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April 7, 2024

Bellows Falls Pride Announces 2024 Event Calendar

 

 

(BELLOWS FALLS VT)   Film, trains and music offerings characterize the events planned by Bellows Falls Pride from June-October to recognize and support the LGBTQ+ community in southern Vermont. Bellows Falls will once more become a destination for the LGBTQ+ community in New England and beyond echoing the days of the historic Andrews Inn, which supported the gay community and was in business from 1973-1984, located in the Windham Hotel building. 

 

As usual, event locations will occur in walkable downtown Bellows Falls so patrons can enjoy the full dining and shopping experience before and after events. June kicks off with the LGBTQ+ film festival at the Opera House located on the Square.  Tickets and event details will become available online at https://www.bellowsfallsoperahouse.com/.

 

Wednesday, 6/5       The Birdcage, sponsored by Bellows Falls Pride

Wednesday, 6/12     Philadelphia, sponsored by Windham Antiques

Wednesday, 6/19     To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, sponsored by Wunderbar

Wednesday, 6/26     Hairspray (original John Waters), sponsored by the National LGBT Hotline

 

The Train Ride for Pride Whistlestop Tour, coordinated with the Vermonter Amtrak schedule from Essex to Bellows Falls, will occur on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 7:30am and concluding in Brattleboro at 1pm.

 

On Thursday, June 20 Bellows Falls Pride will collaborate with Senior Solutions to host author and blogger, Mark S. King at the Bellows Falls Opera House with a presentation entitled, Coming of Age with Grace and Grit.  His latest book, My Fabulous Disease, will be available for purchase in the lobby through Village Square Booksellers following the event. This event is free and open to the public.  

The month will conclude with an Andrews Inn Disco Dance Party at Ciao Popolo on Saturday, June 29.

 

Mark your calendars for a Family Fest on August 10, a Stage 33 show with Canadian singer/

songwriter mega-talent Taylor Abrahamse on September 6, and a National Coming Out Day/Get Out the Vote program on October 9 sponsored by Keller Williams Realty at the Bellows Falls Opera House, with speakers Fred Karger, first openly gay 2012 Presidential candidate and documentary producer Aimee Flaherty whose 2023 award-winning film, Commitment to Life, will be shown following speakers.  

 

Details to follow on Bellows Falls Pride Facebook page and website, www.bellowsfallspride.com.  

 

https://marksking.com/

www.taylorabrahamse.ca/epk

https://www.seniorsolutionsvt.org/

https://www.windhamantiquecentervermont.com/

https://wunderbarvt.com/

https://lgbthotline.org/

https://www.kw.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEPgtIcS67k   Commitment to Life trailer

For information about the Andrews Inn:  https://www.weareoutintheopen.org/aiohp

For the Andrews Inn podcast, Identity:  www.thesecretlifeofdeath.com

 

Pride comes to Bellows Falls 2023
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Celebrate Pride at Disco Inferno with Bellows Falls Pride

 

(Bellows Falls VT)    From 1973 to 1984, the Andrews Inn provided safe haven, lodging and the best parties for the LGBTQ+ community in rural New England.  Visitors would board Amtrak from as far south as Washington DC to make their way to the unlikely destination of Bellows Falls, Vermont.  Close out the month of June Pride events and revisit those iconic days on Saturday, June 29 from 9pm-1am with a Disco dance party at Ciao Popolo, former home of the Inn which is located at 36 the Square in downtown Bellows Falls.  DJ Chele (www.instagram.com/djchelevt/) will be there spinning nothing but Disco favorites. 

 

The first person to correctly guess the identity of the person in the Andrews Inn photo will receive two free tickets.  Admission $15 per person in advance online at  https://ramp-vt.org/events/disco-inferno, $20 cash at the door.  18+ only.  Cash bar and appetizers available for purchase.  To learn more about the history of the Andrews Inn, visit https://www.thesecretlifeofdeath.com/tslod-episodes . For event information, visit www.bellowsfallspride.com, contact bellowsfallspride@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

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