Hamptons Hot Picks: Friday & Saturday, June 3 & 4


I’m quite excited about the opening night of the Hamptons Contemporary Home Design  + Decor Show tonight, Friday, June 3. The event, which will held at the Southampton Elks fairgrounds, will feature 160 luxury brands and artisans and will be open tonight for the preview from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. The opening-night preview, hosted by Architectural Digest,  benefits the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Expected guests include: Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, Chesie Breen, Thom Filicia, Alexa Hampton, Celerie Kemble, Scott Nelson, Ann and John Pyne, Elizabeth Pyne, Marshall Watson, Vicente Wolf and Dottie Herman. I’ll be alternately roaming around soaking it all in and hanging out at the Douglas Elliman lounge in booth 100. Hope to see you there!


Also today, Friday, the second annual three-day  Food Lab conference  opens. The topic this year will be the “Future of Food—Trends, Tastes and Directions: Who’s Shaping Them and Where They’re Heading.” Carla Hall, co-host of ABC television’s “The Chew” and a former competitor and fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef All-Stars” is the keynote speaker. Other speakers and panelists include: Eric Ripert, Deuki Hong, Matt Rodbard, Eva Turow Paul, Allen Salkin, Colin McCabe, Andy Arons, Ron Tanner, Jeffrey Zurofsky, Dan and Julie Resnick, Leslie Merinoff, Susan Spungen and Merrill Stubbs. Locals in the mix include: Kathleen King, Brian Halweil, Michael Cinque, Colin Ambrose,  John Liegey and Laura Donnelly.


On Saturday, don’t miss the seventh annual “Insider’s View” Southampton Historical Museum house tour. The self-guided house tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 4 and will feature extraordinary houses that illustrate Southampton’s unique architectural history from colonial days to present day. After the tour, meet at the Rogers Mansion in Southampton from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a champagne reception hosted by Sant Ambroeus.


If it’s theater you’re in the mood for, I’ve got two terrifically comedic options for you: “The Forgotten Woman” is now staging at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike continues with the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue.


On Saturday morning, the Madoo Conservancy is hosting Botanical Latin with John McAlonan on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. This is a good one for word nerds like me who are eager to learn how to decipher the meanings behind the Latin names of plants.

And LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is putting on a Radio Flyer workshop on Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for those who’d like to try their  hand at flying a radio-control model, piloting a gyro stabilized airplane and a quadcopter drone, with assistance from Steve Perlbinder.


It’s also possible on Saturday to catch a rare glimpse inside the inner workings of the Sag Harbor Masonic Lodge. But make it fast, the “Society of Secrets” open house is only happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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And later on Saturday, if you’re still feeling footloose and frisky, head over to the barn dance benefit at  Kilmore Farm in Wainscott. Learn more at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center website here. 


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