|The old gang at Maudâs - in the center holding the camera is Rikki Streicher, who owned the bar, and also later owned Amelias. Back in the day, when there were 7-8 lesbian bars in San Francisco open every day. Photo by Deborah Trapini.
The landmark âMaudâs Reunion! - 20th Anniversary of Maudâs Closingâ event will take place on June 27. This is an official 2009 SF Pride event. It was timed to coincide with the 2009 San Francisco Pride parade and celebration - 20 years after the famous dyke bar, Maudâs, closed in 1989. The event will also honor and remember the late Rikki Streicher, as well as Maudâs 23-year (1966-1989) history and impact on the lesbian culture and politics of LGBT San Francisco. In the famous documentary film, Last Call at Maudâs, featuring Streicher, one will recall the memories of the women interviewed about the classic lesbian hangout and their accompanying personal photographs of their younger selves and lovers.
The event will be held on June 27, noon to 6 p.m. at Finneganâs Wake, which is the location of the old Maudâs, on 937 Cole Street & Carl Street in the Haight.
The organizers give a special thanks to Finneganâs Wake owner Tom, the staff, and customers for welcoming the lesbian community to their bar for this very special reunion.
The Maudâs Reunion Committee consists of well known women such as Mandy Carter, Susan Fahey, Jewelle Gomez, Diane Sabin, Mary Sager, Joann Shirley, Jean Sompayrac, and Mary Starvus. They ask if anyone has memories and/or photos to share, they can email: . Carter says they will be creating a list of everyone who has contacted them, letting them know who canât join them for the Maudâs Reunion. âWeâre going to post the list at the reunion so that we can say that you all were âwith usâ - even though not in person,â says Carter. She says she received an email from someone whose friend told her she really wanted to be at Maudâs anniversary, but she didnât make it. She died last month. âIâll be there in her memory,â the friend wrote. Carter replied to her, âWeâre putting together a special âSisters Gone But Not Forgottenâ tribute for those who called Maudâs home who have passed.â
The Reunion Committee is asking folks who are attending to also bring some of their souvenirs from the auction that was held at Maudâs before it closed.
Afraid youâll miss the 17th annual San Francisco Dyke March? Fear not, because the Committee timed the Maudâs Reunion to end at 6 p.m. so that folks could get over to the 7 p.m. Dyke March Kick-Off at Dolores Park at 18th & Dolores Streets. For further information, browse thedykemarch.org website.
âI went to [the former location of] Maudâs last year for the first time since it closed in 1989, and was stunned to see that it is exactly the same place it was when it was Maudâs,â says Carter. âIt even still has the original Maudâs phone number.â She adds, âThe key changes [were] the addition of three big TVâs, tables in the backyard, a CD juke box, and they removed the cover of the window in the entry way of the bar. Remarkable!â