Green, gold and purple fabric, beads and streamers, along with New Orleans-style streetlamps, masks and silhouettes of saxophone players, added to the French Quarter ambiance as guests came in from the cold.
Master of ceremonies Mark Cotton made sure that laissez les bon temps rouler was the rule of the evening.
Lead-out began with the introduction of the court — Lucy Ballard Weidmer, escorted by Mike Weidmer; Karen Guyton, escorted by Jack Guyton; Kristie Alderman, escorted by Jason Alderman, and Barbara Cushman, escorted by Patrick Cushman — and this year’s queen, Amy Emerson, who was escorted by David Emerson.
Skits for the evening — complete with Revelers Krewe members and their significant others — kicked off with “Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street,” with huge (but not really) ladies of the night — Deana Douglas, Samantha Hughston, Sheri Ballard and Lisa Cotton — who’d scored scads of beads, though they’ll never tell just how….
Next, in a replay of the 1993 Sugar Bowl, “Let the Good Times Roll” featured Sarah King, Karen Connell, Cindy Cater and Shelley House. Score!
In a tongue-in-cheek parody of a certain golfer’s car “accident,” Wendy Kitchens, Kathy Pope, Jennifer Farrell and Lesley Hudson teed up in “Tiger’s Just Do It Parade.”
Dressed as members of KISS, Michelle Love, Alyson Orth, Mitzi Collins and Laura McWilliams drummed up some fun with their skit, “Rock and Roll All Night.”
The “Sunshine Rollers” — Laura Ghee Alexander, Sandy Rothwell, Wendy Ghee Draper and Becky Simmons — rolled out next, and, in an impressive show of talent, suffered zero wipeouts.
Who do voodoo? “Black Magic Woman,” that’s who! Alice Abernathy, Wendy O’Steen, Ashley Stewart and Johnna Suco were crafty and wickedly funny.
Abby Bass, Jennifer Hurd Tucker and Toni Christopher’s skit, “White House Party Crashers,” included Obama, the Sahilis and a couple of security guards who were “distracted” while on duty.
It was rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river in the next skit: “Rollin’ with Ike and Tina Turner,” featuring Rhonda Johnson, Claire Caballero, Julia Hansek and Janna Hulbert.
Finally, saintly Revelers Amy Staples, Gail Tillman and Kelly Roberts fired up the crowd in “Who Dat?”
Laughing along with the audience were judges Josephine Ayers, Sherry Bennett, Ashley Garner Ambery and Karen Jackson.
Due to the snowfall and road conditions, the ball was cut short on time — but never on fun — as the Sterling Silver Band played on until an early “last call.”
Revelers Krewe president this year is Lisa Cotton. Other officers are Samantha Hughston, secretary; Deana Douglas, ball chairwoman; Sheri Ballard, treasurer; Jennifer Farrell, parliamentarian; Kathy Pope, membership; Abby Bass, photography; Ginger Munroe and Barbara Cushman, hall; Jennifer Tucker, publicity; Layne Allen, costumes; Lesley Hudson and Michelle Love, invitations; Alice Abernathy, music; Karen Connell and Sandy Rothwell, decorations; Karen Guyton and Amy Staples, lead-out; Jana Hulbert, properties; and Brenda Roberts and Lynn Rice, sustaining representatives.
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