- Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
- 1031 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-495-1673
- Website | Facebook | Twitter
- Cuisine: Bar
- Price: $$$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
This week, Philly LGBT party producer Josh Schonewolf (Songbird, Mr. Everything) announced on Facebook that his weekly LGBT swim party at North Shore Beach Club, Drink or Swim, had been canceled. The post generated a lot of comments from disappointed swimmers and some who called North Shore homophobic. That latter comment stems from a situation in 2013 when several events were canceled following a particularly disorganized QFest event.
Schonewolf told me that, prior to being canceled, he’d received “five different excuses,” before eventually being told that they wouldn’t be doing any promotional events. “The way they went about it was really dismissive,” he told me. “This event meant a lot to a lot of LGBT folks, and they wouldn’t even schedule a meeting to discuss bringing it back. … It’s a hot mess.”
Friday night about 100 muscle-y souls braved the rain to enjoy PhillyGayCalendar’s Boys of Summer 2014 kickoff pool party at North Shore Beach Club. The affair was the first in a weekend long parade of parties that raised money for the long-running LGBT events calendar. The following day there was a car wash on Camac Street (a video soon to come), followed by the big party at Voyeur nightclub and, on Sunday, an afternoon BBQ to close out the annual event. I’ve got photos of the pool party below.
Philly party producer Josh Schonewolf has a lot of great ideas, but I think this one takes the cake: Tonight is the debut of his weekly pool party at North Shore Beach Club, Drink or Swim. Schonewolf says the parties will happen every Monday throughout the summer — or until it gets cold — and feature surprise performances (drag queens! songbirds!), a revolving selection of local DJs, and your chance to see your Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesdays in the skimpiest getup imaginable.