Category Archives: Outside the City

Flushing Town Hall Event – OPEN CALL

Flushing Town Hall to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Queens Pride with Special Event on June 3

Flushing Town Hall Hosts Open Call for NYC-Based Performing Artists of All Disciplines; Annual LGBTQ Voices Event

DEADLINE  APRIL  21!

Flushing Town Hall and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm have announced an Open Call to LGBTQ performing artists based in New York City to participate in a fourth annual LGBTQ cultural event on Saturday, June 3 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Queens Pride.

 

Flushing Town Hall is seeking established and up-and-coming performing artists who identify as LGBTQ to take part in the event in Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights at 5:00 PM. Artists of all disciplines, including music, dance, spoken word/poetry, theater, and performance art are welcome to respond to the Open Call.

“We are grateful to Council Member Dromm for his support of this program,” said Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “Flushing Town Hall celebrates diversity in the Arts, and Council Member Dromm also recognizes and champions its importance.”

“By celebrating who we are through art and song, we resist those who seek to make us invisible,” said NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst).  “I am proud to continue my support of LGBTQ open call and look forward to the amazing array of participants who bring music, dance and poetry to the plaza.  I salute Flushing Town Hall for organizing this powerful event and thank the performers and directors who make this possible.”

In addition to Council Member Dromm, the program is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Performers will be selected via this Open Call. All LGBTQ musicians, dancers, and performing artists based in New York City may submit applications. Latino and other immigrant and minority artists who self-identify as LGBTQ are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted over email, and will consist of:

  • A statement of interest and description of proposed performance (200 words maximum).

  • Biographical Details (300 words maximum)

  • Work samples (three maximum). Artists may submit mp3, jpg, or video.  Work samples may be included either as an attachment to the email, or via a URL where they can be accessed and viewed, such as a YouTube or website link).

Applications must be sent by email by to Flushing Town Hall’s Deputy Director Sami Abu Shumays at sshumays@flushingtownhall.org by April 21, 2017.  Please use the subject line: LGBTQ OPEN CALL 2017. Flushing Town Hall subsequently will review all applications and select three to five performers, who will be notified by early May. All artists will receive a modest honorarium.

 

About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation.  As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts.  As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance.  We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists.  We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

 

For Tickets & More info:

www.flushingtownhall.org

(718) 463-7700 x222

Free Contest – PUERTO VALLARTA

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The start of ­­­­winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.

To participate register at visitpuertovallarta.com/12daysofwinter and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:

 

 

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Winners of the getaway prizes to be awarded between December 5th through 12th will also receive a choice of 2 activities in Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vallarta Adventures and Dolphin Discovery.

 

ENTER!

Puerto Vallarta Brings Day of the Dead to New York

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Puerto Vallarta Celebrates the

Day of the Dead in New York

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will promote its annual Day of the Dead Festival in the city of New York with participation in events across the tristate area of New York.

Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead celebrations are a five-day cultural festival that includes a series of events and activities intended to make it one of the most colorful of the end of the year and beginning of Puerto Vallarta’s high season.

Held from October 29 to November 2, the Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead Festival will promote traditional elements of the celebration as well as new artistic angles and interpretations. Traditional installation of altars will be done in hotels, restaurants and public spaces while an interactive altar will be on display at Lazaro Cardenas Park. Organizers will be giving out a passport to the installations for those interested in doing their own tour of the altars.

The festival will also include a film festival, a food tasting and a series of concerts, folkloric ballet and a presentation of a series of photos on the theme of death, as it is viewed by popular Mexican culture. Organizers will also try to break the record for the number of Catrinas in one place.

In the New York tristate area, Puerto Vallarta will be participating in the following event to promote the celebration.

