Rosé & Shopping: A Dangerous Combination

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Last Saturday designer Lisa Jackson of LJ CROSS hosted a Rosé and Shopping Event at the new Copious Row Beach boutique in Southampton to celebrate her exclusive Diamonds for the Beach collection. Sounds like fun, and trouble. I try to not have my credit cards handy when I’m sipping adult beverages. Actually, I prefer my rosé consumption to be followed by a nap. Does that make me a fuddy duddy. Probably.

Those who might not agree with my imbibing preferences include attendees Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Heather Mnuchin, Caroline Hirsch, Charlotte Bronstrom Assaf, Jean Shafiroff and Lidia Szczepanowski-Goldsmith, who perused the selection of 10 luxury rose gold and white gold pieces, available only in the Hamptons for the summer. Celebrity devotees of LJ Cross include Vera Wang, Renee Zellweger, Allison Janney and Kelly Preston. Photos by Patrick McMullan


Photos: Much About Madoo

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Earlier this month, The Madoo Conservancy held its annual Much Ado About Madoo fundraiser. The 7th annual garden cocktail and market benefit, held on the grounds of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, was a 50th anniversary celebration of the garden and also a fete for the completion of the $1.1 million historic restoration of the Summer house and studio.

In 1967 artist, writer and gardener Robert Dash moved from New York City to Sagaponack and founded Madoo, the internationally renowned entirely organic garden known for its bold planting style, horticultural diversity and brightly colored hardscaping. It’s a glorious and fantastical place, dedicated to the study, preservation and enhancement an ever-changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures.

Thanks for the photos Kimberly Goff!

 

Photos: Stony Hill Stables Benefit

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Stony Hill Stables awarded six equestrian scholarships at its annual Stony Hill Stables Foundation benefit. Attendees enjoyed a special Dressage Pas de Deux by Gold medalist Wick Hotchkiss and Bailey Thompson, a choreographed Pony Drill Team performance, and a solo Dressage finale by Wick Hotchkiss.  Launched in the summer of 2012, Stony Hill Stables is still the only stable in Long Island to offer this unique equestrian scholarship program to local East End children and young adults.


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!

 

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: Family Day at LongHouse Reserve

What better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than Saturday at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, especially with “Angelina Ballerina” and “Twinkle” author Katharine Holabird and iconic “Eloise” illustrator (among many other things) Hilary Knight. Cool.

Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

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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.