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Leather Jackets

Welcome To The Dark Side


Gay Men and Lesbians’ Enduring Friendships

Waterfront LIVING

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the Leather Jacket by Henry Levine • Welcome to the dark side


Urban WAterfront Homes by Frank Celeste • Boston’s amazing waterfront homes


Friends by Elizabeth Gromley • Gay men and Lesbians’ enduring friendships


The Dog Whisperer of Photography Photographer Dana Berenson shares her images of our favorite pets




Not Your Average April For Joe in Provincetown by Joe Manghise • A freelance writer’s unique Ptown vacation



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Straight Actors who play gay characters


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Funerals To Die For

A White event to remember by Sharon Levine • Skiing with our community Setting Up Shop In The Suburbs by Desiree Aselbekian • The trials of opening an adult boutique. Choosing A Function Venue by Henry Levine • The right place for your gay or lesbian wedding

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straight Actors IN Gay Roles by Mark Adams Years ago, it would have been career suicide for a straight actor to play gay in a mainstream movie. Now, the casting directors think nothing of putting a macho guy into the “gay life”. Just when did it become acceptable? Hard to say. Conversely, gay men and lesbians have been playing it straight in movies since the first time a director shouted “it’s a wrap.” In 1944’s “Laura” Clifton Webb, himself a very gay man (he lived with his mother in his 50’s, for heaven’s sake!), actually played a straight man who we were expected to believe was in love with the gorgeous Gene Tierney (a female, for those uneducated). Or Claude Raines as a “sissy prince” in 1938’s colorful “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” The first straight man to play gay is the noted actor Lawrence Luckinbill in the classic 1970’s film “The Boys in the Band.” Luckinbill is also known as Lucy Arnaz’s husband, and if that didn’t turn him gay, nothing would, but I digress. Cher played a lesbian in “Silkwood,” Gina Gershon became a lesbian icon with the movie “Bound,” and Sharon Stone played...well, who knows what she played in the

Will Smith in the 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation

movie “Basic Instinct.”

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Photo: Courtesy of DEG

Meg Tilly and Gina Gershon in the 1996 film Bound

Things have changed. More recently, we see Tom Hanks in the ground-breaking movie “Philadelphia;”

the under-

rated actor William Hurt in the screen adaptation of “Kiss of the Spider Woman;” in 1982, Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean played gay in “Making Love,” Patrick Stewart (from one of the Star Treks) played a delightful fussy old queen in “Jeffrey.” One of my favorites is the then-cute-as-a-buttonbut-not-so-much-now


Pearce (and Terence Stamp, of course) in the Australian romp “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” Closer to the present, we

Anne Heche played...oh

Then, there are those straight actors who probably thought they, too, would be

have straight actor John Hurt,

who knows WHAT she

who later marvelously played Straight? Bat

“wrong” doesn’t even come close. How about Will

Quentin Crisp in “Naked Civil

shit crazy? You decide.

Smith in 1993’s “Six Degrees of Separation,” which

Servant,” and later, as Kerwin

ground-breaking by playing gay. In these cases,

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comedy “Partners.”

Photo: courtesy of WETA

in the perfectly dreadful copShelley

Winters, before she ate herself silly and then drowned on the Great Ship Poseidon, did the lesbian thing as a madam in 1963’s “The Balcony,” which also starred a young Peter Falk. In 1966, Candice Bergen played gay in the screen adaptation of Mary McCarthy’s “The Group” and Anne Heche played...oh who knows WHAT she Straight? Bat shit crazy? You decide.

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OurRainbowFlag by Jennifer Simon

Over the years the rainbow flag as we know it today has undergone several permutations. Originally designed by Gilbert Baker in Califonia, it was first flown in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. There are a number of places from which Baker drew inspiration to create what would become a powerful tool of visibility and empowerment. It is suggested that the Hippie movement of the 60’s, the black Civil Rights movement, other Gay activists of the time and even Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” played a role in influencing the resulting icon, a flag originally containing eight stripes. Color has always played an important part in the gay rights movement and the flag was to represent the diversity of the LGBT community. Baker and thirty volunteers hand-dyed and stitched the first two flags for the parade. The original flag consisted of 8 stripes, with each color being assigned a specific meaning: hot pink: sexuality, red: life, orange: healing, yellow: sunlight, green: nature, turquoise: magic/art indigo: serenity/harmony, violet: spirit After the November 27, 1978, assassination of openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a friend of Baker’s, demand for the rainbow flag greatly increased. The San Francisco based Paramount Flag Company began selling a version of the flag using stock rainbow fabric, now consisting of seven stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, and violet. To have it mass-produced meant required dropping the hot-pink stripe because of the commercial unavailability of hot-pink colored fabric. In 1979 the flag was modified again. Organisers wanted to make the colors evenly divisible along the parade route and that meant needing an even number of stripes. The turqouise stripe was dropped, resulting in a six-stripe version: red, orange, and yellow on one side of the street; green, blue, and purple on the other. Thus, today’s six-color flag was born and displayed during the 1979 Pride Parade. The flag quickly caught on like wildfire in cities across the country. It was even officially recognized by the International Congress of Flag Makers. In 1989 the flag was given further national/international recognition when West Hollywood resident John Stout successfully sued his landlords after they tried to prohibit him from hanging the flag from his apartment balcony. At New York’s Stonewall 25 Parade in 1994, a gigantic 30-foot wide, one mile long rainbow flag was carried through the parade route by over 10,000 volunteers. In 2003, the Rainbow Flag’s 25th anniversary, Baker broke his own world record for the largest flag, creating a new one that stretched sea to sea – from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean in Key West.


