Pageant rated tops

CHARLOTTE — Von Entertainment was awarded the Best State Preliminary in the Miss Gay America system on Oct. 17 at the Lifestyles Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio, at the national pageant held there. Owners Larry Tyger and Terry Eason, along with outgoing Miss Gay America Coco Montrese presented the honors. Von also captured the Best Set Design designation as well.

In order to gain a nomination a preliminary must obtain a perfect scorecard from their judges and their visiting system dignitary. Only three states are given the nod. This was only the second time in the 34-year history that the North Carolina pageant won. Rick Wilds purchased the system for the Tar Heel state on two separate occasions.

The national pageant, which was won by Cottin Collins from Raleigh, had all 52 contestants present.

Cruising time slated

CHARLOTTE — The Lavender Passport Travel Club is hosting a Caribbean cruise from Jan. 14-21, 2011.

The trip will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale and will include visits to Half Moon Cay, the private Holland America island, Aruba and the Dutch island of Curacao.

Tickets are $449 inside cabin, $499 ocean view or $749 Balcony, plus taxes and fees. Participants will receive a group amenity of $75 per cabin ship board credit.

Promoters have blocked 20 cabins and have invited other lesbian groups as well, so space will fill up quickly.

Call Linda for questions, booking and details at 704-780-1772.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.