Queer Eye Show and Party a Success!
Shots from the show!
Brian Monaghan and Paul were great! Great friends, like all the guests.
Rita and John enjoy the show.
Rising stars, Pete Ryan and Brian Sica perform.
What a night! A packed house of over one
hundred of John's closest friends partied to the music of the Brian Monaghan
band, and other guest musicians, then watched the debut of John's Queer Eye
episode as if it were a football game, cheering every verbal assault that John
(Ultimate Straight Guy), his family, friends and the fab five had for each
other. it was one of the series best shows ever and the crowd had a great
time. The food and hospitality were excellent as Carmel and Jimmy were
gracious hosts, along with bartender Glen. Here is a synopsis of the show
from the queer eye site:
Here is what Bravo wrote on their web page:
RAISING THE STAKES
||The Ultimate Straight Guy
||Rockaway Beach, Queens
As a wise man once said, "you've got to know when to hold 'em,
know when to fold 'em." We think he was talking about cashmere
sweaters, but it turns out to be just as true of poker. This
week, we've got a poker-playing dad who is ready to walk away
from bad hair and bad beer, and run straight to the Fab Five for
John is a teacher and former police officer who likes to get
together with his friends and sons to play cards. He would like
to see their poker night become a little more swank, and his
wife Rita would love to see the same happen to his dull wardrobe
and their semi-furnished home. The Fab Five's Mission (with the
help of guest expert
Phil Gordon): give John the poker skills and style help he
needs to turn his casual card game into a poker night to
...years spent on the beach without sunscreen or moisturizer
have left him with dry, cracked skin.
...his wardrobe is long on t-shirts and shorts, worn even in the
dead of winter.
...you might think the mottled green paint in his living room
was the worst you'd ever seen — until you visited his bedroom
and saw the blue walls spotted with white, cloud-like dots.
...his face is well-hidden by a beard and shaggy, sheep dog
...has a habit of starting home improvement projects but leaving
...his poker night refreshments: little more than bowl of chips
and a cooler of cheap beer.
...his poker playing style: get drunk, lose big.
"All my friends are, like, 'who's that guy? He looks like a
hippie'." — his son
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RAISING THE STAKES:
JOHN GOES ALL-IN
Being a cop must have been hard work, because John sure is
taking it easy now: super-casual clothing, unfinished home
improvement projects all around the house, and
straight-from-the-bag snacks at his monthly poker game. But a
little effort can often go a long way, as John is about to find
John's day begins with Thom at the furniture/hardware store.
Together they shop for some big, new pieces as well as some of
the little things he needs to finish off those incomplete
projects. Touring the store, they select curtains and dining
chairs — or, in John's case, poker chairs.
The family living room is brought to life with little touches:
new drapes, striped throw pillows and a sand-friendly flat
striped rug. New chairs, new paint and new light fixtures make
all the difference in the dining room, while shuttered doors
restore some privacy to the kitchen when the poker game is on.
Ted has said that "life is too short to drink cheap booze," and
that maxim certainly applies to bad beer. Fortunately, he and
John don't have to travel too far to sample exceptional suds as
they head across the East river to Brooklyn's top craft brewery.
After a tour of the premises, they taste a variety of beers
including a pilsner and a lager. (You can see Ted holding a
glass of stout, too.)
Over beers in the kitchen, Ted shows John how to make three
great sandwiches: a muffaletta, a red pepper caprese and "the
Rockaway club." (Only the last of these is actually seen in the
show.) Recipes for all three are — as usual — in our
Hints & Tips section.
Once Jai frees himself from John's handcuffs (remember, kids,
always make sure there's a key handy), he brings John and Thom
to a downtown billiard and gaming supply store. There they pick
up a green felt poker tabletop and a set of monogrammed poker
chips. Having the right equipment is one thing; knowing what to
do with it is another matter entirely. To supply some
much-needed poker savvy, Jai calls on
Celebrity Poker Showdown expert Phil Gordon. You can
review them for yourself in our
Hints & Tips section.
Upon first meeting John, Kyan declared, "now that's some hair I
can work with." A trip to the salon offers him a chance to make
good on that promise, supervising a new haircut that provides
added texture and movement. Aside from the new 'do, he is
treated to a manicure and pedicure.
John has spent years on the beach without sunscreen, and it
shows in his sun-damaged skin. Kyan recommends a line of
sunscreen and lotions, with a minimum SPF of 15.
One of the great things about having a job with a uniform is
that you never have to worry about what to wear. Since John left
the police force, he's been living and working in Rockaway Beach
and has adapted his wardrobe accordingly. Still, beach-y and
dressy are not mutually incompatible, so Carson helps John find
more stylish variations on his favorite theme.
Those new beach-y items will have to wait in the closet; poker
night calls for something a little more sophisticated. Although
it's not his usual attire, John looks dashing in a light green
shirt, lightweight slacks, loafers and a sports jacket. Even
more swank is a blue shirt with dark blue pinstripe jacket,
accessorized with a pocket handkerchief and lightly tinted
John starts — where else? — with a beer in the kitchen, as he
fries up bacon and prepares more club sandwiches. Then he heads
upstairs for a speed-shave, and a somewhat less than perfect
application of hair product. Against Carson's wishes, John opts
for the flip-fops over the loafers. (Let's be grateful he got
that pedicure.) Still, despite some questionable choices you
can't deny he looks pretty hot.
Wife Rita and daughter Trish are flabbergasted by the changes
Thom has made. For the first time ever, she's got a finished,
fully-furnished home. By prior arrangement with Jai, John has a
car pick up the girls and take them to fancy dinner in
Manhattan. Just because it's "boys' night" doesn't mean the
girls can't have fun too.
The guys show up, and John is surprised to see that Carson has
gotten to them, too, dressing them all up in "Sopranos chic."
His friends — several of whom continue to wear their shades
inside, at night — tease him about his pedicure and his
sandwiches, but seem sincerely impressed with the changes.
Though John certainly looks like a winner, his game doesn't live
up to his look; his dapper nephew nabs the final pot.
John is a man's man, yet his time with the Fab Five showed that
loafers and manicures don't prevent you from doing traditional
straight guy things. Maybe a little more practice and a little
less beer will improve his future poker performance but,
winnings aside, there's no question that John has earned the
title of best Hold 'Em Host in Rockaway Beach.
Here is some pictures of the house before and
The living room wall before:
Here's the new couch:
Dining Room got a makeover too!
Check out the new Entertainment furniture:
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