Friday, December 9, 2011

Diamond Street Opera Company - Holiday Program!

DIAMOND OPERA THEATER PRESENTS HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Hudson’s own opera company, Diamond Opera Theater, in association with Hudson Opera House, will present Holiday music, both classical and modern, on Saturday, December 10, at 5:00p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal. Artistic Director Mary Deyerle Hack has assembled an all-star cast of singers and instrumentalists to celebrate the season in style.

Mary, a mezzo-soprano, will be joined by two sopranos, April Fisher and Allison Sniffin, for Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols in its original setting with harp accompaniment, followed by solos, duets and trios featuring different combinations of singers and instruments. Cynthia Powell, who has been featured in several of Diamond Opera’s Art of Song programs at Hudson Opera House, is musical director and pianist for the group. In Manhattan, Cynthia is conductor of both the Stonewall Chorale and Melodia Women’s Choir.


The harpist will be Rita Costanzi. Soprano April Fisher will perform in pieces by composers from Bach to Max Reger. Triple-threat musician Allison Sniffin (a composer and instrumentalist as well as a singer) has also performed with Diamond Opera and may play the viola or piano with some of the songs. The program will end with a Columbia County-specific carol, never heard before!


The concert is a benefit for Diamond Opera Theater. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and Under, payable at the door. A reception to meet the artists will follow in the Parish Hall.
HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM

Saturday, December 10, at 5:00 p.m.
Christ Church Episcopal, Courthouse Square at Union Street
$10 adults, $5 children
For information, Christ Church office, (518)828-1329 or Hudson Opera House, (518) 822-1438

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Tom Judson Show - Thursday, Nov. 17th


Purchase Tickets Here:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=s6nizybab&oeidk=a07e525zjfz2c937e8a

ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!

The Tom Judson Show
with Special Guest, Trixie Starr

Thursday - November 17 - 8pm
Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534


THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS GET VIP SEATING!

After premiering his new show in New York City and performing all summer long in Provincetown, Tom Judson brings his new solo cabaret act, "The Tom Judson Show", to Hudson for a one-night-only special performance to celebrate his fifty-first birthday. Getting back to his musician roots, Tom's new show is reminiscent of the sparkling entertainments that were once found at every smart supper club in Manhattan. Utilizing the skills that landed him on Broadway, Tom croons at the piano in a vintage tuxedo and sings an eclectic selection of songs from well known standards to some surprising obscure gems. And he peppers the musical selections with anecdotes and stories about some of the celebrities he's crossed paths with during his career.


"The Tom Judson Show" is an evening of song and story so entrancing that Michael Musto writing in the Village Voice insisted, “Let's get this man a show at the Carlyle Or the Algonquin. I'm serious!”


THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS GET VIP SEATING!

At Tom's request, and to promote the intimate nature of the evening, VIP seating will be set up surrounding the piano à la an exclusive penthouse soirée. There will be no extra charge for these seats, but this special offer will be strictly limited to the first 25 tickets sold.


Purchase Tickets Here:
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Upcoming Events - get off Facebook and get out of the house!


Everyone's complaining about the new facebook changes.

You know what? I'm on facebook constantly.....and I don't care.

I'm a promoter. I promote events, and facebook makes it easier to promote events.

Facebook makes it easy to display pictures, tag people in photos, and that's what facebook is all about.

It's a social networking site.....and I try to get people together. For me, facebook works.

BUT -

The goal of my facebook usage is to get people OUT of the house, and doing things, with other people. Do things with real, in-person people.

Why sit around and watch TV? Most of the shows are stupid and boring, anyway.

There's something out there called Real Life - your real life - not someone else's. You don't have to watch someone else's "reality life" on TV. You could actually just live in your own reality.

There's a concept, huh?

So....having said all this - here's a list of all the events I want you to attend. :)

[Most are charity/volunteer organizations. I only make money from one or two of them. :) ]

Here we go....

This Sunday, the 25th, come down to STAATSBURG to the Wedding Showcase, sponsored by BigGayHudsonValley.com.

