First-Ever East Hampton Street Fair Photos

Kathy Marino, Julie Ratner, Edyle O'Brian with the Ellen Hermanson Foundation



Thanks for the pix Lisa Tamburini!

The Reconstructed Bra Show


Vamping it up before the show.

A funny thing happened on the way to the bra show. I ended up appreciating my healthy body just a little bit more.

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My beautiful bras. “Laughter is the Best Medicine” by Maria D’Astolfo and “Treasure Chest” by Krissy Mielenhausen.

When Stacy Quarty asked me to volunteer to model this year, I didn’t want to do it. I REALLY DID NOT want to do it. First of all, I’m kind of a prude. Secondly, my youth–and all the wonderful things that come with it that we all take for granted when we have it–is long gone. The days of having my 28-year-old body are in the distant past. Actually, I’ve  lamented that loss for a longer time than I had the pleasure of enjoying the treasures of it. So it goes.


The catwalk lineup. Sorry about the shadows.

But The Reconstructed Bra Show is an amazing fundraiser for Lucia’s Angels and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital, and I felt that it was time to give back–especially as I know too many people who have fought and lost, and also fought and survived, breast cancer. Also, superficially, I figured that forcing myself to walk down a runway half-naked would be the kick in the pants I needed to hit the gym and start the long journey of reclaiming my body.

It was a BIG and SCARY risk, and one a decision that I regretted from the moment I committed. Yet I’m a person of my word and I’d never ever back out and intentionally leave someone in the lurch.

So, I did it. Kicking and screaming the ENTIRE way. It was hard, and very humbling, but I’m glad I did. I’m proud that honored my commitment. I’m thrilled to have been able to help raise money to battle cancer. And I met some really generous and wonderful women and men whose very presence at the event at the Southampton Social Club last night have made an incredible impact and helped me to find my courage. I’m grateful.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this amazing event. Your support is most definitely appreciated. xo

All About the Arts


For those looking to put their money where their mouths are, so to speak, it’s time to donate to The Sag Harbor Partnership’s capital fundraising campaign to save the Sag Harbor Cinema. The campaign will fulfill urgent funding needs set out under a recently-announced agreement to purchase the property destroyed in the town’s devastating December fire.

Time is limited so make sure to send in your donation asap. To ensure that the deal is complete, the SHP needs to raise $6 million by July 1, 2017 to secure the contract. Following that, an additional $2 million is needed by December 31, 2017 to take ownership. It’s a tough one; if the community falls even a dollar short of the $8 million needed by the end of the year, the agreement will be voided.

Approximtely $1.5 million has been raised to date. Notable Involved community members include: April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Emma Walton Hamilton, Steve Hamilton,  Susan Lacy, creator of the American Masters series on PBS,  Dame Julie Andrews. Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker, Harris Yulin, Bill Collage and Katie Lee. Visit to pledge support for the fundraising campaign. All donations are tax-deductible.

Julie Andrews Headshot

And since we’re on the subject of Julie Andrews, it’s fun to note that she will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Hamptons International Film Festival‘s 25th Anniversary celebration this fall. Additionally, there will be a screening of the classic film “Victor Victoria,” starring Ms. Andrews, on October 7. She will be present, as will HIFF Co-Chair Alec Baldwin, who will conduct a Q&A with the film and stage legend. The annual festival run from October 5 through October 9 this year.

Well known for her defining roles on stage in “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” and her classic screen performances in “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” the multi-talented and award winning actress is a Kennedy Center Honoree (2001), a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is a bestselling author of over 30 children’s books as well as the first installment of her autobiography, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years” (2008) and is now working on the companion sequel. Ms. Andrews just completed directing a hugely successful revival of “My Fair Lady” which is currently touring though Australia, and is the co-creator and star of “Julie’s Greenroom,” a newly released series on Netflix which teaches young children about the theater and the arts.

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Let’s end on a good philanthropic note today, shall we. Thanks to Myron Levine, Donors Unite has launched. The Sag Harbor-Based entrepreneur and philanthropist, also the founder of All For the East End, has created a new charity gift card-giving website, which is poised to forever change the way we give gifts.

By harnessing the power of the ubiquitous gift card, Donors Unite provides an alternative to material gifts for any occasion – a charity gift cardThe Donors Unite gift card is perfect for any occasion –  major holidays, birthdays, weddings or even a thank you for a dinner invitation. Instead of giving the token gift, gift givers can present their friends and loved ones with something that truly matters—a tax deductible charity gift card that enables users to choose from the most comprehensive list of more than 1.5 million U.S. registered and IRS-approved charities on the website.

