May and June Happenings and Annual Meeting Notice

In this Post:

A quick list of stuff happening in May/June. Tell us what you think (surveys!). Queer Country Social: May 20, and Dirty Water Saloon update.

Spring Stomp: a Hoedown in P-town was amazing!
Thank you all for making it such a great success (success = happy, smiling, sweaty, exhausted people). In the “Tell us what you think” section below, I have a survey to this year’s Stomp attendees and one for previous Stomp attendees too.

End of Year Annual Board Meeting, Saturday, June 17 (before the dance)
5:30-6:30 pm, 1st UU Church of JP.
GFP Members (those that bought a membership for the 2016/17 season) come talk about the year, elect a new board member, and strategize about the new year.

While we think of the end of the 2016-17 year as the June 17th Queer Country Social dance, our Dirty Water Saloon dances continues through July and August on Tuesday nights in air-conditioned loveliness.

Busy May/June!

We’ve got a bunch of stuff going on, here’s a “quick” list:

  • Tuesdays – Dirty Water Saloon. (see full info below)
    7-10 pm, Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge.
  • Saturday, May 20 – Queer Country Social. (see full info below)
    6:30-11 pm. 1st UU Church of JP.
  • Memorial Day Weekend – IAGLCWDC annual convention.
    A bunch of us are going to Miami to partake of the annual convention in conjunction with Out Games. It should be a blast and we’ll post pics when we can. We’ll also be on the lookout for fun line dances and new dance moves to bring back to you.
  • Sunday, June 4 – Boston AIDS Walk.
    Julie Kaufmann is walking again this year (as she has done since almost the beginning of this fundraiser) and she will be collecting at the May 20th dance. Trivia! Did you know it was at this walk in 1988 that Gays for Patsy was coined and formed? Go figure.
  • Sunday, June 4 – Queer Country “Sweet Tea” Social and Workshop: Pride Edition.
    3-7 pm. 1st UU Church of JP.
    Come at 3 for a hour-long workshop on Salsa with Elvi and Beth! Then dance from 4-7 to music by Ruth Ewing. Invite your friends! We’ll have informal two step lessons in the hall for anyone who is new.
  • Saturday, June 10 – Boston Pride Parade.
    Gather 11 pm, March 12 noon,
    We are marching this year! Kendra and I will have more information after this Sunday.
  • Saturday, June 17 – Annual Meeting before the dance.
    5:30-6:30 pm • 1st UU church of JP
    Members come elect a new board member (Bucky is stepping down), and talk about the year ahead. Let me know if you’d like to be our new board member.
  • Saturday, June 17 – Final Queer Country Social of the 2016-17 year.
    Join us for the last dance before we take a break for the summer. Art Sullivan will be teaching, Bob will be DJing. More details to come.
  • 2017-18 Queer Country Social and Stomp Calendar set.
    I’m hoping to get the dates into the calendar on the site this week. We’ll turn 30 in June 2018, so we’ll be having a special dance to celebrate. More details soon.

Tell us what you think!

Our last season of Queer Country Socials didn’t do well for the first time in my presidency. I’d like your opinions. Ever want to tell me off? Now’s your chance. You can be anonymous.

  • General GFP Survey. (about 3 mins.) survey on instructors, format, partner and line dances, and music. If you’ve not attended dances, I want to hear why.
  • Spring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town surveys. One for those who attended last month’s Stomp and a survey for people who didn’t come this year but have attended one in the past. Your chance to tell me what you think. Don’t miss out!
    • Survey for 2017 Attendees (about 10 mins) A bit more in-depth than the general GFP survey, but I want to get your feedback, thoughts, and gather some quotes that I can use for next year. Fill out what you can. I definitely want to know about the instructors and your thoughts on line dances.
    • Survey for Past Attendees (about 5 mins) Attended previous Stomps, let me know why you didn’t go this year.

May 20 Queer Country Social: Stomp Review and Renegades Performance

7-11 pm • • $12 suggested sliding-scale donation ($8 for GFP members)
First UU Church of JP • 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA
gaysforpatsy.org/queer-country-social
6:30-8 pm Lessons with Bob • 8-11 pm Social Dancing with DJ Art Sullivan
Lessons: 6:30 pm – Beginner Two Step with Bob Sweeney
7:00-8:00 pm – Stomp Review with Bob Sweeney. We’ll look over our videos from Stomp and try to recreate moves and line dances taught during Stomp. Think of it as a peer review.
Social Dancing: 8-11 pm with DJ Art Sullivan
Come dance the night away with DJ Art Sullivan while he plays a selection of music that you can two step, west coast swing, east coast swing, line dance galore, waltz and more.
Bring Extra $$ or a check to give to Julie for the Boston

Dirty Water Saloon: Two Step and Line Dance Review

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm • $10 suggested sliding-scale donation.
Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA
gaysforpatsy.org/dirty-water-saloon
We are working on Two Step this month and reviews of line dances.
Tonight:
7:00-7:45 pm: Alan Gaskell is teaching a two step move (he may be a few minutes late)
7:45: pm-8:15 pm: Kendra is teaching a line dance of some sort that will be fun
8:15-10:00 pm Bob is DJing the social dance portion

That’s it for now,
Bob “da prez” Sweeney
Gays for Patsy.

