Mates Leather Weekend XVIII
Boots all beat up from this winter’s excessive weather? Jay Falcon, 2011/2012 Northeast Community Bootblack & 2012 international Community Bootblack 1st runner up will be at your service during SNOWBOUND this weekend.
Check him out Friday night during the White Out and C*CK Party at Paramount (Crown & Anchor), Saturday afternoon during Chaps & Straps at The Vault (C & A) and on Saturday night during The Leather Dance at The Atlantic House Dance Club.
I’m fairly certain that I’ve shared these lyrics (written below) in the past but feel compelled to do so again.
Sleep has escaped me in recent days, in large part because of the (way too many) friends we have lost this last year, JASON LYNCH, TIM STARKEY, DAVID DURMAN, JASON SCOTT. These men were WAY TOO F*CKING young to leave us & I, for one, have an overwhelming sense of uncertainty and fragility, feelings that are unfamiliar and uncomfortable to me. It is surreal.
These lyrics speak to friendship and honor and truth…unspoken but universally held tenets of the brotherhood & family I have aligned myself with. I share these words in hopes that each of us, for at least a moment, pauses to acknowledge the value of those around us and the brotherhood we claim proudly as our own. I bow my head in deference to these men and acknowledge their influence on me and the selflessness and generosity that they freely extended to the world. Rest In Peace, my brothers.
When the dragons grow too mighty
To slay with pen or sword
I grow weary of the battle
And the storm I walk towards
When all around is madness
And there’s no safe port in view
I long to turn my path homeward
And stop awhile with you
When life becomes as barren
And as cold as winter skies
There’s a beacon in the darkness
In a distant pair of eyes
In vain to search for honor
And in vain to search for truth
But these things can still be given
Your love has shown me proof
50 men took part in Unit 10′s Free Health Screening during MLW. Unit 10 is part of the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod’s Men’s Health Project dedicated to education and prevention. These men deserve our respect and admiration for taking such a proactive approach in maintaining their good health and the health of their partners. THANK YOU to the ASGCC and to those providing this important and invaluable service.
The 2013 First Mate contest was held on Saturday, October 5 with Marc Lucas, 1st Mate 2012, as emcee. After careful consideration by judges Gregory Costa, Mr. FLAG 2013, Matthew Morse, Mr. Boston Leather 2013 & KJ Nichols, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2013, Steve Dupont from Ogunquit, ME was chosen First Mate 2013. First Runner-up was Steve Benson, Northeast Leatherboy 2011 of Provincetown and 2nd Runner-up was Geo K from Lebanon, Beirut. Congratulations to these fine men and thanks to all who participated. Look for Steve Dupont as he hosts the 2014 First Mate Contest 10/04/14
Over 500 leather-folk were on hand (& some on knees) for the 17th annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown this past weekend and by all accounts had a hot, wet, good time. The weather did not favor us but the generosity of those present shined bright as noonday sun. $3,460 was raised for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, am impressive amount for a worthy organization. THANK YOU to all who helped in any way to achieve such success.
SNOWBOUND VI - Feb 21-23, 2014
Get Outta the Cold and Into the HEAT at Snowbound Leather Weekend!
As literally the only guy in street clothes I can say I had an amazing time. Everyone was respectful of me and never questioned why I did not dress. I am coming next year! The vault party was a memory I can hardly forget.
- Brad | Salem, NH
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.