Private all-female Oscars Party

Lisa Dusty hosts a private all-female Oscars Party coinciding with the actual Oscars Award ceremony. Guests are encouraged to dress up as a character from a movie or show, or as if attending the Oscars themselves. The result is a hilarious array of creative costumes, often with women portraying male characters in a comedic fashion. Throughout the night, attendees remain in character, making it nearly impossible to discern the true beauty of the woman beneath the costume. The focus of this party is not about being one’s sexiest self, but rather embracing the most outrageous persona possible. Check out the photos below, See if you can spot me and be prepared to laugh out loud.

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Learn more about Lisa, the all-women’s Oscar party, the Oscar awards, and view some of the tamer photos from the events below.

How did you came up with the idea of hosting the Oscars awards?

The idea of hosting an Oscars awards party came to me when my sister mentioned attending one. After a few years, I finally experienced it and was instantly captivated. The creativity of the women in attendance was astounding. This inspired me to start my own party in 2012. At my first event, there were 21 women, half of whom didn’t dress up. Fast forward to today, the party has outgrown my home and I have seen the most outrageous costumes

Why did you choose to make it an all women’s event?

I chose to host an all-women party for numerous reasons. As a working mom who moved to a new town, I became actively involved in my child’s school events, where I met some incredible women. Some were business owners working tirelessly and seeking stress relief, while others craved girl time or “me” time apart from their partners. Some just wanted to have a few drinks, share laughter, and relive their best high school dance moves. Nights like these are essential for women as they serve as stress relievers, allowing them to unwind without the pressures of work, family, or other commitments. While we may sacrifice some sleep, we ultimately feel recharged and reconnected with our feminine energy and strength.

Who is invited to this event?

Invited to this event are family, lifelong friends, college friends and teammates, new friends, neighbors, colleagues and customers from work, tennis and kickboxing pals, and more! It has grown exponentially over the years and I have met so many fabulous women.

What Awards are given at your private Oscars Party?

We want as many people to grab an oscars as possible so the awards have grown over the years and you literally leave with an Oscar, not the life size Oscar though. from Best Costume, Best Group, Best TV/Movie/Show portrayal, Best Duo and so on. Everyone at the party votes for who they believe should win each award. This year the biggest hit sweeping the oscars were the Chippendales. not only did these females show up in complete head to toe costumes they stayed character the entire evening even performing a chippendale “strip show”  pulling a chair and a guest onto the dance floor. We may have even experienced a bar top performance, but what happens at the Oscars party Stays at the Oscars party!!!

Where is your event hosted?

The Oscars event was originally hosted at my house for eight years, but as it grew larger, it became too big to manage. Consequently, in 2022, I decided to move the event to The Jake Speakeasy in Providence. Damian is an excellent host and extremely accommodating!

What have you learned from hosting the Oscars Awards events over the years?

I genuinely appreciate how many women at these parties become close friends after their initial meeting. There’s a remarkable sense of camaraderie, mutual support, and networking opportunities. For instance, my friend Stephanie, who owns The Flower Shack, mentioned that several women she met at The Oscar Party are now regular customers. Women truly uplift one another! We’re strong but also cherish the chance to support each other and unwind. A girls’ night out works wonders for our well-being!

Moreover, I’ve discovered how supportive my husband is in everything I pursue. He endures my months of preparation and even helps with bartending, setup, driving guests home after they’ve had too much to drink, tallying votes, and cleaning up! I’m incredibly grateful for him; he’s my rock!

What is in store for 2024?

We are working to streamline the event by implementing phone voting. We are also considering hiring a photographer to capture guests as they arrive. The idea of conducting red carpet interviews is being explored as well. Additionally, we may set up a stage for willing participants to showcase their talents.

More about this party animal 😀

I relocated from Puerto Rico to Cumberland, RI in 3rd grade and have resided in Rhode Island ever since. I attended the University of Rhode Island and have worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative since 1996. My husband, Jimmy, and I enjoy traveling both alone and with our two sons, aged 19 and 22. Four years ago, we rescued a stray dog from Georgia who is now extremely pampered. Life can certainly be hectic, but we always prioritize time with our family and friends, as we love hosting gatherings!

Shout to her DJ – DJ Finesse is a fabulous DJ who also MC’s the event.

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An Evening of Elegance: Inside the 2023 Women of Distinction Awards at Elms Mansion

The exquisite Elms Mansion played host to a spectacular evening reveling in the 2023 Women of Distinction on Thursday, March 23rd for National Women’s month! With nearly 200 distinguished guests in attendance, this sold-out event was nothing short of an elegant affair.

Guests were graciously welcomed by Erin Donovan-Boyle, The Chamber’s President & CEO, and Trudy Coxe, CEO & Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Newport County. In addition, Kaity Ryan, Executive Director of Norman Bird Sanctuary graced the occasion as the awards emcee by hosting a lively panel discussion and Q&A with the esteemed honorees.

A round of applause to this year’s exceptional honorees:
Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Brenda Brock, Founder, Farmaesthetics
Lynne Tungett Publisher/Editor, Newport This Week
Melissa Green, Esq., Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP

The volunteer committee of Chamber board members diligently reviewed numerous nominations, highlighting the honorees’ impressive achievements in community involvement, industry impact, and professional success prior to selecting the award winners.

This event is part of the Chamber’s Women in Business series, which is proudly sponsored by The Preservation Society of Newport County, Greenvale Vineyards, and Seacoast Sweets, and was truly a delightful evening filled with inspiration, celebration, and joy.

Congratulations to these extraordinary women!

