Vermont to Celebrate LGBT Community in Northern New England’s Premier PRIDE Festival
The PRIDE Vermont Committee announced its plans for the state’s annual Pride Vermont celebration, scheduled for September 7-14, 2014 at in Burlington, Vt. This year’s theme is “Generations of PRIDE,” which explores the history of PRIDE through the decades and also the diversity in ages of Vermont’s LGBT community.
The week-long celebration, Northern New England’s premier PRIDE, kicks off with a high heel race and will culminate with a parade on Church Street followed by the festival at Battery Park.
On Sunday, September 7th at 2:00 pm, the Annual High Heel Race on Church Street will provide a colorful and competitive start to the festivities. The event is open to all who are brave enough to don high heels. Dressing in drag is highly encouraged, but not required. Extra shoes will be available to accommodate spectators wanting to sign up on site.
Beginning on Friday, September 12th through Sunday, September 14th, diners and shoppers will enjoy discounted prices during Out On Church Street. Special medallions on bead necklaces will be available for $10 each, and will provide special discounts at participating shops, restaurants and department stores at the popular Church Street Marketplace.
Festivities on Saturday, September 13th continue with the annual Women’s Tea Dance in downtown Burlington in the afternoon, followed by the Hot Pink Dance Party at 8:30 pm at the Higher Ground in South Burlington. This 18+ multimedia event features two of Vermont’s best DJs playing the hottest club music.
The PRIDE Vermont Parade will start at 12:45 pm on Sunday, September 14th, beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding all the way to the Festival site at Battery Park. With students, families, and early foliage tourists in town, another record-breaking turnout is expected to view the colorful parade of floats, performers, and marchers of all kinds. The festival itself will take place 1:00-5:00 pm. and will include music and entertainment in the Battery Park bandshell, vendors, family, youth and activity tents, and community resources.
Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA), the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the PRIDE Vermont festival at Battery Park on Sunday, September 14th, 12:00-5:00 pm. “This is a festival within a festival,” said Willie Docto, President of the VGTA. Northern Decadence will showcase LGBT-friendly businesses from across Vermont and include food and wine samples, a silent auction, and the popular Decadent Cupcake Competition. “Vermont’s is the tastiest PRIDE festival in the country,” Docto added. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.northerndecadence.com.
Other highlights of the family-friendly PRIDE Vermont festival include:
Gender Fun Lawn Games and Activity Tent: Play lawn “gaymes,” make craft projects, and get information on gender diversity, rights, and resources.
Live Entertainment hosted by drag artist Major Face featuring local and regional performers.
Dancing on the Lawn with music by local DJs.
Randy Violette, Chair of the PRIDE Vermont Committee said, “With our Generations of PRIDE theme, we celebrate the coming of age of the LGBT community in Vermont and the equality we’ve achieved in the most beautiful state in the country. I invite everyone to celebrate with us.”
Individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to participate in any of the PRIDE Vermont events. For more information on being a vendor, sponsor, or parade participant email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.pridevermont.com.
PRIDE Vermont is the statewide PRIDE festival for Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally community. Equality-minded Vermonters gather to celebrate our state for its safe, healthy, empowering community that embraces all of life’s colors. We take Pride in Vermont’s progress towards equality and want Vermonters to know that being queer in Vermont is something worth celebrating.
The Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA) is sponsoring a bus trip for an unforgettable evening with the legendary Cher during her “Dressed To Kill” concert tour on Friday, April 25th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The VGTA is offering a package that includes stress-free transportation in a luxury coach, tickets, gourmet refreshments provided by VGTA members, a Cher trivia contest and more. Three convenient pick-up points include Berlin, Waterbury and South Burlington. Everyone is welcome. Price is $225 per person and may be purchased by calling Notch Above Tours at 802-881-0661. Information is available online at www.northerndecadence.com/cher2014.html. Proceeds will benefit the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo and the Pride Vermont Festival scheduled on September 14th in Burlington.
The Vermont Gay Tourism Association is a nonprofit membership organization of more than 80 gay-friendly businesses. It was incorporated in 2003 with the mission of promoting the state of Vermont to LGBT travelers, weddings and conventions. Information on the VGTA and a travel directory are available at www.vermontgaytourism.com.
Passport to Summer Tennis Weekend at Stratton
May 31 - Jun 2, 2013
Set in southern Vermont, the Passport to Summer LGBT Tennis Weekend highlights the best of southern Vermont with a choice of tennis or golf school plus a full menu of activities including hiking, yoga and farm-to-table cooking that features the bounty that is Vermont. Meals and social activities bring the groups together to share their adventures over good food, drink and lively entertainment.