There are going to be over 40 vendors there - some from Hudson!




Then, you MUST attend the Fall Foliage boat cruise. All proceeds benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation. We gave away $1,000 scholarship this past year, hopefully, we will give away more next year. One day, we might have enough money saved to buy a community center. We're saving, and we're working on it.


Sat - Oct. 8th
1-3pm & 3-5pm
$20

Folks of Hudson, in every Mayoral election year, we talk about the Waterfront. We talk about how the Waterfront development is going to CHANGE the city.

When was the last time YOU were down on the Waterfront?

Most of the time, when I walk my dog there, I see about twelve people sitting in their cars looking at the water. I don't think they even leave their cars.

Go on the Fall Foliage Cruise. It's going to be beautiful. MOD is doing food for us. There will be a cash bar on the boat.

It's happening the same time as the Chili Festival, which is also on the Hudson Waterfront.

Don't you want to be on a boat, filled with people who just ate a bowl of chili?

It's going to be a blast!

.....literally.....

hahaha!

Anyway, you should go.

Then, on Sunday, the following day, Oct. 9th, my dear, sweet loveable friend, Mr. Tom Judson and I are doing MATCH GAME at MOD Cafe's Big Gay Brunch. 11am - 2pm.

I have no idea what to expect, it's the first time we're doing this. I did go out and buy "The Best of Match Game" DVD, so we will have actual Match Game questions. Each table will be able to guess the 'correct' answer.

FUN!

I know you're very excited about this.

Trixie Starr and Tom Judson
Match Game at MOD Cafe
Big Gay Brunch
11am - 2pm
Front and Union St
Hudson

Then, I'm doing another event on October 22nd down in Poughkeepsie, the Spooktacular - also for charity. There were about 400 people last year, it's going to be great! It's all for a good cause - AIDS Related Community Services of the Hudson Valley.

Saturday, October 22 at 6:30pm
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center
9 & 12 Vassar St.
Poughkeepsie, NY

I am going to 'man' the "Miss-Fortune Booth". I will be a Misfortune Teller! I will tell people their bad fortunes all night long! LOVE IT!

The best part about this gig, is that it's really not much of a stretch for me. I can just be myself.

THEN - for Halloween, Musty and I are going to be at Club Helsinki - Sat. Oct. 29th. 10pm-2am. $15/door. "Burn in Hell....sinki"

Like it? The name was Musty's idea.

There's going to be a big Halloween costume contest, with several hundred dollars given away in prizes, and about a third of the door to charity.

It's really going to be off-the-hook. More details to follow. Musty and I are doing a photo and video shoot next week. Just wait.

That's pretty much it for October. In between all of this, I'm also the President of the gay bowling league in Schenectady - Capital Area Pride Bowlers. Sundays at 6pm at Sportsmans bowling alley in Schenectady. Just show up and we'll put you in as a substitute or a pacer. It's no big whoop - just bowl and have a couple of beers!

What's my point in all this?

Forget about facebook, and all their changes. Who needs TV? Get out of the house, and create your own reality show.

Life is short.

-Trix

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Big Gay Hudson Valley's Wedding Showcase - Sunday, Sept. 25th





Same-sex couples can now get married in the state of New York, which is great!

...if you want to get married.

I know, I should be a big proponent of gay marriage, considering I help organize a gay pride parade, but really, I'm like, 'whatever'.

It's sort of like the 'gays in the military' issue.

Yes, we should have equality in the military, but you're not going to find me enlisting.

In theory, people get married for love. That's very romantic.


But then, once you sign the papers, it's really this big exchange of property and money, health and tax benefits....

Call it what it is, folks.




Anyway...

The part that I do like, in this new gay marriage state that we live in, is the PARTY potential!

If you focus on the great parties that can happen!!! Now, you have my attention!


Trixie's Horahouse!

I'm helping my good friends over at BigGayHudsonValley.com.

They are doing a wedding showcase.

CLICK HERE for all details.

