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Market and New Blondie's Event at SpookyBear Weekend
Ursamen are gearing up for SpookyBear Weekend 2013.
The weekend will feature it's popular lineup of events,
including the Friday night Saints & Sinners Party,
Saturday's Costume Party, and Sunday's Farewell Breakfast.
Back again this year will be the Bear Market at the
Boatslip and new this year will be a Hamburger Eating
Challenge at Blondie's Burgers.
The Bear Market, Produced by Ruff Studio, will take
place on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Boatslip
Resort, from 10AM to 3PM. This event will feature over
15 bear-owned or bear-related vendors from all over
the U.S. Always a popular part of bear events held in
Provincetown, Bear Market is one part of the weekend
you won't want to miss! Please come out and support
Furry Talent - and remember, this event will be one
Visit the Bear Market event page on Facebook for
the latest information.
New this year will be the 1st Annual Hamburger Eating
Challenge at Blondie's Burgers. The contest will be
open to the first 6 contestants who sign up. The challenge
is to eat a Blondie's Grizzly Burger (with over 1 pound
of beef) and 1 pound of Blondie's handcut fries (loaded
with cheese & chili) inthe fastest amount of time.
The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate and
trophy. The contest will be Saturday, October 27th at
5PM. The contest is free to enter, but you must sign
up by Friday, October 26th. Sign up at Blondie's or
Facebook Page. Bring your appetites, and may the
best bear win!
Shepard Named Mr. Connecticut Bear 2013
a night to remember for the Northeast Ursamen, Tommy's
Bar, and Richard Shepard, the new Mr. Connecticut Bear
2013. Five contestants gave it their all in front of
a crowd of over two hundred, but of course, only one
could win. With a panel of seven distinguished judges
making the final decision, Richard Shepard place first,
Paul Sofia placed second, and Montrell Walters placed
third. The weekend kicked off with a Meet & Greet
party on Fridya at Tommy's, and wrapped up on Sunday
with a Victory Brunch with enough food to sink a ship.
Judges included Joe Mannetti, International
Daddybear 2009; Stephen Hogan, Mr. Boston Bear 2011;
Jed Ryan, Mr. North American Bear 2012; Jayson Scott,
Mr. Connecticut Leather 2007; Tony Winter, Mr. NY State
Bear 2011; Chris Thornton - Producer, Mr. New York State
Bear & Cub Competition; and Donna Shubrooks, RN
- STD Program Coordinator - Hartford Gay & Lesbian
Health Collective. Tallymasters for the evening were
Gary Kenyon, Mr. San Francisco Eagle 2009; and Rick
Streb, founding member of CT Cruisers. The emcee for
Friday night was fellow Ursaman Morgana Deluxe, and
the emcee for the contest itself on Saturday was fellow
Ursaman, Robert Chandler, Mr. eXile Leather 2010.
Midway through the contest, the Northeast
Ursamen paused to acknowlege the seventeen founding
members of the club, inviting those in attendance to
come to the stage. The club also acknowledged all of
the club's past presidents, calling any in attendance
to the stage. In attendance on Saturday night were Founding
President Joe Yandow, Al Drozdal, and John-Albert Mosely.
The event was covered by The Rainbow Times.
Connecticut Bear Packages On Sale in Early May
Ursamen will begin selling weekend packages for their
upcoming Mr. Connecticut Bear Contest Weekend in early
May. Run packages will be reasonably priced and will
include all cover charges for the weekend, and will
contain special merchandise to commemorate the event.
There will be two tiers of packages, one of which will
include a special Bear Buffet Dinner at Baci Grill in
Our Host Hotel has also been selcted. For our first
year, we are going with Super 8 Cromwell/Middletown.
We have negotiated a special rate for this event, but
you must call the hotel directly and metion "Northeast
Ursamen" in order to get this rate. To reserve
your room now, call 860-632-8888 (visit our accomodations
page for more information about the hotel and our
special rates.) We will also have a Hospitality Suite
open on two nights, with each night being sponsored
by an area club. The Friday night Hospitality Suite
will be sponsored by CT
Cruisers, and the Saturday night Hospitality Suite
will be sponsored by Bear
Providence. The Northeast Ursamen are most excited
to team up with these clubs for a weekend of fun and
We have uploaded a mini-site
to begin promotion of the event. As more information
becomes available, we will update the site. Please mark
your calendars now for August 3-5 and join us in celebrating
our 20th Anniversary!!
LeatherSir Title Comes to Connecticut!
