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Friday, April 14, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Drummer and Other Happenings

Written by  Rai Guerra-Nelson

On the weekend of March 31st through April 2nd, “No Fuckin’ Foolin’ Productions” hosted the second Annual Mid-Atlantic Drummer, Drummer Boy, and Drummer Bootblack contests at Paradise here in Asbury Park. I had the honor of being asked to be one of the judges for Mid-Atlantic Drummer and Mid-Atlantic Drummer Boy, alongside Simon Ruchti (whom I had the pleasure of stalking all weekend), Lisa Clark (Ms. New Jersey Leather 2011), and legendary disco icon, Felipe Rose, the Native American Indian of the Village People. This contest is a feeder contest for Drummer North America and welcomes any type of kink you’re into, jockstraps, pup play, cosplay, you name it. Not just leather or BDSM.

I know you’re probably asking yourselves, “Drummer? Is it a music competition or something?” The answer is no. American poet Henry David Thoreau wrote “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

With that inspiration in mind, Drummer magazine was born. The venerable American magazine targeted gay men with interest in the leather subculture. It was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1975 and because of police harassment moved to San Francisco in 1977. The last issue was issue 214 and was published in April, 1999. The magazine organized an international Mr. Drummer contest that ran from 1981 to 2001. In 2014 it was rekindled as “Drummer North America.” The Drummer North America Contest (DNA) is held yearly in Las Vegas. If you ever have the chance to attend, I highly recommend it. It is a fun-filled weekend of sexy, kinky fun! For more information on next year’s contest visit DrummerNA.com.

Last year’s winners Mid-Atlantic Drummer Jack MacCullum, Mid-Atlantic Drummer Boy Pup Indigo, and Mid-Atlantic Bootblack Brian Hilla got to compete in Las Vegas last January for Drummer North America and Jack MacCullum brought home the title. This year they got to welcome Mid-Atlantic Drummer 2017 Spike West, Mid-Atlantic Drummer Boy 2017 P.J. Tucker and Mid-Atlantic Drummer BootBlack 2017, Jay Belliveau to the DNA family.

A few other fun events happening around town in the upcoming weeks are:

What:Men,” a series of classes geared towards gay and bisexual men. A project of the Jersey Kollege of Kink
Rope 101: a beginner workshop for men interested in rope play with instructor “Boundtofly.”
When: Sunday, April 23rd from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Where: Paradise (101 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park)
Immediate following is “Sinner Sunday: Kinky Charades” from 2 to 6 p.m.

What: Georgies Bar Autism Benefit
When: Sunday April 23rd. Hosted by Michelle Cole-Murphy and David Hoffman from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m..
Where: Georgies Bar (corner of 5th and Memorial, Asbury Park)

What: N.J. AIDS Walk, The Center in Asbury Park
When: May 7th. Registration at 11:30 and the walk begins at 1 p.m.
Where: The walk begins and ends at The Center (806 3rd Avenue, Asbury Park). MAC Cosmetics will match all donations dollar for dollar!

As you can see, there’s always something fun happening in my little shore town. Stay tuned in the next column where I’ll be telling you about my favorite places to eat. Don’t miss out!

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