Photos: East Hampton Historical Holiday

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Marla Koffard, Charles Brock and Susan Austin. Richard Lewin photos.

Last Friday night, the East Hampton Historical Society held its annual holiday cocktail party to kick off its yearly East Hampton House & Garden Tour. Now in its 32nd year, the gathering was held at the historical Maidstone Club in East Hampton, where guests rant in the East End holiday season in style!

The cocktail was well attended by local dignitaries, architects, interior designers, home enthusiasts, design aficionados and history buffs.

“When selecting a site for the Opening Night Cocktail, we look for a historical building that can accommodate 300+ people. We’re thrilled to have hosted our annual event at the Maidstone Club because it is such an important and iconic building” said Richard Barons, Director of the East Hampton Historical Society.

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Maidstone Club in East Hampton Village (Old Beach Lane)

Living Well is the Best Revenge: Photos from the East Hampton Historical Society’s Sara & Gerald Murphy Exhibit

The opening reception for the newest exhibition at Clinton Academy Museum, “Living Well is the Best Revenge: A Jazz Age Fable of Sara and Gerald Murphy”  was a huge success. Held at the Clinton Academy Museum in East Hampton last weekend, the new exhibit explores the fascinating lives of the Jazz Age’s most intriguing couple, whose story started and ended in the Hamptons.

Gerald and Sara Murphy were, to many of their contemporaries, the most beautiful couple of the 1920s.  They influenced many works of art and literature of the period: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ”Tender Is the Night,” Ernest Hemingway’s ”A Moveable Feast,” Philip Barry’s play ”Hotel Universe,” John Dos Passos’s ”Big Money,” and Pablo Picasso’s neo-classical masterpiece ”Woman in White.”

For the opening reception, Laura Donnelly, the Murphy’s granddaughter, was a special guest of honor.  Her gift to the East Hampton Historical Society of nine antique file boxes full of Wiborg family papers (Sara’s parents) dealing with the running of their East Hampton summer mansion, the Dunes, during eight summers starting in 1912, was the inspiration for the exhibition.  Also in attendance was Laura’s brother, Sherman Donnelly, Robert A.M. Stern, Peggy and Ed Sherrill, Nina Gibson, Joan and Bob Osborne, Patsy LaBranche, Jennifer Borg, Mary Libby, Cassandra and Rich Look, Frank Newbold, Pamela Eldridge, Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui, Whitney Fairchild, Dorothy Spears and Alexis Rockman, Frazer Pennebaker, among others. In case you missed it, there’s still plenty of time. Make sure to stop in to check it out sometime between now and October 10 when the show closes.

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 http://www.easthamptonhistory.org and http://www.susanwood.com.

Hot Picks: Most Active Weekend Summer of 2015

Looking at the spate of events to attend this weekend, tonight and tomorrow might just prove to be the biggest bangs of the entire summer. Here’s my list of the hottest events. More to come on Sunday. In the meantime, stay cool and stay safe.

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The Voxare String Quartet will perform at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton tonight. Greg Kessler photo.

* LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will host the Voxare Quartet for “Strings al Fresco: an Evening of Remembrance of Ingeborg ten Haeff” tonight, Friday, August 7, beginning at 6 p.m. www.longhouse.org

Guild Hall's annual summer benefit is tonight. Roy LIchtenstein's "Water Lilies with Japanese Bridge."

Guild Hall’s annual summer benefit is tonight. Roy LIchtenstein’s “Water Lilies with Japanese Bridge.”

* Guild Hall’s annual Summer Benefit is tonight. The event, honoring artist Roy Lichtenstein and with a special preview exhibition of “”Between Sea and Sky,” will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. at a private East Hampton estate. www.guildhall.org

* The New York Center for Children’s annual Sunflower Party in Southampton, hosted by Henry Buhl, is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. www.newyorkcenterforchildren.org

* The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will host an opening reception for “East End Artists: Then & Now” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 7. The show, which features works by Linda Alpern, Peter Beard, Miriam Dougenis, Robert Gwathmey, Tracy Harris, Jimmy Ernst, Anna Jurinich, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Peabody, and more, will hang through August 23. www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org

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* BookHampton in East Hampton will host a book signing and reception for Sandra Nunnerley on Friday, August 7, from 8 to 9 p.m. www.bookhampton.com

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The WHB PAC summer benefit will be held at Meadowcroft on Quiogue. Photo by Carol Garone.

* The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s sixth annual Be Our Guest Gala will be held at a private estate on Quiogue on Friday, August 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. www.whbpac.org

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A scene from “Grey Gardens,” now staging at Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Image copyright Lenny Stucker.

* Reminder: “Grey Gardens,” starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York, is now staging at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Buy your tickets now as the show is selling out FAST, with good reason. Here’s my preview from the Sag Harbor Express. http://sagharboronline.com/heights-of-glamor-depths-of-depravity-in-grey-gardens/ Look for my review in the next issue. www.baystreet.org

SATURDAY

Authors Night will be held on Saturday to benefit the East Hampton Library.

