BGHV Weekend Feb 4thHey all – we’re a week before Valentine’s and huddling in for the biggest sports day of the year, so happy Superbowl Sunday.

If you’re yet undecided what to do with your honey this V-Day, tomorrow – Friday – is your last chance to enter to win two free tickets to the Hearts for ARCS Valentine’s Ball in White Plains on Saturday Feb 13th!  Log on before the drawing at 5:00p and don’t miss out.  What better way to charm your sweetie than a night at the region’s best Valentine’s party?

While in the registering spirit, the doors close this Friday, Feb 5th on signing up for Marriage Equality New York’s (MENY) “Marriage Equality Day” in Albany.  This day of breakout sessions with legislators will be held on February 23rd and will give you a chance to explain to them 0ne-on-one how the issues of inequality affect you.  MENY will provide coordinated regional transportation and lunch for each registrant along with a fact sheet and leave behind information for each legislator.  This is an amazingly personal way to get involved with the fight for marriage equality – get in there and let ’em have it!

This week’s biggest area news actually comes out of Kingston as the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center announced the appointment of its first ever gay male President.  Lance Ringel, the former VP, has taken over the reigns and will be on BGHV next week for an exclusive scoop on his plans and vision for the Center’s future.  Tune in to find out what they’ve got in store!

As we ramp up for the spring season, plenty of events are in store and with them will come plenty of giveaways and up-to-the-minute updates.  We wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of these, so if you haven’t already, head over to Facebook and join our Fan Page to stay a ‘mo in the know.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday Feb 4th

Men’s Group Meeting @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston @ 7p
The (very active) Men’s Group will be meeting for a discussion night at the Center.

Truly Tipsy @ Trumans, New Paltz @ 8p
Start the weekend early with Thursday night lounge.  Prephab spins, Evan pours and drinks & apps are served up at half price.  $5 at the door after 10p, so get there early!

Karaoke Craig @ Doubles II, Catskill @ 8:30p
Cozy into the cold and sing your stuff with the crew at Catskill’s only LGBT watering hole.

Friday Feb 5th

Bocuse d’Or Culinary Competition @ the CIA, Hyde Park, All Day
On Friday, Feb 5th and Saturday, Feb 6th, one of the world’s most exciting culinary competitions – The Bocuse d’Or – will take place this weekend at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. Events include, tastings and book signings with chefs ranging from bear-icon Tom Colicchio and out lesbian Traci des Jardins. FREE and open to the public, Guests are invited to watch/cheer beginning at 8 a.m. Visit the CIA’s website for the full schedule.

Saturday Feb 6th

Wells Fargo Presents “Current Financial & Legal Problems Facing the LGBT Community” @ The LOFT, White Plains @ 10a to 12p
A panel of Wells Fargo advisors will host a workshop to discuss current financial & legal problems concerning the LGBT community.  Space is limited so RSVP at the link above.

Drag Superstar Sherry Vine @ Truman’s, New Paltz @ 7p
NYC drag diva Sherry Vine will be performing at New York’s largest LGBT nightclub – join us from 7p to 10p and “Unwind with BGHV” in the lounge before the show starts at 11p.

Erotica Art Show Opening @ Tivoli Artists Co-Op & Gallery, Tivoli @ 7p
Join the Tivoli artists co-op for the opening of their newest show – festive attire and cross-dressing invited.

Share the Love Dance @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 7:30p
2nd Annual “Share The Love” dance to celebrate the love in our community, along with sister community centers in White Plains & Albany.  Admission is free with a nonperishable food donation at the door (donations benefit Angel Food East, Family of Woodstock and Queen’s Galley).  Music by DJ John Martin.

Share the Love Dance @ The LOFT, White Plains @ 7:30p
2nd Annual “Share The Love” dance to celebrate the love in our community, along with sister community centers in Kingston & Albany.  Admission is free with a nonperishable food donation at the door (donation benefits the food pantry of AIDS Related Community Services [ARCS]).

Sunday Feb 7th

Superbowl XLIV Live from Miami Gardens Florida @ 6p
Regardless of your affinity (or lack thereof) for sports, this is the one night a year everyone’s a fan.  Tune in to see the Indianapolis Colts face off with the New Orleans Saints for football’s top title while stuffing your face with some “the diet starts tomorrow” grub.

Coming Down the Pike

Wed, Feb 10th: Hudson Valley Green Drinks Mixer @ The Would, Highland @ 6:30p
The networking group for individuals with a sustainable state of mind will be visiting the gay-owned Would restaurant for their monthly mixer.

Fri, Feb 12th: Rufus Wainwright Serenades Poughkeepsie @ The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie @ 8p
Don’t miss the acclaimed gay singer/songwriter’s one night stint in the Valley – get your tickets now!

Sat, Feb 13th: Hearts for ARCS Valentine’s Ball @ C.V. Rich Mansion, White Plains @ 7p
Valentine’s hottest party is in White Plains this year as ARCS celebrates with its annual Hearts for ARCS Ball.  Don’t be the one left wondering what to do this year – reserve your spot today!