I was just looking for information about this weekend's Come Out With Pride Orlando, and I came across a link to my friend's tea house, which is hosting a Pride Week Art Exhibit. And what do you know? They have a new website!
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It's amazing how far they've come in a couple quick years. When my friend started, her relied only on word-of-mouth and a MySpace page (still active). And in a town like Orlando, word travels fast when there's a place that offers something delicious, different, and daring. And it's the people at the tea house that keeps people coming back -- not only the friendly staff who has the greatest personalities, but also the wide range of clientele. Gays, straights, artists, politicians, drag queens, business people, club-goers.
I'm so proud of her and everyone at the shop! <3
Anyways, below is an abridged version of this weekend's event schedule (I didn't include the concerts at the local gay clubs).
Click HERE for the full schedule from the official site and HERE for an event map (in PDF) -- both links open in a new window.
Friday, October 10, 2008
9 - 11 pm
► POM POM's TEAHOUSE & SANWICHERIA (607 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando) presents Pride Week Art Exhibit - fundraiser for COME OUT WITH PRIDE.
Various GLBT artists representing their assigned colors of the Rainbow PRIDE flag. This project is in conjunction with Orlando's COME OUT WITH PRIDE celebration and the 30th anniversary of the Pride flag.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
COME OUT WITH PRIDE - Main Event
► HRC Pride 'Beach Blanket Brunch' @ The BEACON.
► Festival Area opens at Lake Eola Park
Exhibitor Showcase, the Walt Disney World KidZone, The Central Florida GLBT History Exhibit, DJs, and the Cocktail Courtyard
► Opening Ceremonies at Amphitheater with welcoming remarks from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and other local dignitaries. Performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus.
► "Vote With PRIDE!" Rally with thoughts on proposed Amendment 2 with Equality Florida's Nadine Smith and Entrepreneurs/Models Shaun & Paul.
Just announced: Special appearance by Tony, Emmy & Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright of Angels in America, who will speak about Amendment 2 and present Barack Obama's position on the Amendment and GLBT issues. Plus a tribute to Matthew Shepard featuring Orlando City Commissioner Daisy Lynum and families of hate crime victims with inspirational words for us all.
► Orlando’s ‘Most Colorful Parade’! featuring Lola the Swan, the official COME OUT WITH PRIDE mascot.
To hear all the parade action, join Wanzie and Doug at the 'One Mighty Weekend' Emcee booth, located on Rosalind Street directly in front of the Lake Eola Park main entrance.