6480_137469140055_697335055_3679400_7890038_nSo, in the interest of big gay fun, we’re bringing you BGHV Weekend one day early – lots of good stuff starting is kickstarting the weekend on Thursday this week.  It’s getting hotter & hotter out there and there’s plenty of fun to be had this weekend, so join Stephan & Patrick this Thursday for Trixie’s Tupperware Treat in Poughkeepsie and then again on Sunday at HMI’s Fall Fest Kickoff Party in Kingston.  Enjoy your weekend –



Thursday August 20th

Trixie’s Tupperware Treat Extravaganza, Poughkeepsie, 6p to 10p
Join BGHV and Hudson’s own Trixie Starr at Babycakes Cafe in Poughkeepsie for a evening of dinner & drink specials, food storage solutions and plenty of big gay tomfoolery.

Disney’s High School Musical @ Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck, Thu, Fri, Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 3pm
The gaiety continues all through the weekend as The Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts hosts their own rendition of Disney’s newest coming-of-age-in-perfectly-choreographed-form classic.

Thirsty Thursdays @ Trumans, New Paltz, 9p
Once you’ve had your fill of leftover nostalgia, follow Trixie over to Truman’s to keep the party going.  Midnight performance by Isis Vermouth.

Rainbow Vespers Begins @ MUMC, White Plains, 6:30p
In conjunction with The Loft Gay Center, The Memorial United Methodist Church is launching evening religious services to all who wish to attend, led by Preacher Sara Thompson Tweedy. 

Movie Night @ The Loft, White Plains, 7:30p
Following their Vespers services, The Loft Gay Center is hosting a free screening of film circuit-acclaimed hit “Ready? Ok!”  about a young boy who, despite his family’s wishing he’d join the wrestling team, just can’t seem the shake the urge to join the cheerleading squad.  How like life…


Friday August 21st

VCS Moonlight Bowling, West Haverstraw, 6:30p to 9p
Join VCS Gay Pride Rockland for a benefit evening of bowling magic.  Learn more about the services they offer, meet some cool new people and get a few spares in.  $20 per person.

Out in the Adirondacks Weekend, Great Camp Sagamore, Friday through Sunday
The first event of its kind–a family-friendly destination weekend in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains for the “out” population and their supporters. The weekend includes a concert by singer/songwriter Catie Curtis, a one-man comedic show by actor/comedian Steve Hayes, an old-fashioned square dance, open mic and so much more, all at Great Camp Sagamore, the stunning historic vacation estate of the Vanderbilt Family. It’s the perfect mix of rustic relaxation and great entertainment that celebrates the diversity of the human experience all for $249 including lodging, food and entertainment for the entire weekend. 


Saturday August 22nd

Yoga Classes!, Kingston, 10a
A better deal in gay yoga you will not find.  This hour long class, hosted at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, is taught by Kripalu certified yoga instructor Cassandra Currie…and it’s only $5 for members, $8 for non-members!  Classes are held every week.  Bring your mat or a towel.

Last Night for SpiegelClub @ Bard, Annandale-On-Hudson, 10p
If you haven’t made it out to Bard’s Spiegeltent this season or partaken in their amazing afterparty, SpiegelClub, now’s your last chance (for this season, anyway).  $5 at the door (free to Summerscape ticket holders) gets you into an amazingly decorated party with world-class DJ’s in one of the most surreal settings this side of the county line.  Absolutely worth a visit!

Sylvia Tosun Live @ Truman’s, New Paltz, 10p
From the fearless abandon of the world-class dance floor to the strict discipline required to study voice at Juilliard, Sylvia Tosun is an enigma of the millennial pop pantheon. The singer/songwriter has scored success as a hitmaker, record label proprietor, live performer and interpreter of more than a half-dozen languages—as well as fashionista and dedicated volunteer of global causes.  Come see her live, right here in your big gay backyard.


Sunday August 23rd

End-Of-Summer LGBTQ Dinner Dance, Newburgh, 1p to 6p
Orange Country Rainbow Events and Orange Pride will be hosting a LGBTQ Dinner & Dance on Sunday August 23rd from 1p to 6p in Newburgh.  A buffet will be served ($32 per person) with a cash bar and music spun by “That’s Entertunement”.  For more info contact Terry by email or at 845.978.3850.  RSVP’s are requested by August 16th (but hey, there’s something to be said for being fashionably late).

HMI’s Fall Fest 2009 Kick-Off Party, Kingston, 4p to 6p
The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), home of the Harvey Milk High School, has been providing LGBTQ youth with lifesaving programs and services for 30 years.  Their annual Fall Fest fundraiser is a breathtaking showcase of their devotion to our community and its present day youth.  Come join them for this cocktail reception and find out more about the organization and how you can get involved.  Stay tuned to BGHV for more information about this groundbreaking group in the coming weeks.

Savage Nights @ Rocks, Albany, 11:30p
Join hostesses Lily Savage & Mallissa Capri for drag, mayhem & drinks.  Did we mention no cover?


Monday August 24th

ARCS ‘Go Gades & Fight AIDS, Wappingers Falls, 7p
Join AIDS-Related Community Services and the Hudson Valley Renegades–the area’s only minor league baseball team–for one of two games to benefit ARCS’ programs and services.  For only $15 per person, you get yourself a ticket to the game, free soda, free hot dog, an oh-so-chic Renegades baseball cap AND a killer view of those uniforms.  How do you beat that deal on a Monday night!?  Also mark your calendars for Sept. 3rd, when ARCS and the ‘Gades offer up this deal a second time.


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Our friends at Marriage Equality New York are seeking volunteers to help them push for equal rights for all same-sex New Yorkers.  Consider helping to make a difference in the Empire State. 

“While we hope that a vote in the New York State Senate to extend marriage rights to gender-neutral couples is coming soon, Marriage Equality New York (MENY) will continue to work to make this happen, no matter when. We need volunteers in your community to educate neighbors, colleagues, business, civic, and religious communities, and communicate with your State Senator to impress on him/her why we want marriage equality now. Only by making our voices and wishes known locally and to our Senators will this happen. Come join the growing MENY volunteer family (we’re all volunteers!) in doing this work! We will help you do this (we have lots of tools and support), but you have to let us know you want to volunteer first.”

If you are interested in volunteering on this issue, sharing your story, getting involved in making marriage equality the law in New York State, contact MENY District Community Organizer coordinators Betsy Malcolm betsymalc2@aol.com or Colin Stewart cgstewart@gmail.com
You can follow what MENY is doing at www.MENY.us (and sign up for their newsletter!)