John Warrener Memorial Service – July 19

DrWarrenerThis announcement comes from John’s TGFashions.com web site:

A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, on the grounds of Saint Anne Shrine, a place where John found great comfort and peace.

All who know or love John are welcome to attend. Please dress comfortably with respect for this holy place of God.

Saint Anne Shrine
16 Church Street
Fiskdale, MA. 01518
Sunday, July 19, from 12 Noon Until 4 P.M.

The following obituary is appearing in several local papers. Clearly John Warrener was a person of hidden depths, including a Ph.D.!

Dr. John J. Warrener went to heaven early Friday morning, June 19, 2015, peacefully, with his very close personal friend by his side, at his home in Massachusetts. Dawn will carry on, in his footprints!

Dr. Warrener leaves his brother, Joseph Warrener of Seekonk, MA., His uncle, Phillip Ferris, his cousins, Anita, Geraldine and Kathleen, his good friend Jennifer of CT. and thousands of friends all over the world.

John was born in Providence, RI. in 1952, son of the late John F. Warrener and Sarah F. Warrener. John grew up in Seekonk, MA. and graduated from high school. He then worked Several jobs to put himself through eleven years of college.

Dr. Warrener graduated with degrees from Rhode Island College. John then obtained several more college degrees and earned his doctorate in music education.

John’s writing has been published in peer-reviewed literature on several occasions.

He was a big fan and friend of both Jim Nabors and Tony Orlando, who each influenced his future in music.

John was also a singer and musician who enjoyed performing, and entertaining audiences. He enjoyed creating shows and theatrical productions for others as well, but, most important to him is that he loves his family, friends, students and patrons.

Dr. Warrener was a music teacher for over 35 years, positively influencing the lives of thousands of young people through music education and the performing arts. He retired from teaching.

Dr. Warrener was then self employed, generously and selflessly helping people, all over the world.

John Warrener

JohnWarrenerAs most of you already know John Warrener passed away on Friday morning June 19th.

The moment I heard of his passing I started remembering some of the things I shared with this wonderful man!

When we had our Christmas Party last year at the club, I received an email from John, asking me if we needed a Santa Claus . Naturally I said yes! He said okay I’m your Santa Claus. If I feel well enough I’ll be there but don’t tell anybody! So I just said in our Christmas Party Promotion, we might have a special  visit  from someone that evening and left it art that.

About 9:30 at our House Party Santa Claus came marching in yelling HO HO HO! Needless to say John was the hit of the party! He drove all the way from Sturbridge to do this! After his arrival he had to sit down for a while because he was weak from the chemo treatments!

At First Event John and I were walking toward the restaurant and while we were walking he takes his cell phone out of his pocket and pretended he was dialing it. I knew he wasn’t and he started ordering food, a bottle of wine, etc and he said, bill it to Paula Howard! We both laughed.

I will miss John very much but my memories of him will always be with me!

John, it was a pleasure to have known you!

Put in a good word for me!

Love, Paula
TCNE Chairperson

John Warrener, recipient of a First Event 2015 Community Service Award, opened one of the first transgender oriented web sites in 1996. It soon grew to include a brick and mortar store in Auburn, Massachusetts and eventually expanded to include a Glamour Boutique in Las Vegas and Studio City, CA. For decades, Glamour Boutique has been the go-to resource for transgender women requiring cross dressing advice, clothing and services, especially those new to the community. In 2007 he sold the GlamourBoutique.com web site and after a five year non-compete opened a second online vendor in 2012, TGFashions.com. From shoes to wigs, John supplied generations of transwomen both locally and nationally. His retail store remains open, still located in Auburn, MA. For more history see TGFashions.com/about-us.

House Party Canceled July 4

TCNE will be closed next Saturday, July 4, 2015 and the regularly scheduled House Party is canceled due to the holiday. The next Saturday party will be on July 18 and is likely to be our annual BBQ, though that is not official yet.

Trans Family Project Shows and Tells Family Acceptance

trans family photo gallery project Family acceptance is often hard for many of us, no matter how we identify in the transgender community.  A new project may help that family acceptance.  It is called the Trans Family Project. It is an art exhibit for children, featuring photographs of a family with a transgender grandparent. It is sweet, and its impact is significant as it shows how the kids relate to their grandparent and their acceptance and can open the dialogue for others on this topic.

The exhibit will debut at the Provincetown Library on Cape Cod for Family Equality Council’s Family Week in late July. After its run in P-town, the exhibit will re-open at Boston Children’s Museum in October. We hope to travel the exhibit to other venues after that.

You can read more about and see the intro video for it on their website here: https://www.indiegogo.com/proje…/trans-family-photo-gallery…

 

Summer Sizzler Party – June 12

It’s back – bigger and better than ever! The Most Sizzling Party of the Summer, Glamour Boutique’s SUMMER SIZZLER!

