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Friday Night Transgender AA Meeting: Transgender Unity

AA Meeting The transgender community experiences substance abuse rates of  20% to 30% of our total population.   One of the most effective and proven ways to help with this is through peer support.  And a new meeting just for this purpose is kicking of this Friday, November 7th.

“Transgender Unity” is an AA meeting being held at the Addiction Referral Center in Marlboro, MA.  Confidential, supportive and non-judgmental, this new group is for the transgender and genderqueer community.

Here are the details:

For questions or more information, please email Drew at UnityMeeting@aol.com

TGFasions.com Halloween Howl Party 10/17

HalloweenHowl14John Warrener’s Glamour Boutique850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is proud to announce that it is sponsoring its SECOND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOWL PARTY on Friday October 17, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and although on Route 9 in Westborough is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

Please note that this is a closed party for T Girls and their admirers only. Unlike parties held at any of the local clubs there will be no outsiders attending. We welcome any and all CDs, TSs, TGs, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc. to party and dance the night away or just enjoy a nice evening of conversation and friendship.

DJ PAULA will be spinning the dance tunes before and after their sets.
There will be additional entrainment and fun activities including some psychic card readers available for readings and some special scary guests.  Also, Melody Darkheart, a professional photographer, will be taking FREE photos for everyone interested. Plus, we will have Card Readers dazzling you with their look into your future. More activities will be announced later.

We are expecting 300-400 attendees for a great night of friendship, dancing, and friendships.

Prizes will be awarded at midnight for the BEST COSTUMES. Each and every person attending will receive a pumpkin ballot in a necklace. Those of you who want to be considered in the contests will get a special number.  Throughout the night people will be able to cast their ballots for their favorite costume. There will be three prizes and titles will then be given out:

Miss Halloween Hotty (2nd Runner Up)
Miss Halloween WOW (1st Runner Up) 
Miss Halloween Howl (Most Pumpkins)

Cost is as follows: If you call or e-mail in a reservation, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $20 at the door without a reservation. PLEASE REMEMBER THE NAME OR NAMES THAT THE RESERVATION WAS MADE UNDER ! THIS WILL SPEED UP CHECK-IN GREATLY! Parking is private and free and is within steps of the entrance.

This will be a great opportunity to attend our HALLOWEEN HOWL PARTY in your favorite costume French Maids, Little Girls, Cheerleaders, Brides, Grooms, Glamour Queens, Sexy Girl next Door, Hunky Guy, Show Girls, Brides, Grooms, Sports Figures, Scary Monster. Cowboys, Cowgirls etc (or those just wearing their favorite attire)– OR JUST GO IN MALE MODE –are all welcome to join us for an evening of fun and getting to meet some great people. (But please no nudity or indecency. That is the only limitation.)

What makes this party an incredible night for anyone wishing to attend is that it is a PRIVATE Party where people can change into their femme outfits at the country club or come dressed – ready to party. There will be no outside people attending, so no chance of being outed. These parties are always a  great night for first timers as well as a great night for those used to being in public. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers. For those needing a place to change into or out of their outfits, there are areas available at the country club.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, just drop John Warrener a line at jwarrener@aol.com. Or call Glamour Boutique at 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

For party updates please Friend www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

For Makeover Appointments, please contact John at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 and he will arrange one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists for you.

We want everyone to be safe and respectful of each other. Should there be a problem, please let Dawn or John Warrener know. 

So join us for a wonderful evening of fun, conversation and great costumes.  It will be a great night for everyone to howl !

LODGING AND DIRECTIONS

Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $59.95 for up to two people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “Halloween Event at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .

The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates, but there have been some complaints about them in the past, though feedback from the most recent Summer Sizzler party was more positive. Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point.  There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

New for MBTA Riders: There is a station within a mile or so of the country club with regular stops during Friday afternoon and evening. If needed we can arrange to have some pick you up and get you to the party. The trains back, however, will not run until the next morning so you would need to make arrangements to stay overnight or find a ride home after the party.

RCC Gathering this Saturday!

rccJoin us again this month on Saturday, September 13, at the Randolph Country Club for dancing and fun. RCC, 44 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph, is an trans-friendly alternative club. GPS users beware, the club is behind an unrelated building with loading docks and is not quite visible from the road. As usual, we open TCNE in Waltham starting around 6:00 until 7:30 pm for those who want to dress or car pool. Then we meet at RCC in Randolph to dance the night away until the 2:00 am closing. There is also karaoke and an outdoor patio with pool when it is warm out. The “Friends of RCC” group also meets there that night, so come and make new friends!

