Beachcomber, June 27

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A big thank you to Mother Nature for the sunshine. With all the rain lately, the sun was a refreshing change of pace and exactly what the garden needed. It’s as if someone hit a switch and everyone’s gardens just exploded! All the new plants have practically doubled in size in a very short time.The season is off to a great start, and now that schools are finishing up, people have arrived for the duration. All weekend, everyone was talking about getting settled in and looking forward to the summer.

By the way, while many of us are up here from Palm Beach and West Palm Beach enjoying the summer, there is a lot going on down there. It seems that a real estate developer has decided that the small piece of land between the Trianon and the Middle Bridge is the perfect spot for a 400-foot-tall condo complex. Should this be allowed, it would be the tallest building in West Palm Beach and twice the height of the Trianon. There will be no missing this structure from just about anywhere on the island, not to mention the impact it will have on residents of West Palm Beach.

Anyone wanting to express their concerns can address an email to the members of the Planning Board at JRoach@wpb.org.

This is typical of a seasonal community—the builders try to get the proposal before the Planning Board while no one is in town. Fortunately, this did not work, as a group of concerned residents got involved and attended the first of what will undoubtedly be numerous meetings on the project.

This is not unlike an issue going on in town here, where the groundwork for a proposed ferry service on Lake Agawam was laid during the offseason. Can you imagine a ferry service on Agawam? And they make it sound as though you will be able to get off the ferry and just pop into the Beach Club for lunch—I don’t think so. My understanding is that it will help with parking issues at the beach. We already have parking issues in town—and it’s not even July!

But enough about all of that.

A friend called to have dinner Thursday evening and, being a creature of habit, I suggested Little Red. The place was crowded, and dinner was fantastic.

Friday night, it was off to a cocktail party that I’m not allowed to write about, followed by dinner at one of the clubs in town. I won’t mention which one, but the macaroons on the dessert table were calling my name, and I just couldn’t resist!

Saturday, I headed over to Bridgehampton to the antiques fair at the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s Corwith House museum across from the Candy Kitchen. We arrived early, and the breeze made walking the grounds a pleasure. I was amazed at the variety of vendors and the great prices. After several hours of shopping, I loaded up the car and headed back to Southampton.

That night was another crazy evening of parties; unfortunately, they all were at the same time. I had every intention of making the rounds but was not successful. The first and only stop of the evening was to the lovely lakefront home of Ellen and Chuck Scarborough for the “Get Wild” party to benefit the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. This was the perfect setting to enjoy the beauty of Lake Agawam and come together to celebrate the great work that the center does on the East End.

Various handlers, who were holding some of the wildlife that the center has rescued, greeted guests. Swedish chef Jonas Dahlbom worked with local chef Peter Ambrose to create a delicious vegetarian array of edibles. The evening honored Sharon Kerr, Howard Lorber and Kim Renk Dryer for their work with the organization and wildlife.

Seen enjoying the incredible views: Hildegard Jones, Rosalie Brinton, Howard Marton, Jean Fitzsimmons, Tom Naro, Maria Del Rio, Debbie Tanger, Nancy O’Sullivan, Lee Fryd, Peggy and Ray Thorne, Johanne Klausen, Daphnie Hoge, Nicole B. Brewer, Sandra McConnell, Michael Lorber (who accepted the honor on his father’s behalf), Joel Cooper and Paul Herman, Melanie and John Wambold, Sandi and Gary Simpson, Beth Ostrosky and husband Howard Stern, and Cornelia Guest.

The intersection of First Neck and Gin lanes looked like a giant parking lot with all the guests at the party, as well as a private event taking place at the Meadow Club.

By the way, a very big congratulations to Kate Larsen and Jay Blount on their nuptials this weekend at the Dune Church.

Sunday evening, a touch of jazz arrived in town for a cabaret night to benefit the Rogers Memorial Library. The event included performances by KT Sullivan, Eric Yves Garcia, Natalie Douglas and T. Oliver Reid. What a treat! My only regret was that the performances lasted only about an hour. I could have sat there all night listening to these incredibly talented voices.

Seen enjoying the music: Jane and Bob Fear, Nancy and Enrique Lopez-Balboa, Helga Dawn, Annette and Gerry Geddes, Hildegard Jones, Lyn and Warren Hamer, Nancy Stone, Jan Rose, Pam Walker and Daniel Storey, Mary Quatroche, Ana Maria and Jimmy Holme, Eileen Powers, Sandra and John Walsham, Raya Knight, Laura Danforth, Justine Cushing, Cornelia Bregman, Camille Campbell, Liz and Sean Deneny, and Kay and Stanley Glinka, their daughter, Marie, and son, Stan. By the way, on Monday, July 1, there will be a kickoff party at Edgewater to start young Stan’s campaign for Southampton Town Board. Best of luck.

This past Monday evening it was over to Gin Lane for the first barbecue night at the Bath and Tennis Club. As always, what a delight. Wonderful food while sitting on the deck with the ocean as our backdrop.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Liz Burns, the director of the Rogers Memorial Library, as she told me of several programs that they offer the community. I know firsthand about this, as my father spent the winter attending the various computer courses that they offer. He enjoyed it so much that we had to buy him his own laptop, which he is navigating like a pro. A big thank you to Marie Kinneary, the library staffer who teaches the courses.

Another wonderful service the library offers is the Readers Advisor program, which all the librarians provide. It’s that human touch that is so rare to find in our less-than-service-oriented world.

If you haven’t been to the library recently, take a moment to stop by and smell the roses in the rose garden. It is in full bloom and is truly a sight to behold. Thanks to the Rose Society for this wonderful gift to our community.

This weekend is packed with things to do, starting with a garden tour on Saturday, which is being sponsored by the Rose Society of Southampton. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You definitely don’t want to miss this event, since it includes some of the most beautiful gardens in town, each with a special section devoted to roses. Go to the Rose Society’s website, southamptonrose.org, to purchase your tickets, I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

As everyone out here already knows, the U.S. Women’s Open is running all weekend at Sebonack Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, featuring some of the top female golfers in the world.

Saturday afternoon, Sequin on Jobs Lane will be hosting a cocktail party to benefit Southampton Hospital. It is one of the pre-events leading up to the hospital’s Summer Gala on the first Saturday in August.

Saturday evening also is the 17th annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball to benefit the American Heart Association. The event will take place on the grounds of Hayground School and includes cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner, and dancing.

If you have your sea legs, you can head over to Sag Harbor to the Mariner III to celebrate the Peconic Baykeeper’s 15th anniversary. The evening includes cocktails on the dock, followed by a three-course dinner cruise created by Swedish Michelin chef Gustav Tragardh.

I hope to see you there!

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