Hello Big Gay Hudson Valley Residents!BGHV Weekend Dec 10th

With the holidays now in full swing, we hope you are all out there having a Gay ‘Ol Time! With a fresh six inches of snow on the ground, it certainly now LOOKS like the holidays!

If you are still out there shopping, we hope you check out BGHV’s first annual 12 Gays of Christmas for some great gay, and gay-friendly shopping ideas right here in our backyard. Chances are if you are reading this, you are already on our e-mail blast list. However, if you want to have the chance to win a dinner for two at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, please forward this e-mail to a friend, and ask them to sign up for our Big Gay e-mail blast list. You’ll be entered to win the dinner at CIA, and your friends will be entered in the Big Gay Give-A-Way!

With prizes from local retailers like bluecashew, Spruce, Fox and Hound Wines, and Verde, signing up for BGHV’s mailing list is  a great way to win big this Holiday Season!

And now, on with the listings!

Friday December 11th

Filthy Friday Christmas Underwear Party @ Primetime, Highland @ 9p
Be sure to don your red, green, or holiday BVDs and head on out to Primetime for a night of mayhem for all of Santa’s favorite naughty boys and girls. No cover before 10pm if you are over 21.

Saturday December 12th

Vanderbilt Mansion Holiday Open House, Hyde Park @ 9a – 5p
Enjoy the mansion, fabulously decorated for a “Gilded Age” holiday season! Refreshments & music will be offered up to all visitors, and the Vanderbilt Gift Shop will be offering a 20% discount on all purchases.

Yuletide Tea @ Wilderstein, Rhinebeck @ 1p
Not-to-be-missed is the annual Yuletide Tea, a seasonal mainstay for area tea enthusiasts. Afternoon affair with fine tea, finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and cookies. Call for reservations as seating is limited. 1pm. $25, $10/child

Locust Grove Estate Holiday Tours, Poughkeepsie @12n – 4p
On Saturdays & Sundays from 
December 12th –  20th, visitors are welcome to view Locust Grove’s historic mansion, an Italianate villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, decorated in seasonal splendor.  This holiday season, step back in time and re-live the romance of Christmas past as they feature the classic Christmas tale ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a Hudson Valley legend that has enchanted families for generations with “visions of sugar plums”. Recent studies suggests that the original teller of this perennial favorite may have been Locust Grove’s first resident, Henry Livingston, Jr., and so they’ve created a fantasy world to match!  $9/adult, $5/child (under 12)

Winter Lights Celebration @ The CIA, Hyde Park @ 6:30p
Dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. 100% of proceeds benefit Dutchess Outreach and the CIA scholarship fund. 6:30pm–midnight. $60. For more information visit the CIA’s website.

The Nutcracker at the Bardavon, Poughkeepsie @ 7:30p
Presented by the New Paltz Ballet Company, this holiday classic comes to life on the stage of the spectacular Bardavon Opera House in downtown Poughkeepsie.

Rhinebeck Choral Club Holiday Concert @ Rhinebeck High School @ 8p

The Rhinebeck Choral Club, under the direction of Charles E. Kelley, will present its 2009 Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 12, 8:00p.m. at the Rhinebeck High School Auditorium. Word on the street is that Prephab’s very own Ryan is the soloist in this show, so come on out and support the Rhinebeck Choral Club! Got other plans for Saturday night? Check them out on Sunday in Poughkeepsie’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie. General admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. For more information, contact Cassie Leonard at 845-416-8787, or visit www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org.

Twilight Guard Presents “Raising Cane”, Triangles Cafe, Danbury, CT @ 10p
Into Leather, Bears, or Unifroms? Well then check out the Twilight Guard’s annual holiday party in Connecticut. Doors open at 10pm, and the party goes until 2am.

Holiday Bash @ Truman’s, New Paltz @ 10p
Join the hottest scene in the Hudson Valley for their first annual Holiday Bash.  Come tell Santa & Mrs. Claus what you really want this year, snap a picture with ’em and enjoy drink specials, shadow dancers and much much more.

Sunday December 13th

Rhinebeck Choral Club Holiday Concert @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie @ 3pm
General admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. For more information, contact Cassie Leonard at 845-416-8787, or visit www.rhinebeckchoralclub.org.

Radicalesbian Photo Exhibition Opening @ LGBTQ Community Center @ 4pm

Ellen Shumsky, radical lesbian photographer, has just released her new book: Portrait of a Decade: 1968-1978, and she will be present at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center on Sunday Dec. 13 at 4 PM for a reception and book signing.

NY Marriage Equality Sunset Vigil @ Senator Morahan’s Office, Nanuet @ 3p – 5p
There will be a vigil to protest Sen. Thomas Morahan’s vote against Marriage Equality in the New York State Senate. The vigil will take place outside of Sen. Morahan’s offices on New Clarkstown Road at Airport Executive Park in Nanuet (north of Route 59).