It’s another full month for Out Astoria in October – so lets get right down to it, shall we?
Now that the hurricane is over and we’re all starting to get back to the normal swing of things, we can give you the run-down of Out Astoria September Events!
30-09 34 Street, Astoria, NY - 718-777-2570
Join us tonight for a fantastic dinner at Sweet Afton! We’ll be enjoying great company in the picturesque back patio (but in case of any rogue thunderstorms tonight, we’ll take refuge in the spacious interior).
Sweet Afton is mostly known for being the happy hour location of many – and all their fantastic reviews in various citywide mags, papers, and blogs have helped establish it as such – but most people don’t even know about their famous mac & cheese, or their Sweet Afton Burger, not to mention the fantastic fried pickles beloved by many of their regular patrons! Their menu is modestly priced and we’re sure you’ll find something for your taste, but please make sure you accurately RSVP so we can tell the manager how many seats we’ll need tonight!
40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY - 347-642-4840
As we bid summer 2011 a fond adieu, you can come raise a class with the rest of your Queerstorians at our September Mixer at Mix Lounge! It’ll be a night of new friends and not-so-new friends. We’re offering an open well bar from 8-9pm with a $5 for OA Sponsor Members and $10 for non-members. Come for the open bar, stay for the late shenanigans that always play out later on!
TUES – SEPT 27 – OA BOOK CLUB MEETING – 7:30PM – FREE FOR OA MEMBERS
This month the Out Astoria Book Club will be meeting to discuss E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View. We’ve decided to go a more classical route this month and there’s also the added benefit of this book being free for most (if not all) e-readers (as well as being easily found at any used book store). You might even find a copy at Seaborne’s Book Store on Broadway in Astoria if you happen to be walking by! So come to the meeting and bring some wine/beer and/or maybe a snack to share with the group and talk about Forster’s loving tribute to a British society we don’t much see anymore…propriety notwithstanding. 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!
You’ll also be able to get to vote/run in 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.
See you at dinner!
So we’re not quite sure how it happened, but the coming week is chock-full of Out Astoria events/activities! So clear your calendar and come to all of them or pick an event you haven’t yet tried, like our second-ever OA Game Night!
Of course we need to plug the Out Astoria Sponsor membership again here – even if you haven’t read the letter from our founders we sent out a few weeks back, we’re still running our sponsor membership drive (leading up to sponsor members getting into the next mixer for free, and receiving discounted admission to our holiday party in December). Also, in a few days our acting President will be circulating information about election to the Out Astoria Steering Committee–how to submit your name for candidacy, dates/deadlines prior to and during the election, etc. Keep an eye out for it in the next few days – but remember, only Out Astoria Sponsor Members will be allowed to run/vote on the Steering Committee!
You’ll be able to sign up for membership at all three Out Astoria events listed below!
24-14 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY – 718-956-8742
Game Night is Back!
Join your fellow gay gamers at Waltz-Astoria this Sunday at 4PM for Out Astoria’s second-ever game night! We’ll have a fun selection of games to choose from and a good group of Astoria gays to play with! If you can’t make it at 4pm just come by later on – we’ll be swapping out teams and games at regular intervals too!
Waltz-Astoria is a unique performance space and artistic-minded wine/desert bar located on Ditmars Boulevard. They have a lot of great snacks and drinks for us to enjoy while we play!
WED – NOV 17 - Out Astoria November Dinner at MexiQ – 7-9PM
37-11 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-626-0333
With the weather turning cold, what better way to warm up than joining your gaybor’s at one of Astoria’s hottest new places? Join us for Out Astoria’s November dinner at MexiQ! To mark the occasion, MexiQ is extending its happy hour until 9pm just for those who attend our dinner!
Why Leave Astoria calls MexiQ “smokin’ delicious” with a menu that’s moderately priced and with $5 margaritas, $3 for half liters of beer, and other beer specials all night, even those on “liquid diets” will want to join us for this dinner. MexiQ will also offer a free pitcher of margaritas for each table, but make sure you’re seated by 7:15 PM before they’re all gone!
