Thursday, August 14, 2014

VINTAGE NEW HOPE

Over the weekend as you know my good friend and blogger pal Kailyn was her from San Francisco. We spent the better part of the weekend drunk happily touring New Hope. I think Kailyn might have said she was ready to move here. For my newer readers, yours truly lives outside Philadelphia by 45 minutes in beautiful Bucks County. The quaint town of New Hope is a major draw and a HUGE gay destination. What about the history?  Well George Washington crossed the river right up the road, but,  around the turn of the last century, artists began to congregate in and around the town of New Hope in Bucks County. This quaint little town along the Delaware River is situated less then forty miles from Philadelphia and sixty miles from Manhattan. Artists found New Hope appealing because the picturesque surroundings provided endless subjects to paint. It was also in close proximity to the nation’s art capitals of New York and Philadelphia. After the artist arrived it wasn't long before writers, who were considered" racy" found a refuge, followed by many in the performing arts, and singers. Followed by New Agers, and witches, and finally the gays also found it home. To this day, I have never experienced another town like New Hope. When one goes out to dine, it's not uncommon to see a table of four straight couples, sitting next to a gay couple or two, who are across from a group of lesbians, next to a bunch of biker dudes, who just happen to be sharing a table with four transsexuals, while several tables over sit a group of punk rock kids, talking to two drag queens. Meanwhile in the corner sits Hugh Jackman and his manager who came down from  New York to par take of dinner after the show he did on Broadway years ago!!!! I swear I can still smell his cologne. It really is like a paradise where everyone gets along. But the big gay legendary place is my ever faithful playground The Raven Resort, which has the Oak Room Bar, where the late Elaine Stritch and others were known to show up a couple of times and sing show tunes with men in the room, which still continues every Saturday night, a bed and breakfast, a stunning pool, and a renowned restaurant, Poe. It's always famous for their go-go boy Thursday nights and their Lipstick Monday Drag Shows. The Raven was once know as Le Camp till around 1976, where it was renamed the Raven. Imagine my surprise to come across these vintage gems from yester year.
 
If your in the area of New Hope, or Philadelphia or parts of Jersey, and some of the community says their going to "The Pool", chances were, and still are, it's the The Raven!!!!




 
 
New Hope's legendary drag queen, Mother who is no longer with us.


 
The old Cartwheel Nightclub
 
Mother's Restaurant was named after Mother and is still here today.

 
I can't believe how it has architecturally changed, but you know what... still fun and camp as ever. I feel honored to be part of it's colorful history.

19 comments:

  1. I would tend to agree! New Hope is one of the fun weekends you won't soon forget. Where else is there a high end dress shop, next to a cigar shop, next to a witch craft shop???

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  2. Great post! I still have very fond memories of when we met and upu show me new hope. And I don't mean your ass!

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  3. Love this post! I now feel I want to come see this. Has sort of a Fire Island-ease feel to it. Great pictures!

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  4. Wow, what a treat to find those pictures! I always have a great time in New Hope, can't say I ever have experienced anywhere like it myself.

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  5. Mistress, William and I have lived on the Main Line for years, and some of my most fond memories are of New Hope. Those pictures are amazing! What a lovely post. I can tell you really enjoy the area! And what a better place to love.

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  6. Love the gang at the pool! I can see your have had quite a,few characters around there! I never knew the history of how it get so colorful! I need to get a visit there.

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  7. I have enjoyed this post! It is one of those rare places you won't find much but will always remember! I'm loving Mother!!! The Raven looks so different, but can see some little details that are still intact.

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  8. ahh...misty water colored memories....

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  9. damn, I just learned more about new hope in 5 minutes than I have in 60 years!

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  10. New hope sounds like an amazing place. Now if only all places could be as open as this jewel! The pictures are very entertaining

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  11. Thank you for sharing , the pictures are so fun. Looks like the guy poolside in heels was having a few. And Hugh Jackman!!!!!!! I would have passed out!!!!!! I LOVE HIM!

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  12. Ha, love the fashions and the patriotic guy!!!!

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  13. At first i was intrigues by the Bikini-donning, high-heel-wearing, Rumba dancer, but then i scrolled down and saw Beefcake in a Bikini and, well, that was that.

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  14. How interesting! I love New,Hope and have stayed at the raven many times! How different it looks! Very nice post.

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  15. I think New Hope sounds like a great little town. I wish my town was a little more T like this. Mother looks quote the grand dame. Lovely post.

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  16. Wow,cool post! Friends say I would love this town. I need to visit. I love quirky towns like this.

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  17. Should you be sharing that picture of flags in your shorts? How nice to see the antics even then.

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  18. That sounds like one very cool town! I can see you guys had a lovely time! I love places were you can camp it up

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