Country Dancing is Good for Your Brain!

In a recent New York Time’s article, “Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain”, a study found that out of a number of activities given to an aging group of test subjects, country western dancing significantly made a difference in keeping brain function. Granted this is a small study over a short period of time, but anyone who dances knows navigating the dance floor and learning line dances does keep us on our toes (literally and figuratively).

So get dancing

At Gays for Patsy we have offer the following opportunities (akas: dances) to fortify your brain (more info below or click on the links to go to our website):

Weekly: Dirty Water Saloon (on Tuesdays)
Monthly: Queer Country Socials (3rd Saturday and some Sundays)
Yearly: Spring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town April 28-30, 2017 (coming up!)

All are great ways to get out, learn new things and exercise your brain.

Our dances are for everyone though we are mainly a queer organizaiton (LGBTQA+S = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Asexual, and Straight).  All we ask is that you don’t care about gender norms and want to have fun.

No experience? We’ll learn ya
No partner? We’ll find ya some.

So get out and dance already!

Bob “da prez” Sweeney,
Gays for Patsy

Dirty Water Saloon graphicDirty Water Saloon

Tuesdays • 7-10 pm
Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge • Jamaica Plain

This is a small venue that we have fun with experimenting with music, line dances, and more. It’s a fun dance that has a bar/restaurant so you can come order a drink or a pizza and enjoy the dance as you go along.

April’s Dirty Water Saloon Dances:

Date 7:00 pm
Partner Dance Lesson
7:45 pm
Line DanceLesson
8:15-10 pm
Social Dancing DJ
Demo videos
April 11 West Coast Swing
peer taught
Sick of Me
with Kendra
(Stepsheet)
DJ: Sam
April 18 West Coast Swing
with Alan Gaskell
Power Surge
with Jim
(Stepsheet)
DJ: Bucky
April 25 DJ: Bob

queer country social logoQueer Country Social

April 15 • 6:30-11 pm
1st UU Church of Jamaica Plain

The space is much bigger than Dirty Water Saloon and has a wonderful dance floor. This month we’re venturing into tango! Patrick and Beth will be teaching a basic tango lesson and Beth will teach a tango based line dance Burlesque, and our DJ Bob will play a mix of two step, west coast, east coast, line dances galore, tango, and a waltz or two.

April 15’s Dance at a Glance

6:30 pm
Beginner Two Step
Lesson
7 pm
Beyond the Basics
Lesson
7:30 pm
Line Dance
Lesson
8-11 pm
Social Dancing
Demo Video
Beginner Two-Step
with Beth
Beginning Tango
with Patrick & Beth
Burlesque
with Beth
(Stepsheet)
DJ: Bob

Spring Stomp graphicSpring Stomp: A Hoedown in P-town

April 28–30, 2017 — Our 25th year!
Sage Inn and Lounge and Provincetown Town Hall

Here's the latest schedule as of March 8, 2017 There’s so much going on this weekend that a quick blurb can’t suffice. With 3½ dances, workshops, and lessons you’ll have a great time. We have Alan Gaskell and Simone teaching the partner dance workshops and offering private lessons! We’ll be teaching 6 line dances this weekend and adding a Sunday t-dance so you can get some dancing in before heading home. But don’t wait to buy your tickets, the “early bird” price will be going away soon and you’ll have to pay full price! There’s a list of discounted guest houses on the site (just mention Stomp).

NOTE: If you want to partake of the Sunday Brunch from 8-10 am at Sage Inn and Lounge, you must buy your brunch ticket by Friday, April 14! (we need to let Sage know).

Gays for Patsy’s Renegaydes

The Renegaydes are our own performance dance group. You’ll see them at our Spring Stomp, our Pride dance, and the IAGLCWDC (International Association of Gay and Lesbian Country Dance Clubs) convention in Miami. Come check them out. They’re working on a fun routine choreographed by Bucky Chappell. It should be fun. The Renegaydes also has a facebook page at GFPRenegaydes.

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Snowmaggedon? Dance distractions from the white stuff.

SNOWMAGGEDON?

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:

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... for a swing around the dance floor? February 21

GFP Queer Country Social Dance

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:

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.

Upcoming:

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: gfpdancing@gmail.com).

  • 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.