New York Botanical Gardens – Puerto Vallarta continues its celebration of the gardens’ exhibition: FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Now on its last week, the Day of the Dead weekend is the perfect time to see the show. Patrons were able to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta at the beginning of the exhibition when the Mexico Tourism Board held its private event on the location and visitors will once again be able to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta with stay at Garlands del Rio by registering online at https://goo.gl/yIwi8G

El Museo del Barrio – Puerto Vallarta will be mounting a 10 feet tall Day of the Dead altar when it joins the Mexico Tourism Board, El Museo del Barrio and the Junior Council for its annual arts education benefit. This year, it is using marriage vows as inspiration to celebrate love – gained and lost. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Till Death Do Us Part will take place on Thursday, October 29th from 8PM – 11PM at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Participants will also be able to participate on a silent auction and bid on trips to Puerto Vallarta with stays at Velas Resorts. http://goo.gl/R1mRje

Daniel Valle’s 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebrations- the Family friendly day-long event embraces traditional elements of the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Mexico and offers an educational opportunity to learn its history and reasons behind the holiday. With food vendors and folkloric dancers the event will be fun for all. The celebration will take place at Court Square Studios with doors opening at 10 AM. Participants will be able to sign up for a trip to Puerto Vallarta as well as beach bags full of goodies from the destination.  http://goo.gl/tZ2fqV

For more Information please visit: www.visitpuertovallarta.com

Louis Falcone’s lawsuit against the NYPD

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Gay Staten Island Man To Sue Four NYPD Officers Over Homophobic Beating/ Hate Crime in front of victim’s 66 year old mother.

  • On June 19, 2015, 4 NYPD officers arrived at the Staten Island home of 31 year old Louis Falcone. Mr. Falcone and his brother got into a verbal disagreement and the police showed up about an hour later after Mr. Falcone’s brother had left and all had calmed down.
  • 1 of the 4 police officers entered plaintiff’s home, dragged him outside and then all four police officers forced plaintiff to the ground and beat him.
  • While the beating was taking place the police officers were calling him a “fag” and a “faggot”. Mr. Falcone is openly homosexual. The police officers stomped on plaintiff’s head and on his ankle causing him multiple fractures which required surgery. Mr. Falcone’s face was forced into the mud and he was unable to breathe. When Mr. Falcone was finally able to lift his head from the mud and spit out the mud that had gotten in his mouth one police officer said to the others that they needed to watch out because he was spitting up blood and that “all faggots have AIDS so I’m sure this one does too.” The vicious beating took place in front of the victim’s distraught 66 year old mother.
  • The police officers also threatened to kill Mr. Falcone’s dog “Looch” who was crying at the sight of his owner being beaten.
  • After the beating was over, Mr. Falcone was handcuffed on his front lawn. While in cuffs an ambulance came (Mr. Falcone does not know who called the ambulance) and the cuffs were removed. Mr. Falcone was treated in the emergency room and required two surgeries. Mr. Falcone was never arrested by these police officers for anything and he was never taken to the precinct for any reason whatsoever. The incident was caught on camera by a neighbor across the street.

 

Bronx LGBTQ Gay Pride July 18th

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Join us on Saturday, July 18th in Crotona Park for our 3rd annual Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair! Hostesses Appolonia Cruz, Lady Clover Honey, and Vivika Westwood are going to WERQ it out for our community in Crotona park!

Music by DJ Chauncey Dandridge and DJ TK, with entertainment by numerous local LGBTQ talent, including our headliner, Aaron Paul — who’s come all the way from London, England to support us!

 

Crotona Park at the amphitheatre (between Indian Lake and the picnic area).

 

Best Cookies By Mail

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So I agreed to sample some cookies I had never heard of; GIMMEE JIMMYS.

A huge 2# tin arrived last night at 5pm. Visions of Chocolate Chip and decadent brownies danced in my head!

I opened the tin! and there they were! NOT.

Instead, I saw Oatmeal Raisin cookies (probably my least favorite cookie on Earth!) and pretty Chocolate Rugelach. (Rugelach, other spellings: rugelakh, rugulach, rugalach, ruggalach, rogelach, rugalah, rugulah, rugala, is a Jewish pastry of Ashkenazic origin. Traditional rugelach are made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling.)

So I grabbed a rugelach first, since it had chocolate in it. DELICIOUS. Soft, fresh, perfect balance in flavors.

So I thought what the heck, let me try one of these oatmeal raisin cookies. I took a small bit at first….it was sweet and chewy, and pretty darn good. I took a second bigger bite. Wow! I told my partner, who also does not like oatmeal raisin to try one. He did. AND WOW WOW! He agreed, this was one of the BEST COOKIES we had ever had. Over the next 3 hours, I hate to admit, we finished off ALL of the oatmeal raisin cookies and half of the regelach, at which point I demanded we freeze the rest, so that we would stop eating the entire tin.

