Mates Leather Weekend News
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!
Thanks for doing such a great job organizing the weekend! It was my first time at Mate’s and I had a great time. I’ll plan to be there next year.
- Steve Smith
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