Congratulations to long-time volunteers Brian O'Malley and Andi Sawyer! Brian and Andi got married this past September 19th at the Beachcomber's Club. They kindly asked guests to give donations to SKIP as their wedding presents. We recently sat down with the newlyweds to find out more!
What brought you to Ptown?
Brian- The water!! And the intent to make the community a part of the community. Brian was working in Boston and wanted to be in a place where “I could be a part of the fabric”.
Andi- She came here “by accident”. Living near Portland, ME, she visited for an anniversary, staying in an apartment at 539 Commercial Street above Fanizzi’s. She proceeded to fall madly in love with Provincetown. She retired and moved here in 2012 and then moved to Anthony Street.
Brian- Brian came here in 1973 as a medical student. He spent his entire medical career in Provincetown. He worked at the local clinic for two years and subsequently started practicing out of his house on Commercial Street in 1980. He and his late wife, Dr. Wilsa Ryder, continued their practice, the Provincetown Medical Group, on 30 Shank Painter, two doors down from SKIP. Brian has also been chairman of the board of health and medical director of Seashore Point and its predecessor, the Cape End Manor.
Andi- A residential broker for 23 years, and a kitchen designer prior to that. She is a passionate artist who always makes time to paint. Andi has a selection of her new work on display at the Bakker Gallery.
What do you love most about Ptown?
Brian- “It is far enough away from the United States without having a passport”. “It is deliberately inclusive” and he loves the spirit of the community.
Andi- “Finally living in a place in my life where I am comfortable in my own skin”. She always felt inadequate and now feels “not to be embarrassed to be me”. This is reflected in everything she does.
How did you hear about SKIP?
Brian- Wilsa Ryder (Brian’s deceased wife) was a big supporter and Brian sponsored a meal in her name after she passed away.
Andi- David Garten (a good friend) asked her to an orientation six years ago. She loved the people, and the socialization aspect!
Thanks to Brian and Andi for being dedicated SKIP volunteers!