Friday, February 27, 1998

Black Frost and Olympus (and Other Leather News)

(Published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #72, February 27, 1998)

Black Guard holds Black Frost 21

The Black Guard’s recent Black Frost run, their 21st, attracted out-of-towners (about 60 people were staying at the host hotel) and locals for midwinter leather-flavored fun and games. Saturday night’s banquet, held in the back room of Tropix, was as tasteful as the classical-piano-and-string-quartet chamber music which accompanied it. A wide variety of food, well-prepared and attractively presented, was served buffet-style.

After dinner the crowd moved to the front room, where the show was presented in-the-round. Directed by Black Guard member Carl Gscheidmeier, the show was fast-paced and entertaining throughout. It’s no surprise that Gscheidmeier knows how to put on a great show—he has had a long and illustrious career as female impersonator Allison Brooks, who appeared in several segments of the show and was as stunning as ever. Also stunning was Black Guard member Ursus Torrente, who dazzled the crowd with some breathtaking high-energy dance moves.

Unfortunately, the show ran long and at 9 pm reality intruded on the fun—the front part of Tropix had to be vacated. The last two numbers of the show had to be cut, and the crowd moved to the back room again for the finale (and one of the Black Guard’s oldest traditions): the singing of ABBA’s “The Way Old Friends Do.”

After a Sunday afternoon wind-down gathering at the Brass Rail came the Sunday night Post-Wind-Down party at the Club Metro Underground in St. Paul. That evening, emcee Colin Spriestersbach announced from the stage that because of the generosity of run participants, the community and many behind-the-scenes sponsors, The Black Guard (in the last calendar year) had raised over $12,500 for local charities, including Every Penny Counts, Agape Home, Minnesota AIDS Project, Open Arms, and others.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans . . .

The same weekend that Black Frost 21 was held (February 13-15) was also the weekend of Pantheon of Leather and the Mr./Ms. Olympus Leather Contest finals in New Orleans. Minnesota had quite a presence there. The Atons were nominated for both Club of the Year and Event of the Year (for last autumn’s twenty-fifth-anniversary run). And for the first time, Minnesota sent contestants (B.D. Chambers and Renee Indehar) to the Olympus Leather Contest. Kay Hallanger, who was recently in the Twin Cities to emcee the Mr./Ms. Minnesota Olympus of Leather Contest, was there and sent me the following e-mail about the event:

“Contest was held on Sunday at Le Petite Theatre in the French Quarter. Three female and four male contestants. Female winner was Katherine, Ms. Georgia Olympus Leather; Renee was first runner up. Male winner was Charles Garrett, Mr. Florida Olympus Leather; first runner up was Paul Edenfield, Mr. Georgia Olympus Leather. Renee and B.D. did very well in answering their on-stage questions. Renee's question asked who was her leather role model and she gave kudos to Heartless. The competition was the strongest that I have seen of any of the Olympus contests. The Minnesota contestants were very well received throughout the weekend. Your community had great representation. Alan made a very generous contribution to the Pantheon cause, which was deeply appreciated by Dave Rhodes [contest/event sponsor and publisher of The Leather Journal] and the audience.” Thanks, Kay, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

New Club Officers Announced

Black Guard, installed at Black Frost 21: President, Michael Delorme; Vice President, Steve Katz; Secretary, Scott McKenzie; Treasurer, Carl Gscheidmeier.

Atons, to be installed at Installation Banquet March 15 (see event listing): President, B.D. Chambers; Vice President, Darren Holt; Secretary, Archer Madsen; Treasurer, Brian Spence.

Leather Community to Lead This Summer’s Pride Parade

Minnesota Leather Productions, producers of the Mr. Minnesota Leather and Mr. Minnesota Drummer contests, has signed on as sponsor for this year’s Twin Cities GLBT Pride Parade. They therefore receive the privilege of having the first marching spot, and they invite all leather organizations in Minnesota to join them in leading the parade. Plans also include a twenty-foot-tall float as well as the largest leather pride flag known to be constructed anywhere. Stay tuned—more details will be forthcoming.

Upcoming Leather Events

Atons present Ace In The Hole
Sunday, March 1, 6-10 pm, The Saloon

An event to spark interest in the Atons’ next run, billed as “Gopher Broke, Lucky XIII” and happening July 17-19. Free food 6-8 pm, 75-cent beer and sodas, other drink specials. $5 at the door.

Atons Installation Banquet
Sunday, March 15, 6-10 pm, Twin City Grill at Mall of America

Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7. The new officers mentioned above will be formally installed. Admission is $35 and advance reservations are required. For further information: e-mail to atonsmpls@aol.com; or visit the website at www.starbase21.com/ATONS/. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mark Your Calendar . . .

Sunday, March 29: The Tank at The Saloon is holding a “One Year of Hard Times” Anniversary Party. Twin Cities leather clubs will be represented and Falcon Studios leather stud Steve Pierce will make an appearance. Event happens 6-10 pm in the disco, Tank doors open at 9. Free food, $5.00 optional cover for beer bust. If you enjoyed the recent Big Red Party, you’ll want to be there.

Friday, February 13, 1998

Minnesota Olympus of Leather Contest Debuts

(Published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #71, February 13, 1998)

Indehar, Chambers To Represent Minnesota in New Orleans

In a close contest, B.D. Chambers and Renee Indehar took the sashes in the recent debut of the Minnesota Mr./Ms.Olympus of Leather contest, held recently at Club Metro Underground. Other contestants were Scott Kelley (1st runner-up Mr.), Darling Nikki (1st runner-up, Ms.) and Corey Austin (2nd runner-up, Mr.). The strength of all five contestants, a talented emcee, and some stellar backstage talent yielded a well-produced, tightly-run show and a most entertaining evening.

