Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February Events Continue

We enjoyed last weekend in Chestertown with their version of Mardi Gras celebrations.

The PFLAG/GSA "Umbrella Krewe" entry in the Chester Gras parade won Third Place!  The photo shows why….what a colorful bunch!  Thanks to all the participants who marched, cheered and encouraged our Mardi Gras Second Line Strut!  Thanks also to those who attended the Mardi Gras Dance on Saturday evening.

The February First Friday gathering of the “Umbrella Krewe” of the Gay Straight Alliance clubs also went well.  We had students and adults attending and 5 schools were represented.  They included: Gunston School, Kent County High School and Middle school, Chesapeake and Washington College.  Thanks everyone…more plans are in the works.  Mark your calendars now for First Fridays in Chestertown.  The generous hospitality of Bradley Lake will continue to give us all a “place to hang out together” from 5-7 pm on those dates. 

Next Tuesday February 17th is our regular third Tuesday of the month meeting. (It also happens to be this year’s “Fat Tuesday” date.)  Our program for this meeting will be to view the 23 minute DVD “Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience.”  We also have new materials from PFLAG National to share about being a Transgender Ally.  We continue to offer time for socializing and support as a part of these gatherings.  This meeting will take place at UUCR 914 Gateway Drive in Chestertown at 7 pm. Hopefully our combined plans with other local groups and neighboring locations will be set soon!  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Fun begins with Mardi Gras weekend in Chestertown

Hi Everyone, 

Let's have some fun this weekend!  Encourage our youth by marching in the Mardi Gras parade with them on Saturday morning...details below for Friday and Saturday February 6-7, 2015

Kent County Youth Gay Straight Alliance and PFLAG Chestertown Activities and Mardi Gras Celebrations

First Friday Feb 5

5-7 pm “Open House
to welcome youth forming the new
Kent County GSA Umbrella Krewe
at the office of Bradley Lake
320 High Street, Suite A
(above the Nearly New Shop in Fountain Park)
Refreshments will be served.
In addition to meeting and greeting youth from various area schools, we will prepare and share costumes/masks/decorations for anyone interested in marching with PFLAG in the Sat AM Mardi Gras Parade.

Saturday Feb 6

12:30 Line up, 1 pm Mardi Gras Parade beginning at the Kent County Court House Parking lot.  Masks, throws, d├ęcor provided….just show up or bring and wear your own costume.  Find us by looking for our Rainbow and Mardi Gras Flags.
1-5 pm “Chester Gras!”
Live Music, Face Painting, Gumbo Cook off Competition under the heated tent in front of the Garfield Center for the Arts on High Street.  Sponsored by Peoples Bank, this event benefits the Kent County Backpack Program.

7 pm Doors Open 8 pm Music begins for the
Mardi Gras Dance Party located at the Garfield Center for the Arts.
Costumes Encouraged, All ages welcome. King Cake served.
 Adult tickets $25 including a $5 donation to the Backpack program

PFLAG Chestertown will pay for student tickets reserved in advance (a $10 value). Call Linda Dutton at 443 480 3138 for information.

Yes, we will be having a monthly meeting on Tuesday February 17th!  More about that in the next post.....