Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 OH MY!



I swear yesterday we were celebrating the New Year.  WTF?

Cheers and Happy New Year.  He we are in mid-February and I know that the "season" will be upon us sooner than I want.  Don't get me wrong, I hate winter and I love season.. I'm just not feeling like I am anywhere close to being on schedule.

What is happening with us.  We got new carpet in the original building building (18 standard rooms and 4 king rooms).  We are getting new furniture in the king building (12 king rooms and 2 king suites).  New carpet is planned for the main bar in late March.  All the normal Spring cleaning, touch-ups, replacements, etc. that happen every year.. and though we had hoped to kick off this Cabaret season with phase 1 of a 2 phase complete remodel.. timing issues are in place and it looks like we will do phases 1 and 2 beginning in November for the Ppring 2018 season.

As many of you, Tarron Marrott, our long time front door personality, frequent pool security and Dunes Room Den Mother passed away in November.  It was sudden and left all of us shocked.  We will be having a Celebration of her life on Saturday April 8th from 3-5pm and we are planning a party fit for a Queen so we hope you can make it!!

We are also in the "we need summer help" phase, so if you, or someone you know is interested in a summer gig, let us know.  We will be hiring people for the front desk, bartenders, bar backs, door/security, kitchen, food running and housekeepers - yes basically all departments!

I hope to have the full events calendar in place and ready for print by the end of the month.  We are close and it's looking fun!

Already confirmed DJ's:
Resident Doug
Matt Consola
Susan Morabito
Roland Belmares
Joe Gauthreaux
Jalil Z
Ralphi Rosario
Barry Harris
Phil B
Tony Moran

Confirmed in the Cabaret:
Amy & Freddy
Kelly & Rick
Hannaniah Whitley
Miss Conception
The Ruby Girls
The Dunes Divas
Branden & James (new from seeing in PV)
Sutten Lee Seymour (new from seeing in PV)

Whats coming up:
Euchre and Pot Luck continues every Thursday 6pm (till 3/30)
Bobbi on the Piano, Fridays 5-7p
Karaoke every Friday 9p (moves to Thursday 5/4)
Bingo on Sundays (till 4/30)

Men of Manwatch Saturday 3/11

Buns & Basket/MML Pre-IML Benefit with DJ Doug Saturday 3/18

Dunes Divas Show Saturday 3/15 (featuring from Season 8 RuPaul Drag Race - Naysha Lopez)

Ladies Night Out Saturday 4/1

TG Prom (King & Queen) Saturday 4/8

Mr. Dunes Leather Contest Saturday 4/18

Spring Furr Fest 4/21-4/23

36th Dunes Anniversary Masquerade Ball Saturday April 29

Okay my friends, that's all I know for now.. more soon!
Mike @ The Dunes Resort

Friday, July 15, 2016

What's new at the Dunes Resort

Hard to believe that today is July 16th. Yesterday was Memorial Day, I'm sure of it.  July 4th came and went and I'm afraid that tomorrow will be Labor Day.  This summer more than ever has FLOWN by so fast.  So fast that I'm not sure any of us are really into the summer groove yet.  About the time we get it down it will be time to plan costumes for Halloween.

The weather has super.  Despite some not so good forecast, we've had an amazing first 1/2 of summer.  Hot and dry, make for some great pool days!

Memorial Day, if I remember.. was great.  I do remember the weather was good as where the crowds.

July 4th weekend we had our busiest day ever on Sunday July 3rd..  and wow what a weekend.

The Employee Turnabout Show on Thursday July 7th we raised $3000 for Wishbone Pet Rescue, Eastern Michigan's Equality Resource Center and Equality Florida's Orlando Shooting's Fund.

We've started up our weekly Wednesday Pool Cooks (5:30-7) and Bingo (6-8p) benefiting West Shore Aware.  We've got another 3 Stripper Nights planned 7/19, 8/2 & 8/16 -- we have a couple guys from the Men of Manwatch and they create a fun Amateur Stripper Night!
Karaoke is back on Thursday Nights 9p hosted by Noe.  Friday's always showcases a DJ, Men of Manwatch and live entertainment in the Cabaret.  Saturday afternoon there is a DJ at the Pool and a DJ at Night, with live entertainment in the Cabaret.  Sunday Tea Dances followed by the Dunes Divas Show in the Cabaret immediately following.

The Dunes pool is open daily as is the Blue Frog.

Lots coming up on the weekend:

Christmas in July:

With a special performance of the Ruby Girls outside on the Deck Saturday July 23
 


After that:  Venetian, Pork and Mardi Gras Weekends:
Fri & Sat July 29 & 30, Miss Conception Returns to perform outside on the Deck both nights: 



White Party, Last Summer Splash and then Labor Day:
(see I said the summer was flying by...)