Sunday September 25th :: Noon until 5p

Terrapin Catering at Dinsmore
371 Albany Post Road (Route 9)
Staatsburg, NY 12580


It's just south of Rhinebeck, so it's kinda close to us.

Hudsonians, you should register as a vendor, this way, you can help promote your space or service.

It's a good idea. Here's the form to fill out to be a vendor.

If people want to get married, great! Do it.

See you at the showcase!

Love,
Trix


Tell 'em Trixie sent you! (That will get you absolutely nowhere, but you can say it).


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Facebook Etiquette - Where is Emily Post when you need her?

I tried to find information on-line about proper facebook etiquette. It's a big issue. People don't know what to do sometimes.

I found a lot of nonsense - but, then I went straight to the source, Ms. Emily Post!

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.
If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use."
—Emily Post

That sums it up. Most of my facebook etiquette issues with "facebook friends" are when someone posts, links, un-friends, etc. and you think...

"Why would someone say/do something like that?"

The answer is probably because they are not considering the feelings of others.

Thanks, Emily!

More information on Emily Post and facebook etiquette can be found at this link. Click here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Is Hudson the Next Provincetown?

I went to Provincetown, Massachusetts during Bear Week and I'm going back again soon.

I like to think of the Bears as "my people".

These are 'Bears'


I'm not really into Bears, they're not really into me, but we bowl together and they eat my cookies, so, it works.

I love the Bears' attitude! They give a big hairy 'fuck you', to the gay Chelsea-boy look that has plagued the gay community for years. Like a rash, 'Chelsea-boys' show up all over - beaches, cruise ships, circuit parties.

Cute, but for the most part, vacuous.

Chelsea-boys will rarely venture past 72nd Street, (and only then for a good trick) and they have no concept of anything north of Westchester.

If we wanted Chelsea-boys, we would have stayed in Manhattan, and not pay the $100+ roundtrip train fare on Amtrak to come upstate.

Anyway, where was I?

Bear Week in Provincetown - or "P-Town".

True Story. I'm renting a bicycle on the MONDAY of Bear week, at one of the little bike rental places- and the guy told me that he was probably sold out.

He found one, but it was not easy.

He has about 600 bicycles, that he rents out for $22/day - $5/day more if you want a basket in front.

Mine cost $27/day - of course I had to have a basket in front. please....

OK Hudson - let's do the math - one little bike store in a little town on Cape Cod.

600 bicycles at $22/day = $13,200/day.

This little bike shop was taking in OVER $10,000/day!!!

ON A MONDAY! ON BEAR WEEK!

(What's the over-head? Buying the bicycles? A little store-front? Seasonal employees? Look at the numbers - even if it's only a three or four month business.)

I checked out his computer screen - he has three cute guys working out front scanning in the bicycles and a really big, hot and sexy.....database!

I told him that if he ever needed any help with his software package - to call me... ;)

I asked, 'what do the negative numbers mean?'

'Oh, those are my over-reserved bikes.'

He has about 600 bicycles and some are over-booked. O.M.G.

Here we are, sitting in Hudson, with some saying - "How can we make the cement plant happy?"

Forget the cement plant, people!!

Bring in the restaurants, the drag shows, and the bicycle shops!! Let's make some money already!

What are we waiting for?

P-Town is booming! The streets are closed to cars and lined with visitors shopping, eating, seeing shows, buying things they really don't need (and we have a lot of stuff to sell in this town...)

Granted, you may argue that maybe P-town is a little much, and we don't want to go that far.

Fine.

BUT - a little wouldn't hurt.


For instance, Hedda Lettuce is in a show this week at Stageworks, CLICK here for ticket information. GO SEE IT!

This weekend, there's a big art show, New Art Dealers Alliance, NADA, at the Basilica, and August 12-14, there's the Hudson Music Festival.

We have to go - and bring your friends.

We have to support all of these events, because, hopefully, this is our future.

We have to keep these events going - because at some point, all these events are going to get so popular that there will be no question - in anyone's mind - about what to do with the waterfront.

