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Summer Fetish Fair Fleamarket® 17

Saturday, June 30, 2001

General Information

June 30th, 2001 at the Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, South End, Boston
11 am to 7 pm


What is the Fetish Fair Fleamarket?
The Fetish Fair Fleamarket is the largest fetish/leather/BDSM event in New England. Come join close to a hundred vendors for an afternoon of browsing, shopping, and socializing with leatherfolk, fetish fans, and SM players of all persuasions. Expect 3000 attendees and vendors from the local area, and from California, Florida, Canada, New York, Arizona, and elsewhere. Attendees can expect to find for sale whips and floggers, corsets, leather restraints, PVC fetish clothing, art, books, magazines, jewelry, piercing jewelry, chain mail, safe sex supplies, and more. Ms. Boston Leather Sarah, Mr.Ocean State Leather 2000 Tim Davis, The princesses of Porn, Corvette, and other local community talents will present demonstrations and performances. Women's leather group the M.O.B. will sell drinks and yummy concessions. And long-standing leather/levi community group Entre Nous will run the bag check.
Important Details
Admission is $5 for the general public, free for NELA associates and members of NLA:I affiliate groups or other leather activist organizations--bring your membership card or wear your colors! (Members of WMPE, BDS, TES, Black Rose, GMSMA, Female Trouble, Dreizhen, Riders M.C., and others need only show club ID or colors at the door to enter.)
Admission Rules
Only those 18 years of age and up admitted! Please do not bring children as they will not be admitted and we cannot be responsible for supervising them. No Smoking in the Cyclorama. No food or drink in the vending area. (There will be a snack & socializing area, and concessions will be sold.) No Live Animals. (I mean it!) No non-human pets! No photography, filming or videotaping allowed. Press photographers must register at the door and limit photographs to individuals who have given explicit permission to have their photographs taken. Unauthorized cameras will be confiscated!! Boston Police have empowered us to confiscate your film if you break this rule. Digital cameras media will be erased. No nudity. Please wear your fetish wear but abide by the laws regarding public exposure! (For women: no exposed nipples. For everyone: no pubic hair, no genitalia, and in the back, at least a one-inch wide strip between your buttcheeks. That's the law.)
Volunteers Wanted
Want free admission to the flea, and possibly some other goodies? We need people to sign up for the following shifts:
Set Up Crew Friday 4pm to 8pm (or portion thereof)
Set up of the room will now take place on Friday afternoon and evening. We will need to move tables into position, build some walls, and help load stuff in for vendors. The goal will be that at 9am the next morning, we can just start putting vendors right into their tables.
Load In Crew Saturday 9am-11am
Load In Crew will take care of any last minute set up details that might not have been handled the night before, and generally just help vendors to get their stuff to their tables as quickly and efficiently as possible. Cars must not linger in the loading dock, so it will be important to really get stuff inside in an efficient (and accurate!) manner. We'll also set up extension cords and tape down where necessary, and generally aid bewildered vendors to orient themselves.
Gopher/Ops in shifts from 11am-7pm
Gophers will do things like deliver lunches to the vendors, sell t-shirts, dispense door prizes, act as Camera Guards, operate the Handicapped lift, get people to fill out the exit poll, and help solve minor crises as they come up. (They always do.)
Break Down Crew 7:00pm-9:00pm
Break down crew will fold and stack tables, and chairs, and take the garbage bags to the loading dock. We don't have to sweep the floor this year--we're paying extra money to have the BCA crew handle it.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinators David and Terry. with your e-mail address or telephone number, and what shift you would prefer to work. People who can work more than one shift are always appreciated. We will need approximately 100 volunteers to run the event, so if you've been considering pitching in... please do so! As thank you's this year we will be giving out $5 shopping certificates, NELA safety flashlights (perfect for your to bag), and other cool stuff. Plus you get to be a part of the largest leather/SM/fetish event in New England.

Directions to the BCA Cyclorama :

  • From Route 93 Southbound: Take Exit #20, the Mass Pike/Albany St exit. Bear left following signs for Albany St/South Boston. At the 2nd Light make a Right onto East Berkeley St. Go to the fifth set of lights, and make a left onto Tremont Street. BCA is on your right.
  • From Route 93 Northbound: Take Exit #17, East Berkeley Street/broadway Detour. At the first light, turn left onto East Berkeley, go to the fifth set of lights, and make a left onto Tremont Street. BCA will be on your right.
  • From Route 93 Northbound (ALTERNATE): This is longer then the direction given above, but sometimes easier for people to follow. Take the Massachusetts Avenue Exit, which is now a right exit. Keep following the signs, which will lead you north for a ways, then cross the highway, and back south toward Boston City Hospital. When you reach Mass. Ave, make a right and go under Boston City Hospital. Tremont Street is coming up on the right. Make a right and go several blocks. The BCA is at #539 and will be on your left side, between Clarendon St. and Berkeley St.
  • From the Mass Pike Eastbound: Exit at Copley Square. Take a Right onto Dartmouth Street, go til it ends, then left onto Tremont. BCA is one block down on the left.
  • From Storrow Drive Eastbound: Take the Copley Exit. Travel on Clarendon Street across Back Bay, pass the Hancock Tower and the Back Bay Amtrak station. Where Clarendon ends is Tremont Street. The BCA is the large brick complex on your left, next to Hamerrsby's Bistro.
  • By T: Take the Orange Line to Back Bay or the Green Line to Copley. Walk south on Dartmouth Street or Clarendon Street to Tremont Street. Make a left on Tremont. BCA is at #539, set back a bit from the road by a brick plaza.
  • Parking: The parking lot adjacent to the BCA has "limited" on-site parking for about $10-$12 per day (price seems to vary) at the lot on Warren Street. There is metered parking on the city streets, and other parking garages 2-3 blocks away, adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe on Clarendon Street. There is also always plenty of parking in the garages at the Prudential Center, only 3-4 short blocks down Clarendon Street. There are some pretty good maps on the World Wide Web at

Nearby Hotel Accomodations:

    Boston is experiencing a severe hotel shortage, so early reservations are highly recommended. (Many hotels require a two night minimum stay for weekends in the summer!) Among those for the budget minded:

  • The Chandler Inn, a gay-owned hotel a quarter mile from the BCA (you can throw a rock from one to the other...) Call the Chandler Inn at (617) 482-3450.
  • Just down Route 93 at Exit 12 is the Susse Chalet, $142 per night king or double double. (If you have AAA, you get discount rates of 10% off). Make your reservation at (617) 287-9100. I know this seems high for a Susse Chalet, but, as I said, there is a hotel shortage driving up rates and driving down vacancy. (The Copley Square Hotel, for comparison, is $229 per night and up.)
  • You can also call Citywide Reservations, who will check room availability for you and search the city for things in your price range. They also get discounts at many of the hotels. Call (800) HOTEL-93 or within Boston (617) 267-7424.
  • One last tip, one vendor used and had a bid of $75 a night accepted at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, which is also walking distance to the BCA. Give it a shot!


Click for the Map
  • Vendor List
  • Expected Vendors
    As of June 25th, 2001, here are the vendors we are expecting to see at this summer's flea:
    • Achella
    • Amazing Superstores
    • BDS
    • BDSM submissive Safety of New England
    • Big Head Studios
    • Black Key Club
    • Black Laboratories
    • Bones & Flowers
    • Boston Phoenix Erosphere
    • Brute Force Leather
    • Captive Creations/Falcons Floggers
    • Carnal Confections
    • Central Maine Alliance
    • Chainmail by Alyx
    • Circlet Press
    • Compass Institute
    • CUFSmaine
    • Delicious Corsets
    • DeTails Toys
    • Dragon's Designs
    • Dragon's Lair
    • eros boutique
    • Falcons Floggers
    • Fetish Temple
    • Fetishes Boutique
    • Fools Errant
    • Glamour Boutique
    • Grand Opening
    • Greyhawk Design
    • Happy Tails
    • J&J; Leather
    • Jer's WIcked Canes
    • Just For Fun
    • Laughing Skull Productions
    • Leather by Danny
    • Leather Creations
    • Leather Harvest
    • Madam Kufu's Parlor of Incognita
    • Marrus Art
    • Midnight Blue's
    • Miko Exoticwear
    • MOB
    • Mystic Rose Books
    • Nancy's Basement
    • Old Hat Antiques & Collectibles
    • Other Woman
    • Pandora & Pendragon
    • Passion Play Products
    • PENE (Power Exchange of New England)
    • R&R; Designs
    • Rick Savage Videos
    • Second Sight
    • Shoe Guy
    • Soulful Creations
    • Stationhouse Leathers & Gear
    • Sterling
    • Stuff Ltd.
    • Sunspot Designs
    • Toy Bag & Heartwood Whips of Passions
    • Transitions
    • Water Hole Custom Leather
    • Xanadu Creations

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