ROAD TRIP 8 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, JULY 16. 

Comic Suzanne Westenhoefer.  8 pm.  Stone Pony.  Tickets: $25 adv / $30 door.  AwwMama.com.

This legendary performer deserves an iconic venue, one which matches her unique and unabashed style–Suzanne meet The Stone Pony.  Don’t miss this one night only event where the Pony is gay for a day.  Fearless, bold, unapologetic, and freaking hilarious best describes Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer. She’s made a career out of telling the truth. And, the truth is, life is funny and no one is off limits. From her mom’s Last Will and Testament to her dog’s embarrassing discovery, Suzanne shares stories that leave audiences in stitches.  Suzanne works mostly unscripted, so when she hits the stage it’s an unpredictable, original night of comedy magic

FRIDAY, JULY 17

Grande Arcade.  LOST AT SEA:   The Road Trip Oceanside Kickoff Party featuring a live performance by Amanda Lapore.  7:00 PM –11:00 PM.  Music by DJ David Marc

Join your friends and two thousand guests in the Grand Arcade for Road Trip’s most popular event.  Entry is free, although there’s a suggested donation of $10 which guarantees you a copy of DJ Corey Craig’s fantastic Official Road Trip 8 Mix.  Well worth it and your donation helps support these types of events in Asbury Park.  Our 42Below Vodka Open Bar is from 7-9PM for $15 and after 9PM your vodka cocktails are just $5 a drink.   Enjoy drinks & dinner in the fresh air on Convention Hall’s newly opened north, east and south balconies.   

The restored Grand Arcade is where you can have dinner as well with eight participating boardwalk restaurants which will be serving festival style.  

Road Trip Runway  hosted by Amanda Lapore.  9:00PM

International transexual fashion icon Amanda Lepore performs a smashup of her hit songs on the runway followed by our sexy ROAD TRIP RUNWAY:  Mundo Unico Underwear & Swimsuit Show.    It all takes place at 9PM in the middle of the party so you’ll have a great view! 

Road Trip Fireworks – Soundtrack by DJ David Marc.  10:45 PM – 11:00 PM

Cap off the Road Trip Oceanside Kickoff Party with a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean. Our partygoers will have a front row seat from Convention Hall’s balconies and the boardwalk just outside the Kickoff Party. Fireworks sound track mixed by DJ David Marc, who will be spinning live during the kickoff party.

Erotic Art Exhibit One Night Only.  11:00 PM – 2AM.  TIDES HOTEL: 408 Seventh Avenue.  Free

SATURDAY, JULY 18

Gay Beach Dodgeball.  10:00 AM – 4PM.  Fourth Avenue Beach.  $10

IRONBALL GAMES presents Asbury Park’s 1st Annual GAY BEACH DODGEBALL on 4th Ave Beach!  Come Play ($10/player) or watch the hotties dodge! duck! dip! dive!  To play in the game, click on the link: http://ironballgames.com/SIGN_UP_TO_PLAY.html.

SandBlast:  Dance Party on the Beach.  2:00 PM- SUNSET.  Fifth Avenue Beach & Convention Hall’s Beach Bar.  $55 At Door.  Under 25?  Pay Your Age Online

Advocate magazine calls Road Trip “a high-octane weekend of beach parties, splashy art fairs, sports events, dinner galas and customized real estate tours.”  Now with SAND BLAST, a daytime dance right in the middle of Asbury Park’s hot gay beach, Road Trip kicks into high gear.  DJ Corey Craig starts spinning at 2PM and the hot, sweaty and sexy fun goes til sunset.  Enjoy cocktails in the sunshine, beautiful bodies and the most stunning beach in a hundred miles.  With a spectacular location facing the Atlantic ocean, the glorious architecture of Convention Hall as a backdrop, a 50’x70′ dance floor on the sand and the perfect music for a beach dance, SAND BLAST will be the highlight of your summer.   Supporting The Center in Asbury Park & The Center NYC.

