September may be when you bid a sad farewell to summer parties and outdoor get-togethers, and (if you live up north) start to wonder if Mother Nature will torture you with cold weather until next spring.
However, don’t worry — you can always escape to the island of Key West and enjoy our balmy subtropical weather, fragrant ocean breezes and gorgeous ocean waters all year long.
Since it rarely gets cold here, I sometimes lose track of what season it is. (Or maybe I’m just a space cadet — who knows?) Either way, I find watching the Weather Channel once in a while helps calibrate me with the mainland’s seasonal weather changes.
The “women powered” party is renowned as one of North America’s largest gatherings of lesbians and their friends. The event was created to allow singles, couples and groups of women to experience the camaraderie of like-minded people on the all-welcoming island of Key West.
This year’s event will be held Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 5-9. The schedule is filled with of adventures on land and sea, live entertainment and celebrations to get you into your “Party Girl” mode.
Womenfest events include a sunset dinner cruise and a catamaran reef excursion, delicious late-night parties (with lots of libations on hand) and spirited pool parties at local guesthouses and hotspots.
For high-energy sports gals, flag football clinics and friendship games are among the attractions.
The Sidebar has a stunning 12-foot video wall and a dance floor that’s 20 feet by 16 feet. Whether you’re a dancing queen or (like me) prefer watching everyone else dance, the Sidebar is the place to be.
The talent roster includes Spikey Van Dykey — a male illusionist and “drag king” entertainer who’s nationally acclaimed — and DJ Citizen Jane, who has played Pride festivals across the U.S.
And our amazing local DJ and radio host extraordinaire Rude Girl will spin current hits for multiple enticing parties.
On Sunday, Sept. 9, Womenfest participants can join our weekly ritual for locals and visitors: the 4 p.m. Tea Dance at our beloved La Te Da, 1125 Duval St. It’s followed by a Tea Dance After Party at Mangoes, 700 Duval St.
But even if you can’t plan a trip to attend the fabulous festival, I hope you can visit us soon and discover why our welcoming island of Key West, with its “One Human Family” philosophy, is the perfect destination for your next girlfriend getaway.
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