Photos & Results: Shelter Island Run|Walk

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Want to know everything that happened at the 38th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk on Saturday? You came to the right place. I’ve got plenty of pix and rankings right here.

Proceeds from the USA Track & Field-certified course race benefit several East End charities including The Shelter Island 10K Community Fund, East End Hospice and  Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. Notable runners in this year’s race included: former Olympian, four-time NYC Marathon winner and four time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers, and first-ever women’s Olympic marathon champion, Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Post-race, runners and friends celebrated at The Runners Festival, held at the Island Boatyard and Marina and produced and sponsored by John Kowolenko of Hampton Event Management International. The post-run event featured dancing with DJ Twilo, local artisan food trucks, a photo booth, kids fun area, and more.

All photos by Todd Plitt. 

Photos: Hamptons Heart Ball

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It’s always nice to share images from terrific fundraisers, such as the American Heart Association’s 21st annual Hamptons Heart Ball, which was held earlier this month at the Southampton Arts Center.

For the festivities, more than 400 guests–including honorees Dr. Lori Mosca and Dr. Ralph S. Mosca, event co-chairs George Benedict, Dr. Aubrey Galloway and Open Your Heart co-chair Jean Shafiroff, Master of Ceremonies Lori Stokes of ABC News, Martin Shafiroff,  Meredith Cohn, Arnie and Paola Rosenshein, Ava Roosevelt, Ann Liguori, David and Jill Kandell, Consuelo Costin Vanderbilt, Tracy Stern, Nicole Noonan, Randi Schatz, Barry and Marsha Altman, Dean and Maria Elana Christiansen, Jon and Joan Gruen and John and Terry Tortorella–turned up to show their support for heart health.

Photos by Rob Rich and Patrick McMullan.

Photos: Trunks of Love

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The Third Annual Trunks of Love to Benefit Veterinarians International hosted a kick-off reception this past Saturday at The Baker House in East Hampton.
The event was hosted by Baker House proprietor Antonella Bertello and attended by Veterinarians International’s veterinarians, nurses and ambassadors, plus actress Christine Evangelista, actress Missy Hargraves, actor Dwayne Hill, Dr. Scarlett Magda (CEO and founder Veterinarians International) and Dr. William Karesh.
The big end-of-summer Trunks of Love Gala will be held this year on August 11 at Dopo La Spiaggia in East Hampton, honoring Dr. Jane Goodall.  Photos in this post by Rob Rich.

Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, June 17

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The Shelter Island 10K/5K/Run/Walk race is one of the many events happening today. Image courtesy Shelter Island 10K/5K/Run/Walk.

Does anyone else feel like they are on that perpetual treadmill that is going just a tick or two too fast? This is my 2017 Hamptons summer, which seems to be perpetually a half step behind.

These Hot Picks might be fashionably late, but better late than never. Fingers crossed that I catch up before Labor Day.

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First thing this morning, it’s the 31st annual ARF Garden Tour. Always a treat, this year’s self-guided event features the East Hampton Village gardens of Dr. Richard Axel, Susan and Frank Dunlevy, Alex Goren and Brooke Kroeger, Carol and Paul Mendez, Jackie and Alan Mitchell, Scott Sanders and Peter Wilson, and Frances Schultzin. The tours are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

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Madoo in Sagaponack is holding its annual Much Ado About Madoo to-do today as well from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Garden Market happenings include a Talk in the Studio with Betsy Pioneer Schiff, Barbara McLaughlin and Wendy Moonan at 9:30 a.m., Once Upon a Time at Madoo for the kids from 3 to 5 p.m., plus  an afternoon full of potting plants, floral face painting, and DIY Bob Dash prints! This is an event that is truly fun for the whole family.
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From last year’s Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser at Navy Beach.

For a super great benefit that’s really cool and chill, head out east for the fifth annual Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser at Navy Beach in Montauk. That event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Can’t make it but still want to contribute to this worthy cause? Click here to donate.





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The 38th Annual Shelter Island 10k/5k Run/Walk, presented by BNB, is happening today at 5:30 p.m. on Shelter Island. Touted as the Most Scenic Course by Runner’s World Magazine, participants will have the chance to run with former Olympians Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers, with a $10,0000 Runner’s Purse and course bonuses at stake. Better yet? There’s an after party from 7 to 10 p.m.,at the Island Boatyard and Marina on Shelter Island. The family-friendly event, which features food trucks, music by DJ Twilo, a kids’ fun area, and more, is open to runners and the public. This year, proceeds from the Shelter Island Run will benefit the Shelter Island 10K Community Fund and various charities such as East End Hospice and The Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch.



