BCAE's 4th Annual Sip the Rainbow 2015: Recap

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Tue, May 19, 2015

In case you missed it...our 4th annual Sip the Rainbow was a hit, with about two hundred people here at the BCAE eating, drinking, mingling, and checking out our newest photography exhibit! See all the photos here.

crowdThe drinks were flowing in true rainbow fashion to quench the thirst of all of our guests. Thank you to bartenders and mixologists Dustin Rennells and Corey Sievers, as well as bartender (and BCAE instructor) Brady Graham, and BCAE staffer/bartender Andrew!


Our partner, Sage Inn & Lounge had a beautiful setup, showcasing Chef Lucio Garnica's culinary talents through flavor and presentation. Sage mixologist Corey Sievers delighted guests with his flashy "Pink Pelican" cocktail, topped with fresh grapefruit meringue.

Sage Inn

Other Provincetown vendors included the Provincetown Film Society, What Matters?!, The Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, as well as the Tourism Office of Provincetown and Will Coons Massage & Yoga. The Provincetown Fudge Factory also provided their decadent homemade fudge and peanut butter cups for guests to sample.

Provincetown vendors

Cape Cod was well represented -- from the food to the photography, but attendees came from all over. One photographer, Ken Norz, came from New York City to see his work up on the walls of the BCAE.

Provincetown photograph

A few lucky guests won Provincetown themed raffle prizes, and one of last year's Sip the Rainbow photographers, Joel Benjamin, took home the surprise addition -- cases of Polar Seltzer and Citi Performing Arts Center tickets! Congrats, Joel!

raffle and centerpiece

 Thank you to all of our guests for coming out and partying with us! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

party guests

Didn't make it? Not to worry - you can still come see the P-town to Boston exhibit during normal business hours through the end of September! Thank you to Hunt's Photo & Video for generously and beautifully printing the photographs on display.

And don't miss out on our awesome "Direct from Provincetown" offerings in the coming weeks:

What Matters?! Finding Well-Being Amid the Overwhelm and Complexity of the 21st Century
with David Garten and Paul Sherman | May 30

Small Plates - Big Taste
with Lucio Garnica of the Sage Inn and Lounge | June 1

Art Collecting for Beginners
with Christine M. McCarthy, Executive Director Provincetown Art Association and Museum | June 3

Tennessee Williams: Everything You Wanted to Know
with Jef Hall-Flavin, Executive Director Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival | June 8


Topics: BCAE, BCAE classes, BCAE Gallery, BCAE events, Boston Center for Adult Education, cocktails, Provincetown, Boston Pride, Sage Inn & Lounge

Sip the Rainbow is Back at the BCAE! And It's All About P-town...

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Wed, Apr 22, 2015

On Friday, May 15th, 2015, we will be hosting our 4th annual Sip the Rainbow cocktail party & community celebration at the BCAE, welcoming spring and kicking off Boston's annual Pride celebrations! This is one of our favorite nights of the year, and it's back with a vengeance (in all the good ways of course!) There's going to be more of everything you've loved in previous years -- cocktails, food, fun...

Sage Inn Chef Lucio GarnicaChef Lucio Garnica of the Sage Inn & Lounge, and one of his stunning creations.

Provincetown’s Chef Lucio Garnica of the Sage Inn & Lounge will be preparing a special dish for all to taste, and the Sage Inn's mixologist, Corey, will be serving up his expertly mixed creations (rainbow colored of course). Your sweet tooth will not be neglected as there will be treats from the Provincetown Fudge Factory, as well as resident baker and BCAE instructor Dustin Rennells.

Sip 2014 photosDessert (by Dustin Rennells) & cocktails from Sip the Rainbow 2014! Photo credit: Chris Padgett

But let's put down our glasses and plates for a moment because more than just the food and drinks, this party marks the opening of our newest photography exhibit, P-town to Boston, showcasing the colorful people, stunningly beautiful places, and all of the things that make P-town so vibrant and unique. On display in the BCAE gallery will be over 50 photos taken by over 30 artists, showcasing all aspects of Provincetown.

Join us as we bring P-town to your backyard, right here in Boston.

COST: Entry into the reception, held from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, is $15 in advance or $20 day of. Admission includes three unique Deep Eddy Vodka & Polar Seltzer cocktails created in the colors of the Gay Pride Flag. All proceeds to benefit the BCAE.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!  And join on Facebook to stay in the know!


Can't get enough P-town? Check out all of the fantastic P-town programs we have coming up this spring:
Why Independent Films Matter  Monday, May 18th
The Art of Drag Wednesday, May 20th
What Matters?! Finding Well-Being Amid the Overwhelm and Complexity of the 21st Century Saturday, May 30th
Small Plates - Big Taste Monday, June 1st
Art Collecting for Beginners Wednesday, June 3rd
Tennessee Williams: Everything You Wanted to Know Monday, June 8th

The exhibition and event are made possible by generous contributions from Sage Inn and Lounge, Polar Seltzer, Deep Eddy Vodka , and Hunt's Photo and Video, whose support and services help provide guests a unique experience while they “sip the rainbow.”P-town to Boston: A Photo Exhibit will be on display at the BCAE from May 15 to September 30, 2015. The exhibit is free and open to the public during business hours.

Topics: BCAE, BCAE classes, Provincetown restaurants, Pride celebration, P-town, Provincetown pride, Boston food, BCAE Gallery, Provincetown art, photography, gallery, BCAE Fundraiser, cocktails, Provincetown, Boston Pride

Recap of 4th Annual BCAE Fundraiser Chew on This 2015!

