Michael J. DeCicco
BERKLEY — The latest fundraiser from the Friends of the Berkley Public Library hooks onto an entertainment trend in a very public-friendly way.
“Dining N Drag” will be an evening of food and entertainment featuring drag performers at Chamberlain Farm Pavilion, 12 Friend St., Berkley, on September 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $45 and include a buffet, cash bar, and a drag queen show with comedy and singing.
“It’s not for kids,” said Berkley Friends president Danielle Nicolet.
“We are a fundraising organization, and it will have nothing to do with what the library does in its building. It is in the spirit of fun and fundraising.”
Nicolet explained that members of Friends recently attended such a spectacle and saw how crowded it was.
They realized that if such shows are so popular, Friends could make it a successful fundraiser.
Nicolet said that while the starting point was the popularity of drag shows, the organization didn’t want to do anything that could lead to the controversy and protests that some other library-sponsored drag queen reading hours have created recently.
“We wouldn’t want to do anything that people would protest,” she said. “We just wanted to do something different and have a good time.”
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This is the final annual Friends for the Library Building Fund event, which sets money aside for any major maintenance the 1918 Carnegie Library may need now or in the future.
Last year’s building fund event, despite taking place during the pandemic shutdowns, raised $1,300 for the fund, Nicolet noted.
That year’s event also got creative, she said. If a resident made a donation, the Friends would deliver a flock of 24 plastic flamingos to the lawn of the address of their choice – usually an unsuspecting neighbor.
“We’re just trying to have fun,” she said.