Location: Salem, MA
Written by: Joey
TAKE NOTE: This post was written while DJ & Joey were on their RV roadtrip across America. Sadly, their trip ended before it really got started. No worries, Shelly & Lucia are taking the Connextions Out n About Roadtrip to new heights, exploring one RV park at a time!
It’s finally here, Halloween, Salem Massachusetts style. We awoke to the sound of crews putting the finishing touches on the stage at Salem Common and preparing to accommodate the thousands of people who will be arriving soon. We had to meet Gigi at Melita Fiore Patisserie (www.melitafiore.com) where she will be presenting them with a Gay Flag sticker for being a gay friendly business. What a perfect excuse for us to have a coffee and pastry for breakfast!
We arrived at the patisserie to find Gigi dressed in a purple satin gown and a faux-fur jacket. We quickly dispensed with the introductions, ordered our coffees and pastries and went to work. First order of business, arrange the window display with an antique couch and a couple of tables. I mentioned I hoped Melita didn’t mind our “wrecking” her shop to which she replied, “it looks better the way you guys have it.” (We’re gay. Duh…)
The entire time we were taking photos and video, customers were coming in placing orders and asking what was going on. You know it’s bad PR to not talk to people and answer questions so we stopped to talk to everyone and the ones we didn’t’ speak with were waving and taking photos of Gigi. We were having a great time until a gentleman came in to order and on his way out made a passing comment to Gigi. It began like this: DJ was trying to get good lighting and said he needed to back up more. This man responded to DJ’s comment by saying something to the effect that he would have to back up a LONG way. Gigi asked if he was making a joke or being sarcastic. His reply was “I’m not joking. There’s one in every crowd” and walked out the door.
Gigi and I stood there with mouths open staring at each other in disbelief. First of all, she’s the Official Queen of Salem. Second, it’s freaking Halloween. In Salem. We relayed the information to DJ and his response was to leave the shop and chase the guy down. DJ caught up to him (outside of the man’s place of employment which happened to be the Justice Center) and told him that if he had nothing nice to say to not say anything at all. He asked why he would say something like that in a city that is very tolerant of the LGBT community. According to DJ, the fellow had no response so DJ told him he had half a mind to walk into his place of business and let everyone know what just happened. The man gave a half-hearted, mumbled response and went on his way. The man was correct. There’s one in every crowd and unfortunately, it was him.
As the photo shoot resumed and we were to putting the Gay Flag sticker on patisserie window, Mayor Kim Driscoll was walking by with a videographer in tow (they’ve been filming here and there for a PBS show). Perfect opportunity for an impromptu ceremony and additional photo shoot with the mayor! Not a bad bit of publicity and exposure for Melita Feore Patisserie, Mayor Kim Driscoll, Gigi and of course, the Connextions Out n About Road Trip crew.
Next on our schedule, make arrangements for dinner at Adriatic and enjoy Halloween!