Come to find out, in 1983, Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies opened its doors, making spectacular home baked cookies available to the public in simple cookie tins. The founder, Jimmy Libman, was a dedicated businessman, deaf from birth, but never handicapped by the physical obstacles he faced. Jimmy delivered a great product, and word of his great-tasting cookies soon spread through his loyal and satisfied customers.

A few years ago, Jimmy stepped back from the center of the arena and left the responsibility of producing Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies in the hands of a small team of successors. Today, it is the mission of the talented team to make sure that Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies no longer remain a secret. “We share our love of cookies, cakes and all things delicious with tens of thousands of sweet-toothed customers, and enjoy bringing the experience of freshly-baked, carefully sourced, expertly crafted baked goods to cookie lovers worldwide.

We are very excited to offer our cookies and fresh baked gourmet Kosher desserts to you!”

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  • Spotless Kitchen
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For about $25-$45 the fresh baked cookies are great for birthday gifts, corporate gifts, student care packs, fund raising and corporate premium gifts programs. (FREE Shipping).

Come and enjoy our just-baked cookies, cakes and desserts. Order online or by phone 1-844-446-6332 for scrumptious baked goods shipped daily with our guarantee of safe, fresh delivery. We’ve been pleasing kids and adults, customers and friends since 1983.

You are going to LOVE this product! Gimmee Jimmys

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(Possibly Important :

  • Q. Is Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Kosher?
  • A. Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies and Treats are made in a non-nut free facility (There are nuts in our facility). That being said, if the items do not list nuts on the flavor, then we have not expressly added nuts to the ingredients. We unfortunatly are not currently gluten free. All of our Cookies are Dairy-Free Parve, the same goes for any items which do not expressly list Dairy in the title. All of our items are Kosher, Parve, and when listed as Dairy, “Cholov Yisrael”. We are certified by the OK kashrus agency. )

 

BOYCOTT Out Hotel and Fire Island Pines Project

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WORST  GAY  NEW YORK

Gay men  using Gay Money  to Fund  ANTI  GAY Politics!

  • Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments (Pavilion, Low Tea, High Tea, Botel, Botel Barracks, Pool Deck, Harbor Club, Blue Whale, Cultured Elephant), Out NYC Hotel, and XL Nightclub after owners hold reception for Senator Ted Cruz.

    FROM HRC’s WEBSITE:

    Whether the issue is marriage or protection from discrimination, Sen. Ted Cruz has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans. And he’s gone even further, attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.


    imagine an America where gays forever stay second class citizens

     


    Marriage: Ted Cruz led the charge to deny Texas couples marriage equality. In the Senate, he has supported a constitutional amendment that would prevent the federal government from recognizing marriage equality.
    Discrimination: Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.

    Conversion Therapy: Cruz has refused to speak out against “conversion therapy” that coerces minors into “treatment” that can lead to depression and suicide.

    Harmful Rhetoric: Cruz has no problem about using equality as a wedge issue against fellow Republicans – he’s attacked Republicans for appearing in pride parades and suggested that he believes being gay is a “choice.” He even bragged about intervening in a case to stop a civil union.

    Significant Findings on Marriage Equality

    Says marriage is between “one man and one woman”

    Pledged to introduce Federal Constitutional Amendment opposing marriage equality

    Introduced The State Marriage Defense Act (twice) which would cede definition of marriage to states for federal purposes

    Opposed Proposition 8 ruling

    Ran for Senate based on his opposition to marriage equality

    Bragged about intervening to prevent recognition of civil union

    Said people can “vote with their feet” if they don’t like living in a state without marriage equality.

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Annual Out-Fit Challenge Mud Run New York Massive Success

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LGBT focused 5k mud run, Out-Fit Challenge (http://out-fitchallenge.com), recently thrived in bringing New Yorkers together in support of family equality. The sporting event featured over 15 military style obstacles which included various elements such as mud, water and ice throughout the course. The event drew more than 650 participants who were ready and willing to get muddy for a good cause, including reality star and recording artist Sara Stokes. Sara Stokes is known for her roles in 2006’s “YaDaDa Movie” and the 2002 ABC/MTV music reality series by P. Diddy, “Making the Band”. The Michigan born songstress participated in the mud run to join the fight for LGBT family equality and took pictures with fans.

