By Chris Daniels
October 7th, 2013
What started 28 years ago as a way for women innkeepers to offer their female visitors a relaxing and fun weekend getaway has blossomed into Women's Week, one of the most diverse and popular post-summer events for lesbians, feminists and indeed any woman who wants to celebrate female solidarity, creativity and fun!
A few events have become mainstays of the week, including the Community Dinner, the Annual Golf Tournament, The Fun Run, and the fabulous Dance Party on the last night of the week. You can catch scores of performers of all kinds — local and international talent, icons of women’s music and new fresh talent just starting out — who all come to Provincetown to perform for the crowds! You'll see original plays, the Women's Week version of American Idol, workshops, meet-and-greet events, sailing on our hometown schooner, the Bay Lady II, a clambake - the list goes on and on! In the past several years, there is a lesbian literary festival that has grown up inside Women’s Week, featuring the best in lesbian fiction today. Many favorite authors, from Bold Strokes Books, Bywater Books, A&M Books, and many others come to do readings and book signings during the week.
One of the “local lights” of the week is our own Zoe Lewis, the Women Innkeepers' Woman of the Year
One of the “local lights” of the week is our own Zoe Lewis, the Women Innkeepers' Woman of the Year, who will bring her show, "Across the Pond" to the Provincetown Theater for five performances, from October 16-19th. Take a trip on a transatlantic flight between Heathrow and JFK with a quirky assortment of passengers as they contemplate the definition of "home" high in the clouds! For the writing set, the Writer's Voice Cafe will hold a performance by local up-and-coming singer/songwriter Lorijo Manley followed by an Open Mic for writers of all media on Wednesday the 16th from 7-9 pm, upstairs at Napi's restaurant (if you get there early, the meals there are great too)! To soothe your spirit, try the Laughter and Silence Workshop at Yoga East on October 17th from 10 am to noon.
As usual, the event brings some of the biggest names in women's music to town to celebrate. You can enjoy Cris Williamson (I remember her concerts at UMass/Amherst many moons ago!) in concert at the Post Office Cabaret every afternoon at 2:30 (October 13-20); if you can manage it, as of October 3rd, there are still a limited number of VIP tickets to see Helen Reddy's comeback tour at the Crown and Anchor on October 14th! Ms. Reddy was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three #1 hits in the same year, and has had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the U.S. Her first show sold out so quickly that a second show was added, and most of those seats are gone too, so if you're interested, visit the Crown and Anchor web site and get your tickets NOW!
Outdoor lovers have lots of activities to choose from! Dune tours and bonfires for women only, an historic walking tour led by two guides from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, outdoor concerts on the UU Meetinghouse lawn, Kate Clinton's annual Touch Football Classic at the Bas-Relief park opposite Town Hall, and more, so get out there and enjoy the fabulous New England autumn!
You love the nightlife? You'll howl with laughter at performances by comediennes including our favorite Latina Mimi Gonzalez, Maggie Casella, Kristen Becker, Poppy Champlin, Kate Clinton, Jessica Kirson, Vicki Clark, Karen Williams, and many others! Many of your favorite singers will be belting out tunes, including our own incomparable Suede, pop-rockers Big Bad Gina, Karen Grenier, and a lot more! There are also dances, welcome parties and other events at the Pied Bar, the Crown and Anchor, and Way Downtown, where you can dance, laugh and mingle all evening long!
Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and office-guru-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”
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