I don't know if Hudson is going to be as popular as P-Town.

I don't know what Hudson is going to be ten or twenty years from now...but I can tell you this....

....if Hudson does get that popular - I'm running the bike shop!

- Trix

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

IT'S OUR TIME, HUDSON! We can do this!!


This is the banner that went up on Fairview Ave in Hudson yesterday....and down the same road a few blocks, next door to Bagel Tyme (where the Hudson Pride Committee buys its bagels every Saturday) is NY State Senator Saland's District Office. Saland says that he is undecided on the marriage equality vote.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/nyregion/2d-gop-senator-backs-gay-marriage-in-new-york.html

IT'S OUR TIME, HUDSON!!! WE CAN DO THIS!
Call Saland today! Let's make this happen!

Stephen M. Saland
389 Fairview Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-1529
Email address: saland@nysenate.gov
http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/stephen-m-saland/contact

Friday, May 13, 2011

Organizing a Parade....

You want to know what it's like organizing a parade, or an entire weekend of events?

With not a lot of money, a group of volunteers, and working a day job?

Well, this was my day today....

I get up around 6:30, make a pot of coffee, get on-line, and start working by 7am.

I worked until around 10:30, then met with the gal who is doing our tshirts, and got prices.

Then, I had lunch at noon with a Lutheran Deacon who is organizing the clergy in the area. He asked me, 'what can we do?'.

I said, 'well, you can march, and then bring the message out to all of your parishioners. You know, have a get-together. It doesn't have to be a big deal. Even if you held an adult discussion group one night, or you all watched the prom episode of 'Glee' - just get people out of the house.'

I explained to him what we are planning on doing on Family Pride Day. The goal is for kids to have fun, with their families, in a gay-friendly environment. There's nothing explicitly 'GAY' about Family Pride Day....

I mean, the carnival prize might be a rainbow flag. Or, you'll be able to buy a 'I love my two mommies' or 'I love my two daddies' tshirt.

But, that's it.

The point of Family Pride Day is to make being gay, or gay-ish, not a big deal.

No big whoop.

There are going to be SO MANY things happening that day, and so many activities for kids! For instance, ETSY is going to have a big arts/crafts tent!

It's going to be amazing!!

My walk from one meeting to home, is filled with conversations with people on the street, more organizing.

And, updating people on the committee. Is so-and-so's logo on the map? Can we get another sponsor on the banner?

Today, I met with Helsinki. I talked to B&B owners. I ordered a bullhorn, balloon pumps, and purple balloons. You see, we got balloons, with our logo, but, the logo balloons come in every color other than purple, so we needed purple.

Tonight, I'm running the numbers, and making sure that the number of boat tickets sold equals the amount of money in the bank.

It does. Why? Because I do it.

This year, there's an alcohol tent at the Rally. Now, do I know how to run an alcohol tent? No. So, I went to City Hall, got a copy of the alcohol code, then scanned it and sent it to the vendor.

Done.....well, for now, done.

I made an announcement later that day to the Common Council about Hudson Pride and invited them all to march.

Tomorrow morning, I have to run to Staples to copy press packets, Aldi to buy sidewalk chalk for Family Pride, and donuts for the meeting.

(And go to the gym. Maybe I'll go to the gym BEFORE I buy the donuts. Does it even matter? It's a wash.)

And I'll bake cookies.

Two hours of meeting at noon then I have to pick up a generator, that someone is donating for the float-building warehouse, because there's no electricity there.

Tomorrow evening, I'll walk up and down Warren Street, to make sure that everyone who donated money has a Sponsor Window laminate.

And every now and then, I look up from my 'To Do' list, and I'm like,

'Oh. Yeah, that's right. All of these little things, I guess they come together.'

Like the Deacon who's organizing the clergy - last year, they watched. This year, they're ready to march. At least we're giving them a place to march - and you know what? You never know....you never know how something like this impacts someone's life.

Organizing a parade is just lots of little things.

None of it is all that glamorous.

