Funky Hair Party

hosted by Phil Putnam

WHAT: Funky Hair Party at Phil Putnam’s.
WHEN: Sunday, May 27th, 4-? PM.
WHERE: 175 North Avenue, Haverhill
FOOD: Please contact Phil to discuss what you should bring [see roster].
COST: $2 to the host for incidentals.
RSVP: Please call or e-mail Phil.
MAXIMUM GUESTS: 25.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-495 to Haverhill, take Exit 51 toward downtown Haverhill a couple of tenths of a mile, take a left onto Marsh Ave.; in about three tenths of a mile, Marsh Ave. becomes North Ave.

Member Stories

If you have a story that you would like to tell, either about being a member or about what the Prime Timers have done for you, feel free to submit it Harry by e-mailing it to everharry@aol.com or mailing it to 3 Vale View Road, Wakefield, MA 01880. If it would be difficult for you to type this up, Harry can help you by recording your story; just give him a call at (781) 587-1429.

Below is one sent in by longtime member, Ruby Katz.

Reflections

What does Prime Timers signify for me? Sam Goldfarb brought me to the club during the 90’s. We were at the Living Center. Although the audio system was shabby, I was introduced to a panoply of older gay men and contemporaries.

Then, as now, I feel this is an apt antidote for the bar culture. In those early days, as now, I hardly drank and I am a non-smoker. Thus I got quickly bored. I did far better in baths. (As an aside, I got raped in the Club Baths on La Grange Street in the old Combat Zone. Consequently, I had to stop that activity.)

Within the Prime Timers, I recall going out to varied suppers–to the S & S, Captain’s Wharf, Amrhein’s and so forth. Culturally, it was indeed very rich. Since the costs went up, we stuck with Club Café. I really love continuing Sam’s legacy, the support peer group. It’s gratifying to speak candidly within an intimate group.

Twice a year, I ventured out to Provincetown for Spring Fling and Halloween, both of which are a supreme joy. I have drawn very close bonds with the Connecticut and Rhode Island chapters.

Then there’s the annual pilgrimage to go to Ogunquit at the Yellow Monkey. They have an outdoor jacuzzi which is a balm.

Thus, my participation in the Prime Timers has broadened my experiences, open-ended friendships and relationships. I feel inspired.

May Dinner

Tuesday, May 29th
Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Choices: (1) Statler Chicken, (2) Salmon Filet, (3) Spinach & Mushroom Ravioli, (4) Steak Tips.

Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston. (617) 536-0966

Nearest T Stop: Back Bay Station on the Orange Line or Arlington Street Station on the Green Line. The Inbound № 9 Bus from Broadway Station (Red Line) stops across the street at Berkeley St. & Columbus Ave.

Cost: $28.00 per person includes Soup/Salad, Entree, Coffee/Tea, Dessert as well as Gratuity.

Your payment must be received by April 16th.

Should you need a tear sheet to send in, the most recent one can be found on the forms page.

2018 Ogunquit Trip

The Prime Timers will once again enjoy their Spring Getaway Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine on Friday and Saturday June 1st and 2nd with check-out on Sunday the 3rd, 2018. Our host will again be the Yellow Monkey Resort. The following are the rooms that are being held for us, all of which have private bathrooms except Tara #5 & #6.

UPDATE: All rooms have now been filled. Please contact Harry to see if he can arrange you a room at the resort next door.)

Rooms $/Night Bed Size Extra Bed(s) Room Extras
Brown #12 $115 Queen Queen, Double Kitchenette
Brown #14, D $93 King    
Brown #15 $87 Queen    
Brown #16 $98 Queen Queen, Twin  
Brown #17 $98 Queen Double, Twin  
Brown A, B, C $93 Queen Twin  
Brown E $98 Queen Twin Kitchenette
Hideaway #1 $109 Queen Single Porch
Hideaway #2, #3 $104 Queen   Sundeck
Hideaway #4 $114 Queen   Sundeck, Ocean View
Hideaway #5 $114 Queen Queen Sundeck, Ocean View
Main #6 (Penthouse) $135 Queen Twin Private Sundeck, Kitchenette, Outside Stairs
Main #3 $93 Full    
Main #4 $100 Queen    
Main #5 $98 Queen    
Stone Hill $130 King Pull-out Couch Private Sundeck, Kitchenette, Fireplace
Stone J, K $87 Queen    
Stone L $93 Queen    
Tara #1, #8 $93 King    
Tara #2, #4, 10 $87 Queen    
Tara #3 $98 King Single Balcony
Tara #5-6 $76 Queen    
Tara #7 $93 Queen Single  
Tara #9 $93 Queen    

The rates are as quoted above and tax is included. All rooms are suited for single or double occupancy. If there are more than 2 people in a room, there is a charge of $15 per extra person per night. See the table above for rooms with more than one bed or additional room features.

