Silver series: A Halloween Evening with John Astin – Oct 31

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

It’s going to be a creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, an altogether enchanting Halloween night when you spend it with Silver CenterGomez Addams, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Kurt Weill, Thomas Wolfe, E.E. Cummings, Ezra Pound and the usual suspects–also known as John Astin http://glynnhouse.com/events/.  He’ll touch on the dark side of the human psyche as explored by some of his favorite authors for a chilling evening of theater.  Then, he’ll take you to the lighter side as he shares clips and stories from one of TVs most beloved comedies, The Addams Family.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

How to Visit Morocco as a Gay Man

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

Morocco - Google MapsI can only feel sympathy and solidarity with Ray Cole and his partner (Report, 17 October). It must have been a horrific and frightening experience. But as an openly gay man who has travelled more than 20 times to Morocco in the last decade (often with my partner), it seems useful to make some things clear to other lesbian and gay travellers.

1) Male homosexuality is, theoretically, illegal in Morocco. However, the law is not imposed frequently.

2) Homosexuality is an accepted part of Moroccan culture and has been for centuries. Most ordinary people are not hostile if you respect local customs (discretion, not pursuing underage boys etc). In addition, extreme Islamism is very rare in Morocco.

3) The whole state apparatus in Morocco has problems with corruption. This means that officials, including police, can act for personal motives – of power, money or religion – without much regard for legal niceties.

I have mostly found warm and open acceptance from ordinary Moroccan people as a gay man. Indeed, sometimes I have been pleasantly surprised: such as when the Moroccan-owned riad where we stay upgraded us to the best suite of rooms for free, on hearing that we had just had a civil partnership.

So, I think the best advice is to be streetwise: bear in mind you are in a Muslim country where homosexuality is, at least in theory, illegal.

By Patrick Baker – Full Story at The Guardian | Morocco Gay Travel Resources

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First Appalachian Queer Film Festival Debuts Tomorrow

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

Appalachian Queer Film FestivalHoping to both quash stereotypes and introduce the public to the pulse and talent of local queer artists, the Appalachian Queer Film Festival is set to premiere Wednesday, Oct. 23 and conclude three days later. The event, which will be hosted in the self-described artistic colony of Lewisburg, W. Va., will screen 12 films of varying narrative forms along with panel discussions and a dance party on Saturday night.

The festival is the byproduct of two men, Tim Ward and John Matthews, who shared a dream of introducing the region to the culture of the LGBTQ experience, a culture that has a surprising amount in common with that of Appalachia. Ward, a native of Huntington, W. Va., recalls how the experiences of his youth helped shape the narrative that would propel him to this moment in time.

“As a gay kid from Huntington, I never had the opportunity to see myself reflected on screen,” Ward said. “That’s why starting this film festival was important to me. I wanted to give folks like myself the chance to see people just like them on screen without having to drive out of state.”

Full Story at LGBT Weekly | West Virginia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Under the Streetlamp: Nov 2

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group with a top PBS special, performs an electrifying evening of classic GH autumn exterior 411hits from the American radio songbook. Critics have called Under the Streetlamp http://glynnhouse.com/events “a sure-fire sellout!”  All the songs are delivered in the inimitable Under the Streetlamp style, with tight harmonies and slick dance moves that will take you back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars, and martini shakers.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

The Top Ten Gay Friendly Travel Destinations Worldwide

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

In an extract from Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2015′, Chris Zeiher makes his selection.

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark

Denmark may be the home of Lego and at the forefront of New Nordic Cuisine, but importantly it made history in 1998 by becoming the first nation in the world to recognise registered same-sex partnerships. And at Denmark’s heart is the relaxed beauty of its compact cobblestoned capital, Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is home to Europe’s oldest openly gay bar, Centralhjornet, whose origins date back to the 1950s; as well as the hip and super-cool district of Vesterbro, which also happens to be the city’s red-light district. One of the most tolerant and open communities in Europe, Copenhagen’s functional yet edgy fashion scene, brilliant array of cocktail bars, excellent range of gay-friendly boutique accommodation and packed calendar of queer events make it the gay-friendliest place on Earth.

At 105.6m, City Hall Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen and provides some of the best views of the cobblestoned city. In 2014, the adjoining square was named the “Rainbow Square” in recognition of the quest for equal rights (visitcopenhagen.com).