The Fall has lots on the Books:
All About the Men of Manwatch:  Friday & Saturday 9/9 - 9/10
All About Car's Weekend Friday & Saturday 9/16 & 9/17
Mr. Michigan Leather Friday & Saturday 9/23 & 9/24
Bearacuda Weekend Friday & Saturday 9/30 & 10/1

Sunday Tea Dances continue thru October 9th!

More to come......  In the Meantime follow us on Snap Chat!







 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Weekend and beyond


Hard to believe that Memorial Day is upon us.. so excited to see 80 degrees on the horizon for the weekend!!  We'll kick off the weekend with Birthday-Stripper-o-ke on Thursday 5/26 (Celebrating Greg T and Richard B's birthdays).. 9p with Karaoke DJ Noe!

Friday 5/27 DJ Doug, Men of Manwatch, Dunes Diva's Drag Show in the Cabaret
Saturday 5/28 Pool Party with DJ Doug, Special Guest PM DJ Phil B, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
Sunday 5/29 Early Tea with DJ Doug 4-7, Main Tea with Special Guest DJ Drew G (Dirty Pop) - Men of Manwatch at Tea, Hannaniah Whitley in the Cabaret
Monday 5/30 Memorial Day Tea with DJ Doug 4-9p



Wow what a weekend we have planned with Mimi Gonzalez as she presents GoGirl Saugatuck.  
June 3-5 -- check out GoGirlSaugatuck for more details.



Dirty Disco weekend June 10 - 12
DJ Doug, Men of Manwatch, Dunes Divas and Disco Tea! 

Be prepared for the first ever Men's Room Event at the Dunes.  This celebrated and over the top event rocks Chicago on a regular basis.. and they are doing the Dunes on June 18th
Friday 6/27 DJ Doug & the Men of Manwatch
Saturday 6/28 Men's Room Event at the Pool, at the Main Bar (and Cabaret) in the PM and then a special afterhours out back.. rocking till 6a.
Sunday 6/29 Men's Room Tea 4-10p
For more information check out Men's Room!




Proud Weekend June 24 - 16
DJ Doug, Men of Manwatch, Kelly Carey & Rick SantaMaria, Pride Tea 


The the weekend of all weekends.. the biggest event at the Dunes Resort in 2016
Red White on Blue Star -- 4th of July Weekend.
DJ Seth Cooper - Friday
DJ Tristan Jaxx - Saturday Pool
DJ Eddie Martinez - Saturday PM
DJ Grind - Sunday
DJ Tony Moran - Monday
DJ Doug Roberts - Tuesday

Porn at the Pool on Saturday 7/2 (porn stars -- Billy Santoro & Wesley Woods)
Tea Dances on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Live Entertainment by:  Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allen, Hannaniah Whitley and the Dunes Divas

 So much more to come...




From all of us at the Dunes, we can't wait to see you this summer....




Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Dunes Resort's amazing 2016 DJ Line Up

In celebration of the Dunes 35th Anniversary, we have an amazing DJ line planned:

Check out who:  Dunes Resort DJ List!

What's coming:

Our Anniversary Weekend May 13 - 15
The Season's Opening Day at the Pool 5/14
and the first of many Sunday Tea Dances 5/15.
Join us on Saturday May 14 for an amazing performance from Michael Walters, Celebrity Impersonator Dame Edna!  The show is outside on the deck and seating begins at 9p with the showtime of 9:30pm. Stick around for celebratory cake and champagne with current owners, Mike, Dan and Greg... and original owners Carl & Larry.

 Hoedown at the Dunes May 20 - 22!
All things Country Western!


And yes... Memorial Weekend
Thursday 5/26  Stripper-o-ke Celebrating Greg and Richard's Birthday 9p
Friday 5/27  DJ Doug, Men of Manwatch, Dunes Divas in the Cabaret
Saturday 5/28 Pool DJ Doug, PM DJ Phil B, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
Sunday 5/29 Early TEA DJ Doug 4-7p, Late TEA DJ Drew G 7p-2a,
Hannaniah Whitley in the Cabaret 10:30p
Monday 5/30 Memorial Day TEA Dance DJ Doug 4-9p



Friday, April 1, 2016

Dunes Resort Celebrating 35 years!

The Dunes, Celebrating 35 Years of being Gay!

