Photos: Much About Madoo

Back of the studio

Earlier this month, The Madoo Conservancy held its annual Much Ado About Madoo fundraiser. The 7th annual garden cocktail and market benefit, held on the grounds of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, was a 50th anniversary celebration of the garden and also a fete for the completion of the $1.1 million historic restoration of the Summer house and studio.

In 1967 artist, writer and gardener Robert Dash moved from New York City to Sagaponack and founded Madoo, the internationally renowned entirely organic garden known for its bold planting style, horticultural diversity and brightly colored hardscaping. It’s a glorious and fantastical place, dedicated to the study, preservation and enhancement an ever-changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures.

Thanks for the photos Kimberly Goff!


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!



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.
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!

Photos from Madoo

Enjoy these fun photos from the “Much About Madoo” festivities this weekend, courtesy Kimberly Goff.

Weekend Hamptons Hot Picks

Another jam-packed weekend with more things to do than time to fit them all in. Here are a few of my tippy top picks for Friday and Saturday, which include three top-tier home and garden events and one big darn deal art opening.


A view of the Landis garden, which is included in the ARF 30th Anniversary Garden Tour.

First off, it’s ARF’s 30th Anniversary Garden Tour. The event kicks off tonight, Friday, June 17, with a cocktail party at the oceanfront home of Barbara Slifka from 5 to 8 p.m. The actual self-guided tour will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s tour includes the gardens of Susan Calhoun and Charlie Moss, Nancy Corzine, Gillian Spreckels Fuller, Bettysue and Jeffrey Hughes, and Rosalind and Ken Landisin Bridgehampton, Sagaponack and Wainscott. As a bonus, tour-goers receive free admission to Much Ado About Madoo Garden Market.

The Holiday House Hamptons Showhouse returns, this time to an incredible modern in Water Mill that happens to have the only rooftop tennis court on the entire East End. And it’s for sale! Here’s a link to the Douglas Elliman listing with Linda Haugevik.  The showhouse, presented by HC&G, is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and opens with a White Party on Saturday, June 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The house will remain open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours Thursdays though Mondays through July 26.


This year’s Design Chairs are Thom Filicia, Robert Stilin, and Vicente Wolf. Participating Showhouse designers include: 2Michaels, Anne Tarasoff Interiors, Baltimore Design Group, Barbara Ostrom & Associates, Carmiña Roth Interiors, LLC., Chad James Group, Dorfman+ Sag Harbor/NYC, Elizabeth Dow Home, HB Home, Jolie Korek & Co., KARA MANN, LIAIGRE, Mabley Handler Interior Design, Maddux Creative, Melanie Roy Design, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design, Timothy Brown Studio, Unlimited Earth Care by Frederico Azevedo, V Starr by Venus Williams, Wesley Moon, Inc. and West Chin Architects & Interior Designers.

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There’s also Much Ado About Madoo, a wonderful weekend celebration of 50 years of organic gardening at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. The festivities begin with a Garden Cocktail Party and Market Preview tonight, Friday, June 17, hosted by Honorary Chairmen Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan from 6 to 8 p.m. at Madoo. On Saturday, the Garden Market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than two dozen distinguished dealers in rare plants, home and garden accessories, gourmet treats, fragrance and beauty collections and more are expected. Additional events include a Conversation with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, author of “Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design” and Catie Marron, author of “City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World” on Saturday at noon and  Once Upon a Time at Madoo storytelling and music for the kiddies,  performed by a graduate trio from the Perlman Music Program, at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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And lastly, the “Peter Beard: Last Word From Paradise” exhibition opens with a members-only preview at Guild Hall tonight, Friday, June 17. The don’t-miss solo retrospective is open to all starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, and hangs through July 31. The exhibition focuses on the two outposts that Beard calls home – Africa and the East End of Long Island and includes more than 50 multi-layered collages, drawings, photographs, and diaries from the 1960s to the present, some on public view for the first time. Read more about it here in this feature I wrote in this week’s Sag Harbor Express.

Still want more? Check back later for additional Hamptons happenings for your  June 17, 18 and 19 weekend.


Hamptons Hot Picks: Part One of Two

There’s so much to do this weekend that I’m going to have to give you a two-parter. Today, there’s stuff to do tonight and early day and benefits for tomorrow. Check back in the morning for Saturday’s  more art events.


* The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will screen Marion Cajori’s documentary on Chuck Close tonight at 6 p.m. The screening is in conjunction with the “Chuck Close Photographs” exhibit currently on view. Admission is $10.

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* Folk-pop luminary and composer Duncan Sheik will perform at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55, $60 and $65. Singer-songwriter Jeff LeBlanc will be performing as a an opening act for this performance.


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* LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will host its seventh annual Planters ON + OFF the Ground, with viewing and a rare plant auction starting at 2 p.m. and ribbons awarded by judges Marco Polo Stufano and Preston Phillips at 6 p.m. Container views will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is $20.

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* The 29th Annual  ARF Garden Tour will also be held on Saturday. The self-guided tour will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the featured gardens of: Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein, The Fairwind Garden, Anke and Juergen Friedrich, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Irene and Bernard Schwartz, Margaret and R. Peter Sullivan. A cocktail party immediately follows at Blue Haven, the home of Lisa and Donald Jackson. Tickets for tour $85, tickets for tour and cocktail party $175.

* Much Ado About Madoo: A Secret in the Garden will be held at Madoo in Sagaponack on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 pm. The day will feature a garden market, talk by Frances Schultz at noon and Once Upon a Time at Madoo kids storytelling program and music from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each or $100 for a family of four. www.

* Shelter Island’s 36th annual 10K/5K Race/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m.
Touted as one of the country’s most beautiful runs by Runner’s World magazine, this mesmerizing mix of harbor views, world-class athletes and an easygoing island vibe make this pre-sunset race a highlight of the summer season out East. Runners can sign up at

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* The Stony Hill Stables Foundation in Amagansett will host a benefit cocktail party and equestrian performances from 6 to 8 p.m. Lots of fun horse stuff here, including a special Dressage Exhibition performed by Gold Medalist Wick Hotchkiss, Pony Drill Team performances by the impressive young riders of Stony Hill Stables, dressage by Wick Hotchkiss and a hi-octane Barrel Racing finale.

* The Thomas Moran Trust benefit cocktail party, for the restoration of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, will be held In the Artist’s Garden in Springs from 6 to 8 p.m.


* Flamenco Vivo will dance at the Southampton Cultural Center from 6 to 7 p.m. The evening performance of Spanish dance and music is hosted by Dance Fusion at SCC. Tickets are $40 each and $20 for students.

*  Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor hosts A Night to Rock with GE Smith at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $69 to $100.

The Sag Harbor Community Band will play at Rogers Mansion in Southampton from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to sing along to songs from the Great American Song Book. A 375th anniversary birthday cake and ice cream from Sip ‘n Soda, will be served at 5 p.m.

Plunge into These December Hot Picks for the Coming Weekend

Image courtesy Southamtpon Arts Center as part of its "Awkward Family Photos" exhibit.

Image courtesy Southamtpon Arts Center as part of its “Awkward Family Photos” exhibit.

My oh my there are so many things to do here in the Hamptons this weekend, including the annual cant-miss Polar Bear Plunge, an Awkward holiday party and lots and lots of festive gatherings. Time’s a wastin’ so I better just dive right in.

* Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor will host an opening reception for the “Landscapes: Real & Imagined” group exhibit with Pamela Collins Focarino, Pat Moran 
and Kathryn Szoka on Friday, December 12, starting at 5 p.m.

* Pechakucha returns to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday, December 12, with: Mike Bottini, wildlife biologist
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Margaret Garrett, artist; Chris Gentile, surfer, artist, founder Pilgrim Surf + Supply; Steve Miller, artist; Minerva Perez, actress and domestic violence shelter director; Stefanie Sacks, culinary nutritionist, MS, CNS, CDN; Victoria Smith, Dock to Dish; Margaret Braun, Alex DiJulio, and Alex Larsen, artists and collaborators; and Lena Yaremenko, artist/photographer. The event is sold out but there will be an on-site waiting list beginning at 5 p.m.

* The Parrish is also offering a “Dolls and Mannequins at Play in Contemporary Art” talk with Eric Fischl, Glenn Fuhrman, Lisa Dennison and Robert Stein on Saturday, December 13, at 11 a.m.

* The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will perform “Nutcracker” on Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton. (855) 222-2849 | |

* Local artisans Susan Nieland, Anna Clejan and Helen Feid will host a Holiday Market featuring jewelry, stoneware and clothing on Friday, December 12, at 34 Squires Path in East Hampton from 5 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 13, from 1 to 5 p.m.

* On Saturday morning, it’s Polar Bear Plunge time at Coopers Beach in Southampton at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to bring at the very least a towel and something warm for your frozen feet for after your frigid dip.

* The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will put on its third annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop homemade gifts galore, gardening books and great gifts for the gardener. To enhance the festivities, the Bridgehampton High School Band will be performing holiday music and there will be a wreath-making workshop with Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery too. Registration required.

* Also on Saturday, Southampton Arts Center will host a holiday gathering at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate its fun exhibit “Awkward Family Photos.” Wear your most festive holiday attire. Embarrassing and ugly holiday sweaters are encouraged, especially if you share a selfie post from the event. RSVP to

* Duck Walk in Water Mill will play live music on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the tasting room.

* Guild Hall in East Hampton is opening its doors for a free Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13, starting at noon. There will also be a Gingerbread House Decorating workshop, held jointly with Citarella, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday and a “First Growth on Long Island” primer on local wines with Michael Cinque on Sunday, December 14, at 11 a.m.

* West of the canal, the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum will host a free Winter Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature live dance and musical performances, an art market and demonstrations, food and children’s activities.

** Lastly, please help The Bridgehampton Child Care Center in its efforts to provide toys for needs kids. Drop by Provisions in Sag Harbor or Second Star Toys in the Bridgehampton Commons and drop off a toy under one of the BCCC trees. But do it before SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, as that’s when the gifts will be collected for delivery.

Hamptons Party Girl’s Hot Picks

Hamptons Party Girl's Hot Picks

Here’s this week’s list of a few of my favorite things.
* Brrrrrr. The annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at Coopers Beach in Southampton on Saturday, December 14, at 10 a.m.
* HitFest/Naked Stage continues its Water’s Edge Radio Hour this Saturday, December 14, at 6:45 p.m. at Wolffer in Sagaponack.
* The Watermill Center will present “Marina Abramovich: The Artist Is Present” on Saturday, December 14, at 4 p.m.
* Madoo’s annual Holiday Market will be held at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Coming up, Nancy Atlas (that’s her latest CD cover above) will rock the Talkhouse in Amagansett next Friday, December 20, at 8 p.m.
* Guild Hall in East Hampton will screen the Met’s production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” on Wednesday, December 18, at 6 p.m.