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Funerals to Die For

by Sharon Levine Not only is living well the best revenge, so is dying well. For baby boomers, the preplanned, personalized funeral is the last frontier. Some have concluded that since you can’t take it with you, why not use your money for a fabulous funeral that attendees will long remember. In the spirit of this, Savoir Flair has discovered some creative and often extravagant options for that last day. And you and your family don’t have to organize the big day yourselves. You can be assisted by a new service provider, the funeral concierge who will guide you through all the planning steps. For many, the casket is the most important part of the funeral. The most expensive casket that we uncovered in our research was a high five figure double casket, bronze outside, solid mahogany inside with a glass top for viewing. Other more modest personalized choices include caskets in sport team colors or shaped like favorite motor vehicles. Of course, not everyone chooses to be buried. Some blast their remains into space, others have their ashes pressed into stone. A popular eco option in New England is burial at sea both for full bodies and ashes. Floral tributes are an important part of many funerals. The sky is the limit for flowers. Out of season or imported flowers as well as sheer quantity can put the cost way up. A new trend is floral sculptures with arrangements that echo interests of the deceased such as cigars or hockey sticks. In the South, open floral gates symbolically welcome the deceased to heaven. Even hearses and limousines can reflect personal tastes. Funerals can feature themed hearses such as a Harley Davidson or a top of the line choice such as a Rolls Royce limousine. Personalization doesn’t have to stop with the vehicles. A Midwestern funeral home offers viewing rooms customized for men and women. The women’s features kitchen décor, the men’s features sports accessories. Another new trend is videos of the deceased’s life to be shown at wakes and funerals. These “celebra-

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the Leather Jacket

Welcome To The Dark Side by Henry Levine

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The leather jacket has always been an icon of a rugged life and the armor of those that are seen as living on the edge. So it’s no surprise that the early LGBT community embraced this edgy fashion. Gay men and lesbians have cherished their leather jackets since the late 1940’s, when motorcycle jacket popularity grew out of post-WWII biker culture. Early gay leather bars were subcultural versions of the motorcycle club with pioneering gay motorcycle club patrons. No respectable dyke on a bike or member of a gay male motorcycle club would be without their leather jacket. What most people don’t know is the motorcycle jacket was invented during another World War; World War I. The great war machine that fed solders provided the first leather jackets for motorcyclists. Farmers sold horse hide by the tons to the government to make military clothing. A lot of these hides were tanned and made into jackets for aviators and tank crews. After the war there was an abundance of this apparel left over. Fashionwise these jackets have made a comeback from the 80s but with a modern tailored twist. There are many varieties of leather jackets. Some of them are motorcycle or biker, outlaw, army and policemen jackets. There are various designs available in these leather jackets. Motorcycle jackets come from various types of material such as buckskin leather, calfskin, suede, goatskin, lizard skin, chamois, ostrich, pigskin and cowhide leather. They are mainly two types; one of them is with buttons (these buttons vary as per design) and the other with zippers, which are commonly used. All these are waterproof, continued on page 64 savoirflairmagazine 15

Luxury Waterfront Urban Living

by Frank Celeste Across the country, the classic American dream has always been to own your own home, but for many local residents the ultimate American dream is to own a home on the water. My childhood summer and winter vacations were often happily centered around the water, whether Cape Cod or Ft. Lauderdale; now it is a week in Provincetown or South Beach. As adults, however, we can replicate this same vacation excitement daily with a year round residence on Boston’s waterfront. The waterfront’s proximity to both the downtown and the financial district, to cultural and leisure attractions, and to major commuting roads, makes it the perfect location for an active urban lifestyle. Boston’s waterfront has many different types of housing ranging from loft style homes in renovated fish warehouses to full service luxury buildings with all the bells and whistles such as 24 hour concierges! Savoir Flair will take you on a tour of some of these elegant urban homes. Locations vary from the near North End waterfront to the Aquarium neighborhood to Charlestown. There is one characteristic that all these beautiful residences share – “the view is the thing.”

