Photos: Family Day at LongHouse Reserve

What better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than Saturday at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, especially with “Angelina Ballerina” and “Twinkle” author Katharine Holabird and iconic “Eloise” illustrator (among many other things) Hilary Knight. Cool.

Student Fashion Got Blue Carpet Treatment at LongHouse on Saturday


Students featured included: Evelyn Carillo, Tilly Frisbie, Garbriella Knab, Ella Parker, Simone Kessler, Alex Kamper, Catheliya Reed, Maylee Konack, Ava O’Shea and Gianna Ekstra. 

LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton recently hosted a Fashion Workshop Exhibition and Fashion Show, with models and everything, thanks to the students of Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. Funded by the Donald Reutershan Educational Trust and LongHouse Reserve, the talented students used the 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden as inspiration for their designs, which were unveiled on the blue runway on Saturday during their formal fashion show. It was like attending our very own local “Project Runway.” I heart kids who embrace their creativity. 


Photos: LongHouse Reserve’s Winter Benefit

LongHouse Reserve 2017 Winter Benefit, Honoring Architect Team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

I’ve been wanting to share my experiences from LongHouse Reserve’s fantastic annual Winter Benefit since last week but haven’t been able to get around to it until now. Apologies for my delay.

It was one of those incredible evenings where I found myself reveling in wonder and amazement at being in the same room with so many people who have changed our world. Man, that’s some heady stuff. Words might not be able to capture it but hopefully these photos by Patrick McMullan will. Enjoy!

Want to learn more? Here’s all the info: LongHouse Reserve celebrated the start of their 26th season with a Winter Benefit at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, February 15, honoring husband and wife architectural team, and Barack Obama Presidential Center designersTod Williams and Billie Tsien.

The non-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization based in East Hampton, drew a diverse group of guests including LongHouse Reserve Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, President Dianne Benson and Executive Director Matko Tomicic. Former LongHouse honorees Hugh Hardyand Barbara Slifka were in attendance, along with architect Steven Holl, Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown,  and artists Helena Hernmarck, Shen Wei, and Eleanor Alper -. Distinguished guests included Ron Kaplan and Toni Ross, Adelaide De MenilLouis and Jane GroppDeborah NevinsSherri DonghiaPeter OlsenAlexandra MunroeMark and Elizabeth LevineLee Skolnick, Nina Gillman, Jane and David Walentas, Herb Hellman and Marcia WilsonR. Couri HayAlison Mazzola and Sylvia Mazzola, Alexandra Munroe, Lori and Alexandre Chemla, Franklin Getchell and Murray Moss, Neda Young, James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett, Joy and Bruce Habian, Ed Howard, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Cathleen McGuigan, Warrie and Jim Price, Amy Schichtel.

As guests gathered in the atrium, also designed by the honorees, architectural critic, educator and Contributing Editor for Vanity FairPaul Goldberger took to the stage to present the LongHouse Award, and moderate a lively conversation with honorees Williams and Tsien about their philosophy, love for LongHouse, and what it’s like to work with the former President and First Lady of the United States. Attendees were then treated to the first private screening of “LARSENWORLD: LONGHOUSE IN EAST HAMPTON,” a film created by LongHouse as the pinnacle of its 25th year triumphs.

The reception and screening were followed with a dinner at the residence of Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt at the iconic San Remo building on Central Park West.

Chosen in 2016 as the designers of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, Williams and Tsien have received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects over the past three decades, as well as numerous national and international citations. Their many accomplishments include the design of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, and the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

This event was made possible with the generous support of Adelaide de Menil ,Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.

About LongHouse ReserveLongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit organization with 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Through its art collections, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with the strong conviction that living with art in all its forms is central to living fully and living creatively. It seeks to expand the imaginations of all its visitors, no matter what age or level of appreciation. Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu, bronzes by Eric Fischl,Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Works by George RickeyAlfonso Ossorio, Yoko OnoPavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a “Fly’s Eye Dome” designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol LeWitt piece add interesting scale and dimension. 

Admission is $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, New York 11937.

Fall Tidings

Traveling hither and yon today, I got to appreciate the gorgeous fall foliage stretching all the way from Southold to the Northwest Woods. Truly beautiful sights.

In the spirit of the gorgeous autumn day, here are three things that are of interest this particular moment in time.


Photo by Alex Feleppa. 

LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is hosting a Fall Foliage Garden Walk on Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. What a wonderful way to experience the seasonal changes!

Join Alex Feleppa, LongHouse Reserve’s horticulturist and certified arborist, for the insightful tour of the foliage, fruit, and flowers that provide another wonderful season of interest at LongHouse. From coral bark maples to Japanese beautyberries, Alex will identify and demystify the sensational fall trees and shrubs you have long been curious about. Stroll the garden, be inspired, and take home the knowledge to better your own landscape.  Be sure to dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes for walking.


The Montauk Library is offering up a fine-free November, as long as you bring in some non-perishable food donations. Here’s an idea–bring in something whether you’ve got an overdue book or not. Every little bit counts! All collected food will be donated to the Montauk Food Pantry. It’s called “The Hollows Beacon

And lastly, a bit of something autumnally attractive to feast your eyes upon. Art Donovan, who happens to be celebrating a birthday today, has a cool new lighting fixture that is just perfect for right now. It’s called “The Hollows Beacon” and it hangs outdoors as a lantern. Neato.


