One would think that the leather community takes a break in the summertime. After all, heat and cowhide do not seem like the best combination. For the many of us who are dedicated members of the leather community the summer months are filled with just as many events as during any other time of the year. In fact, in the Mid-Atlantic area the leather calendar is just getting heated up!

How do you turn a random Wednesday into something special? You hang out with the DC Boys of Leather. Join them for happy hour on Wednesday, July 10th from 6 to 9 at Larry’s Lounge (1840 18th Street NW, Washington, DC).

Friday, July 12th at 9 pm brings another Baltimore Pup Night sponsored by Let’s Go Play to the Baltimore Eagle. Upstairs at the Baltimore Eagle you will find a large mosh pit space and a big ball pit. What better way to celebrate the dog days of summer!

On Saturday, July 13th the Knight Hawks of Virginia leather club will be hosting Kilts and Cigars starting at 9:30 pm at MJ’s Tavern in Norfolk, Virginia. It may be difficult to think of Christmas in this warm weather, but the ShipMates Club of Baltimore is ready to kick off their big Daddy Christmas fundraiser. Although the main event is not until Saturday, December 7th at the Baltimore Eagle, join the ShipMates for “Ho Ho in the Heat” on Sunday, July 14th starting a 4 pm at Mixer’s (6037 Belair Road, Baltimore). There will be a cookout, a silent auction, pictures with Santa (Mr. North American Bear 2019 Kevin Barni), and more. This year’s Daddy Christmas charity is CHANA, which for over 25 years has been helping people in our community deal with physical, psychological, sexual, or financial abuse.

Also, on Sunday, July 14th Let’s Go Play is presenting another one of their BDSM educational sessions at the Clifton Pleasure Club (2803 Grindon Avenue, Baltimore). There will be a social hour at 6 pm and the presentation starts at 7 pm. Rumor has it that Mr. Maryland Leather 2007 Sir Steve may be doing a presentation on electrical play – talk about things heating up!

July 19th is DC Pup Night at the DC Eagle starting at 8 pm. The Capital Pups and Handlers are a fun group. There will be a puppy moshing and drink specials.

The DC Boys of Leather will be at the DC Eagle on Saturday, July 27th starting at 9 pm for “Red, White, and Blue Balls.” Throw on your favorite red, white, or blue gear (leather, rubber, jocks, whatever) and join the fun. On Friday, August 2nd Ms. DC Eagle 2019 Alyssa Durnien and Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack 2019 Amy D. Phillips and Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2019 Julie Vanderlee are teaming up for a bar night at the DC Eagle starting at 8 pm. You can also catch the Mid-Atlantic Leather Women on Sunday, August 4th from noon to 4 pm at the Clifton Pleasure Club for a BBQ and Art Auction Extravaganza. Come out and support these amazing leather women.

Thursday, August 15th the Living in “Leather Conference 2019: A Celebration of Leather Culture” will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia,

On Friday, August 16th at the Baltimore Eagle starting at 10 pm the Atlantic States Leather Family will celebrate their regional titleholders as they prepare to depart for Dallas and the International Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack Contest. Proceeds will benefit the travel fund.

Speaking of leather contests, it will soon be time to select the Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2020 titleholders. The Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack and Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2020 Contest is schedule for August 23rd and 24th in Baltimore. On Friday, August 23rd the “Boots, Cigars, & Barber Meet & Greet” will be held from 9 pm to 1 am at the Clifton Pleasure Club. The contest will be held Saturday, August 24th at Grand Central: bar opens at noon, doors to contest open at 1 pm, and the contest is at 2 pm. On Sunday, August 25th Hooker and Boys will be celebrating their 20-year anniversary at the Clifton Pleasure Club from 1 to 5 pm. There will be food, fun, frolic, and fundraising.

August 29th to September 2nd brings the popular Master / slave Conference to the Westin Tysons Corner in Falls Church, Virginia. MsC is the largest gathering of Masters and slaves and the only fully educational event on Master / slave relationships.

Now is the time to make your reservations for September 27th – 29th and the Mr. Virginia Leather Weekend presented by the Knight Hawks. The Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Suites in Norfolk is the host hotel. There will be a leather vendor fair, a jock party, a Sunday brunch, and the Mr. Virginia Leather Contest. Details can be found at These are just a few of the leather events coming up in July and August. After a hot and busy summer in the Mid-Atlantic leather community, a late September vacation sounds like a great idea!

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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 ( 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.