Photos: The Retreat’s All Against Abuse, A Night in Havana

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The gang from Douglas Elliman: Justin Agnello, Bonny Aarons, Barbara Mattson, James Keough, Denise Wilder, Tim Kelly, Janette Goodstein, Dawn Watson (hey, that’s me!) and Hara Kang. 

What a terrific way to spend this past Saturday night, with so many of my friends present and accounted for at  A Night in Havana All Against Abuse Gala, courtesy The Retreat. The sold-out event, held at the Ross Lower School in Bridgehampton, was a colorful sight to behold, and a heck of a benefit that raised beaucoup bucks for people who are most definitely in need of some kindness and compassion. It was a beautiful night, complete with 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, and one that I won’t soon forget! Thanks for the photos Kimberly Goff!

 

But wait, there’s more! Thanks to The Retreat and photographers Pam Grienke and Helen Atkinson-Barnes for sharing their pix too!

 

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!

One Billion Rising is TODAY

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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!

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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!!

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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 http://parrishart.org/docentprogram.

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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 Hamptons.com). 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.

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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 Hamptons.com (great to see you and your family last night Nicole!) and Espolon Tequila. Have a fiesta time but remember to drink responsibly.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.