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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:19 AM
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I'm way into the Miss America pageant tonight. Here's why:
I'm rooting for my homestate contestant, Miss Vermont. Her name is Ashley Wheeler and she's a liberal who volunteered for Bernie Sanders when he ran for the Senate, and who's cause is registering young voters and environmentalism. She's wearing a "green" gown made of hemp and recycled materials, fashioned by 'Earthbitch' a design studio that does nothing but environmentally sound clothes made in a solar powered studio, tucked way back in a village in the Northeast Kingdom- and Ashley is also a Kingdom girl.

Ashley won in the talent preliminaries on Thursday night, she actually might have a chance.

She'd certainly be a different kind of Miss America.

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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:20 AM
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1. WOOOOT! Go Miss Vermont!
:bounce:
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:30 AM
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2. lol. here's some about her gown
Tara Lynn's work is so cool.

Ashleys mother told her about Tara Lynn, a couture eco- wedding gown designer in Sutton. After about a month of sketching and fitting, Ashley had a unique dress made of hemp and silk and other fun materials that screamed green.

I was really excited about making a hemp and silk pageantry dress, Tara Lynn said. About really getting the opportunity to use this fabric because people are afraid of hemp. They think its a frumpy textile. This dress is sexy and classy and takes hemp and silk out of its stereotype.

Ashleys gown is made of bronze-colored hemp and silk satin with a bustier made from soft natural hemp and cotton. The bodice, cascade and train are accented with gold lace and encrusted with gold beads and sequins.

Tara Lynns neighbor, Shelly Smith, gave the designer the lace for the dress from two gold-lace curtains she couldnt use. Tara Lynn added a glamorous sparkle to the material by encrusting it with sequins and beads that she had purchased at the Re Store in Montpelier years ago. The message behind the gown, which was sewn together using solar power, is as stunning as the gown itself.

I never imagined myself making a pageantry gown before, but I think its awesome, Tara Lynn said. I think it was definitely a perfect thing for a Miss Vermont contestant to run as going green. Especially with the economy being so bad, I think shes making a huge statementShe was the first customer to ever ask me why do you use hemp and what is important about hemp fiber? I dont know if she realizes how much it is going to affect the hemp industry or anybody who has been working on hemp legislation since the 1940s. I had to buy that fabric in China. Why cant it be manufactured here? We can cut and sew it and buy it but we cant grow it?

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/articl...
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:40 AM
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3. I always root for my Miss PA., but I'll be watching "Witness for the Prosecution".
Tyrone Power trumps most everything!
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:12 AM
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4. kick and link to Earth Bitch
http://www.earthbitch.com/joomla/index.php \

more tara lynn designs here, including the dress for Miss Vermont

http://www.taralynnstudio.com/bridal/custom_collection....
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:44 AM
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5. I don't see how she has a chance
More brains than boobs is not a winning ticket.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:14 AM
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6. Well, evidently she does have a chance
she just won the the preliminary talent thingie. And it would be a riot to have a Bernie supporting eco-minded Northeast Kingdom girl as Miss America.
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:18 AM
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7. I think it would be a good thing if she does win
I'm just looking at such competitions from a cynical perspective. Perhaps it's because the wingnuts made such a big deal about Palin being a "beauty queen".
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:19 AM
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8. Since I'm right next door and she already sounds like a winner, I'll send out
vibes for her to take the crown.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:26 AM
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9. My home state as well
I'll root for her gladly. :bounce:




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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:27 AM
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10. Go vermont. I might watch but I always skip the question portion. Too embarrassing.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:44 AM
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11. excruciating
The whole thing is dumb, but I'm into it because Ashley's a local girl and different from the usual type- also my son went to graded school with her.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:49 AM
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13. I like watching the dresses and the competition. But the question and answer sessions.. too painful.
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:46 AM
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12. Sorry - it's Delaware's year
First the V.P. and now Miss America. Go Delaware! :headbang:
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:54 AM
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14. Probably a lot more likely than Miss Vermont
but I doubt Miss Delware is a liberal, environmentalist. And I know she won't be wearing a hemp and recycled lace evening gown made in a solar powered studio.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:23 PM
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15. what network?
what time?
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:18 PM
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17. TLC at 8 p.m.
be there and be square.
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dem629 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:49 PM
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16. I'll be rooting for the hottest one.
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