Ms. Colorado Senior/Ms. Senior America Gayle Novak is ready to crown the new Ms. Colorado Senior Lori Adams who will compete for the national title in October. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
BY SCOTTY TAYLOR IVERSON
Since 1993, Colorado has held a pageant to celebrate senior women at “the age of elegance,” meaning at least sixty years young.
This year, the production–and I do mean production–from initial recruiting, numerous committees and support, volunteer producers, script writers, hosts, stagehands, set designers, program editing and printing, hospitality, sponsorship solicitation and a huge crew behind the scenes, was held at PACE Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center. Even the judges were hosted, escorted, guarded and treated like royalty.
Proud hubby Ed Novak, Queen Gayle who is still the reigning Ms. Sr. America and granddaughter Keely
Ms. Colorado Senior Lori Adams greets guests at Vines Wine Bar and Bistro in Parker
Locally, they included James Knapp, artistic managing director, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus; yours truly and Robert Nardozza, CEO of Dansport. Songbird and OB/GYN nurse Peggy Keller, Ms. Pennsylvania Senior 2015, left her busy schedule to join the judging team for two days.
Governor Polis signed a proclamation and there was plenty of fun entertainment on stage from members of the Cameo Club (consisting of former contestants who perform throughout the year at various venues).
This year’s talent portion of the pageant was exceptional, thrilled the audience and counted for 30% of the total score. Philosophy of Life presentation was 20% and Evening Gown was weighted 20%. What the audience didn’t see were interviews the previous day, which were weighted 30%.
Three national titleholders in one theatre who only had one day for rehearsal: Dr. Barbara Mauldin (Mississippi 2015), Gayle Novak (Colorado 2018) and Michelle Rahn (Colorado 2004).They performed a song and dance routine to “Sisters, Sisters” further emphasizing how close the contestants bond. Courtesy of René Green
Five of the 11 accomplished contestants were from Aurora: Dr. Marilyn Chipman, Marge Bunkers, Marvel Pierson, PJ Anderson and Marla Downer. Lynn Grasberg and Patricia Jackson represented Littleton. Kathleen Zahller was from Thornton and Pat McHenry was from Westminster. Joanne Marabito and Lori Adams were from Centennial. They all shared compelling stories, positive attitudes and again, exceptional talent. The Queen’s Reception followed in the lobby sponsored by American Furniture Warehouse. For information, visit ColoSrAmerica.com or call 720-384-6249 about becoming a contestant.
The Queen’s Court -Top 5: Dr. Marilyn Chipman with 2nd Runner Up – Marla Downer, Queen Lori Adams, 1st Runner Up- PJ Anderson and Patricia Jackson
Michelle Rahn, Gayle Novak and the extraordinary Colorado State Pageant Administrator René Green.
Emcees – Dr. Barbara Mauldin who volunteers time each year to provide dentistry in remote areas of foreign countries and Neal Browne, former anchor at 9NEWS and current media director for the Courageous Faces Foundation
Judges: James Knapp , Scottie Iverson, Peggy Keller and Robert Nardozza surround Queen Lori whose talent was standup comedy
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