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. 

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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.


Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks


Calling all hobgoblins, ghouls and ghastly ghosts: it’s officially your time of the year!

Halloween is a big happening here in the Hamptons, and there’s no dearth of things to do. Here are my top choices for freakishly fun events.

On Saturday, October 29, Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center is hosting “Mourning the Victorian Way: A Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Tour,” starting at the Rogers Mansion at 3 p.m. The event starts with an 1880s funeral service and wake, and will be followed by a mourners walk to nearby North End Cemetery, for the tour of the burying grounds. Dress up in 19th-century mourning attire, and receive discounted admission for wearing all black. Reservations are required, please call the Museum at 631-283-2494.



The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is offering two walking tours, but check first to see if they are sold out, as I fear they might be because admission is limited for both. On Friday, October 28, it’s “Spirits of Sag Harbor,” a Haunted Walking tour of the village with Annette Hinkle and Tony Garro at 6 p.m. On Sunday, it’s “History Unearthed,” a Walking tour of the Old Burying Ground with Tony Garro at 2 p.m.


On Saturday, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons  is hosting an ARF Halloween Pawty from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adoption Center in Wainscott. Take a walk along the haunted trail and enter to win best costume for children and pets. Admission is free.


The Southampton Arts Center is continuing its Spooktacular Haunted House tours through out the weekend and wrapping up on Monday, October 31. The center is also screening the scary film “Poltergeist” on Friday night, October 28, at 8 p.m.


The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is throwing a “Hell of a Halloween”screening party for the super scary movie “The Omen” on Monday, October 31, at 6 p.m. Enjoy sinful treats, such as deviled eggs and devil’s food cake, some rock n’ roll (“the Devil’s Music”), and receive your very own pitchforks and devil horns. This program is free, but registration is highly encouraged, as are costumes. http://www.hamptonlibrary.org

The Southampton Inn is hosting a full-fledged “Murder Mystery Weekend,” from Friday through Sunday, complete with a special accommodation package, plus a reception on Friday night, costume party on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday.

Several local restaurants are also getting into the mood. Kicking off the weekend with a time-honored latin-flavored tradition, La Fondita in Amagansett is celebrating the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, from Friday through Sunday, October 28 through October 30. Stop by for food specials and festivities.

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is getting a jump on things by throwing its Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, starting at 10 p.m. The evening will feature drink specials, complimentary “jelly-o” shots and a $100 gift card will be awarded for the best male and female costume. There will also be prizes for best couple costume, best group costume, scariest costume and more! There will be a $10 cover at the door.


Muse in the Harbor in Sag Harbor is throwing a “Halloween’s a Drag” party and costume contest on Saturday night, October 29, starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $15.

The Southampton Publick House is celebrating Halloween with its annual costume party on Saturday, October, 29, starting at 10 p.m. DJ Dory Seymour spins, plus drink specials, a costume contest and more. There will be a $10 cover at the door. Read my recent review of the Publick House here.

Zigmunds Bar in Bridgehampton is also hosting a Halloween costume party on Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m. DJ Drop D will be spinning retro sounds all night long and there will be prizes for best costumes. No cover.

Solé East in Montauk invites all monsters, ghouls, witches and ghosts to celebrate Halloween in The Backyard to mark the 2016 season’s end on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening will feature free bar food, drink specials and a live DJ. Guests who come in costume will also be entered to win a weekend stay. Admission to the party is free.  Special room rates will be offered for the weekend starting at $99.

Capping the holiday, Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will host its 17th annual “Rowdyween” party on Monday, October 31, from 8 p.m. until the witching hour. A $30 admission fee at the door entitles revelers to one complimentary drink, delicious Rowdy snacks, $5 drafts and $6 well drinks, and a DJ spinning tunes all night. There will be $500 in cash prizes awarded for the best costumes.




Wine & Dine: Southampton Publick House


It’s no secret that you can get award-winning tasty brews and satisfying pub grub at the Southampton Publick House. But did you know that the village staple microbrewery, now happily ensconced at its new home on busy Jobs Lane, also serves up quite a bit of food-forward and health-conscious fare? Well, they do. And it’s pretty darn delicious!

