Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tis’ the season

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Christmas Pride
It’s December, which means the holidays are approaching us like a freight train. Fortunately, with the stress comes parties, and St. Petersburg’s biggest is happening Dec. 6. Red & Green, St. Pete Pride’s annual holiday fundraiser, returns to Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. The night of festivities will include appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus and performances by local drag performers and choirs. Entry is $35 and includes an open bar and some light bites. Every dollar earned goes toward funding St. Pete Pride and it’s community outreach programs. Get more information at StPetePride.com.

Softball eyeing “E” division
There’s a chance that the Suncoast Softball League could create a whole new non-competitive division in 2015. Due to ratings guidelines, some players get forced into different divisions each season, meaning teams get split. To avoid that trauma, the league is entertaining a new recreational league that is unaffiliated, in effect, with the national NAGAAA rules that places ratings in place and guide teams to the World Series each year. The league has asked members to take a survey to determine interest in such a division in the spring. A decision should be announced by the end of 2014. Visit SuncoastSoftball.org to keep up to date.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Kathryn Nevets came in like a ‘Wrecking Ball!’

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Ducks spotted in Cleveland
It’s always hot at St. Pete Pride, and Hot in Cleveland is a big hit. So it makes sense that St. Pete Pride sent it’s Ducks softball team to Cleveland this month to participate in the Gay Games. The team, which also participates in the Suncoast Softball League and will also travel to the World Series in Dallas this September. As of press time, the Ducks were doing well, having won their first two games in the week-long tournament. Before the seriousness of the Gay Games began, the team had a chance to tour the city, take some amazing photos of the skyline and then participate in the opening ceremonies, which included a special recorded welcome video by President Barack Obama.

Chefs and bears
Speaking of softball and the Gay World Series, the Suncoast Softball League’s Metrochefs team will be raising money at this month’s Neigh-bear-hood takeover at The Social on Saturday, Aug. 16. The second-place D-division team earned the right to attend the September tournament in Dallas and is hoping to raise the money to foot the bill for travel and hotels. Plans to raise money include selling special shots and drinks and rumor has it one or more of the Chefs will do a strip tease! The more money that’s raised, the more articles of clothing that will hit the floor. The fundraising starts at 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 and continues through the night at the popular Ybor party. Entry to the party is free before 11 p.m. and the monthly party of bear men and their admirers is for the guys only—sorry ladies.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Pride & Passion says ‘Thank you!’

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Almost like Christmas
The impressive guys and girls of Balance Tampa Bay donated their time and energy to help out a worthy cause on June 21. More than 60 volunteers painted 1,200 wooden toys for The ToyMakers and donated $1,000 to the non-profit. That money will help the charity rebuild after a fire destroyed a workshop, equipment and supplies in April. This is the second time Balance Tampa Bay has helped out the ToyMakers and president Scott Kligmann said this year the group painted nearly twice as many toys as in 2013. The ToyMakers provide painted, wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress and have done so since 1982. And Balance Tampa Bay, founded in 2011, will be the charity of choice at the next Watermark Wednesday social, scheduled for July 23 at Stageworks Theatre in Channelside.

All about fun!
If you missed the two shows of the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project’s All About Steve at American Stage the last week of June, you missed a laugh-riot. The hilarious, musical spin on the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve starred Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel (actors who also portray the hilarious Scott & Patti) and helped raise money for local residents battling HIV. In this version of the story, Steve, played by Daniel, is an up and coming drag queen who idolizes, then eclipses, Margo Channing, played by McGee. Musical numbers lampoon current events and, with very little rehearsal, screw-ups had sold-out audiences rolling during both performances on June 23 and 29. Garry Breul, who started Suncoast AIDS Theater Project, welcomed guests both nights and thanked them for their generosity as he explained the importance of helping those living with the disease. Talk about mixed emotions! Next year, rumor has it they’ll skewer Maleficent. Let’s hope that holds true!

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Suncoast AIDS Theater Project spoofs a Bette Davis classic with ‘All About Steve’

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St. Petersburg – Every summer the St. Petersburg community expects three things—rain every afternoon, a fantastic St. Pete Pride festival and Matthew McGee in a dress. This year, we get a special surprise—Scott Daniel will also be in a dress!

The Suncoast AIDS Theater Project, directed by Garry Breul, returns for the annual Prelude to Pride spooftacular—and this year’s victim is the Bette Davis classic All About Eve. Of course, in this incarnation, It’s All About Steve because Eve is actually Steve played by Daniel, a drag queen who is jealous of the success of his mentor, played by McGee.

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