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  • Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    By Robert Levine The 16th annual “Cherry Grove Honors” was a tremendous success on Saturday, Aug. 17. With many people in attendance, this special catered dinner was held at the CG Community House. Recipients included Gerri Losquadro, committee member of the Cherry Grove Property Owners Association; and Eddie Fraser, vice president of community relations at Northwell Health – both live ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    By Robert Levine I have been thinking of our neighbors and guests who have lived, visited or worked in Cherry Grove over the years. Many Broadway or Hollywood celebrities passed through. When I arrived in the Grove it was a family community of people who loved this small fishing village. It was a weekend getaway from the mainland. Some worked ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    By Robert Levine In the early 1950s when Cherry Grove was still young, a magical place sprouted in the wooded area between the Grove and the Pines dubbed the Meat Rack. It was a very active part of the Grove scene for many years, with action 24 hours a day, but not so much anymore. In the early ‘70s it ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Having a Gay Day at the Grove

    Rose’s View: Having a Gay Day at the Grove

    By Robert Levine We celebrated Gay Pride weekend here with lots of excitement. As we were watching the parade in New York on TV, we had a storm that was right out of the “Wizard of Oz” for 10 minutes right here in Cherry Grove. Trees, chairs, tables and other objects were destroyed and blown all over the place. We ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    Having a Gay Day at the Grove By Robert Levine Cherry Grove celebrated Gay Pride with a fantastic parade beginning on Saturday, June 22. There was a beach party, dinner parties, a dance at the Community House and fireworks in the evening. It was a long and happy day – a gay day if you will. The parade was full ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

    Trash, Recycling, Treasure Hunting By Robert Levine The weekend of June 8 and 9 was a weekend of recycling collectibles and treasure hunting in Cherry Grove. We had a major clean up day on Saturday June 8, with a barge that left the Grove loaded with bulk household refuse. We had two deck sales that had fabulous treasures that never ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    By Robert Levine Victoria Falls was crowned as the new Homecoming Queen, elected by Cherry Grove residents and crowned by Rose as she puts her scepter aside. It was a sweet evening of fun and humor. Other contestants who entered were runner-up Davida, and Hope Spring. Rose Levine sang her final song of her reign “Rose of Cherry Grove Fame.” ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    By Robert Levine As Cole Porter wrote, “Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it.” So let’s do it and have a great summer! After all, aren’t we lucky to be here and to enjoy all the excitement? On Saturday, May 18, Diane Romano, president of the Cherry Grove Community Association Inc. (CGCAI), along with the townspeople, ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View: Gay Paradise

    Rose’s View: Gay Paradise

    Cherry Grove By Robert Levine The 2018 Honors Dinner, sponsored by Cherry Grove Community Association Inc. (CGCAI), was held at the Community House on Saturday, Aug. 18. Two open bars were set up: one on the main floor, the next on the upper level roof patio with the new pergola overlooking the bay. The baby lamb chops, crab cakes, and ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    Tradition! By Robert Levine That’s the way it is in Cherry Grove. Year after year we have the “traditional” summer season. First with the Flea Market, our Homecoming Queen election, the PAWS benefit, Pride Parade, Invasion … then before you know it we are at the End of Season Ball. But let’s first talk about volleyball. Known as the Cherry ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine I would like to thank all of you who attended “La Vie en Rose.” Thanks to George McGarvey, who designed a beautiful set, which I referred to as my salon on the Champs-Élysées; as well as a special thanks to Richard Cooley, who did my makeup. He has done more faces in Cherry Grove than ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine Invasion 43 Over and Out The balconies, ramps, windows, restaurants, and decks – the entire town was overflowing with people lined up a waiting for the arrival of Cherry Grove’s new Homecoming Queen Rose Levine. Diane Romano drove me in a cart through town waving and smiling to all the fans. The Queen’s entourage of ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine Rose Levine the 43rd Homecoming Queen of Cherry Grove is excited about invading the Pines with her bevy of 300 beauties. Many residents and visitors rent tables with several Grove establishments that afford a great view of the festivities. This gives them the opportunity to watch the parade go by in leisure and comfort. Gay ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine The Homecoming Queen of Cherry Grove was established in 1976. Our first and second Queen was Panzi, who also was the organizer of the first Invasion. Panzi, Lyn Hutton and I are the last remaining original invaders out of the 15 people who rode the Sally and Randy Water Taxi from Cherry Grove to the ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine Memorial Day 2018 is now history. The Arts Project had its 43rd Annual Homecoming Election on Sunday, May 27, at the Community House. Keeping up with the tradition, Panzi and Bella were the MCs. Thanks to all the businesses in Cherry Grove for donating gifts to the more than 30 raffles, with a special thanks ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine This is my 45th season writing my column. I began in 1973, when Rhoda Gould, who wrote the Cherry Grove column for Fire Island News, moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. She recommended that I replace her. I have made a few changes through the years, like Liz Smith and other columnists, and now I’m celebrating my ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine Congratulations to Fire Island News (FIN): Celebrating 60 years and still going strong! Bea and Gary Garfield were the founders of FIN. In the early days of the News, Rhoda Gould was the Grove columnist. In 1973, she, her husband, and their son, Mark, who lived in the Grove, moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. Rhoda requested ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine The Cherry Grove Community Association had its 12th Annual Honors Party at the Community House on Saturday evening of Aug. 12. Forty-eight people have been honored to date. This year’s honorees were: Walter Kowalsky, George McGarvey, Roland Michely, and Sue Panzer. Each honoree was introduced by one of their dear friends. Richard  “Fluffy” Cataldi came ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine We had a short heat wave, a tropical heat wave. The temperature went rising – it isn’t surprising, it was July. It was so warm that I finally took a dunk in my pool, which is very rare. I personally use the pool about twice a season. Some Like It Hot! The weekend of July ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove

    Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View By Robert Levine First I would like to publicly thank everyone who has stopped me in the Grove and the Pines to congratulate me on my most recent show “The Best of Times is Now,” which was performed in July at the Community House. It is nice to feel loved. The Invasion was another festive triumph on July ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    By Robert Levine What an exciting weekend, I performed in “The Best of Times is Now” at the Community House in Cherry Grove. As Irving Berlin wrote, “The audience that lifts you when you’re down.” I certainly wasn’t down but those words are very true. Many people attended from the Grove and the Pines hence giving us a sold out ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    By Robert Levine We have been having rather English weather this season. However the beat goes on. The Cherry Grove Gay Pride Parade, which was founded by Paul Jablonski, and later chaired by Amelia Magliacci, was held Saturday, June 17. Sybil Bruncheon was the MC. Porsche sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Edie Windsor, who made her first trip to the ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View

    Rose’s View

    By Robert Levine Extra, extra read all about it: Cherry Grove Has a New Homecoming Queen. He or she is a snappy, friendly, young, talented drag female impersonator with lots of vim and vigor. With a name like Ginger Snap, how could she not be? As Emile, he has been working at Cherry’s for at least eight years hosting at ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    By Robert Levine                                                          Welcome Back to Cherry Grove Summer 2017 The Grove is popping with activity early in the season. The restaurants and bars are all ready to go! Since the Fire Island News ends their season on Labor Day, I like to acknowledge that Joe Anania directed a show for the Arts Project, named “Next,” written by Terrence McNally, ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE

    ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE

    ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE By Robert Levine  “A New Star Is Born” in Cherry Grove: Ginger Snap who has performed and worked hard in this town for the past five years, had her name over the title in “Ginger Snap’s Journey Through Broadway” at the Community House. She is a brilliant performer who lip syncs to many, and I ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE

    ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE

    ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE By Robert Levine As sources say, the term “housewives” is affiliated with Andy Cohen. He has produced the Real Housewives of Atlanta, New York, New Jersey, Orange County and Melbourne. The Cherry Grove edition of this franchise would not have to be directed or produced by anyone. Reality theater does not get any better than ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • CHERRY GROVE – Rose’s View

    CHERRY GROVE – Rose’s View

    CHERRY GROVE – Rose’s View By Robert Levine The Arts Project sponsored a sideshow carnival at Casino Night. When you walked into the Community Center you felt as though you were at a carnival. All the dealers, attendants, waitresses, and callers, were dressed in wonderful costumes. Joanne Orfanos, Lorraine Michels, Annette, Joan Van Ness, Parker Sargent, Panzi, Anna Tirado, Fran, ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • CHERRY GROVE – Rose’s View