But, it is fun.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

THIRSTY and The Don Suave of Hudson


Thursday May 5th at Mexican Radio
9pm-1am Featuring DJs Gio & Mr Chips
plus food and drink specials
dancing, give-a-ways, and much more

537 Warren St
Mexrad.com
518.828.7770


I hear people complain that there's nothing to do in Hudson.

Shut up.

There's plenty to do!

If you stopped complaining and being such a whiner, maybe you'd notice....

Anyway, since these events aren't mine, I'm not inviting you to them, I'm just telling you to go to them.

For instance, tonight, there's DJ GIO!!! and Mr. Chips at Mexican Radio. They are two of my five favorite DJ's in Hudson!

GIO is billing himself as Don Suave.

Which I think is in honor of his favorite shampoo.


If that's not enough, then on Friday, you have to see THIRSTY at Helsinki with Musty and Stephen Bluhm.

Friday - May 6th - Helsinki - 9pm - $25.00

What I want to know is....will Stephen be in drag?

If not, can we force him? Would that be wrong?

Is there a law against holding a guy down, putting him in a dress and smearing lipstick on his face?

A law in Hudson?

Not yet.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

:)

Trix

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tom Judson on Piano at Club Helsinki for LGBT Professionals Happy Hour

LGBT Professionals Happy Hour

With Tom Judson on Piano!


Thursday, April 21

6-9pm

Club Helsinki

Free Admission

although donations to Hudson Pride Foundation will be gladly accepted.
Every now and then, I have to call in a few friends and favors... Organizing Hudson Pride, you make a lot of phone calls......and emails, and texts, and smoke signals. We are very happy to have Tom Judson on piano during the FIRST Capital District LGBT Professionals Happy Hour at Club Helsinki. You see, folks, the Hudson Pride Foundation is trying to put Hudson on the map - for the gay/lesbian business community. This is the first step. We were able to have the Pride Center in Albany sponsor their LGBT Professionals Happy Hour in Hudson this month. YAY! We're doing it at Helsinki, people can see the space, and we will explain where we are having our Pride events. Plus, it will give Hudsonians a chance to meet other professionals in the area. And, I figured, let's get Tom on piano for some entertainment. It's going to be FAB! I hope you can make it. Trix

Friday, March 25, 2011

STAIR Gallery Pet Bowl Auction


Tomorrow, Saturday, at STAIR Gallery, 7pm, there's a pet bowl auction to help raise money for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.


One of the pet bowls, above, is made by local artist Lee Musselman. We love Lee.


Please check out the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
--Ghandi

Friday, March 18, 2011

LOVELY at Stageworks

"LOVELY" will be at Stageworks this Saturday, March 19th at 8pm in Hudson! $25, and you get a free glass of wine.

After a fabulous evening with Hedda Lettuce last month, Stageworks is bringing more gay-ish entertainment to Hudson!

I'm glad someone else is doing it.

I'm busy!

:)

Trix

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Financial Planning Seminar - Sunday, March 27th.


The Hudson Pride Foundation is hosting a Financial Planning Seminar in Hudson for same-sex couples on Sunday, March 27 at Space 360 from 1-3pm.

I think I'm baking something for that.

Anyway, in my experiences, MOST, if not ALL couples need some financial counseling.

This would be ME, if I was a financial counselor:

- Stop spending money on shit you don't need, like some big house with bedrooms up the wazoo.
- Pay off your debt.
- Buy municipal bonds.

Done.

Anyway, I think that the financial advice they give at this seminar goes into more detail and legal stuff and whatnot.

It's free.....donation only, if you want. And I'm baking cream puffs....so go.

Hope to see you!

Trix

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Paul Deen and Hudson Pride

Paula Deen riding Lady Gaga from
PaulaDeenRidingThings.com

When is my next party?

I really don't know. Sometime. I have to figure it out.

Hudson Pride is now in full-planning mode, so there's SO MUCH to organize.

I bake cookies, and I have a full-time job.

But, thank G-d for facebook to distract me from my actual, and not-so-actual (drag) lives.

