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Northern California Mid-Summer Gathering Past Themes

First Social Hour at CMEN Northern California Gathering 2014Social Hour & Evening Themes

Among the highlights of each day at the CMEN gatherings are the late afternoon social hour parties and evening events.

Just for fun, the social hour parties and evening events have a different theme each day. While nudity is still the overall rule, gathering attendees are encouraged (but not required) to wear accessories that correspond to the theme for the social hour and evening. Social hour “costumes” can range from a simple cap or hat to the outlandish.

Themes for the Mid-Summer 2014 gathering were:

  • Thursday, August 7: Virgin Party – It’s our first Northern California gathering, wear a white hat or accessories or ???
  • Friday, August 8: Leather and Feathers – Is leather or feathers more your style? Wear a cap and accessories to compliment your style.
  • Saturday, August 9: Pink Party – Do your prefer a soft pink, a more passionate pink, or a faded bandana red? Wear your favorite shade of pink hat or accessories.

Themes for the Mid-Summer 2015 Gathering were:

  • Tuesday, August 4 – Mad Hatter.
  • Wednesday, August 5 – Queens for a day.
  • Thursday, August 6 – Leather and uniforms.
  • Friday, August 7 – Green (with envy).
  • Saturday, August 8 – 60s : Summer of Love party.

Mid-summer 2016 Gathering themes were:

  • Tuesday, August 2 – Mardi Gras: It’s party time at the Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Wear your beads, feather masks, and other festive accessories.
  • Wednesday, August 3 – A day at the Dude Ranch: Imagine yourself riding in from the open prairie after a day out on the trail. Throw on your hat, boots, and other accessories this evening pardner.
  • Thursday, August 4 – Leather, Fetishes and Fantasies: The masculine aroma of men in black leather will fill the air, look your best in polished motorcycle boots, black leather cap, harness, and other accessories.
  • Friday, August 5 – Satin and Lace: Oh Darling! Dress to sparkle tonight. Perhaps you will find paradise in a luxurious ensemble, in something totally silly, or in the man wearing one….
  • Saturday, August 6 – Rainbows Forever: Which is your favorite color in the rainbow? Wear your favorite color cap and accessories this evening. Together, we each add a color to the rainbow.

Mid-summer 2017 themes were:

  • Tuesday, July 25 – What’s Your Sign: In the East or in the West, some believe that knowing your sign tells others a lot about you. Wear accessories symbolic of you sign tonight.Wednesday, July 26 – Red Hot: Everything is red hot! Wear your favorite red cap or hat, red sandals or other red accessories this evening.
  • Thursday, July 27 – A Night on Folsom St: Yes Sir! The masculine aroma of men in black leather fills the air. Will tonight be the night of your fantasies? look your best in polished motorcycle boots, black leather cap, harness, and other accessories.
  • Friday, July 28 – Glitter and Glamor: Dress to sparkle and shimmer this afternoon. Perhaps you’ll find paradise in a glorious ensemble, in a totally silly frock, or in the man wearing one… Who will win our hearts?
  • Saturday, July 29 – Viva Mexico: Time to take a fantasy visit South of the Border to old Mexico. Come naturally native with nothing but a sombrero and a colorful poncho from Puebla. Experience the sounds of Mariachi music, Spanish guitars, and erotic dancing!

Themes for the Mid-Summer 2018 Gathering were:

  • Tuesday, July 24 – MADD. Hatter: The Madd Hatter has arrived, but can’t decide what hat to wear! What would you suggest? What hat would your friends say is you? Wear your favorite hat, cap, crown, tiara, bonnet or beanie. If you belong to a local club this would be a great evening to wear your local club cap too. If not, perhaps a cap representing the city or state you are from could be worn.
  • Wednesday, July 25 – Christmas in July: Santa and his reindeer cannot stand the cold weather at the North Poll all year around, so they decided to join us in sunny California for the evening. Santa knows who has been naughty and nice! Come as one of Santa’s helpers or as an elf. Please bring a gag gift for the exchange which is planned for the social hour.
  • Thursday, July 26 – Leather masters and slaves: Yes Sir! The masculine aroma of men in black leather fills the air. Will tonight be the night of your fantasies? look your best in polished motorcycle boots, black leather cap, harness, and other accessories.
  • Friday, July 27 – Diamonds are a girls best friend: Dress to sparkle and shimmer this afternoon. Perhaps you’ll find paradise in a glorious ensemble, in a totally silly frock, or in the man wearing one… Who will win our hearts?
  • Saturday, July 28 – Lei’d in Paradise: Tonight the romance, music, and foods from the Hawaii will transport our fantasies to a tropical paradise. A beckoning drum and a faint mountain breeze add to the romance. Come natively naked or wear a lei for the evening. Hula anyone?

Themes for the Mid-Summer Gathering 2019 themes were:

  • Tuesday, July 23 – Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street: It’s party time at the Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Wear your beads, feather masks, and other festive accessories.
  • Wednesday, July 24 – Pirates of the Pacific: Ahoy mate! Tonight we set sail on an adventure to honor the daring sailors on the Pacific Ocean, and the fearless romantic pirates they were always chasing. Grab your sailor hat or your pirates hat if you dare to sail on the dark side.
  • Thursday, July 25 – Night on Folsom Street:  Yes Sir!  The masculine aroma of men in black leather fills the air.  Will tonight be the night of your fantasies?  look your best in polished motorcycle boots, black leather cap, harness, and other accessories.
  • Friday, July 26 – Divas in Satin and Lace:  Dress to sparkle and shimmer this afternoon.  Perhaps you’ll find paradise in a glorious ensemble, in a totally silly frock, or in the man wearing one…  Who will win our hearts?
  • Saturday, July 27 – A day at the Dude Ranch: Howdy Cowboy! Imagine yourself riding in from the open prairie after a day out on the trail. Throw on your hat, boots, and other accessories this evening pardner.

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