Dancin’ and a Socialin’ May 16

Photo of folks dancing

Dancin’ and Socializin’ this Saturday

GFP’s Queer Country Social • Saturday, May 16 • 6:30-11 pm
First Church of Jamaica Plain • 6 Elliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Join a boat load of fun folks dancing the night away as we two step, west coast swing, line dance, and more to contemporary country, R&B, and pop music. No experience or partner required (hell, we’ll learn ya).  Also Julie will be passing the hat to raise funds for the annual AIDS Walk. So bring a few extra dollars. Bring a few extra friends. But mostly, bring yourself.

Beth will be doing the basic two step at 6:30 pm, Art Sullivan will be teaching the beyond the basic lesson at 7 pm and a line dance lesson at 7:30 pm.

Social dancing commences at 8 pm with (gulp) me as the DJ (Ruth and Jen are in the process of selling their house and Ruth can’t make it this time around — I’ll see if they plan to be at the Pride dance or the Season Closing dance so we can have a “whoo hoo! You found a place but awe man, you’re leaving.” party).

If you have any requests, let me know asap so I can work them in and buy the songs 🙂

p.s.,  Send out healing vibes to Robin as she recovers from surgery.

Stomp Review

Well, we hadn’t raised as much as previous years but we still came out ahead with a small profit to go to Provincetown’s AIDs Memorial (a whopping $56 dollars). It was a great weekend of dancing, learning, and socializing. Sam has shared a bunch of photos she’s take and I’ve a few videos from the lessons Alan taught. I’ll post some of the more fun photos and videos on the Stomp page when I get a chance (hopefully before next year). It was my first year organizing it after Ruth and Jen stepped down (and thanks to their organizational skills I was able to figure out the basic running. Of course with any event it was the people who stepped up and helped out that were the real heroes of the weekend. Special kudos go to Bucky, Jim, Art, Alan, The ReneGAYdes, Kendra, Sam, Michael, Joel, Dayna, and, and, and… all that helped.

If you have any feedback from the weekend, I’d love to hear it — seriously, if you have suggestions send them my way. Everyone seemed to have a great time and mostly it was to the expertise of Bucky, Art, and Alan who DJ’d, taught, and laughed. Special thanks to Jim who helped counting and sorting things out when he caught me trying to count the money (“Math is hard!” I said with a hand on hip and a stamp of the foot).

Special thanks to Sage Inn and Lounge, Provincetown Town Hall, and the Police department for helping make it a great success.

We will be setting the date for next year soon, so mark your calendars.

Stomp Photos!

The Amazing Sam took a lot hundreds (if not thousands) of photos, sorted through them and allowed us access to the better ones. She also posted a video (via Jim’s phone) and graciously shared them with us:

Yes! Pride Dance and No, Pride March

While we will have our usual Friday night dance the week of Pride (Friday, June 12), it seems with Robin on the mend and my focus on Stomp, we let this year’s pride parade entry slip through our fingers — and no one from the other dance groups came forward, so I am willing to let this year go by but make sure it’s on the calendar to organize around the time we do Stomp.  Anyone just want to meet up and watch for a change, I’ll be all for that!

Hope to see you on the dance floor.
Bob da prez Sweeney

Bob “da prez” Sweeney

Dance opportunities

  • Local weekly dancing
    • Americana Mondays: 8-11:30 pm (lessons at 7:30 first Mondays) • No cover
      PA’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA
      PA’s Lounge’s websiteGreg Klyma’s website
      On Mondays, attend the FREE live music night, Americana Mondays, in Somerville — Greg Klyma and his band play country and blues and maybe they can convince JB to sing! Queer friendly crowd and cheap drinks! and GFPers are slowly taking over the dance floor (Queue evil laugh, “Mwahahahahahaha!”).
    • Dirty Water Saloon: Tuesdays: 7-10 pm • $10 cover (includes lessons)
      Lessons 7-8:15, social dancing 8:15-10 pm.
      Milky Way (Bella Luna Restaurant in the Brewry Complex) Amory Street, Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA
      Dirty Water Saloon’s websiteDirty Water Saloon’s Facebook page
      Dance your winter weight off at Dirty Water Saloon. Queer Country Western night over at the Milky Way two stepping, west coast, line dancing and more to contemporary country, r&b, and pop music.
    • More queer friendly dancing
      I’ve listed a the above and more on our site‘s more dancing page.
  • IAGLCWDC Annual Hoedown in Montréal, Canada: July 4th weekend
    July 2-5, 2015 • Le Centre Sharaton, 1201 Rene-Levesque Boul O, Montréal, QC, Canada
    IAGLCWDC’s websiteMontréal Hoedown site
    The International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs (IAGLCWDC or as I like to call it ”igglywiggle“) Annual Hoedown July 4th weekend this year in Montréal, Canada. I believe it’s the first international hosting of the annual convention and it should be spectacular! It’s a great event where you’ll dance your feet off and meet hundreds of LGBTS (queer) country wester dance folk, learn new line dances, new moves, and generally overload and dance your feet off. The event itself is not “that” expensive, it’s the hotels you want to get now (jazz festival week). If you can stay at the host hotel, your feet will thank me later. It’s a great conference and a regular hootenanny. (If you’ve never been to Montreal, you might consider extending your stay a couple days and tour it, it is worth it.) I’m sure there will be more information about the happenings during the week but usually it’s a bar crawl Thursday night, workshops all day Friday, opening ceremonies/dance Friday night, workshops/competitions Sat day, big dance Saturday night, Sunday banquet, then there’s usually a unofficial tour of the host city Sunday afternoon. If you like to go but funds are tight, there’s a igglywiggle scholarship that you can apply for that could cover registration and a certain amount towards your hotel, ask me for details.
  • Volunteering
    A few minutes or a half hour of your time can make the dance go smooth (and help prevent burn out from the regular crew of volunteers). Do you have a spare 15 mins during the dance? Consider taking a shift at the door. Can you come early to help set up (bringing up sodas and supplies from the basement, sweeping the floor, helping out with the lessons)? Care to sit at the door? Help set up or break down? We’ll also be looking for help DJing now that Ruth will be moving to western Mass. Catch me at the dance for details. I’ll also be looking for help with communications and social media.