This way, I can look at blogs such as PaulaDeenRidingThings.com

Which is really amazing.

I totally enjoy watching Paula Deen ride a stick of butter through mashed potatoes.



Pride is going to be from June 17-19, 2011 this year.

There are going to be TWO boat cruises on Friday night, and the parade will be on Saturday at noon, and then a big party, and on Sunday, it's going to be Family Pride on Warren Street.



We will NOT be asking Paula Deen to be the Grand Marshall.

Trix

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Red Party at the Red Dot this Saturday!

RED PARTY AT THE RED DOT


DJ GIO!!! and Trixie celebrate the third anniversary of
Trixie's Whorehouse in Hudson.


Saturday, Feb. 12th.
10pm - 2am
$10/includes a free drink
The Red Dot
321 Warren St
Wear RED

Homer is the Future



The future is neither gay nor straight.

The future is everyone comfortable with themselves, and not worried about what others may say or think.

The future is a guy who's not afraid to put on a pink bonnet.

Homer is the future.

See you at the Red Party on Saturday!
Trix

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Rainbow Skate Night


We held our first Rainbow Skate night last night.

So, I get there, and like every event, I'm on edge.

What if no one shows? What if there's a problem...blah, blah, blah....

Of course, it was fine.

Everything went smoothly - and the woman who runs Skate Factory is totally amazing - AND used to own my house!

(and reads my blog....)

:)

Small town.

Anyway, there were a couple of dozens teens, and pizza and soda - and I called BINGO numbers! For fabulous prizes! Like, a Necco wafer necklace!



We got an article in the Register Star. CLICK HERE.

(Read the comments. They're interesting.)

The Columbia Paper came as well, and shot some photos. It was great.

A couple of times, there were a couple of teenage boys, helping each other skate.

Nothing major, just skating arm in arm - and no one gave them a hard time...

Could you imagine? Imagine what a difference it would have made in your life, if at 16, there was a gay skate night that you and your friends could attend, and be totally open, and just laugh, and skate arm in arm with your friend, and not be harrassed?

What a difference that would have made in your life.

How much less agida you would have been through?

Being gay could just be normal, and everyday, and no big whoop, and you wouldn't have to fight or feel second-class and you could concentrate on other aspects of your life.....

We're working towards it.

We're working towards it being no big whoop.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Duwahuhafta


I tell people, "do-what-you-have-to" is my middle name.

I guess I need to create a name like, "Duwahuhafta" or something like that.

I struggle with being called a 'drag queen', mostly because, well, I don't really care.

It's a means to an end. It gets me from point A to point B - and it does it fairly quickly, with a lot of fun, and sometimes I make a few bucks.

(Sometimes, like this past week, I was in a room of over 90 college students at the Culinary Institute calling BINGO numbers - and they were taking their shirts off for another BINGO card! OMG, it was so much fun! And, I got paid. How ridiculous is that? I'm getting paid to watch cute college boys take their shirts off in front of me!)

If it was just me in my normal clothes, which lately is a sweatshirt and jeans, it wouldn't happen.

A dress and a wig, some bad jokes and chocolate chip cookies. Boom. Done.

You do what you have to.

You don't complain, you don't find excuses, you don't blame your past or someone else.....you just do it.

And then, what happens, is that when you keep doing, and keep trying, sometimes, it works.

You keep throwing, and sometimes, it sticks.

:)

Last year, at this time, I don't remember what I was doing.....I was doing a Red Party at the Red Dot...I'm doing another Red Party on the 12th. You should go. People are going stir crazy with this weather, it's going to be fun.

(I might wear the same dress....because, well, as I said, I don't really care....as long as it fits.....and I get the stains out....)

But, this coming weekend, the Hudson Pride Foundation is doing a Rainbow Skate night for gay teens - under 21s - in Columbia County.

They get in free, and it's (the first that we know of) LGBT-friendly teen event in the county.

You know what? They're coming out in High School now, and that's wonderful!

We want these teens to know that there's a community out there for them. They have support - and it's right here in their backyard.

