Photos: Hamptons Paddle for Pink


The Douglas Elliman paddlers were most definitely up for the challenge.

Torrential downpours absolutely won’t stop paddle board enthusiasts, no matter the day, but especially not when they are paddling for a cause as important as breast cancer research. Held this morning at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor, the seventh annual “Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink” race, featuring pro surfer|paddle board inventor Laird Hamilton and pro volleyballer Gabrielle Reece, got off to a terrific, if soaking wet, start. All photos by Dawn Watson.

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: Harborfrost 2017


Sag Harbor’s HarborFrost 2017, sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, was a celebration of fire and ice yesterday. The day featured live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures along Main Street, live music performances, indoor children’s activities, the Hysterical Society’s Culinary Stroll, and fire jugglers and dancers later in the evening. Here are some photos of the earl day happenings, courtesy Lisa Tamburini.


Hamptons Hot Picks: January 2017


This awesome photo of Nancy Atlas by Michael Heller is courtesy Bay Street Theater. 

Winter schminter. The snow might be gently coming down but the activities this weekend are fast and furiously rolling along. Here are a few of the hot things to do that are on my radar.
Nancy Atlas will be tearing the roof off at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight for the first of only four Fireside Sessions this winter. Most of the shows are already sold out so get your tickets now before they are completely gone. Read all about it here in this story I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express this week. Really awesome gigs!
Also tonight, Friday, January 6, catch some Smokin’ Hot Tunes Fridays at Townline
Bands, Brews and BBQ with Junkyard Farmer. The show at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is from 5 to 8 p.m., and yes, there are accompanying food and drink specials.
I’m sad to announce that Zigmund’s in Bridgehampton is shutting it down for good next Sunday, January 15. So get out there and support this live music venue while you still can. Tonight, Friday, January 6, it’s Haines Goodale & Co. live at  9 p.m. On Saturday, Retro Sounds play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are more musical acts next week through Sunday so check it out on Zigmund’s website and Facebook page.

From Zigmund’s — The bar, which opened in July, was the most recent project for the restaurant duo Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides, who also own Almond in Bridgehampton and two restaurants in Manhattan.
“Zigmund’s was intended to be a pop up.  Back in July, the owner of the building (who is a buddy of ours) had an opening for a season before a more permanent tenant moved in so we said ‘screw it, lets open a bar!’ It’s been a blast, but we are now moving on to bigger projects,” states Lemonides. “We are looking forward to rounding out the season in the next two weeks with live music, karaoke and our signature Retro Sounds on Saturday. We will close out with a final Karaoke night, so bring your best singing voice to serenade us one last time,” concludes Weiner.
The duo has another project on the horizon for the 2017 season, soon to be announced.
On Saturday, Guild Hall and the Hamptons International Film Festival couldn’t be more timely. Hurrah! They will be screening the 1962 classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton Join the HIFF Co-Chair (that’s Mr. Baldwin) and Artistic Director David Nugent for this annual Winter Classic screening of a wonderful film and a conversation directly following. And don’t forget, our very own Truman Capote is portrayed as a young boy in this fantastic film version, based on the seminal book by Harper Lee. Don’t miss this!

thumbnail_promisespromises_finalposter-2On Sunday and Monday, January 8 and 9, Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will hold auditions for “Promises, Promises” at 6 p.m. Interested in auditioning? Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre or pop standard. Comfortable clothing required for learning a dance combination. There are A LOT of parts to fill in this one so now’s your chance; dare to dream of being on the stage and actually do it. Performances are March 9 through 26, 2017. Need to know more? Contact Michael Disher at

Last but most definitely not least. Want to give a big thank you to the Sag Harbor Fire Department and all the other incredible volunteers who assisted and responded to the terrible Sag Harbor Cinema conflagration? Then head to Page in Sag Harbor on Sunday night from 5 to 7 p.m. for a well deserved benefit to raise funds for those in need and to thank and support the men and women who battled the December fire and saved our Main Street. For more information, please call 631-725-1810 or email Jacqueline LaBorne at


Dawn Watson photo, taken about an hour before the facade was gently pulled down. 

