Happy Hamptons Happenings


Three cheers for Sag Harbor’s Jon Gilman, whose wonderful “God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook” has been published and is on bookshelves now. The compilation of memories and recipes from 75 notable people, many of them from the East End, has been packaged together by Jon and Christoper Idone (with a forward by Ina Garten!) and the proceeds will benefit God’s Love We Deliver. Right on!

Last week Forbes magazine released its list of 400 Wealthiest Americans. No shock here that Southampton’s Michael Bloomberg made it, as did brothers Charles and David Koch. Bloomberg, whose net worth is estimated at $45 billion, came in at number six on the list. The Koch siblings share the seventh spot, with a reported net worth of $42 billion. East Hamptoners Katherine Raynor and Margaretta Taylor (and their brother James, who doesn’t live here) snagged spot number 61, with $7.2 billion.

The top five on the list are no big surprise. They are, in order: Bill Gates, Net Worth: $81B; Jeff Bezos, Net Worth: $67B; Warren Buffett, Net Worth: $65.5B; Mark Zuckerberg; and Larry Ellison, Net Worth: $49.3B.

And Congratulations to April Gornik(!!!), who has been named the first-ever recipient of the Sag Harbor Partnership Community Service Award. April, an activist advocate, philanthropist and artist of quite some renown, will be honored at a dinner at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor on October 23. 

Sag Harbor Partnership President Susan Mead lauds her efforts in the community. 
“April has touched the lives of so many people, charitable organizations and institutions in our community that it is hard to keep track,” she says. 
“Nothing can stop her,” says fellow SHP board member Nick Gazzolo. “No one has more ideas or works harder than April does.”
That’s awesome.


Photos: Guild Hall Gala


What a fun (and extraordinarily accomplished) group! All photos by Dawn Watson

Boy oh boy was the Guild Hall Gala ever an amazing to-do! They ready outdid themselves this year, putting together an entire theme for the event around the current “Aspects of Minimalism” exhibit.

Fitting to have such a bang-up gathering at the museum, followed by cocktails and dinner at Mulford Farm, since it’s Ruth Appelhof’s last big fundraiser before going on to other things, including finishing up two books that she’s writing on art, and of course, welcoming Andrea Grover who is stepping in to very big shoes indeed. The night, hosted by April Gornik, was also about honoring art advocate, supporter and philanthropist Neda Young. Other highlights included some significant and magnificent artwork on display and up for auction (Cindy Sherman’s self-portrait went for a whopping $70,000), music by Hannah Bronnfman, catering by Sonnier & Castle–with theme curation of the table settings and menu by the incredible Florence Fabricant, a live auction by Robbie Gordy of Christie’s New York, art storage and presentation by UOVO, and event design by David Beahm Experiences. Of course my favorite part of any benefit is seeing all the friends (and a few famous faces) who show up. Hope you enjoy some of the photos I snapped on Friday night.

Photos from ‘Water|Bodies’ Opening

“Water|Bodies,” co-curated by Eric Fischl and David Kratz , opened with a reception on Saturday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center. Here are the opening night photos by Kimberly Goff. Enjoy!

Photos from LongHouse Reserve’s WHITE HOT + Blue2 benefit

Matko Tomicic, Kim Cattrall, April Gornick, Michelle Isabelle Stark Hal Buckner, Cindy Sherman, AnesGund, Fred Wilson, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Ulf Skogsbergh. Photos by Patrick McMullan

The gang was all there, including: Matko Tomicic, Kim Cattrall, Eric Fischl, April Gornick, Michelle Isabelle Stark Hal Buckner, Cindy Sherman, Agnes Gund, Fred Wilson, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Ulf Skogsbergh. Photos by Patrick McMullan

Always one of my very favorite events of the year, the LongHouse Reserve summer benefit fundraiser is a perennial winner.
This year’s WHITE HOT + Blue2, which was held on Saturday, July 19, at the East Hampton reserve, was even more fabulous than ever. The honorees were Cindy Sherman (whose “Untitled #119” was the inspiration for the theme) and Agnes Gund. There were also numerous notables in attendance, par usual for a LongHouse event, including: Kim Cattrall, Cindy Sherman, Agnes Gund, Nicole Miller, Laurie Anderson, Eric Fischl, Robert Wilson, Fred Wilson, Mary Boone, Arne Glimcher, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Lyle Ashton Harris, David Maupin, Ralph Pucci, Mariyo Yagi, Toni Ross, Barbara Goldsmith, Kim Hierston, Joe Pintauro, Alexandra Munroe, Lisa Phillips, Jack Youngerman, Newell Turner, Dianne B., and Matko Tomicic. Enjoy these photos by Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com


