Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 2 and a few photos!!

Thank goodness for good friends with good cameras! I left my charger in Brooklyn, so until Friday, I'll be relying on the kindness of other contestants (Claire) to help me capture some of my favorite moments this week. 

After breakfast this morning, we split up into groups and headed out to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Our tasks ranged from baking cookies and scaling scaffolding to paint (my group) to building a staircase. Everyone from Habitat for Humanity was so welcoming and enthusiastic, and the contestants were all very grateful to give something back to the Albany community!

We rushed home to eat lunch and freshen up for our afternoon trip to our New York State Capitol Building. It was exciting to meet/ reunite with our local legislators while spending time inside one of the most beautiful buildings in New York.

Claire, Cassie and I at the Capitol!

After the Capitol it was off to visit some lovely young women at Girls Inc. We received a very warm welcome from Gail who heads up the Albany Girls Inc., spoke to the girls about the Miss America Organization and how it's impacted our lives as contestants, and then pins, crowns and sashes started flying as we crowned our honorary successors (or replacements... Janiah would make an amazing Miss Greater NYC...See below...)

We ended the day with dinner and then our first production rehearsal with the fabulous Kent! Tomorrow is more rehearsals AND bowling. AWESOME.