Mates Leather Weekend XVIII
The Eighth Annual SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend was held in Provincetown MA February 20-22 and by all accounts was a great success. About 150 leathermen came to town despite the five+ feet of snow here and throughout New England.
The event concluded with the announcement of this year’s Mr. SNOWBOUND, Jonathan Kharfen of Brighton, MA who brought in the most donations with his winter/leather-themed photo. The event overall raised over $500 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Congrats and thanks to Jonathan who donated his $100 contest prize and thank you to all who donated for their favorite.
Special thanks to Atlantic House who gave the Mr. SNOWBOUND cash prize!! It was a great surprise and much appreciated for this no-budget, no cover-charge event. Gratitude also to Jay Falcon, MLW and SNOWBOUND’s resident BootBlack. YOU ARE THE BEST!!
Kudos to the 18 men who participated in the Free Health Screenings provided by Project 10 of the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Your proactive approach towards your health and the health of your partners should be mirrored and lauded. Thanks to Eric and the Project 10 team for providing this important service.
Jay Falcon, 2011/2012 Northeast Community BootBlack and 2012 International Community BootBlack 1st Runner-up, will be on hand to shine up your boots throughout the weekend.
Just two weeks to go until SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend blows in to Provincetown.
Disbelief is the only word I could use to describe the feeling when Jonathan Urbach called to tell me of Mark’s passing. How could a man so young, so handsome, so full of positive energy, be taken from our family so soon. He regularly attended MLW and served as a First Mate Contest judge in 2010 during his term as Mr. FLAG 2010. I never saw him without a smile, never saw him without getting a hug…his loving and generous spirit was palpable and infectious. We have all been enriched to have had the opportunity to call Mark Badway brother and friend.
Rest in peace
The 2014 First Mate contest was held on Saturday, October 4 with Steve Dupont, Mr. New England Leather 2014 and 1st Mate 2013 as emcee. After careful consideration by judges David Gerard, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2015, Mark Lefebvre, Mr. New England Rubber 2014 and Jim Maciel, Northeast Leather SIR 2014, Jeremy Weis from Albany, NY was chosen First Mate 2014. First Runner-up was Sullivan from Providence RI and 2nd Runner-up was Scruffy from Bloomfield, NJ. Look for Jeremy Weis as he hosts the 2015 First Mate Contest in October.
SNOWBOUND VIII – Feb 20-22, 2015
Get Outta the Cold and Into the HEAT at Snowbound Leather Weekend!
My ass and my ego want to thank you. Both are probably a little swollen but there is still a big smile on my face.
- Name withheld
A kick-back, have a good time, meet some hot new friends weekend for those who want to hang out, socialize, relax or party with other like-minded people in Leather, Rubber and Uniforms.
Mates Leather Weekend is brought to you by Rick Conley, longtime Provincetown resident and leatherman. I want to thank all MLW sponsors, friends and past participants who have contributed to the success of Mates Leather Weekend. I’m grateful for all the new friends that I’ve made along the way.
I take great pride in the quality of men and women that attend MLW. There is no attitude here, just folks that are down-to-earth, friendly, and nice to look at. It takes a lot of effort to put on an event like this. I hope you enjoy it.
- Rick Conley
Provincetown is a gay-friendly oceanside community. Generally the weather is cool in the fall, making it ideal to wear your leather, rubber or uniform. You can feel comfortable shopping, walking the streets day or night, dining, hiking on the beach and touring the bars in your leather, rubber or uniform…and I hope you will!
Questions? Suggestions? Feedback? Please contact me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Sponsored in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund.