Get out your calendars because Hagerstown Hopes is serving events all month long in October!
Do you have concerns about the LGBTQ community in Maryland? If so, join us Tuesday, October 16th for our FreeState Justice LGBTQ Issues and Advocacy Meeting. FreeState Justice, a Maryland LGBTQ legal advocacy organization, will be joining us to discuss issues that are important to us and our community. As a legal advocacy organization, FreeState Justice is dedicated to making sure that the LGBTQ community in Maryland receives fair treatmen in society and the law. Your input will inform FreeState’s agenda in the coming years, and we want to hear how we can support you in our own community!
The FreeState Justice LGBTQ Issues and Advocacy Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Hagerstown Hopes Hub (22 North Mulberry Street, suite 016, on the bottom floor). A link to register for the meeting is available on our Facebook page.
If you’ve been looking for a reason to go out, look no further. The Lodge will be hosting us for a Night Out to Dance on Saturday, October 20th. The Lodge is a 21-and-over nightclub, so be sure to bring your ID. We will have a resource table set up, so come see what we’re up to and say hello!
Join Hagerstown Hopes as we support Veritas UCC in their fifth annual “Trunk or Treat Fall Fest,” a free community event on October 26th from 6 to 8:30 pm. “Trunkers” (the people giving candy out from their trunks) are local community organization representatives ready to share information about their organization should you have any questions. There will be music, best trunker contest for you to vote on, free hot chocolate, and more.
The event is located in the parking lot of Associated Builders and Contractors – Barr Construction Institute (530 North Locust Street, Hagerstown). Parking lot is accessible from Wayside Avenue. Use 117 Wayside Avenue for a reference point to the parking lot entrance on Google maps.
We will also be supporting New Light Metropolitan Community Church, which will be having their annual “Trunk or Treat” event on Wednesday, October 31st from 6 to 8 pm. We’ll be set up in the Church Street City Parking Lot right beside the church (across from the Farmers Market parking lot).
If you like drag and Bingo, join us November 4th from noon to 5 pm at Breakaway II Sports Lounge Warehouse Venue (13726 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown). For Otis Sake Rescue Groups and Hagerstown Hopes bring you a Drag Bingo you do not want to miss – The Golden Girls! Bring your friends, bring your cash, and bring your laughter for an afternoon of fun and shenanigans. Featuring: Stephanie Michaels, ChiChi Ray Colby, Araya Sparxx, Chasity Vain, Nicole James, and Ashley Bannks!
Tickets are $35 per person in advance, $45 day of the event. Each ticket provides the guest with a seat to the most entertaining bingo event of the year, bingo games, and lunch! You must be 21 or older to attend and a cash bar is available. There will also be tip jars, raffles, and a 50/50 as well as special bingo games!
Doors open at 11 am and all proceeds benefit Hagerstown Hopes and For Otis Sake Rescue Groups. For Otis Sake is a local foster-only organization that rescues, rehabs, and rehomes at-risk dogs. Learn more about them and the great work they do at Forotissake.org
Stay up to date with our work by liking and following us on Facebook or check out our website (Hagerstownhopesmd.org) for our full calendar of events. We hope to see you in October!
- Brian George Hose has been an advocate for LGBTQ persons and issues all his adult life. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Shepherd University and looks forward to pursuing a Master's of Social Work with a focus in mental health. A former musician, Brian served as minister of music for New Light MCC for several years and incorporates music into social work practice. He lives in rural Western Maryland where he has amassed a sinful number of books, yarn, and books about yarn. He has been writing for Baltimore Out Loud since February 2016.