Hot Dance Parties, Wet Pool Parties, ABSOLUT® Inn Stroll, Comedians Karen Williams & Mimi Gonzalez, Bestselling Author Dorothy Randall Gray
The party is on! Provincetown hosts the 7th annual Women of Color & Friends (WOC) Weekend, May 17-19.
This one-of-a-kind, three-day event brings lesbians of color, their friends and supporters together from across the country.
Provincetown will roll out the red carpet with dance parties with hot beats, a pool party, the ABSOLUT®Inn Stroll, and a show-what-you’ve-got talent show hosted by comedians Karen Williams and Mimi Gonzalez. Celebrate culture with bestselling author Dorothy Randall Gray and top the weekend off with the always-popular Gospel & Blues Brunch.
The Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, is the weekend’s headquarters.
Bestselling author Dorothy Randall Gray, whose books Choices and Consequences topped independent bookstores’ must-read lists, joins the WOC celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, with a book reading and signing. Gray also is co-author of the best-selling book Soul Between the Lines: Freeing Your Creative Spirit Through Writing, and author of numerous well-received books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
Comedians Karen Williams and Mimi Gonzalez will bring down the house again this year and raise the roof as emcees of the back-by-popular-demand talent show.
The ABSOLUT® Inn Stroll takes the fun to the streets, and a pool party, dance parties, Gospel & Blues Brunch and other special events make this one of P-town’s hottest weekends of the year.
The event is organized by Provincetown For Women, a Provincetown-based production company, and a committee of leaders from women of color communities across the country. Major sponsors include ABSOLUT® and Olivia Cruises.
Advance registration is strongly encouraged and is available online at www.womenofcolorweekend.com. Tickets
to special events are available online as well.
For the schedule and more information visit www.womenofcolorweekend.com.
Summer 2013 Events for Women in Provincetown
Women of Color Weekend is part of Provincetown For Women’s series of four annual summer events: Single Women's Weekend (May 17-19); Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-27), featuring the wildly popular FOAM PARTY; Women of Color & Friends Weekend (May 30-June 2); and Girl Splash: The Summer Event for Women (July 23-27). Information about all these events is available atwww.ProvincetownForWomen.com
Combined, these four events are expected to draw more than 15,000 women, making P-town the most popular travel destination for lesbians. The non-stop programming specifically tailored to women ranges from all-lesbian cruises, whale watches, dances, beach
gatherings and pool parties to world-renowned lesbian entertainment, wine tasting and meet-up events.
Provincetown For Women & Lesbian Nightlife Present: Memorial Day Weekend for Women in Provincetown, MA May 23-27, 2013
Annual FREEDOM Party Cruise Anchors 3 Days of Fun in the Sun Provincetown, MA
– A party cruise for women and a classic beach clambake highlight the 2013 Memorial Day Weekend for Women in Provincetown May 23-27. Described as "Spring Break for young lesbians," this increasingly popular weekend draws thousands of women annually for an unrivalled series of sizzling events.
Hosted by Provincetown For Women and Lesbian Nightlife, this year’s festivities include the FREEDOM Party Cruise, back by popular demand, 1-3:30pm on Saturday, May 25. Dance a sultry summer afternoon away aboard the Bay State Cruise Company’s
Provincetown II (also known as “the slow ferry”). Enjoy DJs and special celebrity guests, sip delicious beverages, and take in
breath-taking views of the Cape Cod coastline and the shimmering waters of Provincetown Bay. This 2 ½-hour party cruise sets sail from MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown. Get tickets while they last!
This year also marks Provincetown’s first Memorial Day for Women New England Clambake by the sea at 6pm on May 25. Guest can choose an entree of a lobster, steak or chicken, served hot and delicious with clams, clam chowder, potatoes, a drink of your choice, and more. As the sun sets over Provincetown, fire pits will be lit for a festive beachside evening with friends. Join Provincetown for Women, Lesbian Night Life and The Crown & Anchor for an evening to remember.
Dance parties round out the weekend for revelers. LesbianNightlife.com will co-produce five of the weekend’s parties, including CRAVE Friday (9pm-1am, 5/24), REBEL Saturday (9pm-1am, 5/26) and REHAB Pool Party Sunday (12-5pm, 5/26) at The Crown & Anchor. The annual wet and wild FOAM PARTY, the weekend’s closing party, takes place Sunday evening (9pm-1am, 5/26).