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And for those who are passionate about local charities (who isn’t??), there’s a comprehensive search engine, which enables either the giver or receiver the ability to find and support a charity in their community.  Even better, Donors Unite is affordable, allowing gifts of as little as $10, thus only giving what you can afford to give.


Is Thursday the New Friday?

Sure looks that way, especially as we head into the season. My dance card for mid-week seem to be just as booked as they are for the weekend. Whew! Here’s what’s happening this week.

First up for me is the annual Reconstructed Bra Fashion Show & Auction to benefit Lucia’s Angels. I’ll be walking the runway this year (gulp!) at the Southampton Social Club on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in support of this terrific cause.

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Also on Thursday, the East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series continues with guest speaker Edwina von Gal, who will talk about “Protecting Our Water Starts in Your Backyard.” The discussion starts at 6 p.m. and is hosted by Sara Davison and is co-sponsored by Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation.

Don’t feel like going out? That’s cool. You can still catch up on the latest in culinary happenings by tuning in to watch foodTALK  on LTV with host Steve Haweeli. The show, which airs on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and repeats on Fridays and Saturdays,  includes local luminaries in the food world. The second season started off this past week with Chef George Hirsch.

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Chef George Hirsch popped in for the first episode of foodTALK’s season two at LTV with host Steve Haweeli. Photo courtesy LTV.

Also this week, Arbor in Montauk is gearing up and opening up its doors for the season on Thursday, May 18. Now in its second year, Arbor returns with its signature Mediterranean style menu and casual chic vibe. The restaurant will be open for dinner Thursday through Monday until mid-June, when it will change to seven days.

New this season is The Garret outdoor bar and dining room. The New York City-based cocktail brand will bring its penchant for creating quality and lively bar scenes to Arbor’s outdoor bar, featuring playfully elevated cocktails in a laid-back environment.
As for the food, the menu, executed by executive chef Pierre Sudre, brings back the signature dishes such as: Tuna Tartare, hand diced with avocado and eel sauce; Watermelon & Feta Salad with sea bean, mint and Raita dressing; Mussels Mariniere, wild Canadian mussels and fries; Gigli shrimp pasta; NY Strip with green peppercorn sauce and fries; and the popular pizzas such as the Truffata with stracciatella cheese, Trufatta, arugula and pickled onion.  The 2017 season brings a new section on the menu, “For the Table” featuring dishes to be shared including: Crudités board with lemon ricotta dip; White bean hummus with toasted pine nuts, Zaatar and taro root chip; Croquetas with North Fork goat cheese and heirloom dip; and Cheese & charcuterie board with quince paste and cornichons.  Other new additions to the menu include: Baby gem Caesar wedges with gremolata, Pecorino cheese and Caesar dressing; Fish carpaccio with grapefruit, cilantro and capers; Bouillabaisse with croutons and Rouille sauce; Pan seared sea scallop with arrabbiata sauce; Grilled Spanish octopus with charred gem and virgin dressing; and the Arbor pizza with mussel meat, bay scallop, baby shrimp and garlic cream sauce. Yum yum! 

Party Pix: Metropolitan Magazine & 25A’s Cinco De Mayo Celebration

-- Ben Mindich, Jean Shafiroff, Montgomery Frazier, Suzan Kremer, Helena Litvak

Last Tuesday, Metropolitan Magazine and 25A Magazine’s Publisher Chase Backer and Editor-In-Chief Christopher A. Pape hosted a party to celebrate the East End’s own cover girl Jean Shafiroff. The invitation-only event, honoring the Cinco De Mayo celebration of Mexican and American culture and held in celebration of the philanthropic author, was fittingly held at Selina Rosa Restaurant in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 2

In addition to Ms. Shafiroff, Mr. Pape and Mr. Backer, notable attendees included: Selina Rosa Restaurant owner Sammy Musovic, Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek, former Miss America Suzette Charles, producer Pamela Morgan, Roy Kean, Natalie Ross, Sonia Nassery Cole, Jane Pontarelli, Montgomery Frazier, Tom Finnegan, Ben Mindich, Katlean De Monchy and fashion designer Victor de Souza. All photos by Patrick McMullan.

Photos: Sag Harbor Climate Change March

Hundreds of people turned up in Sag Harbor on Saturday, and not just to hear stories about whaling.  : )

Instead, they came out to show their support for Mother Nature. Good. Glad to see so many like-minded folks. And thanks for the photos Lisa Tamburini!