International Ms. Leather ’91 Kay Hallenger (all the way from Baraboo, Wisconsin) was the evening’s emcee, and a very capable one; she kept the action moving at a good clip and almost immediately established a great rapport with the audience. Hallenger had no shortage of interesting stories with which to entertain the audience while contestants were getting ready or scores were being tallied.

After starting with presentation of flags and club colors, the five contestants were judged in on-stage question-and-answer, erotic wear, and fantasy presentation categories. Renee Indehar’s fantasy was homage to Xena, Warrior Princess, while Nikki’s fantasy put a feminine spin on the cop-and-juvenile-delinquent scenario. (Several men in the audience commented that their leather horizons were being expanded—they had never before seen the kind of exotic female leatherwear on display that evening.)

B.D. Chambers, dressed in latex, did a street-scene fantasy with a twist—it was in the middle of the audience, at the bar, instead of on-stage. Humorous fantasies are generally difficult to present effectively, but Scott Kelley’s solo fantasy was well-received by the audience (who especially liked his version of the world’s most outrageous tit-clamps). Corey Austin’s steamy, sizzling, erotic fantasy presentation also drew an approving and appreciative reaction from the audience.

Head judge for the contest was current International Ms. Leather Genelle Moore. Other judges were current Mr. World Rubber Keith Waltrip; current Mr. Minnesota Leather Roger Gregg; Darlette Knox, Ms. Minnesota Leather ’96; PJ Knight, Ms. Minnesota Leather ’91, also representing the Knights of Leather; and Colin Spriestersbach, representing Minnesota Leather Productions. Tallymistress for the evening—or, as Hallenger dubbed her, “tally ho”—was Shelly Hagan, visiting with Hallenger from Baraboo.

Producer Alan Stangler of Back in Black Leather was assisted by Mr. Minnesota Leather ’98 Roger Gregg, who provided administrative organization and coordination; Mr.Minnesota Fantasy ’97 Michael deLeon and Gary O’Neill of Wolf Productions, who designed and constructed the spectacular set and coordinated lighting and sound; Jim Tepfer of Proper Productions, who designed and constructed the giant medallion which was the centerpiece of the stage; and Mr. Minnesota Fantasy ’95 Dale Willman, who was Den Daddy.

(For color photos and more about this event, pick up the current issue of XL.)

Welcome Black Frost Participants!

The Twin Cities has a lot to offer—enjoy it lustily and safely.

Upcoming Leather Events

Black Frost ’98
Friday-Sunday, February 13-15, various locations
The Black Guard present their 21st annual run. The host hotel is the Midway Days Inn, where run registration starts Friday at 7 pm. Banquet and show on Saturday evening is at Tropix/Rear Entry; after the banquet and show is a Leather Night at Tropix/Rear Entry which is open to the community ($5 cover—the Black Guard promises it will be worth it!) with some not-to-be-missed “super surprises.” Awards and Wind-Down Party are Sunday afternoon at the Brass Rail, followed by a Post-Wind-Down party at Club Metro Underground from 7 pm to close ($8 cover). The Post-Wind-Down will feature top kink stars and other entertainment and is sponsored by Drummer Magazine, International Leatherman Magazine and Kink Video.

Leather/Levi/Rodeo Night at the Main Club
Saturday, February 21, The Main Club, 1217 Tower Ave., Superior, Wisconsin
The North Star Gay Rodeo Association and Bob Jansen of the Main Club invite all Twin Cities leatherfolks and cowfolks to journey north for a Leather/Levi Night featuring the second NSGRA Indoor Rodeo of 1998. Registration starts at 8 pm with the events kicking off about 9 pm. Events include barrel racing, pole bending, a bean race and even a Wild Drag event (Martha Washington style, sans animals). Top score of the evening wins a (belt) buckle and many other prizes will be given. Even if you don’t participate you’ll enjoy the spectacle.

(un)leashed Open House
Sunday, February 22, 5-9 pm, Anodyne Coffeehouse (43rd and Nicollet, Mpls.)
Another new club is forming in the Twin Cities; this is their first open house. Here’s how they describe themselves: “(un)leashed is a loosely-organized social, educational, and play group for self-identified women and transpeople who are into leather, BDSM, and other forms of kink/erotic expression/power play. Members may be lesbian, bi, queer, or straight, their relationships may be monogamous, polyamorous, or adamantly single. Monthly meetings are open to women and transpeople only; some play parties may be open to ‘bio-boys’ as well. All play operates on the principle of ‘safe, sane and consentual’—including polyamory, where applicable.” Anodyne is wheelchair-accessible and smoke-free.

Red Hankie Social
Wednesday, February 25, 7-9 pm, Minnesota Bar & Grill
For the uninitiated, a red hankie indicates the wearer is into fisting, also known as handballing. A group of red-hankie aficionados are starting regularly-scheduled bar social nights (of which this is the first) which will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month. Whether you’re experienced, just beginning or just curious, this is a great way to meet others who are into this particular scene. For further information on the Red Hankie Social or fisting in general, check out the Red Right website at www.winternet.com/~redright/redright.html.

Watch For Details . . .

Mr. Minnesota Leather 1998 Roger Gregg is planning a series of events the likes of which have never before been attempted locally. Watch for details on the Red Party at the end of February; the Blue Party in March; the Yellow Party in April; and a massive IML send-off party in May. And speaking of IML:

IML Update
This is the 20th-anniversary year of the International Mr. Leather contest, and it’s going to be big. If you want to be there to see our own Kevin Cwayna step down, you better buy your contest package and make your travel arrangements now. The main host hotel, the Congress, has been sold out for weeks, but at this writing there’s still room at other hotels in the area. For up-to-date information visit the IML web site at www.imrl.com.