BGHV Weekend Jan 14thWelcome to another – CHILLY – edition of BGHV Weekend. To say it has been cold outside is an understatement, but all the more reason to turn up the heat on your social life, and get out there any enjoy all the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Last weekend one dozen men braved the cold to join us at the home studio of local gay artist, William Noonan, in Newburgh for BGHV’s first-ever male figure drawing classes. As you can see by the photo below, some of those present may have been chillier than others, but everyone that joined us had a great time. The seco

nd half of the classes will occur on January 24th, and we will be sure to offer more such drawing classes in the near future. That said, if you missed having the opportunity to join us this time around, we will be sure to do them again soon!

For all of you fans of WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, be sure to check out our newest Big Gay Interview with Susan Barnett, their Hudson Valley Bureau Chief. Susan sat down with us last week to talk about a few critical issues affecting the LGBTQ Community – and the interview is only available here on BGHV.

In addition to interviewing local people of note, we here have also been busying planning our events for 2010.  While we cannot tell you all the details yet (frankly we don’t know them all either), please be sure to

mark your calendars to make sure that you are available to join your Big Gay Hudson Valley community on the following dates:

Pride Preview Party v2.0 at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie: Friday, May 28th from 5pm – Midnight
Hudson Valley PRIDE & The Big Gay Cup in New Paltz: Sunday, June 6th
BGHV’s First Ever Gay Life Expo in New Paltz: Saturday, September 25th

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the balmy 40 degree weather we are expecting over the next few days!

Now, on with the event listings:

Thursday January 14th

Women’s Discussion Group @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston @ 6:30p
The Center’s Women’s Group meets for a night of discussion and community building.  Check the link for details and an RSVP contact.

Men’s Discussion Group @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 7p
The Center Mens Group meets for a night of discussion and community building.

Truly Tipsy @ Truman’s, New Paltz @ 8p
Truman’s closes off the dance floor and turns the music down for a more intimate night of food, drinks, and lounge.  Prephab will be spinning over half price drinks and apps.

Friday January 15th

Filthy Friday @ Primetime, Highland @ 1op
Drink specials, live DJ and a show by the Queens of Primetime.

Saturday January 16th

Mediation Training @ Vassar College, Poughkeepsie @ 8:30a to 5:30p
The Mediation Center of Dutchess County has invited members of our LGBTQ Community to join their base of volunteers in order to raise the area’s availability of culturally sensitive mediators.  Mediators help people productively work through interpersonal issues such as divorce, couples disputes, family conflicts,s school problems, et al.  Training sessions are Saturday & Sunday as well as the following weekend – follow the link above for more information.

Voices of Diversity Meeting & Elections @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 11a
The group will be holding elections, planning for Black History Month and mapping out their 2010 schedule.  Come out and get involved!

Snow Tubing with Family @ Orange County Tubing, Montgomery @ 11a
Hudson Valley Out & About’s Cindy & Susan are rallying the troops at the lodge of the Orange County Tubing & Winter Sports Park.  Tickets are $12 per person and purchased at the lodge.  Lodge requires participants be at least 42″ tall to go tubing – but the sleigh rides and ice skating rink are open as well.  RSVP to

The Met Live in HD: Carmen @ Bardavon, Poughkeepsie @ 1p
Continuing their series, the Bardavon will be broadcasting a live performance of the acclaimed musical Carmen in HD from The Met.  Tickets are $22 for adults ($20 for members) and $15 for kids – a steal for a quality showing coming to you live from NYC!

Totally 80’s Facebook Party @ George Bar, Albany @ 4p
Tired of only knowing your facebook friends online?  Kick back at George Bar’s 80’s party and put a face with those status updates.  Half off your first drink.

Winterfest @ The LOFT, White Plains @ 5p
Baby it’s cold outside – so what better way to warm things up than a night of partying, dancing, singing (yes, they’re having karaoke), and celebrating the fact that each day is getting longer!

Sunday January 17th

“Surviving The Holidays” Series @ The LOFT, White Plains @ 2p
The next installation in this series “New Years Resolutions Are Bad For Your Health” explores how making choices instead of resolutions can get you what you want.  First session this weekend, second to follow next weekend.  Single and couple rates available.

T-Dance @ ROCKS, Albany @ 5p
Happy hour, drink specials, food deals, live DJ…this is T-Dance at its finest.

ARCS Valentine’s Charity Ball Preview Party @ Selah, White Plains @ 7p
ARCS and Isis Vermouth are hosting a preview party for the upcoming Hearts for ARCS Charity Ball at Westchester’s only LGBT dance party.  Raffles, door prizes, and drinks specials will be flowing.  $5 cover kicks in at 9, so get there early!

“Let Go With Some Retro” @ Truman’s, New Paltz @ 8p
Pure disco at its finest – off from work on MLK day?  Spend Sunday night on the dance floor!

Savage Nites Goes Country @ ROCKS, Albany @ 11:30p
Save a horse, ride a drag queen.  Join the girls of Albany’s premier drag event for a trip to the Wild Wild West.

Monday January 18th

MHVGLPA Monthly Dinner @ Charlie Browns, Fishkill @ 6:30p
The Mid-Hudson Valley Gay & Lesbian Professionals Alliance monthly dinner is headed to Fishkill this month.  Check the link above and RSVP by Friday if you’d like to attend.