Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Divas of Binghamton

Binghamton has experienced an uptick in positivity this past year. Online posts regarding its music, arts and food scenes have definitely seen an increase. I, along with my fellow Binghamton community page managers such as BingSpot and What's Goin' On Binghamton?, have done our best to spread the word regarding these very popular and positive aspects of the area.

There is one group of individuals, however, that has done so much for this community with very little public recognition. That is, until now.

The Divas of Binghamton, as I like to call them, are an elite group of performers; commonly referred to as drag queens. They have not only entertained their growing audiences throughout the year but have given their time and talents in support of various nonprofit organizations; organizations such as the Southern Tier Aids Program, Tri-Cities Opera, Binghamton Pride Coalition, Toys of Tots, Rainbow Pride Union at Binghamton University, just to name a few. The photo above is a small representation of the many who have made us laugh, cry, cheer and dance throughout the year; putting our enjoyment above the many physical stresses they must go through for each and every performance. To willingly put themselves and their bodies through what many of us would consider torture in support of a charity event is worthy of acknowledgement.

So, this is my personal thank you to the Divas of Binghamton for all that you have done to make Binghamton a better place.

Friday, December 19, 2014

'Tis the Season, Binghamton

Seriously, there has been way too much negativity posted about the Binghamton area lately. Especially from both sides of the fracking and casino issues. All too often we tend to focus on what might have been rather than on what we have. 

It has always been my goal here at Patti Loves Bing to focus on the positive happenings in Binghamton. While many of the events I have attended and showcased over the last two years may have not been the most popular or most glamorous, I believe I have done my best to let you all know what options are out there without added political drama or commentary.

With one exception, Binghamton still has a long way to go in terms of job growth and sustainable economic development; but look how far it has come. When I arrived in Binghamton a little over 20 years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find anything open in the downtown core past 5 pm. Now, no matter what day of the week it is, you are hard pressed to find a place to park or an open table at one of our many local restaurants and pubs. The streets are cleaner and brighter. There are people walking and greeting each other on the sidewalks. Binghamton has become the place to connect with friends, old and new.

So, on this third day of Hanukkah and with less than a week away from Christmas, I want to offer this holiday promise to all of you.  I promise to continue to spread Binghamton cheer as much as resources allow. I do, however, have one request from all of you.  If you know of an event that is coming up in Binghamton that is not getting the attention it should, please let me know.  While I may not be able to attend each and every one, I will try my best to share it with all who follow the Patti Loves Bing Facebook page.

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa and, of course, Happy Festivus, Binghamton!