Will the snow end? Will Boston be forever plunged under a blanket of white? Will I ever find my car in the snowbanks?
These questions dominate my mind on a snowy Saturday so I’m distracting myself by writing you, gentle folk, to remind you that there is life beyond the snowbanks. Here are some events to brighten the grey days:
- GFP Queer Country Social dance is Saturday, February 21 (weather permitting)
- Spring Stomp is coming together for April 24-25
- IAGLCWD’s annual hoedown will be in Montreal during the July 4th weekend.
- Boston Open Dancesport, a same-sex ballroom competition, is in P-town this September 18-19.
- Upcoming Some upcoming events (including gender neutral queer tango?)
I hope that you’re faring well this wintery day and more I hope to see you on the dancefloor.– Bob “da prez” Sweeney
Would ya be mine… fer a swing around the dance floor?
Won’t you leave the snowbound house and join me for a night of two-step, west coast, waltz, and more to contemporary country, R&B, and pop music? No partner necessary! There be a plenty of willin’ folk fer ya to kick ya heels up. It’s a regular hootinanny. Here be the particulars:
- Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
- Location: First Church of JP, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA (directions)
- Cover (includes lessons): $12 non-memebers, $8 members
- Lessons: 6:30-8 pm
- Social Dancing: 8-11 pm with DJ
- Ice cream: 11-12 pm Join a bunch of us after the dance at JP Lick’s ’cause nothing says winter like an ice cream.
GFP Stomp! Spring is around the corner, I swear!
Mark your calendars! Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 2015, Provincetown, MA. A weekend of dancing, instruction, and more. I’m working with Ruth to take over the planning: It will be the same as last year once I get the deposits in for Sage Inn for Friday night dance and Saturday workshops and Town Hall for the Saturday night dance. Volunteers needed to take shifts at the door, sell raffle tickets at both dances, and help set up/break down Saturday’s dance.
The Montreal Hoedown 4th of July weekend
Join a bunch of us as we head to IAGLCWDC’s Annual Hoedown this year being held in Montreal, Candada! Almost a week of activities are planned, but the essence is Thursday-Sunday, July 2-5 2015. A bar crawl, seemingly hundreds of lessons on Friday and Saturday, Dances galore, Competitions, exhibitions (including our own ReneGAYdes and Big Apple Ranch’s Manhattan Prairie Dogs). Hundreds of fellow dancers, and a great time to be held by all. Ask anyone who goes, it’s both amazing, tiring, fun, and a hoot.
Boston Open Dancesport in P-town this fall!
Boston Open Dancesport will host the 2015 North American Same-Sex Championship in Provincetown September 18-19. Looks to be pretty cool. Start yer training. Last year, a bunch of us did the line dance competition (Beth getting first place ribbons in everything and the rest of us doing okay) and the Renegaydes did a group routine (first place — well, we were the only group). This year should be better with being in p-town.
I put the following and more in our Google calendar — access it on either GFP’s main or calendar pages. You can also include the calendar in your ical or Google calendar (calendar id: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Americana Mondays
Mondays, 8-11 pm • no cover.
PA’s Lounge, Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA. (PA’s facebook page)
A fun night of live country, blues, and R&B hosted by Greg Klyma and his band and friends (it’s a blast to see the band swell from three to many by the end of the night). Some two-step, lots of blues, and a few waltzes make for a fun night. No cover, but donations for the band appreciated. First Mondays have a basic dance lesson.
- Dirty Water Saloon
Tuesdays, 7-10 pm • $10 cover (includes lessons).
Milky Way Lounge in Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Two-step, West-coast swing, line dancing, and more to contemporary country, R&B, pop, and more.
- LGBT Gender Neutral American Style Tango (the class isn’t posted yet but will be soon)
Wednesdays, March 11-April 15, 2015 • $80 per person for the 6 week class
Taught by Suzanne Hamby and Dick Gould
Hamby Ballroom Dance Studio • 25 Harvard St (Temple Beth Israel), Waltham, MA 02453 • 508 380-4647
Beth, Ian, and Bill have been going to this and have had a lot of fun.
Here’s an exerpt from their flyer:
New opportunity for the LGBT community and friends: Advanced Beginner American Style Tango group class specifically for people with some experience in gender neutral American Style Tango. This class started in September with a group of LGBT friends who wanted to form their own class to learn American Style Tango, we have had so much fun, we are expanding. Some experience in American Style Tango recommended. If you are interested in joining this class but have no prior Tango experience, you could take a private lesson or two to become familiar with some of the basic steps. The group has monthly practices in another location. The class will have two teachers and technique will be stressed.