One Billion Rising is TODAY


Peacefully protesting violence against women, the Ne0-Political Cowgirls and The Retreat will join together for “One Billion Rising” today, Sunday, February 12, starting at at 2 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

As part of the JDT Lab, the event, inspired by Eve Ensler’s global movement, invites the entire community out for written words, song and dance for all, to end violence against women. Appropriate for all ages, the performance is free for all, but donations for The Retreat–the only domestic violence shelter on the East End–will be accepted at the door.

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.”

Hey Hamptons, Get Out There and Do Something!

It’s not too late to sign up for the Neo-Political Young Cowgirls Workshop at Guild Hall in East Hampton, which starts TODAY, Tuesday, September 20, and runs through October 20. The workshop meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Girls ages 8 through 12 will explore issues they care about through exercises, journaling and theater games to create their own mini-dance theater pieces that they will direct and perform. A safe, fun, and free environment to support girls in their unique voices and creative expression. Anything goes! Email Jennifer here to register.

latin-dance-salsa-partyDanceFusion at the Southampton Cultural Center is presenting free Latin Dancing instruction tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Rogers Memorial Library in the village. The class will help you prepare for a fun Salsa Party on the Southampton Arts Center grounds on Sunday, September 25, from noon to 2 p.m. Fun! Fiesta! Danza!!


As part of the Thinking Forward Lecture Series, “Well Well Well,” presented by the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center and the Eastern Long Island NAACP, Dr. Katrina Meachem will talk about hypertension at the BHCCRC on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m.

The Parrish Art Museum is inviting members of the community to apply for its Docent Program, the first time it is being offered in four years. Docents are volunteer educators and Parrish ambassadors, serving the Museum and its community by bringing art to life for hundreds of visitors each year. Those interested are encouraged to apply before September 30, and are asked to commit to eight months of training and two years of volunteer service. No prior experience in the arts or public speaking is necessary, and the Museum requests a minimum of only 35 hours of service per year. Applicants may review the docent program and download the Parrish docent handbook and application at


The Alex Ferrone Gallery on the North Fork has issued a Call for Artists for its National Juried Small Photographic Works Exhibition on the theme of “The Circle.” Judged by Charles A. Riley II, PhD, art critic, curator and historian, submissions must depict how the circle(s) plays an integral role in composition, form, design and/or subject matter of the PHOTOGRAPHIC image. Prizes from Olympus and Berger-Bros Camera, Duggal Visual Solutions, Abbot Art Framing, and Abatelli Realty. Submit entries here at CallForEntry.orgClick here for more information.

Lastly but certainly not leastly,  in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Retreat in East Hampton is accepting monetary donations to go towards new clothes and shoes for victims of domestic abuse. Held in association with Goodcircle, the drive has been kicked off with generous support by DJ Hart in Sag Harbor. Click here to donate. 

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Girls Night Out Pix and Cinco de Mayo Specials

What fun we had last night at White’s Apothecary in Southampton in the name of raising money and awareness for The Retreat. It was great to see friends old and new (including the fabulous Kate Mueth of Neo-Political Cowgirl fame, Colleen DeBaise of my new favorite blog Hampton Bee, Maggie Goldfarb from The Retreat and Nicole Barylski from And the mini facial and hand rub were pretty darn terrific too!

What I like the most about White’s is that it’s all about real personal connection, coupled with true expertise, and authentic passion and care. Hey, that also sounds like what The Retreat is all about. Cool how that worked out so nicely.


Happy Cinco de Mayo! I’ve got two fun things for you to do tonight if you happen to be in the mood for celebrating.


La Fondita in Amagansett is offering holiday specials today. Yumtastic! Here are a few things from the menu: Tamal de Pollo en Salsa Verde $12 (Tamale filled with chicken in a green sauce served with rice, whole black beans and a salad), Tamal de Rajas Con Queso $12 (Sautéed poblano peppers, tomatoes, onions and jalapeno served with rice, whole black beans and a salad), Torta De Chicharrones En Salsa Verde $9, Chiles En Nogada $14 (Stuffed poblano pepper with picadillo topped with a walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds, served with rice and refried beans), or Homemade Churros $3 (Three per order filed with vanilla cream).

Now I want Mexican food. Is it too early to sit in the parking lot and wait until opening time at 11:30? Hmmm.

Later tonight, head to Karamba in Hampton Bays for a Cinco de Mayo tequila and cocktail tasting event, sponsored by (great to see you and your family last night Nicole!) and Espolon Tequila. Have a fiesta time but remember to drink responsibly.



For Lovers, And Others

Even though the weather is predicted to be frigid, this weekend promises to be HOT. Here are a few of the many activities that are sure to satisfy.


Love soars at any time of the year at LongHouse Reserve.

Let your love soar at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton by taking a special tour with horticulturist Alex Feleppa on Saturday, February 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Or to honor everlasting love, give the gift of perennial blooms in your loved one’s name. How sweet!


The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is urging everyone to participate in a Hearts for Art social media campaign by celebrating the love of art and Valentine’s Day. Throughout the weekend, Museum visitors are invited to pick up a paper heart at the Visitor Services desk and place it in front of their favorite work on display in the galleries. Guests are encouraged take photographs of their “art crush” and share it on their preferred social media platform using #parrishartmuseum and #heartsforart.

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The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is holding a special Valentine’s Open House and Low Cost Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the adoption center in Wainscott. Vaccines and microchipping will be offered for a mere $10 each. Also on Saturday, ARF will take part in Operation Puppy Love, and will be on hand at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton to accept 30 rescue dogs from Puerto Rico. Lastly, the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop in Sagaponack will be holding a Presidents’ Day Weekend Sale From Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15.

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The Lynn Blue Band will perform sparkling love songs at Wolffer Vineyard in Sagaponack on Saturday, February 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Neo-Political Cowgirls are putting on a One Billion Rising event at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Sunday, February 14, at 2:15 p.m. to benefit The Retreat. The celebration of dance, song and spoken word will include performances and lots of fun for the whole family.




Quick Stop at the Artists Against Abuse Benefit for The Retreat

Quick Stop at the Artists Against Abuse Benefit for The Retreat

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Foreshadowing what will surely be the case for the next 5 to 8 crazy busy weekends, I was only able to make a very quick stop at a wonderful event–the “Midsummer Night Fever” fundraiser–last night at the Ross School in Bridgehampton. But I’m happy that I was able to at least make it, short as the time was. Here are a few photos from early in the evening. Learn more about this fantastic organization at

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Midsummer Night Fever in the Hamptons

Midsummer Night Fever in the Hamptons

Still firming up your plans for tonight? Consider attending The Retreat’s annual “Artists Against Abuse Midsummer Night Fever” benefit at the Ross School in Bridgehampton from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
This year’s honoree is Congressman Tim Bishop and the participating artists include April Gornik, Arlene Slavin, Bob Tabor, Jack Youngerman and Lynn Geesaman.
Not only is my mouth watering in anticipation of the food from the chefs at Swedish Culinary Summer, I’m also pretty excited to hit the dance floor at this this fun party. Practicing my best disco moves right now!