Photos: Hampton Classic Day 2

Pups needing their forever home

Monday, August 29, was less about competing and more about adopting at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton. Here are a few photos from the annual ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day. Thanks for the pix Lisa Tamburini!

On the schedule for today, Tuesday, August 30, it’s back to the Grand Prix, Hunter, Jumper and Anne Aspinall Rings for the horses and riders. In the meantime, here are the top three standings for the $30,000 Longines Leading Rider Challenge so far: Mclain Ward is #1, with a score of 72, Peter Wylde is #2 with a score of 60 and Shane Sweetnam is #3 with a score of 52.5.

Check back tomorrow for more fun photos of the #HamptonClassic.

Photos: Hampton Classic Opening Day

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The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s Grand Prix table for Opening Day at the Hampton Classic. Dawn Watson photos.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show officially kicked off its annual competition yesterday, Sunday, August 28, in Bridgehampton. The premier equestrian event–one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, now well into its third successful decade–will continue through Sunday, September 4. Here are a few of my behind-the-scenes photos of Opening Day.


Almost Labor Day Weekend Hot Picks: Saturday, August 27

I’ve got summer brain in the worst way. Don’t know if I’m coming or going. Anyone else out there need some reminders about what day it is, what to do and where to do it? This one’s for you. 


I just love Margery Gosnell-Qua’s pretty entry into this year’s Box Art Auction.

The East End Hospice’s annual Box Art Auction will be held tonight, Saturday, August 27, at Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton. Stop in and pick up some terrific artwork and help raise funds for an amazing cause. Read more about East End Hospice and its annual Box Art Auction here, thanks to the Sag Harbor Express.


Dianne Reeves photo by Jerris Madison.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation‘s annual gala will be held tonight at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature special musical performances by Grammy award-winning singer Dianne Reeves, nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men, and other special surprise guests. All of the funds raised throughout the evening will support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

Matisyahu  will perform a free concert at the Backyard Restaurant at Solé East Resort in Montauk tonight, starting at 7 p.m.


The Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton is hosting a reception tonight of new work. Stop by from 5 to 7 and check it out.


It’s a big weekend for the Southampton Arts Center, which is putting on a huge slate of events. Today, it’s a free concert, courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People® on Tour program, starting at 4 pm.

A sneak peek for tomorrow, Sunday, August 28, the Wellness Series continues  at 11 a.m. with the final Yoga on the Lawn with Mary Angela Buffo of Ananda Wellness & Yoga Center. Class is one hour, multi-level. Bring your own mats and towels. Admission is $10. Then, from noon to 2 p.m., the weekly Jazz on the Steps is happening, featuring Ada Rovatti on tenor sax and Bill O’Connell on piano. Later, at 7 p.m, there will be a special indoor screening of the 2016 documentary film “Under the Gun,” produced and narrated by Katie Couric. The 110-minute film will be followed by a Q&A with panel members including John Feinblatt, President of Everytown USA & Joe Quint, Spokesman for Moms Demand Action NY. Admission is Free.

And of course, the big “Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies” exhibit is still hanging through September 11. The show explores the complex relationship between candidates’ representations in visual media and their carefully created and tightly controlled campaign images. Every presidential candidate constructs a public persona. From official portraits and campaign ads to selfies and televised debates, these images can influence voters’ decisions on Election Day.



Speaking of Sunday, the Southampton  Cultural Center is offering a super biggie double-win with the American debut of Opera San Miguel and a Master Class Live with Maureen O’Flynn and four rising starts of Mexico, starting at 5:30 p.m. Cool.





Almost Labor Day Weekend Hot Picks: Friday, August 26

This is the time of year that is always bittersweet. Too darn tired after running around all season long, we find ourselves looking forward to Tumbleweed Tuesday with wild abandon. But there’s still so much more wonderful stuff to savor. So soldier on we must, as we drink up these last few days of glorious summer in the Hamptons.

Here are a few things that you absolutely shouldn’t miss tonight, Friday, August 26. 


“Andromeda” image courtesy Kate Mueth.

