14th Annual Lake Erie Gala

The 14th annual Lake Erie Gala, sponsored by the Erie Sisters Transgender Support Group, was held from November 20-24 at the Avalon Hotel in downtown Erie.

This year's Gala saw near record attendance, drawing transgenders and their spouses/significant others from as far as Denver, Colorado. Spousal and first timer attendance was at an all time high. The Gala featured tours to area wineries and other local attractions, fine meals and entertainment. On Wednesday, the ladies went to "All That Glitters" on E. 8th Street for discount shopping, wine and cheese, and a demonstration of various ways to wear scarves and other accessories. After shopping, we had dinner at El Toro Loco. Thursday saw a tour of two wineries and the Erie Brewing Company, and a performance after dinner that evening of "Whose Line is it Anyway" by the local performance group, "In All Seriousness." Friday's tours included more wineries and a tour of the Erie Art Museum. After dinner that evening, entertainment featured local hypnotist, Devin Knight. Dinners at the Avalon Thursday and Friday were themed. Thursday was a Sock Hop, and Friday was biker night, with prizes given to those deemed best dressed for the themes. The Gala attracted many vendors from the region, selling cosmetics, clothing, wigs, and other items. Saturday saw a return of the fashion show, with girls modeling attired in various categories, and our annual Glitter Ball capped off the week's events on Saturday night.

The Erie Sisters has enjoyed exponential growth over the past several years, due largely to our new website launched four years ago at eriesisters.ning.com. With over 1200 site members worldwide now, we look forward to what 2014 will bring us.


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