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APRIL 2019 | ISSUE 12

MY TOWN A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE INSIDE..

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Explore all that the Greater Binghamton Area has to offer

John Vallone & Lisa O’Keefe CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Niki Crow Rachel Trendler (Neighborhood Chef) Corinna Johnson CONSULTANT:

A special thanks to these community supporters who are committed to making Broome a Great Place To Live. 1st Ward Action Council NAC, NBT, UHS, GioV Viscotti Twin Tier Paving, Sacred Heart Ukrainian Church, Bates Troy, US Army Field Band, American Football Association -Clinton St. Café, Di Rienzo Bros. Bakery & Deli, Frank’s Italian Restaurant, Grande’s Italian Rest. & Pizzeria, Harry Tuft’s Public House, Irish Kevin’s, The BelAire BBQ, Lupo’s S&S Char-Pit, Moghul, Number 5 Restaurant, Phil’s Chicken House, Red Oak Restaurant & Diner, South Side Chubbie’s, The Beef Restaurant & Pub, The Grapevine Café, The Pub at North and Main, The Wine Cellar Tavern, Touch of Texas, #buyinbroome # belocalbroome

Louise Vallone ADVERTISING To find out how you can strategically and effectively market your business through MY TOWN magazine’s all in one communications package. Contact LOK@mytownmag.com jvallonecr@aol.com Other inquiries: Hello@MyTownMag.com


Spring’s

Promise By John Vallone

A spring creek flows Beneath winter’s melting snow The clouds give way A gentle rain welcomes the day. A Robin sings A song announcing spring A Rainbow’s glow For wonder and dreams to sow Spring’s sun shining A rain clouds silver lining New days, Good days Spring’s promise to be days.

April is National Poetry Month. Send us your poems about the Month of May for your chance to have it in May’s Issue.


Spring Cleaning with Niki Crow

It’s now spring! You know what that means! Time to clean out the old to make room for the new! Here are some tips to make your spring cleaning easier! Clothes : Do you have some clothes that don’t fit anymore? Or maybe they’re just not your style? Clean them right out of your closet! There is no use in keeping items you never wear! Instead try donating them! You’ll have room for new spring trends plus you’ll be doing some good in your community!

Makeup : Old makeup can be dangerous! Throw out your old makeup that is laying around and collecting harmful bacteria! Here is a basic guide on how long your makeup is good for after opening. Mascara and liquid eyeliner - 3 Months! Foundation, concealer, cream blush or bronzer and lipstick - 6 months up to a 1 year! Powder blush and bronzer, eyeshadow and lipliner - 2 years!

Split Ends: Spring is the perfect time to get the chop! Whether its just a trim to cut off those dead ends or a drastic change! You’ll still have time for your hair to grow by summer and you’ll feel refreshed with a new style!


DID YOU KNOW? April 1: April Fool’s Day April 2: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day April 3: National Find a Rainbow Day April 4: National Burrito Day April 5: National Deep Dish Pizza Day April 6: National Sorry Charlie Day April 7: National Beer Day April 8: National Zoo Lover’s Day April 9: National Name Yourself Day April 10: National Sibling’s Day April 11: National Pet Day April 12: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day April 13: National Scrabble Day April 14: National Reach As High As You Can Day April 15: National Take A Wild Guess Day April 16: National Wear Your PJs to work day April 17: National Cheeseball Day Have a wonderful spring and remember to follow me for more spring tips and trends!

April 18: National High Five Day

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April 22: National Jelly Bean Day

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April 19: National Garlic Day April 20: National Look Alike Day April 21: National Kindergarten Day April 23: National Talk Like Shakespeare Day April 24: National Pigs In A Blanket Day April 25: National Take Your Kid to Work Day April 26: National Arbor Day April 27: National Babe Ruth Day April 28: National Super Hero Day April 29: National Zipper Day April 30: National Oatmeal Cookie Day


April is National Month of Hope. And perhaps there is no better way to recognize the month then to celebrate the Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome and the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton whose mission statement is “hope and opportunity”. 