Leather Weekend recently held in Providence brought
in people from all over the country, but what made it
special for our club was that two members competed and
one of them came home with a title! Club member Daddy
John (who is also a member of CT
Cruisers) competed for the title of Northeast LeatherSir
2012 and placed first!! His boy Scooby, also a club
member (and member of CT Cruisers and the newly formed
Leather boys of New
England), competed for the title of Northeast Leatherboy
2012 and came in as the first runner up. It takes a
lot of courage to get up on stage and compete in front
of hundreds of people. In our minds, they are all winners,
and the Northeast Ursamen are certainly proud of both
Daddy John and Scooby. When you see them out at an area
event, please congratulate both of them for a job well
For Bear Migration Online
Packages for Bear Migration, the Ursamen's annual trek
to Hillside Campgrounds, are now available online from
our mini-site. Package
prices are $85 for members and $115 for non-members.
Packages include your registration for Site 60, your
Annual Hillside membership, and all meals for the weekend.
If you would like to register using your credit card
or PayPal account, please visit our registration
page. If you prefer to print an application and
mail it in with your check or money order, you can download
the application from the same registration page. This
will be our 19th consecutive year at Hillside. We hope
you can join us - this event NEVER disappoints!!
Connecticut Bear 2012 Announcement
Ursamen are excited to announce that they have recently
acquired the rights to contest title known as Mr. Connecticut
Bear from the Twilight Guard. As part of the Northeast
Ursamen's 20th Anniversary Celebrations, the club will
convene the first Mr. Connecticut Bear competition since
the 1990's. The contest date has been set for Saturday,
August 4, 2012, and will take place at Tommy's in Middletown,
which is widely known as Connecticut's Bear Bar. As
more information becomes available regarding the competition
and events surrounding it, we will post it here at www.ne-ursamen.org.
Out Of Hibernation 2012 Events Announced
Ursamen have announced the slate of events for this
year's Out Of Hibernation
event in Provincetown, MA. Again this year, the Northeast
Ursamen are teaming up with the Provincetown
Bears and Mr.
CT Leather to bring you a fun filled St. Patrick's
Day weekend in P-Town. The Provincetown Bears along
with the Crown and Anchor, will be bringing you free
entertainment in the form of Blake Evan Shemran, star
City" and the comedy troupe "Mauled".
Mr. CT Leather will be hosting their legendary "Bear
& Cub Auction", and the Northeast Ursamen will
be sponsoring their signature "Butch & Bruisers
Boots & Boxers Party." The weekend will be
rounded out with a bear-approved all you can eat buffet
at Michael Shay's Restaurant.
Out Of Hibernation carries on a tradition originally
started by the New England Bears, who incepted the event
as "Hibernation Weekend". The event was reinvented
by the Mass Bay Bears in the mid 2000's as a collaboration
between area bear clubs. In 2009, the event came over
to the Northeast Ursamen and is still in continuous
If you have not booked your rooms yet, please check
with the host hotel, The
Crown & Anchor, or visit www.ptown.org
for more information on accomodations.
Full information on the event can be found on the Northeast
Ursamen's mini-site for Out
Of Hibernation 2011.
Matt Kenney Places 3rd in Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest
club member Matt Kenney, aka Mr. Connecticut Leather
21012, journeyed to Washington DC to compete in the
Mid-Atlantic Leather competition, and came home as the
2nd Runner Up!! Matt competed against nine other leathermen
from across the region in what shaped up to be an exciting
race. Several members of the Northeast Ursamen were
present to cheer him on, including Mr. Hillside Leather
& Hillside Leatherboy 2011 John & Gary, Mike
& Seamus from Boston, and Robert & Michael from
Ohio/Baltimore. Our club is very proud of Matt and his
accomplishments. Please come congratulate Matt on a
job well done at our next event, "Leather &
Fur Bear Night" at Partners in New Haven on February
18th, 2012. Follow Matt's adventures through his title
year on Facebook by clicking
Years Eve 2012: Prelude to 20th Anniversary
fourth year in a row, the Northeast Ursamen rang in
the New Year in the company of good freinds at Tommy's
Restaurant in Middeltown, CT. Attendance was up, the
food was great, and the crowd enthusiastically cheered
in 2012 without spilling too much champagne. Okay, maybe
a little too much champagne hit the floor, but no baers
were damaged in the process. All in all, a good time
was had by all, including our cover-cub Ian who was
our fourth consecutive "Baby Bear" for our
"Neumen New Year" series of posters.
Something that made the mood a little more special
was knowing that this party marked the start of our
Twentieth Anniversary year. Its not very often that
a club lasts this long, and we are excited to be planning
something special in 2012 to mark the occasion. We can't
tell you what, at least not yet, but if New Year's Eve
was any indicator, the rest of 2012 will be a great
way to kick off the next twenty years of the Northeast
Ursamen! Stay tuned, more is yet to come!
© 2012 Northeast Ursamen,