    CHERRY GROVE – Rose’s View

    CHERRY GROVE – Rose’s View By Robert Levine The first annual Cherry Grove Film Festival was held the weekend of July 15. It was extremely well run, well timed, and with a very professional tone. It was something new and important to the Community. There are many people to thank from the Archives Committee, who is responsible for putting this event ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View – Cherry Grove By Robert Levine The beat in Cherry Grove never stops. July Fourth Weekend 2016 proved to be another busy, winning weekend. The ferry’s were overflowing, filling the town, beach, walks, bars, and restaurants with day-trippers, night-trippers, drunk-trippers, and just some ordinary trippers. A major event was presented by The Arts Project: Rose Levine appeared in ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove & Fire Island Pines: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove & Fire Island Pines: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove & Fire Island Pines: Rose’s View by Bob Levine CHERRY GROVE IS A SMALL, fiercely independent community on Fire Island. It was a getaway for many Long Islanders in the early 20th Century who loved to fish and relax. When I arrived in 1955, many of the original families were here with their children who had grown up in Cherry Grove. In the ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE

    ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE

    ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE By Robert Levine Broadway Divas Faith Prince and Karen Mason were the premier entertainers who opened Cherry Grove’s theatrical season at the newly renovated and historic Community House Theatre. Their pianists were Joseph Thalken and Christopher Denny. George McGarvey and the Arts Project produced this great show with a fantastic and very enthusiastic audience. Thanks ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    ROSE’S VIEW – CHERRY GROVE By Robert Levine Cherry Grove had a grand opening party at the newly renovated Cherry Gove Community House on May 28. The original building was a barn that was floated over to Cherry Grove in 1948, when the Arts Project was founded. The renovation was very extensive. It began last October and was completed in ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View – Cherry Grove

    Rose’s View – Cherry Grove By Bob Levine Welcome back to Cherry Grove 2016! We were very fortunate this year to have had such a mild winter, allowing more people to arrive early in the season. We welcome the new homeowners; Joe Hickey and Robby Stein, Chris Murhpy, Feit and Farron, Dominic Giordano and Michael, Peter Christenson, Cindy Mace and ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    Rose’s View – Cherry Grove By Bob Levine On Saturday evening, Aug.15, Hollywood superstar Debbie Reynolds, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” performed in the Grove at the Community House. She arrived on the dock in a private ferry, along with her personal assistant, Donald Light, and her pianist of 30 years, Joey Singer. Somehow the downtown area was filled with people ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    Rose’s View CHERRY GROVE By Bob Levine Summer Camp in Cherry Grove. Another season is flying by. When you are here as long as I have been, you realize how fast things move. It feels like we are at an adult summer camp. We live on campus with many planned activities such as yoga, shows, rehearsals, discussions, parades, meetings, parties, ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    ROSE’S VIEW By Bob Levine Cherry Grove Diane Romano and Joan Van Ness enjoyed a combined birthday party held at Diane’s beautiful home Heaven ‘N Earth. About 200 people were in attendance. You could not get a better setting, the weather was perfect, and the catering by Freddy was wonderful. Two birthday cakes, one chocolate and one vanilla with delicious ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    By Bob Levine On Saturday July 4, 2015, the 40th Invasion began in the Grove, with a gathering of hundreds of people lined-up on the walks. Top Of the Bay, Cherry’s and Island Breeze took advantage of their fabulous locations and rented tables to those who wanted to be up close. It was a real party with food and drinks ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    Rose’s View (Cherry Grove)

    By Bob Levine On Saturday, June 20, Cherry Grove celebrated Gay Pride Day with a big parade in town. All of the commercial establishments from Cherry Grove were represented: The Ice Palace, Island Breeze, Top of the Bay, Cherry’s, The Grove Market, Dune Point, and our EMS Department among others. The Cherry Grove Garden Club was passing out begonia plants ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

    By Bob Levine Hello, Cherry Grove. We had a very exciting Memorial Weekend. Our 40th annual Homecoming Queen was selected. There were only four contestants: Mother-Anita Morehead, Jo Jo Gerard, Gusty Winds and Demi Tasse. The winner was Demi. At 7l, she is glamorous, talented, striking and very Barbra Streisand. Bella and Panzi hosted the event at the Community House. ... Full StoryREAD MORE »