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We are just working away on all our plans for the big MILLION QUEEN MARCHTM Weekend, 18-20 MARCH 2010! Everything is not finalized yet (PASSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE YET—CHILL OUT!) but here’s some updated stuff for you in the meantime:

OUR SPONSORS—boundless blessings be upon them forever—Firefly® Sweet Tea Vodka, Southern Beverage/Michelob Ultra, Comcast, and Clear Channel Radio are back and new to the line-up of People We Love the Most in All The World: Pepsi/Brown Bottling Group!

None of this Weekend would be happening if not for the help we get from these folks—REMEMBER THEM and show your appreciation by SUPPORTING THEM EVERY CHANCE YOU GET.

(Remembering always, of course, to drink responsibly—maybe just lie around and listen to Clear Channel and/or watch something on Comcast if you are consuming a few Mich Ultras or Firefly® Sweet Tea drinks (mixed with a delightful Pepsi product)—but if you’re going to be driving—then DRINK YOUR PEPSI STRAIGHT—unless you have a designated Pepsi-drinking driver! But THIS weekend, nobody needs to drive—we got BUSES all lined up for you!)

FIRST Big Announcement I have:
The SPQTM BALL will be held for
the first time ever in the Ballroom of the Hilton!

This is GREAT for several reasons:

  • We don’t have to go anywhere on a bus.
  • There will be plenty of room for us all to be together in one big-ass room.
  • We don’t have to go anywhere on a bus.
  • When we get tired, we don’t have to walk to the aforementioned bus and ride it back to the Hilton in order to lie down. We just go straight to our lovely rooms and recline.
  • No bathroom lines and if the bathroom isn’t clean—the always happy housekeeping staff will attend to it pronto.
  • Bars all over the place with bartenders who are gorgeous and who love us more than air and waiters who Live to Serve—with Big Smiles.
  • I said no bus ride, right?
  • Folks who check in late won’t have to miss the Ball—it will be RIGHT THERE, still happening, so you can get your Groove going right away.
  • Free nabs. (Can’t wait to see how many questions I get on that one!)
  • The Ball will last longer on account of it will be RIGHT THERE.


Instead of being first in the line-up of the
28th Annual Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade,
we will be LAST!

As in saving the best for—like Santy Claus in a Christmas Parade. The last non-Queen related float will be followed by all of y’all, proud, prancing members of the MILLION QUEEN MARCHTM, and WE will follow Y’ALL, on our float.

This is GREAT for several reasons:

  • We can party much later on Friday night at the SPQTM BALL AT THE HILTON!
  • WE CAN SLEEP LATER ON SATURDAY MORNING! Whoo-hoo! The Parade won’t start until 12 or 1 (we don’t know yet)—but there is absolutely no point in our getting down there really early—since our spot in the line-up won’t move an inch before 2:00 pm at least—so we can just daince and daince the night before, get a good sleep in and lazily dress for the Parade, then amble down there, midday!


FRIDAY, 19 March 2010: On Friday night, at the SPQTM BALL, at the fabulous Hilton-Jackson, we will be hugely entertained by the totally Queenly BOUFFANTS from Memphis—and also, the ever-amazing KACEY JONES, our own personal SPQTM Songstress. (If you have not heard her song about The Redheaded Man Who Would Not Move—remember him, from The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love?—you will absolutely fall over when you do!)

SATURDAY, 20 March 2010: On Saturday night, at PEARLS & PJ’sTM, also at the fabulous Hilton-Jackson (home of the most incredible hospitality staff in the Universe)—we will be really rocked and rolled just right by THESE DAYS, featuring the inimitable JEWEL BASS. Kacey Jones will also perform between their sets; so, y’all don’t have to stop singing and dancing, ever!

SATURDAY, 20 March 2010: During Pearls & PJ’sTM we’ll also have karaoke going in a separate room! Be sure that you don’t miss Andrew Wallace’s performances.

SOMETIME: Haven’t decided exactly when they’ll be playing yet, but Queen TammyMelanie told me about this great bluegrass/zydeco band called THE DELTA MOUNTAIN BOYS (think about it, pretty funny name)—so I called ‘em up and they’re coming. I asked ‘em if any of ‘em were single. Turns out 2 of ‘em are. I said, good, you married ones—I’ll pay y’all and be sure you bring your wives, we’ll make ‘em Queens in about 5 minutes. The SINGLE ONES—they have to PAY ME for this gig!


We will be keeping the price of the WEEKEND PASS the SAME that it’s been for the last 3 years (THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS); however, we’ve got to be able to have better attendance numbers in advance of the Weekend. SO, once the Passes become available on our site—WHICH THEY ARE NOT NOW so don’t even look—they will be $69 IN ADVANCE—and $80 AT THE DOOR. A similar “late” fee will be attached to the Bathrobe Brunch tickets.


OTHER PLANS for the Weekend continue to unfold so keep checking the PARADE page for updates. Also, if you’re just getting around to making your plans—READ ALL THE OLDER INFO ON THE PARADE PAGE—BEFORE you e-mail me with a question!

