CampBiz – December, 2009

Right on the heels of Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), we go to press with this issue of Camp. It’s been a crazy year of political gains and losses for the LGBT community, celebrity deaths, celebrity wannabe hoaxes and more. But it’s also been a great year of positive change locally and nationally. We have much to be thankful for, including all of our great organizations and events that will continue next year.

CampBiz will continue to promote what you’re doing — in print, at and on our Facebook page for Camp Kansas City. How can you turn down free publicity, right? So keep the press releases coming to in 2010!
Daisy Buckët’s Calendar!
Daisy has done a great job publishing a Drag Queen calendar to benefit AIDSWalk Kansas City. Daisy reports via email:

“It’s such a great cause and one I always hold dear to me. I think during this holiday season, people are looking for more than just another little trinket to show how much they care and this calendar will surely prep them for a glitzed and glammy 2010.”

People can order it at Models include some of Kansas City’s own drag queens — Loreal, Melinda Ryder, Tajma Stetson, Celeste Powers, Mrs. Jones, Summer Tryst, De De DeVille, Bernadette, Daisy Buckët, as well as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Kinsey Sicks.

The calendar is sold nationwide, and you can decide which AIDS Walk your donation will benefit. More than 50 choices are listed on the website.

Photographers include Spencer Brown (Daisy’s alter ego), Jose Mendez and Jaime Reyes (from La Neuva VIP), and Ann Brown ( The project was edited by Spencer’s sister, Heather Brown (, who recently joined the film industry in Los Angeles. Tawnya Torkelson serves as the executive director on the calendar project.
The Holidays!
Brad Osborn has done a wonderful update of his annual directory of holiday services on page 10 and 11 of the print edition in Open and Affirming Congregations for those who are spiritually inclined or even a bit rusty spiritually. We know the congregations won’t judge you. They’ll welcome you this holiday season and during the rest of the year.

Support your gay bars this holiday season too! We know that many are doing holiday fundraisers and planning for New Year’s Eve. We’ll post information at or our Facebook page at Camp Kansas City.
Holiday Entertainment Events
Although this issue of Camp comes out the weekend of the Heartland Men’s Chorus holiday concert, “Fruitcake,” at the Folly Theatre, you may still be able to get tickets for the Dec. 4-6 shows if you hurry. For more information, go to

The Kansas City Women’s Chorus, growing stronger each year, is the focus of our cover story on page 8 of the print edition and also online at, written by Paul Proffett Jr. You can order tickets for the “Bells Are Ringing” concert, which will be Dec. 12 and 13, at Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Mid America Freedom Band is performing “Sounds of the Season” at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s musical A Christmas Story, based on the favorite movie, is running at the Rep through Dec. 27. It’s received good reviews, and you can order tickets for this great play and next year’s season at or calling 816-235-2700.

The Unicorn’s production of Farragut North running through Dec. 13, is a must-see (see Paul Donovan’s review on page 15). In addition, Miss Witherspoon is playing on the Jerome Stage at the Unicorn through Jan. 3.
Good Samaritan Project Holiday Events
You may sponsor a young child or teen for the GSP’s 19th annual Children’s Holiday Party for youngsters affected by HIV. Children’s Gift Sponsorships are $25, and Teen Gift Sponsorships are $30. The party will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E. 55th St., Kansas City, Mo. Call Nicole Davis at 816-561-8784 for more information or sign up at

GSP’s second annual Holiday Homes Tour will be Sunday, Dec. 13. This year’s event will start at Melrose United Methodist Church. From there, you will tour five beautiful homes and the Kansas City Museum in the Historic Northeast Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood. Refreshments will be served, and there will be carolers, carriage rides and museum hard-hat tours. After the tour, enjoy a holiday concert featuring the Kansas City Boys Choir and Kansas City Girls Choir.

Event registration will be from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Melrose United Methodist Church. The Holiday Homes Tour will be from 3 to 7 p.m., and the Holiday Concert will be from 7:15 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple. They can be purchased online or by calling Emily at 816-561-8784.
KC Legal
KC Legal is hosting its Holiday Social at the Foundry (424 Westport Rd.) from around 5:30 to around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Lana Knedlik reports: “We will ‘pass the hat’ to raise a little money for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP) to benefit Operation Breakthrough. This won’t be a “hard sell” J. If you feel like giving ($1, $5, $20, $100), there will simply be an opportunity for you to do so.”
Kansas City Gay Pride
The group is already fundraising for 2010 with events including the Don’t Ask, We Won’t Tell fundraiser on Nov. 11 at The Fox bar. On Nov. 27 they co-hosted a fundraiser at Varieties (see photos on page 13). The organization will be looking for your support in creating a quilt comprising eight panels for The Names Project. It will be displayed June 4-6 at the 2010 Kansas City Gay Pride Festival. Visit for more information.
AIDS Walk Kansas City
The group has published the dates for its 2010 events. Other organizations and individuals can use this information when making plans, particularly in organizing their own events, to prevent any scheduling overlap. For more information, visit or call 816-931-0959.
AIDS Walk Kick-Off
5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28
Flo’s Cabaret
1911 Main, Kansas City, Mo.
Walker Summit
5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo
Missie B’s Party
6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Missie B’s
Kansas City, Mo.
AIDS Walk Open
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, March 6
Midtown participating bars
Kansas City, Mo.
20 for 20
Saturday, March 20
Time and location TBD
The New Century
(April 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 & 18)
By Paul Rednick, directed by Jeff Church, starring Ron Megee, Missy Koonce & Jessica Dressler
Unicorn Theatre
5-8 p.m. Friday, April 2
Art Lobby of the Chair Building
2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
Union Hill House Parties
6 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 16
Participating Union Hill homes
Kansas City, Mo.
RedLine Fashion Show
Date TBD, 7-9 p.m.
Event Space above Nara
1617 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
AIDS Walk 2010
Saturday, April 24
8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk ceremonies, 10 a.m. walk.
Theis Park
Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. & Oak St., Kansas City, MO
KC Beerfest:
1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 15
Kansas City, Mo.
DE Lofts Party
Friday, June 11, Time TBD
DE Lofts at Fifth and Delaware
Kansas City, Mo
Party with a Purpose
5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 19
Holmes Street between the block of 36th St and Gleed Terrace
Kansas City, Mo.
Look for more information soon on these fall events:
AIDS Bicycle Challenge
September 2010
KC BeerFest Fall Session
October 2010
PFLAG Kansas City
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets regularly, and we post the information online at The group shares this info on their next and future meetings: The next meeting will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, and the others will be the second Sunday of every month through forever, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Room 307, Prairie Village, Kan.
For more information on events, visit Send your information in text format for CampBiz to

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