Photo courtesy Art Donovan.

Photos: Sonic Garden Party at LongHouse


Bora Yoon absolutely blew me away at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on Saturday. Dawn Watson photos.

Trend alert — Expect to see more and more unconventional-type performances and entertainment settings in the Hamptons in the future. Props to the folks at LongHouse Reserve for being way ahead of the curve with this, as they have been presenting unique and super interesting performances al fresco for years.

A fine and shining example that happened just this past weekend was the Sonic Garden Party, a moving (and moving) evening of performances put on the the LongHouse Junior Council, which was held on Saturday at the 16-acre Reserve in East Hampton, and curated by National Sawdust. First up was the entrancing Bora Yoon, whose whole being emitted waves of beauty and wonder. I am SO glad I got to experience that. Wow! Then there was Colin Self, whose mysterious blend of song and performance art reminded me of being at the Watermill Center (another perfect place for bucking convention), which was cool. Lastly, it was a collaborative Sonic Finale with Harry Bertoia for everyone at the amphitheater, better known to all of us as “the unicorn horn.” The  happy, free-for-all musical extravaganza was just delightful, and so, so pretty.  And don’t forget the site- and event-specific Sonic Sculptures, made by local artists Nico Yektai, Nick Martin, Scott Bluedorn and Fitzhugh Karol. All told, it was a super groovy day.

Three of My Hottest Hot Picks, And a Video

To paraphrase Andy Cohen, three things I’m obsessed with right now are: the Food Truck Derby tomorrow night at Hayground, the Sonic Garden Party at LongHouse and the Bow Wow Meow Ball at ARF.

Oh, and this video of Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs at LongHouse this past weekend, beautifully shot by Dell Cullum.

My fellow foodies and I can’t wait for the fifth annual Food Truck Derby, sponsored by Edible East End and held in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. Trucks from Manhattan to Montauk will hit the pavement to converge at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton for an early evening of mobile eats, local wine, craft beer and more. Entertainment will be provided by The Shockwaves and Blocks, Trucks + Art. Here’s who will be there: Anewyoricanthing, Blondie’s Bake Shop, BynumOnWheels – Hush Bistro Food Truck, Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks, Chiki-Wawa, CYNFULFOOD Catering, Eat Me Drink Me, Elegant Eats, The Inn Spot… Out!, Island Empanada, Nice Buns Slammin’ Sliders, Noah’s on the Road, Pizza Luca, Ponti Rossi Italian Food Truck, Rolling Smoke Grill, The Sea Bean Natural Food Co., Whole Le Crepe, Brooklyn Brewery, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Hampton Coffee Co. Mobile Espresso Unit, Sweet’tauk Lemonade, Wölffer Estate Vineyard. GuS – Grown-up Soda, Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, and more.

The cost is $65 per person and includes one serving at every food truck and complimentary beverages. Ticket availability is limited and can be purchased at The price for kids 12-years-old and under is $20. VIP tickets are available and cost $100 per person, offering early-access to the food trucks at 3:30 p.m. Hope to see you there but DO NOT get in between me and my fixes for Noah’s and Hampton Coffee Company. : )


As for Saturday night, August 19, head over to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott the annual Bow Wow Meow Ball, which starts at 6:30 p.m. This year’s honoree is filmmaker and staunch animal advocate Katharina Otto-Bernstein, who was the director of “Absolute Wilson” and  producer for HBO’s “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” Theater director and visual artist Robert Wilson will present the ARF Champion of Animals Award to her.

The evening’s celebration of ARF’s life-saving work will take place on ARF’s 22-acre campus in Wainscott, and will feature a proud group of ARF cats and dogs ready for their forever homes. Guests will enjoy cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Glorious Food within an elegant setting created by David Monn and Alex Papachristidis. Afterwards, the party will continue with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. Over 400 high-profile guests from New York and the Hamptons are expected to attend the magical night. All proceeds will benefit ARF, a regional leader in New York for the rescue and adoption of cats and dogs. The evening will also include a live auction with Auctioneer Benjamin Doller, a Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, a silent auction and an online auction with

Feeling like attending jamming out at a Sonic Garden Party? Then LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is the place to be on Saturday night. If the big shindig last year was any indication, this party should be whatever the kids are saying these days in place of “off the hook!”




Photos: Concert for Dogs at LongHouse


Dawn Watson photos.

This past Saturday brought us  one of the most unique and fun events in a long time when Laurie Anderson brought her “Concert for Dogs” to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The world-renowned avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director put on her canine concert alongside cellist Rubin Kodheli.

Lots and lots of dog lovers, including some pretty famous ones in the art world, brought their beloved pooches to the remarkable event,  held in the LongHouse amphitheater on the Reserve’s 16-acre grounds.

A share of the proceeds from the Concert for Dogs benefitted ARF, aka the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, a charity dedicated to providing for the welfare of animals on the South Fork of Long Island. The concert was followed by a reception in the gardens, where pups and their owners enjoyed refreshments amongst the lush grounds. It was the first time that dogs were welcomed to LongHouse.

All photos by Dawn Watson.