This year’s event took place on June 21st, 2014 at the Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, 581 Route 17A West, Tuxedo, New York 10987 from 9 am to 5 pm with race waves beginning every 20 minutes. The LGBT sporting event is now officially sponsored by Jack’d, a top gay men’s chat and dating app available for free on the App Store and Google Play, as well as a NYC Pride Partner for 2014.  Other sponsors include Kind Healthy Snacks, Kellogg School of Management, Equality Florida, Miami Beach Gay Pride and NYC Pride. This year’s New York event charity of choice was the Family Equality Council, which connects supports and represents the LGBT community across the US.

“Our success with Out-Fit Challenge this year surely surpassed our expectations,” begins Founder & CEO of Out-Fit Challenge, Tory Fitzgerald. “We were able to accomplish our mission by uniting our community through fun and competitive means. It’s amazing to watch people who don’t know each other cheering and providing extreme encouragement to one another while completing the 5K course.”

The sporting event featured obstacles such as the “Cherry Picker,” “Is that Mud in Your Pants “and” Hello Sailor”. Once participants reach the finish line they were then welcomed by a lively end of race after party. Out-Fit Challenge premiered with two very successful mud runs in Miami and New York in 2013. For 2014 they expanded their 5K cross-country trails to four cites chosen through a public online voting contest. The next cities on the list for Out-Fit Challenge include Reno, Nevada on September 20, 2014 followed by events in Boston, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California. Apart from putting on mud run sporting events, the organization aims to aid national and local charities that are making a significant difference in the lives of LGBT individuals across the United States such as the Family Equality Council.

For more information on Out-Fit Challenge please visit http://out-fitchallenge.com/. For information on Sponsorship for the other events email info@beautifulplanning.com or call 877-841-7244.

About Out-Fit Challenge

Out-Fit Challenge is designed by and for members and friends of the LGBT community who aspire to compete, make new connections, and celebrate community via outdoor endurance sports. The company provides proceeds from every event to a national and local organization that strives to make a difference for LGBT individuals. 

ROCHESTER Radio Show Hosts Kimberly and Beck TransPhobic

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WOW – how do these people get these jobs??

THIS IS SHOCKING!

98.9 ‘Breakfast Buzz’ morning radio hosts

Kimberly and Beck

are douche bags of the week!

They took the opportunity to unleash a torrent of mockery upon trans people during a sarcastic 12-minute segment in which they cackled about genitalia and insulted a caller who dialed in to tell them how offensive they were.

Some of the choice quotes (although you really must listen to the audio, AFTER THE JUMP…)

“Transgender or gender nonconforming. What the hell does that mean? Like you’re not a woman or a man??

“The dude can look like a lady and the city is going to pay for it!” (cue “Dude Looks Like a Lady” music)

“Does that mean then if women want a boob job they’ll pay for a boob job because that’s only right.”

“The services that will be paid for under the new coverage – gender reassignment surgery, PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING, because you’re probably a NUTJOB to begin with!”

“It’s a slippery slope. Then if some woman can go to a doctor and it’d be proven that she’s got mental issues because her rack’s not big enough then you know what? she deserves a boob job, Right Kimberly? Or she deserves liposuction.”

LISTEN HERE

Call or write the station and urge them to be FIRED.

These people are paid to spread misinformation and are bullying!

Sue Munn
VP/General Manager
smunn@entercom.com

Bob Barnett
Ops Manager
bbarnett@entercom.com

Mike Danger
Program Director
danger@entercom.com

Mike Johnson
Director of Sales
mjjohnson@entercom.com

Buzz Numbers
Business Line 585-423-2900
Studio Line 585-222-BUZZ
Studio Text 52545

Address
98.9 The Buzz
High Falls Studios
70 Commerical Street
Rochester, NY 14614

“Right, IF YOU CAN PROVE YOU’RE A NUT, I guess.”

Sandblast Weekend Moves to Atlantic City!

