In the summer by Nizar Qabbani

walking on the beachWith the start of Summer season in the US starting today – the start of Memorial Day Weekend – I wanted to share this poem which I post each summer.

In the Summer was written by a Syrian named Nizar Qabbani. Its slightly melancholic message makes it all the more romantic, which is pretty impressive considering the entire poem is less than 40 words.

Furry Friday

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BosGuy brain teaser

riddle, exercise for your brain

Each Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain. If you are stumped, share it with a friend or colleague and see if you can figure out the answer together.

I’ll confirm answers in the afternoon so don’t worry if you don’t see your comment posted right away. I want to give everyone a chance to guess.

This week’s brain teaser: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I? 

Like riddles? Check out past week’s brain teasers.

What to do this weekend: Memorial Day Weekend

Lots happening Memorial Day Weekend.  This weekend marks the start of the the 2019 Summer season (New England’s briefest of seasons) so make the most of it. No plans yet?

Check out my list of events, parties and programs for this upcoming weekend and make plans with your friends. 

Women’s Weekend is Memorial Day Weekend in Ptown with parties and events catering to lesbians and their friends

Tea Dance at the Boatslip starts at 4PM each Friday in Provincetown – start your weekend off with some great music, views of Ptown harbor and a cold drink

Memorial Day Weekend in OGT all weekend long there will be parties up in Ogunquit – look to Mainestreet for tea dances, late night dancing and entertainment including the return of the Dueling Drag Divas and Lee Squared – An Evening with Liberace and Miss Peggy Lee

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville

FASCINATION Friday is a monthly gear/ fetish/ kink night at Jacques the 1st and 4th Friday of the month in Boston

Casual Fridays is a weekly dance party with no cover featuring DJ Begbick at the Alley Bar in DTX

FO-MO Fridays are every Friday at Blend in Dorchester – doors open at 10PM

XO Friday is the weekly dance party hosted by DJ Stevie Psyclone (no cover before 11PM) at Club Cafe every Friday

Drag Bingo at The Paramount is on Saturday starting at 2:30PM Mackenzie Miller and Austin Tyler – this is a PBG fundraiser $25 for six rounds in Ptown

So Hot Saturdaes: Decades Party! bring your friends for a fun night out with great music and no cover at Blend (formerly Peggy’s) in Dorchester

Video Night Tracks every Saturday night join VJ Ryan Grow at Cathedral Station starting at 9:30PM

The Donkey Show is the ultimate disco experience is a story inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream each Saturday at Club Oberon in Cambridge.

Grunt is a weekly dance party with no cover for burly men and their admirers, starting at 10PM at the Alley Bar in DTX

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DONT ASK DONT TELL: Superqueero ft. Vince Chic this month’s party pays tribute to superheroes – creative attire encouraged at Great Scott in Allston on Saturday when the doors open at 10PM

UNITE Saturdays is a weekly dance party at Club Cafe with DJ Susan Esthera (no cover before 11PM) in Boston

SoWa Open Market SoWa Open Market is now open every Sunday from 10AM – 4PM through the end of October in Boston

Brunch baes: drag brunch is at Club Cafe this Sunday from 11AM – 3PM (show starts at 12PM)

Queer and Trans Figure Drawing starts at 2PM every 4th Sunday of the month at the Dorchester Art Project (click the link for more details)

COLESLAW Takes Over *SIP* Memorial Day Weekend this Sunday starting at 6PM at Jacques

Sunday Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 6PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Karaoke at the Alley is every Sunday starting at 8PM in Boston

Military Ball 2019 with DJ Paulo is at Mainestreet Bar in Ogunquit on Sunday – doors open at 10PM

Pajama Party is a weekly dance party hosted every Sunday starting at 10PM at Machine in Boston

Hot Mess Sundays at Candibar in the Theater District is every Sunday starting at 10PM in Boston

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.

Boston Chops: Sips with a Somm Wine Class

Earlier this month Boston Chops South End restaurant hosted the first of four wine classes hosted by Nick Daddona, Boston Chops beverage director and his wife Lauren Collins who was the wine director at L’Espalier. Both treated us with their knowledge and anecdotes about the regions and wines we tried.

No prior knowledge of wines is required for this tasting, and this makes for a great gift for anyone you may know who enjoys wine. Although the first tasting has already passed, note the upcoming dates and make your reservations today.  Monthly classes are $39 per person and begin at 4:00 PM.

Upcoming Sips with a Somm Wine Classes
Saturday, June 8 – Champagne & Sparkling Wines
Saturday, August 10 – Rosé All Day
Saturday, September 14 – For The Love of Pinot

If you’d like to learn more or to reserve a seat at the next Sips with a Somm – Wine Class call 617.227.5011.

Pilot program for marijuana cafes in Massachusetts

Yes on 4, legalize pot in MassachusettsProvincetown named as one of five potential communities to pilot cafes

Last week Boston.com shared a story on how Massachusetts state regulators are now starting to focus on licensing “consumption establishments” so they can open for business in the state. Referred to as cannabis cafes or marijuana lounges, social consumption establishments are just what they sound like. But of course since this is Massachusetts this will likely take time as regulators discuss and debate how to proceed before a cafe is licensed to open.

A pilot program is being evaluated and will be capped at a maximum of 12 communities, beginning with the five — Amherst, North Adams, Provincetown, Somerville, and Springfield — that participated in the working group, if they choose to opt in. At the moment, regulators are suggesting two types of licenses under the proposed pilot: Primary-use licenses, like cannabis cafes, and event host licenses for public events where marijuana could be consumed, like a concert or festival. At the moment indoor smoking would be prohibited due to the statewide ban on indoor smoking but the proposed pilot program would let event hosts could allow smoking in a designated outdoor area and vaping could be allowed indoors with proper ventilation.

You can read the full article on Boston.com, here.

Vintage gay

soldiers kissing

Above is a photo of two men enjoying what looks like a fairly passionate kiss and embrace. I’m going to guess this was taken in the 1940s, but honestly have no idea. Anyone else think they know when this photo might have been taken?

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

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