Comedians Karen Williams (above) and Carlease, Deejays Spinderella and Claudette, Sweet Baby J’ai, Jewelle Gomez, Cheryl Dunye, Melange LaVonne, and more at 2009 Lucy & Gail Dinah Shore in Color…

The 2009 Dinah Shore Weekend is here and Lucy & Gail have put together a fabulous weekend of activities for Black lesbians this year. “Dinah Shore in Color” kicks off on Thursday, April 2nd in Palm Springs and concludes Sunday, but for most of us that really means Monday. There are still room packages available for two nights for $340 at the Marquis Resort in Palm Springs and if you purchase your ticket by Friday the 27th they’ll throw in two free tickets to see Karen Williams at the Oasis with DJ Spinderella. Log onto www.dinahincolor.com for more information.

On Friday and Sunday mornings, I’ll be leading a hike and on Saturday we’re playing tennis!

If you haven’t already signed up for the hike or tennis, please reach out to Lucy & Gail at lucyandgail@aol.com.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 2

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
9 holes, lesson, clubs, green fees.
Shuttle leaves from hotel at 8:30am.

10 a.m.
Tour of Indian Canyons
Ranger led one mile hike of the beautiful ancestral home of the Agua Cahuilla Indians. Shuttle leaves hotel at 9:45am.

12 p.m. -2pm
Meet and Greet Lunch
Botanical Gardens
Lunch and tour of Moorten’s Botanical Garden with more than 1000 variety of cacti. Shuttles available from hotel, golf course, and Indian Canyons.

6 p.m. to Midnight
Opening Night Party
Alternative Route
120 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Live entertainment featuring Melange LaVonne and Nancy Franklin.

Friday, April 3

8 a.m.- 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Poolside @ Hotel

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In-room massages
See hotel concierge for appointment.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Morning Workout
Poolside, Hotel guests only
Exercise with Olympian Gale Fitzgerald

9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Hiking with Jasmyne Cannick
Meet I hotel lobby at 8:45 a.m. for shuttle

12 p .m. – 10 p.m.
Artists Marketplace

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Culture Blast
An afternoon of cultural performances. Hosted by nationally known writer and social activist, Jewelle Gomez who will be joined by acclaimed film director, Cheryl Dunye, award-winning author, Alexis De Veaux, respected writer and teacher Dorothy Randall Gray, noted poet Pharaoh, African/modern dancer Ava Square-Levias, singer Lillie Carol Russ, performance artists, Juliette and Dana Robinson, Native American flutist Katherine Twinfeather, and dancer Natasha Dryer.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Hotel Guests Only. Outside pool area.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Singles Reception
Hotel Guests Only. (See Concierge for location)

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
VIP Reception
Club Suite.

6 p.m. Until
Blues and BBQ Party
Dinner served until 8pm. Ribs, chicken and the best of the blues with DJ Lovey and Blues Diva Gino.

Saturday, April 4

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In-room massages. (See Concierge for appointment)

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tennis Clinic
w/LeGeorge Mauldin of the Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Academy with Jasmyne Cannick
Hotel Tennis Courts

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Morning Workout
Poolside (Hotel Guests Only)
Exercise with Olympian Gale Fitzgerald

10 a.m. to Noon
VIP Breakfast
Agua Bar and Grill
Spa Hotel

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artists Marketplace

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pool Jam
Hosted by Comedienne Carlease with Claudette Sexy DJ, featuring the Melodic Soul Band, Qui, Denice Lewis, Nancy Franklin, and Fashions by Nia and Dorothy Randall Gray.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Prove It On Me. The hit musical at the Annenberg Theater starring Sweet Baby J’ai. Shuttle from hotel beginning at 7:00 p.m.

10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Karen Williams Comedy
Comedienne extraordinaire from Logo TV with DJ Spinderella. Oasis Nightclub
611 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
Shuttles from Annenberg and the hotel.

Sunday, April 5

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In-room massages. (See Concierge for appointment)

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Morning Workout
Poolside (Hotel Guests Only)
Exercise with Olympian Gale Fitzgerald

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hiking with Jasmyne Cannick
(Meet shuttle in lobby at 8:45 a.m.)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jazz Sunday

The Lesa Terry all Women-trio at the Cascade Lounge in the Spa Casino. Includes sumptuous brunch. Dancing from 1pm-4pm with DJ Zenway.

For Hotel Reservations and Event Tickets
(760) 416-3545