SoFo Donates, Let’s Follow That Lead

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center is celebrating local families in need this Holiday season by donating non-perishable food items and funds raised at its annual Thanksgiving Open House to the Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor Food Pantries, and donating toys gathered at its Annual Holiday Toy Drive to The Retreat.  Good for them!
In conjunction with its Thanksgiving Open House, SoFo presented donation checks to Evelyn Ramunno, Director, Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry and Tom White from Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry.  The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, located at the historic Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor, is a 100% volunteer outreach program providing emergency food assistance to need residents in the community. The Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry assists low-income, needy residents and homeless in the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack area. Additionally, SoFo will donate all toys from its Holiday Toy Drive to benefit families at The Retreat, in support of its Adopt-A-Family holiday program.
“We are very happy to give back in the spirit of the season to help ensure that our East End families with limited means are able to enjoy the holidays,” says Executive Director Frank Quevedo.  “We are thankful that our friends and museum members have joined us in raising funds and donating toys to the growing number of local families who are in need of food, shelter and holiday gifts for their children.”

Another Sag Harbor Fire to Remember


Main Street at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Photo by Dawn Watson

There are many people who can write more knowledgeably, with considerably more experience in the village, and who can better articulate on the subject of Sag Harbor than I, but there’s never been a place I’ve been more humbly proud (I know, weird juxtaposition but it’s true) to call home.

Starting with a single spark, which quickly grew to a blazing conflagration and ultimately ended in considerable loss, yesterday became another one of a series of days that will be marked with sadness in the history books for Sag Harbor. The destruction of a large piece of the heart of the village leaves holes in the hearts of many, much larger than the now empty space that formerly housed 90 Main Street.


Sag Harbor Main Street just after 10 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Dawn Watson photo

I am saddened by the loss of the iconic Art Deco neon Sag Harbor Cinema sign and the building which it has graced for decades, of the countless original artworks that had been on display at the RJD Gallery, of the other businesses that have served this community so well, and most of all by the homes and hearts of the people who have been displaced. But I know that although this is, right now,  a crushing blow, I also know that Sag Harbor will rise again, as it has done every single time in its storied history. Sending love and light.



Marine Park, 10:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Dawn Watson photo


The Sag Harbor puzzle I received as a Secret Santa gift from Kathryn Menu on Friday morning, opened on air with Bonnie Grice, Brendan O’Reilly and Annette Hinkle at 88.3 WPPB, fewer than two hours after first hearing the news of the devastating fire in Sag Harbor. I will treasure it. 

Wine & Dine: Grindstone Coffee and Donuts


Since it’s National Chocolate Day, I figured it would be a great excuse to stop in and try out the treats at Grindstone Coffee and Donuts in Sag Harbor. Having not ventured in since the shop opened this past summer, I figure I’m pretty darn overdue.

There were several chocolate varieties up for (sticky) grabs when I visited this morning, including Cookies ‘N Cream, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate and Chili, Nutella and Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate. It was a tough choice but I ultimately went for the one that looked the glaziest, which was the PB and chocolate. Definitely not my norm but hey this is about reviewing and not just ordering for my particular palate.

I was surprised by how big an actual mouthful is of this doughnut. I think it’s the biggest, tallest of this type of baked good that I’ve ever eaten. Grindstone definitely makes donuts for the Hungry Man-type!

Even though it’s pretty light in texture, there’s something reminiscent of a cake donut in the eating of it. And taking a look at the bitten-into treat, it seems as if there’s a bit of the croissant technique at play here too, especially as the cooked dough has lots of air pockets that resemble the look of the French pastry.

Additionally, the slightly chewy cooked batter isn’t oversweet or cloying as some of the more mass-produced versions tend to be. On its own, it tastes kind of like my mother’s yeast dinner rolls but with a subtle in hint of sugar thrown in. But the glaze, ah the glaze, is what will drive your sweet tooth absolutely wild. Sticky, sugary, and tasting very much like an ooey-gooey peanut butter cup, it packs one powerful and flavorful punch. To paraphrase the commercials about another chocolate and peanut treat, one of these will surely satisfy.

Located at 7 Main Street in Sag Harbor, Grindstone Coffee and Donuts is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.