HOPE and OPPORTUNITY Boys and Girls Clubs


In 1974, Binghamton created the first combined Boys & Girls Club in the United States. Their goal is to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential for academic success, healthy living, and good citizenship. Club Kids enjoy daily educational and recreational programming, plus a hot dinner every night. Each weekend the club stays open late for an after hours teen program, and during the summer a six-week program is offered at Camp Sertoma on 110 acres of beautiful woodland. Similarly the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome Family Center has been serving its community since 1963 offering programs that instill a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence to those children who need to know someone cares about them. Plus their club expands its services to adults and seniors, offering services to all members of the community in a caring, recreational environment including many low cost services for the betterment of our community. Check out the events coming up: • Girls Club of Western Broome Family Center 8th annual Pickleball tournament April 26 -27. • Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton 36th annual golf tournament will be held June 20.

To learn more please contact: Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton 90 Clinton Street | Binghamton, NY 13905 Phone: 607.723.7404 | web: bgcbinghamton.org Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome Family Center One Clubhouse Road  | Endicott, NY 13760 Phone: 607.754.0225 | web: bgcwb.org

This non-profit feature has been funded by Visions Federal Credit Union.


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Parlor City Cards and Collectibles parlorcitycollectibles.com


Andy Strong and Leon Jicha Jr are lifelong residents of the Binghamton area and coowners of Parlor City Cards & Collectibles. You may remember this business when it was on Clinton Street and known as LJ’s Sports Cards. Andy said they changed the name to “Parlor City Cards and Collectibles” to pay homage to Binghamton’s great history.” As for why they started the business Andy said “We both grew up huge sports fans, and have been collectors our whole lives, I happen to be a huge Broome Dusters collector myself, I love local sports history and feel it should be preserved. I started doing sports card shows with my father when I was 7 years old, Leon has been collecting and dealing in cards his whole life as well. It’s in our blood. When you have a passion for what you do it’s easy to wake up and go to work each day. When I joined the business in 2017 we went from being a sports cards only shop to a full on collectibles shop. We have something for everyone. We do sports cards, sports memorabilia, comic books, toys, vintage vinyl records, video games and more. “I feel it is important to support the community that supports us. Each year we provide the auction items for the Achieve golf tournament with the Binghamton Devils. We donate items and run the charity auction. My great grandmother Roy Sall was a founding member of the ARC (now Achieve) and my brother attended classes with ARC growing up. It is a very special organization and it is important for me give back to them. We provided the Binghamton Police Department with trading cards for the officers to hand out to kids to help make the kids more comfortable with the local law enforcement, and we are always making up gift bags for local charities that need help. Again, it is a huge priority for us to support the community that supports us.”

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In the Greater Binghamton area directions are most times given not by street names but by landmarks for we believe that landmarks are our community’s way of marking a place of significant distinction and therefore all roads lead to or come from that particular place. One of My Town’s favorite landmarks is Kovarik’s for at this location you will find a family that has been forever deeply and extensively dedicated to helping others in this area.


3500sf building on Clinton St that is now occupied by the Mad Hatter Antiques. It was at this location that Kovarik’s went through various changes that helped solidify their presence in this area. Frank’s sons Frank Jr and Joseph took over the store, they became affiliated with Tru Value and their store in 1966 relocated to 276 Clinton St as they needed the 10,500sf facility to better meet the needs of their customers. The leadership and the family members involved with the store changed but the same guiding principles from which the Kovariks had built the business have always remained constant “be a part of the community”.

