Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend


“Montauk Top” by Dawn Watson.

It’s Friday. And that means it’s Hot Picks time.

Topping my personal list for the weekend is the opening of “Natural Abstractions + Landscape Loves” at the Montauk Library tonight, Friday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., since it’s my show and all.  Please come if you can make it. Check out some of my newest work here. 

Portrait of Michael Holman by Rob Northway_shot in livingroom

Also tonight, which I’m sad to have to miss, is “Confessions of a Subculturalist,” written and performed by Michael Holman, at the Southampton Arts Center at 7 p.m.  Get tickets here. Tomorrow night at the SAC, it’s a “Live” show with Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Trio, presented with The Jam Session, starting at 7 p.m. Click here for music tickets. 

And since we’re on the subject of theater and the performing arts, be sure to get your tickets for “Imagination,” now staging in Quogue courtesy the Hampton Theatre Company. It looks like a really good romantic thriller. Can’t wait to see it.

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Want some art by the late, great Don Saco? Saturday is the perfect day to pick up work from this true gentleman who was also  a commanding artist. Stop by 117 Cobb Isle Road in Water Mill starting at noon for an arts estate sale of his work.


And don’t let the title fool you (it nearly slipped past me, I’ll admit it), there’s what I’m sure will be a great reading of “May 39th” with the talented Chloe Dirksen and J. Stephen Brantley at the Malia Mills pop-up gallery in East Hampton on Saturday night too. Cool.

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Also on Saturday afternoon,  the Watermill Center will host an opening reception for William Stewart’s “Works on Paper” from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Then on  Saturday night, there’s a fundraiser at the Southampton Publick House for our friends at Our Fabulous Variety Show.

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And Saturday also marks the grand reopening of RJD Gallery, formerly of Sag Harbor and now on Main Street in Bridgehampton. The big to-do, which will feature lots of great art, plus cocktails, music and mingling,  starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Especially now, I’ so glad to see art, and that comes with it, rising from the ashes. Literally in this case.







Also on Saturday, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is hosting  award-winning songwriter and local favorite Gene Casey, who will give a concert at 8 p.m. in celebration of his newest album.



On Sunday at 6 p.m.,  Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor continuing 25 Years of Cinema with the Hamptons International Film Festival by screening one of my very favorite true-crime movies ever–“Heavenly Creatures.” Among other things, including budding lesbian love and matricide, it’s a film that marks the very first time I ever saw Kate Winslet on film. She is EXTRAORDINARY in this movie. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you catch it on Sunday or sometime soon.

It’s also the last Sunday Salon time of chanting, ayurvedic food and meditation with Kate Rabinowitz and Rameshwar Das in Bridgehampton. Here are the details for that:



And lastly, don’t forget that next week is East End Restaurant Week. Yum!  Click here to see the list of participating restaurants.


Ring In a Hamptons Happy New Year

Wondering where to go and what to do to ring in the New Year? You’re in luck. Here are my top picks for those in the mood for some South Fork celebrating the end of 2016 and/or the beginning of 2017.
rogers-mansion-in-snow-by-tom-edmonds-2014Not much of a night owl? That’s okay; Rogers Mansion in Southampton can be seen today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. by candlelight. Celebrate the end of the year with a candlelight reception at the Rogers Mansion and take advantage of the last opportunity to view this year’s exhibit. The parlors and sitting rooms will be festooned with garlands of fresh winter greens and flowers. Colorful antique holiday decorations can be seen on the many trees that decorate the reception rooms in the Mansion Enjoy light refreshments before or after one of several guided tours, which will begin every 15 minutes.



For a bit more of an all-day/all-night affair, check in to c/o The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. The eclectic, Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel features special two-night minimum packages for New Year’s, including an automatic late checkout at 1 p.m.

The dog-friendly hotel, with its 19 individualized rooms and cottages, is set to ring in 2017 in style with a decadent three-course prix fixe dinner and party. Complementing the dinner is a Great Gatsby-themed party where guests will enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. There are no fireworks, so the dogs will love this party! Dinner and party is $95 plus tax per person.

gurneysGurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is also hosting a big shindig. Starting at 5 p.m., the $150 per person celebration includes a “favorite era” costume party in celebration of Gurney’s 90 years in business, plus live music by Kim Sozzi Creations Music, Gurney’s Beach Club DJ Nicole Leone, dancing, 4-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary midnight champagne toast & more. There are also two pre-fixe dinner seatings tonight at Scarpetta Beach. The first starts at 5 p.m. and the second seating is at 8 p.m. Cost is $105 per person, plus $45 wine pairing option offered. No worries about driving home if you don’t want to; Gurney’s is also offering special New Year’s lodging packages.


The Southampton Inn is also offering up a special celebratory occasion, starting at 7 p.m. The 19th annual New Year’s Eve Gala includes cocktails, dinner, open bar, dancing to live music, special room rates for those partaking of the festivities, breakfast in the morning and late check out for those who need a bit of recuperation time.  Oooh, and Brent Newsom is cooking the New Year’s Eve dinner. Always a treat!



Just want to get out for some New Year’s Eve fun ? Then head to Zigmund’s Bar in Bridgehampton, which is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Drop D from  9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Or pop in at Indian Wells Tavern in Amangansett, which is hosting its New Year’s Eve party tonight featuring a 10-foot projector playing music videos all night long, drinks specials and a televised ball drop.

