Good evening, peeps - thanks for taking a minute out of your busy day to check out the latest update to info for the upcoming Fire Island Bear Weekend - we're only three months away and if you haven't made your reservations, time to get crackin!
But before I get into all of that - a couple weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of joining FIB weekend producer Shane Tate at a photoshoot with our first Mr. Fire Island Bear, Chris Pagano. Chris is a hot 230 lb muscle bear who exudes masculinity and fun - there's something about him that makes me want to dive in face/tongue first. Here's a butt shot - don't you agree? (and I'm not even an ass man).
Photographer Greg Salvatori clocked in a few great shots early on but we kept on going because, well, why not? Chris was there and semi naked and it was fun to see what we got. And I sort of played art director - I guess I learned a thing or two from all those years in front of the camera. :)
As a side note, if you haven't checked out Greg's newest book BEARDS OF NEW YORK, please give it a look by clicking here for Greg's site.
Anyway, this is the shot that Shane ultimately decided on and I'm sure you'll agree that it's drool worthy (and, fun fact, that cigar is mine - I "lent" it for the shoot - Chris doesn't smoke so I had to smoke it down for him - the sacrifices we make for our art!)
OK, now about the weekend itself that takes place Friday, June 10, Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. You can catch the entire schedule by clicking here, but here are some of the highlights - Fire Island Bear Weekend is pleased to announce that they've secured two amazing DJs - Susan Morabito (one of my all time favorites) and the incomparable Jonny Mack (also one of my faves) for a couple different parties over the weekend. You won't want to miss either and, as Susan only plays very few gigs on the island every summer and in NYC every year, this is a definite treat.
Naturally, as you all remember, I've worked with Jonny many times, having hired him to DJ the last few Bad Boys on the Hudson Sea Teas.
Now, about the contest, which will be held on Saturday, June 11 at Cherrys - we are vigorously looking for contestants - we had six last year and any of them could have won the contest, but all but one signed up on the day of the contest. Do you want to give me a heart attack? No? Then sign up early. My cardiologist thanks you. :) You can go to the Fire Island Bear Weekend site here and click on the tab marked "Mr. Fire Island Bear Contest"
I'm pleased to announce that my co-host this year will be the one and only, you luv her, you've partied with her, yes, Miss Tina Burner will join me to pick the new guy who'll be the face of Fire Island Bear 2017. All I have to say is "Gurrrrl". :) If you don't know Tina (well, Tina Burner anyway), and you live in New York, run don't walk over to Intermezzo for their Sunday brunch. It's loud, it's crazy, but it's worth it for the hilarity of the Burner (wait, does this mean that we feeling the Burn?? I'm OK with that as long as it's not an STD that's 'burning'). Anyway, most likely there'll be inappropriate humor and jokes that are told just way too soon, but it's nice not to be the only one on stage acting out for a change. :)
OK there's probably more to the weekend that I'm missing but it's not like I don't have three full months to flog this party with endless news about additions. Thanks in advance to our sponsors, the Scruff site and the Leatherman. More on the weekend, soon!