June has proven to start the summer of our discontent with above average temperatures.  Whoever said, “Summertime and the living is easy!” didn’t live in the desert.   July is upon us and there’s no shortage of things to do this month in #ILoveGayPalmSprings.  Our online events calendar and weekly email newsletter will keep you updated, but here’s a preview:
Palm Springs Swing & Mix starts the month.  Event organizers tell us: “Thousands of people all across the US, Canada, Japan cherish this fun, interactive, and sometimes challenging activity. And square dancing has evolved way beyond what many of us did in Jr. High or at church social halls,” stated Gary Dougan, Chair of Swing & Mix, the 34th Annual LGBTQ Square Dance Convention of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs. Swing & Mix organizers, Gary Dougan, Randy Clarke-Ianiero and Jim Reinhold, report that there are nearly 800 participants

Swing & Mix will use the Palm Springs Convention Center for dancing, and the Renaissance Hotel lobby and pool for recreational activities. On Sunday & Monday, July 2 & 3, there will be busloads of square dancers doing “flashmob” square dancing at scenic sights around town. We have the events and links on our site.
And then there are the fireworks!  We’ve created a list on our site for all the area fireworks displays, but we want to call out a great fundraiser for AAP – Food Samaritans for the IndepenDANCE Day Party at the O’Donnell House overlooking the valley!  The tramway is another vantage point for fireworks, but they will be tiny from that distance.
We’re bringing back the mid-Summer Dance Party (Totally 80s) at its proper spot in late July – the 29th to be exact.  Chill Bar’s Scorpion Room will again be the site with D.A.P. and PAWS program as the beneficiaries.  Tickets on sale after July 4th.
Looking to escape the summer heat in July? We’ll be at Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma and also sneaking away for Outfest Opening Night party at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown LA.  New Tesloop service can take you to LA and back in a Tesla ala Lyft.  Save 20% when you use GDG20 when booking.
Our theatre companies are busy in July:  Naked “Party” at The Desert Rose Playhouse, a great summer series of music and dance at CV Rep and “In the Heights” at Palm Canyon Theatre.  Tickets are on sale for many of our performing arts including Dezart Performs and the McCallum for their 2017-18 season.
August brings Big Bear Romp to Big Bear and it’s not just for bears.  Leslie Jordan headlines. We’re also looking forward to the grand opening on Stacy’s, a piano bar in downtown Palm Springs next to Streetbar.  Stacy is looking for a grand piano, so if you have one taking up space, let him know!
Rumor has it: Meet the Museum will be back on White Party weekend 2018. The new name for the Kimpton is The Rowan and the facility will boast a rooftop pool, 12,000 square foot pool deck with six cabanas and views to die for!
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