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!

 

Your Source for Queens Pride!

The month of Pride is upon us and as before we start out with our pre-pride festivities leading up to the big day on June 5 in Queens – we’ll start out with a lesser celebrated area of gay pride and that’s the role of the volunteer!  Currently Out Astoria is looking for a few members to help with weekly food deliveries to the emergency shelter for LGBT youth in Astoria (especially if you have a car, or access to one).  If you’d like to get involved, please contact Out Astoria President, Brent Gallenberger via facebook or e-mail.

THURS – JUNE 2 – OUT ASTORIA & QUEENS PRIDE (PRE-PRIDE) KICK-OFF PARTY AT STUDIO SQUARE– 7-11PM – FREE!

35-33 36 Street, Astoria, NY – 718-383-1001

We’re going to kick off the month of Pride right!  On Thursday, June 2, Out Astoria will be partnering with our big sister organization the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee at everyone’s favorite swanky Astoria beer garden Studio Square!

Every Out Astorian is invited to this dual mixer from our two organizations – and there is NO COVER!

From 7-8 PM there’ll be $2 drink specials – and DJ/Music from 7-11 PM.

21 & Over only, they will need to see ID before they let you in.

It may be a school night but you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to meet and greet our friends and gaybors from the next big neighborhood over!

SUN – JUNE 5 – QUEENS PRIDE 2011 – PARADE AND FESTIVAL – 12-6PM – FREE!

Jackson Heights, NY – Map & Details

The Parade

The parade kicks off at Noon. There is a Reviewing Stand on the parade route where our hosts will announce the groups and the judges will cast their votes on parade participants to win the “Queenie Awards”. The parade starts at 85th Street and 37th Avenue, and goes down 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street. Come be a part of this historic event on Sunday, June 5th 2011.

The Festival

The Multicutural Festival begins at Noon and ends at 6:00PM. The Multicultural Festival is on 37th Road and stretches from 73rd Street to 77th Street.

The Stage

Right smack in the middle of it all is the Main Stage featuring rally speakers, community group performances and fabulous talent. The Main Stage starts at 1:30PM and the last act ends at 6:00PM.  Our own Sunday Morning Mimosa will be performing and hosting the Main stage from 1:30 to 3:30PM!

You can also visit the Atlantis Stage run by Club Atlantis at the intersection of 77th Street and 37th Road.

SUN – JUNE 5 – 2011 QUEENS PRIDE BAREFOOT BRUNCH AT NOVO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE – 11AM – 4PM

78-23 37 Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY – 718-426-7272

If the heat of the parade and festival is too much for you, swing by Novo Restaurant and Lounge on the parade route and refresh yourself in air conditioning with a Barefoot Mimosa!  Portions of proceeds from champagne drinks from Barefoot Wines will benefit Queens Pride!

And don’t forget next week:

WED – JUNE 8 – OUT ASTORIA JUNE DINNER AT ASTOR BAKE SHOP – 7-9PM

12-23 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY – 718-606-8439

Please join Out Astoria for dinner and/or dessert at the oasis of west Astoria that is the beautiful Astor Bake Shop. Browse their menu beforehand. We’ve heard the red velvet cake is a must-order item. We hope to see you at our first dinner there!