For a complete schedule and tickets: http://www.provincetownforwomen.com/ptown-memorial-day-weekend Summer 2013 with Provincetown For Women
: Four popular summer events for lesbians and their friends taking place in
Provincetown again this year are expected to draw more than 15,000 women, making P-town the most popular travel destination for lesbians.
Single Women's Weekend, May 17-19: www.SingleWomensWeekend.com Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27: http://www.provincetownforwomen.com/memorial-day-weekend/events-schedule National Women of Color & Friends Weekend, May 30-June 2: www.WomenOfColorWeekend.com Girl Splash: The Summer Event for Women, July 23-27: www.Girl-Splash.com
The non-stop Summer 2013 programming specifically tailored to women ranges from all-lesbian cruises, whale watches, dances, beach gatherings and pool parties to world-renowned lesbian entertainment, wine tasting and meet-up events.
Single Women’s Weekend, Women of Color & Friends Weekend, and Girl Splash are supported in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund. All of the events are sponsored in part by The Provincetown Visitor Services Board, Olivia Cruises, The Crown & Anchor, ABSOLUT® Vodka and others. About Lynette Molnar, Founder of Provincetown For Women: Single Women's Weekend, Women of Color Weekend and Girl Splash, along with Provincetown's December celebration Holly Folly, were dreamed up by Provincetown For Women’s founder Lynette Molnar, who devotes her professional life to creating unique events for women. “Lesbians sometimes wonder where to actually find the ‘community’ everyone talks about,” she said. “Especially for women living outside urban areas. Even in cities like Boston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, it can be difficult to feel like you’re part of a larger whole. Provincetown For Women creates opportunities for women to come together and feel the power and energy of gatherings of large numbers of women, fueled by P-town’s trademark no-holds-barred approach to community and fun.” A savvy entrepreneur, promoter, professional photographer and activist, Molnar has also contributed to the community through her volunteer work with The Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, NCLR, The Task Force, Fenway Community Health and many other important nonprofit LGBT organizations. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including NGLTF’s Community Service Award. Molnar has been named one of GO Magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love – an annual list of politicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs making a difference – along with such luminaries as Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow, Cynthia Nixon, Cherry Jones, Portia de Rossi and Tammy Baldwin – as well as one of GO's Top 17 Entrepreneurs.
Our Country is well aware of the tragedy that took place during the 2013 Boston Marathon. During this tragic time, community members, Massachusetts locals, visitors, businesses and their employees, worked tirelessly to help one another and maintain the spirit of Boston, which today – still remains unbroken.
One business in particular deserves kudos for their hospitality, kindness and generosity. The independently owned, Lenox Hotel, which became command central, just after the bombings, went above and beyond the call of duty, to house and feed investigators and officials.
For eight days, the hotel was forbidden to welcome guests, but that didn’t stop The Lenox from executing their world-class service. The Lenox team stepped up, volunteering to feed and host investigators around the clock with the same service they extend to their paying guests. The Lenox has been an example of grace, humility, and an unwavering commitment to hospitality.
The Boston Globe wrote a glowing article about The Lenox Hotel, and the generous support of their competitors, who united as a team in support of their community. Click here to read this article.
If travels to Boston this summer are in your plans, consider a stay at The Lenox Hotel
. If not, feel free to visit their Facebook Page
and just offer a thank you.
Side note: For those of you who are wondering about the gay-friendliness of The Lenox Hotel, I visited their facebook page to offer my appreciation and was elated to find a congratulatory post to Rhode Island as the 10th state to honor marriage equality!
Boston Pride and GLAD Support ‘OUI FOR EQUALITY’ RallyLGBT organizations lend their support to French expatriates for Marriage Equality in France
Local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community organizations Boston Pride and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today their sponsorship of “OUI FOR EQUALITY”, a rally to be held this Sunday, in support of marriage equality in France. They join the local chapters of Français du Monde - ADFE (an association for French expatriates) and of the French socialist party. The rally will be held outside the Consulate General of France in Boston, at 31 St James Avenue (T: Arlington), from 1-2pm, on Sunday January 27th.
“It is great to see such a coalition of organizations come together in Boston in support of global equality and international human rights. Marriage equality in France will have a resounding effect on the scores of French-American LGBT couples, so we are glad to have such a strong local community backing.” said Sylvain Bruni, a board member at Français du Monde and himself a French citizen.
