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.

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