Photos & Results: Shelter Island Run|Walk

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Want to know everything that happened at the 38th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk on Saturday? You came to the right place. I’ve got plenty of pix and rankings right here.

Proceeds from the USA Track & Field-certified course race benefit several East End charities including The Shelter Island 10K Community Fund, East End Hospice and  Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. Notable runners in this year’s race included: former Olympian, four-time NYC Marathon winner and four time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers, and first-ever women’s Olympic marathon champion, Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Post-race, runners and friends celebrated at The Runners Festival, held at the Island Boatyard and Marina and produced and sponsored by John Kowolenko of Hampton Event Management International. The post-run event featured dancing with DJ Twilo, local artisan food trucks, a photo booth, kids fun area, and more.

All photos by Todd Plitt. 

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!

 

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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.
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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!

Hamptons Hot Picks: Friday & Saturday October 14 & 15

Music, makeup, mania, momentous events and a bit of mayhem are on tap for this weekend in the Hamptons. Which events will be on your must-attend list?

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Alfredo Merat will channel Jacques Brel at Bay Street on Saturday night. Cool picture! Wish I knew who took it so I could give credit where it’s due.

 

Hot Picks for Friday include:  White’s Apothecary in Southampton is hosting a Flash Event with complimentary color consultations with Cle de Peau from noon to 5 p.m.

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The Salon Series continues at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill with a performance by pianist Alexandria Le tonight at 6 p.m.

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Alexandra Le plays the Parrish on Friday at 6 p.m.

Lynn Blue and the boys are playing the Stephen Talkhouse tonight at 8 p.m. Head out east to Amagansett to catch the whole gang, including Lynn Blue, Dave Portocarrero, Jim Nanos, Alex Sarkis and special guests Dan Koontz and Mick Hargreaves.

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Also —  The Jim Turner Band takes the stage at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Be there or be square.

And Joseph Vecsey returns to host the All Star Comedy Show at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight at 8 p.m.

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Saturday Hot Picks start with the 17th Annual Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk, a USA track and field certified course, which will be held on Saturday, October 15, at 11 a.m.  The race is held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and supports the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, the Coalition for Women’s Breast Health at Southampton Hospital and Lucia’s Angels. All proceeds go directly to patient care via these local breast health organizations.  The beautiful and scenic 5K course starts on a tree-lined street with stunning fall foliage and finishes along the beautiful Crescent Beach.

The Montauk Library is hosting two fun kids events dedicated to Halloween and cupcake making. Yummy. Is okay to pop in to inspect their work?  : )

 

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Head to the East Hampton Library on Saturday for what should be a fascinating talk about Plum Island. Cool.

The East Hampton Library is hosting Ed Faszczewski, a former Plum Island resident, to talk about “Life on Plum Island” at 5 p.m. Super duper waaaaaay cool!! The free discussion is part of the Tom Twomey Lecture Series.

The Southampton Arts Center is kicking off its new “Live From Southampton Arts Center” music series with a “Latin from Manhattan: Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond” performance. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the concert will feature Ada Rovatti on saxophone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Nestor Milanes on piano, Steve Shaughnessy on bass, Claes Brondal on drums, and Geraldo Flores on congas.

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Ille Arts in Amagansett and the Ne0-Political Cowgirls have joined together to host a Wine & Women event on Saturday from 5 to 7. Sounds intriguing.

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The South Fork Natural History Museum will open its Panthera Wild Cat exhibition on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Andy Sabin and Dr. Alan Rabinowitz will kick off the evening with a talk and guest appearance by Adaeze, the Leo Zoological Conservation Center’s Ambassador Cheetah and her companion dog Odie.

And lastly, remember that tonight’s the night that Alfredo Merat takes on Jacques Brel at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor at 8 p.m.

 

HIFF Heats Up: Friday Films

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“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” opens today at HIFF. 

I can’t wait to head to East Hampton this morning to check in and check out all the HIFF happenings.

There are a ton of things on the schedule for today but I think the highlight of the day for me will be the Conversation With Aaron Eckhart at Guild Hall at 1 p.m.

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Still from “Bleed for This.”