1981 was a big year!  Reagan was sworn in as the nation’s 40th president, the Iranian hostage crisis ended after 444 days and Walter Cronkite signed off after 19 years with CBS.  It was also the year that both Reagan and the Pope were shot; Lady Diana Spender married Charles, Prince of Wales; and Sandra Day O’Conner became the first female Supreme Court Justice.  MTV, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Beyonce were all born….  And, the CDC reported that five homosexual men in LA had a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems.  ’81 was a big year. 

It was also the year that the Douglas Dunes first opened its doors to curious gay men and women in Douglas (Saugatuck) Michigan. 

The original plan for the Dunes was to occupy a B&B space just as you enter the city of Saugatuck on Lake Street (the former Twin Gables).  However, after a band of bikers burned the only gay bar in town, the city commissioners decided it was a good time to “discourage” any new “exclusively” gay establishments looking to “drop anchor” in town.  As a result, the Dunes instead found welcoming arms across the bridge in the Village of the Douglas.  Purchasing the drive-in Amity Motel, the Douglas Dunes was born with 22 hotel rooms, a restaurant, lobby bar and summer only outside dancing.

Over the years, entertainers from Pop (Weather Girls, Lauren Grey, Uptown Girls, Eartha Kitt, Pamela Stanley, Claudja Barry) to Porn (Jack Wrangler), have all brought their talents to the Dunes stage.  Drag, leather, bears, trannies, circuit boyz, daddies, lesbians, couples, singles, bi, fags, queers, ladies, gents, curious, straight – whatever you might want to be called, the Dunes has over the years hosted them all.  From rumors of murder, to the making of porn (Catalina Video’s Down in the Dunes), everything, and most likely everyone has been the topic of discussion over the years either on the dance floor or out back in the bushes.  The Dunes has been, and continues to be, a Gay institution.

Owners Mike Jones, Danny Esterline and Greg Trzybinski purchased The Douglas Dunes in 1999 and renamed it, “The Dunes Resort.” Since then, the trio has worked tirelessly to perpetuate a gay safe haven while offering top-shelf lodging and entertainment. “When the previous owners started this in 1981, people came here and they fell in love. We wanted to enhance the Dunes experience, update it and continue its legacy,” says Jones.

 Now crowned the largest gay resort and entertainment complex in the Midwest, The Dunes is heralded as Western Michigan’s premier gay and lesbian vacation destination and a pinnacle of the gay Saugatuck - Douglas community.

This illustrious coming-of-age process has introduced a metropolitan standard to the quaint surroundings of Saugatuck and Douglas. Sprawling over 20 acres, the Dunes Resort now features over 80 rooms, 4 bars in the main building (including West Michigan’s largest Gay Dance Bar, a cabaret with live entertainment and a game room), plus a fantastic outdoor patio bar and the areas largest pool and pool bar.

Whether you prefer it progressive or hard, the beat from The Dunes’ on-site nightclub is uncompromising. Resident DJ Doug Roberts and an impressive 2016 guest DJ line-up including:  GRIND, Tony Moran, Phil B, Drew G, Seth Cooper, Tristan Jaxx, Eddie Martinez, Joe Gauthreaux, Theresa & Hector Fonseca  rivals that of any urban dance venue.

 The Dunes is a rare and special place where people of all walks can find themselves, lose them selves and most importantly, be themselves. Circuit kids, scenesters, couples and retirees all blend with ease in a congenial, come-as-you-are atmosphere. “You get to leave the real world for a little bit. You can hear fantastic music or come to the cabaret for a great show. Sing Karaoke or watch strippers.  You can be gay, straight, old or young, and feel comfortable here. It doesn’t matter who you are, everybody is welcome,” says Jones.


 2016 is a big year!  “After 35 years, the Dunes just keep’s getting better.  If you’ve never been, now is a perfect time (a complete remodel of the main bar and game room).  If it’s been a while, you’ll be surprised with what we’ve become and if you’re one our “regulars,” thanks for being you!” says Jones.

The Dunes Resort is open seven days a week, twelve months a year. The summer season kicks off with the 35 Anniversary Party (May 13-15, 2016) and continues through Labor Day Weekend. Major events are held year-round.

The Dunes Resort, Celebrating 35 years of being Gay!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Summer's Gonna Come Again!

Wow that was fast!  It truly feels like yesterday was the July 4th holiday.  Today we're stocking coolers for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, WTF!

Tonight we have DJ Doug and Hannaniah Whitley in the Cabaret.  Sunday is the first ever Tea Dance at the Dunes Pool 4-9p... WET TEA!

