Grand Prix Photos: Hampton Classic

Christie Brinkley stopped by the ASPCA booth with Jill Rappaport and Valerie Angeli

Always a star-studded event, this year’s Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic brought what we’ve all come to expect — hordes of horse lovers and lots of famous faces. Enjoy this selection of notables, courtesy Lisa Tamburini. 

Treasure Trove of Famous John Lennon Photos

John Lennon and Yoko Ono photo by Susan Wood.

This photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is included in “Right On! The Lennon Years, Photographs by  Susan Wood 1968 – 1978,” now on view at Mulford Farm in East Hampton.

Color me shocked to discover that the photographer who has captured some of the most recognizable images of John Lennon in existence is an East Ender. That’s right. Susan Wood, who lives in Amagansett, is the lenswoman responsible for capturing that famous bathtub photo of the Beatle and his bride, Yoko Ono, as well as dozens of others.

I was fortunate enough to attend the opening reception for “Right On! The Lennon Years, Photographs by Susan Wood 1968 – 1978” at Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Saturday night. And, bonus, I got to meet Ms. Wood in the flesh. How amazing is that!

Wood is a founding member of the Women’s Forum. Her iconic photos have appeared in Vogue, Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and New York Magazine.

Hosted by the East Hampton Historical Society, among the guests at the reception were HIFF Director Anne Chaisson; actress Celia Weston; authors Shiela Kohler, Jeffrey Banks and Doria DeLachapelle; Jeannie and David Stiles; artists Paul Davis, Blair Seagram, Annie Plumb and Nina Gillman; EHHS Director Richard Barons and his wife, Roseanne; Peter Olsen, Mary Busch, Elena Prohaska Glinn, Susan Silver and Judy Twersky. The exhibit, curated by Deirdre Brennan, also includes images of Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, Cheryl Tiegs, Janice Dickinson, Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper, Diane von Furstenberg, Ted Kennedy, Christie Brinkley, Ralph Lauren, Susan Sontag, and more. The collection will remain on view on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through October 18. Learn more at and

Happy Birthday Christie Brinkley!

Happy birthday Christie Brinkley !

Supermodel and super lady Christie Brinkley has a lot to celebrate. The Sag Harbor resident turns 60 on Sunday, February 2, and the whole world can revel in just how freaking incredible she looks, as evidenced by her swimsuitted self on next week’s People magazine cover.
Here’s the thing about Christie–even if she wasn’t absolutely stunningly gorgeous on the outside, she’d still be beautiful because she’s even more lovely on the inside, where it REALLY counts.
May today be your best day ever, and all the ones to follow even better. Cheers to you Christie!
*Photo by me at Super Saturday a few years ago. No matter where and when, this lady is always drop-dead dazzling.

Block Island is the Christie Brinkley of land masses

Block Island is the Christie Brinkley of land masses

Apologies for disappearing for two days this week; the end of summer brought with it some much needed downtime. So off I headed to Block Island, Rhode Island, to recharge my batteries.
This was my first visit to the tiniest town in the smallest state in America and it was just what the doctor ordered. The nearly 10-square-mile island is beautiful, welcoming, picturesque and charming. It’s totally the Christie Brinkley of land masses–meaning that it’s gorgeous from no matter what angle and it never, ever takes a bad photo.
Switching gears to the famous supermodel, I recently had the pleasure of sharing some radio time with her on 88.3 Peconic Public Broadcasting this past month during Bonnie Grice’s Eclectic Café during our regular Media Mavens hour. Now I’ve interviewed Christie before (regular HPG readers might recall that I was fortunate enough to join her backstage in her “Chicago” dressing room) and already knew her to be smart, kind, generous and entertaining but I didn’t know that she was also a skilled mimic.
During her time on the radio with us, she did the voices of Ivana Trump and Miley Cyrus (both of whom she’s portrayed during her time on stage at Guild Hall for “Celebrity Autobiography” this year and last), as well as that of “CA” castmate Jennifer Tilly. I was impressed, and charmed as always.
One last Christie Brinkley tidbit and that’s a thank you to my fellow Sag Harbor resident for retweeting a recent post I made about the Hampton Classic. A million thanks Christie, you are an absolute doll!

Here’s the link to Christie’s radio time with us on WPPB:

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

Jon Bon Jovi at the Hampton Classic

So many worlds have collided in the last few days here on the East End. First there was Jon Bon Jovi (my “friend” from Great Chefs) chatting with Matt and Annette Lauer about their newly opened Bright Side Farm (Not only did I have the pleasure of visiting their Water Mill-based stables two weeks ago, they both made a point to tell me on Sunday that they liked the article I wrote about the experience. How cool is that!) at Grand Prix day at the Hampton Classic on Sunday. Then last night I was out for dinner with a friend and bumped into Billy Joel (fellow Sag Harborite and everywhere man) while we were waiting for a table at the restaurant. Scoop: he said he’s planning a few concerts soon. Yay!
That’s two bona-fide rock stars and the most recognized man on American morning television in two days. These encounters are in addition to running into just about everybody at the Classic on Sunday, including Billy’s ex-wife and dear woman Christie Brinkley; Jerry Seinfeld; Sofia Vergara; James Lipton; New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg; his daughter Georgina, who managed to earn third place in the Grand Prix even though she’s now heavily pregnant; Beth Stern (no Howard in sight, for me at least) and Kyle McLachlan. Pinch me.
I don’t expect to run into anyone today–the Tuesday after Labor Day is referred to locally as “Tumbleweed Tuesday” as all the seasonal folks make a mass exodus back to the city–but who knows. As someone who has bumped into Edie Falco at the Bridgehampton K-Mart more than once, nothing surprises this Hamptons Party Girl.

James Lipton, Bert Sugar and Juliet Papa announce at the Artists & Writers Game

James Lipton, Bert Sugar and Juliet Papa announce at the Artists & Writers Game

Tomorrow the legendary battle that is the annual Artists & Writers Game continues at Herrick Park in East Hampton.
My first exposure to the game came approximately 20 years ago when I was still living in Manhattan. I was walking down the street outside the Citicorp Building, where I then worked for the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and I happened upon this tall, gangly man ambling toward me. His walk, and look, were so distinctive that there was no question who he was, yet I didn’t want to put him on the spot.
“You look like Kurt Vonnegut,” I said.
“I am,” he replied, and extended his hand to me.
We talked for awhile–about architecture, writing, Butler University (my alma mater, and where he delivered the commencement address the year after I graduated) and the city of Indianapolis (where Butler is and where his father and grandfather did a lot of architectural work). It was one of the most amazing 10 minutes of my life. I did somehow resist the urge to tell him I was a huge fan but needless to say, I was and am a huge fan.
After telling me that he had a daughter about my age, Mr. Vonnegut invited me out to the Hamptons to meet her and watch him play in the big game. I didn’t go, and I regret it to this day.
I’ve been to the game many times since, and have even managed to play ball with many of the regulars. Oh, the stories I could tell …
Until then, play ball!
Attached is a terrific article by the talented Michelle Trauring, who writes features for me at the Press. Hope you enjoy her story as much as I did.

Jill Zarin Luxe party

Jill Zarin Luxe party

Miss USA, Nana Meriwether, was one of many familiar faces at the luxury shopping event on Saturday, held at Jill Zarin’s Hamptons home, to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital. Other beautiful people in attendance included: Christie Brinkley, Carol Alt, Molly Simms, and lots of Bravolebrities, including LuAnn de Lesseps, Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Patti Stanger. Fashionista’s heaven with boutiques and lots and lots of personal care giveaways.