My journey to the Arts Project of Cherry Grove started at a very young age. I grew up in a family of NYC teachers and would summer in a bungalow colony upstate (not the Catskills). Our days were filled with sports, arts and crafts but our nights were filled with activities at our community center; this included shows, game nights, square dancing and costume parades. Following in my parent’s footsteps I too became a teacher, Math, and discovered my own “Gay Bungalow Colony” in Cherry Grove. It was only natural that I would gravitate to the APCG for all those wonderful evening activities I enjoyed as a kid. Professionally, I may have started as a math teacher, but I found my calling being the coordinator of student and senior activities for over 20 years. This job had me planning parties, fundraisers, and yes working with the theater program in my school. This was extremely time consuming but very rewarding. Panzi tried to get me on the board for years. I would always make the excuse, “I will join the board when I retire.” Well in 2018 Panzi got his wish when I retired from teaching. I want to thank Panzi for making me follow up on my promise.