So after talking with the Bundy Museum to display fairy gardens, the museum decided instead to make a larger celebration of all things fantastically fairy and promote happiness. She told 12 News she was glad to see lots of smiles. The halls decorated with fairy fantasies, vendors selling fairy-related products, and even a hair salon dedicated to adding sparkles to hair and joy to customers. “Winters are hard here,” Pena said with a laugh. “Everybody has kind of just gone stir-crazy so we thought why not just have a full day of happiness, fun, being silly and playful and what not. Just get out of the house.” “Laughter is a great wellness tool,” Pena said. “Winters get pretty dreary around here and dark, and so we just wanted to have fun and bring light and brightness to the community.” Missy Harris was working collaboratively with the Half Light Theatre and Yellow Robin Photography at the event’s “Fairy Fotobooth.” Fairy fans could also participate in a scone competition, have their pictures taken, and admire the fairy gardens. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Magic was in the air at the Bundy Museum on Saturday, as the Winter Happiness Festival spread it’s wings and joy. “Everybody can partake in, and that’s really special when we can do something all together,” Harris said. “It’s that warm fuzzy feeling that we all love to partake. If you do a little happy [thing] with somebody, it just kind of warms you up, and hopefully they pass that warmth on to someone else, and so on and so forth.” “If you can immerse yourself into those gardens, that brings a little magic to your life as well,” Pena said. Traci Pena, who goes by her fairy name of Trixie McSparkles, wanted to find a way to help brighten up the mood of her community in the middle of winter. Pena told 12 News the event was inspired by a similar one in Harpursville, and that she plans to continue fairy-friendly functions in the future.
From May 2 and onward, testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. On May 1, the testing site will open at 10 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. Tests are by appointment only. Call 888-364-3065 or click here to set up an appointment. (WBNG) — COVID-19 testing for essential employees at Binghamton University has been postponed until May 1. A deputy communications director with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office says the postponement is weather related. Heavy rain is expected in our area for Thursday evening into Friday morning.
She held a mask yard sale at her home on Saturday and Sunday, selling hundreds of masks that she sewed herself. “They’re telling me the kids can’t have the same one two days in a row. We all have two or three but nobody has one for every day of the week and with school starting this week that doesn’t give a lot of time to have them shipped to somebody,” she said. After donating thousands to first responders and front line workers, she’s now using the leftovers to give parents a quick and inexpensive option for back to school masks. Heather Black owns a decor company called ‘Mayhem Babies’ and would normally be making Halloween decorations this time of year, but when the COVID-19 pandemic began she pivoted to making masks instead. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — With kids heading back to school and masks required, an Endicott woman spent the weekend trying to make it a little easier for parents to get their hands on the protective gear. Black says all proceeds from the sale will go toward making more masks that she will then donate.
Gardner has been part of the organization since 2015 and says they’ve been able to take more than 500 local veterans to visit the nation’s capital since they’ve started. Adding, it’s an experience like no other. The first trip for 2021 is a day trip planned for Wednesday, April 28. It will leave from the Greater Binghamton Airport at 7:00 a.m. and return that evening around 7:30 p.m. (WBNG) — With this year’s Honor Flight trips canceled due to the pandemic, organizers are sharing when local veterans will be able to go next year. “The whole mission is to take as many veterans as we can, those who were in World War 2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, down to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments that have been erected for them.” Board Member and Treasurer of Twin Tiers Honor Flight, Steve Gardner, says the idea behind the trips is to recognize and honor those who’ve served our country. “It’s a very moving experience for everybody,” Gardner said “For the guardians that we take down with us to look over the veterans, and for the staff that goes down, it’s extremely moving to see these veterans and what they experience when they see the monuments that are there for them.” The second is a two-day bus trip on November 6 and 7. They’ll leave from the American Legion Post 1645 in Binghamton on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and return Sunday at around 6:30 p.m. Gardner said fundraising for future trips is happening right now. If you’d like to contribute or learn more about the trips, you can do so by visiting www.twintiershonorflight.org