The Kovarik family started like all other Czechoslovakian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island – with the clothes on their backs, a dream and a strong work ethic. They settled in Binghamton’s 1st Ward to be close to other Slovak people as they assimilated into this new life. Frank Kovarik and his brother Fred enlisted in the Army and served during WWI, Frank having suffered from mustard gas poisoning. In 1922, the brothers decided to open a store they felt would benefit the area and opened Kovarik’s hardware store in the

For the third generation of Kovariks being a part of the community means more then ensuring they have the lowest prices or a wide selection of products or even a staff complete with master electricians, plumbers and mechanics. Being a part of the community means living in the community, working in the community and supporting the community. Today the store is run by 95 year old Joe and his beautiful wife Virginia, their daughter Debbie, their son Joe Jr who was handed the Presidency, and Joe Jr’s wife Cindy. Everyone walking through their door knows their name and a story or two to share. They know them as their neighbors and their friends. And they have supported religious and equality organizations, the veteran groups, scouts, libraries, retirement homes, golf tournaments and a wide array of not-forprofit charities. They have always been there for the people of this community. In fact during the floods when all others couldn’t get around, it was the Kovarik family that risked it all to get to a warehouse full of generators and transported it back to help those in need. As Joe Jr said “We are community and we are dedicated to take care of the people in this community”. After nearly 100 years in business Joe’s grandfather Frank has to be proud of his family and the principles he instilled in them.


This year’s annual Green Tie Dinner celebrated another red carpet event. Guests, patrons, teachers and supporters all came together to support the Catholic Schools of Broome County. The night progressed with entertainment by Seton’s own Jan DeAngelo, some truly talented students, the Johnston School of Irish Dance, SCC’s Swing Choir, and music to dance to by the Straight Up band. In addition the night also saw silent auctions, chef and bar creations, bagpipe renditions, and the presentation of the 2019 Richard Bucci Excellence in Teaching Award to Seton Catholic Central 's Linda Garbade. Thanks to all who came out in support, CSBC, CEF, Elizabeth Carter and her staff, Kim Ehret, and all the sponsor’s like Mirabito and the Holiday Inn for a terrific evening! Congratulations Linda!


T R E C N O C E E R F

APRIL 7, 2019 • 7:00

pm BROOME COUNTY FORUM THEATRE BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

FOR INFO CALL: (607) 778-6626 FOR TICKETS: BROOMEARENAFORUM.COM

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FIT FOR LIFE :

Rose Papa


P.E. is Powerful Education! Rose Papa is one of the youngest 75 year old women I have met. Look at the photo of her hiking. I don’t know people half her age who can do this and still have a smile on their face when reaching the top. Rose says she stays young because her life motto is “use it or loose it”. And boy does she stay active playing pickleball, golf, bowling, X-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking, hiking, weight training, line dancing, and Zumba. I am exhausted just listing all her activities. Her love for sports began at an early age. “I’ve always been active, even as a child. I’ve loved organized sports since Junior High and was on tennis, field hockey, volleyball, basketball and softball teams at East Meadow H.S. on Long Island, where I grew up. I graduated in 1961 and went to Cortland State Teachers’ College, where I received a B.S. Degree in physical education and a M.S. degree. I started teaching in ‘65 at Maine- Endwell and after 2 years went to Chenango Valley, where I taught grades 7 through 12 for 31 more years, until my retirement in 1999. Once Title IX went into effect I coached the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team for 21 years. I also officiated at the high school and college levels. Before Title IX, girls were considered “tomboys”, but in college we were the forerunners for Title IX.” Rose says that PE is more than just getting together a group of kids and teaching them to shoot a ball or float in a pool, it is powerful education. PE is about teaching a child life skills such as how to pinpoint your strengths, work toward being the best you can and recognizing winning is not everything. She said that how you learn to become a team player and build confidence in yourself is more important than winning or losing. And emphasizing those points to children she taught was one of her main goals. The other goal obviously being the fact that out there in the world is some type of physical fitness activity or sport that a person can embrace based on their strengths and interests – something that they will take with them all their lives – and that is the mission of a great gym teacher to find that activity and help the child to embrace it for a lifetime of health.