Authors Night will be held on Saturday to benefit the East Hampton Library.

* The East Hampton Library’s annual Authors Night benefit, featuring approximately 100 of the most notable and interesting writers today, will be held on Saturday, August 8, starting at 5 p.m. Dinners at a number of private homes will be held after the book signing event. www.authorsnight.org.

* The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons will celebrate another year of rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals back into the wild across Long Island with its annual GET WILD Summer Gala. The event will be hosted by the Marder family at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton on Saturday, August 8,and will honor artists April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Amy Sullivan and Real Estate Broker Susan Penzner. www.wildliferescuecenter.org

Boz Scaggs plays the PAC in Westhampton Beach on Saturday. Danny Clinch photo.

Boz Scaggs plays the PAC in Westhampton Beach on Saturday. Danny Clinch photo.

* Grammy Award-winner and gritty southern soul rocker Boz Scaggs performs at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 8, at 8p.m.  www.whbpac.org.

"Right On: The Lennon Years" will open at Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Saturday night.

“Right On! The Lennon Years” by photographer Susan Wood will open at Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Saturday night.

An opening reception for “Right On! The Lennon Years Photographs by Susan Wood 1968 – 1978” will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mulford Farm Museum in East Hampton. The show will hang through October 18. www.easthamptonhistory.org

* Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will hold an opening reception for “All Killer No Filler” from 6 to 9 p.m. The group show features work by: Shoplifter, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Derrick Adams, Rosson Crow, Sylvie Fleury, Rico Gatson, Michelle Grabner, Carlos Rolón, Dzin, Miriam Schapiro, Tony Tasset, Nari Ward and Wendy White. www.ericfirestonegallery.com

East Hampton Historical Society’s Antiques Show Photos

The East Hampton Historical Society, always one to put on a great event, held a preview benefit cocktail benefit for the 2015 East Hampton Antiques Show on Friday, July 17, at Mulford Farm in East Hampton.

Among those who showed up included: Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Lenor Larsen, Susan Wood, Kelly Klein, Ruth Appelhof and Gary Adamek. Guests had the opportunity to peruse the wares of more than 50 distinguished art and antique dealers and meet interior designer David Netto, who served as the Honorary Chairman. Ticket proceeds benefitted the East Hampton Historical Society.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Hamptons Hot Picks: July 17 & 18

Oh me oh my, it’s going to be a very, very busy weekend here in the Hamptons.

Though I’m looking forward to some truly amazing events, I’m definitely NOT excited about all the attendant traffic. Oy.

Here are some of the things that have most piqued my interest for today and tomorrow, plus a reminder for what’s to come next weekend.

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 * The East Hampton Historical Society’s annual Antiques Show kicks off tonight, Friday, July 17, at Mulford Farm, with a preview cocktail party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for interior designer David Netto, who is this year’s honorary chair. The show continues on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. Admission to the Antiques Show costs $10, with early buying at $20. Show hours are Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an early buying hour at 9 a.m. On Sunday the show is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.Tickets for the Friday night Opening Preview Cocktail Party start at $150 per person and include return visits on the weekend. Junior Tickets (ages 40 and under) are priced at $100. www.easthamptonhistory.org

Dan's Taste of Summer events are on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18.

Dan’s Taste of Summer events are on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. GrillHampton brings Robert Irvine and Marc Murphy out to the East End.

* Dan’s big Taste of Summer Weekend kicks off tonight with GrillHampton, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. The event pits eight East End chefs against an equal number of Manhattan chefs in a one-of-a-kind cooking competition and tasting event. Hosted by Restaurant Impossible star Robert Irvine & Judge on Food Network’s Chopped Marc Murphy. General admission tickets are $125. Tomorrow night, it’s Dan’s Taste of Two Forks. Hosted by Katie Lee of the Food Network’s The Kitchen and Michael Symon of The Chew, the tastemaking annual event brings chefs and winemakers from 40 restaurants from the North and South Forks. VIP admission starts at 6:30 p.m. and general admission starts at 7:30 p.m. www.danstasteofsummer.com

Dan's Taste of Summer events are on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18.

Dan’s Taste of Summer events are on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. Dan’s Taste of Two Forks will spotlight Katie Lee and Michael Symon.

* The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s annual House & Garden Tour returns today, Friday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for self-guided event range from $75 to $125. www.whbpac.org

* Comedian Sue Costello brings “I Wasn’t Trying To Be Funny” to Guild Hall in East Hampton tonight. Tickets range from $20 to $60. www.guildhall.org

LongHouse Reserve's big annual benefit is on Saturday, July 18.

LongHouse Reserve’s big annual benefit is on Saturday, July 18.