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Sand Blast the Largest Mid-Atlantic Gay Summer Beach Party

Moves to Atlantic City July 18-20

 

 Sand Blast producer Brad Hurtado announced today he is moving Sand Blast, the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party, to Atlantic City, New Jersey Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Sand Blast Atlantic City’s lineup includes Friday’s LOST AT SEA Kickoff Party at the Chelsea Host Hotel to welcome guests, Saturday’s 7-hour SAND BLAST BEACH PARTY with popular DJ Joe Gauthreaux presiding over the dance floor alongside the ocean at the Bungalow Beach Bar. The weekend long event continues with a gay beach volleyball tournament and live stage performance on Saturday night at The Claridge Hotel’s theater followed by DEEP BLUE, an all-night dance party helmed by DJ Phil Romano from Barcelona, Spain. Sunday’s RIPTIDE POOL PARTY takes over the stunning pool at HARRAH’s with music by DJ Eddie Martinez, followed Sunday evening by the closing party at Caesars spectacular DUSK Nightclub with music by NYC’s DJ Escape.

In the coming days Sand Blast will be announcing two oceanfront Host Hotels offering extremely attractive room packages for weekend guests starting as low as $170/night for a 3-night stay.   To be among the first to know when Host Hotel rooms go on sale visit SandBlastWeekend.com and enter your email address to receive Sand Blast event announcement

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Sand Blast originated in 2002 when a small group of New York City’s gay and lesbian weekend homeowners in Asbury Park, NJ, decided to create a summer beach weekend so they could invite friends to the once thriving destination, with the goal of increasing its popularity. Twelve years later, Sand Blast has grown into the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. The event’s impact on Asbury Park created a thriving historic downtown, a boardwalk lined with shops, beaches packed with visitors and a vibrant and involved gay and lesbian community of over 600 households & thousands of LGBT visitors.   

 “The popularity of our weekend of events has caused us to outgrow Asbury Park which has been our beloved home since 2002.  Atlantic City with its many hotels, attractions, and party venues was a natural choice, and this move allows us to continue our original mission to introduce our LGBT friends from cities along the east coast to the wonders of the Jersey Shore.  Atlantic City’s airport opens the weekend event to an entirely new audience from New England to Florida.” says Hurtado.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said “We in Atlantic City are excited to host Sand Blast this year,” said Mayor Don Guardian.  “This is a great opportunity for the LGBT community to enjoy our beautiful City, free beaches and amazing hotels.”

New Jersey becomes 14th State for Gay Marriage

…14!!  A New Jersey judge ruled on Friday
that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, saying that not
doing so deprives them of rights that were guaranteed by the United
States Supreme Court in June.

It is the first time a court has struck down a state’s refusal to
legalize same-sex marriage as a direct result of the Supreme Court
ruling, and with lawsuits pending in other states, it could presage
other successful challenges across the country.   
     The decision was a rebuff to Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who vetoed a bill
passed by the Legislature last year that would have allowed same-sex
couples to marry. His office said it would appeal to the state’s highest
court. And he is likely to seek a stay preventing same-sex marriages
from beginning on Oct. 21, as the judge ordered.

 

Read more at NY TIMES

Autumn in New York State

A covered bridge
framed by mountainsides awash in brilliant crimsons, oranges and
yellows, bushel baskets of apples, fields of plump pumpkins and corn
mazes carved into the hillsides… many of the most iconic images of
autumn in America seem to have come straight out of  New York State.
 
Autumn in the Empire State is more than a visual treat. It is also a
season of celebration. The Old English words for harvest (hærfest)
and autumn were the same, and anyone traveling through New York State
during the season quickly understands the connection. Roadside farm
stands, a plethora of farmer’s markets, wine trails and festivals
celebrating the harvesting of products from apples to zucchini make this
a fun and delicious time to explore the state.

It makes sense that harvest season would be cause for celebration in
New York State.  Nearly one fourth of the state’s total land area is
used as farmland and ranks among the nation’s biggest producers
of agricultural products including dairy, fruits, berries, maple syrup,
and a variety of vegetables such as sweet corn and pumpkins.  New York
also ranks third in grape and wine production. Best of all, New York
State food is about quality, not just quantity. The Empire State ranks
among the top states for fine wines and organic farming, and a growing number of highly skilled cheese makers are creating quality, artisanal cheeses here.

What follows is a sampling of the iconic autumn experiences that beckon across the state.



Follow the Foliage. I LOVE NEW YORK’s weekly foliage reports begin September 11 and are updated weekly through early November at iloveny.com/fall.
The site provides a detailed update of foliage conditions across New
York State, including a map charting fall color progress, vantage points
for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and event
listings. You may also hear highlights of the foliage report by dialing
(800) CALL-NYS.
 