The French government and parliament are currently working on a Marriage Equality bill which will allow LGBT couples the right to marry and adopt children. While anti-equality forces have shown great determination and have chosen to adopt a retrograde and homophobic discourse, marriage equality proponents will rally everywhere in France this Sunday, in support of the continuation of the French legislative work so that all couples may be granted the same rights: marriage, adoption, recognition of bi-national filiation etc… French expatriates around the world are expected to organize rallies as well.
“Massachusetts was a pioneer in being the first State in the Union to grant marriage equality to all couples in 2004. It is our duty to continue being at the forefront of the fight for equality, at a worldwide level, until all couples can marry.” said Linda DeMarco, president of Boston Pride.
Participants in Sunday’s rally are encouraged to wear red or pink for increased visibility at the event. Warm beverages will be available. About Boston Pride
Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.
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Inexpensive and a short drive from Provincetown -- Horizons Beach Resort
Why is it that the spontaneous, unplanned trips end up being the most fun?
In early October, we received a call from a group of friends who were heading to Provincetown, Massachusetts for Women's Week. We thought about the idea of a quick getaway trip -- for about 30 seconds -- and quickly responded "we'll meet you there!"
Since 1984, the women innkeepers of Provincetown have been hosting what's known as "Women's Week," which is a week long celebration, including hundreds of social events, that cater to women but certainly don't exclude others. To read the full story behind Women's Week, click here
With less than a week's notice, we now faced the issue of finding accommodations. I tried to call a few of my favorite B&B's, located in the heart of Provincetown, but everything was booked. Luckily, we planned to make the trip by car rather than bus, plane or train, which gave us the option of staying on the out-skirts of town.
In North Truro, a small tranquil town that sits less than 5 miles from Provincetown, we found Horizons Beach Resort. They offer newly remodeled efficiency units on the beach, ocean view units at Terrace Dunes, two bedroom poolside units, or a unit at the unique Pagoda complex. All accommodations feature kitchens, air conditioning and cable televisions; and most units offer a balcony with views overlooking the bay. The accommodations also offer a private beach, although campfires on the beach are not permitted. (We tried).
Room rates are approximately $150.00 per night, during off-season, which runs April 6 to June 22 and then from Sept. 3 to Oct. 28. During peak season, rates jump to $250 a night, which is comparable to the rates of most B&B's located directly in Provincetown.
Truthfully, Horizons Beach Resort is basically a motel that sits on the water, so please don't be confused by their title of "Resort." All-in-all, I would give them a fair review since our room was clean and we were able to save money by stopping at the local market to fill our in-room refrigerator. That, along with being less than 5 miles from all the action during Women's Week, gives no room for complaining.
Find Horizons Beach Resort online at: www.horizonsbeach.com
An Important Message and offer from Lance Swank, Owner of Swank Properties in Boston, Massachusetts
The suffering in NY/NJ is breaking my heart and since we have a few luxury apartments available, I would like to offer these suites to those who are without their home and/or have no power, or just need a break from the impact zone.
As we try to comprehend the full impact of Super Storm Sandy, all of us at Swank Properties Boston extend our thoughts and prayers to those that have been negatively affected. We would like to help in any way we can and will also offer our services to those in need, especially for those from the hardest hit areas of the Mid-Atlantic.
If your family is in need of a place to refuge or you would like to just get away for a bit, we are waiving our entire rental fee
for up to 3 nights in any of our available luxury vacation condos in Boston for the remainder of 2012. We hope that those that can take advantage of this offer will find some peace and comfort during these incredibly trying times. We at Swank Properties were very fortunate that Boston was spared the worst, and are grateful that we may provide some comfort to those in need.
If you would like to reserve a stay for yourself, friends or family, please provide the coupon code “Storm2012”
when calling or emailing. Again, we wish all those affected by the recent storm a speedy recovery and return to normalcy. Don't forget, we are only a $10 bus ride away and some of our apartments are pet friendly!
for a complete list of available rentals.
Also, stop by the new Swank Properties facebook
page and send along a 'thank you' for the generous offer from Lance Swank.
