Happy Pride from all of us at Hagerstown Hopes! This is one of our favorite times of year, a season of community, fun, and celebration for the LGBTQ community. We’ve been hard at work planning and making preparations for Hagerstown Pride. Along the way, we’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to add a few events leading up to the Hagerstown Pride festival, scheduled for July 13th from noon to 6 pm in the Central Parking Lot in downtown Hagerstown. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Pride season!
Pride season begins with our Pride Kickoff Night Out at The Gourmet Goat. Join us Thursday, June 27th from 5 to 9 pm for dinner, drinks, and to get into the spirit of Pride. The Gourmet Goat is located at 41 North Potomac Street, across from our Pride venue. Tours will be available for vendors and anyone interested in seeing the space before the big event. We will also have information available for anyone interested in volunteering for Pride, as well as information about upcoming programs and events.
Next we’ll be having a special Paint Night at the Hagerstown Hopes Hub. Local artist Suzee Cline-White of Luckee Art Studios will be offering instruction for several art projects for you to choose from. We’re grateful to Suzee for helping us kickstart our arts outreach. Be sure to check out the Rainbow Sky project, featuring a mountainscape in all the colors of the rainbow. This event will be the second week of July and prices include materials and instruction. Check Facebook and our website for final details.
We’re also partnering with Beacon House, a local STEAM nonprofit, to bring you “A Night in an Enchanted Garden,” located in the Courtyard of Mulberry Lofts, home of the Hagerstown Hopes Hub. Enjoy the magic with us Friday, July 12th from 6 to 10 pm as we raise money to fund the Kid Zone for Hagerstown Pride and, more importantly, to provide an LGBTQ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior. DJ Sidekick will be spinning beats and food will be available, as well as a cash bar for those 21-plus with ID, and art will be on display for a silent auction. The Courtyard will be transformed into an enchanted garden for the evening, and this is an event you won’t want to miss! Tickets and additional information are available at HagerstownHopesMD.org Come celebrate with us and support two good causes.It’s difficult to top “A Night in an Enchanted Garden,” but we think Hagerstown Pride, held the following day, July 13th, may be up to the task. This year’s theme is “Love Grows,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We’re finalizing details and contracts for Hagerstown Pride and we think this will be an extra special year for everyone in the community. You can expect some top-notch entertainment, delicious food, adult beverages for those 21-plus with ID, and we’ll have interactive art activities and games for youngsters in our Kid Zone.
We hope you’ll join us for Hagerstown Pride, held in the Central Parking Lot at 14 North Potomac Street from 11:30 am to 6 pm. All of our food vendor slots have been filled, but we still have a few openings for other vendors. There will also be opportunities for volunteers all day long, including student service-learning volunteer hours for students. Contact us through Facebook or visit us at HagerstownHopesMD.org for more information.
Hagerstown Hopes and every Pride festival exists to strengthen and support our community. If you’d like to get involved or keep up with what we’re doing, please like and follow us on Facebook. Or, visit us at HagerstownHopesMD.org for more information, register for a free HIV test, sign up for our monthly newsletter, make a donation, or become a volunteer.
Happy Pride from all of us to you!
Royalty Speaks – And now a few words from
Hagerstown King and Queen of Pride 2019
I am Hagerstown’s first King of Pride, Butch Kelly. I started performing in 2004 and was crowned “King of the Lodge” in 2005. Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed performing at many venues, including Hagerstown Pride, Nashville Pride, Baltimore Pride, and as a member of pageant talents on the Miss Gay Maryland and Miss Gay America stages. However, a Friday night show at The Lodge is where I feel at home.
Since being married with children, my wife and I have involved our children in events within the LGBTQ community, hoping to improve acceptance and tolerance in the next generation.
Pride to me is a time to celebrate the accomplishments we have made toward equality and be grateful to those who have paved the way.
As King of Hagerstown Pride, and on behalf of Hagerstown Hopes, I invite you to join us on July 13th to celebrate us, all of us!
As your current Queen of Hagerstown Pride 2019 and Miss Gay Maryland America 2019, Pride is my favorite time of the year! My favorite part of pride is seeing all the family that come out and support our communities. It’s about making sure that the next generation is brave and more confident than the last. I love that here In Hagerstown this year we are turning a large part of our pride to the youth. Between the kids’ zones and youth entertainers, we have made sure that our youth is fully represented and visible!
This year at Hagerstown Pride, you can expect to see some amazing performances by local performers. Lots of vendors and photo opportunities as well as tons of food trucks to enjoy. This will be an awesome chance to support our local businesses and drive deep into what’s going on in Hagerstown. But above all, my favorite part of this day is seeing all the love and electric energy that fills the air, there’s nothing like it!
- 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.