July 22nd, 2004


Rainbow Chamber of Commerce BBQ

So between our work on our Costume-Con bid and kproche's work as Emperor, we've been getting involved with the San Jose Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. It's actually been a lot of fun. RCoC is made up primarily of queer-owned and queer-friendly small businesses (very heavy in the real estate sector) and offers a lot of networking opportunities that wouldn't come along otherwise.

But on to the BBQ...

We schlepped in our PA system so announcements would be less of a trial. Red Rock Grill catered in a fabulous little meal at the home of Michael LoMonaco. The thronging crowds (and it really was, Rainbow Chamber has been growing by leaps and bounds the last few months) were all having a fabulous time.

At the end of the evening, Michael L and Mark Gillard announced some new initiatives, including a scholarship program and a donation program supporting the DeFrank LGBT Community Center.

The finale was the high-ticket prize drawing. In addition to stainless coffee mugs and goofy garden gnomes, there were some serious prizes (Mark Gillard: "we've got a first prize and a grand prize, how gay is that?"). The Grand Prize winner ($1k cash) donated the prize (not the only one she won, but the only cash) back to the DeFrank Center.

July 24/25 coming attractions...

So for those of you in the Bay Area who haven't scheduled anything this weekend...

Saturday, July 24 you can look forward to
Christmas Eve in July
Miss San Jose Gay Pride, our own Crown Princess Idalis Houston will be hosting a fun evening of Christmas-themed mayhem at Carla's Botique & The San Jose Oddfellows Hall, 124 Race Street in San Jose.

Doors open at 7:30pm, festivities start at 8:00
A donation of $7 is requested at the door.

Sunday, July 25 is
Christmas in July
Join kproche in spreading the Christmas Spirit at Dar's Hideaway, 10095 Saich Way in Cupertino.

Doors open at 7:00pm, festivities start at 8:00
There is a requested donation, but I don't know how much...

Oh, and as always, Sunday afternoon from (I think) 2:00pm-6:00 at Renegades Bar (Stockton Ave in San Jose) is our weekly IRLM Tent Revival Meetin', where there will be no, I repeat, no BBQ'ing going on, and no, I repeat no, hotdogs and hamburgers for sale with chips or potato salad or beans or anything of the like.