Archive for 2019

Please RSVP for Your Song – Exciting Changes to Our Musical Lineup Announced

Music has inspired us to change the world!! On our Stonewall 50 festival cruise we are presenting a wonderful singer, Skip Potter from Barre Vermont, who has been singing and performing since he was a child, most recently playing the lead role in a production of The Mikado at the Unadilla Theater, and  on the keyboards, his wonderful accompanist Isaac James to sing and play some of the songs that made us cry and helped inspire us to make the gay revolution!

Be it Judy Garland,  (whose funeral happened the night before the Stonewall Riots) or Bette Midler, music was an important part of our growing consciousness and identity as an LGBT community … And so we sing!! as we end with a surprise sing-a-long at our closing cocktail party… you will be thrilled.

Tenor Skip Potter (left), and Pianist Isaac James (right)

Skip Potter, a tenor, was Music Director of the Brandon Baptist Church and is currently a sought after soloist, having both current and past  engagements performing  with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic, Counterpoint, and  Solaris. Skip was also the featured soloist for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities in Stanford, Ct. Classically trained, Skip has performed works by Vivaldi, Dietrich Buxtehude and Gounod; to name a few, and was recently the Tenor Soloist performing Shubert’s  Mass No.2 in G Major.

Skip Potter

Isaac James has performed Solo recitals, and with Chamber Orchestras on both Piano and Pipe Organ and has served as resident accompanist for community, symphonic and collegiate choral groups. He has also worked in very close collaboration with opera vocalist, Mezzo Soprano Evgeniya Krachmarova-Sotirov from Bulgaria and with violinist Dmitri Gastonovichkoff in Texas. Isaac made his Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2012. Isaac is the Director and Founder of the P. Owen Willaman International Piano Competition, which he named for his late friend and esteemed citizen of Watertown, New York.

Isaac James

Please join us for our opening cocktail party (right after we sail past the Statue of Liberty) on June 8th,   with  Women On A Roll and Pride of the Ocean’s tribute to Margarethe Cammermeyer followed by a few wonderful tunes by Skip and Issac. At our closing cocktail  party, Skip and Isaac will bring it all together as we return to the port of New York with a sing a long as Pride of the Ocean marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising aboard the Norwegian Dawn.   We are so pleased to be presenting Skip Potter and Isaac James!
We are in our final weeks of cabin sales, so click below to learn more. Many exciting discounts available!

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The Stonewall 50 Cruise Welcomes Aboard Outspoken: Oral History from LGBTQ Pioneers

 

Joining Pride of the Ocean’s Stonewall 50 cruise  is Steven F. Dansky, activist, writer, and photographer for more than fifty years, now a documentary filmmaker, who journeyed from coast-to-coast through rural communities to urban epicenters and across the globe via Skype to Bangkok, Buenos Aires, and Melbourne, to capture the oral history from the founders of the modern LGBTQ movement.

 

Steven F. Dansky

Inspired from Outspoken: Oral History of LGBTQ Pioneers, the documentary film ‘From Trauma to Activism‘ unpacks LGBTQ history with narratives from audacious pathfinders and gay liberationists; dykes and lesbian separatists; and radical fairies and queens. The documentary features three veterans of the Stonewall Rebellion, Danny Garvin, Jerry Hoose, and Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. Also, three veterans of the U.S. military: transgender activists Blue Montana and Frankie Perez; and LGBT activist and Nevada State Senator, Pat Spearman.

These pioneers formulated daring politics with insights about human existence, trans and gender identity and sexual orientation that inspired generations of post-Stonewall Rebellion activists, change-agents,  academicshistoriansartists, filmmakers and writers.

 

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Many Outspoken narratives contain contemplative views about the future for LGBTQ people. Advances toward basic human rights have taken place, such as marriage equality in a handful of states, but these are very recent victories. It was only in 2003 that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned anti-sodomy laws. Globally, the fate of LGBTQ people is more dubious with recent anti-homosexual legislation enacted in countries on several continents, often exported from the U.S. by homophobic evangelical Christian churches.

Join Pride of the Ocean’s Stonewall 50 cruise to learn and celebrate how our Stonewall Pioneers fought for and won the LGBT rights that we have today and how you can help to safeguard those rights for future generations by remembering the lessons learned from the past on this 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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