Just as we have the summer season–which has now stretched from Memorial Day all the way to Columbus Day, well past Labor Day–during the cold-weather holidays, everyone and their brother finds a reason to get out there and party it up.
The unofficial kickoff to the winter fetes is always ushered in by the East Hampton Historical Society’s Cocktail Party and House Tour. This year’s cocktail night was massive.
Held at the Georgica home of Jack and LuAnn Grubman, the fundraising bash was wall-to-wall packed last night by 7 p.m. Kudos to Brent Newsom Caterers for keeping the libations flowing and the tempting treats closely at hand. I particularly liked the Channing Daughters Vino Bianco–which was perfectly chilled, as it was served from what we deemed “the Tundra,” the chilly tented-in patio area, and served by hunky bartenders–and those little mini beef tacos and the spring rolls. Yum!
I did my best to circulate but by the time 6:40 rolled around, attempts to move throughout the crowd would have been downright rude as it was practically standing room only at that point. My wing man was the indomitable Judy Malone, one of my very favorite people on the planet. Also there were: Marshall Watson, Paul Sparks, Ridge Watson and his lovely wife, Ray Kennedy, Michael Braverman, Geir Magnusson, Alejandro Saralegui, Kendell Cronstrom, Pamela Eldridge, Durell Godfrey, Lynn Stefanelli, Glenn Leitch, Richard and Roseanne Barons, Mary Kay Jaroff, Zita Davisson, Gary Lawrance, Richard Lewin (thanks in advance for the photos!), Barbara Slifka, and Peter Martin Weiss and Morris Goldberg jamming musically-just off the top of my head.
Judy and I made tracks just as the house was REALLY filling up. We headed to Bridgehampton to Bobby Van’s for an early dinner and ‘Ya Ya Sisterhood’-style tales and I was home, snug as a bug in a rug–though a full one!–by 10:30. With a busy party schedule in front of me for the next month, I’ve got to hit the ol’ spin bike double hard, but it’s totally worth it.