Well our first Heaven Social Dance for the year was a huge success with hundreds turning out to support a “Celebration of life and Drag” remembering the fabulous Kerry-Ann Canally/ Ian Stumbles...gone but not forgotten. Our next dance is 13th April and we are excited to announce a brand new production show “The Divas & Sheila’s Show “ featuring June Richards, Holly Waters & Indi Pendant. Mounties Bowling Club Fairfield. www.heavensocialdance.com
It aint over til the Fat Drag Queen (me in a previous time) slides down the big red stiletto.......Ladies and Gents it’s the start of Gay Christmas time in Sydney with the beginning of the 41st Mardi Gras Festival starting 15th February and concluding on the 3rd March with the Mardi Gras Parade and Party. This Sunday 17th February is the day the “Homosexuals have their piccccccnnnnniiiicccc” Fair Day at Victoria Park, Camperdown. This day is the ultimate way to kick off the official Mardi Gras season with a lot of fun and a relaxing day out in the park with friends and family, even your fur-babies are welcome. Up to 70,000 people routinely come out to sit on the grass, browse the stalls, enjoy the wide range of delicacies available at the stalls and have a few drinks. Most of all catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Mardi Gras have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint and have banned all plastic bottles. So be sure to bring your sports or water bottle that you can fill up during the day at many different locations provided throughout the park with cold water. 10am - 8pm. Gold Coin Donation on arrival. www.mardigras.org.au
In other exciting news Drags to Bitches, with some of Western Sydney‘s best drag queens, including our own fabulous Yodelling Drag Queen LayDee KinMee take over Club Liverpool, George St Liverpool Friday 22nd February, tickets $10. www.dragstobitches.com.au
After 17 years of volunteering at 2GLF I have decided not to re-apply to do a gay radio program in Western Sydney for various reasons, basically it has all become a little too hard for this old gal. I would like to say a huge big thank you to all our listeners at PRIDE RADIO 89.3FM and those that have supported Gay radio in Western Sydney for the last 17 Years. To all the presenters, special guests, DJs that came out to Liverpool to the studio and those people that donated money to keep us on Air in 2018 your support is has been invaluable. If you are interested in putting a show together please contact the cooperative by the end of February 2019. Our last show will go to air on Sunday 27th February with myself and my girlfriends Melicious D’amage and Fi Fi Fo Fum. www.893fm.com.au
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is holding it's annual Mardi Gras Raffle - there are incredible prizes up for grabs - so click here to buy tickets! Or grab them at the BGF stand at Fair Day, or at Bear Bar on Feb 21,22 and 23!
Also this year will be the first year that I do not take holidays for Mardi Gras and will not be attending the parade or the party it will save me a lot of money as a lot of things of changed in the community some good and some bad but this year I’m going to give it a miss and do something different go to a recovery – catch up on the Sunday at “Disco On The Green” Marrickville Bowling Club from 1pm-9pm Lots of entertainment and it’s free!! And I will officially be free to do whatever I want on a Sunday as of March.
Until next time (13March)
stay safe love Buttercup xxx
Bev is a DIVA award-winning contributor to Guidetogay.com - her monthly column highlights the best of the best of Western Sydney and the entertainment and Drag scene for our community.
She is producer and host of PRIDE Radio on 89.32GLF which you can listen to every sunday or on demand on the internet.
She also works with a great team of people to produce events out west for our community to celebrate and come together - so check out Heaven Social Dance or the radio show - whatever floats your boat! She is there for you.Website: www.beverlybuttercup.com/