Fantasia Fair Awards Banquet

 

Hear Ye, hear Ye! You are invited

To the Gala Fantasia Fair Awards Banquet!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

6:30 – 10:00 pm

Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial Street

 

We wind up the Fair with our Fantasia Fair Awards Banquet on Saturday night. There we present awards to the deserving and say our goodbyes to old and new friends. We console ourselves by remembering the next Fair is only a year away, and we begin counting down the days. You’ll want to wear your finest regalia for this event We’ll see some of our friends at brunch the next morning, but we’ll miss those who leave early by car or plane, so we make sure we get our hugs and we do our best to wipe away our tears. Until next year!  Congeniality, Most Helpful, and Fantasia Fair awards are presented by the previous year’s recipient(s).

 

The Alison Laing Congeniality Award

Presented by Arden Ruttan and Rhonda Williams

 Dottie (L) and Alison Laing

The Alison Laing Congeniality Award is chosen by secret ballot from all participants attending the Fair. The award goes to the participant who was the most open, outgoing, easy to talk with, and friendly, and who gave a sparkle to the group. This award is named after Alison Laing, who with her wife Dottie played a huge role in Fantasia Fair during the 1980s and 1990s. Both are beloved by the Fair. They were both outgoing and friendly, but Alison went absolutely goes out of her way to make people feel comfortable with themselves, here at the Fair and elsewhere. She received the Congeniality Award in 1986 and the Fantasia Fair Award in 1992. She is, among other things,  an author, a founder of the nonprofit Renaissance Education Association, and Executive Director of the International Foundation for Gender Education. Many of Alison’s photographs can be found at the Digital Transgender Archive. Their publication there caused a minor sensation when they were first published.

The Alison Laing Congeniality Award will be presented by last year’s recipient, Nick Greiner.

 

Digital Photos of Alison Laing

Alison Laing Congeniality Award Recipients

  • 1975: Florence Jardine
  • 1976: Alice Millard
  • 1977: Michelle Ann Bolis
  • 1978: Sandy Eisenbraun
  • 1979: Kathleen Karter
  • 1980: Naomi Owen
  • 1981: Naomi Owen
  • 1982: Eve Burchert
  • 1983: Linda Walker
  • 1984: Lisa Beal
  • 1985: Jenny Stevens
  • 1986: Alison Laing
  • 1987: Cheryl Johnson
  • 1988: Geri Lee
  • 1989: Cindy Pearlman
  • 1990: Jane Mulvena
  • 1991: Maureen Taylor
  • 1992: Judy Osborne
  • 1993: Jamie Stowell
  • 1994: Vicki Chesebro
  • 1995: Kerri Reeder
  • 1996: Pamela Geddes
  • 1997: Miqqi Alicia Gilbert
  • 1998: Emily Sheldon
  • 1999: Remind Us!
  • 2000: Brenda Viola
  • 2001: Karen Fox
  • 2002: Trankila
  • 2003: Sherry Ashton
  • 2004: Jamie Dailey
  • 2005: Erin Fischer
  • 2006: Dawn Marie Vaux
  • 2007: Jennifer M. Barge
  • 2008: Robyn Balzen-Weglarz
  • 2009: Kimmie Eng
  • 2010: Chrissy Sue McCarty
  • 2011: Sophia Cassivi
  • 2012: Phyllis Ann Randt
  • 2013: Luna Maria
  • 2014: Cody Suzuki
  • 2015: Temperance DuWitt
  • 2016: Karen Jandro
  • 2017: Nick Greiner
  • 2018: Rhonda Williams
  • 2018 Arden Ruttan

 

The Brenda Viola Most Helpful Award

Presented by Jolie LaValle

This award is given to the person who gives most unstintingly of their time and energy in service to Fantasia Fair and its attendees. The award is named for long-time Fair attendee and volunteer Brenda Viola. Brenda served on the planning committee and did the daily Fair newsletters for many years. Brenda was always willing to chip in and do her share, and more, always with a smile on her face.. The awardee is chosen by the Fantasia Fair Planning Committee.

The Brenda Viola Most Helpful Award will be presented by last year’s recipient, Madeline Marquardt.

