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.
In counting my favorite benefits, LongHouse Reserve has always been at the very top of the list. Having been to nearly every summer fundraiser at the 16-acre East Hampton garden/arboretum/sculpture grounds/museum for the past decade, I have to say that Saturday’s event, “Serious Moonlight”for the 25th anniversary Jubilee Year celebration, was the absolute best. So many friends and serious supporters turned out to pay a visit and their respects to founder Jack Lenor Larsen and his East Hampton-based garden of delights, netting $500,000 in the process. It was a beautiful night under the Serious Moonlight, not soon to be forgotten.
This year’s honorees were sisters Molly Chappellet and Luanne Wells, who both received the LongHouse Arts Patron Award, which was presented by Martha Stewart–all longtime friends of Jack.
Other notables who turned out: Robert Wilson, Cindy Sherman, Fred Savage and his wife, Lynn, Alice Aycock, Nicole Miller, Mary Jane Marcasiano, Ralph Pucci, Sherri Donghia, Ralph Gibson, Larry Warsh, Alex Papachristidis Scott Nelson, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Veronica Atkins, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Emilia Kabakov, Lucy Winton, Bryan Hunt, Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Lana Jokel, Alexandra Munroe, Bridget Fleming, Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Ron Guttman, Terri Sultan, Andrea Grover, Steve Miller, Bonnie Grice, Yuka Silvera, Uko and Hideki Morita, Joe Pintauro, Eric Dever, Dianne B (who received a special award from Jack), Lys Marigold, Nico Muhly (who performed a seriously fun mini concert), Nona Hendryx (who rocked it out), Matko Tomicic, Em Watson, Florence Fabricant, Regina Weinreich, Elizabeth and Mark Levine, Steve Miller, Elizabeth Birkelund, Bastienne Schmidt, Ted Hartley, Ralph Gibson, Johnny Swing, Peter Dayton, Ryan McGinness, Laurie Lambrecht, Elena Glynn, Nina Gillman, Lynda Benglis, Bryan Hunt, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeld, Dr. Vincent Covello, Jo Ann and Lee Skolnick, Fern and Lenard Tessler, Edwina von Gal, Marcia Wilson and Herb Hellman, Terrie Sultan, Christopher French, Jennifer Landes, Andrea Grover, Jack Youngerman, to name several dozen. : )
LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is not just one of my favorite places on the planet, it’s one of the best spots in the world to take your kids. Gorgeous, fun, educational and incredibly unique, it’s one of those experiences that they (and you) won’t soon forget. Make sure to visit at least once this summer, as LongHouse is celebrating its spectacular 25th Jubilee year.
On Saturday, May 7, LongHouse celebrated its annual Family Day, a free community-wide event providing both young and old with the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in scenic surroundings. Guests were treated to a special outdoor performance of “Secrets and Seawalls,” presented by Melissa Riker and the Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, in association with LHR trustee and renowned architect Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, whose interest in architecture as a frame for the movement of the human form through space inspired his collaboration with Melissa.
Even though the weather is predicted to be frigid, this weekend promises to be HOT. Here are a few of the many activities that are sure to satisfy.
Let your love soar at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton by taking a special tour with horticulturist Alex Feleppa on Saturday, February 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Or to honor everlasting love, give the gift of perennial blooms in your loved one’s name. How sweet!
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is urging everyone to participate in a Hearts for Art social media campaign by celebrating the love of art and Valentine’s Day. Throughout the weekend, Museum visitors are invited to pick up a paper heart at the Visitor Services desk and place it in front of their favorite work on display in the galleries. Guests are encouraged take photographs of their “art crush” and share it on their preferred social media platform using #parrishartmuseum and #heartsforart.
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is holding a special Valentine’s Open House and Low Cost Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the adoption center in Wainscott. Vaccines and microchipping will be offered for a mere $10 each. Also on Saturday, ARF will take part in Operation Puppy Love, and will be on hand at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton to accept 30 rescue dogs from Puerto Rico. Lastly, the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop in Sagaponack will be holding a Presidents’ Day Weekend Sale From Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15.
Forget Disney World; LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is the happiest place on Earth!
What fun we had last night at the big annual summer benefit. This year’s theme was “On Gossamer Wings,” and it couldn’t have been more beautiful.
The highlight of the night, for me, was walking with Kiki Smith to her “Women with Sheep” sculptures and then photographing her sitting on her work. Man, I am a lucky, lucky girl.
Of course seeing so many friends came in at a close second. Hope you enjoy the (totally unretouched) photos from last night as much as I enjoyed taking them.