In 2009 we held the first FRINGE here to Long Island, an opportunity for all of us to join together. One of the few remaining areas that hadn't laid claim to being a part of the Fringe phenomenon was Long Island, a place that is home to one of the largest populations of creative individuals in the United States. The idea of presenting this one of a kind Long Island Fringe Experience was very exciting and a project that was long overdue. FRINGE is and will be a great way to show our collective stuff to the world. Bigger and more prestigious than an Art Fair, Art Show or theater performance on it’s own, the Fringe incorporated all of these disciplines and more in a weekend of creative energy that opened the doorway and put Long Island on the map as a cultural HUB. Fringe has spread through out the world and I believe that Fringe could aid in Long Island becoming a destination place, at least once a year, as we open our doors to the world of imagination.