Tool Shed’s 18th Anniversary Celebration
When an intimate resort town such as Palm Springs can home a true “Leather and Levi” cruise bar that has stood the test of time of eighteen glorious years in business, it’s a true testament of wonderful things happening at the Tool Shed located in the heart of the Warm Sands District. On October 7, the Tool Shed welcomes in its eighteenth celebration of brotherhood and community with their 18th Anniversary Party starting at 10 p.m. and trudging into the wee morning hours.
The evening promises to be chock full of horny men looking for Oral Alan and Anal Andy with a very special guest performer, furry daddy-man COLT Man Wade Neff. Can I get a “Woof! Woof!”? Wade is all man and I’d love to bury my beard into his hairy pecs for a good ‘ole nuzzle-fest and milking. What a treat for the patrons and guests to enjoy feasting eyes and hands on this hunk of yummy love?!
When preparing this piece I decided to get the real stories from the faithful sources themselves. It takes a dedicated army of cocktail-shaking soldiers to keep guests happy for almost two decades! I personally connected with owner Chris Rees and his amazing bartenders to have them share what being part of the great establishment means to them. I also had Mr. Neff share a few thoughts of how he got involved with the 18th Anniversary Party, if he’s single or taken and what Wade personally looks for in a man.
I’ve known owner Chris Rees for a few years having judged his Mr. Tool Shed 2011 contest and serving as Master Auctioneer at the Stud Auction. When I see him, Chris always has a smile on his face and a giving energy coming from his heart. Here’s what Mr. Rees had to say about his bar’s history and why he feels Palm Springs has been supportive all these years:
“The Tool Shed was originally opened by Sean Newman in October 1993. I started working for Sean in late ‘99, originally as his bookkeeper and then eventually ended up managing the bar for him. Sean eventually decided to retire, at which time I purchased the bar in August 2001. It’s hard to believe that ten years has gone by. In some ways it seems like just a few months. We’re proud to have been the home bar for the local leather organization PSLOD (Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert) for this entire 10-year period.”
“The Tool Shed is excited to be celebrating “18 Years Strong” and pleased that Wade Neff has decided to attend the party, sign autographs and sell photos to benefit the Desert AIDS Project. We’ll be giving out free commemorative vest pins, snacks and PSLOD will be hosting their monthly Beverage Benefit. We’re also looking forward to the upcoming Mr. Tool Shed Leather contest on Saturday, October 15 at 9 p.m. (applications are available at the bar or online at Tool Shed.) and to once again be hosting the Leather Pride Backlot Party and Vendor Fair on Friday, November 11 from 7-2 a.m.”
Chris added that potential vendors and attendees can get more information at desertleatherpride.com and to not forget about the 10th Annual Erotic Art Expo which will be held February 23 thru March 5, 2012. Watch their website for more details!
When it comes to the infrastructure of what makes the Tool Shed stand tall, Chris’ team of mixologists create the thing that keeps people coming back time and time again! The desire for one’s return and the hospitality that welcomes cruisy masses. I asked the four of them what the Tool Shed means to them. Here’s what bartenders Dane, Charlie, Chuck and Richard had to say.
“One of the privileges working at the Tool Shed is interacting with people from all walks of life. It’s also nice seeing how our customers interact with each other and are there to help each other even if the assistance is small in nature. The feel at the Tool Shed is like a family, staff as well as customers.” Dane Luna
“The thing that stands out most for me from being at the Tool Shed for nine years now is the wonderful sense that the majority of customers are like family. Many come for repeat visits from all over the country and Europe, and are so well known and loved at the bar that it’s just like they live down the street. Truly a unique situation when a bar and it’s patronage are so accessible!” Charlie Rodgers
“I have been working for the Tool Shed for many years. I would say its success is largely based on the relaxed and sensual atmosphere provided by both the clientele and the environment. More people have told me that they go there because it’s the only place in town that they can pick up a trick. When you want to get laid and you want to get away from your regular crowd, come on in and enjoy the dark mystique of Palm Springs. Discrimination is left at home here.” Chuck Peddie
“I’ve been at the Tool Shed almost five years. The staff and customers have become a second family for me. I think the Shed has been a staple of the Palm Springs gay community so long because, above all else, we are a friendly neighborhood bar, admittedly with an edge. We could see you every day and know every detail of your life or you could have been in town for three days. Either way we welcome you and try to make you feel comfortable. Plus, the Tool Shed is sexy as hell!” Richard Brown.
When I corresponded with our headlining performer for the 18th Anniversary Party, Wade Neff shared these thoughts about the type of man that turns him on and how he met the special he shares his life with:
“I got started with COLT in 1995 and founder Jim French was kind enough to put me in the ‘96 calendar. I just met Jim yesterday to chat about the past. He is a very cool man and kind. Things have changed for COLT, as we have all seen. They are a strong gay video and calendar company still and always will be. Chris Rees asked me appear because he’s a great fan of COLT. I like Palm Springs as a holiday place so that all worked together. I like bears and muscle dudes or anyone that’s likable. I am taken by a real hot man. We have been together for sixteen years. When I left my wife of seventeen years to try my gay side I landed on him and have been with him ever since.”
Thoughts of the Tool Shed bring up many memories for anyone who’s walked through the darkened doors. From a drink with friends to a sexy tongue twister with the stranger in the corner, everyone has a story to share. Please take your red sharpie and mark your calendars on October 7 to join in on the grand celebration of Palm Springs’ very own Tool Shed and share your tail, err, tale. Congratulations Men! Thanks for being our friends.
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