This year’s Howell Melon Festival has added an interesting late-evening, adults-only event: Drag Queen Bingo. And the event — a fundraiser for the Pride Alliance of Livingston and the Livingston Diversity Council — is clearly labeled as such.
“Please be aware that there will be many raunchy jokes for adult audiences only,” the ticket page warns. “This event is 21+ and a valid ID will be required for entrance.”
But not everyone thinks the event is a good idea. Take Meghan Reckling, chair of the Livingston County Republican Party and chief of staff for state Sen. Lana Theis, for example, who doesn’t like Drag Queen Bingo, not one little bit. And she wants people to email the Howell Recreation Authority, which puts on the Melon Festival, with their “thoughts.”
“The Howell Melon Fest is supposed to be a family-friendly event,” Reckling wrote in a Facebook post, “… not one that should be sexualized with an event like this.”
And after she asked folks to email the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority to let them know their thoughts, the local GOP’s official Facebook page asked people to share their thoughts on Drag Queen Bingo with the authority, too.
Since I am lucky to have this wonderful bully pulpit, I will save the email and share my thoughts with all of you:
Drag Queen Bingo sounds like it might be a lot of adult fun, and it’s benefiting two great community organizations.
The event — for anyone 21 and older — is set for 9:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at 219 N. Walnut St. in downtown Howell. Tickets are $20 each and they benefit the Pride Alliance of Livingston County and the Livingston Diversity Council. Click here for more info and to get your tickets.
And the beauty of it all is that adults over the age of 21 who don’t like the idea of Drag Queen Bingo don’t have to go.
What I wonder is where all this family-friendly angst from the chair of our local GOP was when it came to events like the local Realtors’ Bras for a Cause, which featured men wearing women’s bras and dancing about to raise money for breast cancer research; or Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, in which men walked around the Tanger Outlet Center in women’s heels to raise money for domestic violence programs.
I think the Historic Howell Theater ought to brace itself for a possible finger-wagging over its annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” event this fall.
• The Drag Queen Bingo event is sold out, although Howell Area Parks & Recreation has a waiting list.
• The Historic Howell Theater is showing “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10. Special ticket price of $12 includes the movie and a prop bag. Advance tickets are highly recommended:
FRI JULY 9: https://historic-howell-theater.square.site/…/3116…
SAT JULY 10: https://historic-howell-theater.square.site/…/3117…
Late Night July Ticket Bundle: https://historic-howell-theater.square.site/…/3140…