Authors Night Photos


Word nerds unite! Man, I heart Authors Night. It’s one of my very favorite events of the year. So many incredible wordsmiths and culture changers under one roof. It’s pretty freakin’ amazing. And all for a wonderful cause–the East Hampton Library. Yippee!

Some of the more buzz-worthy scribes in attendance this year, in no particular order: Malcolm Nance, Jean Kennedy Smith, Dick Cavett, Robert Caro, Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, Jessica Seinfeld, Alan Alda, Peter Marino, Elizabeth Vargas, Marshall Watson, Chris Whipple and Ann Coulter. Click on the pix to see them, and many more!

Photos: Authors Night 2016


Accidental perfection. Dr. Ruth and some of her favorite subjects to write about. Photos by Dawn Watson

I’ve got some great images from my very favorite literary event of the year. Now in its 12th year, Authors Night, which was held on Saturday in East Hampton, hosts a select assortment of some of the biggest book writers on the planet. I’m so fortunate to be a part of this amazing fundraiser for the East Hampton Library.


A gorgeous shot of Christie Brinkley (does she take any other kind??) by Michael T. Dempsey.

More Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

Need to know more things that are happening in the Hamptons this weekend? Here’s installment two of at least three Hot Picks posts. And don’t forget to check back here later for pix of your favorite events.

Martha Stewart Image

Let’s get the biggie right up front. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 25, Martha Stewart returns to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton to judge “Planters ON+OFF The Ground VIII,” which will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there.



For today, this afternoon, Friday, June 24, the Montauk Library will present “The Three Pigs Puppet Show & Puppet Making Workshop” at 4 p.m. Celebrate the Summer Reading Club Kickoff with a puppet show performed by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets from Goat on a Boat and learn how to make your very own puppet too.


Tonight, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is hosting another Jazz en Plein Air concerts, this one with Lafayette Harris, Jr., starting at 6 p.m.

Ziggy Marley is playing the WHBPAC tonight, starting at 8 p.m.

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Also tonight, the Lynn Blue Band is playing the Coast Grill in North Sea. Can’t get there? Then check out Lynn and the boys on Saturday at Wolffer in Sagaponack and every Monday at The Westlake Fish House in Montauk.

East Hampton Library’s 2016 Tom Twomey Series event “The Cost of Healthcare” will be held on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Speakers will include NY Times Senior Writer Elisabeth L. Rosenthal, M.D. and Robert S. Chaloner, President and CEO, Southampton Hospital, who will discuss the $3 trillion enterprise that is the U.S. health care system, the largest in the developed world, and yet one beset by problems of access, quality and unsustainable costs.


Feel like going for a drive to check out some cool antique American Muscle rides? Then head over to Shelter Island on Saturday for the Fourth Annual Car Show, hosted by the Shelter Island Historical Society and emceed by local radio personality Bonnie Grice. Fun!


Juliet Garret and Psychobaby are playing the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. It’s the band’s first East End appearance. Woo hoo!!!

On Sunday, it’s the annual Jazz for Jennings Brunch and Concert at the Watermill Center, starting at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser, which will feature world-class jazz by Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen, Dan Rose, Ada Rovatti, Randy Brecker and Kiyoshi Kitagawa, will benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.




Hamptons Hot Picks: May 20, 21 & 22


Joss Lake, courtesy Watermill Center.

The Watermill Center‘s got a big weekend of events planned. On Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m., New York-based novelist Joss Lake will present their process to the public in an open rehearsal. Lake’s work attempts to expand the art form by de/re-stabilizing gender, time, and the boundaries between the self and the other. At 7:30 p.m. German musician and composer Hans-Jörn Brandenburg will present his work pian-O-pera during an open rehearsal. The weekend will continue Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. with a guided tour of The Watermill Center’s building, grounds, gardens and art collection. Following the tour, at 3:30 p.m. dance artist Netta Yerushalmy will present her dance experiments. Then on Sunday, May 22, it’s the second installment of our the International Brunch Series, starting at noon with cocktails and a private tour of current resident artist Armando Mariño’s Sweet Dreams. Prepared by Watermill’s Chef-in-Residence Eva Schmidt, the menu is inspired by the local food culture of Long Island’s East End. Space is limited and reservations are required.  Following brunch at 3 p.m., Cuban visual artist Armando Mariño will present Sweet Dreams during an open showing.
“Beach Light: Paintings by Eileen Dawn Skretch” will open with a reception on Friday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sayre Barn at the Southampton Historical Museum. The exhibit will hang through October 23.
Pianist Yoonie Han will perform at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill’s Salon Series performance on Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m.The multi-award winning pianist will play works by Bach, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Chopin, and others in a program that spans nearly 300 years of Western music. On Saturday, May 21, the museum will offer Tideland Sessions–illustrated talks, an artist performance, a paper boat building workshop, and lunchtime conversations that unite artists, writers, scientists, historians, and the community in dialogues about environmental stewardship–from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the super cool Radical Seafaring exhibit.
Guild Hall in East Hampton is hosting Roz Dimon for a Digital Art: A New Dimension in Storytelling  Demonstration on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. The artist will demonstrate the creative process behind her multi-layered digital drawings and paintings, deepening our understanding and appreciation of digital art. One of these pieces, Pale Male: A Pilgrimage, is in the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Jiayin Shen, Pianofest Distinguished Artist, will play a concert with works by Chen, Bach-Busoni, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt at the Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
Stride pianist Judy Carmichael hits the Bay Street stage in Sag Harbor with Grammy winner Billy Stritch on Saturday, May 21, at 8 p.m. The talented pair will be performing together for the first time. Read more about it in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.
As part of the Tom Twomey series, the East Hampton Library will host a live music “Harps, Harmonicas and Heavy Breathers: A History of the People’s Instrument” event with Kim Field and Randy Weinstein on Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 6 p.m.
The White Room Gallery  in Bridgehampton is hosting performances by Chartwell Dutiro on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21.

