The 2015 First Mate contest was held on Saturday, October 3 with Jeremy Weis, First Mate 2014 as emcee. After careful consideration by judges Steve DuPont, First Mate 2013, Mr. New England Leather 2014 and International Mr. Leather 2014 First Runner-Up, Patrick “Puppy” Lamerson, First Mate 2002 and Tom Matt, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2016, Jonathan Kharfen from Boston, MA was chosen First Mate 2015. First Runner-up was Kurt Kolok from The Berkshires in Western MA and 2nd Runner-up was Eric Farkas from Boston, MA. Look for Jonathan when he hosts the 2016 First Mate Contest in October 2016.
500 leather-folk were on hand for the 19th Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown October 1 – 4 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $3,567 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. In addition, 34 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.
The First Mate Contest Judges for 2015: Steve Dupont, IML 1st Runner-up 2014, Mr. New England Leather 2014 and First Mate 2013, Patrick Lamerson, First Mate 2002 and Tom Matt, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2016. Jeremy Weis will emcee the contest on Saturday, October 3 at 11:00 PM (doors open @ 9:30). Come applaud for your favorite contestant & help our judges decide who will take the First Mate 2015 title.
This year’s Fetish Party vibe will be SPANDEX/LYCRA/SUPERHERO as suggested by MLW regulars Darren and Dave. Get your gear on & come on out for the most infamous party of Provincetown’s calendar.
Last year there were some issues with the MLW website. Thanks to Scott from Appleseed Solutions, all problems have been resolved and the site is COMPLETELY new, reliable and secure. Thank you, Scott, that makes us happy!
I write this in a state of sadness, numbness and denial. The latter being a state I’m growing to embrace because the truth is just too painful.
Our friend and brother, Bryan Green passed away in his home on Monday June 8 at 53 years old.
Bryan’s 6′ 5″ stature stood second only to his larger than life personality and his larger than life laughter, both of which he shared freely. He lived here for over 20 years and knew people from every segment of the Provincetown community,… all of which he had mutual love for. If you knew Bryan, you loved him. I remember a day when I walked with him from his massage studio to the bank. Normally a two minute walk, it took a half hour because Bryan stopped to talk with and/or hug everyone he knew along the way, always with a smile, always with love, always reciprocated.
Bryan became my friend in 2001 when he became the doorman for Mates Leather Weekend, a position he held for 14 years. He quickly became the face of MLW. MLW regulars knew him by name and would look forward to seeing him. He was my backbone. Having him at the door allowed me to focus on other elements of the event.
To me, Bryan was a friend, a brother, a man of honor and a man of truth. He made me feel respected, loved, protected, and admired and I couldn’t be more blessed than to have had him in my life. He was also a poker buddy and a brother at King Hiram’s Lodge of Freemasons.
He was forever the drama queen, forever the gossip queen and now forever missed beyond measure. Thank you, Bryan, for all you’ve done for me and thank you for the years of laughter and love and thank you for being you. To quote you, as I’ve often done, “What am I gonna do?”
Peace be with you,
Your friend, Rick
Plans are underway for the 19th annual Mates Leather Weekend October 1-4. 500-600 people are expected to attend this annual event designed for and dedicated to the Leather/Fetish community.
Events include Boot Camp, Opening Reception, Uniforms and Cigars, Leather Market, First Mate Contest, Rubber Ball and the infamous Fetish Party, this year a “SECOND SKIN” party for those with a spandex/lycra/superhero kink.
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.
Just two weeks to go until SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend blows in to Provincetown.
Need a winter getaway with a twist? Discounted accommodations & discounted meals…add to that events including “Beer Blast” “White-out” (thermal underwear party), “Educational Workshops by Full Kit Gear Shop”, “Chaps & Straps”, “Leather Dance” and many, many hot and horny men.
Full Kit Gear will be presenting three workshops this year on Saturday of SNOWBOUND. (locations to be announced)
12:30 PM Intro to CBT, Nipple Play and Electro
2:00 PM Bondage & Rope Work
3:30 PM Puppy Play
Space is limited to 10 people per workshop so sign up today at email@example.com