Hal Hayes, APCG Queen Beach DeBree (aka Troy Files) & Dan
Lavender, Aqua Fever Producer
unprecedented collaboration, the Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG), which has
for many years held a pair of casino nights as one of its major fundraisers of
the season, and the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association (FIPPOA)
joined forces to put on a nautical-themed "Fantasea" casino, during Pines
Party weekend. Friends from the Pines and the Grove, as well as mermaids and
mermen, pirates, and undersea deities took over Whyte Hall, on July 31 and
Wood was Aqua Fever designer.
The conngeniality of gambling among
friends, including the dealers, makes the casino event a win win situation.
Good fun for s good cause
The confluence of bass booming pulsing disco next door and the
excitement of watching the wheel or the dealer’s cards make it a potentially
DeBree lures’em into the casino from the party next door dressed in Sunday’s
could resist this saucy pirate as Martha sells chips
Coco using her claws to
“persuade” a perspective customer
Our Queen sporting her spectacles to see
the cards better
The imp-ish Hal
Hayes who was EVERYWHERE taking care of EVERYTHING!
the last time you saw a Pit Boss – with a tail?!?
Allen Rogers & Mark Basta invite you to bet the wheel
delightful twin/pirate helped me earn my fortune
soon lost his pearls to anyone with blackjack – I unfortunately was not one of
I did win at Tony Bondi’s his last blackjack reward
necklace eventually – his was the hottest table (doesn’t he look like something
out of “BirdCage”?)
Kradles one of our glam hostesses
a closer look
charming wench served the gamblers drinks..
came from Joe S & Bruce Michael’s refreshment table
good lookin’ – spin my wheel!
I help you lose your money?
in the shadows…………
playing with himself until the customers came
(what a line!)
Frank, the money man (unofficial reports state
that the Casino in Pines made twice what it does in the Grove)
THE WATER TAXI BACK TO THE GROVE
(note: thanks to Tim Mooney and Fire Island Ferries for
comping anyone wearing an admission bracelet to the event)
done! It was a blast!
and volunteers on the way “home”.
Editor’s note: the
photos above, taken Sunday, cannot possibly capture the ambience of the ultra
chic, formal dressed party attendees and the ultra glam casino hostesses and participants
of Saturday night. Temporarily hobbled I was unable to secure transportation
Saturday evening to and from the theater, which is a long narrow uneven walk
from the dock, due to severe restrictions on the carts, as were some notable
Pines’ residents as well as several Grove drag queens who turned back when the
walk became too difficult in heels.