* On Saturday, LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will transport event-goers “On Gossamer Wings,” starting at 6 p.m. Always in my top two, this year’s honoree is artist Kiki Smith. Can’t wait!! www.longhouse.org
Video from last year’s benefit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M60RF8rN8Ng

* At the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, be sure to check out cool new the Tara Donovan exhibit. www.parrishart.org

Read more about it here: http://sagharboronline.com/tara-donovan-transforming-the-ordinary/

The Watermill Center's summer benefit will be held on Saturday, July 25.

The Watermill Center’s summer benefit will be held on Saturday, July 25.

* For next weekend, if there’s one ticket that tops my list from year to year, it’s gotta be the annual Watermill Center benefit. If you’ve ever been, you know how special this one is. And if you haven’t, then you are sorely missing out. Buy a ticket. You won’t be disappointed. This year’s event, held on Saturday, July 25, will be “Circus of Stillness.” I’ll write more in detail later. In the meantime, visit www.watermillcenter.org

Hamptons Hot Picks — We Got Some Real #Hamptons Doozies This Week!

Author Carl Safina will speak about climate change on Saturday at the South Fork History Museum in Bridgehampton.

Author Carl Safina will speak about climate change on Saturday at the South Fork History Museum in Bridgehampton.

* The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will host Dave Harvey and Dunegrass for a “Sounds of Summer: Southampton 375th Contra Dance” tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. www.parrishart.org

* The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton is hosting its first-ever “Climate Change, What It Means for the East End” panel talk on Saturday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants include: Carl Safina, Dr. Robert Stein, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jack Rivkin and Michael Gerrard. www.sofo.org

* The Southampton Fresh Air Home is hosting its 23rd annual Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Gala on Saturday, June 6, at the Southampton Fresh Air Home, starting at 5:30 p.m. www.sfah.org

* Ina Garten is hosting “Cocktails with the Barefoot Contessa” on Saturday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. to benefit the East Hampton Historical Society. www.easthamptonhistory.org

Learn more here: http://sagharboronline.com/sagharborexpress/page-1/hedges-barn-in-east-hampton-has-sweet-support-38067

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Carol Hunt’s work will appear in the “Living Legacy” group show at the Southampton Cultural Center.

* The Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Gallery will showcase the work of Southampton artists during the “375th Anniversary – Artists and Southampton: A Living Legacy” group exhibit, through August 3. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, June 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. Curated by Arlene Bujese, the show will include work by: Mary Abbott, Darlene Charneco, Christine Chew Smith, Mary Ellen Doyle, Ann Duggan, James De Pasquale, Jane Freilicher, Carol Hunt, Howard Kanovitz, Roy Lichtenstein, Paton Miller, Jeff Muhs, Louise Peabody, Larry Rivers, Don Saco, Neill Slaughter, Mary Stubelek, Grace Sutton and Jane Wilson. http://www.scc-arts.org

Peter Marcelle is showing the work of Cornelia Foss.

Peter Marcelle is showing the work of Cornelia Foss.

* Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton will host an opening reception for Cornelia Foss on Saturday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show hangs through June 21. www.petermarcelleproject.com

InCircles is hosting a CD release party on Saturday.

InCircles is hosting a CD release party on Saturday.

* InCircles will host a release party for their new five-song album, “STABLE 8 EP,” at InnerSleeve Records in Amagansett on Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m. The free show will feature performances by the MonkMusic Records band, with friends, The Glazzies. www.incirclesmusic.com | http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/incircles12

Michael McDonald plays the WHBPAC on Saturday. Photo by Danny Clinch, courtesy the PAC.

Michael McDonald plays the WHBPAC on Saturday. Photo by Danny Clinch, courtesy the PAC.

* Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald, of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, will gig at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 6, at 8 p.m.  www.whbpac.org.

* The 13th annual Teeny Awards, highlighting the best and brightest performances by East End teens, are this Sunday, June 7, at Center Moriches High School. Walker Vreeland is this year’s Master of Ceremonies. www.eastendarts.org

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OMG — Bob Balaban is going to talk about “Gosford Park” and other films by Robert Altman at Bay Street!

* Bay Street Theater and the Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have joined up for a special “Altman’s Art” event, which includes a screening of “Gosford Park” and a discussion of the work of one of Americas greatest filmmakers on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Bay Street with Bob Balaban, Guilia D’Agnolo Vallan, and Kathryn Altman, the widow of Robert Altman. www.baystreet.org And don’t forget that “The New Sincerity” is still staging. Read more about that show here: http://sagharboronline.com/sagharborexpress/page-1/the-new-sincerity-where-millennials-utopian-worlds-activism-collide-38083

* Lastly, “All My Sons” opens at Guild Hall on Tuesday, June 9.  The show stars Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf (who I interviewed this week – look for the feature in next week’s Sag Harbor Express) and is directed by Steven Hamilton. Lots of Hamptons talent rounds out the cast, which includes: Bethany Caputo, Ryan Eggold, David McElwee, Caitlin McGee, Tuck Milligan, Cashus Lee Muse, Ben Schnickel and Alicia St. Louis. I can’t wait to see this show! www.guildhall.org