If you’ve been reading Camp this summer, you’ll know that several groups have events planned for the fall. September promises to be a great month of activities.
Our cover story and special supplement in this issue focus on the annual Missouri Gay Rodeo Association Show Me State Rodeo. Many of you may remember the years when the rodeo was in the hot and dusty Wyandotte County Fairgrounds. That changed last year when the group took the event to Cleveland, Mo., only 30 minutes south of the metro. This new venue — the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena — has both sun and shade bleachers and a great onsite café, including an air-conditioned lounge. Free buses will be leaving for the rodeo from Missie B’s on Saturday, Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 5. It’s a terrific two days! Bring your friends and family, and let’s rodeo this Labor Day weekend!
And by the way, congratulations to Marty Junkins, owner of Sharp’s, who just won his first rodeo buckle at the Chicago Windy City Rodeo! He can now create his own shelf next to partner Todd Tramp’s library of buckles. But all kidding aside, congratulations to both Marty and Todd. Marty reports that Todd won the number-one prize of All Around Cowboy in August in Chicago.
As part of the rodeo weekend celebration, Missie B’s will be hosting their Honky Tonk Hoedown after the rodeo on Sunday, Sept. 5, beginning at 4 p.m. Dirty Dorothy will be hosting, and they are bringing back the mechanical bull downstairs. As anyone who was there last year knows, the bull is a true challenge to ride, and it’s fun to watch people compete. Missie B’s will also be hosting Country Sundays every Sunday night in the upstairs bar. Buses will be provided to the Labor Day weekend rodeo from Missie B’s all day Saturday and Sunday. You can find the schedule in the rodeo pages in this issue or at Missie B’s.
Another big party at the bar will be owner Michael Burnes’ birthday party on Sept. 6. It’s a great party and a chance to celebrate with Michael and his great staff.
It’s not too late to register for the AIDS Bicycle Challenge and ride in the 10-mile, 30-mile or 50-mile rides on Sept. 12. This year they even have a 2-mile Family Ride along an extension of the Lewis and Clark Trail that anyone can ride or walk. There will also be a picnic and party at Richard Berkley Riverfront Park afterward for participants and non-participants alike (small donation requested from non-participants.) If you haven’t been on an ABC, get on board this year. It’s a terrific event that raises money for the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City. You’ll get hooked! www.aidsbicyclechallenge.org
Corroboree has shaken things up this year by moving the party to a more centralized location in City Market Park. So even though there won’t be tram rides at the Zoo this year, Corroboree in the Park on Sept. 10 promises to be a fabulous evening. SAVE Inc., the host and beneficiary of Corroboree, always plans an evening of wonderful food from area restaurateurs and entertainment, and this year there will be both silent and live auctions. The incredible Dirty Dorothy is the emcee, and two bands will provide some great dance music. SAVE Inc. is a very worthy cause (see story on page 10). For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.corroboreekc.com.
Gay World Series
As of press time, the Heart of America Softball League (HASL) of Kansas City had just returned from Columbus, Ohio, after playing in the Gay World Series. Jim Vann, HASL assistant commissioner in the Open Division, emailed me this message:
“KC’s Heart of America Softball League had 5 teams competing at NAGAAA’s Softball World Series in Columbus, OH. In the B division was KC Wicked, C division had the Barbies and What The Fox, and D division had the Rabid Kittens and KC Flex. Even though we didn’t bring back any trophies this year, every team played their hearts out and were fierce competitors. We look forward to a great season next year and taking some trophies at the Series in Chicago!”
LGBT Bowling Leagues
A longtime supporter of the LGBT community, Mission Bowl in Mission, is once again hosting LGBT bowling leagues. They begin Sept. 10, with events scheduled and Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at noon. Contact Mission Bowl at 913-432-7000 or visit missionbowl.com. Bring in their ad from Camp and they will pay your USBC membership – a $19 value.
For information on other LGBT bowling teams in Kansas, Missouri, and other states, visit www.igbo.org and click on your state.
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City launched a new website in August. As many of you know, the center closed its physical location in 2008 and moved to an online portal to use their limited resources more efficiently. They’re a great group so check out their new site. It’s still developing and promises even more ways to provide information to the LGBTQIA communities. www.lgcckc.org.
Kansas City Pride
Chuck Brackett, president of LGCCKC, just announced that they will be working with Pride this year on events, including OutFest on Oct. 10. We will let you know more information when the groups have more final plans.
The first planning meeting for the 2011 Pride Festival was held Aug. 4 at Spirit of Hope MCC. Amanda Schuster, secretary, shared her notes about the meeting with us. Schuster also announced that she will be leaving her role with Pride this year, and the group invites others to submit their names for this position.
