Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.

Photos: ARF Bow Wow Meow Ball

Jonathan Bernstein, Katherina Otto Bernstein, Dorothy Frankel, Inga Marenotto, and Nathan Bernstein

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.


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. : )


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!”




Photos: Concert for Dogs at LongHouse


Dawn Watson photos.

This past Saturday brought us  one of the most unique and fun events in a long time when Laurie Anderson brought her “Concert for Dogs” to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The world-renowned avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director put on her canine concert alongside cellist Rubin Kodheli.

Lots and lots of dog lovers, including some pretty famous ones in the art world, brought their beloved pooches to the remarkable event,  held in the LongHouse amphitheater on the Reserve’s 16-acre grounds.

A share of the proceeds from the Concert for Dogs benefitted ARF, aka the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, a charity dedicated to providing for the welfare of animals on the South Fork of Long Island. The concert was followed by a reception in the gardens, where pups and their owners enjoyed refreshments amongst the lush grounds. It was the first time that dogs were welcomed to LongHouse.

All photos by Dawn Watson.



Photos from the ARF Garden Tour

Always a wonderful tour, ARF really outdid itself for its 30th year garden extravaganza.

Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

The Landis Garden — Love the reveal and the quiet spot beside the water and beyond the climbing rose covered arbor. That’s where you’d find me for evening cocktails. — Hamptons Party Girl
Edmund Hollander created an English garden for Rosalind and Ken Landis with perennial borders and a cutting garden for this traditional shingle-style house, overlooking Georgica Pond, when it was newly constructed. After eighteen years, the grounds had outgrown their intended look and were ready for a redesign and renovation. Christopher LaGuardia Design Group removed plants and opened up the view to the water, and with strategic plantings added depth and texture to the property, guaranteeing color all season long.

The Moss Garden — A single mown path transports, creating myriad destinations (some of them quite unexpected) from which to view this expansive property. I predict that we will see a lot more mown paths in the future.  –Hamptons Party Girl
The garden of Susan Calhoun and Charlie Moss was designed by noted landscape designer Edwina von Gal. Their house was originally the Wainscott post office, which Susan and Charlie moved from Main Street in the spring of 1978 and which has been much modified and expanded over the years. They have created comfortable outdoor spaces and transitions from lawn and garden to meadow and view, with each component of the landscape given the freedom to grow as it wishes.

The Fuller Garden — Appropriately named as this garden is bursting with lovely plantings. Even though I’m a tennis player, I especially appreciate that the owner turned a sunken tennis court into a showplace for flowers. And she’s done it all without the help of a gardener. Bravo! — Hamptons Party Girl

When Gillian Spreckels Fuller bought her home in Sagaponack, the first thing she did was replace the tennis court with a garden. The garden occupies her mind year-round and she looks at it as huge experiment. She aims for something English, but admits she is not quite sure how to accomplish it, as the borders have been extended four times.

The Hughes Garden — Another mown path, though this one, in front of the house, seemed to be seldom taken by tour-goers. I loved it almost as much as I did the water views. — Hamptons Party Girl

The Garden of Bettysue and Jeffrey Hughes in Bridgehampton, which was created by Edmund Hollander and featured in his book “Gardens for the New Country Place,” were designed to fit the architecture of the house and its surrounding landscape. The stepped gardens between the house and the garage building are linked by a brick path to the semicircular stone terrace traced with creeping thyme.

The Corzine Garden — Tropical and adventurous, this garden felt like a trip to Thailand. I especially enjoyed the dramatic drop to the pool and the assorted bird feeders throughout.
— Hamptons Party Girl

Renowned furniture designer and interior decorator Nancy Corzine was most excited about her garden when she was building her dream house in Bridgehampton. She filled the grounds with indigenous bushes, trees and grasses, picking each piece herself, always with an eye toward restraint. Her greatest pleasure is the wildlife that the garden attracts.

Weekend Hamptons Hot Picks

Another jam-packed weekend with more things to do than time to fit them all in. Here are a few of my tippy top picks for Friday and Saturday, which include three top-tier home and garden events and one big darn deal art opening.


A view of the Landis garden, which is included in the ARF 30th Anniversary Garden Tour.

First off, it’s ARF’s 30th Anniversary Garden Tour. The event kicks off tonight, Friday, June 17, with a cocktail party at the oceanfront home of Barbara Slifka from 5 to 8 p.m. The actual self-guided tour will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s tour includes the gardens of Susan Calhoun and Charlie Moss, Nancy Corzine, Gillian Spreckels Fuller, Bettysue and Jeffrey Hughes, and Rosalind and Ken Landisin Bridgehampton, Sagaponack and Wainscott. As a bonus, tour-goers receive free admission to Much Ado About Madoo Garden Market.

The Holiday House Hamptons Showhouse returns, this time to an incredible modern in Water Mill that happens to have the only rooftop tennis court on the entire East End. And it’s for sale! Here’s a link to the Douglas Elliman listing with Linda Haugevik.  The showhouse, presented by HC&G, is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and opens with a White Party on Saturday, June 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The house will remain open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours Thursdays though Mondays through July 26.


This year’s Design Chairs are Thom Filicia, Robert Stilin, and Vicente Wolf. Participating Showhouse designers include: 2Michaels, Anne Tarasoff Interiors, Baltimore Design Group, Barbara Ostrom & Associates, Carmiña Roth Interiors, LLC., Chad James Group, Dorfman+ Sag Harbor/NYC, Elizabeth Dow Home, HB Home, Jolie Korek & Co., KARA MANN, LIAIGRE, Mabley Handler Interior Design, Maddux Creative, Melanie Roy Design, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design, Timothy Brown Studio, Unlimited Earth Care by Frederico Azevedo, V Starr by Venus Williams, Wesley Moon, Inc. and West Chin Architects & Interior Designers.

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There’s also Much Ado About Madoo, a wonderful weekend celebration of 50 years of organic gardening at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. The festivities begin with a Garden Cocktail Party and Market Preview tonight, Friday, June 17, hosted by Honorary Chairmen Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan from 6 to 8 p.m. at Madoo. On Saturday, the Garden Market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than two dozen distinguished dealers in rare plants, home and garden accessories, gourmet treats, fragrance and beauty collections and more are expected. Additional events include a Conversation with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, author of “Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design” and Catie Marron, author of “City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World” on Saturday at noon and  Once Upon a Time at Madoo storytelling and music for the kiddies,  performed by a graduate trio from the Perlman Music Program, at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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And lastly, the “Peter Beard: Last Word From Paradise” exhibition opens with a members-only preview at Guild Hall tonight, Friday, June 17. The don’t-miss solo retrospective is open to all starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, and hangs through July 31. The exhibition focuses on the two outposts that Beard calls home – Africa and the East End of Long Island and includes more than 50 multi-layered collages, drawings, photographs, and diaries from the 1960s to the present, some on public view for the first time. Read more about it here in this feature I wrote in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

Still want more? Check back later for additional Hamptons happenings for your  June 17, 18 and 19 weekend.