We’ve had  a busy gay week here at BGHV!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say “hi” at our booth at last weekend’s GLBT Expo in NYC.  Along with the support of 40 gay-owned and -friendly businesses in the area, we reached over 15,000 people who are looking to visit or move to our region and showed them what a great, vibrant place this is.  We’ll be posting the roster of businesses who made our visit to the Expo possible very soon, so be sure to check them out and give them your support.  They’re making our efforts possible.

While at the Expo we also ran into our friend, Ron Zacchi, who is the director of Marriage Equality New York.  He mentioned that MENY is interested in setting up a New Paltz chapter to speak for the Hudson Valley but he was having a hard time gauging interest.  Who’s interested in MENY chapter in New Paltz?  Who’d be able to help shape the future of marriage equality in our region?  Drop us a line and let us know – we’ll connect you with Ron and the tireless efforts of his organization.

And for those of you missing your GLEE fix – don’t worry.  It’s on its way back. In the meantime, be on the lookout for sneaky gays

Weekly Happenings

Wednesday Night @ Babycakes, Poughkeepsie @ 9p
Babycakes Cafe opens it bar (and pastry case!) to the beats of Prephab, so celebrate being halfway to the weekend over a signature drink with your galpals.

Men’s Group Meeting @ The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 7p
The Center’s highly active Men’s Group meets every Thursday – 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursdays are discussion; 3rd & 5th are social & special events.

LOFT Bowling @ White Plains Bowl, White Plains @ 7p
Grab your shoes and throw a strike with the Lo-Hud gays of The LOFT.  Join a team or get in as a spare bowler – either way you’re in for a good night.

Friday March 26th

SaratogaPride Cocktails @ Tiznow Restaurant, Saratoga Springs @ 6p to 8p
For our North Valley friends, check out this Capital District Pride event on Henry Street – $5 gets you in with free apps.  Hang out with your friends and get the weekend started a little early.

RockOUT Westchester @ The Cliffs Climbing Gym, Valhalla @ 7p
The Cliffs Indoor Rock Climbing Center wants you to show them what you’re made of!  Grab your gear (or rent some at the desk), get ready to heel-hook and, oh, try not to barn door it (aka fall).

4th Annual Gay Shamans Retreat @ Easton Mountain Resort, Greenwich @ 7p until Saturday
For those practicing shamanism, this welcoming of the new season – celebrated on the vernal equinox – will collectively create a Rite of Spring.

RENT *Closing Weekend* @ Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck @ All Weekend
If you haven’t checked out Up in One Productions’ rendition of this acclaimed show, you better get your tickets now because they’ve been selling out like hotcakes!  It’s closing weekend, so don’t miss it – shows are Friday & Saturday @ 8p, Sunday @ 3p.

Saturday March 27th

Antique Fair @ The Emerson Resort & Spa, Mt. Trempor @ All Weekend
The Emerson Resort & Spa and Velsani Antiques are excited to host a 3-day Antique Fair extravaganza! Peruse the many one-of-a-kind and unique art objects for sale from a myriad of antique vendors. For more information, contact Michael Mack at (845) 688-2451, ext. 18.  Special overnight rates available for those making a weekend of it.

Hudson Valley Social Pariah Festival @ Holiday Inn, Fishkill @ 11a
Join over 40 alternative vendors, tattoo artists and live musicians for the 18+ only arts & music festival.  Welcoming all self-proclaimed freaks to meet you neighbors and make some new connections.

New Paltz Contra Dance @ New Paltz United Methodist Church, New Paltz @ 8p to 11p
The Devil’s Box performs with their dueling fiddles and thumping rhythmic section.  Bring a partner or pair up when you arrive – all dances are taught on site and then practiced in a relaxed, fun, no-pressure environment.

EGO Party 2nd Annual “Circus” @ Primetime, Highland @ 10p
Popcorn?  Cotton Candy?  Bearded Ladies?  Siamese Twins?  All that and more as Isis & the EGO kids bring back their “Circus” party.  Ring around the rosie, y’all.

Coming Down the Pike…

Saturday April 3rd: Easter Brunch @ CIA Benefitting Local GLBT Charities

Saturday April 3rd: “Canned Ham” Comes to Albany

Friday May 28th:  BGHV’s Pride Preview Party at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie

Sunday June 6th: The LGBTQ Center’s 6th Annual Hudson Valley Pride March & Festival in New Paltz