By Gil Neary // Photographs by Robert Zash
At the end of every July, a miracle happens on the beach called the Pines Party. It’s a weekend of events around the beach party that galvanizes the entire community, and for that weekend the Pines is like nowhere else on earth. To the unwitting observer it seems a weekend strung with endless dance parties, and cocktails around glamorous bayfront pools. Then a nightclub appears on the sand of our ocean shore complete with a Tent City and the revelers come by the thousands to dance until dawn. A few days later there is no trace of the dancers, tents, dance floor, stage, lights, sound system, midway or the throngs of people who descend on the beach. To recognize 20 years of the Pines Party on the beach, this year’s theme was Time Machine. Proceeds support The Pines Foundation and the Stonewall Community Foundation.