Every year we are more than happy to perform in honor of Salute to Veteran's week - which is Valentine's week in February. Here are some of our photos from the West Haven VA show on Sunday, February 8th. On this day, we are accompanied by a guest performer, Miss Greater Newington 1997, Susan.
We always start our show with the Star Spangled Banner. Amy and Kimberly get things started with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy which features Tammy and Heather tapping during a break in the song. We continue through our show with a variety of numbers and solos.
An old favorite is our 50's medley. Tammy hands a sign to the "Captain of Team B" and Heather picks her dance partner.
The Veterans enjoy Kimberly singing the Nat "King" Cole/Natalie Cole song "L-O-V-E."
A change of costume and we're ready to bring a little Motown sound with our Supremes medley. Many Veterans sing along with the hits like "Stop In The Name of Love" and "Where Did Our Love Go?"
After singing a couple of great solos, Susan rejoins us for the end of the show. Ending all our shows with "God Bless the U.S.A." is one of the many ways we show our thanks.
On Sunday, February 22nd, L-R: Kimberly, Classic LM Valerie and our guest Susan performed at the Rocky Hill VA home. During Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, we enjoyed a dance with the Veterans.
We went "swimming" through the 50's and the Veterans enjoyed our teasing Susan with "...keep away from Runaround Sue."
Lots of other great songs are featured in our 50's medley that kept the audience clapping along to the beat.
The Veterans favorite part of our show is the audience participation segment and that is no exception today. Kimberly lines up all the "volunteers" and tells them they have to remain at "attention" throughout the song. They can't even laugh! As she sings "I've Got A Crush On You," she wraps the pink feather boa around them and tries to make them "break." The audience picks a winner and a loser. The loser gets a special prize - he or she has to sing to us or do push-ups! A good time is had by all! Val woos the audience with her "Man Medley" and Susan sings a couple of solos. By the end of the show, all the Veterans are singing along.
After the show, we spend some time with our Veterans signing autographs, taking photos and chatting. This is always our favorite part.
Sunday, March 15th was Newington VA Outpatient Facility's "Because We Care Day" in conjunction with CT AMVETS chapters. Kimberly, Tammy and Classic LM Kim, Classic LM MaryLynn and Classic Miss CT U.S.O. Kelly joined us for a day of fun.
Kelly sang an incredible "Star Spangled Banner" then MaryLynn and Kimberly started the show off with a fun 40's medley.
Next, Tammy joined them to dance and they wowed the audience with the 70's medley. This lucky gentlemen was our volunteer for 70's.
Lining the volunteers up for the "Crush" number was easy. We got a big surprise from the our "loser" - he sang to us! Tammy was a big hit when she danced to "Hit Me With A Hot Note." Kim sang a Gloria Estefan solo and MaryLynn sang a country favorite, "I Got Lucky," complete with boots and hat!
Once again we ended our show with "God Bless the U.S.A." From L-R: Kimberly, MaryLynn, Tammy, Kim, and Kelly. We were then invited to stay for a traditional Irish lunch of corn beef and cabbage! What a great day!
In March, we also gathered at Melissa's house to celebrate her new engagement to Paul! Melissa met Paul on our Holiday 1996 tour. We all share a laugh at Melissa's expense when she burned the bread. Is this what the new bride is going to cook for dinner? We are all smiles as Melissa shows off her new ring.
Thursday, May 7th, we traveled to NYC's Trump Plaza for the annual U.S.O. Woman of the Year luncheon. We took our traditional staircase photo (L-R: Kimberly, Amy & Kimberley) and also a photo with some of the visiting military guests.
We were also honored this year to be asked to perform at the McGuire AFB Spring Ball in New Jersey. On Friday, May 15th, Classic Miss CT U.S.O. girls Tracy and Kirstie joined Tammy, Amy and Kimberly for the show. Here we are before the show starts in our flag jackets. L-R: Tracy, Kimberly, Amy, Kirstie and Tammy.
After starting with the Star Spangled Banner, Kimberly, Amy and Kirstie give some "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" magic with Tammy tapping in the middle. Kimberly and Amy singing "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" in the 40's medley.
Amy gets the audience laughing with the "Big Spender" number by making a the "loser" do push-ups as punishment! Tracy sings a country medley of "How Do I Live" and "Crazy." During the 70's medley, Tammy, Kirstie and Amy say, "Go on now go!"