According to Schuster’s report, the Sept. 1 meeting will be the opportunity to nominate committee heads. Pride is also looking to create a development committee. The group will also decide whether the location next year will be Penn Valley Park or Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, whether the festival will be two or three days, and what the theme will be.
Pride still has rally towels, beach towels, key chains, polos and Pride bags available for purchase. The Pride bags were available for free at the festival and now can be purchased for $5 each. The group also reports that it has lots of water, soda, lemonade and Red Bull left over from this year’s festival. Pride is also looking for volunteers to help move boxes from the current storage facility to a new location by Aug. 30.
If you know of anyone who would like to purchase these beverages at a great price for their organization or volunteer to help with the move, contact Rick Bumgardner at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Pride, visit www.gaypridekc.com.
Kristie Stremel’s New CD
Local songwriter/singer/musician Kristie Stremel and her band, Exit 159, have released their newest CD, Color of Stars. It was produced by Lou Whitney and will be available on Aug. 31. Kristie and her band performed at The Record Bar in Kansas City in August, and many of you had the opportunity to see and hear her great band in June at Power the Light with Pride in Kansas City during the Pride Festival. For more information on Kristie Stremel, her upcoming shows or to download the music, visit www.kristiestremel.com.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The group’s next big event, the annual Dinner of Note, marks the official start of HMC’s 25th anniversary season. The entertainer for this black-tie evening is Ann Hampton Callaway, the Tony Award nominee and cabaret legend. Tom Lancaster reports: “Rather than bring in a guest artist to perform at the Dinner of Note, Ann will be doing a mini-concert with HMC before the dinner. So, single tickets for the concert only will be available for $20.”
The full event includes dinner, cocktails and a silent auction, plus a swinging pre-dinner concert by Callaway and the men of HMC.
The event will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The concert is at the Folly Theater; dinner is at the Muehlebach Tower. www.hmckc.org.
The New Theater Season
The Kansas City Repertory and the Unicorn Theatres have announced their 2010-11 series, and they have some outstanding offerings, including some regarding LGBT issues. Starting Sept. 10, the Rep is featuring a great musical with a theme familiar to the viewers of Glee called Saved. They will also be featuring Another American: Asking and Telling, Cabaret and more in their lineup. The Unicorn is featuring [Title of Show>, starting Sept. 18, directed by Missy Koonce, with musical direction by Anthony T. Edwards, and A Very Joan Crawford Christmas, created by Jeff Church and Ron Megee, in December, along with their other great productions. Egads Theatre is wrapping up its 2010 series with Evil Dead: The Musical, starting Oct. 8. For more information on season or individual tickets, visit kcrep.org, unicorntheatre.org and egadstheatre.com. The Rep is also offering a $5 ticket savings to readers of Camp if you text 24587 to order tickets.
KC Friends of Dorothy
The group formerly known as Young Pride has a new name. It’s now called Kansas City Friends of Dorothy. This is a social group for those 18 and over (no age ceiling) who want to become active in the community, support local LGBT-friendly businesses/organizations and have a great time getting to know some awesome people in and around the Kansas City area.
For those who may not know the expression, “friend of Dorothy” was a code name for someone LGBT used during times where it was not quite acceptable and often dangerous to be out. It’s debatable whether the name was formed from Dorothy Parker, the author who was known to have a large crowd of gay men surrounding her for cocktails at the New York Algonquin Hotel, or Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) from The Wizard of Oz. Regardless of your opinion of the source of the name, come out and join KCFoD.
Brian Potter, the founder and leader of KCFoD, has taken down the Young Pride Facebook group page and replaced it with the Kansas City Friends of Dorothy Facebook page.
Here are two events planned:
Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Third Saturday Lunch/Dinner
10551 Mission Rd.
Sept. 29, 6 p.m.
4111 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, Mo.
The group is considering getting together for IrishFest and/or the Labor Day Show Me State Rodeo, but those plans are not final as we go to press. Check their Facebook page for more information on these or future events: KC Friends of Dorothy. They can also be reached by email at: KCFriendsofDorothy@gmail.com.
Unity Village’s Fountain Celebration
The Unity Congregation is an open an affirming place to many in the LGBT community. Their headquarters, Unity
Village, will be hosting a free public event to unveil Kansas City’s largest fountain, stretching longer than a football field and truly spectacular, as part of the $3.1 million central courtyard restoration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. Guests will enjoy live entertainment from Kansas City jazz legend Tim Whitmer, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a live concert from Broadway entertainer Rosena Hill and Unity of New York’s inspiring musical ensemble, Spiritus. Unity Village, the world headquarters of Unity, is located at M-350 Highway and Colbern Road (1901 NW Blue Parkway), near Lee’s Summit, Mo. For more information, visit www.unity.org. The event is free and open to the public.