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: Serious Moonlight at LongHouse Reserve


All photos by Dawn Watson for LongHouse Reserve.

In counting my favorite benefits, LongHouse Reserve has always been at the very top of the list. Having been to nearly every summer fundraiser at the 16-acre East Hampton garden/arboretum/sculpture grounds/museum for the past decade, I have to say that Saturday’s event, “Serious Moonlight”for the 25th anniversary Jubilee Year celebration, was the absolute best. So many friends and serious supporters turned out to pay a visit and their respects to founder Jack Lenor Larsen and his East Hampton-based garden of delights, netting $500,000 in the process. It was a beautiful night under the Serious Moonlight, not soon to be forgotten.

This year’s honorees were sisters Molly Chappellet and Luanne Wells, who both received the LongHouse Arts Patron Award, which was presented by Martha Stewart–all longtime friends of Jack.

Other notables who turned out: Robert Wilson, Cindy Sherman, Fred Savage and his wife, Lynn, Alice Aycock, Nicole Miller, Mary Jane Marcasiano, Ralph Pucci, Sherri Donghia, Ralph Gibson, Larry Warsh, Alex Papachristidis Scott Nelson, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Veronica Atkins, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Emilia Kabakov, Lucy Winton, Bryan Hunt, Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Lana Jokel, Alexandra Munroe, Bridget Fleming, Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Ron Guttman, Terri Sultan, Andrea Grover, Steve Miller, Bonnie Grice, Yuka Silvera, Uko and Hideki Morita, Joe Pintauro, Eric Dever, Dianne B (who received a special award from Jack), Lys Marigold, Nico Muhly (who performed a seriously fun mini concert), Nona Hendryx (who rocked it out), Matko Tomicic, Em Watson, Florence Fabricant, Regina Weinreich, Elizabeth and Mark Levine, Steve Miller, Elizabeth Birkelund, Bastienne Schmidt, Ted Hartley, Ralph Gibson, Johnny Swing, Peter Dayton, Ryan McGinness, Laurie Lambrecht, Elena Glynn, Nina Gillman, Lynda Benglis, Bryan Hunt, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeld, Dr. Vincent Covello, Jo Ann and Lee Skolnick, Fern and Lenard Tessler, Edwina von Gal, Marcia Wilson and Herb Hellman, Terrie Sultan, Christopher French, Jennifer Landes, Andrea Grover, Jack Youngerman,  to name several dozen.  : )

Lotsa LongHouse + Martha Stewart Photos


Martha Stewart and Jack Lenor Larsen at LongHouse Reserve’s Planters: On + Off the Ground on Saturday, June 25. All photos by Dawn Watson. 

What fun I had on Saturday during the Planters: On + Off the Ground VIII invitational and exhibit opening at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The event, held on Saturday, June 25, brought the return of Martha Stewart, who was the judge for the first-ever Planters, for this 25th Jubilee Celebration event.

Here’s the official winners list:

1.st Place: #21. A Piece of the Universe, Summerhill Landscapes, Sag Harbor, NY
2nd Place: #13 Landcraft Environments ltd, Mattituck, NY
3rd Place: #14 Michael Derrig, Landscape Details, Sag Harbor, NY
Honorable Mention: Kathleen Marder, Marders, Bridgehampton, NY
Honorable Mention: Untitled Prototype 2016, Justin Terzi Design, Sag Harbor, NY

People’s Choice Award: tie
#21 A Piece of the Universe, Summerhill Landscapes, Sag Harbor, NY
#23 Plated table #1, Tony Piazza/Piazza Horticultural and Tony INgrao/Ingrao Inc.

The invitational garden container exhibit will remain on view through July 30.


East Hampton Antiques Show: A Treasure Trove of Fun

Martha Stewart attended the East Hampton Historical Society fundraiser on Friday night. Dawn Watson photos

Martha Stewart attended the East Hampton Historical Society fundraiser on Friday night. Dawn Watson photos

I walked through the gate and onto the grounds of Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Friday night for the East Hampton Historical Society’s annual summertime fundraiser and immediately spotted Richard Barons, which wasn’t so hard as he was greeting everyone, and Marshall Watson, whom I could pick out of a crowd in about 5 seconds flat as he’s always so handsome and debonaire. What a treat it was to immediately see those familiar faces, followed quickly by those of so many, many friends.
The next person I recognized isn’t a person I’d call a friend but it was definitely familiar. Strolling through the gate right behind me was none other than East Hampton’s Martha Stewart, who looked fabulous, as always. I’ve taken lots of pictures of this lady over the years and she never ceases to photograph beautifully.
But back to the event. The antiques were resplendent and there were so many people there that they had to open the gates up early. I saw designer friends, antiques buffs and history aficionados, plus a few who just like to get out and about to a good party. It’s always nice to see my fellow East Enders turning up in droves to support such a great organization. Hope you enjoy the snapshots as much as I enjoyed the event.

Martha Stewart Talks Dirty

Martha Stewart Talks Dirty

In news that took me by surprise and made me laugh, apparently somebody needs sex advice from Martha Stewart. During a Reddit talk this week, a reader asked the doyenne of domesticity to share her most important bedroom tips.
“Always take a bath before and after,” replied the queen of clean.
After a commenter responded that it’s also good to do it during a bath, Martha replied, “That’s good too, and don’t forget to brush your teeth.”
Additionally, the cooking/crafting/organizing/entertaining expert was asked about her prison nickname, her friendship with Snoop Dogg (she wishes she was closer friends. Awesome.), called “shawty” by a reader who suggested some sexually inappropriate activities, and to name her favorite parody of herself.
Martha’s answer to that last thing: “There have been many. None of which are very accurate or flattering. But Ana Gasteyer on SNL did a good job.”
Side note: Go Ana! I interviewed her a year or so ago. She was amazing. Check her out on “Suburgatory.”
Props to Martha for even doing the live chat. People get CRAZY when they are enabled to comment anonymously. Thank goodness, she was also asked for her advice and opinions on a number of food and housekeeping matters. That’s a good thing.
*Photo by me at a Chefs & Champagne fundraiser.

Martha Stewart: The First Celebrity I Ever Shot

Martha Stewart: The First Celebrity I Ever Shot

Before we do anything, let’s just take a moment to remember that Martha Stewart is 72. This fact absolutely blows my mind every single time I see her.
The photo I’ve attached is about 6 or 7 years old but then and now she looks easily 20 years or so younger than her actual age. I’ve been up pretty close and I don’t see any telltale signs of unnatural processes either. Her next book should be on looking like a beauty queen for life.
Anyway, Miss Martha is a regular at food and gardening events out here and I’ve never, ever gotten a bad shot of her. This particular photo was taken at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton when she served as judge for the first-ever Container Show, “Plants: On + Off The Ground.” This, by the way, is one of my favorite summer events.
I’ve had friends who have worked for Martha and have chronicled the challenges of being at the beck and call of a super-tough type-A personality and I do get it–but I also think that they would probably say the same thing about me if I ran a multi-media conglomerate. Strong, assertive women often get the short end of the stick, especially when they aren’t apologetic about who they are, which is a total drag.
Is she difficult? Probably. But I think she’s pretty badass cool and she’s always been nice and accessible to me. And I seriously want to know the details of her face washing and moisturizing regimen. Rock on Martha Stewart.