The anticipation is over.
Impulse Gay Social Club will celebrate its grand opening in Waynesboro on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. to celebrate Pride Month. The celebration will include a drag show.
“It’s to show everyone a preview of what’s coming to Waynesboro,” said owner Kevin Lewis, “and to show them what we’ve done [with the club].”
Admittance to the club, located at 101 East Main Street, is free for club members on Saturday, and $5 per guest, including admittance to the drag show.
Lewis said he expects the club will be packed Saturday night and encouraged participants over age 18 to come early.
Lewis, who lives in Waynesboro, said the club’s official opening will be July 5 when the club will begin regular business hours. Starting in July, Impulse Gay Social Club will be open Thursdays, 6 p.m. to midnight, Fridays & Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays, 5 to 11 p.m.
As previously reported in The News Virginian, the Waynesboro club will be an outreach project by Salty Dog Society, a nonprofit organization, which has operated Impulse Gay Social Club in Charlottesville for seven years.
The Waynesboro club will be more than a night club by hosting community events.
The club will practice a strict ID required policy at the door. Anyone age 18 to 21 admitted must wear a bright pink wristband.
Salty Dog Society works to assist members of the LGBT community with getting a high school diploma, helping families with the loss of a home to fire or eviction, and hosts charity benefits for area food banks, children and LGBT.
A monthly membership at the Waynesboro club is $15 per person and an annual membership is $50 per person.