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The first two condominiums we will visit are in Harbor Towers, a two building complex overlooking Boston Harbor and the Rose Kennedy Greenway designed by I.M. Pei. These 40 story buildings feature services such as a 24 hour concierge and a seasonal swimming pool all within easy walking distance of downtown. The first condominium we are viewing is an expansive 2,800 square foot three bedroom overlooking Boston Harbor. The kitchen’s stunning custom renovation features a burl paneled curved breakfast bar whose lines echo the shape of the exquisite ceiling moldings. Granite counter tops, glass front cabinets, hanging pendant lights and brass buttoned leather seats add richness to this luxurious kitchen. The living room features detailed moldings and chair rails that give a homey, single family look to the large, contemporary decorated room. continued on next page

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Luxury Waterfront Urban Living

The next unit we are touring is an approximately 1,590 square foot 2 bedroom home with great harbor views that has been recently renovated. The formal entry with arched ceilings prepares you for the traditionally furnished living and dining rooms. An early Victorian settee with a scroll arm and turned leg and a Queen Anne style dining room set with flame stitch seats are accessorized by a wonderful collection of antique pieces such as a Jacobean style bread board end tea table, a music stand, a 19th century game table, and a tole tray. Carefully chosen pieces of contemporary art complete the room. The U shaped kitchen has exquisite detailing with white cabinets, some with leaded glass fronts and patterned tile backsplashes.

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dents at Flagship Wharf enjoy amenities such as valet parking, a state of the art fitness center and a nearby marina. Boston’s financial center is just a short waterfront taxi ride away. We enter Flagship Wharf’s elegant lobby. Deco inspired furniture mixes effortlessly




Small comfortable seating areas encourage conversations with neighbors. The condominium we are touring is a 4 room penthouse. The living room has a sleek, modern feel with contemporary leather seating and minimalist wall units. This allows guests to focus on the breathtaking views of the harbor and city that are visible from the room and its adjoining deck. continues on next page

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Luxury Waterfront Urban Living

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Gay Men And Lesbians’ Enduring


Rhonda Hergert and Curtis Dean

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photo: by Diane Clark

by Elizabeth Gromley At the start of the 1989 film, When Harry Met Sally, Harry Burns says to Sally Albright, “You realize we could never be friends.” “Why not?” she asks. And he responds, “ and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.”

The plot unfolds—unmercifully—and Harry is indeed proven correct.

And then there are the rest of us, where sex would never get in the way. In particular, there are four spirited, talented, smart and kind people, and the stories of two friendships that have lasted twenty years a piece. Twenty years is 1991. That’s pre-Clinton and pre-Nirvana, the year Truth or Dare was released, the year Freddie Mercury died.

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Friends continued from previous page

ended up staying,” he said.

And meeting a friend at work

beth Bridges also met in 1991. They

ert and Curtis Dean met, when both

that he would bail out of a boarding

grew up in different towns in Arkan-

worked at a now-defunct Newbury


sas, but found one another as college

Street café.

Both had recently moved to Boston.

gotten into one fight in all these years.

“I came here to attend the Art

We’re able to communicate with each

arriving on campus, through a mutual

Institute of Boston,” Hergert explained.

other really well and listen to each

friend,” Covington explained.

“He was from Florida and I was from

other’s problems. And we have a lot

played bass and we recruited her to

Arizona, both from small towns. It

of fun when we hang out,” he laughed.

play on a song we had just written in

was easy to make friends with him. I

“That counts.”

our dorm room. We went on to form

was living in a boarding house at the

a rather Scissor Sisters-esque band.

time in Chestnut Hill. We became

few people I know that could fall

friends and he ended up moving me

into a puddle of mud and pull up a

always been a part of our friendship,

out of that place,” she laughed. “And

diamond,” Hergert said.

and we had a lot of similar experi-

It was the year Rhonda Herg-

“Rhonda and I have probably

“Curtis is one of the very

“He’s my

Brent Covington and Eliza-

freshman down South. “We met on the first day after “She

Bridges added, “Music has

ences growing up in small towns.

She continued, “When I first

I’ve always loved Brent because of

moved here I was in the middle of

his vivacious attitude. We play off of

coming out of the closet. Predomi-

each other humor-wise, and there’s no

nantly, all my friends were gay men

one who can make me laugh like he

for the first maybe four or five years I was here. I didn’t have any gay women friends.”





Photo by Brent Covington

then I was living next to him.”


Now, Covington works by

day in the Boston financial industry. He is also a DJ for a monthly gay

is a commercial graphic designer,

night called Fur & Gold at the Alley

and an artist with a large South End

Bar. Like Dean, he came to Boston for

work studio.“I’m a printmaker. I’m a

what he thought was a visit and ended

painter. I do mixed media work on

up staying. Bridges is a professor in

large-scale paper, some from imagi-

Elizabeth Bridges & Brent Covington

nary characters out of my head,” she

Memphis, Tennessee, who remains very grateful to her friend who was


greatest date ever. I think Curtis and I

there when she needed him most.

