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From Around the Scene

From The Metro Underground:


The DC Fetish Ball Returns to the National Stage - we'd like to thank everyone who made it out for the True Return of the DC Fetish Ball. We sold-out early in the evening. But in spite of the crowds, the energy was great, the fashion & entertainment were awesome, & everyone from our demo’s to our DJ’s Brought it on every level!


Next year we will celebrate our 15 year anniversary. We’ve already made plans to address issues of overcrowding, & we have new ideas in place to speed up high-volume processing for the line. We're currently working on galleries & hope to have them posted as soon they can be configured (for both this year & 2021). Until then, we have a number of projects in the works so please keep an eye out.

Social Media: we’re on it!


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Archived postings for each of the following can now be found on Blogspot:


More inclusive Scene News will be coming with out Winter Update.


Thank you.

Lost to Covid or otherwise shut down during 2020/2021:


Club Orpheus - With an eclectic blend of Alternative, Darkwave, Progressive, Electro, Punk, & 80's Retro, Orpheus hosts many of Baltimore's underground & alternative club nights. Their last entry for any media anywhere was Jan of 2020 & Yelp has them listed as Permanently Closed. We have to assume they did not survive Covid & this is the case.


Citadel of Kink - Hosted in Woodbridge, Va. C.o.K. hosts smaller play parties & educational forums. Further efforts have begun to piggy back on dedicated hotel takeovers to bring a kink element to the swinger community. Closed due to covid, plus issues of a conservative politics against the community.


Club Shadows - On-Premise brick & mortar club offering 5,000 sq.ft. in the heart of Hyattsville, MD. They once had a reasonable presence but were found to be a shady organization from day one. It was no surprise that they soon fell to Covid.


Southwest VA Socials - Monthly socials held in a relaxed, intimate setting. DJs are professional; all alcohol is BYOB w/ mixers provided & full service bartenders readily available. The main venue is meet & greet, but on premise play is held after the party in the group's hospitality suite. Currently, all links are down & they seem to have been lost to Covid.


Chesapeake Bay Swinging Boaters - An on-line forum for area boaters to gather in & around the Chesapeake. A 'host' makes a post & members respond to join the meet. The location, date, & time are set & boaters are guided to the gathering spot by a hailing channel. But the key organizers seem to have moved to St. Pete Fla. & have redirected activities there.


Ziegfelds / Secrets - DC's biggest & best emporium for drag shows & nude male dancers. After many years as one of the regions longest running venues of its kind, its owner was already contemplating retirement when any further plans were lost to covid.


The DC Eagle - having served numerous aspects of the LGBT community with a general focus toward gay male leather, they also hosted select nights for various aspects of other alternative cultures. But struglling w/ rising rents, they were finally lost to Covid.


Hummer - Club night focused toward those into Latex, Leather, Uniform, Gear, & Kink/Fetish with an orientation to the younger TNG Crowd. With a strict dress code & a live erotic showcase, it's gone through a few renditions of who, where, & what it was over the years. But in a post-covid world, they finally announced that hummer has closed its doors. After losing their last location, they finally decided it was the best path forward.


Bi-Weekly Parties - Hosted at various locations around the area. Targeted specifically to Bi men & women, couples w/ Bi-partners (& those who love them), as well as CD, TG, & TS individuals. In a post-covid world, their lead host had moved to South Carolina & suspended all DC operations.


T-Girl Nation - Hosting parties for the TV/TG community, their friends, admirers, "& anyone who can put up with us." Events are open to all. No membership or cover required. Locations change but are often hosted at Bar Rouge (NW DC).


Open Minded Events - Private group sponsoring all male play parties in Dupont. Active participation is encouraged. Previously known as Having Parties, their final affair was held on Sept 5th, 2021.


Philadelphia Women's Leather -  Featuring bar nights for Philadelphia women into leather & fetish. This is a pansexual organization & is open gay, bi, straight or any persuasion with an interest in leather. And actually, you don't even need to be into that!


Peek-a-Boo Review - Philly shows its sparkles offering ongoing shows & tours with a neo-burlesque review of top talent featuring high energy shows. Unfortunately, all links are down & they seem to have fallen to Covid.


Brightest Young Things - An exhaustive list of events & enticements throughout the area. During Covid they made the decision to focus their talent toward consulting, marketing, & professional branding. Using their talents to the best of their ability, they were forced to evolve within a post-covid landscape. We wish them well & are sorry to see them go.


On Tap Magazine - Washington's ultimate guide to the club, pub, & restaurant scene. Available online as well as in local venues throughout the area. This is a monthly publication.


Executive Women’s Roundtable - A forum for executive women to develop & foster relationships, as well as to explore opportunities for continuous learning. Forum lost due to Covid.


Philly2Nite - Philadelphia's nightlife resource, featuring club & restaurant reviews, guest list availability, area events, as well as mainstream alternative venues.


Dark & Stormy - DC Goth Night at Black Cat.

Maryland Faerie Festival - Hosted at Ramblewood Campground. Darlington, Md.

The Free Spirit Gathering - Gathering for Wiccan & Pagan Spirituality at Ramblewood.

Queen City Potter Party - The entire town of Staunton, Va. transforms itself to all things Harry Potter!

South Carolina Leather Pride - East Coast leather competition in Columbia, SC.


Recent Additions:

  • Clubs: Crew Club - Gay male bath house on 14th St. NW DC. Previously shut down, they are now back.
  • Groups: Cum Union DC - International sex club for gay & bi men. Previously disbanned, they have now returned to the area. 
  • Recurring Nights:  80's night DC is once again back in action. But not on a consistent schedule.

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