Take Me Out to the Ball Game You’ve no doubt heard the song Take Me Out to the Ball Game . You may have even sung it a time or two while attending a game. And why not, this great baseball tradition has become the unofficial baseball anthem sung at games since 1934 and popularized by singers, movies and actors countless times since being written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer. (This song team was also famous for writing Shine on Harvest Moon). Some notables who have performed or referenced this popular baseball tune have been Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in the musical Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Bing Crosby, Carly Simon, Nike, Gatorade, The Marx Brothers, Sports Illustrated, and even shows like The Bad News Bears go to Japan and I love Lucy. So the next time you’re at the NYSEG Stadium cheering on our home team the Rumble Ponies, join in and be part of this great tradition. Chorus Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win, it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old ball game.

The Rumble Ponies kick off the season on April 4th. For a complete list of games check out their website at www.milb.com/binghamton Special thanks to our Broome County Historian Roger Luther, the Broome County Historical Society and the Broome County Public Library for all their help!


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Endicott

Rob Salamida of Salamida State Fair Spiedie Sauces and Marinades. One of the nation’s top sauces and marinades began with a 16 year old Endicott boy's plan to earn money for college. “The best reward has been starting a business on top of our family rec room pool table, delivering cases of sauce out of the trunk of my car and growing to over 10,000 grocery stores that sell our products. Simply put, we were the first liquid marinade on the grocery shelfwhen most stock-boys were confused as to which aisle to place it. We never entered any contests since there were no marinade cookoffs”. Rob is someone who believes working is his hobby “sounds like a cliche but I look at life as a work in progress and even playing golf is work for me if you’ve ever seen my slice”. He enjoys reading books, loves to learn, and spend time with his family. “I’ve been dating my wife since 1981 - the day she walked up and asked me if I was Rob Salamida. Talk about an ego boost”. He and his wife have two adult children and two border collie/lab/retriever-mixed brothers born in the local shelter. Rob is known for giving back to this area in a big way including the fact that he gives his time at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator on Hawley St where he advises those interested in starting a business. “Business is a layered set of actions, reactions, and concepts. How you treat customers and workers is the true mission statement and vision. If you don’t go the extra mile you will fall behind.” And he co-founded the annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally – one of the largest outdoor events in NYS. Rob Salamida, a true success story.


April’s

Fabulous Senior


Barbara McDonough is a woman of inspiration. In her past 83 years Barbara has had more than her share of hardship including the loss of two husbands and two bouts with cancer - both incurable and inoperable. Yet she is a dynamic woman who creates beautiful quilts, plays bowling and sings with the St. Louise Manor’s Sunnyside Singers - musical group that performs at Elizabeth Church Manor. The key to getting over any adversity, according to Barbara, is faith and positivity.

“My motto in life is have no regrets

and I can truthfully say I have no regrets with my life. I was able to do the traveling more than I ever anticipated and I loved my career and love my children. I would do everything all over again in a minute. And when faced with hard times I find the good that can come from it. For the only person who can make you happy is yourself.” Barbara came from a large family, eight children in all. They were poor but she said they never knew it. Her mom was a school nurse who believed in education – ensuring all of her children secured degrees. Barbara followed in her mother’s career path and graduated from St. Elizabeth Nursing School in Utica as an RN working in hospital settings as well as training home health care aids. She later became one of the first Nurse Practitioners in NYS while working in public health in a family planning setting. The coursework and exams to gain this recognition was strenuous as it was a new venture in the medical field, one in which those who would become the pioneers would set the bar high for those who followed in their footsteps. After passing several modules to qualify her to prescribe birth control as well as to assist in Ob/Gyn exams Barbara became a certified nurse practitioner by the National Association of Ob/Gyn nurses. And Barbara became this trailblazer while raising her family and dealing with all that life handed her. Barbara is an amazing woman. She is positive and upbeat. A beautiful woman both from an outward appearance as well as spiritually. And speaking to her you know she is someone who has found the secret to a happy life – a life with no regrets.


Check out MY TOWN magazine’s favorites places to eat...