We'll push the scholarship program. We gave away $1,000 last year, and this year, we're giving away $2,000. $1,000 to last year's recipients and a new $1,000 to this year's scholarship winner.

There is now a gay and lesbian non-profit organization in Columbia County, and we're raising money for high school students that show a commitment to gay/lesbian issues, plus the HPF is organizing the Pride Parade again.

The parade for this June is under way - June 17-19, 2011.

TWO boat cruises on Friday night, a parade on Saturday at noon, a rally right after and a BIG party all night. The official announcement is on its way.

:)

On Sunday, which will be Father's Day, we are having "Family Pride" on Warren Street - bouncy-castles, and stuff like that for kids, and their gay or gay-friendly families.

Point B.

The dresses and wigs just helped get us there.

Love,
Trix

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Remember?


Remember how HOT it was that day?

Just think of that.

I love this photo.

Hedda in Hudson!

I tell people, there are only two problems with living in Hudson.....sex and money.

If you can figure those two things out, you're fine.

Hudson is a wonderful place to live, and gives you a fabulous quality of life. There's a country feel, walking distance to bars and restaurants, residents with sophistication and intelligent conversation, and a wonderful art/music and cultural scene.

It's just the sex and money part. There's not a lot of either floating around - but thanks to the internet, most of us get BOTH from there.

You may not think about this with the Federalist and Victorian houses, but Hudson is an Internet City - it's where a large chunk of income comes from.

That, and gravel pits.

From what I understand, many stores rely on web sales. I, myself, couldn't work here with out a high speed connection.

And, it looks like we're getting another internet company coming to town - so, we'll become even more internet-dependent.

More business will boost the sex and money quotient in Hudson - and people will be happier.

.....until they find something else to complain about....like the snow.....

:)

Trix

Oh yeah, Hedda Lettuce is coming to Stageworks this weekend, I totally forgot to mention that! See the link above!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Municipal Bonds and Eye Make-Up


I 'unfriended' this kid on facebook yesterday.

He was totally annoying.

Kid, like 22 years old.

Usually, the annoying people, I just hide their posts, and it's fine. They never have to know that I don't care about their lives.

But, this kid wouldn't stop. He was very in-my-face. He wanted to 'chat' with me, and a little chat window would come up with something nasty.

Like -

"Your show wasn't that great, and it was too expensive."

Or,

"You should wear eye make up. You look like a boy in a dress."

(That's the idea.)

Unfriend. Done.


Leave me alone, kid, ya bother me!


I don't understand the eye make up, thing. There's a set defined rules and definitions of what a drag queen should look like?

....or, what ANY of us should look like for that matter?


You know what kind of eye make-up I'll wear? Whatever the fuck kind I want to wear. That kind.

So, I'm there sitting with some of the board members from the Hudson Pride Foundation, and I was saying,

"Ya know, if we have any money leftover, we should really have a plan to invest it. I'm thinking something nice, safe, and secure....something like triple-tax-free MUNICIPAL BONDS."

"Triple-tax-fee" is my favorite 'three-words-together'.

More than "I-love-you."

With "triple-tax-free", you know what you're getting; with "I-love-you", it's hit or miss.

Anyway, I mentioned the municipal bonds, and the board members looked at me and said,

"Trix, did you ever think about eye makeup? Maybe a little eye make-up, silly drag queen. We are going to talk to a financial adviser about stuff like that, but you really should think about mascara. Thanks for your input, Trix... We'll definitely think about it...."

We met with the financial adviser, and asked her about safe investments for the scholarship fund.

What did she recommend?

Municipal bonds.

I'm a silly drag queen, with no eye makeup.....and twenty years of experience on Wall Street....

Monday, January 17, 2011

BINGO CANCELED


Hi Hudson,

So, BINGO is canceled.

It was fun while it lasted. It seems that someone called in that 'pm' was running a "gambling den", and the Liquor Authority came and questioned it all.

We did not charge for cards. There was no cash prize.

We played for cookies that I baked, and local gift certificates or coffee, or a bottle of wine or olive oil.

