Stomp! Gays for Patsy’s Annual Spring Hoedown in Provincetown, MA

Overview | Registration Details | Saturday Workshops | Instructors and DJs | Two-Step with a Purpose | Accommodations | Volunteering

Gays for Patsy's Spring Stomp 2014

pdf flyer for Stomp
pdf flyer for Stomp

Welcome to Stomp! Gays for Pasty’s annual hoedown held every spring in Provincetown, Massachusetts

The info on this page is from our 2016 Stomp. Pencil in your calendars for our 25th Stomp for April 28-30, 2017. We will be expanding our offerings to two track teaching on Saturday and an additional Sunday morning dance. We’re about to look for instructors and will update as we can. More details soon including a chance to purchase a discounted weekend pass early. (We are raising prices this year, so the earlybird weekend pass will be the best deal evah!

With a Friday night dance and Saturday workshops at Sage Inn and Lounge (336 Commercial Street), and a Saturday benefit night dance at Town Hall (260 Commercial Street), and a Sunday Morning Brunch Dance (tentatively at Sage Inn) there’s a fun weekend planned where you can experience P-town in the off season and dance your winter weight off.


Link to pdf of schedule for the weekend
2016 Stomp Schedule

Come for the weekend! We’re a laid back group that loves to dance. The weekend features two dances, five workshops, and a whole lot of socializing and having fun. This year we’re adding in line dances into the workshop listing. Our featured partner dance instructor is Simone Assboeck who is coming down from New York City to learn y’all in the fine art of two step, west coast swing, and cha-cha. Art Sullivan returns to teach you some new line dances and the basics of two step. Bob Sweeney and Ruth Ewing will be DJing. It should be a regular hoot!

Friday, April 28 2017: 8:30-11:00 pm: Opening Dance

Cover: $15 (think about a getting a Weekend Pass and save!) • Sage Inn and Lounge, 336 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA.

  • 8:30-9:00 pm: Beginner Two-Step Lesson (included in price of admission) with Beth Learn the basics of two step to win friends and influence people, well at least to get around the dance floor.
  • 9:00–11:00 pm: Social (Open) Dancing with Bob Sweeney (that’s me) spinning contemporary country, pop, and R&B to two step, line dance, west (and east) coast swing, waltz, cha-cha, and more. No partner or experience needed.

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Daytime Dance Workshops and Evening Benefit Dance with performance(s)

To celebrate our 25th, we are expanding our workshops to two tracks: a beginner/intermediate and an intermediate track. We will have more line dances and a tea dance in between to give you brains a rest and also allow you to practice. We will also add time before and after for you to have private lessons with the instructors (so scoop ’em up when they are available).

Pricing: Tentatively: partner dance are $20 each, line dances lessons are $10 each, private lessons are $50 per person). T-dance is included in the price of the lessons (or $10 without the lessons).

  • 9:00-10:30: half hour private lessons in each venue (town hall and Sage inn)
  • 10:30 am-1:30 pm: Partner and line dance Workshops (two 1 hour partner dance lessons and 2 half hour two step lessons) at Sage Inn and Lounge
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm: Tea Dance at Town Hall, half-hour private lessons at Sage Inn.
    At Town Hall, the DJ will play slower tempo music to practice the moves you’ve learned and run through the line dances while they’re fresh.
  • 3:30-5:30 pm: 1.5 hour west coast swing lesson and a half-hour line dance lesson
  • 7:00-11:30 pm: 25th Annual Benefit Dance at Town Hall
    $25 (includes dance lesson • Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA

    • 7:00-8:00 pm: line dance lessons
    • 8:00-11:00 pm: Social dancing
      Play selections of contemporary country, pop, and R&B to get you dancing. Two step, west (and east) coast swing, line dances galore, waltz, cha-chas and more! We will also have a performance by The Renegaydes (Gays for Patsy’s performance dance group). But the most fun will be had by you on the dance floor.

Sunday, April 30: Tea Dance

9:00-10:00: half hour private lessons at Sage Inn
10:00 am-2 pm: Tea dance at Sage Inn
Something new for the 25th: A tea dance to run through more of what we learned, say good bye before you head out. We’ll do speed throughs for the line dances. We are looking into the feasibility of offering breakfast, but have to run the numbers.
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Registration/Weekend Pass Details

Early-bird registration: We’ll be offering a weekend pass for $60 (2016 pricing) until February. After that the price will go up to $75. We’ll have discounts on individual workshops, however the private lessons will not be discounted and are not part of the weekend pass. You can show up for whatever dance or workshop you wish and pay at the door. Your best deal is the Weekend Pass where you will get into both dances and all the workshops. Just buy your weekend pass or individual event tickets via Eventbrite and show up at the event in question with your ticket.
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Saturday Workshop Schedule

10 am–5 pm: Sage Inn and Lounge
Still working on details. More to come soon. I’ll put a sample grid up when I have a bit more details. 

