At the closing of the year…

We here at Out Astoria hope you all had a safe and fun holiday season (and that you managed to avoid being snowbound at any of the major airports that shut down during the last blizzard of 2010).  We also wanted to thank everyone who came out to the Out Astoria Holiday Party and made it one of the most memorable ones yet!  We can’t wait to see what the new Steering Committee can come up with for 2011!

There’s only a few days left to 2010, and though we’ve all had our highs and lows during it, most of us seem to be glad the end is in sight!

Before we list a few of the local happenings for the NYE weekend and later on in the month of January 2011, we just wanted to remind those of you who registered as sponsor members, if you haven’t already paid your dues via paypal or in person at the last two mixers you can still pay on-line here.  Remember, if your dues are unpaid by January 10th, the Steering Committee Election information will not be sent to you.  You can always check your paypal history to see if you’ve sent in your payment.

Keep an eye out for a message early in 2011 regarding the election timeline for January!

Now, on we go to this weekend and beyond:

FRI – DECEMBER 31 – BURLESQUE @ MIX CAFE + LOUNGE – 6PM TO LATE – FREE!

40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 347-642-4840

Join the hot bar staff and manager Michael as Mix Cafe + Lounge presents Burlesque!  A new show featuring some amazing performance by Broadway star Ralph Meiztler and Rocky Horror Picture Show star Travis Morin and The Who’s Tommy star Briana Davis! Special dance performances by Jenny Foxx and Dante Puleio as well as the the anticipated return of Mix Diva Bianca!

Zuzies will be offering a pre-fixe dinner for $30 per person including appetizer, entree, dessert, cocktail and a glass of champagne!  Dinner is served until 10:00 PM, so make sure you get a spot before the crowds show up for the big countdown at midnight!

With drink specials all night long and the mandatory champagne toast at midnight this is sure to be your “no cover” local party this weekend!

FRI – DECEMBER 31 – MUNDO CAFE & RESTAURANT – 5PM TO MIDNIGHT – PRE-FIXE!

31-18 Broadway Store #E, Astoria, NY – 718-777-2829

One of our favorite small room eateries in Astoria is offering several seatings for a special New Years Eve Menu this Friday evening!  With seating options as early as 5:00 PM or as late as 9:30 PM you’re more than likely going to be able to find a few fabulous feeding options at Mundo!

Along with an appetizer platter that’s vegetarian friendly, you’ll have a choice of a few entrées that are sure to impress–and don’t forget, couples get a complimentary bottle of champagne at midnight!

Coming up in January 2011, so hold the dates in your calendar:

WED – JANUARY 12 – OUT ASTORIA DINNER – 7PM

FRI – JANUARY 21 – OUT ASTORIA MIXER – 8PM

But you certainly don’t want to miss:

SAT – JANUARY 22 – QLGPC WINTER PRIDE DINNER DANCE AT ASTORIA WORLD MANOR – 7PM – $95

25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY – 718-228-7599

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee are hosting the annual Winter Pride dinner and dance to recognize and thank those who have contributed to the LGBT movement in Queens.  This year’s honorees are:

Fran Rolan of Heritage of Pride

Pedro Julio Serrano of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The evening starts out with cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres followed by a formal dinner, dessert, and dancing till 12:00 AM!  Your $95 ($100 at the door) entrance fee covers everything including the rather extensive open bar they arrange for this party every year!  If you’re interested in purchasing a table of 10 seats that will set you back $900.  If you like, when you purchase your tickets you can request to be seated with the other Out Astoria attendees!

Purchase your tickets here or download the mail-in form here.

If you have any questions about the event or are interesting in becoming a sponsor or want to purchase ad space in the event program just contact QLGPC at 718-228-7599.

Have a safe and fabulous New Years Eve!

–Jonathan Blue

Secretary, Out Astoria

Tonight’s Holiday Party at Mix!

Before we get the specifics about tonight’s Holiday Party, I’ve got a short public service announcement about becoming an Out Astoria Sponsor Member.

We at Out Astoria love all of our brothers and sisters, friends and gaybors within and without the little neighborhood we call our own.  The support from those of you who have registered as members has been fantastic, almost TOO fantastic!  We’ve had some of our inter/outer borough friends sign up for membership, while not being fully aware of the residential restriction placed on being an Out Astoria Sponsor Member.  Because of the voting privileges that come with being an OA Sponsor Member, we must restrict membership and allow only those who live in Astoria/LIC (specifically those with a permanent residence in zip codes:  11101, 11102, 11103, 11104, 11105, 1006).  In other words, think of it as any real election/elected position–if you want to run for office and/or vote in a local election, you must be a resident of the district.  Once the new steering committee is elected in January 2011, we hope to introduce a new tier of membership that anyone can sign up for and enjoy the discounted benefits, but without voting privileges.  Until then, just remember both members and non-members are ALWAYS welcome at our events!

That said, lets get to the information everyone is looking for:

TONIGHT – DEC 17 – OUT ASTORIA HOLIDAY PARTY AT MIX LOUNGE – 8PM – $10/$15

40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 347-642-4840

During this, the season of traditions, we feel it’s time to keep one of our own. The snow is coming and the nights are getting longer – but let’s make the most of our holiday spirit at our favorite local lounge. Each year, we at Out Astoria try to bring all of our friends and gay-bors together at our own little year-end holiday gathering…and our little gathering manages to get a little bit bigger each year!

So, to celebrate the holidays appropriately we’ve set up a dandy little party pre-fix for our guests! With $10 for sponsor members/$15 for non-sponsor members you get access to our 2-hour (8-10pm) open well bar/beer and passed hors d’oeuvres created on site by Zuzie herself (just for our special gathering)! Of course, even if you’re running late from work that evening, make sure you swing by, there’s always a fun contingent of our people still celebrating until late!

For those who have already registered for an Out Astoria Sponsor Membership – we will have the membership list at the door. Or take a moment to register your membership now!

You can pay the $10 yearly dues via PayPal, or in person at the party when you collect your membership card! We’ll also be accepting membership registrations at this event, just look for the guy with the paper registrations!

And you’ll also get to meet and greet some of the fantastic candidates who are running for the Out Astoria Steering Committee – If you’re interested in nominating someone or even yourself just remember that only members are allowed to run and/or vote in the steering committee election this January!

Also, as we did at our June Out Astoria mixer and fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center, we’ll have a donation box at the front door of the holiday party for any OA member who’d like to get into the holiday spirit by bringing donations for the residents of the Ali Forney Center’s emergency shelter in Astoria for homeless LGBT youth. We’re looking to collect personal items such as shampoo, deodorant, soap/bodywash, or new socks and underwear (in their original package); pantry items in boxes, bags, or cans such as pasta and pasta sauce, mac and cheese, rice, soup, canned veggies and beans, or condiments such as ketchup, salt, hot sauce, or barbecue sauce; and general-use items such as paper towels, napkins, and heavy-duty paper plates.

If you are interested in donating gift cards for Ali Forney Center clients, visit:

http://www.aliforneycenter.org/help.html

If you’d like to make a donation of used (but still in good condition) pillows, sheets, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, or other larger items, e-mail  vicepresident@outastoria.com and put “shelter donation” in subject line; we’ll try to arrange a pick-up.

We’ll see you all tonight at the party!

Eat, drink, be merry, and don’t forget to tip your bartenders!