John Warrener and Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, announces they are sponsoring its Third Annual SUMMER SIZZLER Party from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, June 12th at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and although on Route 9 in Westborough is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

Although not a requirement, this is the opportunity to start the summer off right by wearing your hottest outfit. You are encouraged to sizzle up the night with your sexiest clothing option for the annual MISS SUMMER SIZZLER contest. The three finalists for MISS SUMMER SIZZLER of which be chosen by secret judges. The actual Miss Summer Sizzler will then be determined by the audience.

Royal Productions along with DJ Paula will be BACK providing an incredible DJ experience along with some special effect lighting to create an outstanding musical atmosphere for everyone. So be prepared to dance the night away.

What makes this party an incredible night for anyone wishing to attend is that it is a PRIVATE Party where people can change into their femme outfits at the country club or come dressed – ready to party. There will be absolutely NO OUTSIDE PEOPLE attending and thus, no chance of being outed. A great night for first timers as well as a great night for those used to being in public. The sponsors ask PLEASE, PLEASE do not put a damper on the event with poor behavior. The club has licences at risk should there be liquor and/or drug issues. Please help us maintain the event as a safe and fun one for everyone that we have had in the past.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. Then in the center is a room with tables that people can sit and talk at which end is the bar. On the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor and tables and chairs for resting and/or watching the dancers. The website address of the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

All CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, Etc are welcome to party and dance the night away. Drinks are very reasonable at the club and we will have munchies available too. Kendra, who did a fantastic job with photography at out Spring Bling, will be back back everyone look better than ever.

The sponsors have made arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate, which is about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $59.95 for up to 2 people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is (508) 842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING EVENT at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econo Lodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 on the right side. The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532

The actual closest motel to the club is Motel 6 which is within a mile of the Country Club. Located on the same side of the street as Indian Meadows. They have decent rates and their address information is Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westboro, 508-366-0202.

Cost for the party is as follows: If you call or e-mail in a reservation you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or Pay $15 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the country club is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

For GPS users the address is 275 Turnpike Road in Westboro (it is on the western part of Westborough) and please look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point. (Please Note: there is another Wendy’s near 495 but it is east of the 495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the West Side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own that is there for traffic heading down the long driveway to the country club which is bordered by. There is a Burlington Coat Factory Outlet behind the Wendys. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from 495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. (Westboro Toyota, then Glick Nissan Dealership and then the driveway to the Country Club.)

If you need more info, just drop John Warrener a line at jwarrener@aol.com or call the store at 508-721-7800 (Toll Free: 888-721-3177) or drop on in at their store, Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

ALSO For updates on the party www.tgfashions.com, please Friend us on Facebook at: /www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

For Makeover Appointments, please contact John Warrenere at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 (Toll Free-888-721-3177) and he will arrange one of our make up artists for you.

So join us for a sizzling evening of great music, dancing, hot outfits, and conversations with some old and new friends on Friday, June 12th.

T- Social Party – April 30

T- Social Spring Party, sponsored by Fenway Health, is here! For all transgender, transsexual, gender queer, and gender non-conforming people, cross-dressers, SOFFAs, friends, and allies of anyone who crosses mainstream society’s notions of gender. Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm. Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave,Boston, MA. Free & open to the public. Featuring light fare, door prizes and entertainment. For more information: call Alex 617.927.6449 or email asolange@fenwayhealth.org

Film Screening – April 29

ChanceToDressA Chance to Dress by Alice Bouvrie (2015, 40 minutes) documents the challenges and difficulties that John Southard, a world- renowned and respected geologist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  experienced coming out as an open cross-dresser.  It also shows the TCNE clubhouse one evening. It will be shown at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on April 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are required. See the website here.

 

Spring Bling Party – April 10

Bling15Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is sponsoring their spring party April 10! Glamour Boutique’s parties have become a popular tradition in the transgender community and are always one of the biggest events of the year.

Glamour Boutique’s second annual Spring Bling Party happens from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, April 10th, at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and, although on Route 9 in Westborough, it is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

This will be a great opportunity for you to put away your winter blah outfits and pull out your spring finery. Then add a touch of BLING to get in the spirit of the new season. What better way than to say farewell to the brutal winter we have had than dancing the night away in your best outfit?

Any and all CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc are welcome to party and dance the night away.   Drinks are very reasonable at the club and we will have munchies available too.

There will be a Miss Sprint Bling that will be chosen by secret judge vote. Miss Gigi and/or Jackie Diamond who will make the announcement at midnight. Miss Spring Bling and two runner ups will receive tiaras. The criteria for this contest is BLING!

