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Notes from Land’s End

A Dozen Ah-mazing Provincetown Parties

March 12th, 2015

Summer! The word is just delicious. And the place to be is Land’s End. Mark your calendar and come to Provincetown for one or all of these fabulous galas, parties and fundraisers:

Mark your calendar for a summer of 02657 parties, some for the pure fun of it and others for tributes and contributions, with a diversity that could ONLY happen at Land’s End.

Wednesday, May 6: Red Inn Opening Party-The invitation for one of the most coveted parties in town says ‘No Stilletos’ so that the floors of the century-plus old Red Inn aren’t damaged. Men in dresses (with sensible heels, platforms, wedgies, boots) mingle with tanned men, residents and seasonals to celebrate a new summer.


May 22 – 25:Memorial Day- Women pumped to get this party started mark the official beginning of summer with a bang! Every hotel and bar is bursting with groups of revelers notorious for their red cups. The word-of-mouth (whooo-hooo!) weekend is packed with theme parties and racy Tea Dance ice sculptures.

Sunday, June 21: Closing Party for the Provincetown International Film Festival.
Coined the “Sundance of the East,” PIFF brings the guts, glory and intensity of Independent Filmmaking to Land’s End. Films of all genres, often with a GLBTQ POV, come with the astonishing tales of auteurs who create an extraordinary film against all odds. Plus, you may get to meet a star like Kathleen Turner or our very own John Waters at the closing awards party.

Sunday, June 28: Portuguese Festival Blessing of the Fleet
A homage to Provincetown’s Portuguese fishing family heritage, the Blessing of the Fleet is steeped in tradition. It begins with a Fishermen’s Mass and banner procession bearing the vessel names of the former formidable fleet to the end of MacMillan Wharf. After a Priest casts holy water from the classic Provincetown II onto the decks of a stream of passing boats, the blessed stay out for the afternoon of swimming, eating and being very merry.

Wednesday, July 8: Freedom Beach Party
Nominated for “Best New Circuit Event” in the 2015 JustCircuit Awards, the day-long blow out during the beach/pool/club Independence Day Week features fave Disc Jockey Roland Belmares. The Crown & Anchor will have pulsating music, hot bods, sold-out rooms at the Inn, good food and fireworks. Sublime.

Monday, July 13: Bear Boat Sunset Cruise 4-8:30
All of the festivities during Bear Week are great, with this jewel of a cruise as a highlight for many. One thousand revelers meet at the end of Macmillan Pier for a sweet time aboard the Provincetown II. Bears will dance to the sounds of DJ Steve Sherwood and maybe meet a honey on the huge open-air top deck - or somewhere down below. Grrrr…

July: Fine Arts Work Center Summer Award Celebration
The FAWC campus is magically transformed for a reception, awards and gourmet dinner that brings together esteemed patrons of the arts and supportive businesses to celebrate writers and artists for their distinguished service to arts and letters. It is an amazing experience.

Saturday, July 18: CRI Summer Party at The Red Inn
Community Research Initiative of New England “bring HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) clinicians, sponsors, and friends together from around the world to honor CRI’s life-changing work for the Provincetown summer party. The goals of this event are to raise life-saving funds, share HIV and HCV treatment updates, and connect with clients, colleagues, donors, and supporters face-to-face,” says their website. The work of this group will blow you away and the setting is a slice of heaven.

Thursday, August 20: Carnival Parade
A Mardi Gras-style week brings a throng of people to Provincetown. Crowds swell on the streets from the extreme East End at the Harbor Hotel to Commercial Street’s West End in great anticipation for the float-filled parade, beginning at 3PM. This year’s theme, CANDYLAND, is going to bring out some very tasty costumes. No doubt, the entire experience will be quite a sugar rush.

September: Opening and Closing Parties for Theater Festivals
The Afterglow Alternative Arts Festival (September 14 to 20) historically opens with a superlative opening show and party. Many of the fest’s astonishing performance artists, including the ultra-chic Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox, create a magical first night at the Crown & Anchor. Don’t miss it.

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival celebrates “Year Tenn Ptown,” bringing the best of the last decade of fearless productions to maverick venues such as hotels, private homes and the Fisherman’s Pier. Attracting a world-wide audience at a perfectly lovely time of year, it is a true tribute to one of the greatest playwrights of our time.

Saturday, October 10: PAAM Annual Gala
A stylish dinner that draws over 350 people, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum honors both an artist for lifetime achievement and a distinguished supporter of Provincetown art. Proceeds from this fundraising gala help to underwrite the Museum’s curatorial projects. PAAM is Provincetown’s century old unifying institution; a remarkable bridge between artists and the community. Please support it.

Mark your calendar for a summer of 02657 parties, some for the pure fun of it and others for tributes and contributions, with a diversity that could ONLY happen at Land’s End.

Photo: Greg Welch (co-host), Courtney Spitz, Omar Sharif Jr, Joe Spinale, Miriam Gallardo, Doug Dolezal (co-host) (left to right) Photo Credit: Sanju Poudel

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