West Coast Gathering 2022 Social Hour & Evening Themes

Social Hour 2010Among the highlights of each day at the West Coast 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.

Suggestions for themes for CMEN’s West Coast Gathering 2022 were proposed by past Gathering participants. These suggested themes were reviewed and after months of deliberation the final themes were selected:

Mardi Gras Social Hour 2001Tuesday, August 23:  PINK PASSION
Why wait for your Pink Slip… the Fuchsia is Now!  Will Miss Piggy show up in her shocking pink poodle skirt eating cotton candy?  Or will it be the Pink Panther chewing pink bubble gum?  Pink Flamingos wearing rose-colored glasses?  Or a Pink Elephant in a Pink Cadillac sipping pink champagne on ice?  This afternoon, everything is Code Pink.

Wednesday, August 24:  HALLOWEEN
It’s Transylvania.  A coyote howls in the distance butt is it really a coyote?  (Could it be Miss Ida Ho sexually moaning in Jiffy Lube?!).  This afternoon you can wear your favorite nightmare… or anything that you’d wear on the Gay National Holiday of Halloween! Will Jekyl and Hyde transformations engulf you?  Dress in your scariest outfit this evening… if you dare!

Thursday, August 25:  SAILORS AND SOLDIERS
Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of a man in uniform! (…except maybe a man OUT of his uniform!)  Who are your favorite uniformed men?   Major military madness might be upon us this afternoon. Will you be Dishonorably Discharged for Disorderly Conduct or for going AWOL?  Wear your favorite uniform accessories and serve!

Hawaiian Luau Social HourFriday, August 26: MISS IDA HO’s 70’s DRAG PARTY!
It might be before your time, but you can still be Mary Tyler Moore, Raquel Welch, Olivia Newton-John, Suzanne Somers, Bo Derek, Farrah Fawcett, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli, Cher, or Tina Turner.  Or all of them rolled up into one!  So long as it’s not Anita Bryant!  That’s right… time to whip out your bell-bottoms, macramé belts, gogo boots, and tube tops!  Not feeling the urge to do drag?  Don a hippy tie-dyed T-shirt, some platform shoes, or a wide tie a la Paul Lynde!  Just can’t bear to wear ANYthing?  How about simply flashing a peace sign!  The highlight of the evening will be the Miss CMEN Queen contest, hosted by none-other than the sultry, yet saucy: Miss Ida Ho!

Saturday, August 27:  SUPERHEROES AND VILLAINS
Will you be Superman or Lois Lane?  Batman or his Boy Wonder?  The Flash, The Hulk or Thor.  Perhaps you’re feeling as brave and bitchy as Cruella Deville, Maleficent or the Catwoman?  Will you be a nemesis dressed as the Joker, the Riddler, Penguin or Darth Vader?  Or will it be Wolverine, Aquaman, Spider Man, Iron Man or Wonder Woman?  Everyone is a SuperCMEN this afternoon by donning a cape and some crotch-less tights!

Sunday, August 28:  ALMOST FOLSOM
Yes Sir!  The masculine aroma of men in black leather fills the air.  Will tonight be the night of your fantasies?  Leather vests, leather chaps… anything goes!  Look your best in polished motorcycle boots, a black leather cap, armbands, a harness, and/or other leather accessories.  Attend a Leather Workshop at the Dungeon throughout the day and enter the Mr. CMEN Leather Contest scheduled this evening.  Who will win this pre-IML contest? A victory dance will follow the show.

Leathermen at leather theme social hourMonday, August 29:  OVER THE RAINBOW
Wrap yourself in a Rainbow Flag… or don anything rainbow!  Today ANY color of the rainbow will do: RED hot, mellow YELLOW, royal PURPLE, BLUE moon, or GREEN with envy!  ORANGE you glad you brought something colorful to the gathering?  You can work the “Over the Rainbow” angle by wearing ANYthing from the Wizard of Oz: the Scarecrow, a hot Tin Man, the Lion, Toto, a Witch, the Wizard, a munchkin or even Dorothy Gale herself!

Tuesday, August 30:  BEACH BLANKET BINGO
Summer Lovin’ is back: with hot guys, lifeguards and beach umbrellas!  Let’s go on a Surfin’ Safari with a bona-fide Beach Boy!  Who knows… we may even have a guest appearance by Frankie Avalon or more likely, Annette Funicello!  Or work the BINGO angle and cum dressed as a giant bingo chip or card!  O-69 is the only number you’ll need this afternoon!

Wednesday, August 31:  RED HOT!
Everything is red hot today!  Wear your favorite red cap, red sandals, a plaid red kilt, a Santa hat or how about some red-hot Matador tights?!  Dress up as Elmo the muppet, Jessica Rabbit or wear the Cat in the Hat’s red hat!  Instead of dressing up to walk the Red Carpet, WEAR the red carpet!  You don’t belong to the Red Hat Society?  No problem… put on something Fire Engine red and pretend you’re mounting a real Fireman!  And if you aren’t feeling ballsy, keep it simple and wear only a red sock on your cock like a Red Hot Chili Pepper!

Volunteers are welcome to help with these and other proposed theme related evening activities, please note any special interest when sending in the registration form.

Photography By: Rick B.