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ShipMates to celebrate 40 years in April

By January 30, 2014

ship_button_overThe ShipMates Club of Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest Leather club, will celebrate 40 years of brotherhood and community service on the weekend of April 11-13 at the Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel in Baltimore.

The weekend’s activities will include a Leather dance at Grand Central Station, a bar crawl, a Fetish Ball at Club Orpheus, a Sunday brunch, and a formal Leather dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s in the beautiful Inner Harbor area of Baltimore.

There will also be cocktail parties at the host hotel as well as a council meeting of the AMCC (Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council).

For tickets and more information visit http://www.shipmatesclub.com

Phone (800) 292-5500 and say “Shipmates Club” to get in their room block. The run fee is $155.


The club began in April 1974 with 27 Charter members at The Gallery bar when patrons asked “Are you interested in forming a Leather/Levi club?”  Within a few months, membership grew to 49 men after several meetings at the apartment of Walter Beall and Jack Fauth.

The ShipMates' First Anniversary was held at the Hippo, with food cooked by two members - the admission was $2. They still have the list of the 175 attendees. The Second Anniversary, held at the Alcazar (now Baltimore School for the Performing Arts) was an extravaganza of glitters and feathers that rivaled the Ziegfeld Follies. Other Anniversaries have been held at the Governor’s Club, The Union Hall in Dundalk, The Electric Circus (now Bill Bateman’s Bistro), Overlea Caterer’s, La Fontaine Bleu, Martin’s Preston Room, The Crowne Plaza in Timonium, Brasserie 810 South, and Sammy’s Trattoria.