We will be going to RENAISSANCE at Colony Park again on Thirsty Thursday—and they will have bigger buses for that this year—and as their plans for us develop, I’ll share them with you. This is a gorgeous shopping center and they had a FABULOUS PARTY for us last year—so you won’t want to miss it—they pull out all the stops and we loooove them for it.

The BIG HAT LUNCHEON will be at BRAVO! once more and Jeff Good is trying to work it out so that he can make his now-famous “thong run” through the restaurant. We are crossing our fingers for that. ATTENTION: Mississippi’s ABC, he wears the thong OVER his pants.

OF COURSE, we’ll be going to the EVERYDAY GOURMET on Friday afternoon for SPQTM Security Chief Marlana’s FAT MAMA’S KNOCK YOU NAKED MARGARITA PARTY.

Be sure you allow time in your travel plans to stay for the BATHROBE BRUNCHTM on Sunday morning at the Hilton—it is the sweetest time of the whole Weekend.

Check back here often, as we’ll up-date our Weekend Festivities Schedule and if you don’t already receive our newsletter, sign-up by clicking the E-Newsletter Signup button on the home page of the website. As soon as Weekend Passes and Brunch Tickets are available, we’ll send out a newsletter about it.

See y’all soon!!!!

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I just looove this! One order for 24 games (6 sets of 4) came from a wonderful woman and her friends in Mineral Texas. The note they wanted in each game will read, “The Ladies of the Graceful Emmaus Reunion Group of Beeville, Texas want to thank you for all you do for our country and for each of us. May God bless every one of you!” Let me second that prayer and add my own, “May God bless each and every one of those ladies in the Graceful Emmaus Reunion Group of Beeville, Texas, too!” If you’re joining late here, go watch the video on the blog or on Facebook–and tell everybody you know! The Queendom helped Batson win that XBox 360 room–we can make THIS HAPPEN, TOO!

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Help the Chirren and support the Troops

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Oh, so thankful-for life, many loves, laughter, liberty-but missing Mama

So very much I am thankful for today–even though it is one of those Dreaded Firsts that we all have to go through after losing someone we love.  Just had my First Birthday as an orphan, now the First Thanksgiving.  Got my First Post-Mama Christmas Tree yesterday–she would be so happy with it–it’s way too big for the room–so it’s JUUUUST RIGHT!

But she not only gave me life–she gave me a WONDERFUL life and she taught me, both by example and, when necessary, relentless nagging–How to Have a Wonderful Life and hopefully, how to teach my daughter the same lessons.  So many small things–I made her Thanksgiving Dressing yesterday–I’ll put her 60 years’ worth of glass ornaments on my Christmas tree myself and we will all sit and look at it in awe every night–so many HUGE things–caring, sharing, being aware of Needs all around me and doing whatever small thing I can to help.

I hope you are with Loved Ones today–and I hope you love them a lot.  This Moment is all we have–and life does turn on a dime.  Love all you can, every second you can–it’s like Money in the Bank in times of Great Loss.

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I recently promised you two new developments in the Queendom. It’s time now to tell you about one of ‘em! I am so excited, I could bust!

We, the Queens, have a unique opportunity right here at Holiday Time to do two incredible things for two groups of folks that we love more than life:


at the same time, and for very little $$ and even less effort!

Prepare to be Amazed and Excited!

You’ve all seen the Finger Football® games that are new to our website, right? Well, the darlin’ boys at Zelosport®, wanting to curry favor with the Queendom, have done some MAJOR SUCKING UP and here’s what they are offering to do:

For only $60, Zelosport® will send 4 of their Finger Football® games, in your name, to a United States military installation (which includes ships) somewhere in the world—AND—they will, out of that same $60, make a $20 donation to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital!

All you gotta do is CLICK HERE to go to a special-just-for-Queens-page.

There’s no tax and no shipping charge—just a flat $60. Where else can you buy SO MUCH GOOD KARMA for so little? You can get your book club or Sunday School class or the folks in your office to pitch in—and send 4 really fun Finger Football® games to our beloved Service men and women—AND get a $20 donation made to HEP THE CHIRREN at Blair E. Batson.

AND THERE’S MORE:  When you place your order, you will get an e-mail receipt and on it will be a 10% discount coupon for YOU to use when buying Finger Football® for your ownself!

Now, we don’t get to specify where the games go—the Armed Forces wisely do not advertise the addresses of our Troops around the world. Zelosport® will send the games to the appropriate military personnel for distribution to all branches of the U.S. military, all over the world. But each package will include the name of the person or group that sent it.

HERE’S THE MOST AMAZING PART: By the end of the year, we, the Queens, could make it possible for 25,000 games to be delivered to our Troops AND raise $100,000 for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital—all at the same time, without ever leaving the house! Talk about Stars in Our Crowns!

Call the Queens in your Chapter, your Bunco club, your carpool, your neighborhood, your church, your poker buddies…you get the idea—let’s make this happen for the Troops and the Chirren!

For the record: I am just privileged to be the MESSENGER here—there is not one penny coming to me or the website from this promotion. The folks at Zelosport® are Seriously Good Guys and they want to Do Good for Others. The most deserving beneficiaries they could think of are our Troops and Sick Kids. They chose to do this promotional effort through SPQ and to make Blair E. Batson a beneficiary because the Queens have responded so well to their games and they know that the Queens are ALL ABOUT HEPPIN’ THE CHIRREN. So YAY—WE WIN! Now, let’s show ‘em they made the right choice!