What exists inside her Trem-

have that rare ability to be adults and

ont Street space is impressive: an

simultaneously still be kids at heart. I

was coming out. I just wasn’t ready

enormous volume of mysterious yet

don’t think that’s changed in twenty

when we were in college. Brent was

warm visual art that is compellingly

years, in spite of everything we’ve

one of the first people I told. He sent


been through. He’s one of those rare

me a long, super-encouraging email,

Hergert’s buddy Curtis Dean

people that can go to a party and by

having gone through it all himself.”

is grown up now too. He’s a produc-

the end of the night the host is invit-

tion manager for an online printing

ing him back for coffee and cake in a

who sees something he wants in life

company, living in Chelsea.

couple of days... He’d do anything for

and just goes for it. Be out in your


scary Arkansas high school in the late

moved to Boston in 1990. It was by

1980s? Yes. Move to Boston? Why

accident. I ended up getting a job

mires most about Hergert?


here when I was on vacation and I

about making his life what he wants it

“I grew up in Florida and I

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And what is it that Dean ad“How creative she is.”

“He was really sweet when I

“Brent is the kind of person

Become a DJ?

Sure... He is

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The DOg Whisperer of Photography

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two mommies, two dogs, one cat and a baby entitled “i can’t believe i got this shot!” or and “baby makes six.”

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My dog Radley

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Not Your Average April


for Joe in Provincetown

by Joseph Manghise “Bring your winter coat!” That’s what everyone told me when I broke the news that I would be spending a month in Provincetown off-season. They might have added, “And your hat and gloves, too.” But I already knew that. I had spent enough time in the Little Fishing Village at the tip of Cape Cod to know that the weather there is known to be, er, variable. But even I wasn’t prepared for the rain and cold snap that followed. Being a native New Yorker, I had always enjoyed escaping to the artsy Massachusetts community that’s known for its long and rich history. Most of those visits had been in the throes of peak season, when navigating down Commercial Street at dusk is not unlike dealing with Midtown Manhattan

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at rush hour. But an unexpected

As I start to explore, I notice that

there have been some changes

hole in my freelance schedule

some of my favorite places are

since my last visit in August: The

found me with an opportunity to

closed, but other diehards have

library is still under construction

spend a gloomy spring off the

been open year-round: Marc

and set to open sometime this

mean streets of NYC and in the

Jacobs is having a preseason

summer; the Red Inn is being ren-

quiet seclusion of PTown.

clearance sale; Utilities is unpack-

ovated (after 96 years!); and Ten

ing new kitchen merchandise;

Tables is adding to its Cambridge

So, as April begins, I Amtrak it to

and the jovial Raymond at Good

and Jamaica Plain locations with

Boston and meet up with friends

Scents is displaying the latest

a new epicurean adventure on

for the two-hour drive into town.

beauty products. Town institution

Bradford Street. When the rain

I arrive on a Friday night, and a

Marine Specialties is still offering

isn’t coming down (and even when it is), the sound of hammer-

hard rain is falling. Once I settle

ing, drilling and sawing fills the

into my quaint two-bedroom just

otherwise peaceful air. The town

feet from the bay, I decide to run

is slowly but surely waking up and

into town to pick up some refresh-

coming back to life.

ments. It’s only 10:30 pm, I reason with myself. As I hit Commercial, I packed an umbrella, too) and all is still. As in, not a soul is to be found. I start trudging to the opposite end of town, thinking my favorite convenience store will be

One week later, I’m walking home from a late dinner and am remind-

PHOTO BY Joseph Manghise

a fine mist hangs in the air (yes,

ed that the circle of life goes both ways. As I pass Town Hall, I see a bouquet of flowers resting in front. I look around, thinking someone has dropped it, but the streets

open. Twenty minutes later, I stand

are empty as my footsteps echo

before it: The sign reads CLOSED.

on the pavement. I notice that a

And not just for the night. It’s been

card is attached. It reads: RIP Miss

shuttered since last fall!

