Outstanding Citizen of the Year!

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Richfield Human Rights Commission

Richfield Human Rights Commission: (L-R) Vice Chair Deborah Eng, Sara Gumke, RHS student representative Swopnil Shrestha, Jeff Wright, and HRC Chair Mark Westergaard.

Hello to all my darling prairie dogs!

I am so very proud of my hometown – Richfield, MN! I motored back to the Land of Lakes last week to receive the “2015 Gene & Mary Jacobsen Outstanding Citizen Award”!

Honored and thrilled couldn’t begin to express my feelings for my home, sweet, home! My family has a long history in Richfield, dating back to my grandfather carrying mail at a time when they had to deliver it twice a day!

Then things got more interesting when my mother’s family moved directly across the street from my dad’s family. The two dated, which was easy because my father could back down his driveway, across the street, and into my mom’s driveway to pick her up for a night on the town.

After marrying in 1951 and completing military service, the two bought a home in Richfield and raised a family of four.

Although my father’s been gone since December of 2000, my mom was able to be there on Tuesday night for the festivities and award ceremony. I was honored at a beautiful reception, which was attended by many dear friends.

My mom Barb, me and the cake!

My mom Barb, me and the cake!

But the greatest honor was to be included in the Richfield City Council Meeting at 7 pm. Such kind words of introduction were shared by Council Member Edwina Garcia, a great leader in the community of many years & role model for all Richfield gals! Then more kind words and a proclamation from Richfield Human Rights Commission Chair Mark Westergaard. Then the presentation of a lovely plaque given by Kim Jacobsen, son of Gene & Mary, the namesake of the award.

You many think that this is a brave step for this community, but it is only one of many wonderful commitments to diversity! Many years ago Richfield was one of the first cities to give domestic partnership rights to employees and more recently, the city council committed to the “Vote NO” campaign that would have restricted gay marriage.

Here is one more reason to love Richfield!

And I do!

XO to my dear Richfield, Miss R

Don’t Worry, You’re Under the Cone!

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New for 2015!

New for 2015!

Hello to all my darling prairie dogs!

If you squint, you can see summer just down the road. So I’m pulling giant rubber tubs out from under my trailer, where I store my sensational seasonal frocks. I need to work fast because in a few weeks I’ll be heading to the bus depot and motoring east for Provincetown, Rehoboth Beach, Ogunquit and NYC!!!

My Ptown show at the Crown & Anchor will kick off in one month – Sat, May 23rd. That’ll be followed by my first Rehoboth Beach Idol at the Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach, DE, Wed, May 27th.. Then a long anticipated return to NYC on Thurs & Fri, June 4 & 5 at the Cutting Room. And just after July 4th I’ll be heading north to Maine Street in Ogunquit. Whew, I’ll be getting into the Mile Long Club on the Greyhound for sure this summer!

“Cone of Silence” is my all-new production that will captivate audiences this season. It’s another triumph that includes new videos, new music, new costumes and new activities for a theatrical experience that explores difficult topics.

I’ve heard that we’re are only as sick as our secrets, so I decided to find out what people are hiding and talk about it. So try not to share your troubles until you come to see my show. I think it’s a lot more fun to talk about secret problems in front of a crowd.

XO and one for Jesus,
Miss R

Farewell Dear Friend!

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It is not a hi-dee-ho day!

No, my darling prairie dogs, these are sad days in Richfield, as I say farewell to my Cashetta – a fellow performer, wonderful co-worker and sweet, dear girlfriend! She passed away so suddenly in Puerto Vallarta and now I find it so difficult to write memories and go through photos, because it makes it so real and so final!

Cashetta and I first met while we were both working in Provincetown, and immediately we knew we’d been separated at birth. As I recall, we sat at the Wave Bar at the Crown and began to make each other laugh, often at the expense of others!

_MG_6586 (2) - Version 2And so continued a long and hilarious friendship that spanned many shows, at many venues, in many cities across the country.

We also traveled together internationally, the longest trip being a 21-day Atlantis Events cruise in Asia. While there we got into a shoving match with angry tuk tuk drivers in Shanghai, nearly lost our lives with a drunk cabby in Bangkok, and watched a guest toss his cookies at the fish market in Busan, South Korea.

Most tourists would remember a lovely temple or natural wonder, but Cashetta and I would recall such hilarious moments and howl with laughter – even many years later.

_MG_6587 (2)Through the years our paths continued to cross, most recently at the beloved Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach, DE. It was so exciting to see my dear friend make such a beautiful home for herself, filled with the love of Tim and Randy and the gang at the Moon. In just a few short years, Cashetta became a fixture and favorite with both vacationers and local folks who loved her personality and antics on and off stage, including regular appearances on the beach during the afternoons.

Such dedication and fun was her hallmark. What a sport!

But it wasn’t all laughs with Cashetta and I. There were the serious talks about shows that didn’t go well, pets that died, and the hassles of food for her and alcohol for me! Dark, difficult times made a bit brighter and lighter when shared with someone who knows your heart.

So my last Cashetta memories couldn’t be more appropriate, as my dear friend and I spent time together in Puerto Vallarta attending each other’s shows and taking the city bus to shop at Wal-Mart.

Fortunately the day before I left, we grabbed a last-minute lunch. But our normal 2-hour gabfest was cut short because Cashetta had to hang up her show posters, which were misprinted. So the last vision I have is the two of us giggling at this most obvious and hilarious mistake, knowing it was going to be posted all over town!

