Get ready for the busiest summer the Hamptons has ever had. Yep, that’s my prediction and I’m sticking with it. Case in point—the sheer number of Memorial Day Weekend activities, once relegated to a handful of kickoff events, is now officially a deluge. Don your safety gear and start practicing deep breaths because the onslaught has begun!
Keep in mind that this is only Part One of a Two-Part Hot Picks. More for Sunday and Monday are slated for later today. There are simply too many events for this gal to type about this morning. : )
On Friday, May 26, the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue starts the summer season with the comedy “Alarms and Excursions,” staging through June 10.
The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is hosting an opening reception for “Anchor: A Whale of a Show,” curated by Susan Lazarus-Reimen & Dan Rizzie, on Friday May 26, from 6 to 8pm. The exhibit, which features work by artists: Paul Davis, Jamie Ellis, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Laurie Lambrecht, Susan Lazarus-Reimen, Lindsay Morris, Christine Morro, Jill Musnicki, Jodi Panas, Dan Rizzie, Reynold Ruffins, David Slater, Ned Smyth, Donald Sultan, John Torreano, Ross Watts will run through June 12. On Sunday, the Whaling Museum will host a book signing and cocktail party for Sag Harbor photographer, Jonathan Morse’s “Face To Face” from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack begins its weekly Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at the Wine Stand this Friday, May 26, continuing every week until Saturday, September 30. From 5 p.m. until sunset, visitors can bring the whole family to the Wine Stand, spread out on a blanket, and enjoy summer sunsets casting a glow over the picturesque vineyard scenery. Food and drink will be available for purchase and live music will score the sunset and good times. New York City rocker Clinton Curtis will be performing on Friday, May 26, and Mamalee Rose will perform her dynamic takes on soul and blues on Saturday, May 27. www.wolffer.com.
Hopefully Forgiven plays the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday at 6 p.m.
Townline BBQ in Sagaponack continues its live music Friday series with smokin’ hot tunes by Points East from 6 to 9 p.m. www.townlinebbq.com
Late on Friday night, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be hosting A TOAST to Summer 2017, at Oreya at The Capri at 10 p.m. All proceeds will go towards the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. TOAST Vodka will be sponsoring an open vodka bar from 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Guests will also enjoy a kissing booth, photo booth, silent and live auction, raffles and more! For tickets, click this: llssummer.eventbrite.com
The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East Resort in Montauk has a whole weekend of live tunes. Friday its live music with Alfredo Merat from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., followed by a DJ at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 27, there will be a DJ poolside from 1 to 6 p.m. and DJ Faze at 10 p.m. Sunday brings a poolside brunch with bossa nova by Marcello and Ludmilla from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Saturday, it’s Family Day at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Bring the kiddies (in their tutus if they’d like) for a reading by “Angelina Ballerina” author Katharine Hollabird and a visit with the legendary illustrator Hilary Knight, plus walks through the sculpture, gardens and “Collected II.”
The Leiber Collection in East Hampton is hosting a Garden Tea Party from 2 to 5 p.m. Check out the collections of Judith Leiber and Gerson Leiber.
And Kenneth Walsh also has an opening. His is in Montauk on Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tulla Booth Gallery opens its “Spring Preview” with works by Stephen Wilkes, Dan Jones, Blair Seagram and Dawn Watson (hey, that’s me!) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Collin Quinn takes the stage at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor at 8 p.m.
The Southampton Arts Center is hosting an East End Collected Closing Weekend concert with Mambo Loco from 7 to 9 p.m.
Always a favorite, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ Designer Showhouse will be held at the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack from 6 to 8 p.m. with a special preview from 5 to 6 p.m. arfhamptons.org
Participating designers this year include: Rachael Ray Home, Irving & Fine for John Rosselli, Tamara Fraser, Worth Interiors, Cathy Kincaid, Cathy Kincaid Interiors, Inc., Richard Keith Langham, Jeff Lincoln, Jeff Lincoln Interiors, Inc., Kathryn’s Flower Gardens, Ann Pyne, McMillen Inc., and Iris Zonlight, Blue Ocean Design. Co-chairs are Gordon H. Hoppe, Gigi Mahon, Alex Papachristidis and Marshall Watson.
Also on Saturday, there will be an LGBT Network Backyard BBQ, Southampton from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club from 6 to 8 p.m. lgbtnetwork.org
The Southampton Cultural Center’s Rising Stars Piano Series continues with a performance by Vincent Ip on Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. www.scc-arts.org.
The Eric Firestone Gallery is hosting its “Season Opener” on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The group show features: Michael Boyd, Sydney Butchkes, Jorge Fick, Howard Kanovitz, Ted Kurahara, Kyle Morris, Tony Robbin, Miriam Schapiro, and Mia Fonssagrives Solow.
And, to whet your appetite (and your whistle) for what’s coming up later, I’ll leave you with this cool event from Dan’s Papers. Cheers!