The Pacific Coast Motor Club is going ahead with their famous Black Mountain Run, set for the July 30 - August 3 weekend, once again at the club’s traditional campground of 44 years, high in the woods above Palm Springs and Idyllwild, California. Last year, the Black Mountain site had to be evacuated at the last minute as a precaution because a wildfire elsewhere in that forest required the full attention of authorities. The Big Bear campground where the party regrouped turned out to be so pleasant and convenient that it was considered for this year’s run, but tradition and a love for the original location won out.
One reason for the run’s survival into these times is its evolution into a “pioneer-style” event, where the club’s meal and equipment responsibilities are more manageable for a downsized membership. Guests arrive when they want and bring whatever they expect to need for meals other than Friday night and Saturday; food and equipment resources are often pooled and sporadic potluck snacks and banquets arise spontaneously. The LA Chapter of Trident International regularly contributes Saturday breakfast, and sometimes one LA-area bar or another contributes a Friday happy hour party.
The centerpiece of New York-based Excelsior Motorcycle Club’s 39th Anniversary Weekend Run, from May 16 to 18 in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, New York, and bawdily billed as “Uranus Needs Men,” was the 14th annual Mr. Fire Island Leather contest, at the Ice Palace nightclub in the Grove Hotel on May 17, and Excelsior Treasurer Victor “Vic” Skolnik, besting two other contenders, was chosen as Mr. Fire Island Leather 2014 by a panel of four judges.
Island Breeze restaurant bartender Stevie Rich, as audience favorite, won the title of Mr. Meat Rack, and singer Edd, the third contestant, was awarded a $25 Ice Palace bar tab.
Entertainer Ariel Sinclair, celebrating 14 years as contest co-host, and porn star and former Mr. FI Leather Collin Stone served as emcees. DJ Chuck McTague was responsible for music, lights, and sound.
CLAW XIV will be held April 24-27 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Leather-friendly Cleveland, Ohio. Shuttle buses will meet every CLAW air-travel attendee — day or night — for their one-minute ride to the lobby door.
Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) has seen a growth rate of about 15 percent each of the past several years. CLAW’s biggest Vendor Mart will feature more than 25 merchants, including CLAW sponsors Leatherwerks, Mr. S Leather, Leatherman NYC, Torso, and Stompers Boots; three Recon Reflex dungeon parties in the warehouse attached to FLEX Spas in downtown Cleveland; and more than 40 skills workshops and other educational offerings, including 25 Years Later, a discussion featuring Guy Baldwin and Brian Dawson, the renowned and groundbreaking Leather titleholders who were International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Drummer, respectively, in 1989.