Thank you for the memories!
Hello Hot n Dry Celebrants,
For nearly 30 years Hot n Dry presented a fellowship of sobriety in an unprecedented roundup/conference format: exclusive use of hotel facilities, an all inclusive registration which included all food events for the weekend and our own HND show and first class entertainment and meetings and workshops. Our goal was to provide a place where sober gay men would feel welcome and enjoy a fun and affordable sober weekend in a safe and enjoyable environment.
In the aftermath of the world-wide pandemic and due to significant changes in the Palm Springs marketplace, our conference paradigm has become financially untenable. In recent negotiations with our host hotel, we were faced with increases in excess of 25% (since 2019/20 prices) in food costs, minimum guarantees and hotel room rates. Our 2020 contracted entertainer announced a substantial fee increase. Add in the other conference expenses and our conference became impossible to produce and remain affordable enough to attract the number of attendees to make it financially viable.
So we are saddened to cancel of our 2023 conference and future events. It seems that cost increases and the Palm Springs all-year-round resort attractiveness has eliminated our ability to provide the inexpensive and inclusive Hot n Dry experience we have all enjoyed for years. When we started in 1988, Palm Springs was avoided in the Summer and that allowed us to negotiate favorable rates and terms for our roundup/conference.
We appreciate the support you have given Hot n Dry over the years. Our philosophy has been and will always be that sobriety is best when celebrated together in joy and laughter. We hope to see you soon!
Your 2023 Hot n Dry Planning Committee