Disney World, Congressman John Faso, and Dating Married Men

Hello dear Hudson!

Can I tell you that the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated, I put my blinders on, stuck my fingers in my ears, and boarded a flight to DisneyWorld with family.

Now, of course Disney is 100% wired and wifi connected – so while on the Mad Tea Cup Ride, I would read about the country falling apart around me.  I was figuratively and literally spinning!

However, all is not lost, and if anything, dear liberal Democrats, progressive Berniecrats, Independents, and reasonable Republicans, what the past week has taught us is that we must be more involved in the political process otherwise the crazies take over.

Let’s congratulate our own Federal Senator from Columbia County, Kristen Gillibrand, for doing an excellent job and voting against most of Trump’s appointments.

Contact Senator Gillibrand here, and thank her for her support!

Our OTHER Senator?  Chuck Schumer?   Ugh.

Can’t we have AMY Schumer instead?  She’s a much better representative of my interests.

Now, there’s our Republican Congressman John Faso.   Well, he’s not so great.  He votes with this Trump idiot.

Multiple phone calls, emails, asking for his schedule to meet constituents, blah, blah, blah….nothing.

But, if you pay him a home visit in Kinderhook, he magically appears.  Thank you very much, Congressional Representative; it’s good to know you’re so available.  Maybe we can discuss your voting record in the frozen food section of Price Chopper next time.

Your votes disrupt OUR personal lives, so I have no problem disrupting YOUR personal life.

(You show up at a Congressman’s home, and all of a sudden Republicans scream, “What about BOUNDARIES?!?”)

Please.

Contact JOHN FASO here.

I found this on the Facebook this morning.  I don’t know if any of these numbers are good or real, but you have unlimited minutes, right?  Just call and find out.  And if it works, well, then call EVERY DAY!

 

I know what you’re thinking, maybe FASO will come around if he just LISTENS to us…

Yeah, no girl.

You see, having the expectation that John Faso is going to vote with the Democrats, is like dating a married man.

They MAY tell you what you want to hear.

The sex MAY be great – especially since you do all the things that the “wife” won’t do (what?  ruin a good manicure?)

They MAY SAY that they love you – but ultimately, they go home to their wives – and vote Republican.

The election is in 2018.

He’s out.

Join the Resistance.  Do everything you can.

It is on, folks!

Love,

Trix

Things change, and nothing comes easy.

Dear Hudson,

Things change, and nothing comes easy.  That’s the theme in Hudson for this weekend.

There are a few great events happening, and I just wanted to put them on your radar.

Tonight at 9pm starts the fun with Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus!  Their show is not to be missed, and the Bindlestiffs are a Hudson institution.  We are very fortunate to have such talented performers in town.    Check out their show, and have a drink!

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That’s Friday.

On Saturday, there are a couple of places to be at the same time, so decisions are difficult.

 

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If you have ever seen her windows at the Five and Diamond, the Rainbow Girls during the Pride Parade, or her costumes during Halloween, you know that Hudson would not be the wonderful, real and creative place it is without the talents of the artistic (and humble) Lisa Durfee!

This Saturday, 5-7pm, at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, there’s a Opening Reception for the exhibit, simply titled, “The Alleys of Hudson. (Jan 14-Feb 19) at the Hudson Opera House. Photographs by William Hellermann, Peter Spear, and Lisa Durfee, featuring a nearly twenty year old treasure trove of images captured in the alleys of Hudson.

You really have to go and see the transformation over the years.  We are lucky to have people in this town willing to document our town’s alleys!

What you do is this.  Go to the Opera House, then, walk across the street, keep going through the park. Walk across Columbia, up that big staircase (that everyone seems to have an opinion about), onto State Street, then make a right and walk up to 5th to the Hudson Area Library to catch this Opening Reception:

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That’s Saturday.

On Sunday, the 15th, there’s a protest at 2pm, starting at 7th Street Park to help save the Affordable Healthcare Act, sponsored by the Hudson Democrats.  Here’s the Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/646577412211111/ 

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There are so many other things going on as well this weekend, I’m probably missing a few.

