Hudson Valley AIDS WalkHello Everyone! Welcome to another Big Gay week here in the Hudson Valley of New York. Thank you to all of the 130 of you that joined us at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center for the Poughkeepsie premier of Tom Judson’s “Canned Ham”. The reviews are in, and with so many of you enjoying the show, BGHV will be sure to bring more gay shows to the area this coming winter. By attending last Friday’s performance, you helped BGHV to raise almost $700 for ARCS!

Speaking of ARCS, last Saturday was the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk. Despite the bone-chilling temperatures, it was great to see so many of you in Waryas Park last Saturday morning to help raise funds for Hudson Valley AIDS Related Community Services. Overall, the walkers raised more than $25,000 for the ARCS, and we here at BGHV were thrilled to learn that our team was the #1 fundraising team, bringing in nearly $2,000 for the walk. A special “Thank You” goes out to Mr. Nelson Schoen, who raised over $900 on his own for our team!

Lots of good stuff happening here this weekend – check it all out below, and brace yourself for next weekend – the calendar is jam-packed with Halloween fun!


Friday, October 23rd

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display, Rockland Community College, Suffern @ 9am
Help us to remember our friends, family members, and loved ones by becoming a part of the 17,000,000 individuals who have already seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt. This will be the largest display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt in the northeast in the past eleven years. The quilt will be on display at the Suffern campus field house. The schedule of events will include an opening ceremony, interfaith ceremony, and closing ceremony. The Quilt will be on display from 9am – 9pm on Friday, and 9am – 3pm on Saturday.


Saturday, October 24th

Hunt Slonem Collection Auction, Hudson, 11a
Stair Galleries in Hudson, NY will be holding an auction on October 24th.  The auction is a single-owner sale from the contents of a home owned by prominent NYC artist Hunt Slonem.  The home, which was recently sold, is the historic 1873 Cordts Mansion in Kingston, NY.  We have over 500 lots including 19th and 20th Century Fine Art and a large collection of European and American Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival furniture and decorations.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon, Kenneth Goldsmith on Sol LeWitt, Beacon @ 1p
Dia:Beacon’s ongoing series of presentations take place the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with admission to the museum. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia’s collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum’s galleries.
Rioult Modern Dance, Kaatsbaan International Dance Theater, Tivoli @ 7:30p
New to modern dance?  Not sure what to expect?  Join the hot men & spicy women of “Rioult”, the newest installation of modern dance at the renowned Kaatsbaan theater, for an amazing show that’s sure to change your idea of what modern dance is all about.  Mention BGHV at the door and they’ll take $5 off your ticket price! Not able to catch the show on Saturday night? Check out the Matinee on Sunday at 2:30pm.

Halloween Dance, The LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 8pm
Come join the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center for a Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 24 from 8 PM – 12 AM. Dance to the music of DJ John Martin of Superior Sounds. Food and beverages (including beer and wine for a donation) will be provided. Suggested donation is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Costumes are optional, but certainly encouraged. Tickets are available at the door, at the Center, or online.

Orange County Rainbow Events Halloween Dance, Montgomery @ 9p
Open to any who’d like to attend, The Cauldron Restaurant at 631 Route 17K in Montgomery will be hosting OC Rainbow Events party @ 9p.  $5 per person with door prizes, raffles and a best costume contest.  Bar apps will be provided, cash bar.  Call Terry for more info at 845.978.3850


Sunday, October 25th

LOFT Bowling League @ White Plains Bowl, White Plains @ 7p
The LOFT benefit bowling league’s proceeds sponsor the programs of the LOFT Gay Center.  $15 gets you shoes, a ball and three games.

Safer Sex Workshop & After Party, The LOFT Gay Center, White Plains @ 7:30p
Presented by G.A.M.E. (Gay Awareness & Men’s Education) this program is facilitated by Paul Moccio of ARCS, and Gay Men’s Health Educator. Following the workshop join other event participants for an after workshop party at Korova Milk Bar in White Plains.


Tuesday, October 27th

Rainbow Boys, Book Signing and Reading, New City Library, New City @ 7p
The story of Rainbow Boys came to Alex Sanchez at a time when he was struggling with his own coming out issues.  School Library Journal praised it as able to “open eyes and change lives” and it was called the 2002 “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.


Coming Down the Pike…

Sat., November 7th: Come Out & Find Out Conference, Kingston
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center will host its annual “Come Out & Find Out” conference at the Holiday Inn in Kingston. The conference features national and local speakers, discusses hot issues and the changes that are happening in the LGBTQ community. Suggested donation: $20 for members/students/seniors, $25 for non-members

Sat. November 7th: Blue Cashew Grand Reopening Party, Rhinebeck
After a great run in High Falls, the Blue Cashew Kitchen Pharmacy closed last Saturday, October 17th in preparation for its move to Rhinebeck. Come join BGHV on Saturday, November 7th to celebrate Sean and Greg’s Grand Reopening of the Blue Cashew on Montgomery Street (Route 9). 

Sat. November 14th: Spruce Grand Reopening Party, High Falls
As we often hear, when one door closes, another one opens – and that is just the case in High Falls. John Frenek’s Spruce will celebrate its Grand Reopening on Saturday, November 14th in Blue Cashew’s previous location. Join BGHV for the reopening party, so stay tuned for a preview of the new space – and all of John’s fabulous offerings!