Beachcomber, August 15


The last few weeks there has been so much to write about that I have not had a chance to comment on a few things that have gone on in town. First off, the post office finally cut what they call a lawn and even washed some of the windows. It drives me crazy that they let the place look the way it does. The village is so charming and beautiful, but the post office, with its “eco-friendly” plantings, is just a big eyesore.Second was the installation of the new traffic lights on the corner of Main Street and Hampton Road. I am curious as to who decided that the perfect time to change the traffic lights was the middle of the summer. I don’t think they could have picked a worse time to get this job completed!

Last Tuesday, I got together with some friends for a delightful dinner party. It was a small group, which I really enjoy, as it gives you a chance to truly enjoy each other’s company. Dinner was delicious, and the dessert fantastic—thanks, SW. We chatted about the summer and all the parties, including, of course, the Southampton Hospital Summer Party. I always enjoy the hospital party, and this year was no exception—but I must admit, me being old-fashioned, I did miss the old location on Wickapogue.

Friday night, it was back to running around, as I headed out to the Southampton Historical Museum for a cocktail party hosted by Jere Patterson. What a wonderful place to hold an event, as guests walked around the museum and on the grounds.

Seen enjoying the evening: Pat Lynch, James Fahnstock, Mimi and Michael Lenihan, Kristi Witker and Walter Elliott, Marion and Phil Piro, Nancy and Peter Larsen, Cindy and Ladd Willis, Katrim and Grant Calder, Sue Madonia, Lloyd Bower, Marylou Swift, Knight and Bert Meem, Jeannie Johnson, Zita Davison, Gary Lawrance, Jan and Bob Fear, Rosalie Brinton, Nancy and Enrique Lopez-Balboa, Brenda Landry with niece Molly, Rolf Heitmeyer, Weezie Collins and husband Bert Mallard, Camille Campbell, Christl and Kenny Meszkat, Vicki and Bill Johnston, Doran Mullen, Valerie Rooks, Rod O’Conner, Daphne Hoge, Pam Walker and Daniel Storey, Laura Codman, Alex Doner, and Carole and Fred Guest.

Afterward, it was off to a lovely couple’s home for cocktails and dinner. I can’t tell you who was there, but we did have a delightful evening with great conversation a little dancing and a wonderful meal prepared by our charming hostess. It was so nice to sit back and relax while among good friends. A big thank you to KW squared.

Saturday morning, the Bath and Tennis Club held its annual swim-a-thon to benefit the SBT charitable fund. I think it is amazing that the members of this club raise money for their foundation, through which they give to many of the local charities. A big congrats to all of you for your generosity.

That evening it was another marathon of events and parties, which I am happy to say was fairly easy to navigate, partly because two of the events were across the street from one another.

The first stop was Sequins on Jobs Lane for a cocktail party to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter. I had a tough time resisting the adorable dogs that were at the front door. Inside, all the ladies were modeling jewels. Seen: Kristi Witker, Katlean de Monchy with daughter Emily, Linda Renk, Cole Rumbough, Raya and Cliff Knight, Esther Paster, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Kathy Daimler and daughter Merrill Debbs, Sandra McConnell and Basil Zirinis, and Nancy Jane and Jeffrey Lowey.

The Southampton Animal Shelter is rated as one of the tops in the country—take some time to check out its website, or better yet go over to see all the wonderful animals they have that are in need of loving homes.

Next stop was across the street to the Southampton Center for a preview cocktail party to kick off three new exhibits that will be on display this month. When you walk into the center, you can see the drawings for the proposed renovation that the center is working toward. I saw Mayor Mark Epley and his lovely wife, Marianne. Mark was busy showing off the designs to former pro footballer Vyto Kab and his wife, Patricia.

One of the exhibits on display consists of works by artist Aurora Robson. She takes plastic debris and paints and cuts up the plastic and then puts it together in the most unique sculptures. All from something that has been thrown away—amazing!

Seen admiring all the works: Kristi and David Avram, Pam Walker, Daniel Storey, David Nadal, Linda and Peter Talty, Elliott Pierce, Christina and Joe Redding, Robin and Mark Avram, and Helene and Whitney Stevens with daughter J. Whitney Stevens, who is one of the driving forces behind the Southampton Center. Thank you, Whitney, for all your hard work.

A quick ride over to Water Mill—and, for some strange reason, very light traffic—and I was at my next stop, the charming home of Brian Connors. Set on a flag lot off Montauk Highway sits Brian’s gem of a home. I always enjoy a home on a flag lot. It never fails that when you get to the end of their long driveway, you wind up being surprised by these hidden treasures. This home was no exception, as we gathered around the pool to enjoy a delightful night of cocktails.

Seen admiring the grounds: Bob Taft and Phil Moloney, Maribeth and Ellen Welsh, Joe Kundrat, Katherine Carey, Mac King (of Channel 5), Melanie and John Wambold, Dina Maxwell Smith, John Morse, John Burger, Bob Dowling, Michael Fey, Steven Stolman and Rich Wilkie, Jack Bochonok, Jack Hayes, and architect Jim McChesney.

Afterward, it was back to Southampton for dinner at Nammos with a small group. We all agreed that sitting outside was the perfect way to end the evening. I had every intention of going home, when my car suddenly found its way over to Social Club, where I met up with the younger set for a nightcap or two. I wound up staying far later than I had anticipated. We were dancing when I suddenly saw that it was after 2 in the morning, and I quickly made my goodbyes and headed home.

The evening had taken its toll, and I did not wake up until almost 9 a.m. on Sunday—which meant I was late for the Stride for Life 5K run/walk around Lake Agawam. I found out from friends who participated in the event that it was a big success. Afterward, there was a brunch for all the members of Team Pat at a lovely home on Lake Agawam.

This Friday evening is the Peconic Baykeeper’s cocktail party at the Port of Missing Men. This is always a wonderful event and one that is well worth the ticket, if for no other reason than to watch the sun set from this spectacular home. But, seriously, this is a very important cause worthy of all our support.

On Saturday night, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will host its Bow Wow Ball at the adoption center on Daniels Hole Road. This year’s honoree is the charming Bernadette Peters. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an after party. What more could you ask for? Hope to see you there!

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