Join Us at RCC – August 9

rccJoin us again this month on Saturday, August 9, at the Randolph Country Club for dancing and fun. RCC, 44 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph, is an trans-friendly alternative club. GPS users beware, the club is behind an unrelated building with loading docks and is not quite visible from the road. As usual, we open TCNE in Waltham starting around 6:00 until 7:30 pm for those who want to dress or car pool. Then we meet at RCC in Randolph to dance the night away until the 2:00 am closing. There is also karaoke and an outdoor patio with pool when it is warm out. The “Friends of RCC” group also meets there that night, so come and make new friends!

Summer Sizzler Party – June 6

Sizzler14IT’S BACK – BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!

Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, announces it is sponsoring its Second Annual SUMMER SIZZLER Party from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and although on Route 9 in Westborough is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

Although not a requirement, this is the opportunity to start the summer off right by wearing your hottest outfit. You are encouraged to sizzle up the night with your clothing options by sponsoring a special contest.

Here’s how to win: Every person will receive Two $1 TGFASHION DOLLARS when they enter. One will be marked “10:00 – 11:00” and the other “11:00 – 12:00”. If you wish to participant simply get as many of the dollars as you can during the correct time period. John even urges people to change into an even hotter outfit at 11:00 so they can try to gather even more dollars. Everything, goes but no nudity or obvious bulges. At midnight, the person with the most dollars will receive the matching number in real dollars. All others can use their Tgfashion dollars at the Glamour Boutique.

Royal Productions will be back, providing an incredible DJ along with some special effect lighting to create an incredible musical atmosphere for everyone. So be prepared to dance the night away! Of course, the pizza lady will also be back with the usual Party Pizza delivery around 10:00.

What makes this party an incredible night for anyone wishing to attend is that it is a PRIVATE Party where people can change into their femme outfits at the country club or come dressed – ready to party. There will be no outside people attending, so no chance of being outed. These parties are always a  great night for first timers as well as a great night for those used to being in public.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers. For those needing a place to change into or out of their outfits, there are areas available at the country club.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $15 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, just drop John Warrener a line at jwarrener@aol.com. Or call Glamour Boutique at 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

For party updates please Friend www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

For Makeover Appointments, please contact John at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 and he will arrange one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists for you.

Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $59.95 for up to two people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING EVENT at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .

The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates, but there have been some complaints about them in the past. Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

Directions: Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point.  There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

Gender focused Art Show Premiere – June 7th

Atlantic Works Gallery is pleased to present ENGENDERED, an exhibition conceived and curated by Samantha Marder.

June 7, 2014 through July 7, 2014:  Opening Reception – Saturday, June 7 6-9 pm, 3rd Thursday Reception – June 19  6-9 pm

ENGENDERED explores how gender is variously perceived, running the gamut from the literal to the abstract.  In a variety of media, ENGENDERED depicts  aspects of the gender spectrum which may be clearly defined, fluid or ambiguous. The context may be biological, political, spiritual or sexual as well as personal statements of self identity, imposed identity or perceived identity.  Anxiety, serenity, humor,  and indifference, profundity and superficiality, may all be evident in these collected works.

Natasha Savoy is no stranger to gender (bending) issues.  She has spent the past 16 years as proprietress of My Changing Room, a cross-dressing studio based in Boston.  She has acted as mentor and midwife, witness and friend to the realization of all manner of self-conceptions. Based on these and other experiences, Marder also makes collages, dioramas and installations which address the permutations of gender.  Other recent work includes the creation of her own perfume in conjunction with The Biennial Project which debuted at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and a series of gender oriented photographs.  Currently she is doing costume and makeup design for the Atlantic Works Gallery remake of the film classic, Plan 9 from Outer Space.

