Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23

Goodbye sizzling summer. Sniff sniff. Hello awesome autumn.

I guess it’s officially fall. But that doesn’t mean that we have to hunker down and start hibernating. To the contrary, it’s time to get out there and enjoy life. So let’s soak up all the fun we can before (what’s been predicted to be a) brutal winter.


Baron’s Cove is hosting an Octoberfest celebration on Saturday. Photo by Doug Young

Like beer, food and good times? Head over to Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, which is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 22, from noon to 5 p.m. Expect German-style treats such as pretzels, sauerkraut, bratwurst and Steckerlfisch, and lotsa tap offerings too. Plus live music with Tom and Lisa starting at 2 p.m.



Later on Saturday, check out Halsey House in Southampton by candlelight from 4 to 5 p.m. Tours run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy cider and cookies before or after your tour.



And on Sunday, October 23, head up to the North Fork for a very special Sunday Supper at Sep’s Farm in East Marion from 1 to 3 p.m. The farm-to-table culinary event, which will be held in a restored barn on the farm (COOL!), will serve as a fundraiser for the Cormaria Retreat House in Sag Harbor. The shindig is being put on by chef and TV personality George Hirsch and our ol’ pal Alex Goetzfried—chef, food writer and photographer extraordinaire. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and that includes everything but the wine and beer. Yeehaw! Get your tickets here.  Or get the 411 by emailing SundaySupperUSA@gmail.com.


Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, October 8


A sprited scene from “La La Land,” which screens today at HIFF. 

I’m so excited that it’s Day Three of the Hamptons International Film Festival. The terrific event is rolling along wonderfully, and there are lots more movies to see and people to meet in the next few days. But that’s not all. There are so many other things happening this weekend in the Hamptons.

Of course HIFF is not the only game in town. Here are a few of my Hot Picks for today, Saturday, October 8. Check back in tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow for more HIFF coverage (including inspirational words from Aaron Eckhart), party pix, Hot Picks and more.


The Southampton Historical Museum is hosting a free Walking Tour: Olde Southampton After Dark today from 4 to 5 p.m. The tour, led by Zach Studenroth, will be held at the Old Southampton Burying Ground, on the corner of Little Plains and Post Lane. Please park on Post Lane.


Harbor Hot Tubs is hosting a Grand Opening celebration in Southampton today and tomorrow, October 8 and 9. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. either day for onsite demonstrations, giveaways and a chance to win a free hot tub. http://www.sparklingpools.com


Eric Meola’s “Thunder Road” image of Bruce Springsteen. 

The Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor is hosting an opening reception for Eric Meola’s “Born to Run” photos of Bruce Springsteen today from 6 to 8 p.m. The photographer will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, “Streets of Fire.”


Realism Rocks at Ashawagh Hall in The Springs this weekend, opening with a reception today from 5 to 8 p.m. The curated exhibit features original paintings by nine artists—Emma Ballou, Aubrey Grainger, Ann Lombardo, Keith Mantell, Lucille Berrill Paulsen, Leo Revi, Joanne Rosko, Eileen Dawn Skretch and Pamela Thomson—and will be on view through Monday. Call 268-8580 for additional information.


Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue is hosting an opening reception for “Mid-Life Christ-Is: New and Recent Work by Outsider Artist Robert Perez,” marking his 50th Birthday, today, Saturday, October 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through the end of the month.

Hamptons Hot Picks: Memorial Day Weekend


It looks like the HTC is putting on a humdinger of show with “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”  

Hankering for some drama this summer? Head west to Quogue and check out “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” written by Christopher Durang and staged by the Hampton Theatre Company. The show–starring Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline, Jane Lowe Amanda Griemsmann, Eduardo Ramos and Smeralda Abel– opens this weekend and runs through  June 12. An audience talkback with members of the cast and the director will follow the performance on June 2.



Painting by Liz Gribin.

Artist Liz Gribin’s work is featured in the Romany Kramoris gallery in Sag Harbor from now through June 16. Stop in and check it out.


Emilio Solla is playing the Parrish on Friday night.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is putting on some Jazz en Plein Air: Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Quartet on Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. If you haven’t been to this series yet this year, this weekend with the Grammy nominated, Argentina born, and New York-based pianist Emilio Solla and his Tango Jazz quartet will be a real treat. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the outdoor performance and sunset views.

The “Every Village Has a Story: Places” group exhibit opens with a reception at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum on Friday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show, which sounds super cool, will run through June 27. I’m pretty pleased with this feature I wrote about it for the Sag Harbor Express. Hope you enjoy it too.

