Halloween in P’Town

Join your fellow Prime Timers at the Provincetown Inn, on October 26th-28th (3 days/2 nights) for another memorable and enjoyable weekend of camaraderie, shopping, browsing, dining and fun. Prizes will be awarded for the best drag, the most humorous and most creative, so start working on your costume for the Halloween dinner at the Inn on Saturday night—who knows, you might win a cash prize!!! As in past years, we will be joined by our Prime Timer brothers from other chapters for the weekend—providing a wonderful opportunity to meet and interface with fellow Prime Timers. The Inn offers off-season rates for this weekend. All rooms in the Old & New Inn are available for our annual event.

The Old Inn rooms open into a common lobby where we can congregate to enjoy snacks, drinks (BYOB) and conversation. A great place to hang out when not in town. The non-smoking rooms ($100 smoking penalty) are available for single or double occupancy (there is a supplemental charge of $20 per person per night for more than 2 people in a room). This year’s rates are: Street View—$110.00/night. Waterview, Harborview, Breakwater—$130.00/night. The rates include room taxes, maid gratuity and a continental breakfast offered each morning. In addition, our fellow Prime Timers from Connecticut and Rhode Island will provide snacks for our happy hour on Friday evening in the lounge area.

We will have a cocktail hour on Friday at 5 PM. A dinner is planned for Saturday, October 27th at the Inn, with a cocktail hour proceeding the dinner and appetizers provided by the Inn. A cash bar will be open for the evening. Be sure to wear your costume to the dinner! Entrée selections are Prime Rib at $36, tip included, a choice of Chicken Florentine or Native Salmon and Vegetarian Plate each at $29 (tip included). Each meal includes a salad, entrée, vegetable, potato/rice, dessert, and coffee/tea. Following dinner, we will hold the costume judging.

Everyone will be on their own for meals other than the continental breakfasts and Saturday evening dinner. If you wish to drink beer, wine or liquor—you can either bring your own or visit a cash bar at the Inn. We will have our own cash bar for Saturday’s dinner. In the event of inclement weather, an entertainment committee will be providing activities at the Inn for your enjoyment. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and there will be no need for inside activities.

The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be joining us to put on another Sister Bingo early Saturday afternoon, so plan on joining us there, it should be a great time!

Your completed Reservation Form (Tear Sheet) and payment must be mailed to the Boston Prime Timers office and postmarked not later than October 12th. Non-reserved rooms will be released back to the inn for sale to the general public on October 15th. Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate your room preferences. If you are requesting a specific room, such as a first-floor room, do so immediately in order to secure your desired room.

Available Rooms [updated 9/12 @ 9:23 AM]

Room Price View Floor Bed Size Extra Bed
Standard Inn #11 $110.00 Street 1 Double Double
Standard Inn #33 $110.00 Street 2 King Single
Standard Inn #37 $110.00 Street 2 King
Standard Inn #41 $110.00 Street 2 King
Standard Inn #43 $110.00 Street 2 King
Standard Inn #47 $110.00 Street 2 Queen Queen
Standard Inn #55 $110.00 Street 2 Queen Queen
Standard Inn #57 $110.00 Street 2 Queen Queen
Standard Inn #59 $110.00 Street 2 Queen Queen
Standard Inn #61 $110.00 Street 2 Queen Queen
Waterview Inn #8 $130.00 Ocean 1 Double Double
Waterview Inn #32 $130.00 Ocean 2 King Single
Waterview Inn #40 $130.00 Ocean 2 King
Waterview Inn #42 $130.00 Ocean 2 King
Waterview Inn #44 $130.00 Ocean 2 King
Waterview Inn #46 $130.00 Ocean 2 King
Waterview Inn #48 $130.00 Ocean 2 King
Waterview Inn #50 $130.00 Ocean 2 King
Harborview Inn #127 $130.00 Ocean 1 King
Harborview Inn #128 $130.00 Ocean 1 King
Harborview Inn #129 $130.00 Ocean 1 King
Harborview Inn #130 $130.00 Ocean 1 King
Breakwater Inn #171 $130.00 Ocean 1 Double Double

