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First off, thanks so much to everyone who joined us at HudsonFest last weekend to celebrate the opening of the Walkway.  We snapped a few pics of the day, which you can check out at our Event Photo Gallery.

This Sunday is the National Equality March on DC.  For those of you who haven’t heard about this monumental movement for LGBT equality, check out their website.  If you’d like to attend but aren’t sure about transportation, the LOFT Gay Center in White Plains is chartering a bus, so contact them and get on board before it’s too late.  Don’t miss out on the chance to help make history and take a stand for your rights!

Next weekend is also the Poughkeepsie debut of Tom Judson’s “Canned Ham”!!  Join BGHV at the Cunneen-Hackett Center next Friday, October 16th at 8pm for this intelligent, witty, and occasionally tear-jerking mid-life look at one man’s journey to Broadway, porn (hello, Gus Mattox) and beyond.  Reserve your seat for this limited engagement by picking up your ticket online.

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Friday October 9th

Zydeco Dance with L’il Anne & Hot Cayenne, Kingston @ 7p
Hudson Valley Community Dances is hosting a dancing night at White Eagle Hall (487 Delaware Avenue in Kingston).  Beginner lessons start at 7p, band begins playing 8p until 11p.  No partner needed, $15 per person – everyone is welcome!

The Fantasticks CLOSING WEEKEND @ Cunneen-Hackett, Poughkeepsie @ 8p
Catch the Trinity Players last weekend of production of The Fantasticks – “The Fantasticks tells the story of Matt and Louisa who are tricked into falling in love by their fathers, who pretend to feud. With subtle theatrical sophistication, this timeless fable of love manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. Funny, poignant, pure in its everlasting message, The Fantasticks will leave you humming its familiar tunes and reliving its tender moments deep into December.”  Shows run Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

“Side by Side with Sondheim” CLOSING WEEKEND @ Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck @ 8p
The Center for Performing Arts will be hosting this classically campy revue of hits from various Sondheim productions.  Shows are at 8pm Fridays & Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays.  The show will run through October 11.

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Saturday October 10th

Women’s Group Tour & Trail Walk @ Val-Kil, Hyde Park @ 11a
Join other women from the LGBTQ community as they celebrate the legacy of the pioneering, world-renowned First Lady and activist, Eleanor Roosevelt. 45-minute guided house tour starts promptly on the hour and has an $8 admission. Trail walk is free. For further information about the Center’s Women’s Group, contact group facilitator Noel at HOOPSJOHN1@aol.com.

Visit Deborah Schneer @ Liberty View Farm, Highland @ 2p to 5p
Ulster County Court Judge candidate Deborah Schneer – the first openly gay candidate for this position – needs your support this election year.  Stop by and see her at Billiam & Rene’s Liberty View Farm in Highland to find out more about her campaign.

ArtsWalk 2009 Showcase @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar, Hudson @ 4p
ArtsWalk is an annual event here Hudson, organized by the Columbia County Council on the Arts, which incorporates the entire City of Hudson for ten days of artistic exhibitions ranging from creative window installations at local shows, to improv acting, to tradtional showcases of paintings, photographic and sculpture.  Jason’s Upstairs Bar will be hosting a showcase reception (with no cover) and a schedule of events running throughout the evening (check the link above for details).

“Not Dead” Jesse James Madre Art Opening @ FloorOne, Beacon @ 6p
Ty & Derek (recent newlyweds!) of FloorOne Gallery host artist Jesse James Madre’s Beacon debut of his new show “Not Dead”.  Jesse James Madre works with polaroids and stencils, mounting polaroids onto finished wood with decorated backgrounds – creating composites. Using polaroids on top of various stenciled spray painted designs, he incorporates two underrated, and in some cases, lost artforms – graffiti and instant film.  No cover.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center’s NoA Dance, Tivoli @ 7:30p
The renowned Kaatsbaan International Dance Center will be hosting its newest show – NoA Dance – this weekend with shows on Saturday & Sunday.  Acclaimed artistic director Nelly Van Bommel has crated a dense, individualistic, yet harmonious setting for this award winning NYC-based show.  Mention BGHV for a discount on your tickets!

The 5th Annual Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze, Croton-On-Hudson @ All Night
DON’T MISS the 5th anniversary of the Hudson Valley’s biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event, featuring more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns! Meander through an 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display: snakes, a giant spider web, an undersea aquarium, super-sized dinosaurs, pirates, ghosts, even a colossal Pumpkinhenge…all made of jack o’ lanterns! NEW THIS YEAR: A buzzing beehive, a huge spinning UFO, shiny, happy sunflowers, and a replica of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon!

4 Play Party @ Truman’s, New Paltz @ 10p
“4 Play” $4 drink specials and guest DJ’s.

EGO Party @ Primetime, Highland @ 10p
Isis Vermouth hosts special guests, DJ Fowl Play, and drink specials.

Leather/Levi Night @ ROCKS, Albany @ 10p
The Capital districts premier nightspot hosts its famed leather & levi night.

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Sunday October 11th

National Coming Out Day!!!
Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or not, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBT equality this National Coming Out Day.  The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has launched a video series to celebrate National Coming Out Day – “Conversations From the Heart” can be viewed at the link above.  Celebrate today by donating your Facebook status and pledging to have conversations from the heart with your friends and family for equality. A simple conversation can change the lives of people you care about.

National Equality March on DC, Washington DC @ 12p
For all LGBTQ Americans who are treated as second-class citizens by their country’s government, we will march on Washington DC to make the federal government know we will not stand for anything less than total equality.  If you believe in equal rights for all Americans regardless of the people they love, please do everything in your power to come to the march, donate money, and spread the word.  Events will be ongoing all weekend, with the march to be held on Sunday, October 11th. See the website for a detailed schedule.

Savage Nights @ ROCKS, Albany @ 11:30p
DJ Avery Matthews spins for the capital district’s hottest drag performers.  Newbies always welcome!

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Wednesday October 14th

CDGLCC 2009 Annual Awards Dinner, Albany @ 6p
Join the Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Coalition as they honor those who have positively impacted the Capital District LGBTQ community.  Ticket includes dinner, a silent auction & dancing – truly a night to remember.

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Coming Down the Pike…

Tom Judson’s “Canned Ham”, Poughkeepsie on Friday Oct 16th
Tom Judson (formerly known on the adult film circuit as “Gus Mattox”) brings his new one-man show to the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center for one night only.

Dance! Dance! Dance! with VCS Gay Pride Rockland, Nyack on Friday Oct 16th
VCS Gay Pride Rockland is ringing in fall with – what else? – a dance party!

Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, Poughkeepsie on Sat Oct 17th
With merely four hours of your time—and just two miles of walking—you can change the life of a neighbor struggling with HIV/AIDS.  The 18th annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk is slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park.  Come join BGHV for a short walk to lengthen lives.

Hudson Valley LBGTQ Center Halloween Party, Kingston on Sat Oct 24th
Join DJ John Martin & our Hudson Valley community for a night of snacks, dancing & a frightfully good time.