Also on Friday night, the Lynn Blue Band will play at Coast Grill in Noyac from 7 to 10 p.m., which should be a totally rockin’ good time.  

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One of Casey Chalet Anderson’s “Ocean and Flower Field Paintings.”

On Saturday, artist Casey Chalem Anderson will be feted at the Eileen Fisher store in East Hampton from 4 to 7 p.m. for her “Ocean and Flower Field Paintings” exhibition. Bring your checkbook. A percentage of the gorgeous art proceeds will benefit the Peconic Land Trust.

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ARF’s Designer Showhouse officially kicks off the season on Saturday. 

The big kickoff to the summer also happens on Saturday, May 28, as it does every year. Be sure to stop by the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons annual ARF Designer Showhouse  reception and sale (GREAT finds at super reasonable prices!) at the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack from 5 to 8 p.m. Now in its sixth year, the fundraiser will feature the genius design talents of Sam Allen, Tracey Cavaniola, Nancy Corzine, John Stedila and Tim Button, Lynda Sylvester and Eldon Wong. The event is Co-Chaired by Gordon Hoppe, Gigi Mahon, Lisa McCarthy, Alex Papachristidis and Marshall Watson and this year’s Honorary Chair is Mary McDonald. The sale continues on Sunday and Monday. All proceeds will benefit ARF and the organization’s dedicated work to find loving homes for animals in need.


Entertaining partners Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon are set to thrill at Bay Street on Saturday night. 

Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon will perform “How Long Has This Been Going On” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Read more about my quick and quippy conversation with Mario in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

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A pair of galleries are hosting a double group exhibition geared for music buffs, and people who might like to see Billy Idol in the buff too.

Support art and a novel idea at a two-part reception for “The Golden Age of Rock ‘N Roll.” The first will be held as dual reception and grand opening celebration at The Studio  in East Hampton on Saturday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. That show features photographs by Jack Mitchell, Chris Foster, Karen Bystedt, Marcia Resnick, David Gamble, Steven Pike, Susan Wood, Lori Pavsner and Steve Joester. Another reception, for “The Golden Age of Rock ‘N Roll: Part II” will be held on Sunday, May 29, at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, featuring paintings and photographs by Bonnie Lautenberg, EJ Camp, Laura Benjamin, Evad, Adoni Astrinakis, Steve Joester and Jason Poremba. The group exhibit was curated by Karyn Mannix and Andrea McCafferty.


Lastly, buy your tickets for the Southampton Cultural Center‘s first-ever benefit gala, An Evening of Wine and Roses, which will be held on Sunday, May 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Southampton Social Club. This fundraiser is a good price and it promised to be great fun. I’ll see you there!

More to come in the morning. Cheers to an awesome season!

Hamptons Hot Picks — Friday & Saturday, May 15 and May 16

Fei Fei Dong performs at the Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday, May 16. Photo courtesy SCC.

Fei Fei Dong performs at the Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday, May 16. Photo courtesy SCC.

Normally at this time of year, I’d admonish everyone to get ready for the onslaught. But it feels like that’s already happened this year. No doubt, it’s going to be a doozy. My updated warning. Two words. Power naps.

* Rogers Mansion in Southampton has two big art receptions tonight, Friday, May 15, “Into The Deep: Paintings By Paton Miller” and “Views of Southampton: Paintings by Pat Garrity.” Stop by from 4 to 6 p.m. www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org

* Photographer Ellen Watson will be feted with a reception at GeekHampton in Sag Harbor for her “As I Have Seen It” exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. www.ellenwatsonphotography.com

* Over at the Parrish, it’s “Spring Family Night: The Art of Stop Motion Animation” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to build sets and create short animated films with teaching artists from The Good School in a fun-filled evening for the entire family. Creative projects inspired by the Permanent Collection will also be available in the Lynne and Richard Pasculano Studio. www.parrishart.org

* Southampton Cultural Center will stage a “Singers Showcase – an Evening of Song” tonight at 7:30 p.m. Performers include: John Balzer, Brian Clemente, Julie Crowley, Jessica Fitzpatrick, Adam Fronc, John Hudson, Aaron Kaufman, Nancy Picone, Mitchell Robin, Robert Stafford, John Tusa, Josephine Wallace, Susan Wojcik and more, with Peter Pece on the piano ad Valerie diLorenzo serving as the emcee.

