Rosé & Shopping: A Dangerous Combination

Lisa Jackson hosts LJ Cross Rose & Shopping

Last Saturday designer Lisa Jackson of LJ CROSS hosted a Rosé and Shopping Event at the new Copious Row Beach boutique in Southampton to celebrate her exclusive Diamonds for the Beach collection. Sounds like fun, and trouble. I try to not have my credit cards handy when I’m sipping adult beverages. Actually, I prefer my rosé consumption to be followed by a nap. Does that make me a fuddy duddy. Probably.

Those who might not agree with my imbibing preferences include attendees Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Heather Mnuchin, Caroline Hirsch, Charlotte Bronstrom Assaf, Jean Shafiroff and Lidia Szczepanowski-Goldsmith, who perused the selection of 10 luxury rose gold and white gold pieces, available only in the Hamptons for the summer. Celebrity devotees of LJ Cross include Vera Wang, Renee Zellweger, Allison Janney and Kelly Preston. Photos by Patrick McMullan

Photos: Much About Madoo

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Earlier this month, The Madoo Conservancy held its annual Much Ado About Madoo fundraiser. The 7th annual garden cocktail and market benefit, held on the grounds of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, was a 50th anniversary celebration of the garden and also a fete for the completion of the $1.1 million historic restoration of the Summer house and studio.

In 1967 artist, writer and gardener Robert Dash moved from New York City to Sagaponack and founded Madoo, the internationally renowned entirely organic garden known for its bold planting style, horticultural diversity and brightly colored hardscaping. It’s a glorious and fantastical place, dedicated to the study, preservation and enhancement an ever-changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures.

Thanks for the photos Kimberly Goff!


Photos: Stony Hill Stables Benefit

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Stony Hill Stables awarded six equestrian scholarships at its annual Stony Hill Stables Foundation benefit. Attendees enjoyed a special Dressage Pas de Deux by Gold medalist Wick Hotchkiss and Bailey Thompson, a choreographed Pony Drill Team performance, and a solo Dressage finale by Wick Hotchkiss.  Launched in the summer of 2012, Stony Hill Stables is still the only stable in Long Island to offer this unique equestrian scholarship program to local East End children and young adults.

Photos: The Retreat’s All Against Abuse, A Night in Havana

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The gang from Douglas Elliman: Justin Agnello, Bonny Aarons, Barbara Mattson, James Keough, Denise Wilder, Tim Kelly, Janette Goodstein, Dawn Watson (hey, that’s me!) and Hara Kang. 

What a terrific way to spend this past Saturday night, with so many of my friends present and accounted for at  A Night in Havana All Against Abuse Gala, courtesy The Retreat. The sold-out event, held at the Ross Lower School in Bridgehampton, was a colorful sight to behold, and a heck of a benefit that raised beaucoup bucks for people who are most definitely in need of some kindness and compassion. It was a beautiful night, complete with 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, and one that I won’t soon forget! Thanks for the photos Kimberly Goff!


But wait, there’s more! Thanks to The Retreat and photographers Pam Grienke and Helen Atkinson-Barnes for sharing their pix too!


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.