Party outta’ bounds

Your gay At­lanta hol­i­day roundup.

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By JIM FARMER

The king daddy of the hol­i­day sea­son is the Toy Party, now in its 11th year but with some changes this sea­son. It is spon­sored by For the Kid in All of Us with a goal this year to pro­vide hol­i­day toys for 5,000 chil­dren, re­ceiv­ing ser­vices from 21 Ge­or­gia non-prof­its serv­ing chil­dren. “Ev­ery year we try to do a lit­tle some­thing dif­fer­ent for our guests with­out get­ting too far away from the cen­tral fo­cus,” says Ali­son Hall, the pres­i­dent of For the Kid In All of Us, Inc. “For the first time, we will have two of At­lanta’s hottest DJs, Vicki Pow­ell and DJ Sed, spin­ning center stage to keep the party go­ing, and we have silent auc­tion finds for ev­ery­one, from restau­rant deals to one-of-a-kind va­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Ad­mis­sion is a $20 toy, as well as a $5 dona­tion, which be­gan last year.

Hall says the Toy Party and Silent Auc­tion has been the tra­di­tional hol­i­day sea­son cen­ter­piece for the com­mu­nity for years. “Not sim­ply be­cause it’s the largest party, but be­cause it has re­mained true to its roots. Since its in­cep­tion 11 years ago the mis­sion has al­ways been a sim­ple one - to bridge com­mu­ni­ties to brighten the lives of Ge­or­gia’s chil­dren in need.” The Toy Party will be held on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 8, at Amer­i­cas Mart down­town-Amer­i­cas Mart down­town. DJ Vicki Pow­ell and DJ SedA VIP ex­pe­ri­ence is avail­able which in­cludes a pri­vate bar and a silent auc­tion keep­sake.

Another big party will be the At­lanta Gay and Les­bian Cham­ber of Com­merce’s (AGLCC) Out in the Kitchen event, which com­bines a fes­tive na­ture with food. Ac­cord­ing to An­dria Towne, AGLCC’s vice pres­i­dent, it’s the big­gest event spon­sored by the cham­ber, save for their awards din­ner in the fall. Out in the Kitchen was suc­cess­ful in its in­au­gu­ral out­ing last year and will again fea­ture bites at var­i­ous chef sta­tions. “The events we have through­out the year are more about busi­ness and net­work­ing; this is about so­cial­iz­ing and fun,” she says. Two chefs have been con­firmed, Sean Shuter of the W At­lanta Mid­town’s Spice Mar­ket (where the event is be­hind held) and Chef Patric Bell of The Bar­rel­house. More chefs will be an­nounced lead­ing up to the De­cem­ber 12 event, says Towne.

The At­lanta Ex­ec­u­tive Net­work (AEN) hosts its hol­i­day party at the trendy new Henry’s on Dec. 5, blend­ing so­cial­iz­ing and a hol­i­day raf­fle give­away. Both mem­bers of AEN and non-mem­bers will be in at­ten­dance.

The At­lanta Gay Men’s Cho­rus will spon­sor its an­nual hol­i­day con­cert, its 33rd, ti­tled “Sea­sons of Fam­ily,” on Dec. 6 and 7, while At­lanta Free­dom Bands will stage their 20th an­niver­sary “Hol­i­day Spec­tac­u­lar” con­cert celebration Dec. 21. The con­cert will in­clude all of AFB’s per­form­ing ensem­bles: the Con­cert Band, the March­ing Band, the MetroGnomes Stage Band, and the Color Guard.

Lovers of hairy men should check out the South­ern Bears hol­i­day party Dec. 7 at the Phillip Rush Center with food and drinks, while Will Pol­lock’s ARTVi­sion 8, “The Prom­ise of Peace: Art In­no­vat­ing Life,” is an artist’s col­lab­o­ra­tion in Old Fourth Ward with art­work for sale pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Pos­i­tive Im­pact, on Dec. 13. Also part of the sea­son is Charis Book’s Sol­stice Sale and Party (Dec. 21), which of­fers dis­counts on hol­i­day good­ies as well as free wrap­ping and cider and nib­bles in­side.

An en­ter­tainer per­forms at Toy Party 2012. (Pub­lic­ity photo via Face­book)

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