Friday, August 18, 2017

Fantasia Fair Blues

It is that time of year. A couple of girls asked me if I was going to Fantasia Fair this year. My response is that I would love to go, but I cannot to leave my multiple sclerosis'd wife at home alone for a week or even a half-week.

Their retort is bring my wife to the Fair.

Her MS does not permit her to walk very far for very long and visiting Provincetown is all about walking. The venues for the various Fantasia Fair events are all over town and my wife is in no condition to trek up and down Commercial Street for a full week or a half-week. (I guess there is something to be said for those trans conventions that are held within the confines of a high rise hotel.)

I could get away for a day or two and I would be willing to pay for the privilege of attending the a Fair for a couple of days, but a whole week or a half-week are the only options available for attending.

I could pay for a half-week and only attend one or two days, but having just entered the ranks of the Socially Secured, I am loathe to spend $390 for one or two days at the Fair (which does not include a hotel room).

Some girls I know go to Provincetown during the Fair without paying. They attend the free daily  keynote addresses and pay for admission to the fashion show and follies, but they miss everything else.

I could do that too, but I don't want to miss everything else and I feel like I would be cheating the Fair, so I will not go.

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe (Source: Bebe)

Jun Pham
Jun Pham femulates on the Vietnamese version of Your Face Sounds Familiar (2017)
(Thank you, Cheryl)


  1. Stana -

    Would she go with you if she were in a wheelchair and stayed in a handicap accessible room? Having cared for an invalid spouse, it must be taxing for you at times. And I can tell how much you love her by putting her above Fantasia Fair. You'll be missed at the fair!


  2. Catherine Smith.August 19, 2017

    A relatively simple solution: take a wheelchair for your wife and push her around during your stay. You'll be surprised what a welcome you will both receive. Just take the right shoes for pushing and pulling!
    Regards, Catherine.

  3. My wife also has MS. We have a walker for short walks and a scooter (paid for by insurance) for longer walks and events.-Barbra Anne Taylor

  4. Go up on Friday, the follies are open to the public and talk to Jamie about a ticket to the banquet. Explain to her why you can't stay longer.

  5. I understand how you feel, Stana. We were all set to attend Southern Comfort again this year, had already paid the registration and for a couple of extra events. Unfortunately it's become clear this past week we aren't going to be able to attend. I'm really depressed about it.