“Andromeda,” as reimagined by Kath Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls, stages under the stars at Montauk State Park through Sunday, August 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. Seating is on the ground, so bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic. Tickets are $20. Read all about the show in this feature I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.


Image courtesy Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

The dual exhibits of “Fifty Small Things” and “Take a Closer Look” will open at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum with a reception on Friday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibitions will remain on view through October 31. Read more about this one here in the Sag Harbor Express. 


Guild Hall in East Hampton is bringing “Celebrity Autobiography” back to its stage tonight, with back-to-back shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Always a blast, this special Hamptons Edition with Never-Before-Seen Memoirs will star Christie Brinkley, Dick Cavett, Tovah Feldshuh, Colin Jost, Richard Kind, Susan Lucci, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Brooke Shields, Alan Zweibel and more.


Dan Bailey Tribe photo courtesy WordHampton.

And check out the new scene and live music at Zigmunds Bar (203 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932) tonight as the Dan Bailey Tribe plays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The music returns on Sunday, August 28, for Reggae Night, featuring Winston Irie, who will play beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Go Fly a Kite

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The Town of Southampton’s new Tri-Energy program is hosting a “Fly a Kite” event on Thursday, August 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Long Beach in Sag Harbor. The event is meant to bring awareness and  to decrease the energy demand on the power grid during peak usage time.

In an attempt to reduce that demand and to raise awareness, Tri-Energy is inviting residents to turn up their a/c thermostats to a warmer setting (up 2 degrees or more) in order to reduce the demand on the energy grid on Tuesday, August 30th from 4 to 6 pm and then join other like-minded community members (Bring the Kids!) at an event at Long Beach in Sag Harbor and “fly a kite” at the beach to cool off. FREE kites will be provided for the first 50 participants. No beach permits are needed to park at the North End of the parking lot to participate in this event.

Those who attend will also learn how to sign up for a free home energy audit and free rooftop solar evaluation as part of the Tri-Energy program.

Photos: Resident Magazine’s Wealth Forum

4_Robin Cofer, Sharon Bush - photo by Andrew Werner

Earlier this month, Resident Magazine and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin hosted a party for the annual Hamptons Family Office Wealth Forum. The pre-celebration was held at the $30 million Twin Peaks estate on Olde Towne Lane in Southampton and included performances by cellist Michael Fitzpatrick, singer Charlie Scopoletti and opera diva Cristina Fontanelli. Additional highlights at the swanky event included tunes by  DJ Allen Dalton,appetizers by Relish Catering, wines by Frescobaldi, Chateau St. Maur and Courtage, and bespoke cocktails by Camus.

Luxury sponsors included Tourneau, Drettmann Yachts, Turks & Caicos, Southampton Land Rover & Jaguar, IGS, Dottie Herman, Howard M. Lorber, and Kean Development Company. I attended but kept my camera in my bag for once, thanks to Resident photographer Andrew Werner. That was nice.

Guild Hall’s Garden As Art

Who doesn’t love a good water vista here on the East End? This Saturday is your chance to see four extraordinary private gardens with great water views, thanks to Guild Hall‘s annual Garden as Art Tour.
The festivities kick off this year on Friday, August 26, with a cocktail Reception at Barbara and Richard Lane’s home from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, which is chaired by Edwina von Gal, (who knows a thing or two about gardens!) continues on Saturday, August 27, with a Water Quality Panel Discussion from 10 a.m. to noon with moderator Carl Safina, ecologist and prize-winning author; and panelists  Professor Sarah Meyland from NYIT; Sandra Postel of Global Water Policy Project; and Carl LoBue, a senior marine scientist.
From noon to 5 p.m., it’s the main attraction–an exclusive peek behind the fences of four extraordinary, water-sensitive, private gardens. There’s also a breakfast on Saturday, which will be served at Guild Hall from 9 to 10 a.m., donated by Golden Pear. And from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Mary Jane and Charles Brock will host a luncheon at their home.
All tickets include breakfast, lecture and tour.  Admission to the cocktail party and luncheon require additional purchase. Tickets range from $100 to $500.
The Carole & Alex Rosenberg Garden 2002 photo by Ken Druse