There was a great time to be had on Sunday September 18, 2016 at Otsiningo Park, Broome County. From Noon to 4 PM, members of the community as well as participants from Novitas and Dagorhir gathered for the 1st Annual Medieval LARP (Live Action Role Play) event.
The event, organized by Broome County Adopt-A-Park, not only helped to raise funding for handi-capable playground equipment for Broome County parks, but provided cash and prizes for winning participants. Food from local pizzeria Nirchi’s and plenty of water were on hand to fuel the gameplay for the 4 hour challenge in the largest field at Otsiningo Park. It was also an introduction for the general public on what is LARP, and some of the local organization that participate in the game. Even Binghamton City Councilwoman Dani Cronce (who is also a Board member of BC Adopt-A-Park) entered the fray to learn about the game and how it is played.
Winner and second place of the 1st Annual Medieval LARP at Otsiningo Park, Broome County
The event was the second organized by BC Adopt-A-Park, with the August paranormal investigation of the Bundy Museum being the first. Both events were a success in drawing attention to the diversity and variety of organizations and activities available in Broome County, NY. In addition, both events helped BC Adopt-A-Park in its on-going mission to raise funds for kids playground equipment upgrades as well as tourism to the region.
Michael Vasquez, one of the Board members who attended the event, noted that,
“There is always news telling the public that there are problems in the Southern Tier and New York State. But there are also great things happening all the time that people don’t get to hear about. LARP, groups like Dagorhir and Novitas, are just a few examples of how young and old get together to enjoy the benefits that Broome County provides. That’s why we [Adopt-A-Park] are doing this. And we are just getting started.”
Broome County Adopt-A-Park has a mission to promote the parks and community events throughout Broome County to improve tourism and recreation to the region. The organization is a for-profit, which is unusual compared to other similar groups. As board member Dani Cronce describes the for-profit nature,
“There are many groups and organizations that have a huge need for public funding like grants. We saw that this could be done for the community and kids, without taking away from that critical funding. It hopefully is an inspiration for others, that hard work and a good idea can be put in place without needing taxpayer funding and still be successful – even creating crucial jobs.”
Additional photos from the September 18, 2016 event: