Hamptons Hot Picks: June 9, 10 & 11

Welcome to the weekend. Woohoo.

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Here’s what’s happening here in the Hamptons. Hopefully we will be getting some decent enough weather. Especially since tonight there’s a fun-filled Spotlight on Boating launch party and trade show being held at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and is being sponsored by the Sag Harbor Express.




For this next one, it doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside because it’s going to be cooking at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday and Saturday as Bobby Flay and David Barber head to town to headline the third annual Food Lab Conference. The theme this year will be “50 Years of Food in America: 1970-2020” during the two-day event featuring entertaining and informative talks and tastings, cocktail parties and a gala dinner. Flay will discuss his personal view of “Food, Cooking and a Brief Personal History of Food Television.”  Barber, who is the genius behind one of the world’s best restaurants, Blue Hill at Stone Barn and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, will talk about future directions in the food world, and opportunities to incorporate new technologies in shaping them. Other notable guests include: Tanya Steel, former Editor in Chief at Epicurious.com and founder of the Obama White House Kids Healthy Cooking initiative; Jack Bishop, Editor in Chief, Cooks Illustrated and host of “America’s Test Kitchen”; author and Julia Child biographer Alex Prud’homme; Nancy Hopkins, editor of Better Homes and Gardens; Matchbook Distilling founder Leslie Merinoff; Wolffer Vineyards winemaker Roman Roth; and Ron Tanner, the executive vice president of the Specialty Foods Association.




There will be plenty of food and tasty bevvies, plus a ton of friends at the annual Connections and Cocktails networking mixer, sponsored by hamptons.com and Bridgehampton National Bank, at Union Cantina in Southampton on Friday night. Hope to see you there!




The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is gearing up for a full-on gardening weekend. The events begins “Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation” on Friday, June 9, exploring “The Aesthetics of Sustainability.” On Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, the museum presents its annual two-day horticulture event, “Landscape Pleasures.”




Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor also has its hands full this weekend with a “Moby Dick Marathon Reading” from Friday at 9 a.m. to Saturday at 6 p.m. Fun!



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And the Lynn Blue Band is making their own marathon weekend plans, starting at the Wolffer Wine Stand in Sagaponack on Friday night from 5 p.m. to sunset and then heading way out east to the Montauket on Saturday for an evening gig from 6 to 9 p.m.


On Saturday, June 10, the Montauk Yacht Club is kicking off its “Paint and Sip” series, which will be held every Saturday from 4 to 6 through the season. Presented in conjunction with The Salty Canvas, the activities include two of our favorite activities.

Saturday night brings the third annual Trunks of Love Gala at The Baker House in East Hampton. The event, which benefits Veterinarians International, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.  Get your tickets here.


Over at the Southampton Cultural Center, it’s opening night for “Giancarlo Impiglia: Rhythms of Color” from 5 to 7 p.m. The show hangs through July 30.

20th Anniversary Hamptons Heart Ball - An Evening Under the Stars

And Saturday is also the night for the hip and happening Hamptons Heart Ball starting at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center. There’s even a “Crash the Ball” afterparty, sponsored by Dan’s Papers.  Fun!

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But wait, there’s more! On Sunday, the Gallery at Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue is opening “Colors from the Air” by North Fork artist Patricia Feiler. The show hangs through October 1.

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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.

Going Golfing

Boy am I ever looking forward to hanging out with some guys and gals who walk softly and carry big sticks (drivers, irons and woods) later today at the Maidstone Club, thanks to Ann Liguori and her 19th Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic Honors. Woohoo!

This year’s honoree for the annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, which is held in East Hampton and benefits cancer research and prevention, is Jim Donaghy, Chairman of the Structure Tone Organization,  the leading global construction management company.

“Getting involved in the Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, raising money and awareness for cancer research and prevention, is an opportunity to make sure we are taking care of those in need,” says Jim Doneghy. “There are so many distractions in life, especially when you live in the New York metro area, but to me, it’s important not to forget what matters most. Cancer is such a terrible health crisis, affecting our entire population. It’s important to take care of people who need our help. We can never stop working together to find a cure.”

“It’s very nice to get recognized by people I hold in high regard, but to me, it’s more about supporting the cause, than it is about me. I feel very fortunate that I’m in the position to make a difference.”

Ann Liguori, renowned sports talk show host/interviewer/author and golf correspondent for WFAN Radio and CBS Sports Radio Network, hosts the popular charity event every year on the East End of Long Island. Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori is heard Saturday mornings 9-10 AM EST on NPR’s WPPB 88.3 FM and on-line at peconicpublicbroadcasting.org. Ann is the author of ‘A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game.’ Each year the Ann Liguori Foundation honors a business man or woman who best exemplifies the ideals of the Foundation’s mission: helping those less fortunate; providing generosity, leadership and support for organizations that focus on cancer research and prevention and to a variety of other not-for-profits.

The annual charity tournament, played each year at a prestigious golf course in The Hamptons, raises money and awareness for not-for-profits that focus on cancer prevention, care and research, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, KIDS NEED MORE, a camp on Shelter Island for children with cancer and their siblings, and a variety of organizations that support this cause. ALF also works to educate young people about the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise.

Another program the Ann Liguori Foundation supports is the ALF Sports Media Scholarship, part of NYWICI, assisting young women hoping to pursue a career in sports media and the Jim Liguori Memorial Scholarship at the University of South Florida to help students in need.


