Entries by Rick Conley

First Mate 2001 David Oravez Announces Brotherhood Awards

David Oravez, First Mate 2001, announced the recipients of this year’s Mates Leather Weekend Brotherhood Award on Saturday September 30.  They are:  David Cunningham, Patrick Lamerson and Nelson Martinez. The Brotherhood Award is given to those who have shown extraordinary and continuous support of Mates Leather Weekend and demonstrate the true meaning of community and […]

Tom Giuliana Takes First Mate 2017 Title

The 2017 First Mate Contest was held on Saturday, September 30 with Russell Sweeney, First Mate 2016 & Mr. New England Leather 2017 as emcee.  Russell did an awesome job of properly introducing and presenting all 19 contestants in a little over an hour (including intermission and announcements).   After careful consideration by judges Jeph & […]


525 leather-folk were on hand for the 21st Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA September 28 – October 2 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $5,780.00 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, an all-time record. MLW’s annual Clothes Drive brought in 40 articles of clothing and boots […]

Last Chance to Pre-Register for MLW 2017

Thank you to local artist Tim Paquette for designing this year’s MLW t-shirt.  The t-shirt is included with registration or can be purchased at the Leather Market on Saturday for $20. Pre-Registration ($65 per person) will close on Tuesday 09/26 at noon. In person, cash only registration will be available at Club Purgatory from 4:00 – […]

Mates Leather Weekend

For up to the minute MLW news, click on NEWSLETTER 1 OF 2 AND NEWSLETTER 2 OF 2 issued earlier today. Included is information on: First Mate Contest Emcee & Judging Panel, BootBlack Schedule, Buzzcuts for ASGCC, New MLW Event added, FREE Health Screening & Testing Schedule, Restaurant Discounts, MLW Clothes Drive & more.


Fire Ceremony Hosted by Gay Men of Wisdom Saturday, September 30, 4:00 — 5:30pm, Herring Cove Beach South   FREE Connect with the energies of the gay male tribe, the ocean and land, and the ancestors. We’ll drum, invoke the directions, and honor gay men’s 14 Distinct Gifts to Humanity.  Bring a drum or rattle if you […]

A Few Rooms Left

Need a room for MLW?  Click on http://matesleatherweekend.com/accommodations and use the ROOMFINDER Feature to get a bed for your head.  Some hotels offering last minute MLW Specials.

Are You Ready?

The 21st Annual Mates Leather Weekend is about to cum to Provincetown…R U Ready?  There’s still time.  Event Passes are $60 until September 1 ($65 after).  Register today. Need a place to put your head?  Guest houses, many with MLW discounts, are listed on our Accommodations page.  Check out the Roomfinder, where you can enter the type of room you […]


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 […]