Peek-A-Boo Revue and the Striptease Orchestra – adults only.  Asbury Lanes – 209 Fourth Avenue.  Doors at 8 PM.  Show at 10 PM.  $15

Over the past 10 years, in Philadelphia PA, one troupe has kept he spirit of cabaret, burlesque and all-round “showbizzy-ness” alive, by presenting a brand new show each month – The Peek-A-Boo Revue!  An adults-only pastiche of Singing, Dancing and Comedy all wrapped up in a Burlesque Show!

Downtown Shopping & Street Events.  Cookman Avenue –  Mattison Avenue.  6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

All of Asbury Park’s renovated downtown shops and restaurants will be open and welcoming Road Trip guests.  Check the art galleries, antique shops, fab clothing stores, pampered pet shop, coffee shops, bookstores, tarot card readings, and more.  The cruising happens up and down Cookman and Mattison Avenues from Main Street towards the beach three and four blocks. 

SUNDAY, JULY 19

REHAB: Recovery On The Beach.  12:00 AM- 5PM.  Fifth Avenue Beach & Convention Hall’s Beach Bar.  $5 Beach Badge.

Spend the day on Asbury Park’s Fifth Avenue Beach with hotties from Jersey, Philly and New York City.  Food and drink provided by The Beach Bar.  All guests will need to stop by one of the kiosks on the boardwalk and purchase a $5 daily beach badge to get on the sand or swim. 

Gay History of Asbury Park Trolley Tour.  Departure times:   12:00,  1:30,  3:00,  4:30 PM.  Guided Tours Depart on the Hour from Convention Hall.  $10.  These tours always sell out.  

Throughout the many ‘phases’ of Asbury Parks history, the one piece that has remained consistent from the 1940’s, thru the dark days of the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, to the re-development of today, has been the presence of a Gay community.  This tour will bring alive the oft forgotten, yet vibrant, thriving, and sometimes wacky stores of those times.

Hear about Tiny Tim’s Tearoom of the 1930’s, discover where gay British soldiers who were billeted at the Berkeley Carteret and The New Monterey Hotel went to have a drink and find men of a ‘similar type’.  Learn about the Blue Note jazz club, Chez Elle (and the role it played in a landmark NJ Supreme Court ruling, that overturned the State Alcohol Beverage Commissions ability to revoke or deny a liquor license to any establishment that served “apparent homosexuals”.) to Dannys, The M&K, Archies, The Loading Dock, Bond on Bond St., the El Moroccan Room, the very first women’s only bar The Owl and the Pussycat, as well as the gay hotels like The Albion The Hudson, and The Atlantis.  Learn not only about The Colony Baths, but the ‘other’ Bath House that existed as well.   Hear how the colorful mix of drag queens, rough trade, transvestites, New York City regulars, average ‘Joes’ as well as the more intellectual gay crowd all ate at the 24 hour, Asbury Diner after the bars closed.  And finally, hear just a few of the outlandish stores; such as the night the largest dance club in town caught fire and burned – to such the delight of a neighboring bar owner that she uncorked and served champagne to the Asbury Park Firefighters in the streets of Cookman Avenue, as they worked to put out the flames.   

Narrated by Asbury Park Realtor, Mark McDonald, the tour is a result of a combination of research by Asbury Park historian, Helen-Chantal Pike, as well as the personal stories of several life long gay and lesbian residents and business owners who were an integral part of those times.

“Cirque Du Asbury Fashion”  6:00 pm.  Third Ave Pavilion.  $10. 

This circus theme fashion show will have edgy performers and unthinkable acts with fashion shown by Style Rocket, B-unique, Lightly Salted, Hold Fast, Bodega Shoppe, Bird, etc and All eyes on you. Langosta Lounge will be serving up drinks outside. Forget Bryant Park come to the AP boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean behind you and watch a cutting edge fashion show with wild circus performers.  Benefiting Revision Theatre.  Tickets in advance via PayPal or at the event. 

Additional links:  AsburyParkEvents.com, RoadTripAsbury.com, AwwMama.com, PyramidProductions.info.

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