CONTACT: Natasha Savoy or Samantha Marder, sm2755@aol.com or 617.529.5055

Atlantic Works Gallery – 80 Border Street – E. Boston  02128

New Transgender Films

Alice Bouvrie has visited TCNE several times promoting two new transgender films.  Recently out was Thy Will Be Done: A transsexual woman’s journey through family and faith, follows follows Male-to-Female Transsexual, Sara Herwig, in her journey to ordination in the Presbyterian Church. Alice is currently producing a second short documentary about MIT Geology Professor Emeritus and open cross dresser, Dr. John Southard. The film explores Dr. Southard’s experiences after his coming out at the age of 65 and the evolution of “Tephra”, his femme persona. The film’s title is: A Chance To Dress. Visit their website, Mineral King Productions, and facebook page.

Jessica Garabedian Memorial 5/18

Garabedian, Jessica Charles 57, of Atkinson, NH formerly of Andover, MA passed away unexpectantly March 20, 2014. Jessica moved from Andover to Atkinson, NH in 1985, the same year she started her first company Intelliphone, Inc. a telecommunications company located in Andover, MA. In 2004, she then started another telecommunications company IntelliVon, Inc. Jessica was predeceased by her parents Charles P. Garabedian, Jr. and Dororthy E. (Smith) Garabedian. She is survived by her sister Lori A. (Garabedian) Ameen and her husband Samuel J. Ameen, Jr. and her nephews Samuel J. Ameen, III and Charles P. Ameen. Her soulmate and best friend Laura Granzella and godchild Bella Sophia. Friends and guests are invited to join the family to celebrate Jessica’s life at the Sweetheart Inn, 80 Myrtle St. Methuen, MA 01844 on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:00 Noon until 3:00 PM.

Fenway’s Mindful Aging Course for LGBT Seniors

The LGBT Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute,will be offering a special 6 week course on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults over 50. The coursewill provide training in meditation, gentle yoga, mindfulness and relaxation.

Two Spring Sections:

Fall River Area:
Location: Fall River
Bristol Elder Services
1 Father Devalles Blvd, Fall River, MA
Dates: Monday Morning *
May 5 to June 9
Time: 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

North Shore:
Location: Danvers
North Shore Elder Services
152 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA
Dates: Wednesday Evenings *
May 7 to June 11

* Times may change based on availability of interested participants in each area.

Orientation / Information Sessions:
Anyone interested in taking the MBSR course must attend one of the three orientation sessions:

  • Monday April 28 10am Fall River
  • Tuesday April 29 4pm Boston
  • Wednesday April 30 4pm Danvers

These sessions are 90 minutes and require registration. Directions and address will be given at the time of registration.

Cost and Registration:
The MBSR course is free, advance registration is required. Call (857) 313-6578 or email blinscott@fenwayhealth.org

About the instructor:
Bob Linscott is the Assistant Director of the LGBT Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. He completed the Practicum for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMass Medical School. Bob earned his Master’s Degree at Harvard Divinity School with a concentration on Eastern Religions and Philosophy. Bob has been teaching meditation for over 20 years.

Spring Bling Party – March 28

SpringBling14Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is sponsoring their spring party March 28! Glamour Boutique’s parties have become a popular tradition in the transgender community and are always one of the biggest events of the year.

Glamour Boutique’s second annual Spring Bling Party happens from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, March 28th, at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and, although on Route 9 in Westborough, it is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

All CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc. are welcome to party and dance the night away. Royal Productions will be providing an incredible DJ along with some special effect lighting to create an incredible musical atmosphere for everyone. So be prepared to dance the night away. Melody Darkheart will be taking photos again. Also Readings by Douglas doing free card readings.

This will be a great opportunity for you to put away your winter blah outfits and pull out your spring finery. Then add a touch of BLING to get in the spirit of the new season!

There will be a Miss Spring Bling chosen by audience vote! As in previous contests, those interested in competing will receive a number and everyone will get to vote for their favorite BLING choice by jotting that number down and submitting the vote into the ballot box. The winner will become Miss Spring Bling 2014 and the two runner ups will be part of her court. The reigning Miss Spring Bling, Miss Cha Cha, will crown the the new winner at midnight.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers. For those needing a place to change into or out of their outfits, there are areas available at the country club.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $15 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, just drop John Warrener a line at jwarrener@aol.com. Or call Glamour Boutique at 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

For party updates please Friend www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

For Makeover Appointments, please contact John at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 and he will arrange one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists for you.

Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $59.95 for up to two people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING EVENT at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .

The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates, but there have been some complaints about them in the past. Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

Directions: Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point.  There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

Please join us March 28 for a great yet safe night!