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. 

Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, June 17

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The Shelter Island 10K/5K/Run/Walk race is one of the many events happening today. Image courtesy Shelter Island 10K/5K/Run/Walk.

Does anyone else feel like they are on that perpetual treadmill that is going just a tick or two too fast? This is my 2017 Hamptons summer, which seems to be perpetually a half step behind.

These Hot Picks might be fashionably late, but better late than never. Fingers crossed that I catch up before Labor Day.

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First thing this morning, it’s the 31st annual ARF Garden Tour. Always a treat, this year’s self-guided event features the East Hampton Village gardens of Dr. Richard Axel, Susan and Frank Dunlevy, Alex Goren and Brooke Kroeger, Carol and Paul Mendez, Jackie and Alan Mitchell, Scott Sanders and Peter Wilson, and Frances Schultzin. The tours are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

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Madoo in Sagaponack is holding its annual Much Ado About Madoo to-do today as well from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Garden Market happenings include a Talk in the Studio with Betsy Pioneer Schiff, Barbara McLaughlin and Wendy Moonan at 9:30 a.m., Once Upon a Time at Madoo for the kids from 3 to 5 p.m., plus  an afternoon full of potting plants, floral face painting, and DIY Bob Dash prints! This is an event that is truly fun for the whole family.
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From last year’s Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser at Navy Beach.

For a super great benefit that’s really cool and chill, head out east for the fifth annual Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser at Navy Beach in Montauk. That event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Can’t make it but still want to contribute to this worthy cause? Click here to donate.

 

 

 

 

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The 38th Annual Shelter Island 10k/5k Run/Walk, presented by BNB, is happening today at 5:30 p.m. on Shelter Island. Touted as the Most Scenic Course by Runner’s World Magazine, participants will have the chance to run with former Olympians Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers, with a $10,0000 Runner’s Purse and course bonuses at stake. Better yet? There’s an after party from 7 to 10 p.m.,at the Island Boatyard and Marina on Shelter Island. The family-friendly event, which features food trucks, music by DJ Twilo, a kids’ fun area, and more, is open to runners and the public. This year, proceeds from the Shelter Island Run will benefit the Shelter Island 10K Community Fund and various charities such as East End Hospice and The Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch.

 

 

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The Hetrick-Martin Institute is hosting its big School’s Out fundraiser tonight at the East Hampton home of Lisa and James Cohen. The event, which benefits the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service, will feature special guests Tracy Anderson, Margaret Russell,  Martha Stewart and Rosanna Scotto. Can’t wait for this one!

 

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After School’s Out, I’ll be heading over to A Night in Havana All Against Abuse Gala, courtesy The Retreat. That sold-out event will be held at The Field House on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton and features 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, who is always entertaining.

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 Also happening tonight, and also Sunday in case your dance card is overfull, it’s The Boys of Broadway concert at the Southampton Cultural Center. Not only is this gig guaranteed to be fun and entertaining, it’s also a fundraiser for SCC’s valuable Center Stage program.
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And lastly, speaking of dance cards, check out Dancehampton‘s Decadence performance  at 1 p.m. today at the East Hampton High School or the Competition Showcase at 7 p.m. if you’re so minded. Happy Saturday everyone!

Photos: Ann Liguori Foundation Golf Tournament

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We all know that golfers are SERIOUS about their games. But they also like to have some lighthearted moments too. So, in celebration of that, let’s start this one with a little golf humor, just for funsies.

Noting that her husband looked more haggard and disgruntled than usual after his weekly golf game, his wife asked what was wrong.

He answered, “Well, on the 4th hole, Harry had a heart attack and died. It was terrible! The entire rest of the day, it was hit the ball, drag Harry, hit the ball, drag Harry!”

Hahahaha.

Now on to more serious stuff.  : )

I’ve got some great photos of the 19th annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton from this past week. Woohoo! All photos were shot by Daniel Gonzalez.

The hugely successful event was the 19th straight sell-out with golfers who came in from all over the world to play and support the cause — raising money and awareness for cancer research and prevention.

Jim Donaghy, named 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Business Honoree, said “everything about the tourney was first class! It’s obvious to see how much the golfers appreciate the effort by the Ann Liguori Foundation and the prestigious golf courses that host the tourney each year. There’s a fun, positive, festive attitude throughout the entire event.”

Two-time Super Bowl champ Ottis Anderson was entertaining and lively as the celebrity auctioneer. He did his part to help raise money by sharing great Golf trips, unique dining experiences and prizes to those in attendance. Fun, fun, fun!

For the curious, here are the photo captions:

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​Ann Liguori with event volunteers 
 
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Dylan Coates with Eyeking. Each participant received a pair of Eyeking sunglasses.
 
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Staci Hayman & Matthew Wisman with RMS Golf Glove. RMS fit every golfer for a glove. 
 
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Ann Liguori with Dr. Max Gomez, Medical Correspondent, Channel 2 News
 
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L to R:  Suzanne Karath, Diane Lenowicz, Ann Liguori & Jean Skidgel
 
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Ann Liguori with the 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic Business Honoree Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone
 
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L to R:  2016 Ann Liguori Foundation NY WICI Sports Media Scholar, Allison Waddington and Diane Schimmer
 
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Walter Stockton, CEO IGHL 
 
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Diane Morgan, her daughter Pamela Davis, grand daughter Joy Davis 
 
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Ann Liguori Foundation event coordinator Jean Skidgel & Ann Liguori
 
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Jean & Steve Skidgel  
 
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L to R: Nancy Stone, Ann Liguori, Kelly Burke McMillin & Colleen Donaghy
 
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L to R: Mike Elliott, Pres.,Golf, Greg Norman Collection, Lyla Renai, John O’Brien, Marty Hackel ‘Mr. Fashion’, Michael Setola, Tharanco Lifestyle
 