As I slowly manage to have more bandwidth in my life over the next few months, I plan on doing more of these event posts….so…

If you want to help promote your event, email me at Trixie@GayHudson.com!

And sign up to me on my Mail Chimp email list – on the sidebar to the right of this blog post – to get updates such as these!

Thanks Hudson – see you out and about this weekend!
Trix

 

Gayish Stuff to do this October in the Hudson Valley and Beyond!

Hello Dear Denizens of the Hudson Valley!

I know what you’re thinking….

Trixie, my pumpkin needs some spice.  Where do I get it?

Well, you’re talking to the right gal!

First of all,  let me qualify this blog…I promote my own events, the events of friends, people who pay me, or people who are just very nice.

Usually, in that order…

First of all, did you see the Hudson Bed Races?

Crazy fun!  Here’s a video by my good friend, Scott Hotaling:

Join the Facebook group, Hudson Bed Races, and you’ll see more photos and video.

That was last month – this month – October, there are events almost every weekend!

On Oct 7-9, I’m one of the facilitators for Single’s Weekend at Easton Mountain.  It’s a gay men’s retreat, food and a room, programs, fun.

I take guys to a corn maze, parties, stuff like that.  Very FALL-esque.  If you’re single, go.  There’s a newbie rate.

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The weekend after is “Out on the Farm” by BigGayHudsonValley.com and I think I’m doing Match Game there.

That is down in Poughkeepsie-land.  (Yeah, I guess I am doing Match Game, looking at the poster now…)

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The weekend after that, we are doing our own version right here in good ol’ Columbia County!

(I already told Stephan and Patrick that I was stealing their idea, so, don’t get your panties in a twist…)

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This will be LGBT-Family-friendly fun!!  Etsy has agreed to have some crafts there, I’m baking cookies, we’ll have a band, hayrides, campfire, s’mores, bobbing for apples, kids can play with the animals, do some cow-grooming.

$7 and you get burgers.  BYOB.   Plus, there’s cheese.  Lots of cheese!

Have a beer with some friends over a campfire.  Stars in the sky.  Stuff like that, you know, the whole, that’s-why-we-live-in-upstate-NY experience.

The following weekend is Halloween, and there’s parties all over town!  More to come on that.

See you at the Shaker this weekend!

Love ya,

Trix

The Wacky Rafts

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Hudson,

I know what you’re thinking…

Beds with wheels down Warren Street?  Really, Trixie?

Well, it has happened in the past.  And, as a matter of fact, stranger, riskier events have happened!

In 2008, my friend and I kayaked out in the middle of the Hudson to take pictures of the Wacky Raft races!

Greene County, from Athens to somewhere and folks made their own rafts.  It doesn’t happen anymore…I don’t know HOW they got insurance for this event.

If you have not signed up for the Bed Races, then do it now!  www.HudsonBedRaces.com

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Forty Wigs and a Pair of Mules

bdlc-homeSummer, now in its final weeks, ends like the Maraschino cherry at the bottom of a frozen pina colada. Skewer the cherry with a straw, pop in your mouth, one last burst of sweetness, and summer is over.

Wednesday night’s show in Provincetown was Ben DeLaCreme in “Cosmos”, which was not totally about the drink.    This was the FIRST time that  a drag queen  explained black hole theory to me, on stage.   Plenty of drag queens, off-stage, talk cosmology.  Wait, maybe that’s cosmetology.  Never mind.

Anyway, Ben DeLaCreme made the analogy of a black hole with an aging imploding star, like Norma Desmond. There was also an entire musical number about Uranus.  I’m sure that many of you sing about Uranus all the time.

Maybe if your high school science teacher was a drag queen you would have paid closer attention…

This was a much better show than “Illusions”, the night before.  Three drag queens lip-syncing and then running around the room collecting dollar bills.  One drag queen got straight to the point and just screamed “Give me your money!” directly to the unsuspecting straight people.

Standing over a timid straight woman and demanding “Give me your money!” was a little much, even for me.

