It’s that in-between time of year. Memorial Day Weekend brought the start of summer and a new International Mr. Leather. We have celebrated Pride and danced in the streets. We toasted the 4th of July and hosted or attended a summer cookout. Many have been to the pool or the beach. As the summer sun has faded into the rainy season many folks are starting to feel a little down. I find that I can always cheer myself up if I have something fun planned. The anticipation of an event keeps me going. So, what’s next?

It may seem ridiculous that I am already looking forward to Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington. After all this popular leather event is not until January 18th to 20th, 2019! That’s the issue exactly. MAL is so popular that the 880-room Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is already sold out. I’m glad I booked my room a few weeks ago. You don’t have to miss out. Rooms are available at the nearby Phoenix Park Hotel – but don’t wait any longer. Reservations can be made at Leatherweekend.com.

You may have seen my interview with Amy “Foxxy” Phillips. I cannot believe that is has almost been a year since she was selected Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018. Although her title year is almost over, you have not seen the last of her. Come join me on August 24th and 25th for the Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman and Bootblack Contest. This is not just an event for the woman in leather. I wouldn’t miss it. Friday, August 24th starting at 9 pm is the meet and greet and the contest is at 2 pm on Saturday, August 25th. Originally scheduled at the Baltimore Eagle*, the meet and greet has been moved to Mixer’s (6037 Belair Road) and the location of the contest will be announced soon.

One of my favorite weekends last year was when I went to Portland, Maine, for the Harbor Masters leather club’s anniversary. I had never been to Portland before so that made the trip extra fun. Have you ever been to New Haven, Connecticut? Here is another chance for a little leather adventure. The Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Contest will be held on Saturday, September 8th at 9 pm at the 168 York Street Cafe in New Haven. The meet and greet is Friday, September 7th at the bar with entertainment by Morgana De Luxe and there are also BD/SM classes on Saturday afternoon and a victory brunch on Sunday put on by the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut. The New Haven Hotel is the host hotel. For more details visit Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 on Facebook.

A little closer to home is Leather Fetish III which will be held over the weekend of September 14th to 16th at the Woods Campground in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. This annual leather weekend includes the Mr. & Ms. Woods Leather competition, a gathering of Mid-Atlantic Women of Drummer and so much more. Visit Thewoodscampground.com for reservations and more information.

They are doing it again! Capitol Bus Crawl – Down & Dirty Edition is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th starting at the DC Eagle. This ultimate evening of barhopping will take you from the DC Eagle to the Baltimore Eagle to The Bike Stop in Philadelphia and back to the DC Eagle. Tickets are $50 and will benefit the Carter / Johnson Leather Library. Details on Facebook.

Speaking of Philadelphia, the tenth annual Philadelphia Leather Pride Night will be held on Saturday, September 22nd starting a 5 pm at Voyeur Night Club. There will be a charity auction, dancing, and more. Proceeds will benefit Project Home – the Gloria Casaraz Residence, Philly AIDS Thrift, KSGRA, and By the Grace of George.

In Baltimore on September 22nd the Baltimore ShipMates invite you to join them for a tour of three area distilleries: Sagamore Spirits, the Baltimore Whiskey Company and Old-Line Spirits. The tour bus will leave from the Mount Vernon Stable at 11 am. Tickets are $50 and includes transportation, guided tours, and tastings. I know this event will lift my spirits! Visit the Baltimore ShipMates’ Facebook page for details and to make reservations. Space is limited. September 28th to 30 is the third annual Atlantic States Leather Weekend featuring the Atlantic States LeatherSIR / boy / Bootblack Contest. The weekend will also include demos and educational classes. This event is currently scheduled at the Baltimore Eagle.

I always look forward to October. It is one of my favorite times of the year and if it is October it is time for the New Jersey Leather Weekend. Held this year on October 19th to 21st at the Paradise located inside the Empress Hotel in Asbury Park this weekend produced by Dragonslair Productions and the New Jersey Leather Family will include the 19th annual Mr. & Ms. New Jersey Leather 2019 Contest, the uniform / gear meet and greet party on Friday, educational sessions presented by Jersey Kollege of Kink, a vendor mart, cigar social, Sunday’s victory brunch, and more. For details visit LeatherNJonline.com.

These are just a few of the leather events coming soon to our area. Make plans to attend one or more of the above leather events. It is always good to have something fun to look forward to on your calendar. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

* I also must note events that are scheduled to be held at the Baltimore Eagle may need to be located at another venue due to the recent closing of the bar. Watch this space for details.

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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.
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