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L to R – Gene Toliver, Joe & Allison Waddington,  and 2-time Super Bowl Champ & Celebrity Auctioneer,  Ottis Anderson
 
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Bobby Catalano & Suzanne Karath
 
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Jim Halpin CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & past Honoree
 
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Ann Liguori presents 2017 ALF Business Award to Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone. Jim Halpin, CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & former Business Honoree 
 
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ALF 2017 Business Honoree Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone
 
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Melissa Firmes, KIDS NEED MORE
 
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2-time Super Bowl Champ Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, Celebrity Auctioneer
 
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L to R:  John Patrick, Stephen Athan, William Puricelli & Alex Roit
 
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Jim Halpin.CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & past Honoree
 
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Nancy Stone, winning bidder for North West Coast Ireland Links trip 
 
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Picking the 50/50 winner, Jean Skidgel, Ann Liguori & Jim Donaghy
 
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L to R:  Robert Voit, Doug Miller, Mark Ness & Gene Storms
 
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All the golfers participating in 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, Maidstone Club
 
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L to R — Pamela Davis, Kelly Burke McMillin and Suzanne Karath
 
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L to R:  Scott Vallary, Ann Liguori, Lynda Packard ‘Volunteer of the Year’ & Matthew Wisman
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Steve Soviero, Jim Phillips, Jim Donaghy & Glenn Isaacson
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Lynda Packard, Ann Liguori & Dr .Max Gomez

Real Estate News — Hit Your Hallelujah

 

It’s impossible to resist posting this catchy song and video, given the news this past week that music man extraordinaire Mark Ronson (who has produced “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars and many other huge hits, including all those amazing Amy Winehouse songs on “Back to Black”) has sold his super chill Amagansett beach house. The New York Post broke the news, and then lots of outlets followed. I’m partial to the latest, just posted on 27 East. Thanks Tom Clavin for that awesome kicker!

Other East End real estate dealings that have caught my eye of late include a house by Guggenheim kiosk architect Andre Kikoski with a glass pool, featured here on Curbed (amazing!!!!), and the opportunity to rent a gorgeous North Sea home that just happened to be featured heavily on everyone’s favorite family show on E. Here’s the NY Observer story on the Hamptons house of Kardashian.

Student Fashion Got Blue Carpet Treatment at LongHouse on Saturday

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Students featured included: Evelyn Carillo, Tilly Frisbie, Garbriella Knab, Ella Parker, Simone Kessler, Alex Kamper, Catheliya Reed, Maylee Konack, Ava O’Shea and Gianna Ekstra. 

LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton recently hosted a Fashion Workshop Exhibition and Fashion Show, with models and everything, thanks to the students of Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. Funded by the Donald Reutershan Educational Trust and LongHouse Reserve, the talented students used the 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden as inspiration for their designs, which were unveiled on the blue runway on Saturday during their formal fashion show. It was like attending our very own local “Project Runway.” I heart kids who embrace their creativity. 

 

Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

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“Montauk Top” by Dawn Watson.

It’s Friday. And that means it’s Hot Picks time.

Topping my personal list for the weekend is the opening of “Natural Abstractions + Landscape Loves” at the Montauk Library tonight, Friday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., since it’s my show and all.  Please come if you can make it. Check out some of my newest work here. 

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Also tonight, which I’m sad to have to miss, is “Confessions of a Subculturalist,” written and performed by Michael Holman, at the Southampton Arts Center at 7 p.m.  Get tickets here. Tomorrow night at the SAC, it’s a “Live” show with Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Trio, presented with The Jam Session, starting at 7 p.m. Click here for music tickets. 

And since we’re on the subject of theater and the performing arts, be sure to get your tickets for “Imagination,” now staging in Quogue courtesy the Hampton Theatre Company. It looks like a really good romantic thriller. Can’t wait to see it.

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Want some art by the late, great Don Saco? Saturday is the perfect day to pick up work from this true gentleman who was also  a commanding artist. Stop by 117 Cobb Isle Road in Water Mill starting at noon for an arts estate sale of his work.

 

And don’t let the title fool you (it nearly slipped past me, I’ll admit it), there’s what I’m sure will be a great reading of “May 39th” with the talented Chloe Dirksen and J. Stephen Brantley at the Malia Mills pop-up gallery in East Hampton on Saturday night too. Cool.

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Also on Saturday afternoon,  the Watermill Center will host an opening reception for William Stewart’s “Works on Paper” from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Then on  Saturday night, there’s a fundraiser at the Southampton Publick House for our friends at Our Fabulous Variety Show.

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And Saturday also marks the grand reopening of RJD Gallery, formerly of Sag Harbor and now on Main Street in Bridgehampton. The big to-do, which will feature lots of great art, plus cocktails, music and mingling,  starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Especially now, I’ so glad to see art, and that comes with it, rising from the ashes. Literally in this case.

 

 

 

 

 

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Also on Saturday, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is hosting  award-winning songwriter and local favorite Gene Casey, who will give a concert at 8 p.m. in celebration of his newest album.

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On Sunday at 6 p.m.,  Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor continuing 25 Years of Cinema with the Hamptons International Film Festival by screening one of my very favorite true-crime movies ever–“Heavenly Creatures.” Among other things, including budding lesbian love and matricide, it’s a film that marks the very first time I ever saw Kate Winslet on film. She is EXTRAORDINARY in this movie. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you catch it on Sunday or sometime soon.

It’s also the last Sunday Salon time of chanting, ayurvedic food and meditation with Kate Rabinowitz and Rameshwar Das in Bridgehampton. Here are the details for that:

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And lastly, don’t forget that next week is East End Restaurant Week. Yum!  Click here to see the list of participating restaurants.