Columbia, Maryland Gets Its First Drag Show

Author: , November 1st, 2014

Anastacia Amor -Photo by Steve Weiner Photography

For a number of years, drag shows have been one of the popular entertainment features at PW’s Sports Bar in North Laurel–Howard County’s only gay bar. Many of these shows are held in conjunction with charitable events and causes in which PW’s participates.

Now some of the drag acts will travel up the road to Columbia where they will perform in a straight bar named Second Chance Saloon in the village of Oakland Mills. When the performers hit the stage on Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. it will mark the first time a public drag show takes place in the city of Columbia.

Titled “Sugar, Spice and a Little Something Nice,” the event will be hosted by Anastacia Amor, a well-known drag performer at PWs. Co-hosting the show will be Shawnna Alexander. In addition, local performers Ariyanna Myst, Onyx D’ Pearl and Krystal Nova will entertain.

By Anastacia Amor – Full Story at The Washington Blade | Maryland Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Steve Weiner Photography

Columbia, South Carolina is Famously Hot

Author: , February 4th, 2014

Charleston, South Carolina

(Source:Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau/Brett Flashnick)

South Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations include Charleston’s Historic District and Myrtle Beach. But now its capital city Columbia is redoubling efforts to attract visitors as it markets itself as “Famously Hot.”

Columbia has been best-known for years simply as the seat of state government and home to the University of South Carolina, said Kim Jamieson, spokeswoman for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism.

“We are trying to change that mindset that people have about Columbia,” Jamieson said. “It’s a challenge but it’s exciting to be able to change that perception.” She said things began changing a few years ago. Today there’s a marketing approach promoting the region as “Famously Hot,” which Columbia summers certainly are, away from the state’s cool mountain regions and beach sea breezes.

Authored By Bruce Smith – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Colombia: The New Gay Travel Hot Spot?

Author: , April 25th, 2010

Until recently, the closest I’d come to Colombia was Panama, when just six years ago I asked my guide about the possibility of venturing beyond the nearby Colombian border. “What, are you crazy?” snapped back said guide. “You have a choice: We can do that, or we can stay in Panama and stay alive.”

We stayed in Panama. And for me, as for most people outside its frontiers, Colombia would long remain a rather scary mystery. Thankfully, since the mid-aughts or so, the often dangerous internal struggles that for decades so gripped Colombia have been on the wane. Colombia’s tourism drought has finally eased, revealing surprises and delights for modern visitors.

Among the shockers: a relatively strong gay scene and a downright progressive set of homosexual-rights laws that are helping to lure American LGBT tourists to this warm, gorgeous and culturally rich land in ever-growing numbers. Of course the shopping and beaches help, as do the exploding arts and fashion scenes and the country’s close proximity to the United States (just three hours from Miami).

Full Story from The Miami Herald

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