New Hope’s drag community gives back

Sequins, feathers, high heels and bright lights are not only what makes a drag show in New Hope.

In New Hope a drag show is the coming together of a community to celebrate when times are good and to lend a hand when times are difficult.

Throughout the years, New Hope’s local bars have been holding drag shows donating all proceeds to local charities or to someone who is in need.

The need has been greater for the community during the pandemic, especially for those out of work in the food service industry.

Shows have been hosted by New Hope’s finest divas to raise money during the pandemic.

Miss Pumpkin and Summer Clearance with a bevy of their special performers have hosted shows at Martine’s Riverhouse.

Those seeing the show are asked to bring a donation of canned food to be donated to a local food pantry. Miss Pumpkin will resume hosting her monthly shows at John & Peter’s for a different charity each month.

New Hope’s own Berrie Lyndon and Ginger Alley have been performing and hosting drag shows at the Greenhouse in New Hope to continue giving back to the community.

They have raised money for St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s Food Pantry in New Hope and the Delaware Valley Food Pantry in Lambertville, among others.

They will also be doing a show to benefit local pets.

All drag performances follow COVID safety with performers wearing face shields and are contactless. 

Ginger Alley who has been doing drag since 1991 said, “Our stage is our platform. It makes you feel good inside putting food on people’s table.”

Ginger Alley expressed how welcoming and inclusive New Hope is adding, “New Hope is the best place to be.”

A former Miss Gay Pride South Jersey 2016 and 2017 and Miss Gay Philadelphia 2014, Ginger Alley said she puts something behind her good following by giving back to the community.

Judging by their large turnouts, not only is drag here to stay in New Hope, but the giving spirit of this community lives on.

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