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At Cherry Grove, gay men and women could socialize out in the open, whether on the beach or on the decks of Grove houses.
Photographs in the exhibition depict scenes of summer events, including theater performances, an annual regatta, art shows, beach volleyball and baseball, and an end-of-season costume ball. Admission is free; timed-entry tickets can be booked online in advance.
We are proud to partner with the Cherry Grove Archives Collection to display these joyful images. Yet the s was a richly creative historical period in Cherry Grove when gay and straight people worked and played together, whether in theatrical productions, costumed cocktail parties, annual balls, or a range of community-sponsored events. Throughout the exhibition, visitors can hear personal, recorded s from members of the Cherry Grove community about their experiences and memories; the audio will be accessible to visitors through their cell phones.
Photographs in the exhibition depict scenes of summer events, including theater performances, an annual regatta, art shows, beach baseball, and an end-of-season costume ball.
Writers, artists, dancers, theater people, and Hollywood celebrities had been drawn to the Grove since the s. Gay people became the majority of the population during the s and ed with local straight families to work in community organizations.
Visitors to the Grove took pleasure in the costumed parties, theatrical events, and liberated atmosphere that this gay sanctuary provided. The images on view showcase the abundant creativity in the ebullient social scene. Men in particular risked being arrested, jailed, and exposed by name in local newspapers.
In one of the photographs displayed in the exhibition, Marty Mann — a pioneering member of Alcoholics Anonymous who founded the National Council on Alcoholism — is pictured with novelist, poet, and playwright Carson McCullers, who wrote the bestselling novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Both women frequented Cherry Grove in the summer.
The final section of the exhibition explores the changing community of Cherry Grove in more recent decades. In the s, following developments in the civil rights movement, Cherry Grove became more welcoming to Black and Latino gay people, reflected in photographs from that time. Working-class gay women began spending more time in the Grove in the s, a change from the groups of mostly affluent and financially successful women who were there in the s and s.
Both lesbians and gay men in the Grove took care of many of their male friends who were dying from the disease.
Later on, middle-class lesbians had the financial ability to buy houses that had once belonged to these men, preserving the Grove as a gay community. All Rights Reserved. Early same-sex gathering at the beach. Men on the Beach, ca.Housewives looking hot sex NY Cherry grove 11782
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