Rose’s View – Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines

PHOTO: The Cherry Grove Diversity Equity Inclusion at the Community House.

By Robert Levine

Happy Gay Pride Month!

Hail Queen Porsche – the glamorous, voluptuous, friendly, and talented 48th Homecoming Queen of Cherry Grove 2023. She accepted the crown from the gracious JizzaBella. The race was close. Sugar B. Real, Ginger Moore, and Flagerina were all strong contenders! Panzi was hostess. Champagne Bubbles performed. Thanks to all the local businesses who contributed raffle gifts, as well as all the volunteers who worked the evening, especially Michael Moran, as well as supporters Evelyn Danko and Valerie Perez.

Ginger Snap and Wanda Sykes were fantastic MCs at the Lynn Lewis Foundation Breast Cancer event at the Ice Palace. Attendance was overwhelming.  

BOFFO in the Pines is celebrating its 12th season of artist residents. This year, filmmaker and photographer Clifford Prince King was introduced at Sunday Sounds, a beach party with DJ Donis.   

The Annual Women’s Meet and Greet was well attended at Sip N Twirl prior to the Annual Pines Care Center party at Whyte Hall.  

CGCAI welcomed CGDEI (Cherry Grove Diversity Equity Inclusion) at a gathering at the Community House. Kay Davis introduced the board and welcomed everyone. She spoke about Juneteenth weekend, with events scheduled in both the Pines and the Grove through June 16 -18. The weekend is chock full of entertainment, parties, salon gatherings and a parade along the beach.

Congratulations to Joan Van Nes, presently serving 40 years in the Cherry Grove Volunteer Fire Department, who now holds the title Certified Incident Safety Officer.

Sal Piro Day at the Ice Palace was wonderful. Many local residents spoke. Sal’s sister Lilias arrived from New Jersey to participate.  

APCG thespian and one of our favorite sisters, Lynn Belensky, passed away recently. She will be forever remembered in our hearts.

Cherry Grove will be getting new walk posts and new bulletin boards led by the Beautification Team and funded by the Memorial Fund. Thank you, Town of Brookhaven for painting the sides of our walks white this year. We, the property owners, have done it for the last 50 years.  

Upcoming Events:

• Brace yourselves, Bear weekend begins June 9! 

• Susan Ann Thornton is spearheading the 10th Anniversary of The Artist Tour in Cherry Grove. On June 9, a cocktail party and auction for the Dunes Fund will commence from 6-9 p.m. at the Community House. Visit to learn more.

• The Imperial Court Of New York is having their annual Drag Tag Sale on June 11, at noon.  

• Celebrate Judy Garland’s 101st birthday, at Get Happy, a fundraiser for APCG and the Rainbow Connection, June 11, at 12:30 p.m., at “Ethel’s Merman,” the home of Adam Rosen and Matt Freeman.  

• On June 17, Broadway Inspirational Voices will be appearing at Whyte Hall. Visit to learn more.

• CG EMS and Ambulance Fire Department volunteers will be in CG until Oct. 29. The Northwell Doctors Office is open through Labor Day.