In Portland, OR, drag queens are prominent. The Darcelle XV venue has been around since 1967, featuring Darcelle herself, who's now 90 years old and holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest drag queen. I don't know anyone who's NOT been to Darcelle's.
However, some of us would rather not stay up late to watch these gorgeous women dance and lip-sync on stage. Some of us have a date with our pillow instead, especially when we need to work the next day.
Well, here's a venue I'd never heard of, for those of us who still want the drag queen experience. That is Drag Queen Bingo with Poison Waters!
When I first saw this event advertised for Lake Oswego, I thought it was an odd pairing. Bingo with drag queens? What the heck? My husband and I just had to go, so we bought four tickets and brought another couple to enjoy the evening.
And wow! What an evening it was!
We arrived at Lake Oswego's Adult Community Center to a packed parking lot. Heading to the front door, we were greeted by one of the hostesses dressed in sparkles and feathers. She gave us drink tickets (two per person) and led us to take our first-come-first-served seats.
Sitting down, we each had a gift bag with party favors, a chocolate snack (I got M&M's), a tiara, and a feathered boa. We also had our bingo cards and got to pick out a bingo marker, which was not a felt dabber, but pink or black lipstick. My husband grabbed pink, and I grabbed a black one.
I put on my tiara and boa, my husband got us drinks, and we were set for a festive evening.
Poison Waters came to the podium and did NOT disappoint. She gave us her bingo rules with clear instructions and told us how the evening would play out. We played nine games with three games per sheet. Bingo winners chose from prizes upfront. Yes, we even got decent prizes!
Poison Waters entertained us with her jokes and innuendo. She really knows how to work a crowd!
But that's not all. In-between bingo games, two other queens entertained guests, lip-syncing and dancing around the room, taking our dollar bills in-between tables. We loved it.
We had so much fun! By the end of the evening, we were laughing and joking with each other. Our friends profusely thanked us, saying they hadn't been somewhere that entertaining for a couple of years (Because, you know, COVID).
Here's what we didn't know; Poison Waters has been running these venues for years.
Drag Queen Bingo is quite popular. In-person events are held throughout the Portland area and are offered online worldwide.
What a great way to support Pride Month!
If you'd like to go to a show, check out Poison Waters' website here. She has virtual and in-person appearances. She also has venues at McMenamins; check out the Kennedy School calendar here. Our tickets were $25/per person. However, I can't say how much her other showings cost, and I imagine it will vary depending on the venue. All I can say is to call and reserve your tickets because her shows sell out fast!