Kimberly asks for volunteers for "YMCA." Kirstie sings the 80's smash hit by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, "Enough Is Enough." Let's go surfing! It's our 50's number! Kimberly "volunteers" the General for the "Be My Baby" number.
After the show, everyone has been so helpful and we take a photo with some of the ladies before we head back to Connecticut. Kimberly tries on the table decorations - and then puts it on Mjr. Chris Ciecka - what a good sport! One last photo before we hit the road. L-R: Kirstie, Tammy, Kimberly, Amy and Tracy.
May 29th & 30th brought everyone together for the 70th annual Miss Connecticut Pageant.
L-R: Kirstie, Amy, Kimberly and Tammy. Also there: Classic Liberty Misses Troupe from 1990-1992, Maria, Valerie, Tracey, Jill and Amy Jo. We were there to support Heather and Susan as they competed for the Miss Connecticut 1998 crown. The CT AMVETS also made an appearance in support of Heather. Her platform was in support of the American Veteran. Here we are with (L-R) Norman Musk, Richard Sabrowske and Al Duff.
The emcee for the evening was special guest and former U.S.O./Liberty Miss, Vanessa Dorman. At the time, she was starring on the NBC hit daytime soap opera "Sunset Beach." Here she is singing a spoof number with Miss Connecticut 19__ and fellow Liberty Miss, Maria (left). Also in the show were our newest Liberty Miss, Stacy, Miss Connecticut 1996 and Liberty Miss guest performer, the outgoing Miss Connecticut 1997, Merissa.
Here are some photos of Heather in competition. We were so proud of her Top 10 finish at the Miss Connecticut pageant.
Here are some photos of Susan competing and Stacy performing. We enjoyed our evening immensely and were very proud of The Liberty Misses.
Our next stop is our summer tour but we didn't stop there. (Also, check out our articles page for more stories about this tour.) Upon returning home, there were still many events for us to perform at.
One of the first things we did upon our return home was to attend Melissa's shower on Sunday, July 19th. Left to Right: MaryLynn, former LM and Executive Director, Heather, Melissa, Tammy, former Miss CT U.S.O., Kelly, Kimberley and Kimberly.
Sunday, August 16th, Amy, Kimberly, Stacy and Susan appeared in the 299th Annual VJ Day Parade in Moosup, CT. The CT AMVETS invited us to perform on a float they provided. It was a very hot day made even hotter by the performances! The crowd was very large and we had a great time. The CT AMVETS were so kind and treated us to lunch afterwards.
The Miss Greater Newington pageant took place on Saturday, September 26th. As the pageant was country-themed, Amy, Heather, Kimberly, and Tammy performed our country medley. Kimberly also served as emcee for the evening. Our long time supporter and owner of The Dancer's Shop in New Haven was there to see his daughter win the title of Miss Greater Newington 1999!
October was a busy month for us, especially the first weekend. On Saturday, October 3rd we appeared with Tom Chute and the Chutettes at the Southington Apple Harvest Festival. Here are Heather, Stacy, Amy, Tammy and Kimberly with Tom Chute. OurLM Stacy performed double duty as she also appears as a Chutette.
Saturday, November 8th we were back at our VA Hospitals in honor of Veteran's Day. This time we are preparing to go overseas for a holiday tour and we have been joined by new members. Kirstie has now become a LM along with Erin and Ramona. Kimberly, Maria and Stacy are also joining this tour. This is our first set of shows as a group and the crowd loves us! Everyone makes the new girls feel so welcome. First we performed at the West Haven VA Hospital. We next moved on to Rocky Hill VA Hospital where Kimberly introduced the new girls to one of her favorite Veterans, Willie! Also CT AMVET Past Commander Al Duff's son Richie gets in on the action while mom Pat takes a photo.
While the New Haven Register did a great article about our forthcoming tour, we also were invited to speak on two popular local radio stations. Monday, December 7th, Erin, Kimberly, Kirstie, Maria and Stacy had a live interview on KC101FM and _________ AM. We got to sing a couple of tunes and the announcers asked any Vets to stop by and one did! Tuesday, December 8th Kimberly, Kirstie and Maria appeared on WPLR FM 99's Smith and Barber in the morning show. They joked around with us and we had a great time.
That Thursday, we were off an running on our Holiday Tour!