Tuesday, March 14, 2006

A night in Baltimore

This past Saturday a bunch of us Philadelphians went down to Baltimore (which I've haven't been since one of my sisters went to Towson State back in the late late 80s/early 90s), where we had a joint barnight with our sister club to the south, C.O.M.M.A.N.D. MC, at the Baltimore Eagle. This would be my first event attending as a full member of the Philadelphians. A couple of club brothers picked me up that afternoon for the drive down to Charm City. A couple of guys from COMMAND were very nice to let us stay at their place for the night, which was in the northern suburban part of the city. First there was cocktails and dinner at another COMMAND member's place, then it was off to the city's leather bar, the Baltimore Eagle.

First time I've been to the Eagle. It's on the corner of North Charles Street and 21st Street, but you have to enter it through the door on the the 21st side. It's mainly a narrow but very long bar with a somewhat black and metallic decor, with on its side a couple of smaller pool rooms, an outside area to catch a smoke or some fresh air, and a spacious leather and video shop. Everyone there was having a blast with jello shots being bought and consumed like candy, $1 Yuenglings, 50/50 raffles, and a lot of talking, cruising, and shooting pool. At the end of the night over $500 was raised for Brother Help Thyself, a Baltimore/Washington DC non-profit foundation that funds various GLBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations in the area.

Sunday a bunch of us got together for brunch at Tyson Place on West Chase Street in the Mount Vernon section. There we went to the backroom bar to eat and gab and put some money in the jukebox. After that we went to the Lambda Rising bookstore which was a couple of stores down the block, and looked around the bookshelves for a while. (I got the latest issue of Out magazine, which had Madonna on the cover.) Then it was time to go back home.

BTW there was no sightings of John Waters, but Lambda Rising did have a nice little display of some of his work, with some pink flamingos thrown in as well.

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