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!

Kickin’ It with the Rockettes

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Dancehampton troupe photos courtesy Dancehampton. 

On Saturday, more than a dozen Dancehampton company dancers headed in to the city to catch the Rockettes’ “Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall.

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After the show, all 14 young dancers got treated to a serious advanced class, which included choreography from the “Spectacular,” taught by a pair of the famous high kickers. Included was a jazz routine, kick routine, a tap number and beats from the classic “Wooden Soldiers” routine.

According to Dancehampton Director Kelly Hren, following the two-hour class the talented Dancehampton troupe members also participated in a mock audition where they performed in groups of four and were given feedback from the Rockettes. What a holiday highlight!

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Hamptons Happenings: October 12 & 13

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It’s the middle of the week in October but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Here are three great things that are happening today and tomorrow–Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, in the Hamptons.
Dell Cullum, bless him, is showing his film and photo exhibition for “Isabella: A Green Explorer Expedition” at LTV in Wainscott on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. for the photos and 7:30 for the documentary about how littering affects the environment. Powerful stuff!
The Riverhead Marine Research & Rescue Foundation will also be there with a display and info. on how trash and debris affects us and our shorelines right here at home.
The photo exhibit will be of Dell’s work taken during the expedition and never before shown on exhibit. Additionally, three of Billy Strong’s sculptures from the film will be on view.  Admission is free but be a mensch and bring a donation. * Photos here courtesy Dell Cullum. 

 

Tonight, Wednesday, don’t miss the Dancehampton fundraiser at Harbor Bistro. Proceeds from the benefit will help the dancers raise dollars for a trip to Disney.

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And tomorrow night, “God of Carnage” opens at the Southampton Cultural Center. See you tomorrow night. In the meantime, read the preview I wrote that’s in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

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Hamptons Party Girl’s Hot Picks

Hamptons Party Girl's Hot Picks

I know this will be controversial but I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m an animal lover and I strongly oppose a deer cull here on the East End. Therefore, my biggest pick for the near future is hands down the anti-cull demonstration planned for Saturday, January 18, at Hook Mill in East Hampton at 1 p.m., hosted by the East Hampton Group for Wildlife. http://www.easthamptongroupforwildlife.org

Two new community theatrical productions open tonight. “Heroes” will stage in Quogue and “Sex: What She’s Really Thinking” will stage in Southampton. I’ll be in reviewing them both this weekend so stay tuned. To learn more about “Heroes,” visit http://www.hamptontheatre.org. To learn more about “Sex,” visit http://www.southamptonculturalcenter.org.

Shelter Island’s own Margaret Garrett will show her “Tuning Fields” exhibit, opening tonight at Birnam Wood Galleries’ Chelsea location in Manhattan from 6 to 8 p.m. One of her pieces is also on view at the East Hampton Birnam Wood Gallery. http://www.birnamwoodart.com

Dancehampton in East Hampton is hosting a new dance lineup kickoff party on Friday, January 10, starting at 5:30 p.m. Zumba, LaBlast and a hi-intensity cardio tap class–with my friend Anita Boyer–will be offered. I hope I can make at least part of the festivities before I’m off to don my drama critic hat. http://www.dancehampton.com

Artist Christine Sciulli will host an Artists & Writers Night at Almond in Bridgehampton on Wednesday, January 15, at 7 p.m. http://www.almondrestaurant.com

* Deer photo snapped by me, through a window, in a friend’s front yard in Sag Harbor.