WHERE TO EAT FOOD + DRINK Clinton Street Café A Great American Café serving Breakfast and Lunch - Come in for the BEST Sausage Gravy anywhere!! 52 Clinton St. • 724-9927

Di Rienzo Bros. Bakery & Deli Great Pizza, Baked Goods & Fried Fish. Open 7 days/week. Across from the Rumble Ponies. Look for the truck! 152 Henry St. Bing. • 722-1220

Grande’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria Great Italian Food & New York Style Pizza! Your Italian Restaurant! Dine In/ Take Out 7 Days/week. 1250 Upper Front St. Bing. • 231-2865

Frank's Italian Restaurant Traditional Italian recipes bringing you the best of the Old & New World! Amazing New Bar . 2633 Rte 26 Maine • 323-5445


The Grapevine Café

Red Oak Restaurant & Diner

Where charm, incredible food & great people come together. Plus craft beer, wine & more!! 220 Main St. JC • 729-1000

Providing home-style meals since 1976. Stop in today and see what everyone is talking about!

Harry Tuft’s Public House

Phil's Chicken House

Come for the food. Stay for the fun! Classic American Dishes Where everyone is family! 203 W Main Endicott • 786-5242

Number 5 Restaurant Serving the Southern Tier since 1978. Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Live Music Friday & Saturday 33 S Washington Bing • 723-0555

Irish Kevin's Irish Tradition redefined. Amazing Music, Hearty Food & Drink, Friendly Banter. 7days/wk. 47 Riverside Dr. JC • 237-0188

Lupo's S&S Char-Pit Home of the Char Grilled Spiedie Sub & Sandwiches. Dine In, Take Out, Incredible Catering. 6 W State St. • 723-6106

Moghul Fine Indian Cuisine & Tapas Bar! Traditional Dishes w/ a modern approach to fine dining. 4700 Vestal Pkwy E. • 729-2266

The BelAir BBQ Diner Authentic Southern Style BBQ in a 50’s Theme Diner. Smoked meatssides-award winning beans. 9 Wash. Ave End. • 953-8262

305 Front St. Bing. 722-0440

Amazing Rotisserie Chicken BBQ Restaurant since 1965. Dine In or Out, Famous Catering. 1208 Union Ctr Main Hwy Endicott • 748-6855

The Pub at North and Main Incredible Food, Awesome Burgers, Great Pizza. You’re going to love it here! Live Music. 2906 E Main Endwell • 239-5565

South Side Chubbie’s We’ve got it all!! Incredible Food & Great People! Plus Karaoke, Trivia & Live Music! 301 Conklin Ave. • 217-7223

Touch of Texas So. Tier's Premier Entertainment Venue. National Acts! Area’s Largest Dance Floor & Bar 1240 Upper Front Street Bing. • 771-1000

The Wine Cellar Tavern Vestal’s Neighborhood Tavern! Meet friends for a drink, catch a game or just unwind! Weis Plaza, 100 Rano Blvd. Vestal • 797-6960

The Beef Restaurant & Pub For The Love of Beef & the perfectly poured Guinness. Stop in & make a friend. Live Music. 62 Leroy St. Bing. • 729-2333


Corinna Johnson April’s Neighborhood Chef My Mom was always baking for holidays and signing up to bring a dish to Church picnics and potlucks. That's probably where I got my love of baking, and passion for feeding people. Mom definitely brought home the idea of food as comfort. One dessert Mom liked to make for Easter was her Four Layer Delight. It is a tasty and light dish that you can make in a number of variations for any occasion. Here is "Mom's Four Layer Delight"! Enjoy!

Mom’s Four Layer Delight You will need: •

1 ½ cups Flour

1 cup chopped Walnuts or Pecans

1 ½ sticks (not cups!) Margarine (not to promote a brand, but Mom swore Land O’ Lakes was best for this!)

Mix all above together-Press in a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, and cool completely.

Next in a bowl, beat together : • • •

1-8 ounce pack Cream Cheese 1 cup Confectioner’s Sugar 1 cup Cool Whip

Spread this over the cooled crust. Then beat with mixer for two minutes: •

2 small packages instant Lemon Pudding (Mom also used pistachio pudding. Be creative! Maybe butterscotch?)

1 teaspoon granulated Sugar

3 cups Milk

Spread this over the layer of cream cheese. Top with cool whip, sprinkle with nuts and refrigerate! EAT!

If you have a recipe you’d like to share, write us at hello@mytownmag.com.


PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Show off your photo in our magazine... Just post your photo in our FB group for a chance to be featured in our magazine.

Photo by: Bonnie Gates of Conklin View of the Susquehanna River and Rock Bottom Dam from Binghamton’s iconic Park Diner. Taken Mar. 2019

Looking for Fur-Ever Home This pretty girl is Jonquil. She was found in an abandoned apartment and was brought to the Humane Society:. on Thanksgiving she gave birth to two beautiful kittens that looked just like mamma. Jonquil was sent to a foster home where she raised her babies. Jonquil has been introduced and exposed to children, big and small dogs, other cats, kittens and even a bird! Her Foster family describes this kitty as affectionate, cuddly, chatty, loves wet food, catnip and cat towers. She head boops and enjoys making biscuits. :D To adopt Jonquil contact: Amberly Ondria, Shelter Manager The Humane Society 167 Conklin Ave | Binghamton, NY13903 Phone (607) 724-3709 Ext. 103


April’s ANY WEEKEND MARCH 26-APRIL 4

APRIL 11TH -14TH

Binghamton Restaurant Week Spring ‘19 Every Restaurant Week, your favorite spots offer fixed price three-course meals that will leave you grinning ear to ear. Bing

Baseball Rumble Ponies vs. Erie

APRIL 2 Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour. You’re going to love Broadway in Binghamton !!

APRIL 4

APRIL 12 2019 Sock Out Cancer Benefit - Music’s Greatest Decade - The 80’s Music from two of the era’s most well- known bandsSantana and Journey and classic songs from Van Halen, Toto, Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Styx,Survivor, Boston, and U2. Net proceeds will go to the UHS Foundation and Lourdes Hospital Foundation to assist cancer patients and their families. Forum

4th Annual Mac & Cheese Fest Get ready for a night of mouth-watering, deliciously cheesy dishes prepared by participating restaurants, right in Broome County! · Holiday Inn Bing

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Harlem Globetrotters Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

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APRIL 6

Greater Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon Course Preview NYSEG Stadium

2019 CCGB Easter Egg Hunt Back for the 7th year! Recreation Park · Bing

Pizzelle Party with Don Giovanni Join us for a warm pizzella and hot coffee as Don Giovanni broadcasts live from the Danielle House.

APRIL 21 EASTER

13th Annual McKenna 5k John McKenna IV Memorial 5K · Bing

Wine and Food Fest 2019 Sample the tastes of the region from local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and eateries. Roberson

APRIL 7 U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Broome County Forum 2019 Southern Tier Heart Walk Join the 30th anniversary Southern Tier Heart Walk. SUNY Broome Ice Center

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APRIL 27 Draw Your Own Pet Pastel Drawing Class Stilettos Fine Arts Studio · Bing Binghamton’s Largest Garage and Craft Sale Don’t miss this year’s popular event! Oakdale Mall


We’ve Got Talent - Bess Greenberg It’s really a pleasure to tell you a bit about Bess and her music. But if you really want an introduction I would tell you to set a little time aside, turn off the lights, and listen to her sing Where will I Be, Taken By The Sirens or When it Don’t Come Easy. It’s really all you need to know to be captivated by a performer with a song telling style that just gets inside of you. Whether she’s playing her vintage guitar or upright base to accompany her warm vocals Bess’ performances will reach you in a way few performers can. Growing up Bess recalls the love her mother had for music which makes it no surprise that at age 6 Bess was part of their family band and today she is an accomplished artist performing both as a soloist and with a full band, KidBess & The Magic Ring. In between though Bess has had a background very different then music. She’s an accomplished professional basketball player with All American Athletic and Academic honors from Binghamton University. She also has a masters in documentary and fine art photography from the International Center of Photography in NYC. And she’s developed, produced and curated over exhibits, shows and events while also serving on the Advisory Council in Photojournalism for the Alexia Foundation. But you never know where your road will lead you and for Bess at age 33 music returned to change her life with the simple purchase of a bass. The next four years would see Bess singing on stages all along the East Coast. In Bess’ own words “The more I play, the better I feel. I’ve done a lot of different things in life, but music feels endless in itself.” Keep a look out for her debut solo album this spring and make sure you catch her next performance. Thanks Bess!!


Parade Day has a long great tradition here and this year was once again one to be proud of! Here’s just a bit of the celebration that was kicked off with preparade events, mass, and a host of get-togethers and celebrations after the parade!!


Use the QR code with your cell phone to look up the month’s Live Performances anytime from anywhere.

Tues April 2

Sat April 6

Broadway In Bing. Rock of Ages @ Forum

Bands @ Number 5 Frank Vieira @ T of Texas Your Alien @ FH Stage Wreckless Marci @ Ransom Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Taze Yanik @ Callahans Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill

Wed April 3 Bands @ The Beef Jazz Jam w/ Miles Ahead @LDC

Sun April 7 Bing Theater Organ @ Forum U.S. Army Field Band @ Forum Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Karaoke @ Callahan’s Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill

Mon April 8 Jazz @ FH Stage

Thur April 4 Fred Hersch Trio @ And Ctr Karaoke @ LDC Harlem Globetrotters @ Arena Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill

Fri April 5 Bands @ Number 5 Sera Bullis @ Waterman’s Gents @ Ransom Stl Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Unity Group @ Callahans Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill

Wed April 10 Bands @ The Beef

Thurs April 11 Karaoke @ LDC Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill

Fri April 12 Bands @ Number 5 Tyler Rich @ T of Texas Honker @ Ransom Stl Sock Out Cancer @ Forum Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Diji Tribe @ Callahans Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill


Sun April 21 Karaoke @ Callahans

Mon April 22 Jazz @ FH Stage

Wed April 24

Sat April 13 Bands @ Number 5 $2 Pistol @ T of Texas HMS Pinafore Preview @ TC Opera Wheel of Science @ FH Stage Messy Truth @ Ransom Stl Gravelding @McGirks Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Martin & Ruttle @ Callahans Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill Shelter Slam @ Endwell Greens

Sun April 14 Aladdin Jr @ EPAC Karaoke @ Callahans Outside Mullingar @ Cider Mill

Wed April 17 Bands @ The Beef Jazz Jam w/ Miles Ahead @LDC

Bands @ The Beef Teen Jazz @ FH Stage Andrew Casab @ Cyber CW

Thurs April 25 Karaoke @ LDC

Fri April 26 Bands @ Number 5 Comedy @ Waterman’s Mallet Bros @ Ransom Stl Burial at Thebes @ And Ctr No Idea @ Callahans Ship of Phools @ Thirstys

Sat April 27 Bands @ Number 5 Anne Greene Gables @ FH Stage $2 Pistol @ Ransom Stl Burial at Thebes @ And Ctr Univ Wind Symphony @ And Ctr Late October @ Callahans Straight Up@ South City Public

Thurs April 18 Harpur Jazz @ And Ctr Karaoke @ LDC

Fri April 19 Splash @ Number 5 Parlor City @ Ransom Stl Virgil Cain @ McGirks Available Credit @ Callahans

Sat April 20 Bands @ Number 5 Thoughts as Devices@ Callahan

Sun April 28 Miles Davis Tribute @ FH Stage Andrew Casab @Cyber CW TCO pres: HMS Pinafore @ Forum Burial at Thebes @ And Ctr Karaoke @ Callahans