Cape Cod Town Kicks off the Summer 2012 Season with a Host of National Awards, Cultural Milestones, Family Activities and More
From the world-class nature trails and beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, to the lively festivals and cultural events held throughout the summer season, there is no better time to explore your Provincetown. Read on for a complete primer on Provincetown for the nature lover, the LGBT visitor, the history buff, the arts & culture enthusiast – and everyone in between. This summer, see for yourself whyGayCities.com named Provincetown the “Best Resort Town of 2011” and why Homes.com named Provincetown one of the “Top 10 Scenic Sea Sides.” For the Nature Lover
Surrounded by water on three sides, Provincetown boasts the Cape Cod National Seashore, home to some of the best beaches in the country, most of which are accessible by bike trails. It is also the closest port to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a federally-protected marine habitat home to whales, dolphins, sea turtles, deep sea fish and sea birds. Bay State Bike Week (May 14-21, 2012)
Bay State Bike Week takes up residence in Provincetown in mid-May as a weeklong celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. Take advantage of the newly-rehabilitated, eight-mile long Province Lands Bike Trail, the first bike trail designed and constructed in a national park area, as well as a variety of activities for the cyclist. (www.baystatebikeweek.org
)Whale Week (July 23-28, 2012)
A weeklong celebration of family-friendly, marine-themed events, Whale Week features a build-your-own boat paddle race, arts and crafts, talks and sunset whale cruises. (www.coastalstudies.org
) Harbor Week (September 1-7, 2012)
The perfect way to wrap up the summer season, the Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta kicks off a week of schooner races, art exhibitions, cookouts, films, tours, parties and award ceremonies during Harbor Week. Winding down the maritime festivities is the 25th annual Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla (September 8), a community-building swim through the harbor
that raises money for a variety of Cape Cod charities. (provincetownschoonerrace.com,swim4life.org) For the LGBT Visitor
Provincetown’s reputation as a gay and lesbian mecca began in the 1920s when the town was a summer destination for artists, writers, playwrights, poets, socialists, radicals and dilettantes. This reputation was fostered throughout the 20th century thanks to summer regulars taking up permanent residency and purchasing local businesses to further entrench themselves in the town’s fabric. Today, Provincetown, the “Gayest City in the U.S.” according to the 2010 Census, attracts a wide swath of summer visitors for its annual LGBT events and festivals.Provincetown Bear Week (July 7-13, 2012)
A Provincetown tradition, Bear Week celebrates the bear community and their admirers with a week of tea dances, galas, barbecues, dance parties, performances and more. (www.ptownbears.org
)Provincetown Family Week (July 28 – August 4, 2012)
As an organization that celebrates diversity and promotes community building for same-sex parents raising children, the Family Equality Council sponsors a week of family-oriented picnics, clambakes, activities, unity and pride parades and more. Events are open to all families. (familyequality.org)Carnival (August 12-18, 2012)
Rivaling the diversity and energy of Rio, Provincetown celebrates Carnival every August with this year’s theme being “Ptown: A Space Odyssey.” Events include DJs spinning dance music, karaoke, the infamous Gay Pride Parade (August 16) with floats down Commercial Street, art exhibits, boat cruises and more. (ptown.org/Carnival) For the Arts & Culture Enthusiast
Recognized as the nation’s oldest artist’s colony and as the birthplace of modern American theatre, Provincetown has inspired artists, writers and playwrights such as Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper, Tennessee Williams,
Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Michael Cunningham over the years. 14th Annual Provincetown Film Festival (June 13-17, 2012)
This five-day festival features an impressive lineup of more than 50 American and international narrative films, documentaries and shorts, bringing together some of the entertainment industry’s most popular and recognized names. Honorees this year include Roger Corman receiving the 2012 Filmmaker on the Edge Award, Kirby Dick receiving the prestigious 2012 Career Achievement Award. (ptownfilmfest.org)Portuguese Festival (June 21-24, 2012)
What began in 1947 as the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet to pay homage to the town’s patron St. Peter, the Provincetown Portuguese Festival has expanded into a four-day celebration of the town’s vibrant Portuguese heritage with traditional food, games, music, dance and art. (www.provincetownportuguesefestival.com
)Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea Exhibition (July 20 – September 30, 2012)
Just one of the many 20th-century artists who came to call Provincetown home, Robert Motherwell was the youngest and most prolific member of the Abstract Expressionist movement, which included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. This exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) marks the 70th anniversary of the artist’s first visit to Provincetown and the 50th anniversary of the creation of his Beside the Sea series, based on his experiences living Provincetown. (paam.org)8th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival (August 11 & 13, 2012)
