Photos: Little Lucy’s Pet Parade

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation held its annual Halloween Pet Parade on Saturday, October 29. The action started at 1 p.m. at Little Lucy’s in Southampton and a barking good time was had by all.

All photos by Lisa Tamburini.

HarborFest is Happening Today and Tomorrow


In the name of all that is maritime in Sag Harbor, it’s time for the annual HarborFest celebrations to begin.

The annual event kicks off this morning, Saturday, September 10, at 9 a.m. when merchants and artisans share their wares for a Sidewalk, Arts and Crafts Fair, which will be held throughout the village.

At 11 a.m., the Sag Harbor Community Band plays on the wharf. And there’s a Children’s Tug of War on the beach.

At noon, it’s time for the Whaleboat Races.

Starting at 1 p.m., John Corr will play nautical music at the windmill, fire juggler Keith Lief will stroll the wharf and there will be a Kids Corn Shucking Contest on the beach.

At 2:30 p.m.,  there will be Children’s Potato Sack races on the beach, followed by Hula Hoop fun at 3 p.m.

Tonight, the live music begins at 5 p.m. and continues on ’til 10 p.m. on the Long Wharf, hosted by the SHFD Ladies Auxiliary.

Sunday brings more of the same.

Merchants and artisans begin at 9 a.m. again. At 11 a.m., it’s Children’s Tug of War on the beach and nautical music at the windmill with Tim Fitall of Sampawams Creek.

The Whaleboat Races start again at noon, plus there’s a Clam Chowder Tasting and Contest at the Sag Harbor Food Pantry booth on the Long Wharf.

At 1 p.m, the Vine Brothers will play on the wharf, the Junior Whaleboat races begin and another Children’s Corn Shucking Contest will take place.

Hula Hoop Fun starts at 3 p.m. and the famous Lobster Roll Eating Contest happens at 4:30 p.m., thanks to Bay Burger.

And don’t forget — the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, which is also participating in Harborfest, has their fundraiser on Saturday night! It’s at the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays from 6 to 10 p.m. Cheers to this great organization for doing their part to help homeless dogs and cats (and for always keeping me in the loop)!


Photos: Hampton Classic Day 2

Pups needing their forever home

Monday, August 29, was less about competing and more about adopting at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton. Here are a few photos from the annual ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day. Thanks for the pix Lisa Tamburini!

On the schedule for today, Tuesday, August 30, it’s back to the Grand Prix, Hunter, Jumper and Anne Aspinall Rings for the horses and riders. In the meantime, here are the top three standings for the $30,000 Longines Leading Rider Challenge so far: Mclain Ward is #1, with a score of 72, Peter Wylde is #2 with a score of 60 and Shane Sweetnam is #3 with a score of 52.5.

Check back tomorrow for more fun photos of the #HamptonClassic.

Photos: Hampton Classic Opening Day

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The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s Grand Prix table for Opening Day at the Hampton Classic. Dawn Watson photos.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show officially kicked off its annual competition yesterday, Sunday, August 28, in Bridgehampton. The premier equestrian event–one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, now well into its third successful decade–will continue through Sunday, September 4. Here are a few of my behind-the-scenes photos of Opening Day.


Hamptons Wealthy: How to Give Away Your Money

The Launch of Jean Shafiroff's Book, "Successful Philanthropy:  How To Make A Life By What You Give"

Jean Shafiroff and Georgina Bloomberg at the launch of “Successful Philanthropy: How To Make A Life By What You Give” in the city on Monday, March 21. All photos ©Patrick McMullan,  Photo – J Grassi/ PMC

Hamptons benefit fixture Jean Shafiroff has been putting her money where her mouth is for years. And now she’s telling other would-be wealthy givers how they can do it too.

The Southampton resident, who has generously donated to causes such as the Southampton Animal Shelter and the Southampton Hospital, has now written the book on giving. It’s called “Successful Philanthropy – How to Make a Life by What You Give” and she recently hosted a celebration for it, her first book, at her Park Avenue apartment in the city.

“When you give, you get, and what you get is the reward of knowing that what you are doing is making the world a better place,” Ms. Shafiroff told her assembled guests, who included: Georgina Bloomberg, who wrote an introduction in the book, Geoffrey Bradfield, Suzette Charles, Rita Cosby, Alex Donner, Curtis Ellis, Scott Elkins, George and Hillie Gurley, Roy Kean, Carl Kempner, FOX News correspondent Rick Leventhal, Anne Rapp, Stan Rumbough, Randi Schatz, Martin Shafiroff, Daisy Soros, Zang Toi and Mortimer Zuckerman.

Also in attendance: Robert Chaloner, President of the Southampton Hospital; Elise McCabe-Thompson, President of the NYC Mission Society; Valerie Steel, Head of The Couture Council; Steve Bernstein, President of Southampton Hospital Board; Anna Oliveira, President of NY Women’s Foundation; Yaz Hernandez, President of Couture Council; and Elizabeth Stribling, Chairman at French Heritage Society and the Southampton Animal Shelter. Additional guests included: Tomaczek Bednarek, Judy Bernstein, Margaret Butler, Liliana Cavendish, Rita Cosby, Kipton Cronkite, Clara Del Villar Scott Elkins, Dawne-Marie Grannum, Dr. Penny Grant, R. Couri Hay, Carl Kempner, Jim Luce, Paola Rosenshein, Randi Schatz, Beth Shak, Victor de Souza and Lauren Wilcox.

News About Our Four-Legged Friends

Please help take care of the homeless cat situation wherever you may be.  Photo courtesy ARF.

Please help take care of the homeless cat situation wherever you may be.
Photo courtesy ARF.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ Operation Cat Program will celebrate  “National Feral Cat Day” on Friday, October 16 in Wainscott with a goal of performing 100 surgeries for community (feral) cats in our area. This is a FREE service, but appointments must be made in advance by contacting Operation Cat Coordinator Rita Del Rey at 631-537-0400 x210 or email Learn more at

Also keep in mind that October is national Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is hosting an Adoptathon event today at Petco at Bridgehampton Commons, starting at noon. Learn more at


On Saturday, October 10, the Hamptons International Film Festival will screen “The Champions,” an inspirational story about pit bull rescues at 1:30 at East Hampton UA Cinemas. This film, and others like it, is part of the new Signature Program focused on animal rights, “Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights.” Learn more here at For Saturday’s schedule, visit

Clear the Shelters Photos

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation participated in NBC’s “Clear The Shelters” national one-day event on Saturday, which resulted in the adoption of 14 dogs and six cats, plus an additional 10 pending applications.
Many shelters nationwide were  invited to participate in offering free adoptions for the day. Updates and results were reported live during NBC news throughout the days’ broadcasts. NBC supplied blue “Clear the Shelters” bandannas, which were worn by the pets on their big day. Pictures of the new “complete” families were taken as each pet happily started their new life in a forever home.
“We are grateful to NBC and their staff for making this a banner adoption day for our shelter!,” Said Patricia Gray, Executive Director of SASF.
All photos courtesy SASF. Learn more about the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation at