DSCN9255It was great to see all of you at Hudson Valley Pride last weekend!  As you heard then, our next gathering is on June 27th as BGHV sets sail on a 3-hour tour of Bannerman’s Island.  Reservations are pouring in, so be sure to sign up – Tickets are available now.

Also, be sure to check out our Summer of Pride schedule to keep your big gay calendar in order with all of the LGBTQ events up-and-down the Hudson River.

Thursday, June 11th

Karaoke at Oh Bar, Albany, 8p
$5 cover for karaoke and dancing after the Capital Pride Kickoff BBQ.

Friday, June 12th

Wine Tasting @ Fox & Hound Wine & Spirits, New Paltz, 4p to 7p
Join partners Nick & Tom at their gay-owned store for a free weekly tasting.  They hold another session on Saturdays from 1p to 4p

Saturday, June 13th

Hudson Valley BARES Day at Split Rock, New Paltz @ 9a
Join the Hudson Valley BARES for a day of sun & picnicking at the Mohonk Preserve.  Admission is $10 per day for non-preserve members.  Carpooling from NYS Thruway Exit 18 Park & Ride at 9a.

Truman’s Grand Opening (Finally!), New Paltz, 8p
As many know, the opening of Truman’s – the new homo-bar in New Paltz – has been on hold for three years as they have been attempting to work out all the details of their liquor license. Well, they have apparently sorted things out, and they are having a “soft-opening” this coming Saturday night at 8pm.

Screening of “Outcomes”, Kingston, NY @ 7:30pm
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center will become the scene of the world premiere of “Outcomes: LGBTQ Stories from the Hudson Valley” on Saturday night. For the film, Director Joy E. Reed and her crew interviewed 17 volunteers from the Center about their coming-out experiences. The result is a series of moving, sometimes funny, always very genuine stories focusing on the coming-out process of a diverse group of Center members. Check out more about the film on its website.

Here! TV Launch Party featuring Chad Allen- Pre-Cruise Party, Albany @ 8p
Come celebrate the launch of another LGBT network in the Capital Region, and getting everyone ready for the Big Gay Cruise! The Pre-Cruise Party will have advance sale tickets for the Cruise! ROCKS, 77 Central Avenue, $5 suggested donation

The Twilight Guard Pride Party, Danbury CT @ 10p
The Twilight Guard is bringing together the leather, bear, uniform and gear community for their monthly party at Triangles Cafe.  Doors open 10p.  $5 cover.

The Party Bus @ Rocks, Albany, 11p
ROCKS has set up a safe way to get you “to and from” The Big Gay Pride Cruise for only $5. Boarding at 10:45 PM, Leaves at 11:00 PM Sharp!,

The Big Gay Pride Cruise, Troy @ Midnight
All Aboard!  Capital Pride is taking to the Hudson with another Big Gay Pride Cruise. This cruise is a benefit/fundraiser for the CDGLCC and the AIDS Walk 2008.  Captain JP Cruise Lines, State & Front Streets, Troy 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM, Boarding begins at 11:30 PM.  $30 in advance, $35 at the gate (no refunds/checks)

Sunday, June 14th

VCS Gay Pride Rockland, Nyack @ noon
Join the Rockland county community for it’s annual gay pride festival in the streets of Nyack, NY.

Family Diversity Day, Albany @ 11a
Tours, storytelling and crafts are among the activities on this special day when The Museum invites people from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the diversity of family life and the communities that we all live in and share.   Hosted at the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Free!

Albany All Stars Rollerderby presents the Dept. of Public Hurts vs. TBD, Albany @ 6p
Come see the Albany All Stars Department of Public Hurts Roller Derby team have some good, not-so-clean fun for people of all ages!  Washington Ave Armory, 6pm-9:30pm- $10 advance tix, $12 door

Diva Night: Sing Out Louise III, Albany @ 9p
With the magnificent performances and tremendous response last year, the ladies who helped define drag in Albany are back! Mama, Frieda Munchon, Penny Larceny, and Carmie Hope continue an amazing Pride tradition with “Sing Out Louise III”  Waterworks @ 76 Central Avenue.  9:00 PM, $10 Cover, Cash Bar, 18 to enter, 21 to drink (with ID)

Diva Night: Frenchie Davis & Amber – Live!, Albany @ 11p
Frenchie Davis from American Idol, Broadway’s “RENT” and “Ain’t Misbehavin” as well as the play “DreamGirls” opens the show with her uniquely amazing voice and style. Highlighting the night with her new hit song “You are” from producer/dj Tony Moran. Grammy nominated and International Dance Diva Amber closes the show with worldwide smash hits from her 4 full length albums such as; “One more night”, “ If you could read my mind”, “Sexual li da di” to name a few. Frenchie Davis and Amber, two Divas, one great show!  Waterworks @ 76 Central Avenue.   11:00pm, $10 Cover, Cash Bar, 18 to enter, 21 to drink (with ID)

Annual Capital Pride Parade, Albany @ noon
Downtown Albany (State St, Lark St, & Madison Ave), 12:00 Noon! Free! Come celebrate the Capital District’s great LGBTQ community! The parade steps off at noon in Washington Park.
The festivities on the stage kick off immediately following the Pride Parade. Join us as Erin Harkes, DJ Dave Barna, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Frenchie Davis and AMBER take the main stage this year. The stage festivities will be hosted this year by Penny Larceny and Fly 92 DJs Chrissy Cavotta and Shawn Gillie. Eat, drink and be merry in our food and beverage vendor area and visit our vendor/exhibitor tent. We’re planning on fun for the whole family, so join us for the celebration, rain or shine!  If you have questions about accessibility or need accommodation for any Pride events, please call the CDGLCC at 518.462.6138. ASL interpreter and accessible parking will be available at the Festival.

Roving Pride Closing Party, Albany @ 5p
Oh Bar, ROCKS, and Waterworks team up to put the finishing touches on Pride 2009! Join the fun immediately following the festival. All proceeds benefit the CDGLCC!!  Oh Bar, ROCKS, and Waterworks.  5:00 PM, $5 Cover, Cash Bar, $5 cover at a single bar gets you into all bars.

Monday, June 15th

Mid-Hudson Gay & Lesbian Professionals Alliance Dinner, Kingston @ 6:30p
The MHGLPA is headed to Stella’s Italian Restaurant at 44 North Front Street in Uptown Kingston for their monthly gathering.  Cash bar starting 6:30, Dinner at 7 for $25 per person (includes tax & gratuity).  Free tours of the new art exhibit, “Couples”, will be held at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center starting at 6p.  RSVP to Nancy at sandford@us.ibm.com.