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Deep Eddy cocktailPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

Thank you to everyone who made it out for our 4th annual fundraiser, Chew on This: Kicked Up Classics last Thursday, March 12th, 2015 right here at the BCAE. We were sold out, with close to 300 people in the building, but in case you were unable to attend, here's a taste of what you missed.

decor hubPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

The theme for the evening was classics, kicked up, and the BCAE transformed into a retro diner for one night only. The event started out with our VIP Reception, featuring a mashed potato bar, passed Kabobs appetizers, and New England Charcuterie. And of course the bars were open as well, featuring Downeast Cider House, Polar Seltzer, Peak Organic beer, 90+ Cellars wine, and a Deep Eddy Vodka & Polar Seltzer cocktail.

mashed potato hubPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

NE CharcuteriePhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

Then the chef stations opened up, with 9 celebrity chefs on 2 floors cooking up their takes on some classic foods.

meatloaf and chickenPhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow wowed with his unusual take on "meatloaf," a Seared Pheasant Terrine, Sunchoke Crema, Pearl Onion, Lemon. Chef Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks prepared what she called a "Crispy Chicken Waco," a cross between Chicken 'N Waffles and a taco.(Both Pictured Above) All of the dishes had hungry attendees lining up for a taste!

Mei Mei hubPhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

Billy Costa auctionPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

From the Hunt's photo booth to the auction to the wacky chef shenanigans (Mei Mei Street Kitchen brought their own indoor "truck"!), it was a fun-filled night!

selfiePhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

After all, it's not often you get to mix, mingle & dine with Boston's culinary elite. We even caught Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of Dining Playbook taking a selfie with Chef Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang!

The night ended on a sweet note, with Dustin Rennells mixing up some ice cream floats. Taster's choice: Boozy with Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale or Mocha Stout, or not with Polar Beverages Classic Sodas.

We can't possibly fit all of the fantastic moments from the event here, but looking for more photos? Search #ChewonThis15 and check out the Facebook album here!

Thank you to all who made this event possible:

Karen Akunowicz//Tiffani Faison//Mei Mei Street Kitchen//Kevin O'Donnell//Steve "Nookie" Postal//Erwin Ramos//Michael Scelfo//Michael Schlow//Jeremy Sewall

Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of NESN's Dining Playbook!

90+ Cellars//Accardi Foods//Deep Eddy Vodka//Dole & Bailey//Downeast Cider House//Edible Boston//Espresso Plus//Filippo Berio Olive Oil//Hunt's Photo & Video//Kabobs//New England Charcuterie//Northeast Family Farms//Peak Organic Brewing Company//Peterson Party Center//Polar Beverages//Victoria Gourmet//Wüsthof//Zesty Cookie Co.

...and our friends Diane Manteca, Dustin Rennells, and Jan Quinn for their help in the kitchen and with the decorations!

Topics: BCAE, Boston restaurants, charcuterie, Boston chefs, fundraiser, Boston foodies, BCAE Fundraiser, cocktails, Chew on This, Boston event

Commemorating 10 Years of Gay Marriage at the BCAE: Sip the Rainbow

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Mon, Apr 07, 2014

Sip the Rainbow

Sip the Rainbow is a favorite event of ours at the BCAE, but this year it is especially momentous, as it coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the first gay marriages in Massachusetts. On Friday, May 16th, guests at the event will enjoy signature cocktails in the colors of the Pride flag, as they mix and mingle their way through a lively celebration of an historic moment in our community and the nation. Beverages will be provided by the talented mixologists Ki Bar, with help from Polar Beverages and Deep Eddy Vodka.

Attendees will also get a special preview of two inspiring photo exhibits -- The Hard-Won Fight: America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages featuring the work of Marilyn Humphries and Susan Symonds; and Marriage Equality/10th Anniversary Portraits featuring the work of Joel Benjamin.

Photos by Susan Symonds, Marilyn Humphries, and Joel BenjaminTo further commemorate this 10 year anniversary, we have added series of classes to our May and June lineup:

Books You Should Know: LGBT Classics with novelist Cathy Jacobowitz-- May 6th - June 24th

Out Loud: Reading Gay Plays with playright/director Joe Antoun-- June 2nd - June 23rd

Whether to Wed: A legal & Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples with author Scott E. Squillace, Esq.-- June 4th

Whether to Wed author Scott E. Squillace, Esq.

How to Plan a Gay Wedding with Joe Rogers of Contagious Events-- June 11th


Contagious Events Boston

The series will culminate with a special panel on May 20th-- A Public Conversation: 10 Years of Gay Marriage featuring Goodridge plaintiffs Rob Compton, David Wilson, Hillary Goodridge, and Julie Goodridge; and former MA Supreme Judicial Court Justice John M. Greaney. Moderated by Jared Bowen, Executive Editor and Host of the WGBH weekly television series Open Studio.

Jared Bowen, WGBH Open Studio

An extra special thanks to our friends at GLAD, who joined us early on to help bring this project to fruition and make the event and all of this programming possible!

Thank you also to our gallery sponsor Northern Trust, to Hunt's Photo & Video for helping print the photos, and to Eastern Bank and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for supporting these endeavors.

We hope you can join us in commemorating this important anniversary both at Sip the Rainbow on May 16th, or at any of the classes throughout May and June.

Topics: BCAE, Boston Center for Adult Education, 10 years of gay marriage, Boston, Boston classes, gay marriage, cocktails