Labor Day Weekend begins on Thursday 9/3 and finishes up on Labor Day Monday 9/7:

Thursday:  Karaoke

Friday:  DJ Ralphi Rosario, Men of Manwatch & The Dunes Divas in the Cabaret

Saturday:  Pool DJ Doug, PM DJ Hector Fonseca, Amy & Freddy in the Cabaret

Sunday Early Tea DJ Doug, Main Tea DJ Tony Moran, Men of Manwatch @ Tea,
Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret

Monday Tea DJ Doug 4-10p

As many know we have a group that takes over the property beginning Tuesday 9/8.. so the Dunes Pool and Grounds are closed to the public till Thursday 9/17.  That means the main bar is open only.  There is no Karaoke on 9/10 or Tea on 9/13.. everything back to normal beginning 9/17.

The Lambda Car Club invades on Friday 9/18 and brings an amazing car show open to the public on Saturday afternoon 9/19.  Dog Pound Tea is the Sunday 9/20 event benefiting Wishbone Pet Rescue.

Mr. Michigan Leather Weekend is 9/24 - 9/27 (with Country Western Tea on Sunday)

The Fall Women's Weekend is October 1 - 4 and we'll  be featuring Melissa Ferrick in the Cabaret on Saturday 10/3

More into October:

Colorfest Weeekend 10/8 - 10/11 - With the seasons final Tea on Sunday -- Pervert Tea!

Fall TG Weekend 10/15 - 10/18 - With the start of weekly Sunday Bingo 4-7p

Make a Wish Benefit Show & Silent Auction 10/24

And one of the most fun weekends of the year:
HALLOWEEN!
10/30 is the Scavenger Hunt and 10/31 is the Adult Parade in Downtown Douglas with the post party at the Dunes Resort immediately after (Dunes Theme:  Freak Show).

Important Dates to remember:

Thanksgiving Dinner/Pot Luck 11/26
Toys For Kids Benefit Show Saturday 12/5
New Years Eve 12/31 with DJ Doug & Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
New Years Day 01/01 Ice Tea 4-9p with Karaoke 9p
Saturday 01/02 DJ Doug 9p
Sunday 01/03 Bingolicious 4-7

And boom we're into a New Year....

Monday, August 10, 2015

End of Summer Blues

We are on the final 4 countdown of Summer 2015 :(

First up, this Weekend White Party:
Wed 8/12 Pool Cookout & Bingo
Thursday Karaoke 9p
Friday DJ Doug, Men of Manwatch, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
Saturday DJ Doug @ The Pool, PM DJ Ralphi Rosario, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
Sunday White Tea with DJ Doug and the Dunes Divas immediately following

Next is End of the Summer Blues:
Tuesday 8/18 Amateur Stripper Night with the Men of Manwatch
Wed Pool Cookout & Bingo
Thursday Karaoke 9p
Friday DJ Doug, Men of Manwatch, Amy & Freddy in the Cabaret
Saturday Pool & PM DJ Doug, Amy & Freddy in the Cabaret
Sunday Blue Tea with DJ Doug and the Dunes Divas immediately following

After that is Last Summer Splash:
Wed 8/26 is the summers last Pool Cookout & Bingo
Thursday Karaoke 9p
Friday DJ Doug, Men of Manwatch, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
Saturday Pool & PM DJ Doug, Hannaniah Whitley in the Cabaret
Sunday Wet Tea @ The POOL (first time ever) with DJ Doug 4p

And then.....
Thursday Karaoke
Friday DJ Ralphi Rosario, Men of Manwatch, Dunes Divas in the Cabaret
Saturday DJ Doug at the Pool, PM DJ Hector Fonseca and Amy & Freddy in the Cabaret
Sunday Early Tea DJ Doug followed by DJ Tony Moran (7pm) who moves inside at 10p till 2a with the Men of Manwatch at the Tea and Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret.
Monday is the Labor Day Tea 4-10p

The Dunes Pool is currently open every day and will take a quick break from Tuesday 9/8 - Thursday 9/17.. We'll be skipping Karaoke on 9/10 and Tea on 9/13.

Then back to the "fall schedule."

Special thanks go to a great 2015 Summer Staff:
Strippertenders: Jeff, Todd, Jackson, Aaron, Mikey, Tyler, DW, Dan, Keller, Nick, Dino and Robbie
Bar Backs:  Spencer and Breydon
Door Whore:  Tarron
Front Office:  Richard, Noe, Jackson
Kitchen Bitch:  Alex
Food Runner:  Trevor // Trixie
Resident DJ:  Doug
Show Director:  Lavendar
Men of Manwatch: Lee
And of course all the housekeepers who keep us all clean and tidy (they do an amazing job)??

More later.....