Today I am heading off to Europe for a 12-day vacation tour with my school and will be returning here to John's World on April 15. Be well!
Sunday, March 29, 2015
I'm on an email list for the Grove Hotel in Cherry Grove, the one that was decimated by the fire the other night. As I read it, I thought it would be a good thing to share it, so here's the email...
Esteemed Guests and Patrons,
Esteemed Guests and Patrons,
This has been a difficult time for our Ice Palace & Grove Hotel family. Early Friday morning March 27 a fire swept through the Grove Hotel destroying the building.
The Ice Palace Nightclub was undamaged thanks to the amazing efforts of the Cherry Grove Fire Department as well as other neighboring departments. The Cherry Grove Fire Department's knowledge and training helped them contain the fire to the west side of the property. Sadly the fire consumed the hotel as well as homes on Holly Walk.
The Grove Hotel has been a gay hotel for over 59 Years and has had famous guests like Lady Gaga, Liza Minelli and countless Drag Superstars. We are still processing our emotions over this loss but assure the gay community we will rise from these ashes and rebuild.
Once our engineers evaluate the property we will announce the 2015 season opening of the Ice Palace Nightclub. Thank you to everyone for your kind words, love and support.
Dr Frank Liguori and the entire staff of the Grove Hotel
Let's hope and pray that the coming season at Fire Island will be a fruitful one for them, and one of the best for its guests. Here's to a bright future for this summer and the ones to come...
Friday, March 27, 2015
It was the first thing I saw this morning when I turned on my pc. In case you haven't heard, there was a major fire over in Cherry Grove last night, over at the Ice Palace complex. According to Edge Media, the blaze started around 1:30 a.m. and it took several fire departments from the main island to finally extinguish the last of the flames, but not before destroying much of the Grove Hotel, The Holly House, Kokomo and Carousel Guest House. The whole thing is eerily reminiscent of the November 2011 blaze that decimated much of the Pines, and one can't help but feel a sense of great sadness over it all.
For much of the gay community here on Long Island and far away, the news of this tragedy is devastating. Fire Island, and Cherry Grove in particular, has been a staple of the community for years and years, and I (as my readers well know) and virtually every other PLU (people like us) has spent many a summer night dancing their butts off at the Ice Palace. Preliminary reports say that there wasn't too much damage to the club itself, but with the hotel being completely gutted, who knows what to expect this summer.
Most of my Facebook friends have been posting picture of themselves over the years at the Grove, and the Ice Palace, and so I think I'll share some of mine here. Today was a sad day, but these memories will last a lifetime, and hopefully there are still more to come...