What a wonderful last memory. I know she’d think so too!

I’ll miss you girl!

XO! Miss R

I’m Still Alive, I Think!

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Hi Dee Ho to all my darling prairie dogs!

Aspen fun with Winner Red Cup Scott, Miss R 1982 & ME!

Aspen fun with Winner Red Cup Scott, Miss R 1982 & ME!

What a fabulous winter I’m having! Here’s just a glimpse into my wonderful, glamorous, busy life!

I started the year in Aspen, adding color commentary to the already colorful downhill costume race. With 10 talented entries it was a difficult decision to find a winner. But it’s hard to argue with a good plastic red cup! Especially the way lovely Scott wore it! Yum!

And an honorable mention went to Miss Richfield 1982 who sailed down the hill in a lovely dress and sash, making all Minnesotans proud!

Atlantis Events LOVE on the high seas!

Atlantis Events LOVE on the high seas!

Then I motored off to the first Atlantis Events cruise of the season. We sailed out from Ft. Lauderdale and spent a week vacationing in the Third World. It was high homo fun on the high seas. Such a talented group of performers and my first official showing of my new show, “Cone of Silence!”

I stopped off in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for shows too. All lovely reviews received from my dear friends there!

Mexico? Hawaii? Is there a difference?

Mexico? Hawaii? Is there a difference?

And now I’m in Mexico, I think! It’s hard to tell. I’ve been wearing my favorite Hawaiian outfit with a sombrero, just in case I’m someplace else. It doesn’t really matter, because in a few days I’ll be heading down under for another Atlantis Events boat ride in New Zealand and Australia. I plan to see where they filmed “The Sound of Music” and then I’m heading back home to Minnie!

I’ll try to be more attentive to updating you on the fun. Next is Asia! So I’m getting out the chopsticks and soy sauce!

XO and one for Jesus,
Miss R

Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Me & Keith Marler were Team One for Holiday Pictionary!

Me & Keith Marler were Team One for Holiday Pictionary on KMSP TV Buzz!

Happy, Merry Xmas to all my darling prairie dogs!

I’m in the middle of “Play With My Poodle For Christmas” my annual holiday extravaganza at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Having wonderful time!

It’s certainly been a whirlwind holiday season for Miss R media! I was recently celebrating with Brad & Colleen on FM 107 and Rob Hartmann and Chris Hewitt in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and my friend Basil Considine TC Daily Planet. Everyone has been so kind and all seem to be fans of the poodle!

But the most memorable was this year’s stint on KMSP TV’s Buzz last week. I make an annual appearance during the holidays and always have such fun on the boob tube! I simply love Tom, Keith and MA! So when I cuddled on the coach and wrapped my arms around Keith Marler, I was a bit surprised to find my gum on the shoulder of his suit coat.

Keith Marler, Me, Tom Butler & M.A. Rosko partying on morning TV!

Keith Marler, Me, Tom Butler & M.A. Rosko partying on morning TV!

All fresh and live on TV. Well, actually the gum was from the night before, but the experience was lovely.

We also played Holiday Pictionary, which Keith and I won, and started their annual viewer tree decorating. It was a hoot! I’m having a great season and send my wishes to all of you for a great and blessed holiday season.

See your families. Call your mothers. Be a blessing to someone today!

XO and one for Jesus,
Miss R

Celebrating Summer & Planning My Fall!

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Billie Jean & Ilana & me!

Billie Jean & Ilana & me!

Hello to all my darling prairie dogs!

I am celebrating a fabulous summer as I leave old Cape Cod, Rehoboth Beach and Portsmouth! Many thanks to those who visited and saw my quality program “Play With My Poodle.”

The audience prize, however, goes to my new friends Billie Jean and Ilana. What a thrill to have a couple of athletic, well-toned gals, like myself, attend the show. I offered to sneak them in for free, because I can’t imagine playing tennis pays very well, but they insisted on buying tickets!

Other than Billie and Ilana, it was pretty much the ordinary riff raff from New Jersey, Long Island, Springfield, Northampton, Philly, and always my fans from Newton (Shalom!) – all of whom I adore!

As I prepare to leave this sleepy fishing village, I realize it’s time to update you on my fall agenda. I will be touring to Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, LA, Palm Springs – and of course, my dear, fun Atlantis cruise and Puerto Vallarta resort events!

Check out the date book to see where the Greyhound takes me next!

XO and one for Jesus,

Miss R

Beauty On the Beach!

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Which is the real beauty queen?!?

Hello to all my darling prairie dogs!

I’m loving the sunshine, sea & sand, as I frolic in my two-piece and celebrate summer in Ptown, Rehoboth Beach and Portsmouth. What a lucky lady!

This amazing sand monument was crafted earlier in May on the beaches of Cancun, where the Mexicans do such a professional and thorough job. And as flattered as I was at the precision of this sculpture, I think it makes me look a bit heavy. But I didn’t complain, since no one would understand me!

Now speaking of beaches, I’ll be enjoying a lot of them this summer and hope you are planning to join me up and down the Eastern Seaboard. I never tire of this work in such lovely surroundings with such lovely people.

And please, please don’t let the weather scare you. It’s been a crazy winter and spring! Just follow my lead – put on your yellow slicker, wear your highest shoes, pull the chinstrap down, so your hair doesn’t fly off and head into the fresh ocean wind like Jesus is blowing in your face!

XO and one for Jesus!

Miss R