That sound growing louder by the hour is the buzz over Joining Hearts, gay Atlanta’s biggest charity pool party, coming on like a freight train for Saturday afternoon and evening. Here's some show and tell on what packs the place and keeps hundreds coming back every year.
Now that the annual event series has led its loyal gays down an annual party path from winter through just last week, there are only a few items left on your Joining Hearts to-do list before hitting the Piedmont Park pool for the sold-out main event. First, make all-weekend plans for the Kickoff Party with DJ Ralphi Rosario at Heretic on Friday plus a Corey David All-Nighter afterward at Xion, a main-event walkabout getaway to Ten, as well as Saturday night’s Afterparty with DJ Aron and Beth Sacks at Jungle and DJ Alyson Calagna All-Nighter at Xion. Finally, there's Sunday’s Closing Party with DJ Kevin DuRard at Jungle. Whew!
Once you’ve sexed up your swimsuit to impress a historically epic display of Atlanta's hunkiest gay hunks, take a moment to remember that Joining Hearts serves up sexy for a cause. In its first 26 years, the main event and associated parties throughout the year raised $1.8 million as of last year’s $190,000 donation to Jerusalem House and AID Atlanta. Joining Hearts 27 plans to put that over $2 million by the end of 2014.
Now you're almost ready. Make sure to remember where you put your ticket, then sit back, relax and enjoy all these sexy sites and sounds that are more than a few of Joining Hearts’ favorite things.
Joining Hearts always makes friends.
That's more like it.
Ask yourself, am I more of a trunks gay?
Or a Speedo queen?
Can I pull off a wrestling onesie?
Maybe a group look.
That is, if you can outdo the Joining Hearts volunteers.
Whichever. Swimsuits are required, but accessories make the man.
Matching scarf-hat combos.
Your own bookends.
And what’s a gay party without some balls?
Two words: Open bar. (100% of tips to charity. Eye candy free.)
Oh! And be ready for DJ Manny Lehman.
Let his ‘Summertime 2014 Mix’ get you in the mood.
He’s going to move you by day and by night.
But first, lemme take a selfie.
Prepare yourself. There will be hunks.
Lots of hunks.
We can’t say it enough. Jam-packed with hunks.
Hunks with heart-ons.
And friendly hunks.
What happens at Joining Hearts stays at Joining Hearts. Mostly.
See you there.