By Chris Zeiher – Full Story at The Independent

The Magic of London

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

London Street Art - Adam GroffmanLondon, one of my favorite cities in the world. I lived there briefly in 2006 and these days, living in Europe, I visit it frequently. And even with all the time I’ve spent in London, I’m still enchanted by its magic. It’s not only the historical and cultural relevance of the city, but maybe more charming? The daily life. No matter where you are, London comes to you. In the news about royal babies, economic crisis, in the dark avenues filled with Sherlock Holmes’ adventures and even in the post-apocalyptic scenarios of movies like 28 Days Later. (Yes, zombies love London too! Scary, but smart!)

My last trip was already several months ago, but I remember why I love London so much. It’s the rhythm of the automatized wandering in the Tube, the smells of the Indian restaurants on Brick Lane, the relaxing atmosphere of walking along the Thames. I’ve done lots of things in London, from visiting the Globe Theater and enjoying both comedies and tragedies of William Shakespeare.

I’ve seen one of the best musicals: Wicked! And I would see it again and again and again. And again! I love to get lost in London’s museums (most of them work with donations) and I’ve been lucky to spend hours admiring paintings from Rothko to ancient pieces recovered (or stolen) from faraway places.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: The Magic of London.

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Ralphie May: Nov 2

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Ralphie May http://glynnhouse.com/events has released, a record-setting, four one-hour Palace Theatrecomedy specials and will be releasing two more this year, proving that his relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. In addition, he recently released a vintage comedy album recorded in Houston in 1998. Lovable enough to get away with anything, Ralphie continues to capture the hearts of thousands on his sold out tours and promises to make you gleefully uncomfortable.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World: Hermann, Missouri: A Very Interesting Town, Part Two

Author: , October 21st, 2014
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Hermann, Mo. has several wineries in the area. Here is some very important history on Hermann and the wineries:

Hermann BarrelsIn 1837 a band of German settlers from Philadelphia arrived at the site of their new colony expecting a land of milk and honey. Instead, they stepped off the last steamboat of the season into a howling wilderness. Inspired by the tangles of wild vines that covered the craggy hillsides, the resourceful Germans planted grapes and began making wine.

This golden era came to an abrupt and bitter end in 1919 with passage of the Volstead Act. Prohibition was an unmitigated disaster for Hermann, which like the rest of Missouri felt the full fury of the temperance movement. Hatchet-wielding Carry Nation was from neighboring Kansas, where Civil War animosity still ran high. Local lore has it that the streets ran red as wine barrels were emptied and then destroyed. Even the vineyards were uprooted. A renaissance began in 1965 when Stone Hill Winery reopened 30 years after the repeal of Prohibition. Today, Missouri is home to dozens of wineries.

Hermannhof WineryOur favorite wineries were Hermannhof Winery, Stone Hill Winery and OakGlenn Winery. Hermannhof Winery, www.hermannhof.com is the only winery located in historic downtown near museums, shops, restaurants and is just one block from the Amtrak station. Their ten stone cellars and charming brick superstructure are among the 100 early Hermann buildings placed on the National Register of Historic places.

All of the cellars are still utilized in wine production of it’s own estate wines. Here the wine continues to improve with age until it is dispatched to bring joy to connoisseurs. Paul LeRoy is the General Manager and does a splendid job. He knows the wine-making process from start to finish. They offer wine tours and tasting daily and also have live entertainment in their back patio with dining options.

Stone Hill WineryStone Hill Winery, www.stonehillwinery.com. Stone Hill Winery in Hermann is one of Missouri’s top tourist attractions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With a commanding view of the town, the 13 acre complex consists of the stately main building built in 1869, inviting gift shop, 165-year-old arched underground cellars, a fine restaurant and state-of-the-art production facilities that produce over 260,000 gallons of wine.

Dave Johnson is the Senior Winemaker. If at all possible have him as your guide for their wine tours. He is extremely knowledgeable about wine. Nick Pehle is the Vineyard Manager who is extremely professional and knows everything about the vineyards. His wife, Stephanie is the Director of Marketing for Stone Hill.

We had dinner one evening with them at the Vintage 1847 Restaurant which is steps away from the Winery and is part of Stone Hill. It is fine dining at it’s best. They have a wonderful selection of German entrees and their Black Forest cake, German Chocolate pie and Apple Strudel for dessert was to die for! But the best treat was dining with Nick and Stephanie who are a very charming, interesting and fun couple.

