Bows go up at 9 a.m. sharp when you shoot with the ladies of BLAST (Bi Lesbian and Straight Together) Archery Club. The monthly meet up group usually shoot with compound bows, between 10 and 20 pounds of tension. And the indoor range at Gator Guns & Archery Center in West Palm Beach means bows go up rain or shine for target practice.
BLAST Women of the Palm Beaches(WPB) describe themselves a social and professional networking group “for women, ladies, kings, lesbians, bisexual gals, girly-girls, butches, femmes, bois, transwomen, lesbian-feminist womyn, questioning, aces/aros, and gay-friendly straight feminists” on Meetup.com.
The group “by for and about” women, hosts more than 200 social, political, cultural, or outdoor events a year, making it SFGN’s reader’s choice for Best Social Group in 2015. Anyone who joins the group can plan an event as an organizer.
“Some women plug in for just one or two special interests -- poker, say, or kayaking, or drum lessons, or anti-racism trainings, or women's dances, or the pagan circle -- while others come to lots of different things. There are no dues to pay and pretty much every event is a one-time stand-alone thing - though some meet monthly, such as the archery club,” BLAST co-founder Toni Armstrong Jr. told SFGN.
Founded in 2008, the group has more than 2700 members, mostly locals, but some snow-birds and more than 1900 past meetups.
The May meetup at Blue Front Bar & Grill, one of SFGN’s 2015 reader’s choices for best restaurant in Palm Beach County, saw more than 60 attendees finding shade under the garden trellises, enjoying quiet conversation by the fire-pit and listening to live music by the gazebo of the restaurant’s back patio and outdoor bar.
Whether you’re a woman interested in meeting other locals, looking to take your wife out for drinks and dinner around town, discovering a new hobby, or practicing your favorite pastime, the BLAST WPB Meetup calendar should have you covered. For updates on these events and more, sign up at www.meetup.com/BLASTwpb
Social at Barrel of Monks Brewing
1141 South Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, FL
Saturday, July 22 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton specializes in crafting Belgian style beers, progressing in flavor profile and potency through light crisp singles, like the “Single in Havana” a guava infused version of the house “Single in Bruges,” through dubbels, tripels, and into full bodied quadrupels like the “Quadraphonic” with an occasional twist. Enjoy your Belgian ales perched at one of the high tops or relaxing on one of the couches in the tasting room. The brew house doesn’t serve their own bites, but it’s a popular spot for local food trucks and a food truck calendar is available on the BoMB website, www.BarrelofMonks.com.
Peanut Island Beach Party & Snorkeling
Peanut Island Water Taxi
200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach, FL
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
BLAST women, their kids, and female friends are invited for a day of picnicking, swimming, and snorkeling on Peanut Island (weather permitting.) Peanut Island Park is made up of 80 acres along the Intracoastal waterway, near the Lake Worth Inlet, in Riviera Beach. Reserved and limited camping is available in designated areas, a swimming area is guarded from 9:15 am - 4:45 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day until Palm Beach County public schools start in August.
BLAST Mixer at Benny's on the Beach
10 South Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, FL
Thursday, August 10, 2017 starting at 5:30 p.m.
This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Thursday of every 2 months
Recurring dates are Oct. 12, Dec. 14, and Feb 8
Open since 1986, Benny’s is located on the Lake Worth Pier. The front bar and open-air patio will be open to BLAST members and first-timers with access to the pier and beach. Beer and well drinks will be two-for-one all night, with a bar menu and full dinner menu also available and special pricing for women with BLAST name tags. Metered parking is available in the lot.