The actor stars as boxing trainer Kevin Rooney in the HIFF Spotlight Film selection BLEED FOR THIS, which screens today following the Conversation at 3:45 p.m. The film also stars Miles Teller and Katey Sagal. Aaron Eckhart, who became famous for his breakout role in “Erin Brockovich,”  has also starred in “Sully,” “Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight,” and my personal favorite, “Thank You for Smoking.”

Another thing that looks really interesting on the schedule today is the screening of “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing.” Those who are at the Hamptons International Film Festival will get the biggest sneak peak of this documentary, as it doesn’t air on HBO until November 21. Not only is the subject matter completely compelling–it’s a powerful, intimate and unprecedented look at how an act of terrorism impacts people long after the incident itself, depicted through three families over the course of the three years that followed the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013–the  director, Ricki Stern, is from Shelter Island.  Click to view the trailer of Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing  .

Spotlight Films that open today include “Burn Your Maps,” “Lion” and “Una.”

 

 

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Still from “Burn Your Maps.”

BURN YOUR MAPS is a road trip movie for the ages, full of wonder, enlightenment, and a goat or two. After a tragedy, Connor (Marton Csokas) and Alise (Vera Farmiga) can’t seem to reconnect. As their marriage is falling apart, their 8-year-old son Wes (Jacob Tremblay, ROOM) copes with loss in his own way: he’s convinced he’s meant to be a Mongolian goat herder. Accompanied by an immigrant Indian filmmaker, Alise and Wes bravely journey halfway around the world in search of answers. Along the way, our intrepid trio manages to find acceptance, forgiveness, and most of all, love.

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LION tells the tale of  Saroo, who, when he was five years old was accidentally separated from his family on a train traveling thousands of miles across India. After learning to survive alone in Kolkata, he was ultimately adopted by a loving Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). Now, 25 years later, armed with only a handful of memories and his unwavering determination, Saroo (Dev Patel in a career-making performance) sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Prompted by Lucy (Rooney Mara) and with the help of revolutionary Google Earth technology, Saroo embarks on an uplifting and moving journey in Garth Davis’s phenomenal debut LION.

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Still from “Una.”

 

UNA stars Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, who deliver gripping performances in the screen adaptation of David Harrower’s award-winning drama Blackbird. A decade after their relationship ended, Una tracks down her former lover Ray, who now goes by a new name in a new city. Her abrupt appearance forces him to revisit their illicit affair–a tryst that ended with him in prison and her on a path of total self-destruction. Furious that he has been allowed another chance at life while she remains continuously haunted by the past, Una turns Ray’s quiet, suburban world upside down. With confidence and grace, veteran theater director Benedict Andrews makes his film debut with this harrowing story of love and trauma.

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Holly Hunter stars in”Strange Weather.”

And don’t forget that “Strange Weather” opens tonight in Southampton. The film is a portrait of an unconventional woman (Holly Hunter) discovering what it takes to change your life mid-stream. A lyrical, emotionally rich drama, STRANGE WEATHER tracks a strong southern woman as she travels the deep south with her best friend (Carrie Coon), looking for answers to the unanswerable. A story about how to be fully alive in the face of tragedy, about forgiveness, grace, redemption and the power of moving on. In support of the film, there will be an Opening Night Party at Union Cantina tonight from 9 to 11 p.m.

Hamptons Make Another Best List

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Congratulations to the villages and hamlets of the East End, which already routinely make Best Of lists for beaches, newspapers and addresses. Now we can add another collective feather to our caps, this time for making the Best Places to Teach in New York list.

According to Niche.com, five of our South Fork schools, and three on the North Fork, made the cut, determined by: teacher salary, experience, attendance, and the district’s academic, safety, and resources grade. Other ranking factors included: Academics, Teachers, Clubs and Activities, Diversity, Outcomes and Health & Safety. Warning: Some of the rankings seem almost as baffling as new math,  as there are many lists and factors involved in the overall grade, but hopefully those of us who aren’t Millennials will still be able to grasp the concepts.

Coming in at #25 (out of 583 schools) was Sag Harbor, which received an overall grade of A and also placed #77 in Best School Districts in New York (out of 669 districts) and #66 in the Best Academics (out of 548 districts) in New York.

