On Stage This Week in the Hamptons

Want to go see a play this week? We don’t need no stinkin’ Broadway (but of course we do still love it!). We’ve got plenty to do right here in the Hamptons.

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Diana Marbury and Ben Schnickel in a scene from “4,000 Miles.” Photo by Tom Kochie

Staging now through January 29 in Quogue, it’s “4,000 Miles.” The drama, starring Diana Marbury and Ben Schnickel, is a great telling of reconnecting family relationships and closing the generation gap. Written by Amy Herzog, the show, directed for the Hampton Theatre Company by Sarah Hunnewell, also stars Amanda Griemsmann and Samantha Herrera. Read more about it here in this preview I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

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Looks like Joseph Marshall and Tamara Salkin are about to get physical in this scene from “The Money Shot.” Photo by Dane DuPuis.

money-shotOpening tomorrow night–Thursday, January 19–at the Southampton Cultural Center, it’s Neil LaBute’s edgy 2014 play “The Money Shot.” Strictly for adults, this graphic comedy about sex after the bloom has faded is pure LaBute. No familiar? Watch “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends and Neighbors,” which are both raw and rough, but also incredibly compelling. Starring Bonnie Grice, Joseph Marshall, Tamara Salkin and Kristin Whiting, the show is directed by Joan Lyons.

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And then there’s the southern-style tearjerker “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, courtesy the Springs Community Theater Company. The production opens on Friday, January 20, and stages at the Springs Presbyterian Church this weekend and next, through Saturday, January 28. It features a spirited local cast of characters–Shelley Bennett, Susan Conklin, Vay David, Jayne Freedman, Virginia Haller and Claire Hopkins–who I’m positive will absolutely prove fitting for such a show. The action will be directed by Diana Horn and Kathleen Horn and produced by Barbara Mattson.  Here’s the link for tickets. Can’t wait to see another of this group’s don’t-miss productions.

Is Everybody Heading for the Hills Hearing?

Due to intense interest and growing crowd sizes, the Town of Southampton has issued a change of venue for the third public hearing of “The Hills” development by Discovery Land.

According to information shared by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s office, the public hearing  will now take place at the East Quogue Elementary School on Tuesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. instead of at Southampton Town Hall.  “The Hills at Southampton” is a proposed mixed use planned development district to develop 168 acres with 118 residential units and a golf and country club.

Ring In a Hamptons Happy New Year

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Wondering where to go and what to do to ring in the New Year? You’re in luck. Here are my top picks for those in the mood for some South Fork celebrating the end of 2016 and/or the beginning of 2017.
rogers-mansion-in-snow-by-tom-edmonds-2014Not much of a night owl? That’s okay; Rogers Mansion in Southampton can be seen today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. by candlelight. Celebrate the end of the year with a candlelight reception at the Rogers Mansion and take advantage of the last opportunity to view this year’s exhibit. The parlors and sitting rooms will be festooned with garlands of fresh winter greens and flowers. Colorful antique holiday decorations can be seen on the many trees that decorate the reception rooms in the Mansion Enjoy light refreshments before or after one of several guided tours, which will begin every 15 minutes.

 

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For a bit more of an all-day/all-night affair, check in to c/o The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. The eclectic, Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel features special two-night minimum packages for New Year’s, including an automatic late checkout at 1 p.m.

The dog-friendly hotel, with its 19 individualized rooms and cottages, is set to ring in 2017 in style with a decadent three-course prix fixe dinner and party. Complementing the dinner is a Great Gatsby-themed party where guests will enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. There are no fireworks, so the dogs will love this party! Dinner and party is $95 plus tax per person.

gurneysGurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is also hosting a big shindig. Starting at 5 p.m., the $150 per person celebration includes a “favorite era” costume party in celebration of Gurney’s 90 years in business, plus live music by Kim Sozzi Creations Music, Gurney’s Beach Club DJ Nicole Leone, dancing, 4-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary midnight champagne toast & more. There are also two pre-fixe dinner seatings tonight at Scarpetta Beach. The first starts at 5 p.m. and the second seating is at 8 p.m. Cost is $105 per person, plus $45 wine pairing option offered. No worries about driving home if you don’t want to; Gurney’s is also offering special New Year’s lodging packages.

