Mates Leather Weekend XVIII
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.
500 leather-folk were on hand for the 18th Annual Mates Leather Weekend and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $4,074 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. In addition, 50 men took part in Unit 10′s Free Health Screening during MLW. These men deserve our respect and admiration for taking such a proactive approach in maintaining their good health and the health of their partners.
- BootCamp 10/02 from 10pm-1am @ Atlantic House
- Uniforms & Cigars 10/03 from 9:30pm-1am @ Paramount
- Leather Market 10/04 from 11am-3pm @ The Boatslip
Thanks to the following men for participating as judges in this year’s contest!
First Mate 2013, Steve Dupont will be emceeing the First Mate Contest on Saturday, October 4. Following his win at MLW, Steve went on to grab the 2014 Mr. New England Leather contest here in town. In May, he took 1st Runner-up at IML. Congrats to Steve for all of his hard work and dedication. Come support him and this year’s First Mate contestants.
SNOWBOUND VIII – Feb 20-22, 2015
Get Outta the Cold and Into the HEAT at Snowbound Leather Weekend!
As a birthday gift from Master on my 21st birthday, Leather Mates Weekend was the greatest coming of age that I ever could have wished for. We met so many hot men and brought home so many memories – and new gear.
- Boy Nicholas | Cape Cod, MA
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.