Saint Mary’s Bizarre Bazaar: Dancing Sisters, Gambling, All in Honor of the Virgin Mary!!!

This might be like the 20th festival of the ‘Summer of 2019” for me in my hometown of Binghamton, New York! Where did the 3 months go?

Let me tell you that the St. Mary’s Bazaar is a lot of fun and also a quite bizarre too!

I love the Statue of the Virgin Mary right in the tent amidst the festivities! And the Dancing Sisters were a joyous celebration showcasing what this event is all about—community, charity, and faith!

Quite interesting that the mascot of the Binghamton Devils, a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League was present among the sinners, saints, and the somebodies of Greater Binghamton (lots of politicians and judges working the crowd with hopes of being elected in November)! All are welcomed, including me so who cares!

I did note that there were more people dancing to the rock n’ roil band than doing the polka at earlier festivals! Plus they had real Black Jack (21)! The Church wins ties which were my first 3 hands, than I got hot and was a winner and took my winnings over the Big 6 and lost it all for a good cause! Pick a number in Big 6 and stick with it would be my advice!

Then there was time for I look inside the Recreation Center where I played against St. Mary’s for the St. Cyril’s CYO basketball team. Nice rosters of the championship teams! Undefeated CYO Champions in the 2009-2010 Season? What happened to the St. Cyril’s team?


CLICK HERE for a Video of the Dancing Sisters!!!

Then there was Marge the Lupini Lady (present one) in matching blue horizontal stripes? Never had a lupini before and never realized St. Mary’s was an Italian parish? Never made the nearby Sons of Italy connection! You learn something new about your hometown every day!

Then there was the food! Highly recommend the Eggplant Parmigiana and Meatball sandwiches. And the cannolli was great!

What a fun evening!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Posts (2) with 30 Pics & 1 Video; 8-9-19)