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Today is author Bobby Cole’s birthday–not sure which one but he apparently THINKS he is at least 30 years my junior since he always INSISTS on calling me “Miss Jill,” despite my constant haranguing for him to STOP IT–so I settle it by calling HIM, “MR. BOBBY!”  This oughta be a VERY happy birthday for him because many great things are in the works with his book, “THE DUMMY LINE!”  If you haven’t read it–you’re missing out on the best thriller ever!  (You can get ‘em at Amazon, your local independent, or on the SPQ website.)

If you see him today, please give him a big “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. BOBBY!” and he’ll know you know ME!

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They are both secret right now–bwahahaha!  But I’m so excited, I am dancing a jig!  I’ll give you a hint on one:  IT’S A WAY TO DO SOMETHING FABULOUS FOR OUR TROOPS AND OUR CHIRREN–AT THE SAME TIME!!!

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Am LOVING the Holiday stories–PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING–I SO need some laughs!  And, now, GO TO THE FRONT PAGE OF MY WEBSITE–and where it says “HRH JILL SAYS” in the big box?  CLICK ON THAT!  I have JUST SOLVED YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT DILEMMA–FOR EVERYBODY YOU KNOW!  You are welcome.  Watch the videos–this game is ADDICTIVE and SOOOO MUCH FUN–read all the reasons why!

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Like it or not, we are on the slippery slide smack into Holiday Season–Thanksgiving is just the precursor (note the word CURSE in the middle of that–coincidence?  I think not!)–to Hanukkah and/or Christmas–I hear some household suffer/celebrate BOTH!  What’s it like at YOUR house?

And then, there’s NEW YEAR’S EVE–from which we barely recover in time for VALENTINE’S!

I can’t recall hearing many Easter/Passover Horror Stories–but I would absolutely LOOOVE to hear ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!  Or even Memorial Day Disasters or Fractured Fourth of July’s!  Why do people go so nutso around holidays–ANY and ALL holidays???  Even THEIR OWN BIRTHDAYS make some people crazy!

Y’all, please remember:  I love those TACKY, EVERY-SORDID-DETAIL-OF-EVERYBODY’S-LIVES-FOR-THE-LAST-YEAR “CHRISTMAS LETTERS” as much as I do obituaries–so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you get any–SHARE THEM WITH ME!

Ok–lemme hear from you–don’t let your Disasters be for naught!  If I get a good laugh out of ‘em, they are somehow redeemed, don’t you think?!

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Y’all, the Queendom has once again rallied “in support” of this oh-so-worthy cause and I cannot thank you enough!  I just spoke with Jan Michaels at Q-105 FM and she has spent ALL DAY hooking bras together to string across the Mississippi River at Vicksburg and she called me as she was driving back from actually hanging them up on the old Bridge–we made it again–ALL THE WAY ACROSS AND THEN SOME!  No O-fficial count yet–but LOTS and LOTS IS GOOD!  First of all,  the bras in good condition go to many Women’s Shelters in Mississippi.  Many times when a battered woman FINALLY gets it together enough to flee from her abuser and take shelter–she does so with only the clothes on her back at the moment–and quite often, that will turn out to NOT include a bra!  So those will be put to very good and much appreciated use.  BUT THERE’S MORE!  The folks at RIVERWALK CASINO in Vicksburg have once again pledged to give $1 per bra to the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY–so that THEY, in turn, can give a whole bunch of folks MORE BIRTHDAYS!  This is just such a total win, it’s an easy project to “support,” isn’t it?  And y’all get new bras–so YAY!

TOMORROW, 11/5–be sure you go to Jan’s Clear Channel radio website–which I’m sure she will post for you here as soon as she sees this–to see all the photos of the great work you’ve helped accomplish and pay special attention to the FABULOUSLY CREATIVE BRAS DONATED BY ANNELLE PRIMOS AND ASSOCIATES.

Last week, we had The Power of Pink at Highland Village Shopping Center here in Jackson and all the stores decorated their windows accordingly–to commemorate October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  George and Pippa and I judged the window decorations and ANNELLE PRIMOS’ WINDOW WON BY A LANDSLIDE–they did the CUTEST BRAS you have ever seen–and now Jan has ‘em and there will be photos up tomorrow, along with all the ones flapping in the breeze over the Mighty Mississipp!  Jan will be hanging on to those done by Annelle and her genius assistants–BRA OBAMA, HOOTERS, BOSOM BUDDIES, just to name a few–because I’m thinking we’ll have some real competition on this subject for next year…always thinking ahead!

So thanks for helping the American Cancer Society make MORE BIRTHDAYS possible, thanks for helping some women in need, thanks for helping us get such a big check from RiverWalk and thanks for helping us continue to raise awareness of breast cancer.  I can’t wait til we find a cure so we can move on to something else!  We done wo’ out wit’ dis ‘un!  GET YOUR MAMMIES GRAMMED!

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