Photo by Planet Green/Chris Ramirez
Every once in awhile a little show comes out of nowhere and grabs people’s attention. When we first saw The Fabulous Beekman Boys, we were hooked. But then again, we seemed like the target audience for the series about Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell—two city boys, who give it all up and move to a farm in upstate New York. It’s chock full of Martha Stewart guest appearances, high-end 60% goat-40% cow cheese, and a sensitive goat farmer. Our kind of show. We were instant Beek Geeks.
What has surprised us is the rabid devotion of a much younger group on the East Coast, which includes a 23-year-old Risk Manager for Citizens Bank and a couple of 19-year-old SUNY Oneonta college students. Rhode Island resident Anthony Picozzi and SUNY’s Amy Leonard and Angela Taylor created and oversee the unofficial fan site of all things Beekman—www.beekgeeks.com.
Anthony, Amy, and Angela keep fans aware of all things Beekman via regular posts about Josh and Brent and through totally charming videos shot in the girls’ dorm room, with the help of their friend and fellow sophomore Tom Fenton.
We asked them what turned them into the world’s greatest Beekman Boys fans. Amy and Angela told us, “This is a difficult question for us to answer because there are many reasons for our love of the boys. They truly enjoy hearing from their fans and promptly respond to any questions or comments they may receive. They are also genuine; they embrace their fame rather than let it define them. They don’t let anything get in the way of achieving their dream. And oh yeah, they are absolutely adorable.”
And not only have they heard from followers of the show, the creators have been in contact, too. Dr. Brent posts responses on the Beek Geeks fan page and Anthony elaborated, “I was extremely surprised and happy about the outpouring of support that we received. Planet Green, Angela Rae Berg (Director of TFBB), and hundreds of fans offered ideas, photos, and information to post on the sites.”
The girls also make frequent trips to Sharon Springs and have shot at the Beekman 1802 Mercantile and the American Hotel, owned and operated by frequent TFBB co-stars Garth and Doug.
The Beek Geeks have all been lucky enough to meet Brent and Josh and rave about them both. Amy described the first time she met the doctor-turned-gentleman-farmer, “My favorite experience was the first time I met Brent—I was speechless. It was at the Harvest Festival and before that we had only talked online a couple times. When he saw me, he recognized me. I was blown away—BRENT RIDGE knew my name. I presented him with an original piece of art, which he said was beautiful. That was when I knew that he honestly appreciated all his fans.”
Anthony had a similar experience with Josh, “We were touring the Beekman with a group of about 12 people. Josh asked me to ride on a golf cart with him from the front of the mansion down to the Beekman Crypt. At one point, he looked at me and said, "You're Anthony Picozzi, right?" I couldn't believe that he recognized me. It was pretty cool to think that this New York Times best selling author and Planet Green reality star recognized little old me. Definitely one of the main reasons I decided to invest time and money into the BeekGeeks website and Twitter!”
And while Angela’s enjoyed her meetings with Sharon Springs’ biggest stars, she thinks the best is yet to come. “I believe that my favorite moment will occur within the next two weeks—when I see Josh at his book signing at the Border’s book store in Oneonta, New York.”
So if you want to know what the Boys are up to stop by a Beek Geeks online location.
And, in the meantime, if you’re in Chicago you can meet Josh and Brent on Wednesday, November 10 at the C and Be Seen event at Room 1520. The Beek Geeks have all the details in their latest video installment. Check it out: