Freeport Arts

Arty for art’s sake

Good times at the LIACF “Arty Party” fundraiser


The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport united artists and arts supporters at The Bayview for its “Arty Party” last Sunday. 

The elegant dining hall, which overlooks Hudson Bay from an upper story, embraced honorees and guests alike. 

This year’s Arty Award went posthumously to Lila Diringer, who helped form the original LIACF, ran its offices, and organized its activities for a long time. Ken Dookram, who has operated a State Farm agency in Freeport for many years, received the Business Person of the Year award. Vashti Burke, who teaches music in the Freeport Public Schools, received the Educator of the Year Award, while drag queen performer Bella Nocha received the “Smart with Art” Alexander Schanzer Memorial award.