By Robert Levine ~ Hosted by the Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG), the In-Town party, traditionally held in March, is a favorite off-season annual event, and it is nice to meet up with friends and neighbors you may have not seen for months. Similar parties in the late 1950s were held at the Warwick Hotel in Midtown, and continued to be for at least a decade, but in time they migrated on to other venues. In present day, the destination of choice is i Trulli, just south of Murray Hill.
APCG President Thom Hanson gave a warm welcome to everyone. Many familiar faces from the APCG board of directors, including Anita Auricchio, Michael Moran, James Hughes, and Dennis McConkey, among others, were on deck as well, and we also got to greet the newest board member, Andi Porzio. Musical entertainment for the afternoon was supposed to be pianist Steve Lowenthal, but his keyboard did not arrive as planned so he enjoyed the afternoon along with the other guests, such as Roland Michely and Joe Anania, Jane Haber, Curtis Strohl, Valerie Perez, Rhonda Wade, and many others. Three former homecoming queens also made an appearance: Panzi, Whore D’Oeuvre and Donna Piranha as well as Rose Levine, who reins just a little bit longer.
i Trulli is known for their fine Italian cuisine, and they did not disappoint. The enclosed glass atrium gave a warm touch that took the chill off the day, and most everyone dined there, but the bar also was busy all afternoon.
It should be mentioned that this gathering’s counterpart, the Out-of-Town, In-Town Party at J. Marks in Fort Lauderdale, on Feb. 24, also was a great success enjoyed by our friends who snowbird, relocated to Florida, or made the special trip to attend – because wherever we reside, Cherry Grove and Fire Island is close to our hearts.
See you all there soon!
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