For those of you with youngin's and they are not ready for the prime time lights of Central or Hippo. The Walters Art gallery centrally located right in our fair Gayborhood right in front of the Washington Monument. Is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm and is free to all who wish to visit. Not only does it house some of the greatest treasures in the world, even a copy of the Mona Lisa, which is rumored to be the authentic painting and the one in the Louvre, is the forgery. Oh, you know how those art historians bicker. Give them some heels and a wig and it could be a real drag show. Well you know, The Mona Lisa IS supposed to be Da Vinci in drag. Talk about your first Diva!
For something, more adventurous a day trip to Gettysburg may be your speed. My fiancé and I just made a pilgrimage to the site of one of the bloodiest battles in Americas history. Located about an hour and a half from Baltimore, this is not the same city you remember from school trips of yesteryear. Gettysburg has been booming since the late 90’s. With many shopping centers and restaurants popping up it has become a Mecca for thrifty shoppers looking for a good deal. From the Gettysburg outlets to the too numerous to mention antique shops that dot the landscape on the scenic road trip to and from the battlefields, this toddling little town has something for everyone. Some places not to miss are the outlets with such names as GAP, Old Navy and my favorite, Harry & David’s. Stop in and have some sausage and hot mustard. Get your minds out of the gutter.
Pennsylvania Dutch society really does have some of the best eats this side of the Mississippi. Gettysburg is gearing up for its 2013, 150th anniversary celebration. So book early, especially if you plan on going to the Ghost tours. In my opinion, the best two are The Dobbin House tour on Steinwyer Ave and The Farnsworth House on Baltimore Street. Yes, they have a Baltimore Street in Gettysburg.
With our state legalizing Gay Marriage, we are preparing for a boom of fabulous gay weddings, mine included. Club Hippo is hosting a Gay Wedding Expo on April 29. The Inaugural Marry Me in MD LGBT Wedding Conference will run from one to 5 pm. Numerous wedding services will be offered including photography, legal services, and my favorite, bakeries. Tickets are ten dollars in advance, fifteen dollars at the door. To register online, proceed to www.marrymeindc.com.
Want to have a drink and dance to the 80’s at the same time? Head on up to Western Maryland’s not so best kept secret, The Lodge in Boonsboro, MD.
On April 7, they will be hosting a “We Love the 80’s!” party. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. There is no cover before ten o’clock, five dollars after. Not too bad. Not to mention there will be a contest for best costume, 75 dollars to the winner. Not too shabby. You may find me up there. If you do see me, say hello!
Want something a little more risqué? Ok. Then saunter on over to Grand Central station on Friday the 13th. Yes, that’s right. Unlucky for some, lucky for others. Whatever you believe, temperatures will rise when the Next Door Boys Studios “Fleshjack Boys” take the stage. No idea what a Fleshjack is, but I am sure all will have fun.
So it’s looking like there is something for every speed for the month of April.
Whatever you decide, make sure you are safe and take care of each other. Gay Pride is coming up. I want to see each one of you there. Seems like it was only 9 months since our last pride. Wonder who we will have this year. Barry Manilow, anyone? Well, I can dream can’t I?
Till’ then, keep your drinks cold and your partners hot. Ciao!