The DC Eagle is playing host this weekend to the 42nd annual Scarlet's Bake Sale, with members of the leather community and allies contributing an array of culinary creations and more to be auctioned off for a variety of noble causes. Money raised from the bake sale, always held the Saturday before Valentine's Day, benefits local charities in the D.C.-Baltimore area.
Originally intended to raise money for children's charities, the focus later steered toward other causes such as Food & Friends; Brother, Help Thyself; Moveable Feast; The Mautner Project; and Whitman-Walker Health. This year's beneficiaries have not yet been named.
Aside from simply raising money, the bake sale also offers a bit of spectacle. Each bake-sale submission is judged, with awards offered in a number of categories, such as best club entry or most outrageous, explains Peter Lloyd, co-owner of The DC Eagle. And the competition gets fiercely creative, he warns, recalling one cake with a miniature, working rollercoaster on it.
''Some of the awards are highly coveted,'' says Lloyd. ''People really go all out.''
Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, participants will be able to drop off their bake-sale entries. Judging begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the bake-sale auction at 5:30 p.m.
Lloyd specifically credits Ed Moore, Stephen Decker-Moore and Susan MacFarland for successfully organizing and spearheading Scarlet's Bake Sale for the past few years.
This year, in addition to the bake sale and auction, The DC Eagle is expanding the event as part of its pre-Valentine's festivities. Tonight, for example, the bar will host a clothing and gear auction to raise additional money for charity. The items will be worn by male models and auctioned off, piece by piece, according to the Facebook invitation.
The DC Eagle is located at 639 New York Ave. NW. For more information, call 202-347-6025 or visit dceagle.com.