Hamptons Hot Picks

Wouldn’t it be great if summer were a season that we could take off and solely do all the fun things that we associate with it. Beach time, cookouts, gatherings with friends, hikes and bike rides and getting and keeping in shape. And of course, all the benefits, concerts, events and parties. But alas, there’s even more work to be done and I am not ready for summer to be winding down quite yet. Noooooo!

Here’s are two of the many, many items on the agenda for today:

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The 69th annual Artists & Writers Softball Game will be played today at Herrick Park in East Hampton. Aside from being lots of fun, silly antics and sport, this terrific event benefits East End Hospice, the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House and The Retreat.

And of course, there’s the annual Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons  Bow Wow Meow Ball. Held this year in honor of Nan Bush and Bruce Weber–both long-time ARF supporters who have incorporated their love for animals into their celebrated projects in film and photography over the course of their 45-year collaboration–to be held at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott tonight starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Guests will enjoy cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Cloud Catering & Events featuring sustainable fish and vegan specialties within an elegant setting created by David Monn and Alex Papachristidis. Afterwards, the party will continue with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. Over 400 high-profile guests from New York and the Hamptons are expected to attend the magical night. All proceeds will benefit ARF, a regional leader in New York for the rescue and adoption of cats and dogs. I heart ARF!

 

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: ARF Designer Show House

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On Saturday, May 27, the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons held its annual cocktail party and sale at the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack.

For the event, the Thrift Shop was transformed into an incredible designer show house featuring eight rooms and one outdoor space styled by some of New York’s most illustrious interior decorators. The lineup of top designers, who created rooms for the seventh annual show house, included: Rachael Ray Home, Irving & Fine for John Rosselli, Tamara Fraser of Worth Interiors, Cathy Kincaid of Cathy Kincaid Interiors, Inc., Richard Keith Langham, Jeff Lincoln of Jeff Lincoln Interiors, Inc., Kathryn’s Flower Gardens, Ann Pyne of McMillen, Inc., and Iris Zonlight of Blue Ocean Design. The event was co-chaired by Gordon H. Hoppe, Gigi Mahon, Alex Papachristidis and Marshall Watson.

More than 200 guests from the principals of the design world and the Hampton social community attended the preview cocktail party. All proceeds from the event benefit ARF and the organization’s dedicated work to find loving homes for animals in need. Photos courtesy Lisa Tamburini.

 

Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks

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Calling all hobgoblins, ghouls and ghastly ghosts: it’s officially your time of the year!

Halloween is a big happening here in the Hamptons, and there’s no dearth of things to do. Here are my top choices for freakishly fun events.

On Saturday, October 29, Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center is hosting “Mourning the Victorian Way: A Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Tour,” starting at the Rogers Mansion at 3 p.m. The event starts with an 1880s funeral service and wake, and will be followed by a mourners walk to nearby North End Cemetery, for the tour of the burying grounds. Dress up in 19th-century mourning attire, and receive discounted admission for wearing all black. Reservations are required, please call the Museum at 631-283-2494.

 

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The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is offering two walking tours, but check first to see if they are sold out, as I fear they might be because admission is limited for both. On Friday, October 28, it’s “Spirits of Sag Harbor,” a Haunted Walking tour of the village with Annette Hinkle and Tony Garro at 6 p.m. On Sunday, it’s “History Unearthed,” a Walking tour of the Old Burying Ground with Tony Garro at 2 p.m.

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On Saturday, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons  is hosting an ARF Halloween Pawty from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adoption Center in Wainscott. Take a walk along the haunted trail and enter to win best costume for children and pets. Admission is free.

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The Southampton Arts Center is continuing its Spooktacular Haunted House tours through out the weekend and wrapping up on Monday, October 31. The center is also screening the scary film “Poltergeist” on Friday night, October 28, at 8 p.m.