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Instructors and DJs

Ruth Ewing

Ruth Ewing
Ruth Ewing

Saturday evening DJ at Town Hall. Ruth is a veteran DJ with Gays for Patsy, Dirty Water Saloon, and Stomp. Her laid back and fun selections always delight and when Ruth and her partner Jen west coast, look out. You’ll enjoy her musical choices.

Art Sullivan

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Art Sullivan

Instructor for Saturday line dance and basic two step workshops. Art is a veteran Gays for Patsy instructor (and DJ) whose passion for teaching has led to teaching for special needs and the elderly. He is patient, friendly, and approachable. You’ll enjoy his lessons as he breaks down the moves and get’s you through the dances smiling and joking all the way. (Ask him where the Gays for Patsy name came).

Bob Sweeney

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Bob Sweeney

DJ for Friday night’s dance and instructor for Saturday night’s line dance. Bob stepped in to DJ when Ruth moved to western Mass. earlier this year. He’s been DJing at Gays for Patsy and Dirty Water Saloon dances. He likes to experiment a bit but is always open to suggestions and requests.

Two-Step with a Purpose

Gays for Patsy is a Boston-based, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of Country/Western dance enthusiasts dedicated to sharing the joys of dancing while raising funds for groups serving those in need.

Stomp is our big fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from workshop and dance admissions as well as the 50/50 raffle tickets go to balancing our budget and anything left over goes to charity, usually a local LGBTS-focused charity.
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Some of the places where we have stayed in the past: Mention Stomp! when you’re making the reservation and get a discounted rate!

  • Chicago House
    (based on 2015): $60/night single; $80/two people — mention “Stomp” when emailing/calling.
    Centrally located, on a quiet side street steps from Commercial Street’s shops, restaurants, and clubs, Chicago House is a cozy 3/4 Cape converted to a guest house nearly fifty years ago. Reservations: (800) 733-7869.
  • The Gifford House
    Mention “Spring Stomp” guest rooms 10% Off. The Gifford House Inn is one of the original historic hotels in P-Town offering guesthouse accommodations, restaurant, cocktail lounge, bar and a piano bar. The Gifford House offers charming spacious rooms, many with water views and/or rooms that can sleep up to 4 people.
  • Prince Albert Guest House
    The Prince Albert Guest House offers 18 guest rooms with private baths; many rooms offer oversized bay windows, water views, private patios/decks, flat panel HDTV, Complimentary Wi-Fi, and a courtesy work station. Continental Breakfast (includes Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit, LavAzza Coffee, Yogurt, and Granola).
  • The Rose & Crown Guesthouse
    The Rose & Crown is a classic Georgian “square rigger” built in the 1780s. The guesthouse sits behind an ornate iron fence containing a lavish garden. Jane Elizabeth, a ship’s figurehead, greets visitors from her post above the door. Each guest room has its own special feature. The inn offers a breakfast of freshly baked breads and the Rose & Crown’s special coffee.
  • Sage Inn and Lounge
    Sage Inn and Lounge is a 3-story Inn features 19 comfortable, beach chic guest rooms all with private bath and accessible via an elevator or stairs. Flat screen TV with expanded cable, new climate control (A/C & heat), complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room Keurig machines, light continental breakfast, full-service lounge, relaxing patio & garden area, electric car charging stations (2 tesla, 1 universal). Call the Inn directly for reservations:
  • Watership Inn
    When it was originally built in the seafaring days of the 1820s, the Watership was a home from the seas for Provincetown’s ship captains. Now let it be your home during your visit to Provincetown. Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, 1 car parking per room.

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It takes a lot to put on even a modest event like ours (checking in/ticket taking, selling raffle tickets, helping Town Hall set up, making sure the organizer doesn’t perish from lack of food . . . it only takes 15 minutes of your time and helps prevent burn out from the organizers. It’s also a great way to meet folks take a break from dancing, and generally painless. So get in touch with me, sign up at the desk, etc.
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