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: Navy Seal Foundation at Navy Beach

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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!!


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Nancy Atlas at last year’s event. All photos by Stephanie Lewin

In the mood for some actual music in Montauk? Head to Navy Beach restaurant this afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for the fourth annual fundraiser to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. It’s a great event and helps the Naval Special Warfare community, their families, and the families of the fallen, wounded and also transitioning NSW veterans.

This year’s event will return live music to Montauk as Nancy Atlas takes the stage. It will also include featured guest Long Island native RDML (SEAL) Thomas R. Richards, USN ret., former Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, a highly decorated veteran, as well as Navy SEAL Foundation representatives, and local veterans and supporters.  
Navy Beach will continue its support of the Navy SEAL Foundation throughout the 2016 season, enabling guests to support the cause directly each time they dine at the restaurant. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, a donation of $1 will be added to each dining check in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation. Guests will also be able to increase the value of the donation if they like. In an effort to improve upon the $25,000 raised for the foundation last year ($60,000 since 2013), Navy Beach will again match the first $2,500 raised through this season’s efforts.  Click here to make a donation online.

The cost to attend the event is $40 per adult, $20 for veterans, and free for children under 16. The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service beginning at 5:30pm, and reservations are recommended; RSVP for the cocktail party to nsf@navybeach.com.



Hamptons Restaurant Week & Other Tasty Food News


Bostwick’s is opening in two days! Woohoo!!!

Hamptons Restaurant Week is upon us again. Yippee!
This year’s promotion runs through Sunday, April 10. All participants will offer a special three-course prix fixe menu, with three options per course, for $27.95. Participants include: Nick & Toni’s, Fresno and 1770 House in East Hampton; Baron’s Cove, Page at 63 Main, Bell & Anchor and Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor; Red Bar and Shippy’s in Southampton; 1 North Steakhouse, Rumba Cowfish and Sundays on the Bay in Hampton Bays; Dockers and Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue; and The Patio in Westhampton Beach. Ooh, and there’s even more on the North Fork. Click here for all participating eateries. Now, where shall we make rezzies?

Can’t get enough of a great thing? Have no fear. Long Island Restaurant Week will be held from April 17 through April 24. Enjoy!

More good news. According to the North Forker, Claudio’s will be back! The Greenport institution, which has been reportedly purchased, will open for the season on Tuesday, April 1. Here’s more info from past posts.

Oooh, and Bostwick’s Chowder House opens for the 2016 season on Thursday, April 7. Best fish tacos ever.

Come next Tuesday, April 12, Almond in Bridgehampton will throw a party celebrating 15 years in the Hamptons. The milestone will be marked with a cocktail party from 7 to 9 p.m. Passed hors d’oeuvres, highlighting favorite items from the last 15 years, and cocktails will be served featuring donations from Amber Waves Farm, Southern Wine & Spirits, Channing Daughters Winery and Paumanok Winery. Tickets are only $40 in advance or $50 at the door. All proceeds will benefit local photographer Eric Striffler who recently lost his home to a fire.

The Golden Pear has two new reasons to celebrate. The East End restaurant chain has been named as a charter member of the Fred Bollaci Enterprises and Global Healthy Gourmet international family of healthy gourmet destinations. I’m not really sure exactly what that means but it’s happy news, they say. Additionally, all four locations–Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton–will now offer a Healthy Kids Breakfast & Lunch Menu. Good.

Eats at Topping Rose will officially pass. The former Tom Colicchio-run restaurant will change hands to Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Sad about one and can’t wait to try out the other!

Sadly, we’ve lost a few local boîtes, including  Winston’s in East Hampton, Fresh Hamptons in Bridge and Harlow and Doppio in Sag Harbor. It’s always a bummer to hear about when something that people work so hard for fails. Gossip is that Michael Gluckman and Shane Dyckman will be opening up a joint called The Service Station in the old Winston’s/Nichol’s spot and Ron Perelman will create an East End outpost of Le Bilboquet from the city in the former Harlow/B.Smith’s waterside space. No word on the Fresh or Doppio spots yet.

Lastly, here’s some news from the East Hampton Supervisor’s Office:

Four staff members from Ruschmeyer’s restaurant in Montauk pled guilty on March 28, 2016 to charges stemming from a staff beach party this past summer that left litter strewn about Navy Beach in Montauk. As part of the plea arrangement, each defendant was fined $1,500 dollars by the Honorable Steven Tekulsky in East Hampton Justice Court.

“This was an egregious transgression by the staff of a local business,” said Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell. “These significant fines, totaling $6,000, are a testament to the fact that the Town will not condone such reckless disregard for our natural resources.”

Other defendants had previously pled guilty and paid smaller fines on camping and littering charges, but the four who pled guilty on March 28—Tyler Aposhian, Fiona Bourke, Johnathan Crowley, and Dylen Power—were the ringleaders responsible for the party.

“To their credit, the management of Ruschmeyer’s addressed the situation as soon as they became aware of the actions of their staff, but honestly, it was too little, too late. There is no excuse for the beach to ever be placed in that condition,” Supervisor Cantwell said.


Navy Beach Photos from Saturday’s Navy SEAL Benefit + Sax Leader Benefit Reminder

Navy Beach in Montauk raised over $10,000 this weekend for the Navy SEAL Foundation. The restaurant sponsored its third annual “Honoring Our Warriors” benefit on Saturday to help raise awareness and funds.

From now through Labor Day, Navy Beach will add a donation of $1 to each dining check in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation. Guests will also be able to increase the value of the donation if they like. In an effort to improve upon the $20,000 raised for the foundation last year, Navy Beach will again match the first $2,500 raised through this season’s efforts. Donations may also be online at http://navybeach.com/help-navy-beach-support-the-navy-seal-foundation/.

Enjoy these photos by Stephanie Lewin, courtesy WordHampton.

*** Don’t forget that the Sax Leader Foundation Stir It Up benefit will be held tonight at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event will include live music by Nancy Atlas, yummy stir-fry, auction items and lots of fun! www.saxleaderfoundation.com.

Saturday Hot Picks: June 13

* Navy Beach Restaurant is honoring Montauk’s Naval history and continuing its partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation with the third annual “Honoring Our Warriors” fundraiser on Saturday, June 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. For a $40 entry donation, guests will be able to mingle with retired Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL Foundation representatives as well as others from the Naval Special Warfare community, while enjoying live music by Nancy Atlas, wines provided by Turquoise Life, beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and signature light bites. . The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. For additional information, visit navySEALfoundation.org. Donations may also be made online at http://navybeach.com/help-navy-beach-support-the-navy-seal-foundation/.

Enjoy these photos from last year, by Stephanie Lewin, courtesy WordHampton.

* Festivities for Southampton’s 375th birthday will be held on Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Conscience Point in North Sea. Admission is free to this all-day family friendly event. Highlights include: 9am-12pm Family Marine Biology Program at the Shellfish Hatchery, 12-2:30pm Colonial Foods & Rotary Clambake, 1-3pm Aquaculture Program at the shellfish hatchery, 2-3-pm Shellfish Hatchery Open House 3-4pm Rededication of the Monument. www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org

* The Watermill Center is hosting an open rehearsal for “Flying Point”
 on Saturday, June 13, from 8 to 9 p.m. with current resident artists Tomek Jeziorski, Adam Lenz, Shane Weeks & Karolina Zielińska. The project explores the little-known story of the Shinnecock Indian Nation through first-person interviews with various members of the Shinnecock community who offer poignant glimpses into the tribe’s culture and history, and dreams for the future.  www.watermill.org