Oak GlennOakGlenn Winery, www.oakglenn.com OakGlenn Vineyards & Winery is situated high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. One of the first things you’ll encounter when visiting them is the breathtaking views of the river valley. It is called, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Live entertainment is featured on their outdoor patio or stage most Saturday and Sunday evenings starting in May and running through November. Oktoberfest concert events take place every weekend in October. Owners Carol and Glenn Warnebold are there everyday making sure that everyone has a great time.

A couple of other wineries to visit are the Adam Puchta Winery, www.adampuchtawine.com and the Robller Winery, www.robllerwines.com. All of the wineries offer wine tours, wine tasting and on site food. They are open daily and all year long.

For a special treat, take the Hermann Wine Trail, which is produced by Patty Held. Check them out at www.hermannwinetrail.com.

For a very special dining experience in Hermann, be SURE and dine at least once at THE COTTAGE Restaurant and Studio, www.cottagerestauranthermann.com.

Cheese and WineThey are located a couple of miles south of downtown and certainly well worth the trip. They feature fresh, homemade food with local wines and beer. Nestled on a bluff just outside the quaint town of Hermann, The Cottage Restaurant and Studio offers a retreat “away from it all.” Sit inside surrounded by works of local artists or relax outside surrounded by the beauty of nature. They make almost everything from scratch–sauces, soups, dressings, desserts, entrees – and prepare everything there on the premises. They serve lunch 11 to 2 and dinner 5 to 8 and have a marvelous Sunday Brunch from 8:30 to 2. Mary Brennell is the owner and a real jewel as are the entire staff, especially our server Chris.

The Inn at Hermannhof in downtown Hermann, www.innathermannhof.com has about a dozen places for weddings, reunions, corporate events. Be sure and visit the Tin Mill Brewery, www.tinmillbrewery.com for wonderful beer and the best Pizza in the entire Midwest. Their Midnight Whistle beer which is a full-bodied dark beer with a malty aroma and a well-balanced blend of roasted malts and hops, we think is the best in the country.

The Tin Mill Restaurant across the street is a must for dining while you are in Hermann. Wonderful food in a very historical setting, it is the perfect place to dine. Chef John prepares the finest of entrees. We had dinner there one evening for a very special dinner party and it was very special with the fun and interesting dinner companions from the Inn of the Hermannhof.

A special thank you to Julee Baldridge for her assistance while we were visiting Hermann.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Phuket Pride Coming 10/21/14

Author: , October 21st, 2014

Phuket PrideOn 19th October 2014 – 6 months before the week begins, The Phuket Loves You Club (PLU) officially launched Phuket Pride week 2015. Although the dates have been published since the end of Pride week 2014, the PLU have now launched two web banners and announced the 2015 theme ‘Freedom to Live’ the full explanation is shown on their web site which contains the following extracts:

“In Thailand, individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) experience many daily challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. They are often labelled as being promiscuous, self-indulgent and deserving of little respect.

So we hope that during Phuket Pride week 2015, all LGBT residents and tourists of Phuket can come and celebrate their right to live their lives as they wish and to be proud of being who they were born to be. We also invite our ‘Straight’ friends to join us in the week’s events; together we will break down these barriers and thus have more freedom to live in harmony with the rest of the community in Phuket and Thailand.

HIV infection in Phuket is at a very high level, Over the past 3 years, PLU Club has organised Phuket Pride week and raised over 600,000 baht, much of which has been have be spent on helping people with HIV, providing free condoms, providing free HIV testing and providing information on HIV. With knowledge, free access to condoms and testing, we are addressing another side of the Freedom To Live”

The week will be 7 days of fun celebrations, including Pool Parties, Sports events, Day trips, A Gala Dinner, Beach party, Grand Auction and other fund raising events around Phuket. The week’s final programme will be announced in early March 2015.
For information on how to get involved in the PLU and Phuket Pride as a volunteer or sponsor, please email: info@phuket-pride.com.

For up-to-date information about PLU activities and view our Pride 2014 photo gallery visit our web site: www.phuket-pride.org

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Murder Dinner Theatre at the Castle: Oct 31 – Nov 1

Author: , October 21st, 2014

A masquerade is the perfect place for mistaken identity – therefore, the perfect place to commit a murder! Come help solve the Castle of the Clouds“who-done-it” in this hysterically funny show featuring plenty of drinking, dancing and death!  This Murder Mystery Dinner Theater http://glynnhouse.com/events transports you to a classic Halloween Masquerade where faces, and perhaps foul intentions, are hidden from view.  Come dressed for the occasion if you so desire and don’t forget your mask!

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activ