1982 Bob Bonanno at Pines
1982 Bob Bonanno at Pines

1982. I always had Fire Island in my life. As a young boy we would go to my grandmothers house out in Shirley, and go to what they called Fire Island. In my adult years I discovered a different kind of Fire Island. One where I could feel what I was meant to be. A gay man with other gay men. Cherry Grove first , and then I discovered the Pines in the eighties. A haven where beauty in every aspect thrived. Last year it became my mission to archive the history of the Pines, and it continues. Thank you to all the people I have met this summer, and who have contributed so far to our journey through your history. Exciting things are in store as we plan for next year. September is one of the best months here. Looking forward to it all…

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