Well, here we are…smack right in the middle of the most wonderful time of the year.
But a difficult decision for some around this time is not only figuring out what to get for that one person on your list who hates everything (we all have one) or figuring out just when the Macy’s Christmas light show is (it’s every two hours starting at 10 am until New Year’s Eve, kids), but it’s deciding just what fabulous event to attend since there seems to be at least five every night of every day of the god damn week from now until the time Santa slides down the chimney.
However…you should absolutely put that fear on ice when it comes to Valanni’s (1229 Spruce Street) annual winter spectacle, Freeze, which is taking over your sleigh tonight starting at 9pm.
Why? Let these 5 reasons persuade you to go…because you must, you fabulous ice kween.
1.It’s all for Toys for Tots…. If you’ll remember from last year’s chilled out shindig, before you stepped a fancy heeled foot inside Valanni, you were greeted at the door by a delectable handful of oh, so handsome marines. While we wish they were there for us, they were wonderfully donating their time for Toys for Tots, and guess what? They’ll be back this year.
Founded by Major Bill Hendricks in 1947, TFT was inspired by his wife Diane after she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but couldn’t find any organization to go through.
After telling her husband, Hendricks gathered a group of local Marine reservists who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters, and Toys for Tots was born. In fact, the following year it was launched as a national campaign.
So, if you’re coming tonight, be sure to bring an unwrapped gift for the kids and let’s keep those wonderful Toys for Tots vibes going strong, not just for tonight, but for the remainder of the holiday season and beyond.
2.It’s being hosted by some of your favorite Gayborhood besties…. If there’s one thing that these not-so-elusive Valanni parties (hey there, this past March’s Emerald City) are quickly becoming known for (besides being ultra chic and fabulous), it’s that they’re hosted by a bright buffet of some of your favorite Gayborhood besties.
This year is no exception as Cyoni Darling, Michael Duffy, Billy Cavallo, Brooklyn Ford, Joey Arzillo, Maria Top Catt, Dantasia, Tommee Boom, Aeryanah Von Moi (she’s not listed but I’m sure she has something to do with it) and Anthony Retro are all coming together to make you feel like you’re more fucking frozen than Madonna in the desert with all those Rottweilers.
Throw in guest bartenders Tre Rios and John Hersker along with special sponsors Stoli, Bluecoat, Ms. Ford’s’Showgirls (get your ass to the next show) and Nutz & Boltz Men’s Fashion (hey, Mr. Noce), and this is going to be one hell of an iced out public affair, kids.
3.NYC’s Maddelynn Hatter is about to have you checking your purse for your entertainment life… As if the spirit of giving, great vibes and phat beats aren’t enough to have you feeling all sorts of Mary and bright as you step it on over to Valanni tonight (check your small heart if they’re not), NYC drag doll Maddelynn Hatter (seriously…she betta werk with all those looks) will be stopping by to own your entertainment life with her one-of-a-kind stage presence.
And if there’s anyone out there who’s aware (which is like, the entire East Coast) of what Ms. Hatter can bring to the table, you know that she’s going to make you werk for that Christmas goose.
4.DJ Carl Michaels will be spinnin’ them cuts like nobody’s business….. A DJ who clearly needs no introduction as everyone and their drag mother (literally) has fallen under the strobe lit mercy of the grooves provided by the Gayborhood’s reigning beat maestro, Mr. Carl Michaels.
And he’s back at Freeze tonight to cook up those deep chills just for you all over again. Ready?
5.Do you really need another fucking reason? If so, you clearly are a Scrooge. Ready, set, Mariah and see you tonight!