Tomorrow night, Saturday, May 16, also at the SCC, Pianofest Distinguished artist Fei-Fei Dong will perform at 7 p.m. www.scc-arts.org

* On Saturday, May 16, LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will host Dell Cullum for a “Snap & Soar Photo Workshop” at 10 a.m. www.longhouse.org

* St. Peter’s Chapel in Springs will host a super cool “Old Stone Stroll” garden tour from 3 to 6 p.m. On view, the extraordinary gardens of: Laurie Anderson, Constantino Nivola, Judith and Gus Leiber, and more. Call 631-329-0990 for tickets.

* Dan Rizzie celebrates the publishing of his new book, a self-titled monograph, at Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton on Saturday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. www.petermarcelleproject.com

* Shelby Lynne returns to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.


* HitFEST presents “Shakespeare on Wine” at the Bridgehampton Community Center at 7 p.m. www.hitfest.org

* Guild Hall in East Hampton will screen Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” at 7 p.m. The National Theatre Live performance will be broadcast from London’s West End. www.guildhall.org.

* Marder’s “Big Show” opens on Saturday at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. www.silasmarder.com Here’s a link to the preview I wrote for the Express: http://sagharboronline.com/sagharborexpress/arts/small-scale-in-a-big-show-at-silas-marder-gallery-in-bridgehampton-37626

* Shoutout to my friend Judy, who is always in my heart. xoxo

* Make sure to visit tomorrow for more Hamptons Hot Pick for the week. Cheers!

Hot Picks

"To Kill A Mockingbird" is staging now at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Photo by Lenny Stucker, courtesy Bay Street

“To Kill A Mockingbird” is staging now at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Photo by Lenny Stucker, courtesy Bay Street

Who says that fall in the Hamptons is a slow time? Not me, that’s for sure. Those looking for fantastic things to do need look no further than this week’s Hot Picks in order to fill their calendars.

* “To Kill A Mockingbird” is now staging at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor as part of the Literature Live series. The cast includes lots and lots of talented folks, many of whom are locals, including: Chloë Dirksen, Cooki Winborn, Jemma Kosanke, Carolyn Popp, Rob DiSario, William Sturek, Jessica Mortellaro, Joe Pallister, Hudson Troy, Thomas Schiavoni, Scott Eck, Chauncy Thomas and Al Bundonis. I saw a previous version (last year? 2 years ago?) and it was incredible! www.baystreet.org

* “Hamlet” opens tomorrow night, Friday, November 7, at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The show, staged in collaboration with the Round Table Theatre Company, will stage through Sunday, November 23. Directed by Morgan Vaughan, the show is loaded with local talent, including: Jeff Keogh, Tristan Vaughan, Josh Gladstone, John Tramontana, Dianne B, Peter Connolly, Sawyer Avery, Evan Daves, Michael Bartoli and Fabrienne Bottero. Gotta mention also that Brian Leaver is doing sets, Yuka Silvera costumes and Sebastian Paczynski has got the lights. www.guildhall.org | www.theatermania.com.

* This weekend the Parrish Art Museum celebrates its second anniversary in Water Mill with a few cool events. On Friday at 6 p.m. and again on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., the Stephen Petronio Company will perform “Into the Maze” around Alan Shields’ monumental installation. On Sunday there will be a family-oriented Community Scrollathon art creation event. Learn more about the weekend doings at www.parrishart.org.

* Also on Friday, Elements Fitness Studio in East Hampton will team up with BLOW Hampton to offer a Blowout Bar beauty and fitness event at 5:45 p.m. Read all about it at www.elementsfitnessstudio.com.

* On Saturday, the East Hampton Library will offer a Jump Start to Healthier You Wellness Seminar with Zoe Baxter. http://www.easthamptonlibrary.org

* Also on Saturday, Dockers in East Quogue will host a benefit for Amy Broadstreet, with proceeds benefitting Amy’s Boys, from 7 to 10 p.m. Reserve tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/celebrating-amybroadstreet-tickets.

* Duck Walk South in Water Mill will present a Red Wine Lovers night on Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reserve a seat at 726-7555, ext. 4.

*Coming up, author Jessica Soffer (one of my absolute FAVES!) will be the featured talent at Almond’s Artists & Writers Night dinner at the restaurant in Bridgehampton on Tuesday, November 11, at 7 p.m. Book your seats now for what’s sure to be an awesome night with the “Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots” writer. http://www.almondrestaurant.com | http://www.jessicasoffer.com

* Reminder, the “Bruce Lieberman: East End” exhibit will remain on view at Gallery North in Setauket through next Friday, November 14. http://www.brucelieberman.com

* And don’t forget that not only are Peconic Bay scallops once again in season–yummy–Long Island Restaurant Week is happening NOW! For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit http://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com.

