- Saturday, Sunday, Monday -
AUGUST 16-18, 1997


P, O, Box 516
Mount Desert, Maine 04660
(207) 244-4062 or email Larry and Trevor

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Keynote Speakers:

Del Martin
Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin: Authors and Activists

In San Franscico, in 1955, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, with six other lesbians, founded the Daughters of Bilitis, the first national Lesbian organization, They co-authored Lesbian/Woman in 1972, have been active in the Lesbian/Gay/Bi and Women's movements, and have been a couple for more than four decades, This is their first trip to Maine,

Diane Elze
Diane Elze: Gay Activist

From being on the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance board since its inception in 1984 (including stints as President and Treasurer), to founding and advising Portland's Outright Youth Group, to AIDS work, writing for "Our Paper", and ACT UP events, Diane Elze DEFINED!!! gay activism in Maine for nearly twenty years, Since her departure in 1992, she earned her Master's in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University, and has recieved many awards and fellowships,

Live Entertainment:

Romanovsky & Phillips (link)

"The gay Smothers Brothers", "The gay Simon and Garfunkel", the "gay Donnie and Marie". Whomever, these pioneers of the gay and lesbian comedy movement have toured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Their songs celebrate life with a perfect balance of wit, sensitivity and political passion. Songs such as "Some of My Best Friends Are Straight", "Don't Use Your Penis (For a Brain)", "What Kind of Self-Respecting Faggot Am I?", "Homophobes in Robes", and "If There is a God (He's A Queen)", cross all barriers.

Sons and Lovers

From concert halls and rallies to cabaret and coffee houses, Sons and Lovers delight their audience everytime with their beautiful acappella music and warm stage presence. Singing to entertain and inspire social change, they energize our community with a musical reper- toire that defies categorization.

Six Basin Street
An all women Dixieland jazz band from eastern Maine. The members represent different ages, political interests, life-styles, and socio-economic backgrounds. They formed a cohesive group that has been together since January 1992, and became friends, through their interests in playing music and having a whole lot of fun while entertaining others.
Diva Brazilia
An ensemble of Portland area women performing world music. Flute, vocalists, and colorful percussion combine to create the sounds of Brazil, samba and bossa, swing and blues, jazz standards and originals, with lyrics sung in both Portuguese and English.


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The dormitories of College of the Atlantic (COA) are located in refurbished houses, summer cottages, and one brand new dorm. All are aesthetically pleasing.

Most rooms are double occupancy, with a limited number of single and triple rooms available. Make known your preference and we will try to comply. All buildings have lounges with limited cooking and refrigeration capabilities for late night teas, snacks, etc. . .


The food at The College of the Atlantic is simply fantastic and has received national acclaim. Six meals are included with the full meal plans. Sunday's Dinner Extravaganza will be a choice of Lobster, Steak, or a Vegetarian Dish. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Location, Location, Location

College of the Atlantic is a fully accredited, coeducational, four-year college located in Bar Harbor, Maine, offering a Bachelor of Arts in human ecology. 250+ students pursue a liberal arts education while studying the various relationships which exist between humans and their natural and social environments. You will recognize the beauty and uniqueness of COA from the moment you step foot onto campus. Click here to visit the COA site

Many of the buildings and dormitories were built at the turn of the century as summer cottages. Take a morning stroll through the terraces and rose parterre designed by Beatrix Farrand, one of the great landscape designers of the 20th century. Pass through the terraced Newlin Gardens on your way to a meal or event in Kaelber Hall and Gates Community Center. Meditate along the shore or College Pier looking out over Frenchman Bay towards Schoodic Point, Bar Island, and the Porcupines. See for yourself the campus that Princeton Review's 1996 'Student Access Guide to the Best 309 Colleges' gave top billing in "Beautiful Campus" category. COA's kitchen was rated fourth in the nation under the category "Great Food", fourth in "Most Politically Active", and an impressive sixth in the "Gay Community Accepted" category.

The Region:

Bar Harbor is one of the east coast's most sought after vacation spots, Mount Desert Island is the third largest island on the eastern US seaboard. It is home of Acadia National Park, which occupies 150 of the 270 square miles of the island.
Cadillac Mountain has the distinction of being the first spot in the continental US to be struck by sunlight each and every morning, The island's third largest mountain - Dorr Mountain - is named after a man who happened to be family.

You will have the opportunity to explore Acadia in all its wonder and glory. You may choose to kayak Frenchman Bay, walk the bar to Bar Island (around low tide Click here for Tide Chart), visit Sand Beach and hike Great Head, swim and sunbathe at the "clothing optional" ledges of Lakewood, star gaze on Cadillac Mtn., get splashed at Thunder Hole, or walk to town and browse or shop. COA, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Mount Desert Island have much to offer in helping to make Gay Times a memorable event,

Gay Times Festival Schedule

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subject to change:

Saturday, August 17th
10:00 am - Registration Begins, Room Assignments, Maps, Tickets, Coffee, etc.
11:30-1:00 pm Lunch Buffet with Six Basin Street, Women's dixieland band
1:30-2:30 pm Welcome -Keynote Speaker Diane Elze
2:30-6:00 pm You Choose: Workshops: `Sharing Music of Our Common Struggles' w/ Sons & Lovers, `Being Single and Sane' and more.
3:00-4:30 pm Sea Kayaking
4:00-5:30 pm Key Distribution
5:00 pm Icebreaker with Jen and Don
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm 12-Step Meeting / Non-traditionally Gendered Drop-In
8:30-10:00 pm Music and Comedy with Romanovsky & Phillips
10:30 pm - Stargazing and Storytelling from the top of Cadillac Mountain, Films, Games, Coffee, Snacks. Bonfire with marshmallows (weather permitting), Socializing and General R & R, etc.
Sunday, August 17th
6:30-8:00 am Sea Kayaking, Bird Watches, Walks, Coffee
8:00-9:30 am Breakfast
10:00-11:30 am Keynotes - Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin - book signing to follow.
11:30-1:00 pm Lunch - Outdoor concert w/ Diva Brazilia, Brazilian and world music
1:00-6:00 pm You Choose:
1:00-6:00 pm Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center - Women s Cancer Screening Clinic
1:00-2:30 pm Workshops (spontaneous format)
1:00-2:30 pm `Exploring Gay and Lesbian Music' w/Romanovsky and Phillips
1:00-2:30 pm Sea Kayaking
2:30-6:00 pm Lakewood excursions w/Don, Volleyball, walk to town, Asticou Gardens, hiking, bicycling, R & R
3:00-4:30 pm Sea kayaking
4:30-6:00 pm Political Panel Discussion - `Our Civil Rights'
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner Extravaganza
7:00-8:00 pm 12-step meeting / Bi-sexual Concerns Drop-In
8:45 pm - Concert with Sons and Lovers, followed by Dance with DJ. Adjoining coffeehouse will be available for coffee, discussions, and games.
Monday, August 18th
7:00-8:30am Sea Kayaking, Bird watches, Walks, Coffee
8:30-10:00 am Brunch
10:00-12:00 pm Workshop: w/ Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon `Four Decades of Lesbian Herstory'
10:00 - Light Hike - Gorham Mountain with queer naturalists and see the sea cave.
12:00-1:30 pm Closing Circle
1:30-Sunset You are welcome to remain and enjoy the town and surroundings. Grounds and facilities remain available for use.

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Last Update 7/29/97