Some of the best vantage points are from the chair lifts at ski resorts like Peak ‘n Peak in Clymer in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, especially on October 12-13 and 19-20, when juried crafters and kids’ activities add to the fun, and at Hunter Mountain in Palenville in the Catskills, October 5-6 and 12-13 when Oktoberfest brings the region’s German heritage to life with Old World music and foods.

Wine and Dine Harvest Celebrations.
The grape harvest and release of the new wines is cause for celebration
by lovers of great food and wine as well as vintners. Among this year’s
top celebrations are the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork, September 20-21 at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest, September 7 – 8 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, and the September Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, held September 6-8 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. On Long Island, all things oyster will be celebrated at the annual waterfront Oyster Festival October 19-20 in Oyster Bay.

About New York State http://fallgetaways.iloveny.com/
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s
attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine
trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown. Whether it’s wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole
family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and
farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the
13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all
travelers. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

Sand Blast Returns to New York / New Jersey July 19-21

One Perfect Beach Getaway:  Sand Blast in Asbury Park!  
http://sandblastweekend.com/Home.html

Music by DJs Tony Moran, Hector Fonseca, Eddie Martinez, Phil B, Nina Flowers & more!

July 19-21, 2013      

Celebrate Sand Blast Weekend with your friends as
4,000 revelers head to The Jersey Shore for three hot days & nights
of fun.      

Tony Moran & Hector Fonseca heat up Saturday’s Sand Blast Beach Party.   http://sandblastweekend.com/Event_Schedule.html

Spend Saturday night with 1,000 shipwrecked men at Deep Blue w/DJs Phil B & Nina Flowers or stripped to your skivvies at Urge Underwear Party with DJ Grind & The Maverick Men.  
 
Sunday’s Riptide Pool Party & Tea Dance w/DJs Eddie Martinez & Steve is a total blast.   

Can’t come for the entire weekend?   
The Saturday Pass
 is perfect for 24 hours of non-stop fun.
http://sandblastweekend.com/Passes.html
    
Take the NJTransit train from NYC Penn to Asbury Park in just
111 minutes for $15.   SO EASY!     Driving?   Get directions below:http://sandblastweekend.com/Travel.html

Stay with us at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel.  Call 407-677-2506  and use Promo Code: Sand.   

SANDBLAST is coming….July 19-21 in Asbury Park


SANDBLAST 2013! 

 


ASBURY PARK IGNITES THREE-DAY lGBT


beach party spectacular: SAND BLAST WEEKEND


 


This summer, thousands of gays and lesbians will converge on the charming and newly popular seaside town of Asbury Park for Sand Blast, the annual LGBT party weekend on the Jersey Shore. Taking place Friday, July 19th thru Sunday, July 21st, this year’s festivities will feature 23 thrilling activities from surfing to guided bike rides, beach dodge ball, a burlesque show, a downtown art gallery walk, two pool parties, nighttime dance extravaganzas and The Beach Party, the weekend’s main soak-in-the-sun event with music by DJs Tony Moran and Hector Fonseca. Over 4,000 people attended last summer’s event.   This summer’s Sand Blast Weekend promises to be even bigger and wetter!


“Bringing the legendary producer and remixer Tony Moran to headline Saturday afternoon’s The Beach Party has been a goal of ours for years”, said Brad Hurtado, event founder & executive producer, at this morning’s announcement.  “As if that’s not enough, securing the super hot Hector Fonseca to spin the first three hours is a double whammy.”


In fact, Sand Blast Weekend will showcase a slew of the hottest DJ talent playing today including Atlantis Cruise favorite DJ Grind whose popularity has skyrocketed in recent months with over a million downloads of his weekly podcast.  Also featured will be NYC favorites Eddie Martinez, Steve Sidewalk, Nando, Corey Craig, James Anthony, Stacy, Mick Hale and Susan Levine.


What makes Sand Blast Weekend different from other gay party weekends is that in addition to its high-energy dance parties, Sand Blast offers many relaxing activities to enjoy.  “Sand Blast is about discovering Asbury Park as a gay-friendly resort community and making it your own,” explains Hurtado. “We want our guests to go off and explore the entire town and boardwalk and enjoy all that this Jewel on the Jersey Shore has to offer. It’s not just a place to come once a year; it’s a destination we hope guests return to again and again. We like to think of Sand Blast Weekend as the Atlantis Cruise of circuit parties, because, like Atlantis, in addition to our roster of main party events, we have tons of fun activities to offer our guests all weekend.”


