While many of us Michiganders are cheering with excitement over the upcoming May 1 smoking ban, others are probably less gleeful over the new change. In an effort to bring the differing sides together for one last hoorah, the Ruth Ellis Center and D. Erickson PR are joining to create the Last Drag, a walking pub craw in Ferndale to commemorate the historic smoking ban the night before it comes into effect and also give smokers a chance to live it up in their own style for one last time (in Michigan, of course).
The Ruth Ellis Center provides short and long-term living space for homeless, runaways, at-risk gay, bi-attractional, lesbian, transgender and questioning youth in the Metro-Detroit area. D. Erickson's David Rudolph is no stranger to lending a hand, as he was the coordinator for February's Cocktails for a Cause, a benefit for THAW, the heat and warmth fund, featuring local celebrity bartenders.
As an added bonus to the pub crawl, decked-out drag queens will be leading the way to each of the pub crawls locations, including Dino's Lounge, Woodward Avenue Brewery, the Emory and Gracie's Underground. The event will commence at the Loving Touch, where participants will check in or purchase tickets, if they have not already done so.
The Last Drag is a free roaming pub crawl, meaning each participant will be able to move on to the next bar at his or her own leisure. The crawl will come to a close at the stroke of midnight, just in time to snuff out those cigarettes.
The pub crawl will be held Friday, April 30 and is $10 for advanced tickets and $12 per person at the door. For tickets and more information, please call the Ruth Ellis Center at (313) 252-1950.
The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave in Ferndale on the north side of Woodward, just south of 9 mile.