I popped in for lunch on Friday afternoon and had a supremely enjoyable experience. My server, Sam, was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive in that way I, who waitressed and bartended my way through college and a bit beyond, found especially pleasant.


She recommended the Potato Ale Cheese and Bacon soup on the daily specials menu as her very favorite soup so I tried it. Boy oh boy, I’m glad I did. It was velvety creamy, savory, and with just a pop of crispness from the finely diced potatoes. The taste and texture reminded me somewhat of my aunt Vera’s chicken and dumplings back home in Indiana, in a slightly more elevated way. The homey and hearty soup was so yummy I found myself making “mm mm mmm” noises. Oopsy.

Owner Don Sullivan also stopped by for a  visit, which was nice. He told me that the move from Bowden Square to Jobs Lane has added a terrific new life to the restaurant, with lots of walk-in traffic from tourists and added patronage by his fellow village merchants, which he said he greatly appreciates. Additionally, the space (which formerly housed The Driver’s Seat) really fits with the idea of the Publick House in its improved incarnation. I, for one, prefer the bright airy location (with a great back deck and bar!) to the more darkly solemn and woodsy-type interior of the microbrewery’s former self. I also like that there’s an ATM downstairs if you’re in need of some quick cash.

Don also pointed out some of his lunchtime favorites, which include the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna starter, Flat Iron Chimichurri in the “classics” selections, the Grilled Chorizo in the “pub favorite” category, the special Salmon dish, and the Steak and Gorgonzola or Vegetarian Quinoa Cake salad choices. It was on this recommendation that I try one of his “protein and greens” menu choices. So I did.


But first I consulted again with Sam, who after her soup recommendation really could do no wrong. She promised me that I’d be happily surprised if I ordered the Vegetarian Quinoa Cake salad, which she said that one of the chefs had come up with on his own as an addition to the changing palates of today’s diners who are often disappointed with limited vegetarian options.

I was a bit skeptical, I mean, how good could something like that be??? The words “quinoa cake” do not normally inspire excitement. But I figured I’d take one for the team since I was working and reviewing and not out lollygagging about for my own satisfaction and experience. I’m glad I did because it was fanfreakingtastic! Seriously.

In addition to the actual taste of the grill-seared cake, which was reminiscent of a crab cake in taste and texture, I was most pleased to see the whole ingredients in every bite. No mush there, but instead a crispy exterior and an inside packed with flavorful mouthfuls of lightly seasoned quinoa, black beans, corn, zucchini, carrot, onion and celery. It’s clear that this was a quinoa dish made by someone who would actually want to eat it. Well done!  The delicious cake was atop a bed mesclun greens tossed with a house-made white balsamic vinaigrette and accompanied by fresh (and yes, it was actually fresh!) avocado and grape tomatoes and onion slivers. I enjoyed it so much that I’ll order it again when I come back on my own steam.  : )

For those who don’t know it, or need to be reminded, Southampton Publick House is one of the most award-winning breweries in America, ranked in the top 20 for GABF medals won by a brewery in the last 10 years, and awarded Top Brewpub in 2003 by Beer Advocate Magazine and ranked #8 Specialty Brewery in the World by RateBeer.com in 2004

Even though the restaurant has moved, it’s still got its old spirit. Decked out for the upcoming holiday, the eatery is celebrating Halloween with its annual costume party on Saturday October, 29, beginning at 10 p.m. The evening will feature DJ Dory Seymour who will be spinning tunes all night, $5 pints of Pumpkin Ale and $5 drink specials. There will be a costume contest for guests to enter with Anthony from WEHM and BEACH Radio as the judge. There will be prizes for first, second and third place and winners will be announced at midnight.  There will be a $10 cover at the door.

The Southampton Public House is open 7 days for lunch and dinner: Monday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For further information visit www.publick.com or call (631) 283-2800.