Weekend passes start at $165. The Saturday-only pass is $110 and the Sand Blast Women’s Pass is $85. The elegant Berkeley Oceanfront is the host hotel for Sand Blast Weekend. 3-night super saver rates start at $240 per night.  2–night  stays start at $289 per night.


For more information on SAND BLAST WEEKEND, visit www.SandBlastWeekend.com 

Queen of Queens Comedy with Adam Sank May 12

The Queens of Queens
Sunday, May 12 at 8:00PM
Laughing Devil Comedy Club

The
queens play a game of “Mother, May I?” at this month’s installment of
the Long Island City LGBT comedy show — and Mom’s not having it. In the
headline spot will be straight-but sassy Michelle Buteau,(pictured)  a 2013
nominee at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards for her hilarious hosting on Vh-1’s
“Best Week Ever.” Ms. B has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium
Blend” and at colleges and comedy clubs all over the U.S. 

Also springing onto the stage will be Chris Doucette (The Advocate’s “Best of LGBT Comedy” and winner of Chicago’s Snubfest Comedy Festival), Sheba Mason, who takes after her famous father, Jackie, Jami Smith (Women in Comedy Festival, Comedy Editor and “Gaysayer” Tweeter for The Advocate Magazine) and Tarik Daniels (Gaylarious in Washington DC). 

As always, host Adam Sank (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Sirius-XM OutQ) keeps the show moving gaily forward.

$15 + 2-Item Minimum. For tickets and information, visit Laughingdevil.com.

Laughing Devil Comedy Club | 4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (Queens)
Subway: 7 Train to Vernon-Jackson

Big Gay Hudson Valley New York Magazine Turns 5

Visit New York’s Hudson Valley!

Are you looking for a weekend getaway or family vacation?

The Hudson Valley is a getaway destination offering spectacular
mountain views, historic estates, wine trails, shopping, outdoor
adventures and much more. Millions of visitors have enjoyed our
bountiful choices – just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan.

  Let That Springtime Sunshine In!

 

Now that we’ve all made it through the winter season, it’s time to get
out and explore all that the Hudson Valley in Spring has to offer!  The
newest issue of our all-digital online magazine is packed with insider
tips to get you out & about this season.  

The Spring 2013 issue of Big Gay Hudson Valley Magazine features:

  • Our top picks for local Spring activities
  • An insider’s “CityGuide” look at Beacon, Fishkill & Wappingers Falls
  • A “Local Color” profile of openly gay Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander
  • A look back at “5 Years of Big Gay Fun” as BGHV celebrates its FIFTH birthday this year
  • …and so much more!  Read it now!
ALSO – get a look at their upcoming PRIDE WEEKEND happening over Memorial Weekend in May.

Sci-Fi to Sondheim, Geeks, Nerds and More at QUEER NOT COOL March 9th

 It’s HERE Again! 


QUEER
NOT COOL was a #1 Time Out New York “Critic’s Pick” 

Previous performer
credits have included “The Tonight Show”, “Today”, “Late Night with
Jimmy Fallon”, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”, “Comedy Central
Presents”, Logo’s “The Click List” and the critically acclaimed web
shows “The Outs” and “It Gets Betterish”. 

QUEER NOT COOL was recently
featured at 2012’s New York Comic Con.

Queer
nerds and their fanboys and girls unite in this monthly late night
series as comedians, musicians, dancers, and performance artists
exploring all things geeky, nerdy, and obsessive, from sci-fi to
Sondheim. Forget the closet, get out of your mother’s basement! 

Hosted by ROB RIBAR, this show features couples who excel in their own creative fields, separately or together including acclaimed playwright CRYSTAL SKILLMAN, who’s latest play “Geek” will be presented by the renowned theater company VAMPIRE COWBOYS at Incubator Arts Project this March and her husband FRED VAN LENTE,
a comic book scribe who has written for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The
Hulk” and his own graphic novel “Cowboys & Aliens”. Rob will chat
with Fred about creating a queer comic book, working on treasured brands
and seeing his graphic novel up on the big screen while Vampire Cowboys
will present a sneak preview of “Geek!”. 

Also featuring the hilarious stand-up of MAX BERNSTEIN (Host of “Apocalypse Wow”) and the one, the only rock’n’ roll ventriloquist CARLA RHODES featuring her not-so-better half CECIL SINCLAIRE

Plus “Dynamic Duo Trivia” and much, much more!

QUEER NOT COOL will take place SATURDAY MARCH 9th at 10:30pm at THE SECRET THEATRE (44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens). For transportation, take the G, 7, E, or M trains to Court Square or the NR trains to Queensboro Plaza. 

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. 

Cheap drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase. 

New York Clamps Down on Nude Sun Bathing

 NO MORE NUDITY on Fire Island beaches??

Well yes, and no.

Newsday reports:

A decades-long tradition of nude
sunbathing on Fire Island beaches is coming to an end this summer: Fire
Island National Seashore authorities have announced plans to enforce
long-standing laws banning the practice…

…Koschmann also said some social media sites carry invitations to meet for public sex on the beach.

The fact that public nudity is illegal in
New York was another compelling reason to change the policy, since FINS
maintains joint jurisdiction with the state, she said. The ban also
will be enforced at four other Fire Island beaches where nude sunbathing
is known to take place — including the tract of land in front of
Sailors Haven, from Point O’ Woods to Cherry Grove.

UPDATE – According to NEXT Magazine,

Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove not affected by National Parks public nudity ban.

“Community beaches—including those in front of the Pines and Cherry Grove—will not be affected by this.”  READ MORE  AT  NEXT

Queen of Queens Gay Comedy March 14

The Queens of Queens
Thursday, March 14 at 8:00PM
Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Beware
the snides (and bitchy asides) of March! This month, the queens come in
like lions at this acclaimed monthly LGBT comedy show, starring
headliner Veronica Mosey from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and
Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.”

Also throwing shade will be
Chris Doucette (listed among the Advocate’s “Best of LGBT Comedy”),
Joanne Filan (Here-TV’s “Hot Gay Comics”) and special guest Eddie
Sarfaty (Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” Logo’s “Wisecrack”).

The
entire evening will be hosted by Adam Sank — from NBC’s “Last Comic
Standing” and Sirius-XM OutQ — whom Edge New York calls “one of the
city’s most celebrated gay comedy kings.”

$15 + 2-Item Minimum. For tickets and information, visit www.laughingdevil.com.

Laughing Devil Comedy Club 4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (Queens)

Subway: 7 Train to Vernon-Jackson

Brooklyn Dad Starts Alternative Scouts Troop

 YEA for  Brooklyn dad Todd Schweikert!

The Boy Scouts is an antiquated sinking ship losing funding left and right! So Todd wanted to look for an alternative. 
  DNA Info reports:

Schweikert, a 33-year-old Windsor Terrace
resident whose son goes to P.S. 154, researched several alternative
scouting options, including groups like Camp Fire. He settled on the
Baden-Powell Service Association to be the parent organization of his
troop. Like other traditional scouting groups, BPSA teaches “woodcraft,”
or how to survive outdoors. BPSA troops also use what’s called the
“patrol method” to divide scouts into teams that each have a leader
nominated by other scouts.

BPSA troops are open to both boys and
girls, and unlike the Boy Scouts of America, there is less talk of God
and religion
in official scouting laws, Schweikert said. The troop
welcomes kids as young as 5 years old, who are known as Otters. At age
8, scouts graduate to Timberwolves.

His 7-year-old son is a charter member of the 5th Brooklyn Scouts,
which accepts boys, girls and all sexual orientations while believing
that prejudice is best snuffed out like an untended campfire.

“The tipping point was the BSA’s approach to gay scouts and the gay
and lesbian parents,” Schweikert wrote in an email to The Huffington
Post. “Any form of discrimination, no matter how small, is never ok and
not something I can endorse and wish to teach to my children.

Schweikert told HuffPost that he has received a “great response from gay and lesbian parents, as well as straight.”

Schweikert’s troop, to be called the
Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, will meet weekly at the Brooklyn Society for
Ethical Culture on Prospect Park West. The location is well-positioned
for excursions to Prospect Park for “nature observation,” but scouts
will also embark on overnight camping trips and weekend hikes. The troop
will learn classic scouting skills like knot-tying and community
service projects, and they’ll earn badges after they accomplish specific
goals.