Our hostess of the night will be the vivacious Miss Gigi from Salem. Decorations will be done by the lovely Kelly. Miss Jackie Diamond of diamonddancemusic.com will be DJing for the event. She will be doing a special set of Karaoke Music. Please contact her if interested at: missjackiediamond@comcast.net.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $20 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, email or call Glamour Boutique at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

For party updates please Friend www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

For Makeover Appointments, please jwarrener@aol.com, 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 to requiest one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists.

Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $64.95 for the full room. The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .

The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates: Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

Directions: Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point.  There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

Please join us April 10 for a great yet safe night!

Bury Your Battered Skin Top Wig and Advance Ahead to a Lace Front

by Nicole Renee, I’m Hot Studio, Amesbury, MA

If it could cry, it would have whimpered one, faint, last snivel.

I stood there in disbelief. . .shock. . .awe. . .and just stared at it.

This lifeless, plastic scalped, chew-toy of a wig was ready for a proper burial.  There was no way I would allow my client, Kathy, to wear this frizzy “animal” on her head. . .to continue on this road-kill path of ratty wigs.

“I’ve had this piece for so long, but I guess it’s time to move forward.”

“Yes,” I agreed, “ You will be SO happy you did!” Tossing the wig to the side, I declared, “We are on a journey to cooler, lighter and more natural looking wigs!”

Many of my clients have started with skin tops when they first venture into the colorful and  endless world of wigs. These are OK if you’re on a tight budget and cannot spring for a new or higher quality hairpiece. When you can conveniently “find” the money to do so, I highly recommend graduating to lace fronts.

Here’s the Difference 101 between a skin top versus lace front wig: A skin top wig has hair punched into a scalp-like material, either latex or polyurethane. A lace front wig has hair attached as small knots into a lace mesh material. Let’s examine the pros and cons of each.

Benefits of Skin Tops

Price motivates buyers to purchase a skin top. They are cheaper and novice wig shoppers often grab the hairpiece that’s easiest on the purse.

Cons of Skin Tops

Skin tops may be light on the wallet but they’re heavy on the sweat. Polyurethane and latex suffocate the skin. These materials make for uncomfortable wearing if you’re a heavy sweater or live in a warm climate. Perspiration trickles down to melting your makeup job as well.

The hair movement is relatively stiff as its restricted by the plastic base, contributing to an artificial look.

Adding hair to thinning spots on a skin top base can be done but good luck finding a ventilator gunning for the job. This is labor intensive, expensive and potentially damages the inflexible cap. Reinvest your money on a quality lace front wig.

Benefits of Lace Fronts

The benefits of lace fronts outweigh the cons. The breathable lace allows for the flow through of air. They part easily, lending to versatile styling options. The hair flows with grace and ease in a lace base versus a rigid, plastic foundation.

A quality lace front, looks like the hair grows out of your head and the hairline density can be tailored. An experienced ventilator can add hair into the lace to cover thinning areas as the hairpiece thins.

Cons of Lace Fronts

Many web shoppers get excited to find a “deal” on a longer lace front ($100 or less) but often when it arrives, the density is thin, sparse in the bang area, or it sheds heavily upon brushing.

Sometimes a square or dense round  hairline needs to be customized.

Quality deluxe lace fronts are pricey but you get what you pay for. You’re paying for labor intensive knitting, a medium or heavier density, rooted or multi-dimensional color, length and hair type.

Questions to Ask When Buying

  • What type of lace is used? French lace tends to be more durable and scratchy for some versus softer, delicate Swiss lace options.
  • What types of knots are used? A well made lace front is weaved with double knots to secure the hair. A weakly woven single knot lace front sheds heavily on the first brushing or balds quicker.
  • How is the cap adjustable? I recommend hook and eye straps. The hair gets caught in velcro straps and pull strings loosen and wear quickly.
  • What is the density? Light density: 80%. Light to Medium Density: 80-100%. Under 100%, why buy a balding wig? lol. Medium to Heavy 100-130%. This is typical stock density. Closer to 120-130%, the better. Heavy: 150%. Mostly for performers who want a super full style

So, that’s a quick, cheat sheet guide. Many online wigs have this information in their descriptions.

As for my client, Kathy, she has officially embraced lace fronts!

When I applied the layer flowing design on Kathy, a smile and blush glowed over her face. “I feel so glamorous and it looks so real!” The chest length, chocolate brown with buttery blonde highlights definitely had that “movie star” quality.

We finished customizing the front and she confidently waved goodbye, with a toss of her hair and a beaming smile, she was ready to conquer her day!

TG Discussion Group Cancelled 3/12

The monthly TG Discussion Group scheduled for Thursday, March 12 has been cancelled. The next meeting should be in April.