Dinah Shore is heaven on earth, literally. What I saw before my eyes as I stepped into the Hilton Hotel made me NEVER want to go home again. The way that sun caressed the skin of so many wet bodies as they pranced and danced around the open oasis just proved that I was nowhere near home. The Bacardi Lemonade and beer were being pounded left and right to quench our thirst under the hot sun. The Hip Hop was playing and the asses were shaking. I didn't know which dancer to tip first. All of the girls were friendly, very friendly. Making friends was not hard to do at all even if you showed up to the celebration alone.
Day 2 at the pool was when the party really took off. Many girls were free enough to go topless and show the world what they had to offer. The liberation and the reason we understood why we were all their had been realized as the crowd got looser. Crytstal Waters took the stage and served the crowd sassiness and guided our free feelings with 100% Pure Love. After interviewing her, she explained that House music will never die as she still struts strong. I was blown away by her moves and her sweaty dancers.
However, during the Black Party evening, there was another party going on. Everyone was talking about this party so we know we had to be there. Krave was the poppin' side party. Tons of girls were there having a freaky ratchet time at the Hacienda. And boy were the drinks strong. If you ever want to get a little wild with the ladies, Krave is where it's at.
Finally, Sunday had come for the closing for Dinah. However, it was not a recovery or relaxing type of closing. It was more of a "this is my last chance to be a lesbian of true debauchery". Many girls were getting to the point of blacking out at the pool party since it was our last chance to turn up. Rose Royce gave a beautiful performance even though we were all wasted. After interviewing Rose Royce, they said "be the individual that you are and don't care about what anyone else thinks about you." This is a message for all lesbians here at the Dinah that it is truly important to be ourselves no matter what anyone else says to us.
As we came to the closing party at the Zelda, many women were still incoherent and drunk. But by the end of that party we had all become friends or maybe even girlfriends. It was truly an event of unity even while we were in such a different state of mind. This has been a great 25th anniversary celebration and we cannot wait to have many more.
Reporter/Blogger: April Ewing