Each room is unique and furnished with antiques collected over the years by the owner, Peter. In addition, the Yellow Monkey offers a clothing-optional hot tub and sundeck. The town has many restaurants serving excellent food, unique shops, and several gay bars. A movie theatre is also located in the center of town. The beautiful ocean and beach are just a short walk from the Yellow Monkey and the beach has a gay section. The Marginal Way is a 1½ mile walk along the ocean, with breathtaking views, connecting Ogunquit with Perkins Cove, where you will find more restaurants, shops and boating adventures.

A continental breakfast is available each morning at no additional cost in the kitchen/dining room located in a separate building behind Tara House.

We are planning a Friday evening Happy Hour at Briar Cottage at 5:00 PM with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided (for which there will be a charge of $5 per person). The charge for the Happy Hour should be added to your room charge and paid at the time you send in your room check or money order (or pay via cash or card at April’s meeting).

Make your reservations early to ensure your personal preferences. Since all rooms are unique and vary in price, please indicate your first and second choice on the tear-sheet. Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. When submitting your reservation, please include a check/money order for your first choice. If it cannot be accommodated, you will be contacted about a refund or additional charge for another room. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference.

This year, because we are in Ogunquit for the weekend following Memorial Day, the Ogunquit Playhouse will be open for the summer season. The musical that week will be Smokey Joe’s Café, with a lot of familiar hits of our day! Friday offers an 8:00 PM show, on Saturday there are shows at 2:30 PM and 8:00 PM, and on Sunday there is a show at 2:30 PM. Tickets range in price from $52-$120 depending on day, show and section. If you are interested in tickets, you can call the theatre directly at (207) 646-5511, e-mail them at boxoffice@ogunquitplayhouse.org or purchase tickets online at their website. You can also call Norman Pelletier at (978) 475-5504 for assistance with the Playhouse.

All requests for rooms must be received by our Office no later than Friday, May 18th, in order to allow the Yellow Monkey to sell rooms that are not reserved by us.

If you have any questions, please contact Harry Fullerton at (857) 544-3630 or everharry@aol.com.

See you in OGUNQUIT!!!

Zeitgeist Stage Company presents Steve by Mark Gerrard

Zeitgeist Stage Company continues their current season with Steve by Mark Gerrard from March 2nd through 24th at the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts.

As Steven, a former Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad, celebrates yet another birthday, he finds himself filled with fear and uncertainty. Is his partner of 16 years, Stephen, cheating on him? Is his best friend really dying? And what, exactly, has he done with his life? As the play progresses, we see him grapple with infidelity, polyamory, child-rearing, and looming death. Midlife ennui has never been so simultaneously dramatic and hilarious. A new Wicked comedy about Being Alive, What I Did For Love and All That Jazz!

The show features Adam Boisselle, Mikey DiLoreto (ZSC’s The Boys in the Band), Alex Jacobs, Mike Nilsson, Jenny Reagan (Good Television), and Victor Shopov (Bent).

Reviewing the premiere production at the New Group in New York City in 2015, The New York Times noted, “Steve holds up a clear but compassionate mirror to anyone who’s been part of a post-passion long-term relationship. It earns both its laughs and its tears with uncommon honesty.”

Steve performances are March 2nd through 24th at the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 4:00 and 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 4:00 PM with talkbacks following the Sunday matinees.

Single tickets are on sale for Steve here or call (617) 933-8600. Subscriptions and more information can be found at Zeitgeist Stage Company’s website.

March President’s Message

[Harry Fullerton]Hello Gentlemen,

Spring has just about sprung. I am looking forward to the warmer weather and longer days. Our new location for meetings has been very successful. This coming meeting will feature a traditional Irish boiled dinner served by Club Café. The regular menu is available to those who may wish an alternative meal. In the next few months, we will be organizing the Ogunquit Trip. We are continuing to work with the Rhode Island and Connecticut chapters to organize a BBQ/Clambake at one of the state parks.

We will be marching in the Pride Parade this year and will have a bus to seat 15 people also. The theme is #Rainbow Resistance. For more info on Pride, see the bostonpride.org website. If you have any ideas and/or wish to participate in decorating the bus please let me know ASAP.

