“Rocky Horror” Event a Great Success

The historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Spencer was the site of Spencer Pride’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) History Month event “A Night at the Tivoli.” It was admission-free thanks to generous sponsors of Spencer Pride, Inc., and held on Wednesday, October 11th, at 7:00 PM. There were more than 200 people in attendance.

Spencer Pride president Jonathan Balash addresses the audience while donned in his "Rocky Horror' gender-bending attire.
Spencer Pride president Jonathan Balash addresses the audience while donned in his “Rocky Horror’ gender-bending attire.

“We were very pleased with this year’s turnout”, said Spencer Pride Inc.’s, President Jonathan Balash.  “Our film choice, coupled with the recent announcement that we purchased a new building downtown helped to build a ‘buzz’ for this event.”

More than a  dozen attendees participated in the costume contest.
More than a dozen attendees participated in the costume contest.

The main attraction for the evening was the movie. This year’s film was The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The 1975 movie has become a cult classic due to the interaction of viewers through dress, songs, and props. The showing by Spencer Pride did not disappoint. There were fabulous costumes and guests who spoke, sang, and danced to the movie. These guests also provided guidance to other guests on when to use the fun props that were available for purchase before the movie.

The evening also included a costume contest.  More than a dozen attendees participated in the contest.   It was a fabulous way for the audience to participate by judging the costumes.

There was an LGBT history month trivia game which also helped to get the audience involved with the festivities.  The trivia focused on local LGBTQ organizations.  This is also the theme for Spencer Pride’s LGBT history month educational displays, which are currently out at more than 24 local libraries, schools, and institutions.  More information about the locations of the displays can be found on the organization’s website www.SpencerPride.org.

Boston Scientific PACE presented a check to WRV PFLAG prior to the film.   The money will be used to support Spencer Pride's youth group Iris.
Boston Scientific PACE presented a check to WRV PFLAG prior to the film. The money will be used to support Spencer Pride’s youth group Iris.

 

Owen Valley Winery had their tasting room open to lure filmgoers into sampling their wine. The winery’s tasting room is adjacent to the Tivoli and was open until 10:00 PM.  The first 50 guests over 21 enjoyed a free glass of wine thanks to a donation by the winery in support of Spencer Pride’s event.

Spencer Pride organizers thank the many individuals and businesses who sponsored “A Night at the Tivoli,” including Greencastle Walmart and many others who have made generous donations to ensure that the event remained admission-free.

In addition to the Tivoli event, our retail space, Unity, at 46 E. Market St. on the courthouse square was open until 7:00 p.m. and reopened following the event.  Guests stopped in before and after the event and checked out the many items that are hand-made by local artists.

For more information about Spencer Pride, check out the rest of our website or visit the current commUnity center at 46 East Market Street in Spencer.

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