 

 

Brenda Viola Most Helpful Award Recipents

  • 1975: Brandy Alexander
  • 1976: Unknown
  • 1977: Unknown
  • 1978: Merissa Sherrill Lynn
  • 1979: Maxine McDonald
  • 1980: Jenny Charvat
  • 1981: Delores Carter
  • 1982: Dede Jones
  • 1983: Elayne Coyle
  • 1984: Sheila Kirk
  • 1985: Charlene Byrd
  • 1986: Gerri Lee
  • 1987: Linda Walker
  • 1988: Cheryl Thompson
  • 1989: Emily Sheldon
  • 1990: Alexandria Irving
  • 1991: Helen Garfinkle
  • 1992: Kerri Reeder
  • 1993: Anne Forester
  • 1994: Joanne White
  • 1995: Janet Green
  • 1996: Brenda Viola
  • 1997: Jayne Robinson
  • 1998: Stephanie Pierce
  • 1999: Lynn Smith
  • 2000: Stephanie Pierce
  • 2001: Kathryn Bode
  • 2002: Jamie Dailey
  • 2003: Dawn Marie Vaux
  • 2004: Stephany Fountain
  • 2005: Jo Utscheig
  • 2006: Michelle Garrett
  • 2007: Lynda and Marilyn Frank
  • 2008: Pattie Ann Fanning
  • 2009: Audri Bazlen
  • 2010: Katherine and Anne K.
  • 2011: Dainna Cicotello
  • 2011: Jan Brown
  • 2012: Robyn Bazlen-Weglarz
  • 2012: Liz Winter
  • 2013: Mary Beth Cooper
  • 2014: Carolyn Caywood
  • 2015: Karen Jandro
  • 2016: Brian Hanechak
  • 2017: Madeline Marquardt
  • 2018: Jolie LaValle

 

Friend of the Fair Award

This award goes to an individual, service or business from the larger community who has demonstrated longstanding service and support to Fantasia Fair and its attendees. Unlike our other awards, it is not given every year.

Friend of the Fair Award Recipients

  • 1998: Dana Noble
  • 2003: Brian Knittel
  • 2004: Andy Turocy
  • 2008: Steve & Betsy Melamed
  • 2008: Sandra Cole
  • 2012: Cape Air
  • 2012: Rick Reynolds
  • 2012: Rick Murray
  • 2013: Hera Navassardian
  • 2013: Earl Kendall
  • 2014: Dyer’s Beach House
  • 2015: Maureen Osborne, Ph.D.
  • 2016: Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D.
  • 2017: Rob Anderson
  • 2018: Carrie Lopes

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by Dallas Denny. This award debuted in 2018.

  • 2018: Niela Miller, MS

 

Fantasia Fair Award

Presented by Kimmie Eng and Cody Suzuki

 

                                    Past Fantasia Fair Award Recipients, 2014

 

The Fantasia Fair Award is our highest and most prestigious honor. It goes to the individual or individuals who best embody the spirit of Fantasia Fair by active participation and service over several Fairs. They exemplify the best qualities of a Fantasia Fair participant and stand as a sincere example of the Fair’s ideals of love, support, and community. The honoree is selected by past Fantasia Fair Award recipients, who meet for lunch on Wednesday of the Fair. When white smoke comes out of the chimney of Fanizzi’s Restaurant By the Sea, everyone knows the recipient has been chosen.

Fantasia Fair Award Winners

  • 1975: No Award
  • 1976: No Award
  • 1977:Winnie Brant
  • 1978 Jackie Hanifin
  • 1979: Julia LaFaye
  • 1980: Betty Ann Lind
  • 1981: Frances Gibson
  • 1982: Janna Page
  • 1983: Naomi Owen
  • 1984: Paula Neilson
  • 1985: Eve Burchert
  • 1986: Ramona Miller
  • 1987: Maureen Taylor
  • 1988: Penny North
  • 1989: Laura Caldwell
  • 1990: Sheila Kirk
  • 1991: Barbara Cragg
  • 1992: Alison Laing
  • 1993: Christine Howey
  • 1994: Andrea Susan Malick
  • 1995: Cindy Pearlman
  • 1996: Jamie Stowall
  • 1997: Judy Osborne
  • 1998: Brenda Viola
  • 1998: Laurence Crisara
  • 1999: Susan & Barbara Curry
  • 2000: Miqqi Alicia Gilbert
  • 2001: Stephanie Pierce
  • 2001: Jamison Green
  • 2002: Dallas Denny
  • 2003: Kathryn Bode
  • 2003: Mark Rosen
  • 2004: Milton Diamond
  • 2004: Emily Sheldon
  • 2005: Phyllis Fink
  • 2006: Gary Malick
  • 2006: Jamie Dailey
  • 2007: Lauren Bode
  • 2007: Dottie Laing
  • 2008: Dawn Marie Vaux
  • 2009: Abby Saypen
  • 2010: Jayne Robinson
  • 2011: Holly Boswell
  • 2012: Dainna Cicotello
  • 2013: Erin Fisher Daily
  • 2014: Ann and Katherine Klett
  • 2015: Mary Beth Cooper
  • 2016: Carolyn Caywood
  • 2016: Liz Winter
  • 2017: Karen Jandro
  • 2017: Temperance DuWitt
  • 2018: Cody Suzuki
  • 2018: Kimmie Eng