Nicholas Hollup was named Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017 and Heather Raquel was sashed Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017 on Saturday, February 11th in front of a packed house at the Bike Stop in downtown Philadelphia. Bull, a member of the Atlanta Panther Leather / Levi Club and a recent Philadelphia transplant, was first runner-up for Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017, and Kitten, executive producer of Philadelphia Leather Pride night, was first runner-up for Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017. Also competing for Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017 were Christopher Stratton, who was first runner-up to Mr. Mayhem Leather 2016, and Erich a proud military veteran. The Mr. Philadelphia Leather Contest started in 1983 and the Ms. Philadelphia Leather title was added in 1993. The contest stopped in 2009, but was resurrected in 2015. Produced by the Philadelphians MC this contest has become one of the best-produced events in the area. I am also so happy to say that many of the Philadelphia Leather titleholders have become my dear friends. In fact my ShipMate club brother Alex Lemaire and I arrived in the area on Friday and stayed at the beautiful home of Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2007 John Loesch who was such an amazing host that after an evening of bar-hopping, he cooked pancakes, eggs, and bacon at 2:30 in the morning. (I also want to thank Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2005-06 Bill Hawk who made sure that I had a seat at the contest when many folks were standing in the back.)
Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2017 Martel Brown, Jr., was awarded the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 during the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) produced by the Centaur MC and held again this year at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Mr. Connecticut Leather 2017 “Scooby” was selected first runner-up and Scott Blumstein, who was selected first runner-up at the Mr. Ramrod contest in Fort Lauderdale, was MAL 2017 second runner-up. These may have been the only selections on Capitol Hill this year that had folks cheering in agreement. Also competing were Mr. Colorado Springs 2004 Rick Teadrick currently from Oakton, Virginia, who also competed in November’s Mr. Maryland Leather Contest, Mr. Double L Leather 2016 Joe Wozniak from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Johnathan Kitchen (AKA Johnny Boots) of Delaware.
On November 5th, the 27th Mr. Maryland Leather Contest was held at Grand Central Station in Baltimore. This annual contest produced by COMMAND, MC has been selecting Maryland’s representative to the International Mr. Leather (IML) Contest since 1991. The leather community has changed a lot since 1991, but some in the audience for this year’s contest are still talking about this year’s Mr. Maryland Leather titleholder. A yellow stained white jock? An entrance on all fours? A puppy tail? A flannel shirt and COMMAND, MC club vest replacing formal leather? The selection of 26-year-old Peter Dayton who goes by the name of Pup Orpheus as Mr. Maryland Leather 2017 has many tongues wagging.
I cannot tell you how many times I have returned from a leather event and run into a friend who says, “I’ve always wanted to go to that, but I’ve never been.” As one gets older you start to look back over your life. I find that most people do not regret the things that they did, they regret the things that they didn’t do. Make 2017 the year that you do it!
The holiday season for most people is a roller coaster of emotions. It is filled with moments of joy and times of sadness. As you get older the season of cheer can evolve from a time that you look forward to into a time that you look forward to being over. Thank goodness there are three local holiday traditions that always help put me in the spirit. In Baltimore the first Thursday in December brings the annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. It was the 45th annual this year and the festivities keep getting bigger. Sir Steve and I started at Leon’s for happy hour. (Hey, I like to be lit before the monument.) There we met several friends from COMMAND, MC who suggested going to Flavor for one more drink before the ceremony. As the choirs sang and fireworks filled the sky, I felt the holiday spirit and the brotherhood of the leather community.
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