Photos: SCC’s Wine & Roses Benefit


The Southampton Cultural Center held its second annual Evening of Wine & Roses on Sunday at the Southampton Social Club. Honorees included author Tom Clavin, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, restaurateur and brain health advocate Dan Gasby, broadcaster Bonnie Grice, author Phil Keith, and artist Paton Miller. The night’s Master of Ceremonies was NBC Channel 4 News Anchor Gus Rosendale. All photos courtesy Gianna Volpe.





Tonight’s the Night for Postcard Art

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Looking for something super cool and North Fork to do tonight? Break free and head over to Greenport to stock up on some great art at South Street Galler, all to benefit 88.3 WPPB. While you’re there, take in the sites at that other whaling village, also a US Tree City, because it’s absolutely gorgeous this time of year!

The second annual postcard show fundraiser starts promptly at 6 p.m. Be ready to step to it because there will probably be a decent-sized line snaking down the street with similarly minded art aficionados clamoring to score a creative bargain. I was just there yesterday morning, joining in the fun with Bonnie Grice and the Media Mavens, and got a great gander (and built my own shopping list). Here’s some of the art that you might be able to get your hot little hands on, if you’re lucky.

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: June 2, 3 & 4

Good golly what a lot of events we have this weekend! I’m shocked that there are so many really great gatherings already so early in the season. If you’re so inclined, pick a few and enjoy the views.

But before you head out, make sure you’ve got a good hostess gift that’s good to go, if appropriate. Need a refreshing idea? Wolffer‘s got roadies. Enter the Wölffer Estate Rosé Drive Thru in Sagaponack at The Wine Stand. Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays of holiday weekends.





If speed is what you need, then buckle up and head to PechaKucha at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday night at 6 p.m. Featuring rapid-fire presentations about living creatively on the East End, PechaKucha Night Hamptons, Vol. 20, includes nine guests who will quick talk through 20 slides in 20 seconds each. It’s a blast. I’ve done it and lived to tell the tale. This particular roster includes: Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan, artist Monica Banks, marine captain Andy Brosnan, psychotherapist Jody Cross, filmmaker/videographer Kate Gilroy, WordHampton founder Steve Haweeli, sculptor Robert Mojo, painter and educator Jon Mulhern, and Hamptons ArtHub founder Pat Rogers.

Also on Friday, the Bridgehampton Historical Society opens “Path the to Presidency” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Looking for live tunes? Head to Townline BBQ in Sagaponack on Friday, June 2,for a listed to Wiggle Boy, or head even farther east to the Montauk Yacht Club for Patricia Padden on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Gissel Garcia Band on Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Hankering for a good house tour? You’re in luck. On Saturday, we’ve got Southampton Historical Museum‘s annual “Insider’s View” from 1 to 4 p.m.




Project Most also has a great Saturday event slated from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Its “Give a Kid a Summer” charity tag sale in East Hampton includes fun, food and activities, plus the chance to win a Tesla. Far out!






Also on Saturday morning, it’s the 35th annual Sag Harbor Cup Benefit Regatta at the Breakwater Yacht Club, starting at 9 a.m. Bring your cameras for this one.

Dig a little deeper into your soul and learn something at the free “Thinking Forward Lecture Series 2017,” featuring an Immigration Forum with Carmelia Taylor at Margo’s Cottage at the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center on Saturday, June 3, at 4 p.m. Remember- It is not a crime to be an immigrant. We are united and we are here together to say we will protect immigrant communities. Carmelia Taylor will discuss general concerns about immigration, ways to obtain immigration benefits for you and your family and possible paths to legalization. Immigrants are urged to prepare a plan in case they face detention or deportation proceedings. It is suggested that they keep an emergency list, know who to call in case there’s a problem and to make an emergency plan for their children. The need to identify who is going to be responsible for the children in case there is a detention. Learn how to talk to children about the threat of deportation. If you are an illegal parent it is suggested that you “tell your children you are not a bad person. You came here because you wanted a wanted a better life for yourself; you wanted a better life for your children.”

Speaking of kids, CMEE in Bridgehampton is hosting a reception for “Thirty Squared” on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Curated by Kimberly Goff of the Elaine Benson Gallery, the exhibition features work by Susan D’Alessio, Gail Gallagher, Kimberly Goff, Aubrey Grainger, Pat Hadley, Barbara Jones, Dana Little Brown, Keith Mantell, Lucille Berrill Paulsen, Eileen Dawn Skretch, Pamela Thomson and Maureen Travers.

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On Saturday night, Southampton Arts Center is hosting its first summer exhibition, “Hand-Picked: Selections from the Buhl Collection,” curated by Henry Buhl and Ryan Russo (and featuring a whole lot of works by our friend Dorothy Frankel!) opening with a reception from  5 to 7 p.m. and featuring a gallery tour with Henry Buhl on Sunday, June 4, at noon.









Or|and you can kick up your heels at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center‘s annual Barn Dance at Kilmore Farm in Wainscott. That event, also benefitting East End kids, starts at 6:30 p.m.






Looking for some more theatrical entertainment? Don’t forget there’s “Angry Young Man” staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton, “The Man in the Ceiling” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor and “Alarms and Excursions” by Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue.

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And of course, we absolutely can’t forget “An Evening of Wine and Roses,” the Southampton Cultural Center‘s second annual benefit fundraiser, which will be held at the Southampton Social Club on Sunday, June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Definitely buy tickets for this one!