HELP!! This year’s Fetish Party will be “FUR”. Certain to be a crowd pleaser but we NEED YOUR HELP. We need a poster-boy, someone who likes attention and would be willing to have a pic of themselves & their FUR (with a leather slant) to be used in all advertising for MLW XXI 09/28 – 10/02/17. In return for the favor, you’ll get a FREE EVENT PASS to MLW. The image needs to be high-resolution and Rated R (for print ads). If you’re interested, PLEASE send your FURRY/LEATHER pic to email@example.com. Here’s the hard part…we need it by Monday, 04/03.
Congrats to Eric Farkas who took the title, Mr SNOWBOUND 2017 this past Sunday with this picture entry, bringing in the most donations for ASGCC. The total donations for all 4 contestants was $594, just shy of last year’s total. Thanks to boy jim, Boggy & Rickie for participating as contestants.
The Tenth Annual SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend has come to a close. My thanks to Mother Nature for the weather (I’ll take a 60 degree SNOWBOUND anytime) & to all the volunteers, Patrick Lamerson, Darren Showers, Patrick Chillemi, Russ Sweeney, Jay Falcon & the men pictured here, Mr & Mr SNOWBOUND 2016 Jeph & Kevin Barry. Jeph & Kevin took their title to a whole new level by raising over $70k in HIV/AIDS meds for ASGCC when they were in no way obligated to do anything of the kind. If you missed SNOWBOUND Brunch II on Sunday, you missed an incredible presentation about their unprecedented year of fundraising. You guys ROCK & demonstrate the true meaning of brotherhood. Thanks also to boy jim for his super cool workmanship on the SNOWBOUND sash. In addition to SNOWBOUND raising $594 for ASGCC, the team from Unit 10 screened 31 men for HIV, HEP C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea & Syphilis. Kudos to these men for taking this proactive approach to their health & the health of their partners. All said & done, SNOWBOUND X was a f*cking blast! Until next year my friends. 02/23-02/25/18.
Fantastic first night of SNOWBOUND. The Beer Blast was packed with hot & horny men who finished their night at the White Out Thermal Underwear Party. Pictured are your Mr SNOWBOUND Contestants: RICKIE, boy jim, Boggy & Eric. After the first round of donations during BEER BLAST, ERIC is in the lead with Rickie second. Still three more chances to donate. Vote for your favorite. ALL proceeds go to AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
Jay Falcon, SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend & MLW ‘s Resident Bootblack will be on hand to buff up your boots this weekend at the “WHITE OUT” and “CHAPS N STRAPS ” parties, both at Crown & Anchor. Jay is 2011 & 2012 Northeast Community BootBlack and 2012 International Community BootBlack 1st runner-up. (& also one nicest dudes on the planet).
Full Kit Gear will be running the following workshops during SNOWBOUND:
- 12:30 PM: PrEP 101 with Project 10 of ASGCC
- 2:00 PM: Rope Bondage
Registration is required in advance, as space is limited to 16 people per workshop. PLEASE SIGN UP VIA E-MAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Be sure to state which time slot you would prefer and if you are willing to attend either time period. Slots will be handed out on a first come first served basis.
Pics of this year’s MLW are now on the GALLERY Page. Thank you to photographers Boggy Fryer, Albert Dobrescu and Kyle Turner. GREAT JOB! (pictured: Boggy Fryer)
525 leather-folk were on hand for the 20th Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA September 29 – October 3 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $4,280.00 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. In addition, 21 men took part in Unit 10′s Free Health Screening during MLW. Unit 10 is part of the ASGCC’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.
The 2016 First Mate contest was held on Saturday, October 1 with Jonathan Kharfen, Mr. SNOWBOUND 2015 and First Mate 2015 as emcee. After careful consideration by judges John LeClair, Jim Baer and Jerry Hickman, all Founding Members of Provincetown MATES, Russ Sweeney of Boston, MA was chosen as First Mate 2016. First Runner-up is Steve Lefebvre of Montreal, Quebec and 2nd Runner-up is Jim Maciel of Boston, MA. Look for Russell when he hosts the 2017 First Mate Contest September 30.
The recipients of this year’s Mates Leather Weekend Brotherhood Awards are Chris Amabile, Jay Falcon, Patrick Lamerson, David Oravez, Danny Pantaleo and Darren Showers. The Brotherhood Award is given to those who have given their continuous support and extraordinary efforts towards the success of MLW. PHOTO BY Nelson Martinez
Advance registration is still open on-line until September 28 for $65. If you don’t make that deadline, you can still register at the Opening Reception for $70 (cash only).
Registration comes with the following benefits…
- Entry into all events
- Mates Leather Weekend t-shirt
- Opening Reception buffet and the Sunday Cookout.
- A portion of the proceeds benefits the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
- 10% discount at the following restaurants: Bayside Betsy’s, Central House & Ross Grill (excluding alcohol)
- 15% discount at Way Down Town restaurant (excluding alcohol)
- FREE workouts at Provincetown Gym
- 20% off Body Piercings at Mooncusser Tattoo & Piercing (includes jewelry)
- $5 off day passes at Mussel Beach Health Club
It seems impossible that 17 years have passed since I began organizing MLW. MLW was not my idea, however, it is the brain child of a few Ptown leather guys in the early 90’s who decided to form a social group for themselves & others who shared an interest in the leather/fetish lifestyle. This group became known as Provincetown MATES.
From 1994 – 1996, MLW was organized by Provincetown MATES & the host hotel for the event, Gifford House Inn. From 1997 – 1999, MLW took a hiatus. Seeing that there was strong interest from visitors and locals that MLW return to the Ptown calendar, me & my partner at the time, brought it back in 2000.
Now in it’s 20th run, Mates Leather Weekend is still thriving, bringing together 500-600 like-minded people each year for four days of decadence & debauchery, brotherhood & charity. I can only hope that our founding fathers are pleased with our accomplishments.
Whether it’s your first time at MLW or you’ve attended all 20, I can pretty much guarantee that this is the year you WILL NOT want to miss. Registration is going really strong and hotels/guest houses are already full or filling up. Rick