Hamptons Happenings: February 7 & 8


Need to speak your piece to local government about The Hills high-end resort being proposed in here in the Hamptons? Tonight is the night for the fourth and final public meeting on the East Quogue-based project. The gathering to discuss Discovery Land Company’s bid to build a luxury resort–complete with 118 homes, a golf course and country club–will be held at Southampton Town Hall, starting at 6 p.m. 


Those interested in food, farming and fascinating conversation should head to Almond’s in Bridgehampton this evening at 7 p.m. for Artists & Writers Night featuring Scott and Megan Chaskey of the Peconic Land Trust and the healing arts. The night will feature family style three-course menu created by executive chef Jason Weiner. The cost is $45, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer and gratuity, tax is not included. Reservations are required.

noyac-candle-jpgOr head over to c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton for Ladies Night at the Maidstone from 6 to 8 p.m.  The evening will include socializing, shopping and happy hour discounts. Confirmed vendors include: HAMPTONS Handpoured (which makes my very favorite candle in the world), Stella & DotRodan + Fields , Sea Glass & SunsetsJustine Moody Designs, Rustic Lady Bug, LuLaRoe, VELO2 Cute Designs
and Chloe + Isabel by Patrena.


Speaking of ladies and shopping, Sophie Kinsella of “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series fame has written a new book called “My (Not So) Perfect Life” and it’s really terrific. I got my copy last week and ripped through it! On bookshelves starting today, the British author is making a few rare American appearances and kicking off a mini tour here in the U.S. starting with a signing up in White Plains tonight. Get your tickets here. Can’t make it up to Westchester? That’s okay. She’s also doing a live chat on Facebook with USA Today at 1 p.m.  My favorite of all her books, this standalone novel is part love story, part workplace comedy, and part witty critique on the judgments we all make in a social media-obsessed culture. If it were summer I’d say it’s the perfect beach read.

helen-simonson-credit-nina-subinCloser to home, bestselling author (and Brit-turned-Brooklynite) Helen Simonson kicks off the Spring Writers Speak Wednesdays Series at Stony Brook Southampton tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Ms. Simonson’s talk will include her experiences earning her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton; turning her thesis into her big debut novel, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” which was a New York Times bestseller; and her latest novel, “The Summer Before the War,” which came out last year.


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