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The Southampton Inn is also offering up a special celebratory occasion, starting at 7 p.m. The 19th annual New Year’s Eve Gala includes cocktails, dinner, open bar, dancing to live music, special room rates for those partaking of the festivities, breakfast in the morning and late check out for those who need a bit of recuperation time.  Oooh, and Brent Newsom is cooking the New Year’s Eve dinner. Always a treat!

 

 

Just want to get out for some New Year’s Eve fun ? Then head to Zigmund’s Bar in Bridgehampton, which is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Drop D from  9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Or pop in at Indian Wells Tavern in Amangansett, which is hosting its New Year’s Eve party tonight featuring a 10-foot projector playing music videos all night long, drinks specials and a televised ball drop.

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton will host a special locally sourced four-course prix fixe menu in celebration of New Year’s Eve on Saturday, December 31, beginning at 9 p.m. Guests will receive party favors and a champagne toast will be offered. Cost for the evening is $105 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For a more casual option, the bar will offer bar snacks and specialty cocktails. The a la carte menu will be offered earlier in the evening alongside holiday specials.

red|bar brasserie in Southampton is also offering a special New Year’s Eve menu tonight. Yum!

And Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton will offer a la carte specials for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will serve a special New Year’s Day Brunch on Sunday, January 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Imbibing? Then please be responsible. Cheers to a happy, healthy and productive 2017!

 

 

Photos: Polar Bear Plunge 2016

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Mother Nature couldn’t have gotten it any more perfect for the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Southampton this morning. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the water was about 10 degrees warmer than the air. All in all, a pretty wonderful day to take a dip. And it was all for a wonderful cause — raising money for Human Resources of the Hamptons. Missed it? Then I hope you enjoy these fun photos I had the pleasure of taking this morning. Please check back later for official stats and money raised.

History Gets Its Due (and $$) in Southampton

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Photo by Emma Ballou

Congrats to the Southampton Historical Museum, which is the beneficiary of a big money grant, courtesy The Gardiner Foundation. The amount is $50,500 of matching grant dollars, to be used for the restoration of the Red Creek Schoolhouse located on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex in the Village of Southampton.

On Tuesday, the Historical Museum shared that Katherine Curran, executive director of the Gardiner Foundation, gave the check to Tom Edmonds, executive director of the Southampton Historical Museum. Witnesses included Bob Beck, president of the Southampton Historical Museum and Stephen Funsch, village administrator for the Village of Southampton.

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Stephen Funsch, Tom Edmonds, Katherine Curran and Bob Beck. Photo courtesy Bob Beck

Here’s a bit of history, and a timeline, in case you’re interested:

The schoolhouse was originally constructed in the 1830s to house 40 schoolchildren in the historic village of Red Creek located on the Peconic Bay near the border of Hampton Bays and Flanders. Shipbuilding was the main industry in Red Creek. Between the 1820s and 1870s, Red Creek was an industrious, self-sustaining community with a blacksmith, shoemaker, farmers, carpenters, boatmen, fishermen, baymen, sailors, a general store, a church, and an oil factory. As the whaling industry declined in late 19th century the community of Red Creek disappeared. The schoolhouse is all that remains of Red Creek. It was purchased by the Southampton Historical Museum in 1953 and moved to the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex on Meeting House Lane in the Village of Southampton.

1738 Red Creek laid out by Town proprietors as part of Canoe Place Division.

1795  Jesse & John Terry move to Red Creek and begin buying property

1825 Red Creek develops a city grid layout around existing homes

1830s Terry family develops a thriving shipbuilding business, Red Creek Schoolhouse built

1869 Railroad service begins in Hampton Bays and Red Creek begins its decline

1926 William Hubbard buys the schoolhouse for $100 to store boats

1953 William Hubbard sells the schoolhouse for $400 to the Southampton Historical Museum and the building is moved to its current location in the Village of Southampton.