It seems that you cannot have a 'game of chance', where liquor is sold. Trivia night is fine, BINGO isn't.

Whatever.

Playing BINGO for cookies, we really never even thought that there was going to be an issue.

I'll think of another game that everyone can play, that will be just as enjoyable.

It is a bummer, though.

It reminded me of something that happened about two years ago - true story.

I ran for Fourth Ward Alderman.....as replacement for the person who resigned.

I didn't win.

The Common Council voted. It was four votes to five, and the line ran the division of Hudson, itself. They would rather have someone who lived here their whole life.

Fine.

I sat there, and listened to the votes against me. That night was also a bummer.

But....in City Hall that night, were my friends and neighbors, my "girlfriends" (biological girls and otherwise) were there to support me - the "Book Heiress" sat next to me, holding my hand....

I realized that night, that within just a few years, I had a great group of supportive friends - and knowing that, well, that part is kinda wonderful.

Today is a day off, and I'm cleaning the attic.

....ugh....

I have boxes and bags filled with crepe paper, balloons, gay pride flags, t-shirts, buttons.....

And I'm thinking.....wow....these past few years.....it's been totally amazing.

Thank you, Hudson.

:)

Love,
Trix

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rainbow Skate Night


Hey Hudson,

Or, I should say, "Hey, Columbia County".

The Hudson Pride Foundation is doing the FIRST ever event for gay and lesbian teens in the county!!

Rainbow Skate Night!

The first 30 under 21-year-olds to sign up are free. After, it's $5/person.

It's a private party, and there will be adult chaperons.

Remember that art auction we did in October? Well, this is where some of that money is going. We are also using this Skate Night to help promote our scholarship for next year.

More information on HudsonPrideFoundation.org

Trix

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gio, could you please stop talking? Just for a few seconds?

Homer in some stuff I just happen to have around the house...


Hey Hudson -

Well, I'm back in Hudson full-time, at least for a while, and I'm booking events left and right. Yesterday alone, I booked two.

I'm doing a BINGO night in Poughkeepsie on the 19th, and then it looks like Hedda Lettuce is coming up for a show at Stageworks on Saturday, Feb. 5th, and I'm going to be doing something with that.



Plus, Gio and I are doing another party at the Red Dot, the RED PARTY, on Feb. 12th. All the info is on the sidebar of this blog.

It's kinda amazing I'm still working with GIO after three years, considering....

Yesterday, true story, we were talking about the Red Party....

I take that back. HE'S talking....a mile a minute - non-stop. Even if I TRY to say something, he doesn't stop talking.

I've had "conversations" with GIO, when I'm talking, and he just talks right over what I'm saying. He doesn't even acknowledge that I'm speaking. It's as if someone pushed him down and hill, and he just can't stop.

....I'll push him down a hill...

He's running down the hill, mouth going a mile a minute, arms flailing, total stream of consciousness.

A stream of consciousness like a William Faulkner novel, but set in an Italian family from Queens.



This is a photo me, waiting for GIO to stop talking.


Now, the best, and only good part of this - which I've used for my own entertainment and amusement - is that during his verbal diarrhea/monologue, you can get any information out of him that you want.

He doesn't keep track of what he's saying. He can't - even the fastest computers could not log all that data so quickly.

...and the "Safe Search" is OFF.

Every now and then, I insert a little question, and see what response I get, like;

'What was the biggest dick you had?'

Then, I just sit back and take notes.

He said to me the other day,

"Trixie, when I'm dead, THEN you can have a moment of silence."

I said, "No Gio, when you're dead, then we'll FINALLY have a moment of silence!"

Yesterday, true story......

We were talking about someone else, and no matter the topic, he brings it back to himself,

GIO: ".....and that used to happen to ME! You would never believe how stupid I was!"

TRIX: "Actually, I do believe it."


So, yeah. It's been three years of Trixie's Whorehouse, but it seems like thirty.

See you at the Red Party at the Red Dot. Sat. Feb 12th.

-Trix