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: Hamptons Magazine Summer Kickoff

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Hamptons magazine threw a party for its Memorial Day issue, featuring cover girl Hilary Swank, and I’ve got the pictures. The event, held at a private estate by the ocean in Southampton, was masterminded by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events and brought out such notables as: Mariska Hargitay, Rosanna Scotto, Ramona Singer, Jean Shafiroff, Debra Halpert, Samantha Yanks, Zach Vichinsky, Cody Vichinsky, Neil Sroka, Debbie Sroka, Campion Platt, Libby Langdon, Bradford Rand, Jeff Muhs and Beth McNeill.

The lavish celebration included gorgeous summer themed setting, stylishly decorated tables with fresh, colorful culinary creations, and an outdoor bar – elegantly arranged to suit the classic Southampton venue with an ocean view.  The invitation-only soiree marked the 39th annual summer season for Hamptons magazine.  Photos by Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com.

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.

 

Southampton Is in the Chips

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Moody’s has affirmed that Southampton Town has strong financial management, according to information shared by Town leadership. In its investor report issued yesterday, the published that its AAA rating is the highest issued by the investment service.

Additionally, according to the report, Southampton Town has:

  • Very large and stable tax base which has shown continued resilience
  • Strong management and diversified revenue provide for stable operations
  • Recent financial performance has led to growth in available fund balance

Moody’s also reported that there is an “expectation that the Town will continue to maintain solid financial performance.” The foundations for that expectation are based, the report indicates, on the continued increase in available reserves, strong liquidity and an aggressive debt reduction strategy resulting in a 26% reduction in debt since 2009 and a projected 86% reduction over the next 10 years.

“I am very pleased with the assessment of the Town’s financial well-being as reflected in this report, says Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “The financial good health of the Town is the product of many hands. Our strong financial management team, sound policy decisions by the Town Board, effective management by our department and division heads and the efficient implementation of Town services by all of our employees each contributes to this stellar evaluation. Thanks to all for their efforts.”

 

 

Kickin’ It with the Rockettes

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Dancehampton troupe photos courtesy Dancehampton. 

On Saturday, more than a dozen Dancehampton company dancers headed in to the city to catch the Rockettes’ “Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall.

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After the show, all 14 young dancers got treated to a serious advanced class, which included choreography from the “Spectacular,” taught by a pair of the famous high kickers. Included was a jazz routine, kick routine, a tap number and beats from the classic “Wooden Soldiers” routine.

According to Dancehampton Director Kelly Hren, following the two-hour class the talented Dancehampton troupe members also participated in a mock audition where they performed in groups of four and were given feedback from the Rockettes. What a holiday highlight!

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Three Fun Things for Thursday

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The “Younger” cast includes Miriam Shor, Hilary Duff, Moly Bernard, Sutton Foster, Nico Tortorella, Debi Mazar and Peter Hermann. 

I’ll admit it, I’m obsessed with the TV show “Younger” on TV Land. Have you seen it? I guarantee that you’ll absolutely adore it if you watch. The premise is that Sutton Foster (love her!)  plays Liza, a 40-year-old woman can’t find a job in publishing, so she tells a little white lie and passes for a 26-year-old. Boom, she gets work but has to keep her real truths a secret, which gets pretty complicated pretty fast.
Anyway, last night’s season three finale, “Get Real,” heavily featured the Hamptons. Liza and the gang, including age-appropriate crush, Charles, played by Peter Hermann (who has a house out here with wife, Mariska Hargitay), head out to the Hamptons for a book fair, romance and lots of aerial shots of the coastline. East End places seen in the episode: the Stephen Talkhouse, inside and out, and what looks to be the Amagansett Square and oceanside in Montauk. Talked about: The Surf Lodge and the East Hampton Library. Cool.
Here’s a little taste of the show.
88b94b9c-da48-4343-8ce7-330baee53109Want to talk about cookies with a pro? Then head to Rogers Mansion in Southampton today, Thursday, December 15, for a Cookie Exchange with Kathleen King, former owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, who will talk about the delicious dessert treats. There’s a bit of prep involved though. You need to RSVP for the 4 p.m. event, and bake up and bring 2 to 3 dozen festively decorated cookies made from scratch for swapping (no mixes). Also, bring copies of your recipes, a tray to display your cookies and a container to take them home. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.
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And lastly, want a cute read or a great holiday present for the kids from an East End local? Then pick up a copy of “The Christmas Odd Box” by Anna Jurinich. The story and charming illustrations are all done by the North Fork author, painter and art instructor. Better yet, the children’s book that she spent 14 years imagining comes from her own real-life experience and feelings about accepting and embracing our differences. It’s a read that is sure to engage and entertain, as well as provoke some thoughtful discussions.