Have you met Kit Williamson and John Halbach – Actors, Writers, Producers, and Travel Influencers?

Many of you may know Kit Williamson from Mad Men and his Emmy nominated and award winning show Eastsiders (Where you will also know his husband, John Halbach from). I am lucky to have become part of Eastsiders as an associate producer in season three and I am even luckier to be able to call them friends now as well. As a matter of fact, I just saw them in NYC when they were here to promote the third season of Eastsiders at New Fest last month.

If you follow Kit and John on social media you may have also noticed they have become quite the travel/luxury influencers these days and that is what I wanted to highlight them for here. Of course we must note that Kit is working on some amazing writing and directing projects like Girls Like Magic AND Eastsiders Season Three is available to pre-order at Amazon right now.

I have no idea how they find time to do all they do and take the fabulous trips they do BUT I do know that they make the trips look as fabulous as you’d imagine, plus are able to bring us all along via social media. Earlier this year, they took a trip across Europe that included time in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Prague. Then they returned to LA for the premiere of Eastsiders Season three at Outfest but soon after headed to Palm Springs for some more amazing views and Instagram photos!

Recently, they spent time in NYC, where I am from (after a brief stay in one of my favorite cities, Toronto), and introduced me to the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn. I actually lived right there in Williamsburg for a but but never visited this truly luxurious hotel right in my home town.

During their time in Europe, Kit and John experienced some of the local culture, explored the usual tourist sites, and definitely enjoyed the local cuisine. I spoke to John about it at the Eastsiders premiere party after Outfest in Los Angeles and he expressed interest in doing it again as well as traveling to other places. At the after party for Eastsiders at NewFest in NYC, Kit expressed the same feelings to me about traveling and I expressed my interest in joining them on a few adventures (can you blame me for trying?).

There experiences traveling and influencing have led them to start their very own magazine called Where Gentlemen Go to showcase all the latest and hottest trends in travel, health, home, fashion, and more. As they say, “Go Out, Go Home, Go for It – A gay men’s travel/ lifestyle blog for modern gents.” I suggest you check it out, you will see a familiar face there from time to time. I am truly proud to be a part of Where Gentlemen Go because it’s a place for guys to go to share experiences, thoughts, tips, and their favorite things and places.

Please make sure you follow both Kit Williamson and John Halback on Twitter and Instagram for to view pictures of their trips and upcoming adventures and projects. Also follow Eastsiders and Girls Like Magic, you won’t be sorry.

Scrooge and Marley Is Rich With Touching Moments

Ever since I can remember, my father has had this tradition of watching “A Christmas Carol” on Christmas Eve and my family has always listened to Christmas or Holiday music from Thanksgiving right up until Christmas.  You can’t wrap gifts or bake for the holidays without the accompaniment of just the right tunes.  One of the special things about the holidays is how each generation can not only honor traditions but add some new ones of their own and I found something to add to mine for sure!

Last week I attended the NYC premier of Scrooge & Marley, a wonderful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  It’s the classic tale with a modern day twist, you see, in this version Scrooge is gay and so are some of the other main characters.   Although the characters are gay, the story is still relevant and touching to anyone and everyone.  The story is not only emotional, there are so many funny moments and some festive new holiday songs to enjoy throughout the ride.

Me & Ronnie Kroell (The Ghost of Christmas Past)

As is the case with many smaller productions, it is quite evident that the entire cast put their whole hearts and souls into this film.  David Pevsner as modern day Scrooge evokes a bit of pity even as you are disliking him and Drew Anderson does an equally excellent job portraying young Scrooge on his path to miser.  Rusty Schwimmer is delightful as Scrooge’s loving and patient sister, Freda, and of course Bruce Vilanch steals the show as the kindhearted, yet eccentric Fezziwig. Megan Cavanagh is hysterical as the Ghost of Christmas Present and has a fun little number to get things going.  Ronnie Kroell does double duty as kindhearted bartender Randy as well as the spicy Ghost of Christmas Past and who can complain about having Ronnie on screen for a few extra scenes :) .  David Moretti gives Bob Cratchit just the right amount of sweetness to counter Scrooge’s sour.

The story is one of learning to accept others but more importantly, learning to accept yourself.  Wouldn’t it be something if everyone was visited by the spirits of Christmas to help us heal the past, accept the present, and forge the future? The good news is, Scrooge & Marley  is available on DVD and Blu-ray so now, you can experience it at home for many holiday seasons to come.  For your holiday listening pleasure, the soundtrack is available via Amazon and iTunes.

Check out the film for yourself and then add it to your list of traditions for the holiday season.  It is exactly the kind of movie that should be experienced with family or friends, or even both!