Pot Luck for BPT & NSM

hosted by Ed McCarthy

WHAT: Pot Luck for Boston Prime Timers & N. Shore Men.
WHEN: Saturday, September 8th, 2-6 PM.
WHERE: 54 Tercentennial Dr., Billerica.
FOOD: Contact Ed to let him know what you are bringing or ask for suggestions. We will have some alcohol. BYOB.
COST: $2 to the host for incidentals.
RSVP: Please e-mail Ed at edmccarthyii@aol.com or call
(978) 663-2106 to register on or before September 6th, so he can keep count of attendees.
MAXIMUM GUESTS: 45

DIRECTIONS (FROM THE SOUTH): Take Route 128 (I-95) to Route 3 North; take Exit 27 (Concord Rd.) toward Billerica. A couple of miles to Billerica center (staying left at a tricky fork). Three close lights at the center: straight at the first, left at the second, right at the third onto Andover Rd. A couple of miles on Andover Rd, staying right at the first fork, left at the second (at bottom of the hill). Drive beyond a cemetery on your left, turn right on Kenrick Ave, then left onto Tercentennial Dr. (If you miss Kenrick, above, you’ll come to a garage on your right. Go back!) About a dozen houses down on the left, number 54, dark brown house.

DIRECTIONS (FROM THE NORTH OR WEST): Take 128 or 495 to Route 3 and then follow the directions above.

DIRECTIONS (ALTERNATE ROUTE FROM THE NORTH): Take Route 129 (e.g., 128 South to 93 North, to 129 West). This may be fewer miles, but 129 twists through Wilmington to Billerica. After you get into Billerica, at a flashing yellow light, bear left (129 goes to the right). You’re on Andover Rd. for a few miles. There’s a garage on your left. Take the next left onto Kenrick Ave., then follow the directions above.

Tri-State Prime Timer Anniversary Party

Don’t forget, on Saturday, August 11th, from 11 AM-4 PM, we will be holding our first summer gathering of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut chapters to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Prime Timer organization. Join us for an afternoon of fellowship with your brother Prime Timers at Twelve Acres Farm (445 Douglas Pike) in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Spend the time enjoying a game of bocce, horseshoes, volleyball or just wandering the scenic grounds with either old friends or while making some new ones.

Remember to bring cash, should you wish to get something from the bar. Also, if you wish to make a weekend of it in Rhode Island and have not already booked, there is a Holiday Inn Express nearby at 1010 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. They can be reached at (888) 465-4329 or at ihg.com.

The bus times have been confirmed. The bus will depart from Club Café at 8:30 AM and from South Bay Mall at 9 AM.

We look forward to seeing you there!

BPT Yard Sale [Note: New Date]

Once again this year, we will be having a yard sale to benefit the club on May 26th, (NOTE: NEW DATE due to projected weather) from 10 AM to 2 PM at Volsar Automotive (16 Mystic Avenue, Medford, MA 02155). You are welcome to donate things to sell or just join us to check out the items offered for sale. If you wish to donate items to sell, please contact Harry at (857) 544-3630.

To get there by the T, the 96 bus (from Davis—Red Line) stops around the corner at 160 Main (you can either walk north to the corner of Main & Mystic and back down the Volsar, or just cut through the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot).

May Mt. Vernon Dinner

On Wednesday, May 9th at 6 PM, we will be dining at the Mount Vernon Restaurant & Pub. From now on, rather than sending in a Tear Sheet, just come and order off the menu.

The restaurant is at 14 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145 and you can view their website here. It’s located just a short walk from Sullivan Station (Orange line, buses) or the following buses stop in front of the restaurant: 89, 89/93, 90, 92 and 101. For more information, you can call them at (617) 666-3830.

Inman Sq. LGBT Luncheon [May]

The second luncheon will be Monday, May 21st, 2018, at S & S Deli from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The cost of the luncheon will be $11. Future dates will be the third Monday of each month, March through December. S & S Deli is at 1334 Cambridge Street.

Please RSVP with Bob Kingston-Parrott by calling (336) 324-9256 or e-mailing sslunch2018@gmail.com. You can also sign up with Bob at one of the other community meals.

Should you need to get there by T, take the Red Line to Central Square, then catch either the 83 or the 91 at the bus station on Magazine St. just south of Mass. Ave. Both buses stop on Hampshire St. between S & S and Ryles (just before the intersection with Cambridge St.). Alternately, you can take the Green Line to Lechmere and take the 69 bus down Cambridge St. to the intersection with Hampshire St. S & S Deli also has off-street parking.

Join us and bring a friend!

SpeakEasy Production, “Allegiance”

I am trying to organize a group to see Allegiance, a Speak Easy Production, on Thursday, May 31st, at 2 PM. I am able to obtain a discount of 10 tickets at $20 each. This will be performed at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. in the South End.

The first ten people to RSVP via the Tear Sheet will receive the discount. I will notify you when I receive the tickets. The deadline is May 15th. In March, six members attended Every Brilliant Thing. I hope that more members would like to join us for an afternoon of fun at the theater.

To quote their website: Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on Star Trek), Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but sister Kei fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. SpeakEasy Stage is proud to breathe new life into Allegiance by presenting the East Coast regional premiere of an intimate version of this important musical.

RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes with one intermission.

For more info, view their website.

Member Stories

If you have a story that you would like to tell, either about being a member or about what the Prime Timers have done for you, feel free to submit it Harry by e-mailing it to everharry@aol.com or mailing it to 3 Vale View Road, Wakefield, MA 01880. If it would be difficult for you to type this up, Harry can help you by recording your story; just give him a call at (781) 587-1429.

Below is one sent in by longtime member, Bernie Michels.

Founding the San Diego LGBT Center

My name is Bernie Michels, and I have been a Boston Prime Timer since November 1991. I usually don’t brag about this, but I was the chair of a small committee that founded the LGBT Center in San Diego in 1973. Boston could use an LGBT Center as the center of Gay and Lesbian life in Boston, just as the centers are in many U.S. cities, such as New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The reason that we don’t have a center is that each of the Gay organizations in Boston is jealous of its independence. That includes the Boston Prime Timers.

The LGBT Center is still going strong in San Diego, occupying several buildings, and has a budget of over six million dollars per year. San Diego celebrates the founding of the center every five years through sponsoring a gala at one of the local hotels. I recently went to San Diego last October to celebrate the 45th Anniversary. Not only did they pay for our entrance to the gala, for me and my partner, but they celebrated the birth of the center and my role in it.

We founded the center because we experienced a gap in Gay life in San Diego. Presently, the center is not only the center of Gay life, it now sponsors discussion groups for people who have recently come out, a free library of Gay and Lesbian books, a program for transgender people, a residence for younger people who have been thrown out by their parents when their parents learned of their sexual orientation and an apartment house for older people. Our committee was not initially accepted in San Diego at the time of the founding. In fact, many people questioned why we needed a center, but now the LGBT Center is firmly established as the center of Gay life in San Diego.

I moved to San Diego to attend the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. I requested that my second year placement would be in working with the Gay and Lesbian community. I was the first openly Gay person to apply to the school for admission, but they accepted me. I ended up teaching the first Gay studies course in San Diego, by being interviewed by a local TV station, and by being on the front page of a local newspaper. I was also invited to speak before several groups within San Diego. Being the first openly Gay person at the school was traumatic, but I had a full-time partner at the time, and he eased the trauma for me.

I had come out with the Gay Liberation Front in Los Angeles in 1979 and 1980. In fact, I participated in the first Gay Pride Parade in Los Angeles, down Hollywood Blvd. I was a little on the older side, being in my early thirties at the time, but my participation was accepted.

I moved to Boston in 1976 to attend a Ph.D. program at Brandeis University. I finally completed the program in 1987, and I taught sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston for twenty-six years. My present partner, Herb, lives in Montrose, California, in the Los Angeles area. I am going to visit him shortly, which I am looking forward to. He comes to Boston for one week of each summer.

(For more information about the San Diego LGBT Center, please visit their website.)