DSCN9932Hello Everyone, and happy Friday. Sorry we’re one day late with Big Gay Weekend this week. If you have been following along through the blog, you likely know that our wedding in Amsterdam is coming up fast and furious! In fact, we leave next Tuesday, July 28th… with only 4 days remaining… we are simply running out of time to get everything ready!

Want to know the full scoop on what’s going on in Amsterdam next week, and how we are preparing for our wedding? WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, did a great story about our upcoming nuptuals yesterday, and you can listen to it right here.

Word on the street is that the City of Amsterdam is going to stream the ceremony live to the internet. We don’t have the URL yet, although we will be sure to post it to BGHV as soon as we know the address. However, be sure to set your alarm clocks: in New York, the ceremony will happen at 7:15am on Saturday. August 1st.

We also picked up our wedding rings yesterday, and Patrick wore his “Marriage is so Gay” shirt in their honor. Like the shirt? You can purchase one here, or pick one up at your local HRC retail shop. Each purchase helps to support Marriage Equality efforts from coast-to-coast.

If you like the rings, check out the website of the local artist that made them; her name is Shana Lee, and she is based in Red Hook, with a studio store in Hudson, NY. She’s fantastic, and has an amazing collection of jewelry that is all her own work.

Since we’ll be away from July 28th to August 4th, things are going to be a bit quiet on BGHV and we won’t be publishing BGHV Weekend next week. But, stay tuned, we’ll be back up and posting soon.

Well, time is ticking, and its already Friday…. here’s the scoop on what’s coming up this weekend!

Saturday, July 25th

Truman’s Grand Opening Community Cocktail Party, New Paltz @ 4pm – 9pm
Free Admission, Free Cocktail, and you also get a Truman’s VIP Card for Discount Admission to Future Events.

Truman’s Grand Opening Part II: New Paltz @ 9pm – 4am
Continue partying at Truman’s well into the night as they welcome Las Vegas’ very own Derrick Barry and the “Britney Experience”. Derrick Barry is a Drag Queen and Britney Spears impersonator featured on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘The Tonight Show.’ Also hosting is the valley’s own Esther Gin as well as Brook, Diva and Tori from the morning show on K104fm. Bud Light is sponsoring the event and holding a celebrity look-a-like contest!

Isis Vermouth’s EGO Parties, Prime Time, Highland, NY @ 10pm – 4am
Featuring Guest Star Bianca Bubble, The EGO parties are now twice monthly!

Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby, Hyde Park @ 6pm

Clear Massage Studio, Grand Opening, Hudson @ 6pm – 9pm
Come join Trixxie Starr and Matthew Tudor-Jackson for the Grand Opening of Matthew’s new massage studio in Hudson.

Women’s Summer Dance & Social, LGBTQ Center, Kingston, NY @ 8pm – 11pm
Join the LGBTQ Community Center for a great ladies-only dance party at their headquarters in Uptown, Kingston

Sunday, July 26th
Living History Project, Center SAGE; LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston @ 1pm – 3pm

Hudson Valley Out & About: New Member Game Night and Dinner; Star Cantina, Rhinebeck, NY @ 5pm
Meet Ryan & Matt at the Starr Cantina in Rhinebeck, NY for an evening of Scrabble, Scategories, & Texas Hold‘ Em. The night will end with a round of group Pictionary.

Monday, July 27th

Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association Meeting, LGBTQ Center, Kingston, NY @ 7pm – 10pm
At the July meeting of the Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association (MHVTA) the owner of Serendipity Hair Studio Red Hook, N.Y. will join us to provide hands-on practice for hairdressing and makeup application.

Tuesday, July 28th
PFLAG Meeting, LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 7pm – 8:30pm