Friday, July 07, 2017

Planning Ahead

Written by  Rodney Burger
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It’s hard to believe that July is here already. Time does go by quickly. Although we’re still in the middle of summer, I’m already thinking ahead about events in the fall and winter. In fact I recently made my reservations at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2018 scheduled for January 12th to 14th in Washington, D.C. ( It may seem crazy early but I don’t want to be left out of the host hotel. It’s my understanding that the hotel is filling up quickly so I guess I’m not the only one planning ahead.

I don’t have to wait until fall to enjoy one of my favorite leather events from last year. The Mid-Atlantic Leather Women and Bootblack 2018 Contest is scheduled for August 25th to 27th. Friday, August 25th is the meet-and-greet at the Baltimore Eagle and the contest is at 1 pm on Saturday, August 26th at the Baltimore Eagle. On Sunday the event takes a road trip with the victory party being held at Georgie’s in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Come out and support the wonderful leather women in our area. More details can be found on Facebook. You may have seen the column I wrote about Mr. and Ms. Woods Leather 2017. Alyssa Durnien and Todd Apple are such a delightful pair and have had a really great title year. On September 15th to 17th during Leather Weekend III at the Woods Campground a new Mr. and Ms. Woods Leather will be selected. A big weekend is planned that includes not only the contest, but a cocktail party hosted by Women of Drummer, lube wrestling with titleholders from Drummer North America, a Mid-Atlantic Drummer North America party, a dance sponsored by Bears, Bikers & Mayhem, and much more. Ms. Woods Leather 2013 Kim Simpson will even be there boot blacking to make sure your leather looks good and Wolfstryker leather will be setting up shop so you can buy some new leather. Make plans to be at the Woods Campground in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, for this fun weekend. You can find all the details at

Coming up on September 22nd to 24th is the second annual Atlantic States Leather Weekend in Baltimore. Most of this year’s event will be held at the Baltimore Eagle with the “Meet the Meat” gathering starting there on Friday, September 22nd at 9 p.m. and the Atlantic States LeatherSIR / boy / Community Bootblack Contest being held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd. There will also be educational demos, a leather mart, cocktail parties, and more. The host hotel is the Hotel Brexton in Mount Vernon. For more details check the event’s Facebook page or go to

I’ve written a lot this year about preserving our leather history. On October 20th to 22nd a whole weekend is being devoted to just that. The Leather History Preservation Weekend is being held this year at the Radisson Hotel High Point in High Point, North Carolina. There will be presenters sharing their leather journeys, cocktail parties, vendors, and even some play time. More details about the Leather History Preservation Foundation can be found at

Local leather history will be made in Baltimore on the weekend of November 2nd to 5th as Mr. Maryland Leather 2018 is selected during COMMAND, MC’s annual celebration. The festivities start on Thursday, November 2nd with a Pre-Fetish / Leather Party at the Baltimore Eagle. There is a bar crawl on Friday evening and the Mr. Maryland Leather 2018 Contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 4th at the Baltimore Eagle followed by a victory dance there in the evening. The weekend concludes on Sunday with brunch at Flavor in Mt. Vernon. For all the details visit

I love the guys from the Harbor Masters leather club up in Maine, but I must confess I’ve never gone up there for their annual leather event called “Sail Away.” This year they are celebrating their 35th anniversary on the weekend of November 10th – 12th at the Clarion Inn in Portland, Maine. Rooms are just $99 and the hotel is located near the downtown area. There is even a shuttle going from the hotel to the Harbor Master’s home bar called Blackstones. There will be a whole weekend of cocktails parties, food, and a large dungeon play space. Sounds like a great getaway prior to the craziness of the holiday season. I’m hoping to go this year. You can join me by going to

I always feel better when I have my reservations and I’m looking forward to a leather event. It is good for your spirits when one has something fun to look forward to. Not only can you join me at some of these events, but since I gave you lots of notice you could even compete in one of the above contests and become the next Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman or Bootblack, Mr. Woods Leather or Ms. Woods Leather, Atlantic States LeatherSIR, Atlantic States Leatherboy or Atlantic States Community Bootblack or Mr. Maryland Leather 2018. Believe me with a leather title you will have countless leather events to look forward to. What are your plans for the rest of the year? It pays to plan ahead.


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