The party was held at SF Catalyst. This community-run dungeon and meeting space is located where “Alchemy” used to be, on Folsom Street between 6th and 7th. The large space, with its many items of bondage furniture and comfortable places to play, worked very well for us. The slings and rotating bondage table got plenty of use, and we were able to set up our vac-cube and lube pool on mats provided by the space.
Because RMSF is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance which operates Catalyst, we were able to rent the space for a very reasonable price. The space has recently had numerous improvements and a full fire safety inspection, and is continuing to gain popularity among the city’s kinky event organizers.
Probably the most distinctive feature of the “Experience It!” party was the use of the Gear Library. About 30 items of latex clothing and accessories were available, and guests – especially rubber “newbies” – were assisted in selecting and donning garments to wear for the afternoon. Several first-timers immediately fell in love with how they looked – and felt – in the tight-fitting latex skin.
I am particularly pleased to report that no Library items were lost or damaged – a tribute to our guests carefulness and honesty. So if you have any duplicate, surplus or no-longer-fitting items you are thinking about donating to RMSF, you can do so confident that they will be loved, cared for and put to good use!
An interesting side note, and perhaps a tribute to our group’s reputation for kinkiness and adventureousness, is that our event was actually declined liability insurance by the building’s regular underwriter. Apparently we were just too wild for them. For a while we thought we might have to cancel. Fortunately another agent, recommended to us by the good folks at Gear Up Weekend, was more understanding; insurance was obtained and the party went on.
Another note of interest is that this party was publicized 100% by social media and person-to-person word of mouth. We spent nothing on printing (bar cards, posters) or advertisements. We are still debating whether to stay with that approach for future events; attendance at the party was good, but it could have been better. If you have an opinion, why not come to our next RMSF Open Meeting (held the first Sunday of each month, 1 pm at Wicked Grounds) and let’s discuss it.
We have had folks asking when our next party will be, and the answer is… probably April or May. Our goal is to have three to four such parties per year. But if we have the interest, the funds, and the volunteers to make it happen, maybe we can do more. We have the space!