Halloween Hot Picks


This Halloween, there are plenty of treats to be had here in the Hamptons. I’ve selected a few, though by no means all, ghoulish gatherings for you to get your party on. But please remember, safety first during your Day of the Dead celebrating.

* On Friday, Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will celebrate its 15th annual Rowdyween, starting at 8 p.m. DJ Noid will host and a $500 best costume prize will be awarded. www.rowdyhall.com

* Kicking the weekend off in Sag Harbor tonight, Page at 63 Main will throw its Halloween Costume Bash starting at 10 p.m. DJ Twilo will host and prizes will be awarded for best costume, best drag, spookiest costume, and other creative categories. www.page63main.com

* Head out to the Harbor Grill in East Hampton for the Three Mile Horror celebration, which begins at 9 p.m. Best costume wins a $250 gift certificate to Harbor Bistro. 604-5290.

* Also on Friday night, the Southampton Publick House will celebrate with a Halloween Costume Party and $500 prize, starting at 9 p.m. DJ Anthony from WEHM will host. www.publick.com

* My pick for the potentially most outrageous party goes to Harlow East in Sag Harbor—which has BIG shoes to fill, courtesy of former tenant B. Smith, whose Halloween bashes were legendary. Hosted by DJ Karin Ward, the Drag Me to Hell party gets started on Saturday at 8 p.m. http://sagharbor.harlownyc.com

* Also on Saturday, Solé East Resort & The Backyard Restaurant in Montauk will host a backyard Halloween bash/season closer starting at 8 p.m. Best costume prizes will be awarded.   www.soleeast.com

* Lastly, for the kiddies, La Fondita in Amagansett is teaming up with Golden Eagle Art Store with a Dia de los Muertos (aka “Day of the Dead” for ‘Mericans who don’t habla Espanol) craft day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 am. The event will be for children age 5 and up and will be held at La Fondita. Proceeds will benefit a local needy family. www.lafondita.net

Hamptons Party Girl’s Hot Picks

From Tacy Pico's "Long Dream." Image courtesy Watermill Center.

From Tacy Pico’s “Long Dream.” Image courtesy Watermill Center.

Get ready for another busy summer weekend in the Hamptons. Is there any other kind? This week’s Hot Picks include: fundraisers, art exhibits, live music, an author talk, a big garden tour, the TEENYS and more.

* The Stephen Talkhouse in Amangansett will host the Citizens for Access Rights annual fundraiser on Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. http://www.stephentalkhouse.com | http://www.citizensforaccessrights.com

* The Watermill Center will host current artist-in-residence Tacy Borg and her “Long Dream” video studies of underwater bodies on Friday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. http://www.watermillcenter.org

* The Next Level Band plays reggae- and calypso-infused classic tune arrangements at the Parrish Art Museum on Friday, June 6, at 6 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets for the terrace or lawn. http://www.parrishart.org

* Books & Books WHB will host “The Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole” author Sheldon Bart at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Center on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. http://www.booksandbookswhb.com

* Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will host a reception for the LGBT community before the Saturday, June 7, MainStage performance of “Conviction.” The reception starts at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Call the box office at 725-9500 or visit the website for tickets. http://www.baystreet.org.

* A “Rothko Revisited” panel discussion will be held at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. Panelists will include Ambassador Donald Blinken, former President of the Rothko Foundation; Christophe de Menil, DIA Foundation; Ben Heller; Stephen Hamilton, director of Guild Hall’s production of “RED” and moderator: Christina Strassfield, Guild Hall Museum Director. http://www.guildhall.org

* The Southampton Cultural Center will host an opening reception for “Nature: Variations on a Theme” on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. The show was curated by Arlene Bujese and includes the work of Deborah Black, Lucy Cookson, Mary Daunt, Janet Jennings and Karen Kluglein. On view through July 12. http://www.southamptonculturalcenter.org

* A “Hail to the Beach: Paintings by Dinah Maxwell Smith” reception will be held at the Southampton Historical Museum on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org

* KC and The Sunshine Band will rock the 11th annual Club Starlight benefit at the Ross School in East Hampton on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. The event will honor special guest Russell Simmons. http://www.ross.org

* I’m excited to be presenting at the 12th annual Teeny Awards Ceremony, celebrating the talents of East End high school students, on Sunday, June 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Longwood High School in Middle Island. http://www.eastendarts.org

* The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Landscape Pleasures garden tour will be held on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.The self-guided tour includes the gardens of Tory Burch, Joan and Bernard Carl and Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg, Margaret and R. Peter Sullivan, and Robert Dash’s Madoo Conservancy. http://www.parrishart.org