Fire Island Pines Things to Do

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    Fourth of July: The Invasion

    by von.otter Updated Dec 31, 2009

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    Since 1976, America’s Bicentennial Year, Cherry Grove drag queens have invaded The Pines. The Invasion has become an annual event, now attracting spectators from Long Island, where once it was mostly a local happening.

    The story of how The Invasion began goes as follows. A drag queen named Patsy came to The Pines from Cherry Grove, a neighboring community on Fire Island, in July of 1976. She was turned away at the Pavilion, the local disco bar because its owner, John Whyte, did not think it proper to serve drag queens in his establishment.

    After Patsy left and returned to Cherry Grove, she and her drag queen friends wanted revenge for the insult visited upon Patsy. They decided to ‘invade’ The Pines on the Fourth of July. They reasoned that a group of drag queens — and their money — could not be ignored and would not be turned away. They hired a water taxi and descended on the more chic Fire Island Pines. History does not record what happened when they showed up en masse. We do know that they and their ‘descendants’ have been showing up ever since. And today not only are they served drinks but when a drag queen enters the Sip n Twirl bar in The Pines she drinks for free! How times have changed.

    The Invasion has become a bay side costume party, enjoyed by many and the number of participants has grown steadily.

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    The Sun, the Moon and the Stars

    by von.otter Written Oct 13, 2009

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    At Fire Island Pines you can be assured of getting the sun, the moon and the stars.

    Everyone comes for the sun. The beach, where sun worshipers park themselves in the high season, at The Pines is known around the world. Watching sunsets is a big deal here in The Pines (see Fire Island Pines Things to Do Tip).

    The moon and the stars, on the other hand, are less sought after; when they make their appearance after the sun sets, the sun worshipers have moved on to other things, drinking and dancing at Tea Dance.

    Watching these other celestial bodies is much more satisfying here in The Pines. Because we have no light pollution to interfere with sky watching it is possible to spot star constellations easily. Be overwhelmed by the number of stars in the sky. The Big Dipper is the only constellation that I can recognize; it is very satisfying to see it on a clear night.

    All ornamental suns, moons, and stars can be purchased at that fabulous store above the Pantry, Summer Solstice (see Fire Island Pines Shopping Tip).

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    Watch the Sunset, Part II

    by von.otter Updated Jan 19, 2010

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    “When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator”
    — Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

    From any point facing the southern side of the Great South Bay spectacular sunsets can be seen at Fire Island Pines.

    Some people watch the sun set from the main pier in the harbor. At the end of any of the walks (Tuna Walk, Beachhill Walk, Bass Walk, Sail Walk, Fisherman’s Path) that dead-end into the bay good views of the sunset can also be found.

    Start arriving about 8pm to 8:15 in the high-season months of July and August for a good spot.

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    Mad Hatters

    by von.otter Updated Jul 12, 2009

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    Although the Annual Hat Party is an invitation-only, private affair, I include it here because if you are in The Pines on a late Saturday afternoon in early August you may see groups of party goers walking down the Boulevard in fanciful hats. They would be going to the Hat Party.

    Plain or fancy, commonplace or exotic, even your standard issue baseball cap are part of the fun at the Annual Hat party.

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    Watch the Sunset, Part I

    by von.otter Updated Jan 19, 2010

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    “Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on.”
    — Oscar Wilde quotes (1854-1900)

    At Fire Island Pines sunsets still count for something; people still talk about them and still watch them.

    From any point facing the southern side of the Great South Bay spectacular sunsets can be seen at Fire Island Pines.

    Some people watch the sun set from the main pier in the harbor. At the end of any of the walks (Tuna Walk, Beachhill Walk) that dead-end into the bay there are also good views for the sunset.

    Start arriving about 8pm to 8:15 in the high-season months of July and August for a good spot.

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    Entertaining: A Lunchon

    by von.otter Updated Jan 24, 2010

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    Life at Fire Island Pines (FIP) revolves around eating, or so it seems.

    We are either planning a meal, buying for a meal, preparing a meal, eating a meal, or cleaning up after a meal!

    The local Pines Pantry (see shopping tip entry) can supply the ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, too.

    Lunch and dinner often involve entertaining neighbors and/or visiting guests.

    Here, our table, on the outdoor deck, is set for a luncheon for four.

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    Play Volleyball

    by von.otter Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    Another beach sport is volleyball. Requiring more people and more equipment than paddleball, this diversion would be tough to organize on the spot,as paddleball is. There are volleyball leagues and teams, however, that you can join.

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    Gardening

    by von.otter Updated Dec 31, 2009

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    When the season begins at Fire Island Pines one of the first things we do is plant the garden. It is a very satisfying part of getting the new season started. For the next 3.5 months the flowers will grow and make our surroundings beautiful. And we did it with our own two little hands.

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    Play Paddleball

    by von.otter Updated Aug 2, 2009

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    At a resort where life revolves around the beach, finding activities that you can do on the beach makes the most sense.

    Paddleball is as useful a way to pass the time in The Pines as any other beach ‘sport.’

    Best to play in the less populated area between The Pines and the neighboring community, Cherry Grove, away from sun bathers and loungers.

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    Watch the Deer

    by von.otter Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    Deer, Fire Island Pines, Summer 2007
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    Watch the deer but do not pet them. They are very tame, but most likely tick infested.

    They are hungry critters. Keep your property gates shut and check for breaches in your property’s fencing. Given any opportunity the deer will take it to gain access to your property, especially if you have flowers.

    They are most commonly seen in the early morning and around sunset.

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    Everybody into the Pool

    by von.otter Updated Aug 9, 2009

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    Pools are quite common in The Pines.

    For years I have not understood the attraction with pools at the beach. Why have a pool when the great Atlantic Ocean is only steps away?

    Where others see a pool as a luxury meant for lounging about, I see a pool as an irresponsible, grand waste of energy.

    The opportunities for using a pool are not many; the weather in The Pines allows for a pool’s use perhaps for two months, July and August. These glorified waterholes are little more than very expensive decorations.

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    House Hunting, Part I

    by von.otter Written Jun 30, 2012
    408 Ocean Walk, Fire Island Pines, 2011
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    “The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
    — Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997)

    Fire Island Pines has some of the most wonderful oceanfront properties in the world. My favorite is 408 Ocean Walk.

    Sitting on .41 acres, this one-family, oceanfront house shows clear Prairie-style influences, including the pitch of the roof and the overhanging eaves, which help keep the house cool.

    It has a pool on the boardwalk side of the house, as well as a lovely landscaped deck.

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