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The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is throwing a “Hell of a Halloween”screening party for the super scary movie “The Omen” on Monday, October 31, at 6 p.m. Enjoy sinful treats, such as deviled eggs and devil’s food cake, some rock n’ roll (“the Devil’s Music”), and receive your very own pitchforks and devil horns. This program is free, but registration is highly encouraged, as are costumes. http://www.hamptonlibrary.org

The Southampton Inn is hosting a full-fledged “Murder Mystery Weekend,” from Friday through Sunday, complete with a special accommodation package, plus a reception on Friday night, costume party on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday.

Several local restaurants are also getting into the mood. Kicking off the weekend with a time-honored latin-flavored tradition, La Fondita in Amagansett is celebrating the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, from Friday through Sunday, October 28 through October 30. Stop by for food specials and festivities.

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is getting a jump on things by throwing its Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, starting at 10 p.m. The evening will feature drink specials, complimentary “jelly-o” shots and a $100 gift card will be awarded for the best male and female costume. There will also be prizes for best couple costume, best group costume, scariest costume and more! There will be a $10 cover at the door.

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Muse in the Harbor in Sag Harbor is throwing a “Halloween’s a Drag” party and costume contest on Saturday night, October 29, starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $15.

The Southampton Publick House is celebrating Halloween with its annual costume party on Saturday, October, 29, starting at 10 p.m. DJ Dory Seymour spins, plus drink specials, a costume contest and more. There will be a $10 cover at the door. Read my recent review of the Publick House here.

Zigmunds Bar in Bridgehampton is also hosting a Halloween costume party on Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m. DJ Drop D will be spinning retro sounds all night long and there will be prizes for best costumes. No cover.

Solé East in Montauk invites all monsters, ghouls, witches and ghosts to celebrate Halloween in The Backyard to mark the 2016 season’s end on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening will feature free bar food, drink specials and a live DJ. Guests who come in costume will also be entered to win a weekend stay. Admission to the party is free.  Special room rates will be offered for the weekend starting at $99.

Capping the holiday, Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will host its 17th annual “Rowdyween” party on Monday, October 31, from 8 p.m. until the witching hour. A $30 admission fee at the door entitles revelers to one complimentary drink, delicious Rowdy snacks, $5 drafts and $6 well drinks, and a DJ spinning tunes all night. There will be $500 in cash prizes awarded for the best costumes.

 

 

 

HPG Goes to the Dogs, and the Cats Too

Want to bring a bit of unconditional love into your life? Adopt, foster or donate to help an animal in need. Everybody wins!

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Over at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott, October is in full swing for adoptions. In  memory of ARF supporter Nancy Weintraub, ARF is offering a $75 gift certificate all month long to those who adopt a black kitten or cat,  or any adult cat (over the age of 1). Check out the little cuties here. Congrats are also in order for the non-profit, which has done so much to help homeless animals to find their forever homes, since it raised $85000 last weekend  from the annual Stroll to the Sea event. I just LOVE sharing such good news. And since we’re on the subject of ARF, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual ARF Halloween Party at the end of the month. It’s sure to be a  barking good time.

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But that’s not all the good news for our four-legged friends. Tomorrow, Sunday, October 16, Barks of Hope (a non-for-profit rescue organization that helps the far too many homeless dogs in Rincon, Puerto Rico) is hosting a free event for East Enders. The gathering will be at Wainscott Farms and will include a fun agility course for dogs, plus adorable and adoptable puppies. Want to learn more or to donate? Email Jane@janeelappin.com.
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Photos: ARF Bow Wow Meow Ball

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Jonathan Bernstein, Katherina Otto Bernstein, Dorothy Frankel, Inga Marenotto and Nathan Bernstein. Photo by Kimberly Goff.

How can you not love what the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons does? I’m such a fan of this organization, and all those who work tirelessly on behalf of those who depend on our care. Hope you enjoy these great photos from ARF’s annual Bow Wow Meow Ball. And feel free to pay a visit and donate time, funds and/or materials. You’ll be glad you did.

I’ve got two great galleries on this one. The first is by Lisa Tamburini and the second is by Kimberly Goff. Twice the photos, twice the fun!

