With nearly 200 people in attendance, special guest New York State Senator Neil Breslin and the Pride Center’s Queer Youth Chorus helped the Pride Center kick-off Capital Pride 2011 with the annual barbecue at the Pride Center of the Capital Region on Thursday. Immediately following, many made their way to Oh Bar for kick-off Karaoke with A-man and Juan. Friday morning, 10 local college bound seniors were honored as recipients of the Joshua Dunning Powell Scholarship. Last night, ROCKS was packed for their annual Orange Party. All signs indicate that Capital Pride 2011 is in full swing.
There are still a host of events this weekend, so get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, and show your pride.
Saturday, June 4
gayalbanyonline.com Pride Tea Dance – Taste, 30 S. Pearl Street, Albany; 4pm – 8pm – $15
Join GayAlbanyOnline.com on the roofdeck of Taste Restaurant for our second annual Capital Pride Tea Dance! Great music, great food, great friends and amazing views of the Capital Plaza and the Hudson River. This is a Pride Center Fundraiser and tickets may be purchased by contacting gayalbanyonline.com, facebook.com/gayalbany or at Taste Restaurant at 518-694-3322
Sunday, June 5
Pride Mini Golf – Fun Plex, 589 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush; 11am – 3pm – $15
A yearly favorite, this year, Pride Mini-Golf moves to the FunPlex in East Greenbush. Your admission fee gets you a round of minigolf, tickets to two other attractions (Go-carts! Batting Cages! More!) and a free small Lickity Splits Ice Cream Cone. A perfect way to spend a summer day!
Vintage Pride Lunch - FUUSA – 405 Washington Avenue, Albany; 1pm – 3pm – Free
Join the Pride Center of the Capital Region’s Vintage Pride program for LGBT adults 55 and older for a free lunch and special presentation featuring one gay senior’s story about his landmark efforts for marriage recognition in New York State. Please RSVP to Dana LePage at firstname.lastname@example.org or cal 518-462-6138
Pride Tea Dance – ROCKS – 77 Central Avenue, Albany; 4pm – 7pm – Suggested Donation
Come join us at ROCKS for a Back-Deck BBQ featuring Happy Hour drink prices. We will have a DJ spinning all your favorite songs (and requests) to keep you rocking on the dance floor! There is no cover charge to come join the party, but donations will be accepted to help raise money for the Pride Center. There will be a 50/50 raffle and giveaways throughout the day!
Based on a Totally True Story – A Staged Reading – James L. Meader Little Theater, Russell Sage College, Troy; 7pm – $5 Suggested Donation
“Based on a Totally True Story” is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s lightning fast gay romantic comedy for the iPhone generation. For playwright and comic book writer Ethan Keane (Ian LaChance), adapting the play he wrote into a movie starring Nicole Kidman should be the best thing that’s ever happened to him. So why is everything else in his life (his parents, his boyfriend) falling apart around him? Aaron Holbritter directs this hilarious and surprisingly touching fully-staged play reading. Cosponsored by the Theater Institute at Sage. (All proceeds benefit the Pride Center of the Capital Region.)
Be sure to check out the complete Capital Pride 2011 schedule of events HERE and don;t forget the Parade and Festival featuring CeCe Peniston and Shontelle in Washington Park one week from Sunday. See you there!!!