York City Leather History Walking Tour & Bar Crawl
of the West Village and the Meatpacking District
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
& NYC LEATHER INVASION
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2006
Invasion at the MoMA
Photo by Dick
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Leather Invasion was
formed to create new and alternative social and cultural activities
for those interested in the love, camaraderie and kinship of the
Leather / Fetish lifestyle. Robert Valin was Mr. Eagle NYC 2005.
He has put the word out on the "streets" for people
to gather, to share, to hear stories and be part of this event
as everyone stomps down memory lane.
Everyone is invited
to come together - pulling in grandmas and brothers of brothers
- to celebrate the history of this amazing neighborhood, which
has long been known as a bastion of artistic and bohemian culture.
It is where the fanciful artist, The Sultan, and his gay bishop
partner did their penance - by having a good time. This historic
walk is noteworthy enough that there are plans to include it in
a documentary currently in the making.
Durk Dehner says:
It is springtime
and the evenings are perfect for a stroll and do we have one
for you! The coming together of two of the more radical gangs
of the West Village. On one side of the street you have Leather
Invasion and its notorious ringleader, Robert Valin. Yeah, he's
the guy that thought it was a kool idea to take his
band, fully geared up, over to IKEA in Jersey. Grouping and
growin' in numbers on the other side of the street are the west
coast boys from ToFF House, all in line so that no one can break
their stride. Got a motorcycle? Come lead the way!
The evening is scheduled
to start at 7:00 PM at Julius
(159 W. 10th St.), NYC's oldest gay bar, for beers 'n' burgers.
The guided walking tour leaves from there at
7:30 PM and ends at 9:00 PM
at the gay and lesbian store, The Leather Man,
on Christopher Street for some shopping!
The bar crawl begins at 9:00 PM
at The Hanger with
its remarkable artwork by Steve Kramer. Other stops include the
famous (infamous?) Stonewall which has
been restored with a dance floor and re-opened; Ty's,
one of the oldest bars on Christopher; and the "Bear"
friendly Dugout, overlooking the Hudson
with the newly renovated Hudson River Park - which once housed
the notorious piers.
This tour is part of
five spectacular days of Tom of Finland in New York. A cocktail
of Finland: COMING OF AGE - 21 will be held Wednesday,
May 17, 2006, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, at the
Charles Cowles Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, in Manhattan. The
evening will showcase 21 of Tom of Finland's finest works from
the Foundation's Permanent Collection.
The Foundation's Sixth
York City Erotic Art Fair starts with an Artist Reception
on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 PM. The Fair will
be open to the public on Saturday, the 20th and on Sunday, the
21st at the Center, 208 West 13th Street. NYC Leather Invasion
will have a booth at the Fair where they will feature the photography
of Dick Mitchell. An
"invasion" by the group is planned for the Fair on Saturday
at 2:00 PM.
The Foundation and NYC Leather Invasion invite everyone to roll
out the memories, and recreate the dramas of the '60s & '70s.
Learn about what it was then - and what it is today. Stroll past
The Mineshaft and The Lure, and imagine the
souls of horny studs between tables of the tony eateries that
now inhabit their space. Dehner adds, "Listen what a good
time is to be had - burgers, a stroll, sexy company and some bar
hopping. Yes sir, it's a great way to keep the stories being passed
down and that's really important. Come along and share yours."
Proceeds from these
events benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
For updated info on
all Foundation events, visit www.TomOfFinlandFoundation.org.
NYC Leather Invasion
For complete schedule
visit the public link to this event.
link to this event.
a Walk on the Wild Side Press Contact: Durk Dehner
May 11, 2006
Lean more about the
Foundation in our latest Dispatch newsletter.
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or contact us at 213.250.1685
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