40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 347-642-4840
After this mixer, for a lot of us, we’ll be scattering to the four winds to meet up with our biological families to behave nicely for a time, and then start arguments over the gravy and stuffing. So before we head out, come over to Out Astoria’s November/Pre-Turkey Mixer at Mix Cafe + Lounge and spend some quality time with your chosen family in the big bad city!
$5 cover at the door will get you an hour (8-9PM) open bar (well drinks/beer/wine) but 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 hanging out there until late!
For those who have already registered for an Out Astoria Sponsor Membership – you will not be charged for this mixer! Just let us know at the door that you registered and we’ll give you your membership card! Or, just take a moment to register your membership now! You can pay the $10 yearly dues via paypal or in person at the mixer when you collect your membership card!
Have a great weekend! If we don’t see you at all of the events, we’ll at least catch you at one of them!
The temperature is starting to drop at night, the heat is kicking on our buildings in the morning, and pretty soon we’ll all be wearing coats to go anywhere outside our apartments and unpacking all the sweaters and hoodies we locked up for the warm weather months. Welcome to full-on autumn!
WED – OCT 20 – OA OCTOBER DINNER AT ZUZIES – 7PM-9PM – $25 prix-fixe
The fabulous people who run Zuzies inside Mix Cafe & Lounge have agreed to put together a little prix fixe dinner offer for Out Astoria attendees: For $25 (not including tax/tip) you can get an appetizer, entrée, dessert and one drink!
We know that even though the recession is officially over, we’re all still feeling the pinch–and we thought that some of our members might be more inclined to come out for a group dinner if you knew there was a set deal to work into your weekly meal budget.
Of course if you’re keeping things light for yourself, you’re also free to order a la cart from Zuzies scrumptious full menu!
See you at dinner! And please, try to RSVP ahead of time and let us know if you’re coming – we want to make sure we have enough tables reserved!
Come to Sissy McGinty’s on Friday, October 29th! Your $5 cover at the door gets you an hour of FREE well rum and vodka cocktails as well as three draft beers: Bud Lite, Goose Island IPA, and Jaw Jacker Pumpkin Ale. There will be drink specials after 9pm and the fun will continue until late in the night!
AND, because inequality is scary, Out Astoria will donate all proceeds from this event to Marriage Equality New York. Founded in 1998, MENY is the oldest organization in the state of New York to advocate full and equal marriage for same-sex couples. For more information, check out their website.
The cover is only $5 but we are happy to accept additional donations to MENY–checks should be made out to Marriage Equality New York.
Costumes are not required, but feel free to dress up, because afterwards there’s always:
Help us raise money for this important cause. A night full of great music supplied by DJ Ody Roc, open bar, raffle prizes, food and dancing in one of Studio Square‘s private party rooms! Tickets are $50 with $20 from each ticket going directly to The Trevor Project.
Out Astoria is helping to promote this party for a great cause! For tickets or information please email Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 656-7218 for more details.
Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News
Mixer at Lavish Lounge, 27 Nov, 8pm-11pm – 34-04 36th Avenue – FREE – Lavish Website
Dinner at JJ’s Asian Fusion, 9 Dec, 7pm-9pm – 37-05 31st Avenue – JJ’s Asian Fusion Website
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SAVE THE DATE
Out in Astoria Holiday Party, 18 Dec, 8pm-11pm – TBA
Other Events of Interest
Ali Forney Center and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island LGBT Shelter Opening in Astoria, 23 Nov 2009, 6:30pm, 4609 31st Ave
This new shelter program is a partnership between AFC and the Episcopal Community Services of Long Island (ECS). ECS and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island put over $200K into renovating the space to enable AFC to offer safe and dignified shelter at the site. The opening ceremony will celebrate the kindness and generosity that ECS and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island have shown to the LGBT community through this gesture, as well as AFC’s accomplishments in protecting and serving homeless LGBT youth. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
“Carmen’s Place”, Documentary Screening at Queens International Film Festival 13 Nov 2009, 1:30pm at Holiday Inn Manhattan View, 39-05 29th St
More details available at the Documentary’s Website.