Sunday, July 26, 2015

Playing Catch Up

Much has happened in and around Binghamton since my last post. Granted, some of the events were unexpected and not pleasant; however, I will leave it up to our local media outlets to cover those. 

As for the positive things that happened in our area, there are just too many for one person to attend. Here is a snapshot of a few of the events I had the pleasure of attending these past two weeks.

Binghamton's Office of Economic Development takes over the Chenango River Promenade and Peacemaker's Stage for an outdoor Binghamton Music and Arts Series, Live on the Waterfront, on certain Fridays during the summer months. Friday, July 17th was no exception. You can stroll among the artist tables, grab a bite to eat from several food trucks or even sample some local craft beer while listening to a local band playing on the stage. The next scheduled Live on the Waterfront event is Friday, July 31st.  More information can be found on the official event page here

The Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) held its annual Doggone Fun on the Run at Otsiningo Park. The very successful event raised in excess of $13,000 in support of the programs offered by STAP to the community. For more information on The Southern Tier AIDS Program and the services it provides, click here.

Surely one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for the Broome County Humane Society has to be its annual Duck Derby. This year, they were not going to let high water and strong currents in the Chenango River put a damper on the event. The organizers, along with the Binghamton Fire Department, put their heads together and designed, created and successfully executed the largest water slide in Binghamton history; to the delight of those who adopted close to 10,000 rubber ducks. The Broome County Humane Society is a local nonprofit that survives on donations without the help of government funding. For more information on how you can help, please click here.

These are just a few of the events that happen here in Binghamton on a regular basis benefiting both its economic development and the organizations serving members of the community. It is impossible for one person to attend each and every event. If you are interested in what is happening on any given day, make sure you check out the list of events at What's Goin' On Binghamton? and BingPop.  You can also find listings on various local media websites, in the weekly Good Times section of the Press & Sun Bulletin and the monthly calendar of events page in Triple Cities Carousel.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Appreciating The Beauty Around Us

As I look back on the past seven days, I am humbled by the beauty I encountered; both inside and outside of Binghamton's city limits. Our perception of beauty is just that; our own perception. Beauty can be found in nature, people, animals and even in the arts whether it be visual, musical or dramatic.

 My week began with an afternoon at Confluence Park in the heart of Downtown Binghamton. For those who are not familiar with the area, this city park gets its name from its location at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers. I arrived on the rare occasion when it was not being used for wedding pictures.

I couldn't think of a better place to wind down after several days of non-stop activity.  It was the perfect spot to relax before heading into the new work week.  

I shared this oasis of beauty with one other soul. A lone fisherman who didn't seem to mind that I was taking his picture and possibly revealing his private fishing spot.

On Tuesday, I attended Broome County's Broome Bands Together concert at Otsiningo Park. These are free concerts for area residents to gather and enjoy the music, the beauty of the park and each other's company.

Later on came a trip up to Harpursville to Animal Adventure Park. I am embarrassed to admit that this was my first time up to the park. However, it will definitely not be my last. I find it amazing that we have at our disposal a facility such as this only 20 miles from Binghamton.

Friday brought the kickoff of the annual JulyFest Binghamton weekend. Downtown Binghamton was overflowing with positive energy. The streets came alive with event goers enjoying the beauty of art, the live music and the perfect weather.

The seven days concluded last night with a unique talent show, Twisted T's Twilight Talent, held at Snidley's in Endicott. The night provided a unique mix of hooping, belly dancing, burlesque and drag with the performers showcasing their talents both inside and out under the stars. It was the beauty of dance, makeup, comedy and sheer artistry throughout the evening that served as a perfect ending to the week.

Granted, these are only a few examples of where we can all find and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Many of you may have attended a play, went kayaking on one of the nearby rivers or hiked one of the countless nature trails nearby. Maybe you settled down in a hammock in your backyard watching the clouds drift lazily by or you witnessed your child hitting their first little league home run. Any of these moments can be beautiful in their own way. It is how we perceive our surroundings and the people we share them with that creates the beauty.

Wishing all of you a beautiful week ahead.