Hamptons Home and Garden Show 2008


The fourth annual Hamptons Home and Garden Show will take place from Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4, at the Southampton Elks Lodge fairgrounds on County Road 39. The theme for this year’s three-day event is “Live Well and Save,” according to Hamptons Expo Group spokeswoman J.Z. Holden.

On Friday, Ms. Holden reported that the “greening” of America is inevitable, which is why this year’s event, like last year’s show, will focus on energy efficiency and environmentally friendly construction.

“Americans have finally awoken to the fact it’s going to be a green world from here on in,” she said. “We have to change the ways in which we have to build our homes and live our lives. The expo gives so much information on how to transition into the green world.”

Some of the highlights of the show—which boasts 17 acres of home improvement solutions—include more than 200 displays, informative seminars, food and wine tasting events, a raffle for a $2,500 shopping spree at Waldbaum’s or Food Emporium and the opportunity to bid on an environmentally friendly cottage built by Hamptons architect Anthony Musso.

This will be the second year in a row that Mr. Musso, who specializes in sustainable and renewable construction, has participated in the event. Last year he built a similar, but smaller, solar cottage, which was auctioned for $25,000 and benefitted the Children’s Foundation of Suffolk.

This year, the 16-foot by 12-foot cottage, estimated at a $75,000 value, will feature a cathedral ceiling and a 20-foot-long by 8-foot-wide outside deck. Proceeds from the auction of the cottage will go to the American Heart Association.

“It’s a totally stand-alone sun powered building,” Mr. Musso said on Thursday. “There’s even a sunporch with a pergola and it will have that cottagey, Hamptony look.”

Mr. Musso also reported that 90 percent of the materials used to build the cottage will be from renewable sources.

Another of the benefit portions of the event is the $2,500 Waldbaum’s/Food Emporium shopping spree raffle. The proceeds will all go to the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Sponsoring for the second year, Waldbaum’s, which is part of the A&P Family of Supermarkets, will also showcase several types of new and specialty food products during tasting events, the Friday night VIP only “Builder’s Bash” and an organic entertaining seminar.

“This is such a comprehensive show that we wanted to be there to celebrate with our customers,” Waldbaum’s community relations manager Liz Lucadamo said of her company’s involvement.

There will be lots of opportunities to learn at the show as well. Interior decorator, radio talk show host and author Natalie Weinstein will address “The Three R’s: Renovate, Re-decorate and Re-invigorate,” in the form of several 30-minute presentations throughout the day on Saturday.

Seminars on subjects such as “Bringing Water Features to Your Landscape” by Rob Kreymborg of Universal Rock; “Spring Cleaning and Clutter Control” by Mr. Weinstein; “Landscaping Tips ?for Privacy and Sound Reduction in Your Backyard” by Craig Lent of ?Herman Brothers; and “Outdoor Entertaining with Organic Foods” by Joe D’Allesandro and Joshua Wesson of Waldbaum’s; will be featured on Saturday, May 3.

According to Ms. Holden, the second day of the event will be all about reinventing what you have. “People are feeling the pinch of economy, so Saturday’s presentations will show them how to economize and make the most of what they’ve got. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meet all different kinds of people on the cutting edge,” she said.

Sunday will be “Transitioning to Green” day. Talks on subjects such as “Tips on Selecting Your Solar and Other Energy Systems” by Richard Stott of Flynn and Stott Architects; “What You Need to Know about Green Building” from Charles Bergen of Green Urban; and “Achieving Stormwater Reduction and Rainwater Reuse” by J. Chris Earley; will be shared with participants.

Other amenities, such as the “NYSpaces” magazine sponsored VIP tent, designed by Ligne Roset, free fitness evaluations from Radu Physical Culture and an on-site restaurant run by Southampton’s Village Cheese Shop will also be offered during the three-day show.

As for Ms. Holden, she said she is very excited about all that will be going on during the Hamptons Home and Garden Show, but she is particularly interested in all of the learning opportunities.

“I’m really looking forward to all of it, but Sunday is my dream day, since four green architects will be talking about different aspects of building,” she said. “Plus the cottage auction. … It will be a winning day all around.”

General admission to the Hamptons Home and Garden Show is $10 and VIP passes are $35. Show hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the show, vendors, seminars and speakers, visit www.hhgshow.com.

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