Milton Theatre is hosting a month of performances tied to national Pride Month, and to celebrate, the theater joined forces with Inn The Doghouse to host a party and fundraiser June 8.
Milton Theatre’s Pride events started two years ago as somewhat of a lark.
“We just kind of threw it out there,” Director Fred Munzert said. “We had great support from the town and the community at large. We had another one planned last year with a parade, and we know what happened then.”
Munzert said planning for this year’s Pride Month came about very quickly, as COVID-19 restrictions eased up in the spring. However, he has been thrilled with the response, which has seen homes and businesses all over Milton put up rainbow flags in support.
“It really took on its own personality,” Munzert said. “We decided to do this, and one by one, people started calling us and coming in. I think it’s really great that the community can see that support. Milton is a really diverse community, but to see it hanging on the houses and the businesses is amazing.”
He said people wanting a flag can get one at Milton Theatre; the flags have been so popular, they have sold out twice.
Inn The Doghouse held an event for Pride Month during its grand opening two years ago, and co-owner Annette Babich said they wanted to get involved this year. The event included food vendors, a steel drum player and local artisans selling handmade goods. For Babich and partner Mal Meehan, the June 8 event was a chance to show off the bed and breakfast’s most major upgrade: a new tiki bar/stage in the back.
“It really does work,” Meehan said. “People feel like they’re on vacation when they’re sitting there.”