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
FLAG’s 25th Anniversary celebration was held August 14-16 at the Providence Eagle in Providence RI. The 14th Annual MR/MS/Q Contest was held during the event with Stacey Rose taking the title, Ms. FLAG 2016. Congrats to Stacey and to FLAG for their continued success. Fits Like A Glove is a social organization made up of individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, or sexual orientation, who enjoy wearing, admiring, using and celebrating Gloves, leather and uniforms in many aspect of their lives. Check out http://www.fitslikeaglove.org/01_Site/About_2.shtml for details
Plans are underway for the 20th Annual Mates Leather Weekend. It will no doubt be a hot f*cking good time. I’m working on getting some of MLW’s founders to join in the celebration and am trying to secure a very prominent brother of the leather community to be a guest judge (details to be announced). This year’s fetish theme is “BOOTS” by request of our resident BootBlack, Jay Falcon. Although we’ve already celebrated this fetish in 2002, I had to repeat it in order to get Jay to stop humping my leg. Anyone that knows him, understands why I gave in to him. Just kidding, Jay, YOU’RE THE BEST!
The Ninth Annual SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend was held February 19-21 and by all accounts was a great success. A record 200+ leathermen came to town for three days of events described as “A Winter Getaway with a Twist” and concluded with the announcement of this year’s Mr. SNOWBOUND, Divergent Pigs, the first couple ever to compete, who brought in the most donations with their winter/leather-themed photo. The event overall raised $600 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Congrats to Jeph and Kevin, and thanks to all who donated. In addition, 22 men took part in the health screenings provided by PROJECT 10 of ASGCC.
The Men at Full Kit Gear have announced the educational workshop titles for this year. Check out the SNOWBOUND page for details and be sure to sign up ASAP as space is limited.
The Ninth Annual SNOWBOUND Leather Weekend blows in to Provincetown February 19. Need a winter getaway with a twist? Get Outta the Cold and Into the Heat with a couple hundred guys looking to warm their cockles. Check out the SNOWBOUND page of this site for the Schedule of Events and information on discounted accommodations.
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.