Pines People- Ron Perkov
Pines resident Ron Perkov grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island. He attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington. Earning a double major in an unlikely combination of voice and commercial real estate. One for his passion and the other for practicality, and for the parents. After graduation he stayed on in Indiana selling real estate, earning a living, but feeling dissatisfied with the choice. He took a leap of faith and headed to New York to follow his dreams. He went the route of many an actor making the rounds of auditions. He worked toward his union card by performing in summer stock and entertaining on cruise ships.
He arrived in the Pines in 1989 renting a share house at 601 Ocean. In 1991 his friends pushed him to audition for the musical “Anything Goes.” He made an impression with the community and his parts and role in the productions grew bigger from there.
He performed with a jazz quartet at Arcimboldo in NYC as a result of his Pines exposure. For three seasons he headlined the benefit “An Evening of Cabaret” in the Pines. He was nominated for best male jazz vocalist by Manhattan Association of Cabaret performers.
When not performing Ron loves gardening and working out. He met his partner William Hayden at a show opening and soon found his life together with him at a home on Midway Walk.
There they held benefits for community and entertained friends like former mayor David Dinkins, Kay Ballard, Dionne Warwick, and actress Cynthia Nixon.
He became part of the community with events that supported just that.
Ron attributes much of his growth as a vocalist to his vocal coach Rita Turrentine based in Manhattan. He has explored many genres including dance.
Ron and William eventually built their dream house on the bay where they welcomed family , friends, and community…