I Do.  I Amsterdam.Hey Everyone – so we’re back!  Thank you all for your kind words of congratulations, our experience was absolutely amazing.  Hopefully you were able to catch some of the local coverage our story received in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Daily Freeman and Mid-Hudson News as well as the national spotlight on MSNBC.  We cannot stress enough how important it is that everyone continue contacting their representatives and expressing (or demanding, depending on your demeanor) your support for same-sex marriage legislation in New York State – don’t forget, we put these people into positions of power and have the ability take it away.  Our wedding in Amsterdam was an amazing chance for us to shed international attention on this critical issue in our home state, but continuing to stress it on a very local level is equally, if not more, important.

Not sure how to contact your representatives or what to say?  Fret not, we’ve got your back.  Scroll to the bottom of this story to find your representatives and follow our easy-to-recite script.

With a forecasted fall-like summer weekend coming our way, here’s the homo happenings for this weekend.  Hope y’all enjoy it:

Friday, August 7th

Film: Were the World Mine, The LGBTQ Center, Kingston, NY @ 7 PM
Were the World Mine is a magical story of empowerment that culminates in a touching love story, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The question this film asks is: “If you could make someone love you, would you?” The musical was released in 2008 to many positive reviews. This film is a fun tale for anyone, especially for teens & young adults.

The Producers – Closing Weekend! – at The Center, Rhinebeck, NY @ 8p
It’s closing weekend for this gay camp classic being staged at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck.  Shows run all weekend, so be sure and get over to experience Springtime for Hitler in the intimate, campy, and classically professional way that only The Center can present it.

Prime Time Dance Club Presents; Best Chest Contest, Highland, NY @ 9pm – 4am
Come join the party with music mixed by DJ John Martin, hosted by Miss Kandi Kisses, and featuring a
performance by Miss CoCo Kane. 18 to Party – 21 to Drink. Reduced Cover Before 10pm

Saturday, August 8th

Kick-Off Party; 2009 Windows on Main, Chill Bar, Beacon, NY @ 6pm – 9pm
Come celebrate the kick-off of the annual exhibit of artist created, site responsive installations located in storefronts along Beacon’s Main Street. This year the installations are presented by Ty Marshal and Derek Bryant of Floor One Gallery, and Melissa Tatge of Melissa Tatge Creative.

Isis Vermouth’s legendary “Ego-Party”, Prime Time, Highland, NY @ 10pm

Trixie’s Beach Party, Jason’s Upstairs Bar, Hudson, NY @ 10pm
Come out and Dance to Electro, Disco, Funk, Mash-Ups and some old school Hip Hop served up by DJ GIO and special guest dj FIONA. The dress code is beach/summer gear, and according to Trixie; “Less Is More!”. This party even features a wet t-shirt and boxer contest, where the winner can earn a $50.00 cash prize! Cover is $10, although you can download a discount admission voucher here. Jason’s upstairs bar is located at 521 Warren Street in Hudson.

Tranny Wreck Dance Party @ Truman’s, New Paltz, NY @ 10pm – 4am
Anyone in drag gets in free, and you also get 1/2 price drinks! Everyone else: $5 cover and $3 well drinks.
Music by Prephab!

Sunday, August 9th

Car Talk Closing Performance, Lillian Katzman Theater, Hudson, NY @ 2pm
Written by Lucile Lutchlau, Car Talk, is a frank and hilarious look at the endangered institution known as marriage. Emotions run high for Ed and Millie, a middle aged Jewish couple who have just received disturbing news about their daughter, Rosalie, and a certain taxidermist named Zoe. With a car full of angst, they take off to Vermont to scope out the situation…but little do they forsee that raucous collision of high camp circumstances that gleefully skewers the definition of family and changes their lives forever. CAR TALK runs Wednesdays through Sundays through August 9 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York.

Tuesday, August 11th

Rosie ODonnell and Cyndi Lauper, Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY @ 6:30pm
You’re invited to a special Summer Reception at the beautiful Proctor’s Theatre at the Cyndi Lauper & Rosie O’Donnell show Thursday August 11, 2009. The pre-show reception, in the amazing Gallery, starts at 6:30pm and will include scrumptous tapas and great friends. Tickets are $100 and includes one preimum seat to the show as well as admission to the reception. Come support the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center and enjoy TWO amazing icons!