Hamptons Hot Picks: April 16 & 17


This is one of my photos that is currently on view at the Montauk Library.    DAWN WATSON

It’s most definitely a good time for the arts in the Hamptons this weekend. There are so many really great things to do, including a reception for my “Love of the Land (and Sea)” photography exhibit at the Montauk Library on Sunday, April 17, from 2:30 to 4:30. Yay! Please stop by. The show hangs through the end of April.

On Saturday, April 16, it’s the final Farmer’s Market of the season at Topping Rose in Bridgehampton. The word renowned luxury hotel is bringing together some of the best artisans and purveyors on the East End. Stop by the Barn and Studio from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to shop for goods, products and wares from local farmers and artists.


 Also on Saturday, the Southampton Historical Museum is hosting “Grandpa, Pop & Me: The Wonder of Windmills” family program at 11 a.m. at Rogers Mansion in Southampton. Learn about the significance of windmills on Long Island and make your very own windmill. A take-home handout of Long Island windmills will be provided.

At the East Hampton Library, the second annual Tom Twomey series kicks off at 5 p.m. with a presentation on Colonial Commerce. Frank Sorrentino and Steve Russell Boerner will lead a fascinating exploration of a new transcription project that involves the account books, journals, ledgers, and documents of Culper Spy Ring member Robert Townsend (1753-1838) of Oyster Bay, housed in the Library’s Long Island Collection.

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Steve Miller’s art is on view at Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill. 

Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill is hosting a reception for Steve Miller’s “Your Version, My Version” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The show will run through May 15.

The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. The event will feature live music by NOIZ, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar by Southampton Social Club and the annual gallery hunt.

On the North Fork, Alex Ferrone will host a spring reception for her “Aerial Observations” series at her Cutchogue Gallery on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.


Sunday, April 17, brings us Spring Doc Day from the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor from noon to 7 p.m. Three animal-themed docs will be screened, including: “The Internet Cat Video Festival,” “The Messenger” and “The Champions.” Read more here from the Sag Harbor Express.

 The Watermill Center is hosting a brunch from noon to 2:30 as part of its International Brunch Series, which kicks off with Compañía Acción Residente, a performance group from Chile.

Guild Hall is opening up its doors for a free Artists in Residence Showcase from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet novelist Iris Smylles, poet Tom Yuill, visual artists Jennifer Hsu and James Wang and painter Arcmanoro Niles. RSVP here.

Loxahatchee by Roxanne Panero

“Loxahatchee” by Roxanne Panero.

The Southampton Cultural Center is hosting a reception for “East End Realists” from 4 to 6 p.m. The group show incudes: : Lucille Berrill Paulsen, David Paulsen, Pam Thomson, Peter Beston, Roxanne Panero, Jane Kirkwood, Aubrey Grainger, Keith Mantell and Ann Lombardo and is on view through May 23.

And lastly, the final “Long Island Grown” presentation from the Peconic Land Trust will be held at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton at 2 p.m. The series aptly ends with “The Dessert,: featuring Alexander Damianos of DuckWalk Vineyards , Patricia DiVello of Patty’s Berries and Bunches, and Tom Wickham of Wickham’s Fruit Farm.



One of the Hottest Sites in the Hamptons


This is the view today from the East Hampton Library.

Did you know that the folks at the East Hampton Library have set up a Main Street Webcam?

They have, and the number of page views is staggering. During just one weekend in mid-February, 4,404 people viewed the webcam a total of 9,841 times.

Not only is it the perfect place to go to see what’s happening near the pond (the camera is on the library property, facing the corner of Main Street and Buell Lane) on the way into the village, or to check road conditions, but it’s also cool to watch to see who’s heading your way and if they are on time or not. Or speeding. Tsk tsk.  I’m sure the live camera feed will come in super duper handy during the summertime when at least one car goes into the drink, as one always seems to do.

According to East Hampton Library Director Dennis Fabiszak, during that February weekend when he was collecting statistics, the cam was viewed from six different continents, 70 different countries and 921 different cities. Looks like everybody is interested in what happens in East Hampton.

Guessing Game Answered


More than 1,000 of you saw the Guessing Game post from Saturday morning.  A few of you even knew where I was.

For those who are still trying to figure it out where the photo was taken yesterday —

— here’s the answer.

I was at the East Hampton Library, which is one of my favorite haunts. The spot in question was the ladies lounge downstairs, right outside of The Baldwin Family Lecture Room, which was–as the name suggests–generously donated by Alec Baldwin and his family. It’s a beautiful space. I hope you do take the opportunity to enjoy it.