Super Fun at the Bay Street Summer Gala

Kate Burton, Sheldon Harnick and April Gornik. Photo by Barry Gordin

Kate Burton, Sheldon Harnick and April Gornik. Photo by Barry Gordin

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor held its 23rd annual Summer Gala on Saturday on Long Wharf and boy oh boy was it a doozy! This year’s benefit, chaired by Christine Wächter-Campbell, Bill Campbell, and Pia Zankel and Jimmy Zankel, raised money for the Scott Schwartz New Directions Fund for the theater and honored Arts Visionaries to some of the best of our best–Kate Burton, April Gornik, Sheldon Harnick, Bob Balaban, Marsha Norman and Richard Kind.
The fundraiser also featured a farm-to-table dinner prepared by Peter Ambrose, dancing with the Nancy Atlas Project Band, and even more live entertainment by Broadway stars Patina Miller and Tovah Feldshuh. Fun, fun, fun!
Our Sag Harbor gem is really hitting its stride, of which I am so glad to see and experience. Can’t wait for the world premier of “My Life is a Musical” next week! In the meantime, there are about 402 great events and shows there. Check out the calendar at http://www.baystreet.org.

Midsummer Night Fever in the Hamptons

Midsummer Night Fever in the Hamptons

Still firming up your plans for tonight? Consider attending The Retreat’s annual “Artists Against Abuse Midsummer Night Fever” benefit at the Ross School in Bridgehampton from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
This year’s honoree is Congressman Tim Bishop and the participating artists include April Gornik, Arlene Slavin, Bob Tabor, Jack Youngerman and Lynn Geesaman.
Not only is my mouth watering in anticipation of the food from the chefs at Swedish Culinary Summer, I’m also pretty excited to hit the dance floor at this this fun party. Practicing my best disco moves right now! http://www.artistsagainstabuse.com

Wall to Wall at the Parrish Art Museum

Wall to Wall at the Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum celebrated its one-year anniversary in its Water Mill location last night and boy was it ever a doozy!
The private members-only reception was so popular that attendees had to park on Montauk Highway because the lot was full. And it seemed that practically every artist east of the canal was there, lucky me.
The biggie was Laurie Anderson, who was one of the “Artists Choose Artists” jurors. Other artists with work in that exhibit who I saw there were Rick Liss (thanks for the introduction Steve Miller, you are one of my faves), Tucker Marder and Mary McCormick.
Of course all the Parrish people were there. Huge kudos to Terrie Sultan and Alicia Longwell on every fabulous collection and heartfelt congrats to Susan Galardi for joining the team.
Other big deal artists (many of whom have works in the permanent collection) and notables were also in attendance. Who else did I see? In no particular order: Walter Us, Laurie Lambrecht, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Roisin Bateman, Harry Hurt, Christian Scheider, Bonnie Grice, Steve Gould, Austin Handler, Christopher French, Susan Vecsey, Rosalind Brenner, Dennis Longwell, Elena Glinn, David Nadal, Dianne B. Lys Marigold, Lynn Blumenfeld, Pamela Eldridge, Peter Marcelle, Eric Firestone, Tripoli Patterson, Kathy Zeiger, Pat Rogers, Tom and Pat Kochie, Maria Schon and Jean Shafiroff.
I espied Joe Pintauro, Eric Dever and Greg Therriault heading out the exit and nearly chased after them but stopped myself about two seconds into an embarrassing leap. I think the only people who caught my exuberance were Courtney Ratcliffe and Liz Lattanzio. Fingers crossed.
If I’ve missed you here, or there, I’m dearly sorry. But, the Hamptons art scene being what it is I’m sure I’ll catch you at the next one.

Want to learn more about the Parrish? Here’s a link to a story I wrote last week about the permanent collection. Writing up the “Artists Choose Artists” exhibit for this week and will share that soon too.