Jim Morgrage (from Club Café) participates in the annual Harbor to the Bay Bike ride to raise money for HIV prevention, research and education. Please see him if you wish to help in any way. Remember, he has been very good to us, so we should certainly return the favor. It is also a very important cause. See harbortothebay.org to learn more about the event.

Gary Gropman is holding his annual Mardi Gras-themed potluck at the Gropman museum and estate on March 24th. Please see the listing on page 5 for more details. Philip and I will be hosting a BBQ as soon as the weather is more agreeable. (Philip will do all the work, of course). Contact Norman Pelletier if you wish to host a potluck at your home. Our Host(ess) will help you every step of the way.

Each month in the Prologue we will feature a member who will share with us a story about their life and experiences. Some have written about their time with the Prime Timers and others are sharing more in-depth life experiences. All have been very interesting and some very surprising. Norman Pelletier’s article is featured this month (on page 2). If you wish to participate, please contact me.

Elections are upcoming in April, so look for the biographies and don’t forget to vote!

2018 Election Notice & Bios

Reminder, the Board elections will be held after April’s monthly meeting on the 21st. See below for candidate bios and this page for absentee voting. Please join us to cast your ballot and let your voice be heard!

Election Profiles

David Bachofer

[David Bachofer]

David Bachofer worked in IT, supporting large mainframe data storage systems for the medical and education sectors. After retiring in 2014, he became more involved with LGBT activities including the various meal sites, joining the Prime Timers and participating in more of the group’s events. He has enjoyed this time and has met many interesting people along the way. He feels it’s time to participate more actively and believes he would be able to help the group, proposing more activities.

Michael Ferrara

[Michael Ferrara]

My name is Michael Ferrrara, an Army Veteran born in Boston, who has returned home after 20 years overseas. I would be honored to serve the membership as a member of the BPT board. You can find out more about me and my professional experience on my LinkedIn profile or feel free to call me at (718) 663-1907. I ask for your support. In return, you will receive a dedicated, hard-working and friendly man who will advance the mission of the Boston Prime Timers. Thank you for welcoming me into your organization.

Harry Fullerton

[Harry Fullerton]

Harry Fullerton is your existing and would like to continue serving you as your president. He would like to use his energy, skills and knowledge to continue our agenda to increase membership, create a more lively and active and involved membership by adding more activities and events. He would appreciate your vote in the April election.

John Kinsherf

John Kinsherf grew up in South Boston. He attended B.C. High and UMass/Amherst. He lived in New York City for many years. He is an actor/director and has a background in both arts and retail management. He has served on the Boston Prime Timers’ Boad of Directors as the Recording Secretary for the last ten months.

Mark Roy

[Mark Roy]

Mark Roy offers quite a bit of experience to help run the Prime Timers board. He has worked as the Executive Director in Public Housing for over 20 years. Outside of this, he has been a member of the Monday Night Bowling League for 30 years, and served on the Executive Committee/as President for over 20 years.

In the Beantown South Bowling League, he has been a member for over 15 years and served on the Executive Committee/as Vice President for 5 years. In the Beantown Softball League he has been on the Bubbles Team for 7 years and has served as Team Rep. & Division Rep. to the Executive Committee for 2 years. He has participated in a number of Statewide Committees for many of those years, including a Governor’s Task Force.

SpeakEasy Production, “Every Brilliant Thing”

I am trying to organize a group to see Every Brilliant Thing, a Speak Easy Production, on Thursday March 29th, at 2 PM. I am able to obtain a community discount of 10 tickets at $20 each. This will be performed at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. in the South End.

The first ten people to RSVP via the Tear Sheet will receive the discount. I will notify you when I receive the tickets. The deadline is March 15th. Last month, three members attended Shakespeare in Love. I hope that more members would like to join us for an afternoon of fun at the theater.

To quote their website:

1. Ice cream 2. Water fights 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. These are just a few items on a list of things worth living for compiled by a young girl trying to ease her mother’s depression at the start of the charming and miraculous new play EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Through adulthood, as the list grows, she learns the deep significance the list has on her own life, as she goes to college, falls in love, and builds a home. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday, EVERY BRILLIANT THING is a very funny and moving new play that enlists members of the audience to help tell its story.

RUN TIME: Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission.

For more information, view Speak Easy’s website.

Member Stories

If you have a story that you would like to tell, either about being a member or about what the Prime Timers have done for you, feel free to submit it Harry by e-mailing it to everharry@aol.com or mailing it to 3 Vale View Road, Wakefield, MA 01880. If it would be difficult for you to type this up, Harry can help you by recording your story; just give him a call at (781) 587-1429.

Below is one sent in by longtime member, Norm Pelletier.