every summer to wiggle around like Mexican Jumping Beans. It’s were I went for a second stay , after enjoying it so much last summer, and that place is Fire Island.... and it truly is quite a magical island. Yes, it will make everyone want to punch you hard in the mouth, but it’s kind of hard not call this place magical. It’s a tiny little island with nothing else around it and it’s kind of a miracle that it exists. It’s only 1 mile wide, so it literally could blow away in the next hurricane. And NO CARS ALLOWED!  My advice is to get there as soon as you can, ogle some merry Homosexuals, and try your hardest to understand the strange, amazing, and delightfully relaxing place that is Fire Island. Some of the reasons I love this little spigot of land???? Besides goofing off for the camera.....
Finding a place to stay in Fire Island is probably the most difficult thing in the world, since their aren't many hotels. This is because it’s an island full of privately owned homes that landlords sublet to people all summer. Those subletters then sublet them to other subletters who in turn sublet them a few more times until you have no idea who is the owner and who is the hobo that lives underneath the hot tub!!! Luckily one of the clan has a friend who has a home there, so we lucked out and only had to put out once each. just kidding, Just wanted to see if you were paying attention.  The place even had an outdoor shower, which I'll miss immensely!!!
 
Our host's lovely home
A view from the rooftop, and a short walk to the beach.
 They have tons of tea parties all the time, but no one drinks tea ever. At Fire Island there are about 16 tea dances every day. There’s Tea, Low Tea, High Tea, Middle Tea, Junior Tea, Senior Tea, etc. But there’s never any tea. “Tea” is just code for cock-a-tail time 4 PM. You go to at least two of these parties before you eat dinner and then you’re supposed to go to one or more after. Here on the island, there is always time for another cock-a-tail!
just one of the "small" tea dances!
 
There were so amazing houses on that island. I guess when you take the population of Manhattan and squeeze them onto a tiny island they make cool buildings. Because I love to see houses and design and architecture. I had no idea when I started taking this picture that a naked dude was staring through his window at me taking the picture.
This is the pavilion where all the “tea parties” happen. This building is brand new because the previous tea party space burnt to the ground a couple years back....pretty amazing design for a club.
I also found myself obsessing, yet again, with the glamorous system of boardwalks that connects the entire island. The boardwalks allow you to walk around the island without getting gross and disgusting dirt all over brightly colored flip-flops you matched to your outfit of course. And then there are the very tame deer, who are all over the place.
yours truly resting a spell......
Oh yeah, and there’s beaches there.......
 
I don't know who these guys are, but felt as though I needed too......excuse me a moment....
I used to believe that, because of the mega pollution, California has the best sunsets. That being said, these weren’t too shabby, a very close first, I mean, look at that flamingo pink sky.......
 
This is the last sunset I’ll ever see in Fire Island this summer.
 If any of you get the chance to go...TAKE IT!!!! I suggest you go though, if only for the anthropological and gay mating habits of lessons you’ll learn from going there. And the fact that you get to drink “tea” all day and no one will judge you for it. There's always time for a cock-a-tail!!!! Thanks to the clan for some of the pictures!
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