For many people the holiday season is stressful. That period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is filled with family obligations, shopping and spending too much money, decorating the home, office parties with folks we really don’t want to be with, and lots of running around. Self-care is very important at any time, but we really need to make more of an effort during the weeks leading up to the holiday rush. Before all that madness begins, treat yourself to one of these fun leather events in November.

The first weekend of November belongs to COMMAND MC and Maryland Leather Weekend. The weekend starts on Thursday, October 31st with COMMAND MC hosting happy hour from 5 to 7 pm at Leon’s followed by the popular Pig Sty XI party at Club 1722 (located at 1722 North Charles Street, use the rear entrance off Lafayette) from 8:30 pm until 1:30 am.

On Friday, November 1st other area leather clubs with sponsor cocktail parties at the Lord Baltimore Hotel followed by the official introductions of the judges and contestants for the Mr. Maryland Leather 2020 Contest on the hotel’s 17th floor.

On Saturday, November 2nd the Mr. Maryland Leather 2020 Contest will be held at Ottobar (2549 North Howard Street). Doors open at noon and the contest starts at 2 pm. Be sure to get there early so that you have time to look over the large silent auction. After the contest a victory party will be held for the new Mr. Maryland Leather titleholder starting at 9 pm at Leon’s. The evening will conclude with the Pig Sty XII party starting at midnight back at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. During the party, there will also be the second annual Mr. Maryland Pig Contest. I’m sure the competition will be stiff. A pass for all the events is $89 or you may purchase individual tickets for the contest and parties. Visit Commandmc.org for details.

The other big leather weekend in the area in November is the annual Mr. and Ms. DC Eagle Contest held as part of the bar’s anniversary celebration. A DC Eagle Bootblack titleholder will also be selected this year. The DC Eagle will celebrate 48 years on the weekend of November 21st to 24th with a kickoff event on Thursday, November 21st. On Friday, November 22nd come to the DC Eagle starting at 9 pm to meet the Mr. and Ms. DC Eagle 2020 contestants and judges. The contest will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at 7 pm and a victory brunch for the new leather titleholders is being held on Sunday, November 24th at 1 pm. All events will be at the DC Eagle (3701 Benning Road NE in Washington).

Also coming up in November is the Chasing Fall Foliage Ride. Get on your motorcycle and join the men of the Spartan MC on Saturday, November 9th for a ride through picturesque Virginia to take in the fall colors. The ride starts at 7:30 am at the Starbucks at 3011 Nutley Street in Fairfax, Virginia. On Saturday, November 9th starting at 7:30 pm you can join the ShipMates Club of Baltimore for happy hour at Leon’s. On Friday, November 15th starting at 8 pm you can be part of the pack with the Capital Pups and Handlers at the DC Eagle. The Mr. Virginia Bear 2020 Contest will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 9 to midnight at The Wave in Norfolk, Virginia. There will also be a pre-contest party that night from 7 to 8:30 pm at MJ’s Tavern. On Friday, November 22nd at 9 pm the DC Boys of Leather have a bar night at the DC Eagle. On Saturday, November 30th Let’s Go Play presents another Harrisburg Pup Night at My Buddies Place at 2380 Susquehanna Trail in Newport, Pennsylvania. There will be a pup social from 5 to 8 pm and a puppy mosh from 8 to midnight complete with a ball pit and great music. Admission is $10.

These are just a few of the leather events in our area in the month of November. Treat yourself to something enjoyable before the rat race of the holidays begins. When November arrives don’t say “Oh no!” Say “Yes!”

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Rodney Burger
Rodney Burger
Rodney is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland and for many years has lived in Baltimore. In April 2017, Rodney was sworn in for his 10th year as the President of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore. He has been involved in the leather community for many years, but often denies that he sold Jell-O shots at The Last Supper. He has been writing THE LEATHER LINE for the BALTIMORE OUTLOUD newspaper (Baltimoreoutloud.com.) for over fourteen years. He has produced the Mr. & Ms. Baltimore Eagle Contest and the Maryland LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Contest. In 2001 he was proud to serve as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001. Rodney also does stand-up comedy and in 2013 was thrilled to perform at Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pantheon of Leather Award, was selected Leather Man of the Year in 2013 by COMMAND M.C. and by the Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf in 2006. The 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas benefit show was dedicated to Rodney and his partner Sir Steve. He has been twice selected as ShipMate of the Year. He has judged Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015, Atlantic States LeatherSIR / Leatherboy and recently judged Mr. Eagle NYC 2018. He is delighted to be able to bring news of his beloved leather community to his readers every issue.