I understand the suffering that drag queen performers may have had in their lives, and even as a sub-culture in our society, but demanding dollar bills from patrons, I don’t feel is a valid form of reparations, like forty wigs and a pair of mules? 200px-mules-shoes-1

Basically, I go to Provincetown to scout out new talent to bring to Hudson, and then end up with Hedda Lettuce anyway…

New GayHudson Event Calendar!

Trixie,

It’s really nice that you post these events and all, but I like to PLAN things, so, it would be great if you could just lay it all out for me, and I could put it in my calendar.  Some of us like to be organized.

Thanks and kisses, love you, really, mean it.

— Type A Gay

Dear Type A,

Funny you should ask! I’ve just installed this nifty event calendar plug into this  blog, and now, you can see the gay-ish events of Hudson (et environs)!

But Trix, isn’t there Facebook for this?

True.

BUT, these events have been filtered by ME, so they are worth attending.  If you have an event that you would like me to post, then please email me at trixie@gayhudson.com

For instance, this Saturday, after the Farmer’s Market, there’s a James Baldwin movie playing at the newly-renovated Hudson Library.

This is what you do, you see that calendar over to the right, click on the 10th, and the James Baldwin event comes up, with all the information about it.

Go to October 23rd, and you’ll find the OutHudson Day on the Farm – down in Ancram, and family-friendly (unlike most other things I do).

GayHudson Event Calendar!

TA-DAH!

 

 

 

What a weekend!

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Trixie,

Brooklyn is so expensive, and I barely have any money to do anything anyway, could I really be happy in a small town in upstate New York?  BTW, I need constant gay activities and a scene, too.  Fresh air and a better quality of life is not convincing enough.

K? Thx.  Bye.

Dear Special K –

Yes, you can totally find happiness in a small gay-ish town in upstate New York.

I am typing this blog post from a coffee shop in Provincetown, but sure, yeah, there’s plenty of gay stuff to do in upstate New York.

I tell people that Hudson is a wonderful place to live, there are just TWO problems —  sex and money.  Figure those two out, and you’re fine.

Anyway, this past weekend shows that you can be anywhere on the homo-spectrum, and still find something gayish to do.

Musical theater queen?  Yes – see a MacHaydn show in Chatham.

Like them rough?  Go to the demolition derby at the Fair. Take cars and smash them up for sport.  Maybe not the same crowd as the theater queens from the theater down the road, but you know what?  Put an Ethel Merman or Liza impersonator in one of those demolition cars, and then, not only cars, but WORLDS collide!

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Downtown cabaret life?  The Joseph Keckler show at the Ancram Opera House was really amazing!  They asked me to be the bus chaperone, I said, sure, why not?  I had no expectations.

I baked some cookies and brought them.  I handed them out to people on the bus, saying, “Take this cookie.  You never know when you’re going to eat again.”

“Trixie!! WHERE is this bus going??”

We went to a quaint theater out in Ancram, middle of the woods and farms.   Keckler is a young goth-ish gay guy singing in a beautiful operatic voice about doing a bad hit of mushrooms and inviting people “from the Internet” over to his house — all in Italian.  He is a MUST SEE.  He needs to visit Columbia County again.  When he does, you go.

If you don’t believe me, here’s his New York Times write up.  

(BTW, I may be one of the few people who did BOTH the demolition derby AND Joseph Keckler at the Ancram Opera House.  It would be a very small intersection in two Boolean circles.  If anyone else did both, let me know.)

Go to an AIDS-related Garden Party.  This event I did not attend, but kudos to those who helped and donated, including the Terenchin Gallery in Hudson.

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To TOP and BOTTOM it all off, there was a PAJAMA PARTY at the Half Moon on Sunday.

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Drag queens, cute guys and gals in pajamas, raising money to help pay the insurance costs so that we can put wheels on beds and then race them down the middle of the street!  You really have options when giving money up here…

Once again, an Ethel Merman or Liza impersonator on one of those beds – BOOM. DONE.  Sold.

www.HudsonBedRaces.com

Have I sold you on gay life in upstate New York yet?

No?

Fine,  I’m at Joe’s Coffee in Ptown if you need to reach me…(plus, it’s a tropical storm and everything is over half off…I have to go.)

k? Thx. Bye.

Love,

Trix