PHOTOS by Kate Grottenberg

Non-Profit Mobile Chiropractor: Making a Difference for Service Industry Workers

Dr. Susie Hansen founded the Essential Project, a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to delivering mobile chiropractic services in Vail, Colorado. The mission of the Essential Project is to provide chiropractic care through mobile services to essential community members. Dr. Hansen brings her services directly to her patient’s workplaces, homes, and hotels, making chiropractic care accessible and convenient for all who need it.

I was fortunate enough to be recommended to Dr. Hansen by the Grand Hyatt in Vail, Colorado, when I was unable to walk, let alone ski, during my visit. In just one hour, Dr. Hansen provided various techniques including muscle manipulation, adjustment, exercises, Graston, cupping, and needling. Her bright sense of humor makes her visits something to look forward to and I eagerly scheduled another appointment within my seven-day stay. My husband was so impressed he managed to squeeze an appointment in as well. Thanks to her exceptional care, I was able to ski for four days, which was nothing short of remarkable, given that I was limping through the airport and struggling to sit comfortably on a flight due to pain. Without the burden of a steep $200 consultation fee or the need for an x-ray, she adeptly identified and remedied the issues at hand. Dr. Hansen’s services far exceeded my expectations and provided remarkable results. I even asked her for an impromptu video, which you can view here:

Dr Hansen’s long-term goal is to expand nationally. if you would like to support her non-profit, learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Dr. Hansen she can be reached by email at or by phone: 520-220-8972

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Cocktails, Conversations and Compassion: Cocktails and Conversation with the Potter League

At her residence, Christon Gibson, Potter League Board member, orchestrated a delightful soirée, welcoming nearby entrepreneurs and acquaintances to heighten interest in Potter League for Animal’s noble mission, community strides, anticipated festivities, and the diligent personnel working behind the scenes to ensure its triumph. This event was truly a heart-warming and uplifting celebration of humanity’s commitment to animal welfare.

Present from the Potter League were Chief Executive Officer Brad Shear, Chief Mission Officer Todd Cramer, Chief Philanthropy Officer Liz Isdale, and veterinarian Dr. Sarah Crain

To learn more about the Potter League for Animals and offer your unbridled support as they gear up for the annual LOVE Bash fundraiser coming up on May 6th, 2023. Let’s come together and make a meaningful impact on the lives of our furry friends.

Thank you to Morgan Gabriele Bucki for bartending the event. You can find her behind the bar at Pasta Beach of Newport

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Newport, RI. | November 2, 2022

Unknown to many, colonial Newport was home to America’s first Synagogue. That simple fact, and the social and civic leaders who made it a reality are the subject of a new short film, “Pathways to Understanding.”

Sponsored by the Touro Synagogue Foundation and produced by Newport Living & Lifestyles CEO, Christon Gibson, the film informs teachers, mentors, community leaders, and other interested adults to learn about this period in American History.

The film, developed for middle school students, premiered on Wednesday, November 2, at the Jane Pickens Film & Event Center, 49 Touro St. in Newport, RI. A moderated discussion followed and Charter Books had a table in the lobby for young adults buy books that reflect different voices and religions. The stories, mostly fiction, emphasize overcoming adversity, the strength of character, and positivity. The event was free and open to the public.

A new Touro Synagogue Foundation program for middle school students. The film is the first step for students, educators, parents, and civic organizations to better understand the history of religious freedom, diversity, and dialogue in colonial times and today and to set the stage for an upcoming middle school symposium. When on-site, in person, students will have an opportunity to participate in a highly interactive learning experience, engage in personal reflection, and practice critical thinking. Funding for the project was provided by the Rhode Island Foundation.

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For more information and access to public and private events, turn to Newport Living & Lifestyles on the web.

MAIN:   Christon Gibson.   401.207.7916

MEDIA:  Adam Himber 917.576.587

Newport is a vibrant, yet quaint, seaside resort community. Its charming character shines most brightly in the Spring & Summer months. Truly a “walking city” you can reach to the bustling waterfront, quiet colonial streets, magnificent mansions and some of the best beaches anywhere by foot, bike or trolley.

The Sensual Evening in the World of the Alfred Vanderbilt Mansion


Newport, RI. | October 20, 2022

Always at the forefront of glamour and style, The Vanderbilt Auberge Mansion hosted a sold out dinner theater experience featuring captivating, and sensual performances, from No Ring Circus.


Newport Living & Lifestyles was on-hand {of course} to bring you the inside scoop from beyond the velvet rope. Definitely one of the best parties of the year, the team at the Vanderbilt pulled out all the stops for their guests.


Featuring an indulgent multi-course menu and unlimited champagne, the Library and Parlour spaces became activated from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm with specialty cocktails and additional performances from No Ring Circus. “The Cabinet of Curiosities” offered guests a chance to step into the seductive, unconventional, and fabulous world of Alfred Vanderbilt (who knew!) and celebrate the mansion as the destination for eccentricity, exploration, and glamour.


Ticket prices included a multi-course tasting menu, open bar, and access to the interactive cocktail hour from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm following the dinner.


A portion of the proceeds will go to the Potter League, Rhode Island’s most comprehensive animal welfare organization, offering shelter, community education, community support, and access to essential veterinary care for companion animals.


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For more information and access to public and private events, turn to Newport Living & Lifestyles on the web.

MAIN:   Christon Gibson.   401.207.7916

MEDIA:  Adam Himber 917.576.587


Newport is a vibrant, yet quaint, seaside resort community. Its charming character shines most brightly in the Spring & Summer months. Truly a “walking city” you can reach to the bustling waterfront, quiet colonial streets, magnificent mansions and some of the best beaches anywhere by foot, bike or trolley.