Always check the venue for changes in times and dates. For more arts & entertainment listings go to MYTOWNSTAGE.com


Melissa Fortson Bartender of the Month Chances are if you’ve stopped into the Grapevine in Johnson City you’ve met our Bartender of the Month Melissa Fortson. Melissa has been working at the Grapevine almost since the doors opened 3 years ago. In fact it was the first job she applied for after moving here from Georgia. The bond she felt with owner Rita, the staff and the guests was all it took to know this was the place for her. Although Melissa was born in Connecticut she was a daughter in a military family which means you move around quite a bit. She went to high school in Georgia and North Carolina but also lived in Oklahoma and even Alaska. And now after moving here with her partner in life Walter and 4 daughters she can add New York to her travels. Growing up Melissa was considered a bit of a Tom Boy as she loved four wheeling, target shooting, and the days she spent on her grandfather’s farm. Now being

in the Southern Tier she is happy to be close to nature again with all of our parks and countryside but also enjoys going to football games and trying new restaurants with her family and friends. Although much of Melissa’s career has been in Food and Beverage, don’t be too surprised if one day you also see her in Nursing School pursuing one of her other dreams. Welcome to NY Melissa, where glad to have you here!! Why not try one of the Grapevine’s favorites pictured here with Melissa. The Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini In a mixing glass with ice combine: • 2 ½ oz vodka • 2 ½ blueberry syrup • 1 ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass with a sugared rim and garnish with a lemon wheel. Grapevine | 220 Main St, Johnson City


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kismet I grew up in Binghamton and the lure of being a musician was the reason I left town. I went on the road with a band called Vise and after a few of life's uncertain moments, I settled down in Manchester, NH. I continued to play the circuit and found employment in a local music store called Belisle Music. This is where I met the owner's daughter Nikki. It wasn't love at first sight. In fact, it wasn't until I made the decision to work at another music store, that the idea popped into my head "Maybe I should ask her out now!" Our first date was a Motley Crue concert in Old Orchard Beach Maine.

Meet Dan Lord, owner of Dan Lord Bass Guitar Studio and one of the greatest guys to graduate from Binghamton, This is his and his wife Nikki Belisle's love story.

One thing led to another, and I proposed on Valentine's Day 1991. We married on, you guessed it Valentine's Day 1992. After much discussion (she wouldn't let me sing the whole night) I was able to go up and sing her favorite song "Wonderful Tonight", which I still sing to her today. After our honeymoon at Disneyland.....I know we're still kids at heart, we opened our own store and started a family when our daughter Alexandria was born. When Alex was about 4, we moved our store back to Binghamton, so our daughter could be raised where I grew up. Nikki has been involved in every aspect of our music together, and I wouldn't want it any other way. From going to gigs with the band Avery, Frink & Lord, waiting up for me when I come home from a road trip, to wrapping cables, to manning a followspot for a show or two. It's always best with your best friend and confidant. I couldn't have done it all without her.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ukrainian Easter Bazaar Featuring:

Ukrainian Foods:

Pyrohy, Holubtsi, Paska, Kobasa, Baked Goods

Ukrainian Arts:

Ceramics * Embroderies * Crafts Raffle Baskets • Pysanky(Ukrainian Easter Eggs) This event will be held at:

Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall 230 Ukrainian Hill Road Johnson City, NY 13790 For More Information call (607)797-6294 or Email: ukrainian@sacredheartucc.org


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April issue MY TOWN MAGAZNE  

Inside you'll find Parlor City Cards & Collectibles A My Town’s favorite landmark - Kovarik’s Rose Papa a very young 75 y.o. Salamida State...

April issue MY TOWN MAGAZNE  

Inside you'll find Parlor City Cards & Collectibles A My Town’s favorite landmark - Kovarik’s Rose Papa a very young 75 y.o. Salamida State...

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