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton will host a special locally sourced four-course prix fixe menu in celebration of New Year’s Eve on Saturday, December 31, beginning at 9 p.m. Guests will receive party favors and a champagne toast will be offered. Cost for the evening is $105 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For a more casual option, the bar will offer bar snacks and specialty cocktails. The a la carte menu will be offered earlier in the evening alongside holiday specials.

red|bar brasserie in Southampton is also offering a special New Year’s Eve menu tonight. Yum!

And Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton will offer a la carte specials for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will serve a special New Year’s Day Brunch on Sunday, January 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Imbibing? Then please be responsible. Cheers to a happy, healthy and productive 2017!



Great News for Montauk


Montauk’s own High Notes chorus has earned some terrific recognition.

Sing some fa la las and deck some halls for the Montauk Public School’s High Notes, who have been named WINNERS in the News 12 Sounds of the Season contest. Make sure to tune in and catch these talented local singers on the News 12 Long Island. Or watch them sing “Believe,” “Jingle Bells” and “Sing a Song of Merry Christmas” right here.


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And score one too for the residents of The End, who have seen a bit of relief after having been artfully painted (i.e. not quite true) with a not-so-pretty brush by Bravo. The network seems to have pulled back on its over-the-top promotion of the village as the location of its “Summer House” series–which looks to be a “Jersey Shore”-type boondoggle. Ick. Good thing too, as the house in the title wasn’t actually in Montauk, despite the heavy advance PR. Thankfully, the correct information has been pointed out by many a news source, such as this breaking piece in the East Hampton Star and this later reporting in the East Hampton Press, as well as several New York and national outlets.

Supe Says Army Corps Responsible for Montauk Beach Project


East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell is just as unhappy as we are about the sad state of affairs of Montauk’s beaches. In a letter dated September 7, 2016, he shared the inside track, and his thoughts as well, about who exactly is responsible for the devastation that has occurred at Montauk beaches. In it, he stands up for the East Hampton Town hamlet, saying, in a nutshell, that the Army Corps of Engineers needs to step up its not-so-good game.

Here’s the letter:

NYSDEC: Town Not Responsible for Damages to Montauk Beach Project East Hampton Supervisor Calls for Larger FIMP Project

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today informed the Town of East Hampton that the Town is not responsible for restoring and/or repairing the damages that occurred to the downtown Montauk project as a result of the storm Hermine.

Since the project has not been officially turned over to Town of East Hampton and the State of New York, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be responsible for the restoration of damages caused by this most recent storm.

“The damage incurred by this modest storm should demonstrate to the Army Corps the inadequacy of the project and its new proposal under the Fire Island to Montauk Point plan. Unfortunately, the current FIMP plan for downtown Montauk calls for the placement of 120,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed once every four years. What is needed to protect the beach and downtown Montauk is a major beach-fill project that would pump at least 1 million cubic yards of sand from an offshore source to provide the protection needed in the hamlet of Montauk,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

Photos: Montauk Playhouse Gala


By the looks of the pix from Saturday night, the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Gala was one of the funnest parties the East End has seen in quite some time.

The sold-out fundraiser (more than 400 people showed up) was held in honor of Montauk residents George F. Biondo and Perry B. Duryea III,. The annual benefit got down and funky, as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (underwritten by The Surf Lodge) brought the crowd to the dance floor. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith also  jumped in for an amazing rendition of his band’s big hit “Give it Away”—to the delight of the crowd. Additionally, guests enjoyed great New Orleans-inspired fare, with a raw bar by Montauk Shellfish Company, and wine/spirits/beer from Montauk Rumrunners, Montauk Brewing Co. and Stonecrop Wines.

Proceeds from the gala will be used for the Foundation’s fundraising efforts to construct an Aquatic and Cultural Center in the historic Montauk Playhouse.

Photos: Navy Seal Foundation at Navy Beach

NSF c. Stephanie Lewin (23)

Stephanie Lewin photos

It’s photo gallery week here at Hamptons Party Girl. Lots and lots of pictures to share from myriad events in the past few days. Fun!

Here are some wonderful images, taken by Stephanie Lewin and courtesy Navy Beach, from the annual Navy Seal Foundation fundraiser at the Montauk restaurant on Saturday. The popular event brought out the crowds, and live music with Nancy Atlas, and raised $10,000. Yippee!!


Hamptons Bathing Beauties Go Full Monty


Michael Dweck image, “The End: Montauk, N.Y.”

If you love to see arty pix of bare babes on the beach, you better hurry up and get out your wallet. FAST! Photographer Michael Dweck is releasing a 10th anniversary Limited Art Edition of “The End: Montauk, N.Y. ” The book, which is still available (though probably not for long) for advance order through Ditch Plains Press costs $3,000 and is limited to only 300 copies.

Originally published a decade-plus ago, 5,000 copies were first printed. They sold out in less than three weeks. This expanded version, printed in Italy and signed and numbered,  includes some new stuff, including additional images, a hand-made cloth-lined clamshell case and an 11-by-14-inch silver gelatin print.


From “The End: Montauk, NY” by Michael Dweck.