Troy Hendrickson, best known for his portrayal of Aunt Mary Pat and Miss Troy, is a Performer and Owner of Fantastic Troy, LLC, and is this week’s #PeopleOfWilmDE! Read their story below.
Three fun facts about me are:
- I am HUGE Nintendo video game nerd
- I drink 7 shots of Espresso per day
- I own every piece of Mariah Carey media!
My ideal night out in Wilmington would start by grabbing a delicious meal at one of the amazing restaurants in Wilmington- maybe Mikimotos, Washington St. Ale House, Bardea, or if I need wings, Catherine Rooneys. I’d go catch a live show at The Queen, then bar hop around town, and probably end up at one of my favorite local watering holes- Crimson Moon or Comegys. My favorite attraction in Wilmington is Kahunaville! (jk) I love going to The Queen for shows for the amazing atmosphere, Constitution Yards for the Fun, and I really enjoy the Greek and Italian festivals for the food!
Living in Wilmington has given me the opportunity to grow into the person I am. Big enough to spread my wings and small enough to let me be me. I continue to choose Wilmington because I love the small city life. It feels like home and I love seeing its evolution. Some of my proudest moments as a Wilmingtonian have been headlining The Queen as Aunt Mary Pat, performing as Miss Troy in the first-ever LGBTQ+ Youth Pride festival, being named one of Delaware’s most influential people, and raising my kids here!
I am truly proud of the work we all did in rebuilding Crimson Moon (the only LGBTQ+ bar in Wilmington). It provides a safe space for not only patrons but also performers. We were displaced after it suffered a fire, but we raised enough money to have our space rebuilt, and NOW it looks amazing. I can’t wait to keep on twirling there.
As the city continues to grow, I would LOVE more nightlife options! I want this city to be reflective of all the talent that we have to offer. Also, grow the LGBTQ+ representation. I heard there are plans to put in an outdoor park and amphitheater- that would be amazing.
My advice to Wilmingtonians is BE YOU! Loud and Proud. Be Bold. Don’t be afraid to be different.”