Michelle Crone has been an integral part of Provincetown for over 30 years. “I used to come visit with these tribes of lesbians,” she says, and the women would go down to the beach, light fires, and do drumming. “Ptown had some qualities that you found in women’s music festivals: acceptance, the ability to be outlandish. I loved it all,” she says.
In the 1980s Crone commuted between California and Ptown, spending her time helping a friend care for her disabled partner, before finally moving to the Cape fulltime. “The more I got involved in the community, the more issues I got involved with,” she says.
Always interested in activism and political and social change, she did a lot of work on disability issues and was instrumental in creating Accessible Provincetown, a 501(c)3 organization to raise money to meet the needs of the disabled community in Provincetown. More recently she’s been part of the charter review commission, an elected group that reviewed Provincetown’s laws, “changing some things to make them fair for everyone who lives here,” she says.
Always involved in making things happen, Crone has done production work for decades. She started Divine Entertainment at the UU, produced at the Vixen and the Art House, and every year has brought major programming to Women’s Week. Thanks to her years in California, Crone has personal contacts throughout the entertainment industry and is the go-to person for any event involving women.
She currently works at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, coordinating special events and weddings as well as introducing new programming focused on women’s issues. “I’m excited about the vision for the museum and the ongoing programs we’re starting to develop,” she says.
Crone is chair of the events committee at community radio station WOMR/WFMR, where she tries to “raise more community involvement and community awareness of the station, and present opportunities for people to volunteer.”
She’s also a partner in Get Married in Ptown where she’s responsible for planning destination weddings on the Outer Cape, with no detail too small or no request too outrageous. “This is a unique business,” she says, “that can really handle a spectrum of different kinds of weddings. And it’s fun!”
Founder of Crone’s Team Trivia, she hosts a weekly trivia event at Napi’s on Thursday nights, which has expanded to include trivia events at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum and Seashore Point, with plans for including it in the Provincetown 400 celebration. She also presents a winter film series that looks at various classic-era films, actors, and directors, with an emphasis on women.
And what does she do in her spare time? “What spare time?” she responds. “I love what I do. That’s what matters.”