It’s a new year and many of us are seeking to enhance, learn, and grow ourselves in a new way. Here are a few mostly free groups, organizations, and resources in Binghamton, NY and online to get you started on your quest for self improvement, whether it’s learning a new skill, diving into the classics, or getting fit.
ON TO THE THINGS!
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Draw A Box / Uncomfortable
This website Youtube channel walks you through how to grow as an artist while not getting discouraged. Follow along and listen to his advice, and you’ll be on your way to drawing better fan art.
Her YoutTube channel has everything from working with jump rings to leather working. She walks through complex constructions, slowly and repeats easy-to-miss tips on making sure your creations turn out as they should
Triple Cities Makerspace
You want to learn how to make it? This is the space to do it. Whether you’re craft be sewing, wood-working, 3D printing, or welding, the Makerspace has something for you. Stop in during an open house night on Tuesday after 6:30pm.
What kind of glue should I use for my cosplay? What sewing machine is best? How do I prime my foam?! All your cosplay questions answered, plus Corgis.
LOOKING FOR GROUP
Friends aren’t far away, you just have to know where to look.
Game Design Group
Meets once a month in downtown Binghamton (usually Bistro 163 or Water Street Brewing). They talk about what their working on, play test each other’s work, and share insights with one another.
Meeting on the first and third Saturday of every month, (barring holiday breaks), this community comes together for dramatic role play with the Minds Eye Theater Werewolf the Apocalypse system, as well as occasional horror games based on HP Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu.
Binghamton Area Tabletop Society
The sole purpose of BATS is to provide a regular, safe, and public environment for people to play tabletop games together. This group is filled with welcoming individuals with a crazy-amazing knowledge of board games.
Binghamton Pinball League
Want to play pinball with other people that like pinball? Then you have found your people.
Sacred Grounds LARP
Whether new to live-action roleplaying or a veteran adventurer, Sacred Grounds welcomes all. Their game features “A robust Age of Exploration fantasy world with steampunk elements… character options, an exciting and deep in-game economy, and a high quality presentation.”
The Shire of Sterlynge Vayle
The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.
The USS Serling is Greater Binghamton’s own chapter of Starfleet. Amazing group of people looking to do good.
Husband and wife team of Kevin and Kim Kreiner, who have collectively been running Live Action Role Playing games for over a decade.
READING THE CLASSICS
Those books you’ve been meaning to read are very free and very easy to find…
Phillip K. Dick ‘The Crawlers‘
Rudyard Kipling ‘Just So Stories‘
Mary Shelly ‘Frankenstein‘
Robert Louis Stevenson ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde‘
No one likes to just exercise, so why not get fit the fun way–with a group of people who are fun and welcoming. Binghamton has tons of places to take classes and groups to get you fit and making friends.
Become a ninja and get fit by jumping over, through, and around all the things. Great for teens and kids.
Broome County Rollers
Hate running? The B.C. Roller Derby league is recruiting. They’ll teach you everything from how to skate to how to knock other players out of the track. They practice every Sunday and Thursday at 6PM at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Binghamton. Accepting all ages.
Two Rivers Point
LARPing is exercise, right? Amtgard boffer LARP meets at Recreation Park on Sunday afternoons.
Obstacle courses for adults. They offer workouts every Wednesday where you can test out some of their obstacles and push yourself to try new things.