Ellie. I gasp. Even though I know that the local legend has been ill,

I crawl into my new bed that night

I am still saddened to learn of her

without any juice but with hopes

death in such an arbitrary way.

that the weekend will bring better weather. The following morning


is cloudy and damp, but when

its eclectic mix of soaps, apothe-

I venture into town to find some

cary jars, American Airlines plates

breakfast, it seems like more than

and…gas masks. Hey, you never

the townies are around. Weekend

know when you might need a

shoppers have invaded from Bos-

last-minute costume for Carnival!

ton, New York, Providence and elsewhere, though many of the

As the week goes by and I make

stores are still boarded up.

my traditional traipse up and down Commercial, I notice that

Ellie first started pounding the PTown pavement about a decade ago as Elliot. She was 70 then, but it wasn’t too late for her to start “living her dream” of singing for the masses on street corners. Trailing her wagon of sound equipment behind, Ellie spread joy with the standards she would continued on page 59

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Independent Schools

Schools that welcome diversity and value each student are the hallmark of the independent / private schools listed here. These schools openly welcome our community, so each parent can be assured that they, their same gendered partner and their children receive the attention to provide a foundation for a superior educational experience. Massachusetts

Rhode Island

55 Day School Lane, Belmont, MA 02478 (617) 484-3078, www. We believe that a foundation of excellence in education is a diverse community where children and adults understand, appreciate, and celebrate differences. Through the process of recognizing and discussing differences, we discover similarities, shared values, and common goals. These shared values and goals are woven into our curriculum, which fosters critical thinking skills and empathy in our students and prepares them to enter a diverse world with responsibility and pride.

45 Maxfield Ave. , East Providence, RI 02914, (401) 434-3833, Gordon School is the choice for families who seek a diverse and inclusive coeducational environment that challenges both the intellects and imaginations of elementary and middle school students. The nursery through eighth grade structure allows a focus on the crucial early years when the foundations of academic and social learning are laid. Academics, arts, music and athletics are grounded in real life applications, from the gardens maintained by three year old scientists to the four week service learning projects eighth graders complete as the culmination of their study of citizenship and American history.

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One Summit Place, Branford, CT 06405, (203) 488-2525, 995 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT 06095, (860) 683-4900, 35 North Main Street, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 2760600,(800) 959-7599, For over 40 years, Branford Hall Career Institute has been providing real world education to students throughout the Northeast. Branford Hall offers day and evening courses in some of today’s fastest growing careers, giving graduates an effective way to begin a high-growth career with excellent income potential.

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Central Massachusetts SALTER COLLEGE

184 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01583, (508) 853-1074, (888) 569-9996, www. Salter College is a leader in career education. Since 1937, we have provided students with the tools they need to succeed in their chosen field. Salter College’s longevity and excellent reputation with employers are two of the reasons our graduates have been so successful. Salter College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACIS) to award degrees and certificates.

Western MAssachusetts


112 Industry Ave., Springfield, MA 01104, (413) 781-2276, 189 Brookdale Drive, Springfield, MA 01104, (413) 732-0546, (800) 959-7599, For over 40 years, Branford Hall Career Institute has been providing real world education to students throughout the Northeast. Branford Hall offers day and evening courses in some of today’s fastest growing careers, giving graduates an effective way to begin a high-growth career with excellent income potential.



One Eagle Drive, Sanford, ME 04073, (207) 490-0509, (800) 758-7679, www. Since 1995, Seacoast Career School has been providing real world education to prepare students for successful careers in high-demand fields. Seacoast Career School meets state licensing requirements and is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training, (ACCET) a national accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

New Hampshire


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By Sharon Levine Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are quite enjoyable in themselves but they are even more enjoyable when done in the company of congenial friends both old and new. The community has capitalized on this by organizing gay and lesbian ski events both in the East and West.

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The 28 year-old Winter Rendezvous (January 18-22, 2012) hosted by MJW Adventures in Stowe, Vermont is the largest and longest running GLBT ski event in the East. Days of exciting winter sports ranging from Nordic skiing to snowboarding at Stowe Mountain Resort are followed by amazing evenings of socializing and entertainment tailor-made to the tastes of the community. Special events this year include a blowout house party, a pizza social, entertainment by DJ Harrison from Back to Basics Tea Dance and a performance by popular performers Amy + Freddy.

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Varla Jean Merman will appear on Saturday at Stowe Mountain Resort’s new 420 seat Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. These social activities give participants a chance to make new friends from all over the East in a most enjoyable setting! A special feature of ski events like Winter Rendezvous is the benefit that you get from being part of a group, whether discount coupons or organizational services, that let you ski hassle-free.

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Setting-up Shop in the Suburbs The trials and tribulations of opening an Adult Boutique in a small Central Massachusetts town By Desiree Aselbekian

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Desiree Aselbekian in her shop

“If you can open up an adult store in Massachusetts, you will be more successful and have more fun than being a lawyer.” That sentence ignited a spark during my first year of law school. After years of school, the bar exam, working in the State Senate, and a short stint as a special education assistant, I still remember that one sentence vividly from a lesson on zoning and ordinances. My professor made it sound so difficult, and, as it turns out, it was. Almost two years after developing a business plan, a year and a half spent searching for a location, and months stocking shelves, I achieved my business dream of co-owning a family business: an adult boutique. The journey: daunting, exhausting, and frustrating. The reward: thrilling, titillating, and exciting. All-in-all, a ride I would take over and over again. It’s not every day a law school graduate decides to throw out her suits, turn off the 6am alarm clock, and take a chance to try something different. At 27, the age I embarked on this journey, I figured “I’ve got nothing to lose; only something huge to gain.” I asked my mother to quit her job working with intensive special education students, and join me in going back to her retail roots. The goal: open a boutique style adult store where everyone is welcome, quality is priority, and education is offered to anyone who walks through the door. As it turns out, the education piece is most prominent and consistent. People aren’t used to a sex positive adult store environment especially in the suburbs of Central Mass, and that’s why we offer free monthly educational seminars. We started off with enthusiasm and eagerness ready to take the world (or at least Central Mass) by storm. Too bad nobody else felt the same way! Whether it was a busicontinued on page 57

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Home Automation

by Jonathan Elder Technology should be an enabler. It should not be there for itself, but to make the lives of its users easier and more convenient. In the home, the ongoing and rapid advances in home automation are expanding the possibilities. If I want to listen to music, within a few seconds I can choose a well worn playlist or choose the tracks for a new one. I can access online subscription services or radio stations. Most mornings I listen to the news while eating breakfast. A single dedicated button press gets this up and running without having to think about it. When I leave for work another single dedicated button press turns all of the lights off, all of the media off, the alarm on and beeps for confirmation as I slam the door. I know that if some incident should occur while I am out of the house I will get a text message alerting me to the fact. I don’t have to worry about regular tasks such as the above, the electronic systems do it all for me. And this is not science fiction. All of this home automation technology exists now. It only requires your lighting, alarm and media to be connected and configured to your needs.

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continued from page 49 ness consultant, financial advisor, a potential landlord, or a distributor, no one would talk to us, no one would entertain our crazy/disgusting idea, and this huge multi-billion dollar industry did not want to give us the time of day. How do you get start-up capital without a business plan; how do you develop a business plan without cash flow projections; how do you get cash flow projections without mark-up profit info; how do you know what your mark-up will be without distributors giving you a suggested retail value; how do you get a distributor without a tax ID number and cash? It was a cyclical nightmare. I knew it could be done, but my professor was right. Not only did we have a business plan problem, but where the hell in Massachusetts were we going to open this boutique? All of the obstacles aside, this was a challenge, and I am always up for a fight. In fact, I live for conflict so long as the resolution is in my favor (which it usually is). I said, “Bring it on!” First, maps and lots of them. The Supreme Court is clear, you can’t keep adult businesses out of town, but you can regulate them in terms of time, place, and manner. It was important for us to find a location in the suburbs. There are other adult stores in surrounding cities, and quite frankly I was not looking to be just another one of those. We wanted to stand out, and have some class! It didn’t matter if we had an inviting business model. Believe me, towns do their very best to keep “people like me” out, including restrictive ordinances that disallowed adult businesses in wetlands, industrial zones, undeveloped land, and strip malls. I went to 24 Town Halls to gather zoning information. The place I was not looking for a fight was with a town ordinance. I just wanted to find one that would fit our needs, but in the rare times we found a vacant building, landlords backed off because of political pressure, religion, or reputation issues. Second, finding a business consultant continued on next page

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who may not believe in our idea but would help us get a proposal ready for a bank was tricky. Thank you, Federal Government. A little thing called the SBA (Small Business Administration) was our savior: free business consulting for anyone who wants to start a business. A business is a business, doesn’t much matter what type – this one was classic retail. Third, some really good guessing! Attending the National Adult Novelty and Entertainment Expo was key in learning more and more about the business and was money well spent. The seminars proved invaluable and helped in knowing we were on the right track. Now that I’m an “adult industry” insider, I’ll follow the protocol and keep this information top secret. Finally, we had to pay our bills, so we started a home party operation going to people’s houses with our novelties. We learned a lot about our customer base, and what we needed to do. People wanted quality products and most importantly education on what products best suit them and their needs. This continues to be our business mission: having a welcoming environment where people can ask questions, get real answers, and walk out feeling happy about their purchase. I’ve turned 30, our brick and mortar boutique is going on one year of operation in August 2011, and every day is a new challenge. My mother and I are very happy serving the Central Mass region in our lovely boutique in Upton, Mass. Yes, there are cows, a country store, a fabulous farm stand, and a couple of local restaurants, but take a ride to Upton, and there is one hidden gem off Rte 140 at the end of a cul-de-sac called Desiree’s Desires, Inc. where we welcome anyone who is looking to enhance their intimate life. You can visit us at 9 Walker Drive, Upton, MA on the web at www.desirees-desires. com, or give us a call or email to ask about our private in-store party.

