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Thursday, August 03, 2017

And Another Thing

Written by  Rodney Burger
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A few weeks ago I told you about some of the leather events that are coming up in the next few months in our area. Since then I’ve heard about even more events that you’ll want to add to your schedule. So here’s another list of coming events.

I was disappointed in 2015 when I received word that the DC boys of Leather club was going inactive. Founded in 1999, I had the pleasure of attending their very first anniversary dinner at a private residence, as well as a great event one Fourth of July weekend at the historic Morrison-Clark Inn in Washington. I am happy to report that the club is back up and running and on Friday, August 4th from 9 pm to 2 am will be hosting their second bar night since coming back to life at the DC Eagle, their home bar. It’s wonderful news that the first leather boys club in the nation is back. Check them out on Facebook.

On Saturday, August 5th Maryland’s first leather club, the ShipMates, will be taking over the club bar at the DC Eagle starting at 9 pm. It should be another fun night of leather brotherhood.

On Saturday, August 12th starting at 9 pm at the Baltimore Eagle the official send-off party will be held for our Atlantic States Leather titleholders. You can wish Atlantic States LeatherSIR 2017 Tom Matt, Atlantic States Leatherboy 2017 Trell Walters, and Atlantic States Leather Community Bootblack boy john Urso well as they prepare to travel to Dallas over the Labor Day weekend and represent the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions at the International LeatherSIR / boy and Community Bootblack Contest. Friday, August 18th brings the first “rubber night” at the Baltimore Eagle as the Mid-Atlantic Rubber Collective and COMMAND, MC, present “Bounce” from 9 pm to 2 am.

In Baltimore over the Labor Day weekend (August 31st to September 4th) the premier educational event on Master / slave relationships, the Master / slave Conference, will be held at the Radisson Hotel Baltimore Inner Harbor (101 West Fayette Street). Started in 2004, this year’s conference theme is “Our Chosen Family” and includes a big schedule of events that includes everything from a karaoke night, a fetish marketplace, workshops, roundtable discussions, an exhibit from the Carter-Johnson Leather Library, and the Northeast Master / slave Contest. A full schedule can be found at Masterslaveconference.org. The last weekend of September will be the perfect time to be in Philadelphia. Mid-Atlantic Uniform League (MAUL), the only uniform club on the East Coast, will be hosting their tenth anniversary at the DoubleTree Philadelphia Center City. They will be kicking things off on Friday, September 29th at the Bike Stop. On Saturday, September 30th a tenth anniversary luncheon will be held at Moriarty’s Pub and a Sunday brunch will be held at Knock. For details and reservations look for MAUL on Facebook.

Also in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 30th is the ninth annual Philadelphia Leather Pride Night fundraiser from 5 pm to 11:30 pm at Voyeur Nightclub. This popular event starts at 5 pm with a conversation with Sir Guy DeBrownsville followed by a cocktail hour and cigar social at 6 pm. The main event kicks off at 7 pm with a show and live auction with Jim and Arne Grandell-Bennett as your emcees and the “million-dollar auctioneer” herself Jo Arnone working the live auction. This year’s charities for Philadelphia Leather Pride Night include the Leather Archives and Museum, Philly AIDS Thrift, and By the Grace of George.

The first annual International Mr. Leather Bear Contest will be held at the Baltimore Eagle over the weekend of October 6th to 8th. After the meet and greet on Friday evening the contest is scheduled for 3 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, October 7th at the bar followed by cocktails and dinner from 7 pm to 9 pm. Tickets for the contest are $20 and the dinner is $60 with cash bar or $80 with open bar.

It is hard to think about Christmas during the heat of a Baltimore summer, but the ShipMates Club is already working on Daddy Christmas 2017 scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at Baltimore’s Grand Central. The ShipMates will kick off their annual event, which this year benefits the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, with a bar night at Grand Central on Saturday, October 21st starting at 9 pm.

I always write about getting away to the beach in the fall. I was in Rehoboth Beach in July and it was hot and humid. Unfortunately while in Rehoboth I also noticed a big flashing sign on the Double L Bar that read: “Closed.” Guess I will not be going to the Mr. Double L Leather Contest in September. There’s another great leather contest at the beach. On the weekend of October 20th to 22th at the Empress Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, you can have a great time at the Mr. and Ms. New Jersey Leather Contest. The weekend also includes a leather vendor mart, uniform / gear party, a Sunday brunch, and much more. Plus it won’t be hot and humid at the beach in October. Details about New Jersey Leather Weekend can be found at Leathernjonline.com.

Okay, so now with my second column of coming leather events for our area in the next few months you are all up to date … at least until I hear about another thing.

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