We are officially in the thick of it: the holiday season is here! Hopefully this week and the weeks leading up to the New Year bring you happiness and lots of fun. The bars, clubs and restaurants in my column want to help you have fun too. Lots of love to you all!
Thursday November 28
Sawmill Resort in Dade City thanks for you for your loyalty this past year. One of the many things they will be offering this weekend to their loyal customers is a Thanksgiving dinner in the early evening. They have the turkey, all you have to do is bring side dishes, and everyone will enjoy a nice potluck!
Friday November 29
Whether you participate in Black Friday at the mall or not, I think everyone can agree that a Black Friday party at Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg will be fun! A $50 gift card will be given to the person who wears the best black shirt. Make it really unique, be really hot, or both, and snatch that card!
Internationally-known DJ Hector Fonseca is coming down from New York City to help Tampa celebrate Thanksgiving weekend! He will be at Steam Fridays at The Honey Pot in Ybor City. Doors open at 10 p.m. Opening set by DJ Charles Machado. As with every special event, there will be a drag show starring Amy DeMilo, Alisa Summers, and surprise special guests!
Saturday November 30
There will be two parties taking Orlando back to the 1970s this evening! The first one will be the ’70s Dance Party at Parliament House. Three DJs will be spinning the hits of the ’70s in different theme rooms: Studio 54, Soul Train, and Disco! Wanzie will be presenting his show White Trash Christmas starting at 7:30 p.m.; you can buy tickets at wanzie.com. The Footlight Players will present their That ’70s Show at 10 p.m. and midnight.
Then there’s A Night at Studio 54 at Stonewall Bar Orlando, featuring the musical stylings of American Music Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Randy Jones, whom you may remember as the cowboy in the original lineup of The Village People! He will be performing songs from his newest album, Ticket to the World. DJ Jay Skinner will be playing your favorite disco songs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The last Saturday of every month is Leather Night at BarCodes Orlando. This month there will be a bondage demonstration by Dave Hall of submissivepleasure.com. You’ll find some more sexy products at The Store @ BarCodes adjoining the bar.
Give thanks to Mother Monster at the annual ThanksGaga bash at Pulse in Orlando. The Gaga Look-a-Like Contest will net $100 to the Little Monster who makes Gaga (more like Pulse judges!) most proud. Roxxxy Andrews and Angelica Sanchez host two shows, at 11 and 12:30. Gaga, Top 40 and EDM spun by DJ Scott Robert.
Sunday December 1
There will be a gala in honor of The Hope and Help Center, called Legendary Reflections, hosted by Parliament House and sponsored by MAC Cosmetics of Orlando. Arrive just before 9 p.m., suggested donation is $10. There will be a silent auction and raffles which will also benefit Hope and Help. The Footlight Players present La Cage at 10 p.m.
Enjoy some karaoke at The Haymarket Pub in St. Petersburg! KJs Dave and Ken host, along with Joey, your singing bartender! Have some fun with good friends. Karaoke starts at 8 p.m. and runs until midnight.
Monday December 2
The very lovely Miss Kori Stevens will be hosting Georgie’s Alibi’s 3rd Annual Benefit and Toy Drive, starting at 8 p.m. The toys will go to the Toys for Tots program, a charity that has been very close to my heart over the years. Raffles, giveaways, and entertainers from all over the Bay will be working to ensure that needy children will get to have presents this Christmas.
Tuesday December 3
The folks at Ceviche know you love their tapas, and they want to reward you by offering $4 tapas all day and night this Tuesday (and every Tuesday)! Over 30 selected tapas are on sale; you can view the selections at ceviche.com/specials. This special is valid at EVERY Central Florida location: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Orlando!