Let’s have some fun before the summer’s done!

It’s been a lazy August for us but we’re going to pack in as much as we can before Labor Day tells us that the summer is officially over – a mixer, a book club, a movie night, a field day and a writing group…maybe even a few other items to round out the end of your summer daze!

FRIDAY – AUGUST 19 – OA AUGUST MIXER AT HELL GATE SOCIAL – 8-11PM – FREE

12-21 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY  11102 – 718-204-8313

Let’s spend an evening in Hell!  Or rather, the Hell Gate Social‘s decadent lounge.  If you’ve been there, you’re wondering why you haven’t been back.  And if you’ve never been, you’ll wonder where this place has been hiding!  Out Astoria Members and Non-Members alike are invited to this no-cover mixer.  While there will not be an open bar for this mixer, Hell Gate Social’s manager has given us a 2-for-1 extended happy hour from 8pm until 10pm! That includes top-shelf liquor and the bar’s fantastic list of signature cocktails!

Just make sure you know where Hell Gate Social’s door is!  It’s easy to walk right by this hidden gem!  But you can’t go wrong if you know it’s right next door to The Astor Bake Shop where we had our June OA dinner!

TUESDAY – AUGUST 23 – OA AUGUST BOOK CLUB MEETING – 7:30PM – OA MEMBERS ONLY

Email us here about the Event.  Email us here with questions about Membership.

This month the Out Astoria Book Club will be meeting to discuss Bill Clegg’s Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man:  A Memoir.  Bring some wine/beer and/or maybe a snack to share with the group and revel in the fact that Bill Clegg’s life was not your own!  For those of you already participating – we wanted to let you know we’ve set up our Out Astoria Group Page at GoodReads.com – so make sure you sign up and join the group and keep up with everything everyone is saying about the next book we’ll be reading.

The location for the meeting is not listed here b/c only dues-paying Out Astoria Members are allowed to participate in this activity.  If you’re not already a member, why not become one now?

You’ll also be able to participate in the Out Astoria Writing Group (see below) and get to vote/run in on the Out Astoria Elections for the Steering Committee positions that will be open at the end of this calendar year!  If you have any questions about that feel free to email the OA Elections Committee here.

WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 24 – OA MOVIE NIGHT AT SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK – FREE

32-05 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY – 718-956-1819

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema is a tradition of summer in the neighborhood…and this year is no different!

Come out and sample regional cuisine from a neighborhood restaurant, or bring your own food & drink and picnic on the grass as the sun sets over the city! Enjoy performances by local musicians and dancers and, as the sky darkens, see exceptional international films on a large-format screen–all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

Join your Out Astoria friends and gay-bors on the grass of the park for this week’s screening of silent films with live music provided by Backyard Band/With! Pre-screening performances begin at 7PM – Film begins at sunset – and of course it’s FREE to all!

Backyard Band/with (www.backyardbandwith.com) is a simple recipe: silent films, live music and homemade pies (yes, you can have all three at the same time)! Enjoy a themed evening of unique silent films and imagery set to original, live scores by local musicians. The pie portion of the evening depends on you: it’s a potluck! Share your favorite recipes and discover new taste sensations. Film + music + pie = a truly social media!

We will, of course, let you all know where in the park the Out Astoria Group will be setting up their blankets for the screening (prior to the evening event). We’ll also keep a close eye on the weather forecasts and give everyone plenty of notice should the rain force us to cancel/change the event.  Just make sure you RSVP and check the Facebook Event Page prior to leaving the house – that’ll let you know where we are and if we need to cancel because of bad weather.

SUNDAY – AUGUST 28 – OA FIELD DAY IN ASTORIA PARK – FREE
Astoria Park, Astoria, NY

Join us for some afternoon sun in the park!  Remember how last winter you lamented not spending enough time in the sun while the weather was nice?  Well Out Astoria is providing you with a preemptive solution!

Bring:

A blanket

A bottle of wine

Your dog

A frisbee

Some Cheeze-Its

or just yourself…

Do it in the name of Vitamin D.  Or good people.  Or exercise.  Who cares?  Just do it!

Details on the exact location in the park will come soon – keep an eye on the Facebook Event Page.

TUESDAY – AUGUST 30 – OA WRITING GROUP MEETING – 8PM – OA MEMBERS ONLY

Email us here about the Event.  Email us here with questions about Membership.

If you are an Out Astoria Member and have been looking to get feedback on your poetry, novel, play or screenplay – why not consider joining the Out Astoria Writing Group?

The location for the meeting is not listed here b/c only dues-paying Out Astoria Members are allowed to participate in this activity.  If you’re not already a member, why not become one now?

You’ll also be able to participate in the Out Astoria Writing Group (see below) and get to vote/run in on the Out Astoria Elections for the Steering Committee positions that will be open at the end of this calendar year!  If you have any questions about that feel free to email the OA Elections Committee here.

And while we’ll be getting back into the swing of OA Dinners come this September, all you Out Astorians might like to know two of the places we love are running deals this week – MexiQ is running a two appetizer and a flight of four beer samples for two people for $16 via livingsocial.com this week, and the aforementioned Hell Gate Social is putting up one of the last of their $15 all you can eat BBQ Sundays 3-9PM (come for the food, stick around for the movie that starts in the backyard at sunset – this weekend it’s Jurassic Park)!  It’s one of the best outdoor movie spaces in Astoria (with a bar attached)!

Well that’s all for now!  As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or the general information email if you’re not sure who to contact.

See you soon!