SCC’s Concerts in the Park Have Returned

The Southampton Cultural Center is once again offering free Concerts in the Park (and at the beach too!) for your summer entertainment. Yay!

The super duper series kicked off last night with the always popular Nancy Atlas. Lucky us, the music continues tonight with perennial crowd pleasers The Lone Sharks at Coopers Beach ,and again on Saturday at Agawam Park with Center Stage at Sunset.  Check out the entire schedule right here. 




Free Just Sixties Concert at the Beach TODAY !

Beach photo by Dawn Watson.

Beach photo by Dawn Watson.

Looking for something to do after work on this beautiful day? How about getting out and enjoying the wonderful weather while grooving to some far out music, courtesy the Southampton Cultural Center. Tonight’s free Concert in the Park will be with 1960s tribute band, Just Sixties, at Coopers Beach in Southampton, starting at 6 p.m.

But wait, there’s more! The series continues on Tuesday, August 18, with Nancy Atlas and on Wednesday, August 19, with the Hoodoo Loungers. Both of those shows will be at Agawam Park in Southampton. Learn more at

Plunge into These December Hot Picks for the Coming Weekend

Image courtesy Southamtpon Arts Center as part of its "Awkward Family Photos" exhibit.

Image courtesy Southamtpon Arts Center as part of its “Awkward Family Photos” exhibit.

My oh my there are so many things to do here in the Hamptons this weekend, including the annual cant-miss Polar Bear Plunge, an Awkward holiday party and lots and lots of festive gatherings. Time’s a wastin’ so I better just dive right in.

* Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor will host an opening reception for the “Landscapes: Real & Imagined” group exhibit with Pamela Collins Focarino, Pat Moran 
and Kathryn Szoka on Friday, December 12, starting at 5 p.m.

* Pechakucha returns to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday, December 12, with: Mike Bottini, wildlife biologist
; Chloë Dirksen, actress; 
Margaret Garrett, artist; Chris Gentile, surfer, artist, founder Pilgrim Surf + Supply; Steve Miller, artist; Minerva Perez, actress and domestic violence shelter director; Stefanie Sacks, culinary nutritionist, MS, CNS, CDN; Victoria Smith, Dock to Dish; Margaret Braun, Alex DiJulio, and Alex Larsen, artists and collaborators; and Lena Yaremenko, artist/photographer. The event is sold out but there will be an on-site waiting list beginning at 5 p.m.

* The Parrish is also offering a “Dolls and Mannequins at Play in Contemporary Art” talk with Eric Fischl, Glenn Fuhrman, Lisa Dennison and Robert Stein on Saturday, December 13, at 11 a.m.

* The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will perform “Nutcracker” on Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton. (855) 222-2849 | |

* Local artisans Susan Nieland, Anna Clejan and Helen Feid will host a Holiday Market featuring jewelry, stoneware and clothing on Friday, December 12, at 34 Squires Path in East Hampton from 5 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 13, from 1 to 5 p.m.

* On Saturday morning, it’s Polar Bear Plunge time at Coopers Beach in Southampton at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to bring at the very least a towel and something warm for your frozen feet for after your frigid dip.

* The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will put on its third annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop homemade gifts galore, gardening books and great gifts for the gardener. To enhance the festivities, the Bridgehampton High School Band will be performing holiday music and there will be a wreath-making workshop with Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery too. Registration required.

* Also on Saturday, Southampton Arts Center will host a holiday gathering at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate its fun exhibit “Awkward Family Photos.” Wear your most festive holiday attire. Embarrassing and ugly holiday sweaters are encouraged, especially if you share a selfie post from the event. RSVP to

* Duck Walk in Water Mill will play live music on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the tasting room.

* Guild Hall in East Hampton is opening its doors for a free Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13, starting at noon. There will also be a Gingerbread House Decorating workshop, held jointly with Citarella, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday and a “First Growth on Long Island” primer on local wines with Michael Cinque on Sunday, December 14, at 11 a.m.

* West of the canal, the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum will host a free Winter Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature live dance and musical performances, an art market and demonstrations, food and children’s activities.

** Lastly, please help The Bridgehampton Child Care Center in its efforts to provide toys for needs kids. Drop by Provisions in Sag Harbor or Second Star Toys in the Bridgehampton Commons and drop off a toy under one of the BCCC trees. But do it before SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, as that’s when the gifts will be collected for delivery.

Putting the “Polar” in the Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge 2013















Brrrr. Today was the chilliest Polar Bear Plunge in recent memory.
But the cold (air was 27 degrees, water was 40) didn’t deter the dedicated plungers who showed up at Coopers Beach in Southampton Village for the 10th annual fundraiser to benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons.
This Hamptons Party Girl decided to sit the actual plunging out this year but I did manage to get a bunch of photos and even some video. Look for perennial favorites, such as Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, who was Fred Flinstone this year–past costumes have included Gene Simmons from Kiss, Elvis and a giant banana–plus our go-to crazy mermaid, Santa, the Revolutionary cannon start team, the North Sea Dive Team, the Polar Bear and lots of brave swimsuit-clad plungers.