Not Your Average April For Joe continued from page 39 belt out, often in a miniskirt. Al-

back and ready to welcome the tourists (and their essential dol-

though diagnosed with pancre-

lars). When I ask about the state

atic cancer last fall, the former

of the town, he laments, “No one

minister put up a good fight and

lives here anymore. The commu-

passed away surrounded by her

nity has kind of disappeared.”

children. The flowers, candles and

Hmmm, maybe it’s the inflated

notes start to pile up in front of

real estate prices (again, shades

Town Hall, and they remain there until I leave weeks later. PTown’s

At his gallery, painter Michael

favorite showgirl won’t soon be

Robert del Visco looks up from his


New York Times to greet me. We

of NYC). Back in the real world, I count my quarters at the Laundromat and strike up a conversation with a

But life goes on. By the middle of

distinguished-looking woman of a

April, the Lobster Pot reopens with

certain age. She is wearing prom-

a small meet-and-greet, as is the

inent horn-rimmed glasses and of-

habit of many local businesses.

fers me some fabric softener. Her

Victor’s does the same, in a small

winter was “long and isolating,”

tent to the right of the restau-

but she adds, “I love it here,” even

rant—in case of rain. The Squeal-

though that isolation can drive

ing Pig looks happy and full as I

people a bit—here she spins her

pass one night. The Red Shack is

finger near her temple—“loco!”

already offering its $12.95 lobster

She goes on to share some town

roll (the addition of decadent ba-

gossip—and no, it’s not about the

con and avocado turn it Califor-

West End Salon being featured on

nian). And the scent of malasada

Bravo’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.

and linguica wafting in the air is

The news is about the writers’ col-

a dead giveaway that the Portu-

ony at the house of the late liter-

guese Bakery is back in business. As usual, Spiritus Pizza seems to

had chatted the previous summer

always be open, no matter the

and I ask how he’s been. He says

time of day or night.

it’s been a slow season, but he’s

Provincetown is known as the oldest continuous art colony in the United States, and numerous galleries are all over town. Together they showcase prominent artists from near and far. In fact, the

ary legend Norman Mailer. Both he and his widow have died, and their onetime home (the only brick facade in town) on Commercial is now available as a resource to encourage and celebrate upand-coming writers. The Norman Mailer Center is just another opportunity that this vibrant artists’ community offers.

open house gallery strolls are a highlight of Friday nights during the Summer. Although it’s spring, I decide to check out some art.

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Not Your Average April For Joe

continued from previous page

ber Joe tells me about his long

side. A helicopter circles above,

interior is lined with stones donat-

Winter in town. I ask if it gets

tracking the whale’s location as it

ed by cities and towns in Massa-

lonely. He tells me, “Sure it does,

swims with the orange buoy firmly

chusetts and all over the United

but there are some people who

attached. The woman lends me

States. The all-granite structure ris-

stay.” As I eye the other custom-

her binoculars and I spot an oc-

es 350 feet above sea level, and

ers (I’m third in line for a buzz at

casional spout of water emit from

the walk to the top is 116 steps

the old-fashioned shop), I ask Joe

its blowhole. This goes on for 10

(plus 60 ramps). You might arrive

whether anyone comes in during

or 15 tension-filled minutes until

a bit breathless, but the stunning

the Winter. “We get a few cus-

the whale finally breaks free from

view in all directions makes it

tomers,” he says. So what do you

the ropes. See? Nature can be

worth the trip. And it’s never more

do in the meantime, I wonder as

just as exciting as the local drag

clear what a small town this really

Joy Behar drones on the TV set.


is than when you survey the mass

Watch The View!?

of houses and buildings jammed The next day, the clouds stay

in cheek by jowl. (I even spot my

Out at Race Point, with the sun

away long enough for me to try

yellow house!) And if you look

shining for a change, I brave the

something new. Even though I

beyond the soon-to-be-bustling

wind and plod through the dunes

have visited PTown since I was a

streets, there’s an amazing view

to check out the crystal sea. A lone

kid, I have never climbed to the

of the bay and the ocean. This is

woman stands near the shore with

top of the Pilgrim Monument. This

the perfect spot to get a lay of the

binoculars. I assume she’s whale

historic landmark, which celebrat-

land, if you can muster the climb.

watching, but it soon becomes

ed its 100th anniversary last year,

And while you’re at it, be sure to

apparent that some drama is un-

was started in 1907 (President

visit the excellent and informa-

folding. “There’s a whale caught

Theodore Roosevelt laid the cor-

tive Provincetown Museum at the

in a buoy,” she says with concern.

nerstone) and completed three

base of the tower. There’s more to

A boat is giving chase while two

years later. It commemorates the

this town than just tea dance and

men in a dinghy paddle along-

first landing of the Mayflower Pil-

kitschy souvenirs.

grims, in 1620. The monument’s

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The Leather Jacket continued from page 15 and at the same time protect from cold. Black and brown are common colors of motorcycle jackets and black leather is the color of choice for the LGBT leather community. Most leather motorcycle jackets are available in cream, tan and even red color. The




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999 Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230, (413) 5283235, We at Route 7 Grill are proud to be providing fresh, local food to our Berkshire neighbors and friends. All of our meats are naturally raised from local farms or small family farms. Everything we serve, including stocks, soups, dressings & desserts are made here from scratch. The restaurant, nestled in the Housatonic river valley of the Southern Berkshires offers a full service dining room and full bar with an outdoor patio as well as beautiful outdoor facilities.

