Southampton Community News, August 28


The Village Latch Inn added a few celebrities to its roster of famous, and infamous, guests last week when members of the Secret Service and Khloe Kardashian and her posse of E! producers were all seen traipsing about the grounds of the hotel.Members of Vice President Joe Biden’s Secret Service awarded the Village Latch Inn with an official Certificate of Appreciation for the “outstanding manner in which [they] provided support to the Vice President of the United States during his visit to Southampton.” Marta White, owner of the Village Latch said “members of the White House staff love the informal, casual vibe of our hotel.” This isn’t the first time Mr. Biden or his team have stayed at the Village Latch. This is the 6th year in a row the hotel has received this distinction from the secret service and Mr. Biden stayed there when he was a senator.

The Village Latch is no stranger to presidential-esq company—former Vice President under President Bill Clinton, and former presidential candidate Al Gore has been known to frequent the hotel.

Perhaps equally as famous, but not for her particularly astute political affiliations, Khloe Kardashian was also seen at the hotel, filming scenes for her reality television show. Ms. Kardashian and her posse moved out of their North Sea digs early last week, but not before stopping at the Village Latch to film scenes for the latest installment of their E! network show, Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons, which she and Kourtney had been filming around Southampton all summer. The show is expected to premier this fall.

It’s hard to believe, but Labor Day weekend is here. That means next week, school is back in session and bikini-clad beach days will be replaced with crisp fall air, sweaters and apple picking. But, before I jump the gun, let’s get to some of the great activities that are going on this weekend to give the 2014 summer season it’s proper send-off.

The North Sea Fire Department will host a family film night on Thursday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Firemen’s Field in North Sea. “School of Rock” will screen, plus picnic-style seating, food trucks, boxed snacks and more. Call 283-3629 for more information and admission fees.

Southampton Chamber of Commerce Networking Night will also be held this Thursday, August 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Capri Restaurant and Hotel in Southampton. Admission is $15. Appetizers and cash bar. Call 283-0402 or visit for more information.

Southampton Artists Association’s Labor Day Show will be held from this Wednesday, August 27, through September 7 at the Levitas Center For the Arts in the Southampton Cultural Center. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, August 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Don’t forget—the 68th annual Shinnecock Powwow kicks-off this Friday, August 29, at 3 p.m. at the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton. Festivities will continue through Monday, September 1, grounds open at 10 a.m. daily. There will be dance competitions, Native arts, crafts, foods and more. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and free for children 5 and under. Visit for more information.

The Basilica Parish of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary’s End of Summer benefit tent party will be held on Saturday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m. on the church grounds in Southampton. Advance tickets are $35, or $40 at the door. Call 283-0097 or email with any questions and to purchase tickets.

Join The Lobster Grille to close out the holiday weekend for “Tumbleweed Tuesday” as they host a pig roast buffet, complete with salads, corn and watermelon, on September 2, from 4 to 9 p.m. The restaurant will also be open for lunch and dinner. DJ Pauly will offer entertainment plus the outside bar will offer beer, signature shots and an ice luge. There will also be a bonfire. Call (631) 283-1525 for more information.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, be sure to soak up those last few rays of sun. Before you know it, we’ll be wrapped in winter parkas wishing for warm summer days and long summer nights. Have a happy, healthy and safe Labor Day Weekend everyone!

This past Monday, August 25, the Southampton Chamber of Commerce hosted its final drive-in movie of the season at Coopers Beach. Blockbuster hit “Frozen” was screened and according to chamber board members, there was an overwhelming turnout. About 170 carloads of grandparents, parents and children were on hand to watch the highest grossing animated film of all time, which boasts a star-studded cast of voices. Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel played the voice of Elsa the Snow Queen and sang “Let it Go,” which was number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after the movie’s release.

The chamber hosts drive-in movies every Monday in August. The snack bar stays open late and the chamber sells popcorn and glow necklaces. Fee is $10 per person or $40 per carload. Discounts available for firemen, veterans and ambulance personnel. If you didn’t make it this summer, be sure to mark your calendars for next August and come out to enjoy a good old-fashioned drive-in movie.

Brianne Elizabeth Venturella, of Southampton, recently graduated form Boston University. She earned a Master of Science degree in actuarial science with a concentration in mathematical finance. Brianne graduated from Southampton High School in 2008. From there, she went on to the State University of New York at New Paltz from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in finance, cum laude. Brianne currently works at The Ross School in the business office. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, Brianne, and good luck in the future!

At the Library

Registration is now open for the Rogers Memorial Library’s tai chi, yoga, chair yoga, and tap classes.

George Aman will teach advanced beginner bridge in nine sessions at the library beginning Thursday, September 4, at 12:45 p.m. There is a fee of $90.

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will offer a performance of jazz, classical and Latin music by the ZigZag Quartet at the library on Sunday, September 7, at 3 p.m.

Register at or call (631) 283-0774 ext. 523.

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