Flick: `Real Housewife of NYC' a big hit in B-N, too

2012-07-11T23:26:00Z 2012-07-12T08:00:14Z Flick: `Real Housewife of NYC' a big hit in B-N, too pantagraph.com
July 11, 2012 11:26 pm

On TV, she may be one of “The Real Housewives of NYC” but Ramona Singer was the Absolute Darling of Bloomington-Normal Wednesday evening.

To catch a moment with Singer and also get their own autographed bottle of her own Ramona Singer pinot grigio wine ($12 a bottle, only one per customer), hundreds of fans showed up at Friar Tuck Beverage, the wine and spirits store in east Bloomington.

The line wound through the store and then wrapped outside, hooking around the corner of the building off Prospect Road.

So many showed up, in fact, to give herself a break after the first of two-and-a-half hours of autographing wine bottles, Singer got up from her table, walked along the line greeting customers, then went outside and walked all the way to the back of the line around the building.

“Be patient!” she said, in her Brooklyn accent.

In Chicago for part of the week, to promote her wine and also her RMS Fashions and Jewelry (she’s reportedly worth $18 million, thanks to all her enterprises), Singer had a free night and through a distributorship handling her wines, decided to drive down to Bloomington-Normal to hype and hawk her white wine here, too.

“We didn’t really know what to expect,” said Matt Dunn, general manager of the Bloomington Friar Tuck. “But looking at all this, I’d say it was successful. It isn’t just Bloomington-Normal, either. We got calls from all over the state when word leaked she was going to be here.”

Among those getting bottles of Singer’s wine were Gail Scioscia Turner, of Bloomington, and Laura Turner, of Decatur.

They were in line early, at about 4:20 in the afternoon, 40 minutes before Singer’s appearance was to even begin.

Almost three hours and hundreds of fans later, Susan Bruehl was the last to meet and greet Singer.

“I asked if I could buy a few more bottles for friends but was told one was the limit,” said Bruehl. “But then, as I shopped for other wines, Ramona walked by and I told her I was trying to purchase more bottles of her wine and she took me back over to the table, asked how many bottles I wanted and then told the gentlemen around the table `the customer is always right - give her as many bottles as she wants.' I was her last customer of the day and she treated me with such kindness.”

Bill Flick is at flick@pantagraph.com

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(6) Comments

  1. Pist'L Packin' Mama
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    Pist'L Packin' Mama - July 12, 2012 1:11 pm
    notice how 77% of those in the pic are blonds?????????? nuff said.
  2. buzz64
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    buzz64 - July 12, 2012 10:46 am
    Movie Star?? Lol
  3. SnappingTurtle
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    SnappingTurtle - July 12, 2012 10:30 am
    Ah, c'mon. Movie star and great wine. I am a grandmother and a wine lover. I haven't lost my thrill for excitement. I would have been there if I could. More power to them! Old foggies.
  4. Pist'L Packin' Mama
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    Pist'L Packin' Mama - July 12, 2012 10:16 am
    some people are so easily entertained. what a sad indictment of our society.
  5. Madoc
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    Madoc - July 12, 2012 8:45 am
    I think that picture just lowered the overall IQ of BN
  6. noneyabiz
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    noneyabiz - July 12, 2012 8:36 am
    Maybe they started running low...because there was no limit to how many bottles for those that were towards the front on the line...the ladies in front of me bought 8 bottles. It was a great event, she was lovely!
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