Welcome to another edition of Big Gay Hudson Valley weekend!
It has been a busy past 7 days here in the Hudson Valley and when you look at all that is coming up this weekend, there is certainly a great deal to keep the ‘mo on the go busy this week – and next as well!
We found a great new gay-owned ice cream shop in Hudson this week called LICK. Owned by Christopher and his partner, Jason, the store celebrated “Thank You Hudson Day” last Wednesday by offering $1 scoops of ice cream! We visited Hudson while looking for wedding bands for our August 1 wedding in Amsterdam, and we found some amazingly beautiful ones offered by by Shana Lee at her Hudson and Red Hook boutiques. More to come when she finishes making them.
Speaking of Ice Cream Cones; Here’s the “scoop” on what else is coming up in the Hudson Valley this weekend:
Friday, July 10th
“The Boyfriend”, Middletown @ 8p
The Middletown Recreation and Parks Performing Arts program is proud to present The Boy Friend. The Jazz Age lives on in this light, romantic spoof of 1920’s musical comedy. With its catchy tunes, period dances (including the inevitable Charleston) and winning sense of humor, “The Boy Friend” is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920’s romp. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students & seniors.
Stageworks on the Hudson Presents; Forbidden Broadway; Hudson @ 8p
In the explosively funny off-Broadway smash hit that irreverently pokes,prods,teases and lampoons the Great White Way’s most famed musicals and celebrities… and always with love! Stageworks is one of the first regional theaters to produce this celebrated panoply of parodies spoofing Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Liza Minelli and so many more from Fiddler to Hairspray!
FRIDAY and SATURDAY:800pm, SUNDAY:200pm.
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), The LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 6:30p
Live Music by Kat Spina, Cafe Bocca; Poughkeepsie @ 8p
While not gay, the scene at Cafe Bocca is cute, fun and eclectic. Serving light meals and coffees, teas, and other assorted beverages – often accompanied by live music and art installations, this new addition to Poughkeepsie’s “Mount Carmel” neighborhood is definitely worth checking out. And it has free Wi-Fi, too!
Saturday, July 11th
Senior Open House, The Loft Gay Center; White Plains @ 11:30a
Josh Jenkins Art Show, Floor One Gallery; Beacon @ 6p
Rivermen BBQ & Game Night; Newburgh, NY @ 6p
Join the Rivermen at 188 Liberty St. for a night of BBQ and games. Please bring a dish to share and $10 per person. RSVP to Sabol@juno.com. Great way to meet new men in the area.
White Trash Party, Congress Tavern; Poughkeepsie @ 8p
The Eric Hill Band, Cafe Bocca; Poughkeepsie @ 8p
EGO Party Hosted by Isis Vermouth at Primetime; Highland @ 10p
Sunday, July 12th
Hudson Valley Out & About Wine Tasting, White Cliff Winery in Gardiner @ 1p
Open to all, the group will meet at Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, 331 McKinstry Road, in Gardiner. $7 per person, includes samples of six wines & souvenir glass.
Art in the Loft Opening @ Millbrook Vineyards & Winery; Millbrook @ 3p
Featuring paintings by Andrea Alvin, Barbara Masterson and Angela Manno, Millbrook is a great local winery to visit on a warm summer weekend.
Antique Car Show, Locust Grove Estate; Poughkeepsie @ 8a to 4p
Take a step back in time all you car Kings and Queens as Locust Grove presents a car show on the lawns of the historic estate for just $5 per person.
Welcome Brunch, Christ the King Church; Stone Ridge @ 10a
The service at this local gay-friendly church will be followed by a welcome brunch for all members of the congregation.
Mark Your Calendars for July 19th!
Check out the First Annual Fine Art and Design Auction of the Hudson Valley, proceeds from which will support The Empire State AIDS Ride and Angel Food East, a non profit volunteer program that provides hot meals and sustenance to Ulster County residents living with AIDS. The live auction, silent auction and lunch will be held on the grounds of a beautiful Williams Lake resort in Rosendale, New York.