Westhampton Beach and East Hampton followed right after, earning the #27 (A+) and #28 (A) spots. Westhampton stood out for Districts with the Best Facilities (#2 out of 523), Districts with the Best Food (#9 out of 499) and Districts with the Best Extracurriculars (#16 out of 462). East Hampton placed in the Best Facilities (#29 out of 523) and College Readiness Ranking (34 out of 544).

Southold made the list at #40, earning a B. The Nork Fork school also ranked #46 in Safest School Districts (out of 476). Shelter Island came in at #46, earning a B.

Bridgehampton hit the middle of the list at number 55, earning a B+ grade. Southampton came in at #63, yet was named #47 in the Best School Districts poll, #15 in Best Facilities (out of 523) and #30 in Most Diverse, earning an A overall.

Rounding out the list was the Mattituck/Cutchogue School District, which placed hot on the heels of Southampton at number 66 and earned an A overall. The Nork Fork school placed high on the Safest list (#13 out of 476), Best Administration (#19 out of 429) and Best School Districts (#67 out of 669).

To see the full rankings, click here.

 

 

 

More Hamptons Hot Picks for the Weekend

Need to know more things that are happening in the Hamptons this weekend? Here’s installment two of at least three Hot Picks posts. And don’t forget to check back here later for pix of your favorite events.

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Let’s get the biggie right up front. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 25, Martha Stewart returns to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton to judge “Planters ON+OFF The Ground VIII,” which will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there.

 

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For today, this afternoon, Friday, June 24, the Montauk Library will present “The Three Pigs Puppet Show & Puppet Making Workshop” at 4 p.m. Celebrate the Summer Reading Club Kickoff with a puppet show performed by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets from Goat on a Boat and learn how to make your very own puppet too.

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Tonight, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is hosting another Jazz en Plein Air concerts, this one with Lafayette Harris, Jr., starting at 6 p.m.

Ziggy Marley is playing the WHBPAC tonight, starting at 8 p.m.

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Also tonight, the Lynn Blue Band is playing the Coast Grill in North Sea. Can’t get there? Then check out Lynn and the boys on Saturday at Wolffer in Sagaponack and every Monday at The Westlake Fish House in Montauk.

East Hampton Library’s 2016 Tom Twomey Series event “The Cost of Healthcare” will be held on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Speakers will include NY Times Senior Writer Elisabeth L. Rosenthal, M.D. and Robert S. Chaloner, President and CEO, Southampton Hospital, who will discuss the $3 trillion enterprise that is the U.S. health care system, the largest in the developed world, and yet one beset by problems of access, quality and unsustainable costs.

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Feel like going for a drive to check out some cool antique American Muscle rides? Then head over to Shelter Island on Saturday for the Fourth Annual Car Show, hosted by the Shelter Island Historical Society and emceed by local radio personality Bonnie Grice. Fun!

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Juliet Garret and Psychobaby are playing the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. It’s the band’s first East End appearance. Woo hoo!!!

On Sunday, it’s the annual Jazz for Jennings Brunch and Concert at the Watermill Center, starting at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser, which will feature world-class jazz by Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen, Dan Rose, Ada Rovatti, Randy Brecker and Kiyoshi Kitagawa, will benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.

 

 

 

Gourmet Goodies from Vine Street

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In celebration of National Nutrition Month and I Want You to be Happy Day, which fall in March and today–yep, no kidding–I thought I’d share some good foodie stuff from Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island.

The restaurant recently added its acclaimed Steak Sauce, one of the restaurant’s most popular signature items, to its Cafe Market selection. Other items that are sold as part of the Vine Street Cafe Market include: prepared sauces, salads and other gourmet specialties, as well as  the famously delicious Bar Nuts, Bolognese Sauce (and a vegan Mushroom alternative too), Smoked Ribs, Meatballs, Salmon Burgers, Duck Confit, Vine Street Café Basic Tomato Sauce and North Fork Chunky Vegetable Sauce. All Market items come with instructions and menu suggestions. Yummy.

Owned by Terry and Lisa Harwood since 2003, the inviting eatery is a foodie favorite for those who crave the best in local and natural bounty created fresh and in-house. Stop by for dinner or pick up some of the restaurant’s Cafe Market items at iGourmet.com to make at home.

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