EDEN Pacific Northwest Arrives in Seaside, OR

Thursday Sep 26, 2013

The inaugural EDEN Pacific Northwest, a four-day women's getaway filled with comedy, music, parties and more rolls into Seaside, OR Oct. 3 - 6. The event is produced by PQ Monthly, The Seattle Lesbian and EDEN Pride Events.

"We're thrilled to have a first-time group like EDEN Pacific Northwest coming to Seaside," said Jon Rahl, Director of Tourism and Marketing of the Seaside Visitors Bureau, about why Seaside has been a popular resort destination for more than 100 years. "Seaside is truly more than just a day at the beach and we are excited to have you find out why!"

EDEN Pacific Northwest co-producers Sarah Toce, founder and publisher of TSL, and Gabriela Kandziora, head of partnership and business development of PQM, have both taken advantage of Seaside's charms for many years and now they want to share it with other queer women and their friends. They partnered with EDEN Pride Events in the San Francisco Bay Area to produce this special fall weekend getaway.

Comedy, Dance Parties and a LOT of Women

Guest of EDEN PNW will enjoy a comedy show, dance parties and outdoor activities throughout the weekend. Comedians Belinda Carroll, Lisa Koch and Sandra Valls will have the women roaring with laughter while DJs Fusion and Mr. Charming will have the women tearing up the dance floor throughout the weekend.

"With acts like these, the tickets won’t last," said Toce.

"I’m especially excited to showcase comedienne Lisa Koch for our inaugural event. She is not only a personal friend, but also a Seattle fan favorite. She’s going to have our audience rolling in the aisles," continued Toce. "Sandra Valls keeps it real so she was a great fit for EDEN PNW."

"EDEN loves bringing together diversity in our entertainment lineup," said De La Rosa. "We are very proud to be working with these world class entertainers and making sure that we stay true to our mission, diversity and amazing entertainment."

"The energy of the women and the great talent involved with the event make it spectacular!" said comedian Belinda Carroll about performing at EDEN Pacific Northwest and other EDEN Pride Events. "[It’s] just such a feel good, wonderful time."

Carroll is a multi-talented stand-up comedian, writer, vocalist and actress who has toured nationally as well as appeared on NBC’s "GRIMM," MTV among other TV appearances.

"I’ve spent lots of time on the Oregon coast, but never with so many amazing women!" said DJ Mr. Charming, who has been spinning in the Pacific Northwest for eight years at Gaycation, a super hot homo dance party that is a staple of Portland’s queer nightlife featuring local to international performers. This is her first time spinning for EDEN.

"I’m looking forward to bringing hot beats and can’t wait to meet some of the awesome talent and attendees!" continued DJ Mr. Charming. "I hope to help create a sexy dance party for all the women at EDEN PNW, and to keep them dancing and flirting all night long!"

Veteran EDEN DJ Fusion is excited about coming to the Pacific Northwest from the San Francisco Bay Area and making new "musical connections." She expects take the girls of EDEN PNW on a guided musical trip.

"Everyone in the house should hear a song they love, or a song they forgot they loved, but haven’t heard in awhile," said DJ Fusion. "Expect to sing along to those songs, and stay on the dance floor!"

Girls can catch comedians Carroll, Koch and Vall on Friday night at 7 p.m., Oct. 4 before the Beach Bonfire. Dance Saturday night away with DJs. Fusion and Mr. Charming starting at 9 p.m. after a live music showcase.

Bringing Out the Kid in Everyone

"Seaside has a tendency to bring out the kid in everyone. From finding a sand dollar on the beach during an early morning walk to enjoying a fresh piece of salt water taffy," said Rahl. "Our town is perfect for relaxing or rejuvenating with an endless amount of recreational activities."

"The Oregon Coast can be sublime during this time... warm, mellow and calm," said Kandziora. "It is a great town with lots to do and see... and a beautiful beach."

Toce agreed, "Seaside offers both a relaxing getaway and nightlife options for all different types of people."

"Where else can you ride a Harley one minute and play arcade games and eat salt water taffy the next? Add to that dance parties overlooking the water and bonfires in the sand and you’ve got the perfect destination location," said Toce.

Seaside sounded like a perfect escape when Kandziora and Toce told EDEN Pacific Northwest Co-Producer Christine De La Rosa, who produces EDEN Pride Events and fiveTEN Oakland Events, about the delightful town and its surrounding area.

"Personally, I am looking forward to experience the quaint town of Seaside as a vacation getaway," said De La Rosa, pointing out that the group is starting out small, but has "big plans to make this a full week of events for women and our friends over the course of the next five years, our very own West Coast Provincetown."

Attendees can take advantage of a discount rate at the Shilo Inn Seaside Oceanfront by calling 503-738-9571 and mentioning code: EDEN PNW.

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