Atomic Tom’s on State Street in Binghamton is being transformed into a warm and cozy ski lodge this weekend to raise money for a local organization.
The Memory Maker Project is holding its second annual Cocoa and Canvas fundraiser Saturday night.
Since 2014, Memory Maker has been providing programming for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of memory loss.
It takes those and their caregivers to museums, galleries and performing arts centers.
It also brings art workshops, poetry writing, book clubs and movie screenings to care centers.
Memory Maker Project Director and Co-Founder Christina Muscatello says arts and culture are stored in a portion of the brain that isn’t impacted by typical memory loss.
She says this has lead to a number of impressive re-awakenings. “The biggest thing is that a lot of them have given up on themselves. So, to see someone come back and wake up and show the parts of themselves that are still there, it’s such a privilege to be watching that and to be fostering it.”
Cocoa and Canvas runs from 6 to 10 on Saturday evening at Atomic Tom’s.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and include mulled wine, hot cocoa and appetizers.
There will also be a cash bar, live jazz, mug painting with KAPOW! art studio and an auction of artwork by local artists and people with memory loss.
You can get advance tickets at the Garland Gallery or at MemoryMakerProject.org.