A three-day lineup of artists includes Washington DC musicians Sharón Clark (the vocalistJazzTimes calls “a revelation”), Paul Carr (director of the non-profit Jazz Academy in the Washington, DC area) and Joe McCarthy (Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer and bandleader of Afro Bop alliance, and chief in charge of the US Naval Academy Jazz Ensemble). (provincetownjazzfestival.org)7th Annual Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (September 20-23, 2012)
A celebration of Tennessee Williams’ legacy, this three-day festival features nine innovative productions from as near as Boston and as far as Italy. (twptown.org)Nationally-Known Performers (throughout the summer)
Provincetown’s reputation for attracting top-tier talent continues this summer with scheduled appearances and performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Bruce Vilanch, Margaret Cho, Kate Clinton, Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley and more. For the History Buff
Provincetown is rich with historical significance as the site of the Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World when they arrived from England on the Mayflower. Independence Day Weekend (July 3-5, 2012)
Provincetown teems with Fourth of July activities and celebrations. Set off over Provincetown Harbor, the annual fireworks display is the culmination of a weekend of parades, bands, live music and performances. (www.provincetowntourismoffice.org
)In the Path of the Pilgrims (throughout the summer)
A new walking tour that traces the path the Pilgrims took upon their 1620 landing in Provincetown, their three exploratory treks throughout the Lower Cape, and their subsequent signing of the Mayflower Compact, the first written declaration of a democratic commonwealth in the New World. (www.capehistorymuseums.org
)Historic Walking Tour (throughout the summer)
Available as a mobile app (with voice-over narration) or brochure, this 50-site self-guided walking tour leads visitors past icons of early- and mid-20th century residential architecture, famous artist and playwright homes, as well as historic whaling captain homes from the 19th century. (provincetowntourismoffice.org) About Provincetown
Located 120 miles from Boston along the National Seashore on the outer most tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a year-round destination with a fascinating history and extraordinary offerings. From incredible beaches and boundless natural beauty to an eclectic arts and culture scene and world-class dining and shopping, Provincetown offers something for each of the diverse visitors it
hosts throughout the year. Provincetown is the proud recipient of the following honors and designations over the last two years: America’s Most Dog-Friendly City (Dog Fancy, 2010), the Gayest City in America (U.S. Census, 2010), Best Resort Town (GayCities.com, 2011), Top 10 Scenic Seasides (Homes.com, 2012), Best U.S. Destination to Get Married (Grindr, 2012).
For more information visit: www.provincetowntourismoffice.org
Don't miss Boston's premier food and wine event featuring 40+ restaurants, Taste of the South End! Taste will take place in the evening on Tuesday, March 6 at the Boston Center for the Arts.
A night you won't forget at the Boston Center for the Arts, Taste of the South End
benefits the AIDS Action Committee of MA
. For under $100, you can experience unlimited food and wine sampling from Boston's best kitchens. For slightly more, you can experience Taste of the South End as a VIP, gaining early entry to the tasting room and enjoying special benefits like the VIP lounge and access to our after-party next door at The Beehive.
As the largest AIDS organization in New England, AIDS Action Committee is leading the fight to end the epidemic right here at home. Buy your tickets now
, or explore our site to learn more.Details
March 6, 2012
General Admission: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
VIP Admission: 6:00 pm
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston
Join Keynote Speaker Chaz Bono
, and more than 1,000 local lgbt corporate professionals at Boston Spirit's upcoming networking night, the largest business oriented lgbt event in New England.
When: March 28th, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Boston Marriott Copley Place
Join Boston Spirit
magazine for their 5th Annual LGBT Executive Networking Night. The event will feature our 2012 Keynote Speaker Chaz Bono
! In February, 2011 more than 1,000 local lgbt corporate professionals attended this event making it the largest LGBT business event in New England … don’t be left out in 2012. If you are looking for a job, looking to change jobs, looking to network with other lgbt professionals, or just mix and mingle this is the place to be. You must RSVP to attend this event. Click here to RSVP. $10 suggested admission at the door, partial proceeds will be donated to area non-profits.
From lush tree covered mountain ranges to the picturesque sand dunes of the coast, Massachusetts is a state that does not disappoint any visitor. From hikers and campers to history and ghost enthusiasts, the entire state is a theme park of life no matter what the interest is! Martha's Vineyard
The 87 square mile land mass of Martha's Vineyard is primarily known as a summer colony, and is accessible only by boat and by air. Cost of living on the island is approximately 60% higher than the national average and housing prices are about 96% higher.
Although not a single's destination like Provincetown, upscale and gay-friendly Martha's Vineyard shouldn't be missed for a scenic and romantic getaway. Besides, it's home to the Dike Bridge and Gay Head Cliffs...
To find out more LGBT fun in Massachusetts, we recommend:http://www.lgbtmassvacation.com