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Summer Fetish Fair Fleamarket® 25
Saturday, August 6, 2005
- It's hard to believe we've done it 25 times, but we really have. Our twenty fifth event will be at one of our favorite venues, the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama.
- This fleamarket will feature about a dozen brand new vendors, plus many of the best crafters and purveyors of restraints, corsets, dungeon furniture, leather and rubber clothing, collars, whips, floggers, books, jewelry, sex toys, and more, from all over the country. We will also have boot blacks on site, a lounge and concession area, door prizes, and much more.
- We at NELA have heard many, many questions (and complaints) about the recent FFF we held at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama. We have compiled this FAQ to hopefully clarify many matters that concern the community and our event:
- Frequently Asked Questions for FFF #25 - Summer, 2005
- So, how many people came to FFF25?
- We had just over 1700 attendees. This is about usual for our summer event.
- Why did you go back to the Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama?
- For many reasons: While the space is small, we have been there many times and the positive relationship we have built with the management and staff is in many ways priceless. Their management is fully supportive of NELA's mission and goals. Plus they are affordable and we would rather not have to raise the admission price.
- Don't you know how hot it was? Don't you care how miserable we were?
- Yes, of course we care. We care a great deal. Believe it or not, there have been times where the temperature in the Cyclorama has been cool and comfortable. For this last event we had been assured that the air conditioning had been upgraded (and perhaps it was, but it was clearly not enough).
- Why did you leave the Park Plaza? And the Castle?
- Because the majority stake holder of the property, Donald Saunders, did not want our business after the excoriating OpEd piece in the Boston Globe in January of 2004. We would have gladly continued to hold the winter event in the Park Plaza Hotel and the summer one at The Castle, but we were no longer welcome there.
- Why did you leave the Sheraton?
- Because the Sheraton only had availability for the FFF in December right before Christmas. Given the bad holiday timing, many folks were unable to attend and/or stay the weekend. As such we did not make our room block and the Sheraton elected to release us from the contract. To put it simply, they did not make enough money. The vendor space is paid for with the room block and it would be more profitable for the Sheraton to rent that space out for holiday parties. Renting the space alone (without guaranteeing a significant room night block) would be too cost prohibitive for NELA.
- Isn't there anywhere else to go?
- Finding an affordable, T-accessible venue in Boston is very difficult. We have looked into many places over the years: the Hynes Convention Center, Bayside Expo, the World Trade Center, Black Falcon Terminal, the old BU arena, night clubs, other hotels, even deserted warehouse buildings awaiting new tenants. With the winter FFF being held in the suburbs, we feel it is very important to have one FFF in the city.
- What kind of space do you need?
- The Fetish Fair Fleamarket needs at least 15,000 contiguous square feet, preferably 20,000 or more. Not many places in town have that and those that do are either too expensive (World Trade Center), are Union shops which will not allow us to use volunteers for load-in and load-out (Hynes), or simply do not want to deal with our community (Bayside).
- So what now? Is NELA going back to that hothouse?
- Truthfully, we don't know. We continue to look for new options. Faith, the Volunteer Coordinator from August's FFF, is being challenged with finding another location in Boston that meets our needs. Please keep your fingers crossed and wish her luck. If you have any ideas, let us know!
- Program Book
- 11am - 6pm
- $5, free for NELA associates
- One Day Event: No overnight accommodations at event site
- Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama
539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
- Google Maps
- The Boston Center for the Arts is located at 539 Tremont Street in downtown Boston, between Berkeley and Clarendon Street. It is directly across the street from We Think The World of You bookstore and the Boston Eagle leather bar.
- The nearest T stop is Back Bay on the Orange Line. If you come out the Clarendon Street exit from the station, turn right on Clarendon and walk with the traffic four blocks to Tremont, and the BCA will be to your left. If you come out the Dartmouth Street side, turn left and walk five blocks to Tremont Street, left on Tremont and go two blocks down.
- The next closest stop is Copley on the Green Line. From Copley Square take Boylston Street (walk in the same direction as the traffic on Boylston) to Clarendon Street. Make a right on Clarendon and go about 6 blocks to Tremont Street (750 yards). Left on Tremont and the BCA will be on your left.
