Hamptons Hot Picks: January 2017

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This awesome photo of Nancy Atlas by Michael Heller is courtesy Bay Street Theater. 

Winter schminter. The snow might be gently coming down but the activities this weekend are fast and furiously rolling along. Here are a few of the hot things to do that are on my radar.
Nancy Atlas will be tearing the roof off at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tonight for the first of only four Fireside Sessions this winter. Most of the shows are already sold out so get your tickets now before they are completely gone. Read all about it here in this story I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express this week. Really awesome gigs!
Also tonight, Friday, January 6, catch some Smokin’ Hot Tunes Fridays at Townline
Bands, Brews and BBQ with Junkyard Farmer. The show at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is from 5 to 8 p.m., and yes, there are accompanying food and drink specials.
I’m sad to announce that Zigmund’s in Bridgehampton is shutting it down for good next Sunday, January 15. So get out there and support this live music venue while you still can. Tonight, Friday, January 6, it’s Haines Goodale & Co. live at  9 p.m. On Saturday, Retro Sounds play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are more musical acts next week through Sunday so check it out on Zigmund’s website and Facebook page.

From Zigmund’s — The bar, which opened in July, was the most recent project for the restaurant duo Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides, who also own Almond in Bridgehampton and two restaurants in Manhattan.
“Zigmund’s was intended to be a pop up.  Back in July, the owner of the building (who is a buddy of ours) had an opening for a season before a more permanent tenant moved in so we said ‘screw it, lets open a bar!’ It’s been a blast, but we are now moving on to bigger projects,” states Lemonides. “We are looking forward to rounding out the season in the next two weeks with live music, karaoke and our signature Retro Sounds on Saturday. We will close out with a final Karaoke night, so bring your best singing voice to serenade us one last time,” concludes Weiner.
The duo has another project on the horizon for the 2017 season, soon to be announced.
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On Saturday, Guild Hall and the Hamptons International Film Festival couldn’t be more timely. Hurrah! They will be screening the 1962 classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton Join the HIFF Co-Chair (that’s Mr. Baldwin) and Artistic Director David Nugent for this annual Winter Classic screening of a wonderful film and a conversation directly following. And don’t forget, our very own Truman Capote is portrayed as a young boy in this fantastic film version, based on the seminal book by Harper Lee. Don’t miss this!

thumbnail_promisespromises_finalposter-2On Sunday and Monday, January 8 and 9, Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will hold auditions for “Promises, Promises” at 6 p.m. Interested in auditioning? Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre or pop standard. Comfortable clothing required for learning a dance combination. There are A LOT of parts to fill in this one so now’s your chance; dare to dream of being on the stage and actually do it. Performances are March 9 through 26, 2017. Need to know more? Contact Michael Disher at mbentondisher@gmail.com

Last but most definitely not least. Want to give a big thank you to the Sag Harbor Fire Department and all the other incredible volunteers who assisted and responded to the terrible Sag Harbor Cinema conflagration? Then head to Page in Sag Harbor on Sunday night from 5 to 7 p.m. for a well deserved benefit to raise funds for those in need and to thank and support the men and women who battled the December fire and saved our Main Street. For more information, please call 631-725-1810 or email Jacqueline LaBorne at jaci@pagerestaurantgroup.com.

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Dawn Watson photo, taken about an hour before the facade was gently pulled down. 

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!

 

 

Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.