More details at Stratton.com/passport.
Also offering the Saturday night family style farm-to-table dinner with wine followed by Edge magazine DJ Scotty Thomson on deck at the exclusive Stratton Mountain Club. All for only $100, including tax, gratuity and wine.
Enter to Win a "Meet The Brewers" Weekend at Killington
Enter for a chance to win a weekend at Killington, for a "meet the brewers" exclusive guided tour of the Long Trail Brewery and
its new pilot brewing operation with a gift certificates for lunch at the brewery and dinner as well as a day of Golf at the Green Mtn National course in Killington. Plus, winner will receive 3 nights at the Killington Grand, gift cards, and a $75 Cabot Gift Box stocked full of the World's Best Cheddar from the farm families who own Cabot!
Enjoy Vermont's Great Events
Through May 12:
Killington Arts Guild New Gallery Show A Searching Mind: The Many Transitions of Paedra. More information
May 31 - June 2:
LGBT Summer Weekend At Stratton Mountain. More information
June 16 - Fathers Day: Duxbury B&B Tour More information
July 12-13: Waterbury Arts Fest More information
August 9-11: Women's Yoga Retreat hosted by Singletrack Mindfulness More information
September 15: Pride Vermont and Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo More information
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Amtrak Offers 20% off:
Amtrak's Visit Vermont fare gives you a 20% discount for travel to any Vermont station. Click here
for Amtrak's terms and conditions and to book a reservation.
Gay Ski Week in Stowe - Jan 23-27, 2013
Winter Pride in Killington - Feb 1-3, 2013
Vermont In The News:
Read about Great Weekends In Vermont by Andrew Collins. This article appeared in Rainbow Times as well as several other GLBT newspapers around the country.
Read about Pride Vermont and Northern Decadence by Jerry Nunn in Chicagos Windy City Times.
Read about VGTA Member Nicole Mondejar Travels to NYC for Sandy Relief
Read about Killington Winter Pride's Naming RU12? Community Center as Beneficiary. The organizers of Killington Winter Pride announced that the Vermont-based, RU12? Community Center has been selected as the principle nonprofit beneficiary for the 2013 event scheduled for February 1 3, 2013.
For more information, visit:
Vermont Gay Tourism Association I PO Box 164 Waterbury, VT 05676
www.vermontgaytourism.com I 802-244-6828
Vermont to Celebrate LGBT Community in Northern New England’s Premier Pride Festival
The Pride Vermont Committee announced its plans today for the state’s annual Pride Vermont celebration, scheduled for September 21-22, 2012. The festivities, which will be held in September for the first time in order to better include Vermont’s large student population and foliage tourists, will include a cruise on Lake Champlain on Friday, September 21, a parade through downtown Burlington, and a pride festival, NOH8 Campaign photoshoot, and the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo in Burlington’s Battery Park on the 22nd.
“This year’s Pride Vermont promises to be more vibrant than ever before, with an incredible array of events and activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied people and families to enjoy,” said Madelyn Baer, the Pride Vermont 2012 Director. “We look forward to celebrating Pride with people from all across the great state of Vermont, northern New England, upstate New York, and Canada, and we are honored to host the NOH8 Campaign this year, adding our faces to those from across the country standing up for equality.”
The annual Pride Cruise has been a highlight of Vermont’s Pride season since 1993. It is sponsored by Vermont Gay Social Alternatives (VGSA), Vermont’s premier LGBT social organization, and will be an evening filled with dancing and merrymaking featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and entertainment by the House of LeMay and DJ Veena. It will be held on the Lake Champlain Ferry, which departs at 8:00 on Friday, September 21 from the King Street Docks in Burlington. Tickets can be purchased online at www.vgsa.com.
“Whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or a proud ally, this year’s Pride Cruise is an event not to be missed,” said VGSA Director Michael Knaapen. “Join us on the lake – it’s the perfect way to start Pride right!”
The Pride Parade will start at noon on September 22, beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding all the way to the Pride Festival site at Battery Park. With students, families, and foliage tourists in town, a record-breaking turnout is expected to view the colorful parade of floats, performers, and marchers of all kinds. The festival itself will last from 1:00-4:00 pm. and include music and entertainment in the Battery Park bandshell, vendors, family, youth and activity tents, and community resources.
Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA), the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the Pride Vermont festival at Battery Park on Saturday, September 22, 12:00-5:00 pm. Northern Decadence will showcase LGBT-friendly businesses from across Vermont and include food and wine samples, a silent auction, cooking demonstrations, and the popular Decadent Cupcake Competition. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.northerndecadence.com.
“Everyone knows that Vermont offers the best things in life: world-class gourmet food, dining, scenery, shopping, attractions, and entertainment,” said Willie Docto, VGTA President. “The Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo is a great way to connect equality-minded Vermonters and visitors with LGBT-friendly businesses. Supporting equality has never been easier, or tastier!”
The NOH8 Campaign, which will hold an open photoshoot on September 22 from 1-4pm as part of Pride Vermont, is a photographic silent protest created as a response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8, which stripped same-sex couples of equal marriage rights. Hollywood-based celebrity photographer Adam Bouska photographs subjects wearing white, with a temporary “NOH8” tattoo on their cheeks and duct tape over their mouths. The duct tape symbolizes the way LGBT people around the world are silenced by anti-gay initiatives like Prop 8. Over 20,000 people, including celebrities like Kathy Griffin, Cindy and Meghan McCain, the Kardashian sisters, Jane Lynch, and Lance Bass have posed for the campaign; NOH8’s open photoshoots routinely attract hundreds of people to events across the country. Pride Vermont is teaming up with Truth Wins Out – a national, Burlington-based nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the “ex-gay” myth – to bring the NOH8 Campaign to Vermont for the first time. More information can be found at www.pridevt.com.
“Participation in the wildly popular NOH8 Campaign will offer Vermonters the opportunity to fight hate in a uniquely special way,” said John Becker, TWO’s Director of Communications & Development. “Truth Wins Out and Pride Vermont want to encourage equality-minded people all across the region to attend the 2012 Pride Vermont Festival and get photographed for this great campaign.”
Pride Vermont is the statewide pride festival for Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally community. Equality-minded Vermonters gather to celebrate our state for its safe, healthy, empowering community that embraces all of life’s colors. We take Pride in Vermont’s progress towards equality and want Vermonters to know that being queer in Vermont is something worth celebrating. This year’s festivities consist of a week of activities culminating in the Annual VGSA Pride Cruise on September 21 and the Pride Vermont Parade, Festival, and Northern Decadence Food Expo on September 22.
The Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA) is pleased to announce that it has
contracted Jo Sabel Courtney of Sabel PR, LLC to provide membership development and event planning services. Sabel PR will be in charge of membership retention and recruitment, as well as planning the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo, which will take place at the the Pride Vermont Festival on September 22nd in Burlington’s Battery Park.
As a contractor, she serves as the Festival Director for the Music Festival
of the Americas at Stowe; Consumer Trade Show Representative for Vermont
Tourism, and now Program Coordinator Consultant with VGTA. As PR and
International Marketing Manager at Stowe Area Association, she co-founded the
award-winning Stowe Weekend of Hope cancer-survivor event and traveled the
world, “selling Stowe”. She is an accomplished singer, actor, and voice-over artist and has performed in many venues throughout Vermont. Jo is also the co-founder of the Stowe Theatre Guild, and board member of both the Center for America's First Horse and the Stowe Free Library.
“With more and more destinations worldwide competing for the LGBT traveler,
it’s important for Vermont to send a strong message of being a welcoming, safe and beautiful state. We’re excited to have Jo Sabel Courtney bring her many years of tourism marketing experience to help us continue to grow this niche market,” said VGTA President Willie Docto.
The Vermont Gay Tourism Association is a statewide membership organization of more than 60 businesses with the mission of promoting Vermont to the LGBT traveler, weddings and conventions. The VGTA hosts familiarization tours for travel writers, buys co-operative advertising, organizes events, exhibits at travel shows and maintains a popular tourism website. More information is
available at www.vermontgaytourism.com and www.northerndecadence.com.
The popular Cider House BBQ & Pub on Route 2 in Waterbury, Vermont will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a special cider pairing dinner.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM.
The four-course dinner will include traditional Irish offerings as well as southern comfort food. The courses will include a choice of appetizer, entree, salad and dessert. Each course will be paired with a different hard cider, made in Vermont and the U.K. A raffle and door prizes will be part of the festivities. The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Pride Vermont Festival (pridevt.com) taking place on September 22nd at Burlington’s Battery Park.
Reservations for the cider pairing dinner are required by calling Willie at 802-244-6828. The full cider pairing menu can be found at www.ciderhousevt.com. This event is sponsored in part by the Woodchuck Cidery.
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