Today, the schoolhouse is become a popular attraction for Southampton classroom visits to learn education and work activities of Southampton children from nearly 200 years ago.The restoration will preserve this historic building and ensure that it is appreciated by people of all ages. The Southampton Historical Museum was able to match the $50,500 through the sale of the White House on Main Street in Southampton, which was a 2012 bequest.  The Rogers Mansion Museum Complex is one of four properties of the Southampton Historical Museum. Located at 17 Meeting House Lane in the Village of Southampton, it is open March through December, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm.

The Best Dance Show That You’re Missing

I am pleased as punch that I got first-row tickets to this past Saturday’s DanceFusion performance at the Southampton Cultural Center. Wow! I’ve been to a couple of these shows now and I’e been blown away every time. Seriously, we’ve got superpro-level dancing being staged for us right here in the Hamptons and hardly anyone seems to know. I’m telling you now, it’s here and it’s amazing. If you like Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, any of those other dance-related television shows, or if you’re of the mind to head into the city to catch a performance, then do yourself a favor and check out DanceFusion right here on the East End.

On Saturday, we were treated to the artistic endeavors of FJK Dance, a New York-based pro troupe. The dancers performed two programs–Take Two, which was inspired by ballroom elegance and glamour and adding in plenty of drama and mystery and featured music by Dave Brubeck, John Klemmer and Benny Goodman, and Dum Talk, which included a percussive combination of Middle Eastern drum and Latin salsa and featured music by Mario Kirlis and Johnny Arraj. It was cool and I’m glad I got to go. Unfortunately that was the last program of the year  but I do hope that you make sure to check out the series when the 2017 DanceFusion season begins. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

*Pardon the video quality. I shot it on my iPhone. Thank you Laura Devinney for all your incredible efforts with launching and supporting this program, and for the great seats!

Hot Picks: Saturday, November 12

Southampton Village is brimming with terrific things to do today.

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To start, the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, opens “Colorama,” the final art exhibit there this year. Organized by the George Eastman Museum, the really fascinating show of “the world’s largest photographs,” according to Kodak, will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

Here’s a bit of background: in 1950, the Eastman Kodak Company installed the first Colorama on the interior east wall of Grand Central Station. These oversized advertisements were 18 feet high and 60 feet long, requiring more than a mile of cold-cathode tubes to light them from behind. Altogether, 565 Colorama photographs would be situated on this spot over the next 40 years. As a major corporate and aesthetic undertaking, the production of Coloramas required the combined efforts of Kodak’s marketing and technical staffs, and scores of photographers, including such notables as Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas and Eliot Porter.

Until 1990, these illuminated illustrations reflected and reinforced American values and aspirations while encouraging picture-taking as an essential aspect of leisure, travel, family and social life. In the decades that evolved from Levittowns and the baby boom to Watts and Woodstock, they proffered an almost unchanging vision of idealized and perfect landscapes, villages and families, American power and patriotism, and the decorative sentimentality of babies, puppies and kittens. They marked traditional holidays, conventional views of the faraway, and such uplifting current events as a moonwalk and a royal wedding, and they suggested, with varying degrees of explicitness, that such sights could be defined, secured, memorialized and enjoyed through the complementary practice of photography.

Today, these images are figures in the landscape of memory. The Coloramas taught us not only what to photograph but how to see the world as though it were a photograph. They served to manifest and visualize values that even then were seen as nostalgic, fading and in jeopardy, salvageable only through the time defying alchemy of cameras and film. The exhibit will remain on view through December 31.

Additionally, the Southampton Arts Center will host it’s final  “LIVE from Southampton Arts Center”music series tonight at 7:30 p.m. with “The Music of Mali, featuring Yacouba Sissoko and LUMA.” The event is held in partnership with The Jam Session Inc and will be recorded live for The Jam Session Radio Hour to be aired on local NPR affiliate WPPB 88.3 FM.

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Over at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane, it’s the final DanceFusion performance tonight at 6 p.m. The stars of this show will be the FJK Dance Company from Manhattan, who will bring their blend of contemporary dance out east.