News from Provincetown
Ptown Scores Twice with the Big Boys
America’s First Destination Lands Two Top Gay Media Awards
In competition with some of the world's mega cities, one of the smallest captured two top recognitions in the Annual 2012 "Best of EDGE Readers Awards." Up against Gay hubs including New York, London, and Boston, Provincetown, Massachusetts was voted a winner in a pair of categories.
Say T-Dance, and the term conjures up one of the most popular forms of Gay networking over the past four decades. In the EDGE category of "Favorite Weekly Party," Ptown's "T-Dance at the Boatslip" shared top honors with "Thursday College Nights @ Boxers," NYC.
The "Night Party of the Year," was awarded to another Provincetown institution: "Independence @ Crown & Anchor," an annual 4th of July event spectacle with an international following.
Provincetown is preparing to commemorate 400 years since the Pilgrims made the town America's first destination in 1620, when they sought safe harbor in this haven at the tip of Cape Cod. These new accolades add to a tradition of rich memories and diverse experience so true to Ptown's unique character.
Provincetown Business Guild's Executive Director, Erin Atwood makes 40 under 40
Every year Cape & Plymouth Business' 40 Under 40 Awards spotlight the region's top young business leaders who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. This program honors distinguished business people under the age of 40 who have made a mark in our region at an extraordinarily young age. These top young business leaders excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership characteristics. The winners have started companies, found success at a young age at established businesses and made nonprofits stronger.Working in conjunction with the Cape Cod Young Professionals and South Shore Young Professionals, hundreds of nominees have been culled down to the 40 individuals who best exemplified an entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to community service and potential to positively contribute to the future of our region.
This year Cape & Plymouth Business is proud to announce that one of the 2013 40 Under 40 Awards honorees is ProvincetownBusiness Guild's (PBG) Executive Director, Erin Atwood. Since taking the helm in August 2011 the PBG has seen an increase in their member base reaching the highest levels since the organization was established in 1978. Along with the increase of members, he has increased their revenue streams and the number of non-profit organizations that they help through the events they organize and produce. Those 4 events are Cabaret Fest, Monumental Yard sale Weekend, Holly Folly the only gay and lesbian holiday festival, and the much loved Carnival - the height of Ptown's summer celebration. From these events the PBG raises funds for non-profits such as PFLAG, Homeless Prevention Council, Aids Support Group of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, Cape Cod Firefighter/EMS Cancer Relief Fund, Miracle Providers Northeast & the David Asher Senior Dinner.
2013 also marks the PBG's 35th Anniversary and with that comes the official celebration of Carnival's 35th Birthday.
Atwood has been instrumental in securing mainstream sponsorship for this event for example American Express, Absolut, Cirque Du Soleil and the Tropicana Las Vegas to name a few. Atwood has also brought to the organization the ability to build a self-supporting system within the organization to provide a smooth transition of how the organization & events are run.
And to celebrate the PBG's 35thAnniversary Atwood is launching a new PBG website in October. This new website will gives the PBG the ability to track where our visitors come from, what they're interested in and give a better platform to highlight our members business. To learn more about the PBG go toptown.org.
This year's 40 Under 40 Awards honorees will be celebrated at a special event on June 19, 2013, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis.
Provincetown’s Women of Color & Friends Weekend
The party is on! Provincetown hosts the 7th annual Women of Color & Friends (WOC) Weekend,May 30 – June 2. This one-of-a-kind, four-day event brings lesbians of color, their friends and supporters together from across the country.
Provincetown will roll out the red carpet with dance parties with hot beats, a pool party, the ABSOLUT® Inn Stroll, and a show-what-you’ve-got talent show hosted by comedians Karen Williams and Mimi Gonzalez. Celebrate culture with bestselling author Dorothy Randall Gray and top the weekend off with the always-popular Gospel & Blues Brunch.
The Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, is the weekend’s headquarters.
Bestselling author Dorothy Randall Gray, whose books Choices and Consequences topped independent bookstores’ must-read lists, joins the WOC celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, with a book reading and signing. Gray also is co-author of the best-selling book Soul Between the Lines: Freeing Your Creative Spirit Through Writing, and author of numerous well-received books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
Comedians Karen Williams and Mimi Gonzalez will bring down the house again this year and raise the roof as emcees of the back-by-popular-demand talent show.
The ABSOLUT® Inn Stroll takes the fun to the streets, and a pool party, dance parties, Gospel & Blues Brunch and other special events make this one of P-town’s hottest weekends of the year.
The event is organized by Provincetown For Women, a Provincetown-based production company, and a committee of leaders from women of color communities across the country. Major sponsors include ABSOLUT® and Olivia Cruises.
Advance registration is strongly encouraged and is available online at www.womenofcolorweekend.com. Tickets to special events are available online as well.
For the schedule and more information visit www.womenofcolorweekend.com.
WorldFest is Provincetown's annual international cultural festival to welcome our seasonal and year-round student/worker population.
This year's WorldFest music concert is Monday, June 10 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House (236 Commercial Street). (There may be a second concert on Sunday, June 9 at 7pm depending on how many performers are interested in participating.)
Concert organizers John Thomas and Elena Mancheva are inviting musicians and performers to be part of the concert. All are encouraged to perform songs, poetry, and other creative expressions in their native language (as well as in English). We would love to hear music performed on different instruments that performers might bring with them. The concert stage also has a Steinway grand piano for musicians. This is a great opportunity to bring the culture of other countries to Provincetown. Many local residents especially enjoy this concert as a way to learn about the people who come here to help all of us makeProvincetown so special.
Please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 508.487.4184. John and Elena are both available on Facebook as well. Also: www.facebook.com/worldfestptown for updates, ideas, connections, comments and community.
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