Another Miss Ocean City crowned

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Miss Ocean City 2015 was crowned recently on the Music Pier stage, but not before 10 young ladies endured a week of rehearsals leading up to the big night. Monday through Thursday night, contestants rehearsed their talent routines and learned dance steps for the opening and closing numbers under the direction of former Miss Ocean City Devon Vanderslice.

Maribeth Neall and Linda Gronert timed each contestant’s talent to be sure they were under two minutes. Thanks to Jessica Milne, who handled the sound system during rehearsals. Anita Culp got contestants ticket orders while stage manager Don Paul discussed props needed on stage for the talent competition. Jane Lugo made sure there were healthy snacks and water to fortify contestants during rehearsals.

Tuesday night, hostesses got up close and personal as they conducted mock interviews with contestants to prepare them for the judge’s interview Saturday. Samantha Del Sordo loves bright red lipstick as does this columnist, who has been wearing Revlon’s “Love That Red” lipstick since high school. Miranda Schumacher was surprised when she recognized her fifth grade teacher, Suzan LaRosa, during her interview while Nicole Bachich and Jayne Snyder enjoyed catching up with Barb Adams, one of their nursery school teachers. McKayla Perry revealed she has a brother whose first name is Finnegan.

Wednesday evening, contestants had fun dressed as American idols in the Miss Ocean City Parade along Asbury Avenue then up to the boardwalk. Miss Ocean City Carley Del Sordo led the parade portraying Marilyn Monroe in a white halter dress. BriarRose Ginn was a turquoise Lady Liberty complete with lighted sequin crown and torch made by her mother. Nicole Bachich wore a vintage bathing suit portraying movie star and swimmer Esther Williams. Miranda Schumacher was Rosie the Riveter in work boots with white ruffle socks and a sign that read “We Can Do It.”

Kendall Coughlin wore a pink boucle suit and matching pillbox hat as Jackie Kennedy while Emily Aita was Wonder Woman. Jayne Snyder looked like the pictures of Grace Kelly on the covers of two vintage Life magazines she carried in the parade. Abby Montemurro was Kate Middleton and McKayla Perry was Audrey Hepburn with her turquoise Tiffany shopping bags. A breast cancer advocate, Isabella Rose portrayed Susan G. Komen, with a pink boa that was shedding.

Samantha Del Sordo sported a Uncle Sam outfit complete with red, white and blue rhinestone studded shoes she created and had a great time showing her shoes along the parade route. Joe Del Sordo put the top down on his Volkswagen Bug to drive a contestant when parade director Stu Sirott was short one convertible, so Karen Del Sordo had to run for the Music Pier to catch their daughters in the parade. Patrick Juliano sported a red, white and blue Cat in the Hat top hat when he chauffeured Samantha and this columnist in his sporty convertible.

Parade judges chairman Jerry Kanefsky kept the parade moving smoothly while Bill Culp announced contestants and hostesses when they drove by the Music Pier. I waved to Leigh Batastini along the parade route and spotted Anne Glenning snapping pictures of granddaughter McKayla when she passed by. Delaney Heenan and Paige Schoultz were on hand to cheer for Carley and Samantha Del Sordo.

Friday night excitement built when rehearsals moved to the Music Pier, where Stu Sirott and Mike Bloom had power drills going constructing the set while contestants ran through dress rehearsal. Joyce Trofa, Joanne Budnick and Rose Haas ran across the boardwalk to Primo’s and came back with six piping hot pizzas for all to enjoy.

Brigitte Walls’ granddaughter, Sophia Tucker, presented each contestant with a beaded bracelet she made. Ralph Bingham chauffeured contestants from the Music Pier to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Saturday afternoon for interviews with the five judges.

It was show time Saturday night when Linda Gronert and I arrived at the Music Pier and stopped to chat with George Reeves and Joe Libby, who were ready to sell program books under the loggia while Mark Cassidy had a team of ushers, Keith Hartzell, David Powell, John McGuigan, Ozzie Jordan, Brandan Dieerolf, Ron Denney, Ed Sheppard, Tom Rotundi and Jerry Kanefsky, lined up and in navy Exchange Club golf shirts and khaki slacks. These guys looked like a security team when they lined up around the stage after the crowning to keep family and friends at bay until the press got photos.

I chatted with Bonnie Brothers-Kelly before heading upstairs where hostesses helped contestants with the opening number outfits. Sally Onesty, Lauren Moran and Deana LaGreca from A Bella Salon did contestants hair and makeup.

Former Miss Ocean City Andie Cocozza opened the pageant singing the national anthem while Bill Culp served as host. The hometown crowd cheered as Miss Ocean City 2014 Carley Del Sordo led contestants on stage for the opening routine. This St. Joeseph’s University sophomore was highlighted throughout the evening singing and dancing in many numbers.

Upstairs, hostesses helped with the quick changes from swimsuits to talent competition outfits. Hostesses Sue Jordan and Eileen Adams showed off their dexterity when they stretched their legs on the ballet bar in front of the mirrored walls while Judy Roseland dropped her jaw in awe. Maribeth Neall, Sue Doll and Andrea Paul got their exercise running the stairs making sure contestants were ready for each entrance.

Pageant director Warren Iredell thanked the production staff and Carley for representing Ocean City during the past year. Carley thanked those who made her year successful during a slide presentation highlighting her reign. When Carley took her final walk on the runway, she stopped to kiss Mom and Dad, who gave her flowers, then it was time for the closing number and the crowning of Miss Ocean City 2015.

Winning the swimsuit (physical fitness) and evening gown (poise and on stage question) preliminaries, Kendall Coughlin, a crowd favorite, broke down in tears as her name was called, Carley placed the crown on her head and she walked the runway to cheers and applause from family and friends. Proud parents, Jill and John Coughlin, along with Kendall’s extended family gathered on stage for pictures while contestants congratulated the new queen.

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan


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