 

Here are some details about the event: On Saturday, August 20,the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons held the Bow Wow Meow Ball at its 22-acre campus in Wainscott. The eventing’s festivities included a celebration to honor filmmaker Katharina Otto-Bernstein (Director, Absolute Wilson; Producer, HBO’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures) for her unwavering commitment to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and animal welfare. A longtime supporter of ARF, as well as an adopter, Katharina’s greatest gift has been the gift of food to the ARF animals through an annual donation to underwrite the cost of food for the cats and dogs at the ARF Adoption Center while they await their forever homes.

Theater director and visual artist Robert Wilson presented the ARF Champion of Animals Award to Katharina Otto-Bernstein. Dinner was catered by Glorious Food within an elegant setting created by David Monn and Alex Papachristidis. Afterwards, the party continued with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. More than 400 high-profile guests attended and raised funds for ARF.

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Bonus photo: Hara Kang, Bonny Aarons, William Wolff, Justin and Emily Agnello, Tim Kelly and Barbara Mattson, representing Douglas Elliman. Photo courtesy Barbara Mattson.

 

 

 

Three of My Hottest Hot Picks, And a Video

To paraphrase Andy Cohen, three things I’m obsessed with right now are: the Food Truck Derby tomorrow night at Hayground, the Sonic Garden Party at LongHouse and the Bow Wow Meow Ball at ARF.

Oh, and this video of Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs at LongHouse this past weekend, beautifully shot by Dell Cullum.

My fellow foodies and I can’t wait for the fifth annual Food Truck Derby, sponsored by Edible East End and held in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. Trucks from Manhattan to Montauk will hit the pavement to converge at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton for an early evening of mobile eats, local wine, craft beer and more. Entertainment will be provided by The Shockwaves and Blocks, Trucks + Art. Here’s who will be there: Anewyoricanthing, Blondie’s Bake Shop, BynumOnWheels – Hush Bistro Food Truck, Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks, Chiki-Wawa, CYNFULFOOD Catering, Eat Me Drink Me, Elegant Eats, The Inn Spot… Out!, Island Empanada, Nice Buns Slammin’ Sliders, Noah’s on the Road, Pizza Luca, Ponti Rossi Italian Food Truck, Rolling Smoke Grill, The Sea Bean Natural Food Co., Whole Le Crepe, Brooklyn Brewery, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Hampton Coffee Co. Mobile Espresso Unit, Sweet’tauk Lemonade, Wölffer Estate Vineyard. GuS – Grown-up Soda, Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, and more.

The cost is $65 per person and includes one serving at every food truck and complimentary beverages. Ticket availability is limited and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2atOUhU. The price for kids 12-years-old and under is $20. VIP tickets are available and cost $100 per person, offering early-access to the food trucks at 3:30 p.m. Hope to see you there but DO NOT get in between me and my fixes for Noah’s and Hampton Coffee Company. : )

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As for Saturday night, August 19, head over to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott the annual Bow Wow Meow Ball, which starts at 6:30 p.m. This year’s honoree is filmmaker and staunch animal advocate Katharina Otto-Bernstein, who was the director of “Absolute Wilson” and  producer for HBO’s “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” Theater director and visual artist Robert Wilson will present the ARF Champion of Animals Award to her.

The evening’s celebration of ARF’s life-saving work will take place on ARF’s 22-acre campus in Wainscott, and will feature a proud group of ARF cats and dogs ready for their forever homes. Guests will enjoy cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Glorious Food within an elegant setting created by David Monn and Alex Papachristidis. Afterwards, the party will continue with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. Over 400 high-profile guests from New York and the Hamptons are expected to attend the magical night. All proceeds will benefit ARF, a regional leader in New York for the rescue and adoption of cats and dogs. The evening will also include a live auction with Auctioneer Benjamin Doller, a Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, a silent auction and an online auction with charitybuzz.com.

Feeling like attending jamming out at a Sonic Garden Party? Then LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is the place to be on Saturday night. If the big shindig last year was any indication, this party should be whatever the kids are saying these days in place of “off the hook!”

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