Skip Prior


skip_cropped.jpgWhat was your high school mascot?

We were the Purple Panthers at Nashua High School (New Hampshire) where I graduated in the class of '68. 

What brought you to Bradenton?

I lived up and down the east coast. After New Hampshire, I lived in Massachusetts, New York, and Washington DC. I came down to Bradenton joining up with my high school best friend Rick years ago, visiting his family, and taking in a few Red Sox spring training games in the area.

We did that for a number of seasons before I decided to pull up stakes and move from the hustle of DC to the soft waves and sunsets over the Gulf. Friends, family and folks I’ve worked with over the years have stopped by heading north or south. The welcome sign at “PriorPatch” is always on.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I really didn’t think about that too much growing up. I was in Boy Scouts so I suppose anything I saw myself doing in the future would be an extension of that - being active and helpful.

What DID you do when you grew up?

I started out teaching and through that got into visual arts – film and television. One year we had the opportunity for our high school students to interview the Presidential Candidates and my students interviewed then-candidate Jimmy Carter.

I left teaching to pursue a career in television production, spent 25 years working for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). I also enjoyed working at the Public Broadcasting station WETA-TV as well as for the United Way of America while I lived in DC.

How did you get started volunteering with Realize Bradenton?

It’s been so long I don’t remember how I started! I’ve been here since beginning of Realize Bradenton! I love the blues and through the Blues Fest I’ve enjoyed and discovered quite a few artists - Rick Estrin, Doug Deming, Kenny Neal.

For most of my working life, I always had to tell people what to do, so now I’m ready to volunteer for an organization that will tell me what to do and let me be creative about how I do it.

Where else do you volunteer?

I’m passionate about supporting people in recovery from addiction so I volunteer as a liaison between recovery groups and Drug Free Manatee.

What do you love to do so much that you lose track of time while you’re doing it?

Kayaking. I love going down to Robinson Preserve. It’s quick and easy to put in and I can just spend hours on the water. Name a few of your favorite places in downtown Bradenton. I love to cook so one of my favorites places in downtown Bradenton is the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.

Batman or Superman?

Definitely Batman. He was so cool he even had a sidekick. Superman just had a cape.