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Iris Photo & Digital 11 Years in a Row!

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• The Finest Selection • • Skilled Sales Staff • • Competitive Prices • Established in 1905


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Piercing & Tattoo Studio Visit our website or call us for all your body art needs and questions

(413) 584-6637 108 Main St., Northampton MA

A Taste of Spain in the Berkshires

Creators of Healthy, Dazzling smiles! (413) 298-4433

14 Glendale Road (Rt. 183), Glendale, MA 01229

• Invisalign invisible braces therapy

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• Porcelain Lumineers

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• CEREC single visit crowns

• Smile Vision cosmetic imaging

The Claw Foot Tub

an aesthetic, a choice in home decorating

Michael Ungerleider, D.M.D. Susan DePatie, D.M.D.

41 Hartford Ave. Granby, CT 06035,


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30 Main Street, Amherst, MA

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National Historic Inn

Automotive & Truck Repair, LLC Bob Reid Life Time Exhaust • 24 Hr. Towing (860) 528-8066 Alignments • Emission Repair (860) 290-6803 Brakes • Struts & Shocks East Hartford, CT Air Conditioning Car Sales

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Riley & Scranton Automotive Service Center, Inc. EARL BANCROFT - President Complete Auto Repairs Foreign & Domestic Glastonbury, CT Phone (860) 633-3669

Trailer Sales

• Commercial, Residential, Agricultural Construction and Trailers for your TOYS • Over 250 landscape Equipment trailers • Draw Tite Hitches and Accessories • Trailer Repair Financing


(860) 677-2740

1097 Farmington Ave,. Farmington CT

Auto repairs/Transmissions

Roggi’s Auto Service

24 Hour Towing

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Free Estimates!

Family owned & operated since 1934


(860) 728-9379

“Best Auto Service and Repair Shop”

247 Walnut St. Hartford, CT

in the Greater Hartford area for 5 years running!

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Bolles Motors - Electronic Fuel Injection Service & Repairs

(860) 875-2595 84 West Road Ellington, CT

for all your Transmission needs. (860) 953-9155 29 Newfield Ave, Hartford CT

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• Chrysler • Dodge • Jeep • Ram • New Models • Used Inventory

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- Drivability Diagnostics - Clutch Service - Engine Service and Repairs - Brake Service and Repairs - Cooling System (Radiator) Service - Steering and Suspension Service - Pre-purchase Vehicle Evaluations - Water Pumps & Timing Belt Service

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Dr. Walter J. Leckowicz Jr., DMD A healthy smile is a

beautiful smile.

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Established in 1997


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Whitening Implants Complete Dental Care Full Mouth Reconstruction

103 Market Square, Newington, CT 06111

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117 Fenn Rd. Newington, CT

Liberty Tattoo Specializing in: Traditional American, Oriental Themes, Largescale work such as sleeves and backpieces, Portraiture. Well-versed in other styles as well.

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Harte Nissan 2011 Nissan LEAF™ wins World Car of the Year Earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institure for Higway Safety • New Inventory • Pre-Owned • Service & Parts • Collision • Specials • Financing



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Italian Restaurant & Banquet Room

In addition to a la carte dining, we have banquet rooms available for hosting your next unforgettable event. Liquor License and full bar. Every Weds & Thurs: 4 course meal for $20 (appetizer, salad, entree and dessert)

Every Fri-Sat: DJ & Dancing: 9pm - 1am

Finest Italian Cuisine in the Area! Family Owned & Operated Beautfiul View of Pioneer Valley

(413) 648-9107

199 Huckle Hill Rd., Bernardston, MA 01337

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Look and Feel Your Best Family Dentistry of Windsor, PC is a progressive practice whose emphasis is on prevention and total body health. Working with ground breaking technology, Dr. Stephen Lipman offers the latest in cosmetic, preventive and restorative techniques. It is truly dentistry of the 21st century. Yet, even the most apprehensive patient feels comfortable and right at home. Dr. Lipman is a charter member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. The latest research confirms that if harmful germs in our mouths are allowed to grow and travel throughout our bodies, they can readily contribute to the cause of many chronic diseases that plague people today. Correct treatment of the mouth reduces harmful germs that can contribute to heart attacks, strokes and other circulatory problems. Researchers are now exam-

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ining links between oral germs and other chronic diseases such as Diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Dr. Lipman’s overall goal is to give his patients a sense of well being as well as a beautiful healthy smile . Call today! Dr. Lipman offers a full range of services:

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