OutRyders is a 250+ member gay ski and snowboard club here in New England. I included a link to their website in my September blog post, Making friends in Boston through local sports teams and clubs, but I wanted to give them another shout out because later this week on Thursday, November 12th they will be hosting their annual Opening Party at Club Cafe, starting at 7:30.
The purpose of the party is to provide a chance to socialize (off the slopes) where members from last year and people who may not be familiar with the organization can share cocktails, chat and learn more about the coming ski / snowboard season. This year the OutRyders will have day trips to ski resorts through out New England as well as a few longer get aways including a trip to Sugarloaf over the holidays (12/27-30), and a trip out West to Telluride (2/21-28/2016).
For more information visit their website at www.outryders.org.
Gus Kenworthy first appeared on my radar during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia when he took the silver medal in Men’s freestyle skiing. However it was his decision to postpone his return to the US following the Olympic Games to help find homes for more than 1,000 stray dogs in Sochi that captured my heart. Today Gus Kenworthy is making news again, but this time because he has come out to the media, confirming he is gay. With every athlete who comes out as gay they help to chip away at stereotypes and challenge assumptions about gay men and their ability to compete in sports. The fact that Gus is handsome and showed a more compassionate side to saving stray dogs is just icing on the cake so to speak.
Kenworthy has a videotaped interview on ESPN where he candidly discusses how he felt the need to hide the fact he was gay, “for the longest time I didn’t think I would tell anybody. I was so scared of what people would think… that way no one would ever have to know this dark side of me.” You can watch the 2-minute video of Gus Kenworthy talking about why he ultimately chose to come out, here.
The Fellows now have details of what looks like a fun trip to Killington, VT January 29-31. The Fellows first Winter Outing includes lodging, entertainment and a host of optional activities all in one easy and pretty affordable package.
- 2 nights at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel
- Transportation assistance (they can help you find a ride)
- Free nightlife entry at Wobbly Barn and Pickle Barrel
- Discounted lift tickets, equipment rentals, and lessons
- SWAG and various goodies to get you through the weekend
- Good company of other men in this gay 30+ social group
If you are interested or would like to learn more, all you have to do is sign up to join The Fellows (there is no cost to join) and visit their event page, Fellows Winter Outing to Killington, VT.
The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into the world’s largest rowing competition that spans two days, drawing more than 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators. The 2015 HOCR takes place this weekend so bundle up since it is unfortunately unseasonably cool and come down to cheer on these athletes.
The organizers have created a great website that includes more information about the races, maps and FAQs. You can learn more by visiting the official HOCR website, www.hocr.org.
The 51st annual Head of the Charles Regatta will take place Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th. Just as Patriot’s Day (a.k.a. the running of the Boston Marathon) is synonymous with spring for Bostonians, the regatta reminds us that it is Autumn. The Head of The Charles is the largest regatta in the world, attracting more than 8,000 rowers and 300, 000+ enthusiasts and onlookers who cheer the athletes every stroke of their race. If you’ve never been or if it has been a few years since you last found yourself at the Head of the Charles, I’d like to encourage you to come down to see what all the fuss is about and to lend your hand and voices to cheer on these athletes – some of whom have traveled from around the world to compete.
More information about the HOCR is available here
Each Wednesday morning I post a photograph that gives me pause. I’ll get you started with a possible caption that hopefully inspires you to share a few of your own in the comments section below.
The Fasano G-String
Presented by CapitalOne 360: you are invited for pre-game festivities from 5:30-8:00 PM at CapitalOne 360, followed by the New England vs. Pittsburg game screening at 8:30 PM at Ink Block’s rooftop pool.
If you are interested, please note you need to RSVP (no cost) here.