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The Hetrick-Martin Institute is hosting its big School’s Out fundraiser tonight at the East Hampton home of Lisa and James Cohen. The event, which benefits the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service, will feature special guests Tracy Anderson, Margaret Russell,  Martha Stewart and Rosanna Scotto. Can’t wait for this one!



After School’s Out, I’ll be heading over to A Night in Havana All Against Abuse Gala, courtesy The Retreat. That sold-out event will be held at The Field House on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton and features a performance by Maria Bacardi, live salsa music with Mambo Loco, Monte Carlo-style gaming, DJ, dancing, Cuban-inspired food by Art of Eating and auction performance by CK Swett, who is always entertaining.

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 Also happening tonight, and also Sunday in case your dance card is overfull, it’s The Boys of Broadway concert at the Southampton Cultural Center. Not only is this gig guaranteed to be fun and entertaining, it’s also a fundraiser for SCC’s valuable Center Stage program.
And lastly, speaking of dance cards, check out Dancehampton‘s Decadence performance  at 1 p.m. today at the East Hampton High School or the Competition Showcase at 7 p.m. if you’re so minded. Happy Saturday everyone!

Photos: Ann Liguori Foundation Golf Tournament


We all know that golfers are SERIOUS about their games. But they also like to have some lighthearted moments too. So, in celebration of that, let’s start this one with a little golf humor, just for funsies.

Noting that her husband looked more haggard and disgruntled than usual after his weekly golf game, his wife asked what was wrong.

He answered, “Well, on the 4th hole, Harry had a heart attack and died. It was terrible! The entire rest of the day, it was hit the ball, drag Harry, hit the ball, drag Harry!”


Now on to more serious stuff.  : )

I’ve got some great photos of the 19th annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton from this past week. Woohoo! All photos were shot by Daniel Gonzalez.

The hugely successful event was the 19th straight sell-out with golfers who came in from all over the world to play and support the cause — raising money and awareness for cancer research and prevention.

Jim Donaghy, named 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Business Honoree, said “everything about the tourney was first class! It’s obvious to see how much the golfers appreciate the effort by the Ann Liguori Foundation and the prestigious golf courses that host the tourney each year. There’s a fun, positive, festive attitude throughout the entire event.”

Two-time Super Bowl champ Ottis Anderson was entertaining and lively as the celebrity auctioneer. He did his part to help raise money by sharing great Golf trips, unique dining experiences and prizes to those in attendance. Fun, fun, fun!

For the curious, here are the photo captions:

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​Ann Liguori with event volunteers 
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Dylan Coates with Eyeking. Each participant received a pair of Eyeking sunglasses.
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Staci Hayman & Matthew Wisman with RMS Golf Glove. RMS fit every golfer for a glove. 
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Ann Liguori with Dr. Max Gomez, Medical Correspondent, Channel 2 News
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L to R:  Suzanne Karath, Diane Lenowicz, Ann Liguori & Jean Skidgel
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Ann Liguori with the 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic Business Honoree Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone
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L to R:  2016 Ann Liguori Foundation NY WICI Sports Media Scholar, Allison Waddington and Diane Schimmer
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Walter Stockton, CEO IGHL 
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Diane Morgan, her daughter Pamela Davis, grand daughter Joy Davis 
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Ann Liguori Foundation event coordinator Jean Skidgel & Ann Liguori
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L to R: Nancy Stone, Ann Liguori, Kelly Burke McMillin & Colleen Donaghy
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L to R: Mike Elliott, Pres.,Golf, Greg Norman Collection, Lyla Renai, John O’Brien, Marty Hackel ‘Mr. Fashion’, Michael Setola, Tharanco Lifestyle
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L to R – Gene Toliver, Joe & Allison Waddington,  and 2-time Super Bowl Champ & Celebrity Auctioneer,  Ottis Anderson
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Bobby Catalano & Suzanne Karath
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Jim Halpin CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & past Honoree
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ALF 2017 Business Honoree Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone
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Melissa Firmes, KIDS NEED MORE
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2-time Super Bowl Champ Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, Celebrity Auctioneer
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L to R:  John Patrick, Stephen Athan, William Puricelli & Alex Roit
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Jim Halpin.CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & past Honoree
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Nancy Stone, winning bidder for North West Coast Ireland Links trip 
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Picking the 50/50 winner, Jean Skidgel, Ann Liguori & Jim Donaghy
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All the golfers participating in 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, Maidstone Club
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L to R:  Scott Vallary, Ann Liguori, Lynda Packard ‘Volunteer of the Year’ & Matthew Wisman
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Photos: Landscape Pleasures

This past weekend, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill held its annual “Landscape Pleasures” tour featuring the gardens of Arne and Milly Glimcher, Deborah Nevins, the Listowel Garden, and Grey Gardensthe former home of the infamous Beale sisters immortalized in the documentary by the Maysels and the Broadway musical. More than 350 people participated in this year’s event, which raised more than $135,000. That’s a lot of green!

Thanks for the pix Kimberly Goff!


Hamptons Hot Picks: June 9, 10 & 11

Welcome to the weekend. Woohoo.

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Here’s what’s happening here in the Hamptons. Hopefully we will be getting some decent enough weather. Especially since tonight there’s a fun-filled Spotlight on Boating launch party and trade show being held at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and is being sponsored by the Sag Harbor Express.




For this next one, it doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside because it’s going to be cooking at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday and Saturday as Bobby Flay and David Barber head to town to headline the third annual Food Lab Conference. The theme this year will be “50 Years of Food in America: 1970-2020” during the two-day event featuring entertaining and informative talks and tastings, cocktail parties and a gala dinner. Flay will discuss his personal view of “Food, Cooking and a Brief Personal History of Food Television.”  Barber, who is the genius behind one of the world’s best restaurants, Blue Hill at Stone Barn and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, will talk about future directions in the food world, and opportunities to incorporate new technologies in shaping them. Other notable guests include: Tanya Steel, former Editor in Chief at and founder of the Obama White House Kids Healthy Cooking initiative; Jack Bishop, Editor in Chief, Cooks Illustrated and host of “America’s Test Kitchen”; author and Julia Child biographer Alex Prud’homme; Nancy Hopkins, editor of Better Homes and Gardens; Matchbook Distilling founder Leslie Merinoff; Wolffer Vineyards winemaker Roman Roth; and Ron Tanner, the executive vice president of the Specialty Foods Association.




There will be plenty of food and tasty bevvies, plus a ton of friends at the annual Connections and Cocktails networking mixer, sponsored by and Bridgehampton National Bank, at Union Cantina in Southampton on Friday night. Hope to see you there!




The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is gearing up for a full-on gardening weekend. The events begins “Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation” on Friday, June 9, exploring “The Aesthetics of Sustainability.” On Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, the museum presents its annual two-day horticulture event, “Landscape Pleasures.”




Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor also has its hands full this weekend with a “Moby Dick Marathon Reading” from Friday at 9 a.m. to Saturday at 6 p.m. Fun!



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And the Lynn Blue Band is making their own marathon weekend plans, starting at the Wolffer Wine Stand in Sagaponack on Friday night from 5 p.m. to sunset and then heading way out east to the Montauket on Saturday for an evening gig from 6 to 9 p.m.


On Saturday, June 10, the Montauk Yacht Club is kicking off its “Paint and Sip” series, which will be held every Saturday from 4 to 6 through the season. Presented in conjunction with The Salty Canvas, the activities include two of our favorite activities.

Saturday night brings the third annual Trunks of Love Gala at The Baker House in East Hampton. The event, which benefits Veterinarians International, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.  Get your tickets here.


Over at the Southampton Cultural Center, it’s opening night for “Giancarlo Impiglia: Rhythms of Color” from 5 to 7 p.m. The show hangs through July 30.

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And Saturday is also the night for the hip and happening Hamptons Heart Ball starting at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center. There’s even a “Crash the Ball” afterparty, sponsored by Dan’s Papers.  Fun!

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But wait, there’s more! On Sunday, the Gallery at Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue is opening “Colors from the Air” by North Fork artist Patricia Feiler. The show hangs through October 1.

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