- MBTA Bus #43 also passes right by the BCA. Ask the driver for the correct stop.
- By car, there are numerous ways to get there, and please allow yourself ample time to park. (For parking sites see below.)
- From Storrow Drive Eastbound
Take the Copley exit onto Clarendon Street. Continue along Clarendon; at Tremont Street, turn left. The BCA is on the first block on the left.
- From Storrow Drive Westbound
Take the Copley exit and turn right onto Beacon Street. Take the first left onto Clarendon Street. Continue along Clarendon; at Tremont Street, turn left. The BCA is on the first block on the left.
- From the Massachusetts Turnpike
Take the Copley Square exit. Turn right onto Dartmouth Street. Turn left onto Tremont Street. The BCA is on the third block on your left.
- From the North
- Take 93 S to the I-90 exit, exit number 20, towards Worcester/Albany Street.
- Take the Albany Street exit on the left towards South Boston.
- Turn a slight right onto Albany Street.
- Turn right onto E. Berkeley Street.
- Turn left onto Tremont Street.
- From the South
- From the Southeast Expressway, take exit number 20 towards I-90.
- Take the Frontage Road exit on the left towards South Station.
- Turn slight right onto New Frontage Road/Frontage Road.
- Turn left onto E. Berkeley Street.
- Turn left onto Tremont Street.
- There is a map on the BCA web site: http://www.bcaonline.org/about_maps.htm
- Atelier 505 Parking Garage:
- Located under the Calderwood Pavilion, next to the BCA Cyclorama. Enter on Warren Ave, behind the BCA buildings.
- Garage @ 100 Clarendon Street:
- Enter on Clarendon Street between Stuart Street and Columbus Ave just before Back Bay Station.
Special BCA visitor parking rate: $9 All day Saturdays and Sundays
(Visit the Calderwood Pavilion Box Office to have your ticket validated.)
- Other options:
- There are also lots on the corner of Shawmut and East Berkeley Streets, and there are two open parking lots on Berkeley Street at Columbus Avenue. Open until 10pm.
- Since the summer fleamarket is a one-day event, and not being held in a hotel, we do not have an "official" hotel for this one.
- If you are planning to stay overnight, the closest hotel to the BCA is the gay-owned Chandler Inn, one block away. In the summer they sometimes insist on a two night minimum stay. Call (617) 482-3450 to find out their rates, but right now on Hotels.com they have a sale for $114 per night. (Regular is usual around $149/night.)
- Hotels.com shows me the following good deal: Shawmut Inn, 280 Friend Street in downtown Boston. Free breakfast. They have a $109 rate, but parking is an extra $24/day.
- LaQuinta Inn (formerly Tage Inn) at 23 Cummings Street Somerville is actually very conveniently located, right off I-93 and convenient to the BCA. Free parking! Free breakfast. $115.
- If you use Priceline to find your accommodations, the Copley area of the map is where the BCA is. The Downtown Boston-Charlestown area is the next closest.
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The New England Leather Alliance would like you to be aware of the following Rules of Conduct for the FFF:
Violation of any of these rules may be reason for ejection from event areas without refund.
Anyone breaking Massachusets' law or disrupting the event will be asked to leave the premises.
- Admission: $5. Free for members of SM/leather/fetish community organizations. Show your membership card at the door or wear your club colors! (Members of WMPE, BDS, TES, Black Rose, GMSMA, Female Trouble, Dreizhen, Riders M.C., and others need only show club ID or colors & pay this discounted fee at the door to enter.)
- Only those 18 years of age and up admitted! No children or infants permitted. They will not be admitted and we cannot be responsible for supervising them.
- No Smoking is allowed in any public area of the hotel per the Boston Public Health Commission's "Clean Air Works Workplace Smoking Restrictions" Regulation.
- No food or drink in the vending area.
- No Live Animals. (We mean it!) No non-human pets!
- No photography, cell phone cameras, 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 butt cheeks. That's the law.)
- This is not a play event so if you are really, really inspired by the fun new toy you bought, although you can test-drive some things a little bit on the exhibit floor, please take more intimate and private activities HOME!