Larry was born in East Berlin, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Dover (PA) School District. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and a Masters’ from The Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, he taught Middle School for 31 years in the York, PA area. He was also employed by Scholastic Travel for 12 years as a Tour Escort.
Having enjoyed summers here with several teacher friends, Larry decided that upon retirement he would move to Rehoboth Beach. Together, they felt a “freedom” to be themselves here which they didn’t feel living in south-central PA. In 1992, Larry bought a building lot here and built his home in 1999. After retiring two years later, he sold his home in York and moved permanently to his Rehoboth home in June, 2001.
Larry is an avid gardener and has a cock-a-poo named Alfie.
When/why did you start volunteering at CAMP?
Having lost numerous friends to AIDS, in their memory I volunteered at SCAC (Sussex County AIDS Committee). I was placed in charge of the SCAC donation canisters. I oversaw the placement of and collection of donations from over 150 canisters. I was later elected to the SCAC Board of Directors. CAMP Rehoboth’s Love and Sundance events were the major source of funds for SCAC and therefore I volunteered during those events.
What’s been your best memory volunteering here?
Murray (Archibald) and Kathy Weir have brought much joy. I’m fascinated by Murray’s organizational skills and focus on details. It makes me smile. Also, Kathy and I found much to laugh about over the years during the collection of Sundance auction items. She made a “trying” activity—FUN. As a volunteer for SCAC I had a benefit birthday celebration (40th, 50th, 60th, ?) at Café Zeus. My life was totally revealed by the Power Point presentation made to Bette Midler’s “I’m Beautiful Dammit.” It raised over $5,000 for SCAC!
What does CAMP Rehoboth mean to you?
Numerous people have asked me what the four letters “C.A.M.P.” stands for. I tell them “Create A More Positive.” During my Summer visits in the early 80s, I recall town officials having a negative attitude regarding gays visiting Rehoboth. CAMP certainly has changed that. I see CAMP as a peaceful, support system for ALL who live here and ALL who visit.
What events/activities have you been involved with at CAMP?
I’ve been involved with Love and Sundance for many years. I also participate in World AIDS Day. In addition, Charlie Lee (lovingly known as my pimp) has assigned me the Rehoboth streets to canvas the community for business changes.
If you could spend a full day with one person, who would it be? Why?
Anderson Cooper. Besides being eye candy, I love his sincerity and sense of humor. He has all the traits of the human I would wish to be.
“Wouldn’t you like to be a CAMPer too?” How would you encourage someone to get involved with us?
I would encourage individuals to participate in the preparations and tear down of Sundance and other CAMP events. During the days prior to and after the events is when you really get to know individuals and make new friends. Participation creates a comfort level for becoming involved with other CAMP activities.
Tell us something that very few people know about you...
Chris, if I told you, then MANY people would know. Love Always, Loretta Zeigler (Larry…for the record, that’s one of my favorite answers ever!)
First thought that comes to mind when you hear the word “Rehoboth.”
A wonderful place to live; especially during retirement.
Other than CAMP Rehoboth, of course, what else do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m very active with Epworth United Methodist Church and their Mission Outreach Programs. I’m also a member of the Clowning-for-Joy Ministry. My clown name is Ziggy. We clowns bring joy to those in nursing homes, hospitals, etc. It’s very enjoyable.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the off season?
When my Pennsylvania friends learned that I planned to retire here, the comment was made, “Why? It’s only good three months out of the year!” Needless to say, they were wrong and I find them coming to visit more often during the “off season!” There’s so much to do year round. During that so called “off season” I catch up with movies I haven’t seen, read, do neglected inside house chores, and just “clown around!”
Where was your last vacation destination and what influenced you to go there?
My last vacation was to San Juan. I went there to celebrate a friend’s 70th birthday; it was very, very successful! I’ve travelled a lot and have been to Europe, Mexico and every state except Hawaii, but travel isn’t a retirement goal of mine. Besides, I’m on vacation 24/7 living in Rehoboth.
Friends are coming over for dinner. What will you make?
Pennsylvania Dutch kettle chicken pot-pie. I actually make the dough for the noodles. It’s been a requested repeat. I also make a popular ham and string beans, as well as, a Hog Maw! (Google that one). I’ve had to modify my grandmother/mothers recipe with items to add color or “presentation,” according to my gay friends!
Who’s your favorite current musician or entertainer?
Currently, Michael Buble. Add Tina, Bette, and Barbra based on my past concert attendance.
What is your favorite TV show currently? Of all-time?
I’m really enjoying Smash. Seinfield would be my all time favorite.
What was your last text, post or tweet? And to whom, if applicable.
I do not text, post, or tweet. The closest I’ve come to a tweet was sending an e-mail with the subject: a tweet from Zig. It allowed me to say what I wanted in very few words!
I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with you, Larry, on Love and Sundance since Eric and I moved here six years ago. Always one of my favorite “co-workers,” your smile and positive attitude are infectious. Most important, you’re always having fun! We at CAMP Rehoboth are terribly blessed to have had your support over the past decade. Thank you so much.
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