Beachcomber, September 5


It is hard to believe that 16 weeks ago I submitted my first column of the season. Where did the summer go? I cannot believe that Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and another summer season is behind us.Wednesday evening, a small group of us went to BLT Steak for one of the last times of the season. The place was filled to capacity, as everyone was trying to enjoy one last night there before it closed. As always, manager Michael Balsamo presided over the restaurant, making sure all the patrons were enjoying themselves. Thanks to executive chef Cliff Crooks, dinner was excellent. I hope they return next summer!

Friday evening, I started at Madonia Antiques for a book signing and art show. Gary Lawrance has added several new chapters to his book titled “Houses of the Hamptons, 1880 to 1930.” He collaborated with Anne Surchin, and together they have included such homes as Gray Gardens, Wiborg House and Bartlett House. Also on display that evening was a collection of works by dear friend Dora Frost. These are some of her large works, and the colors are just amazing.

You may not know this, but Gary is known for his amazing models of homes that he builds to scale. This night, he had on display a model of Keewaydin, which just happened to be the summer home of one of the guests at the party. Sophy Haynes spent a part of her childhood growing up at Keeywaydin and brought old photos with her to show Gary.

Seen: Priscilla Ulmann, Suzette Smith, Paul Ross, Doran Mullen, Laura and Robert DeVinney, Peggy Lewis, Fred Lauren, James Fahnstock, Christl and Kenny Meszkat, Esther Paster, Marge Sullivan, Hildegard Jones, Nick Kindred, Kristi Witker, and Donna and Richard Soloway.

Of course, I could not stay too long, as I had to head over to Water Mill for another cocktail party. Hal Goldberg, president of the Rose Society, and his mother, Mimi, had a group of their friends over for cocktails. We gathered around the pool enjoying a drink and delightful edibles, which were prepared by Gloria’s Fine Food and Catering.

Seen: Carole and Fred Guest, Jane and Bill Indoe, Helga Dawn, Nancy Rollins, Carol Kruppa, Diane Vahradian, Lyn and Warren Hamer, Suzanne and Bill Murphy, Gregory Shano, Chris Seelig, David Kleinber, and Christl and Kenny Meszkat.

Dinner that night was back in town at the Southampton Golf Club for their annual Lobster Night party. What a treat, as we enjoyed cocktails, dancing and a wonderful meal, outside under the stars. Thank you, C & J, for a delightful night.

Late Saturday afternoon, I made my way over to the Cultural Center for the Southampton Artists Association’s Labor Day art show. They hold four shows a year and are also responsible for “Art in The Park,” which is held in July at Agawam Park. I am always amazed at the amount of talent that we have here on the East End—but, then again, given how picturesque our beloved East End is, it’s no wonder.

Afterward, I headed over to the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary on Hill Street for its cocktail party. Father Mike has brought back this delightful party, which included dinner, dancing and, of course, a few cocktails. The atmosphere was relaxed, as everyone had a lovely time.

Seen: Jeannie Johnson, Judy and Jack Hadlock, Peggy and David Mahoney, Ann and Bill Yawney, Carol and Jim Cavaluzzi, Laura and Bill Masterson, Larry Horton and his sister Nancy Lynn, Kathleen Masterson, Jill Labbadia, Joe Markovich, Kay and Stan Glinka and their son Stan (who is very busy with his campaign), Susan and Stuart Gellman, Ellen and Jim Miller (publishers of Hamptons Real Estate Showcase), Maribeth and Ellen Welsh, Kevin Harrington, and Judy and Denis Dwyer.

Sunday, the only place to be was, of course, under the tents at the Hampton Classic. What an absolute treat to watch some of the best riders in the world compete at the Grand Prix. The people watching isn’t bad either—a number of people parade back and forth, making sure that anyone with a camera has the chance to snap a photo.

Fortunately, the group that I was with was there to watch the riders. I got there a little early, so I could do a little shopping in the boutique garden, which had some amazing vendors.

Seen under the tent: Lee Fryd, Liz and Sean Deneny, Frankie deLaBarre, Andrew Sedlock, Kevin Maple, Sasha and Jim MacNaughton, Vicky and Bill Johnston, Lyn and Warren Hamer, Christl and Kenny Meszkat, Bill Baker and Mark Hughes, Jean Shafiroff, K.T. and Bill MacFarland, Julie Ratner, Debbie Bancroft, Margo Nederlander, Esther and Ed Gaffron, Laura Lofaro Freeman and husband Jim, David Topper, Bimla and Christian Picot, Renee Habers and husband Chris Liddell, Gregory D’Elia, Michelle and Jeff Jacobs, Jessica Newman (the executive director of Justworld International), and Princess Alexandra of Greece and her husband, Nicolas Mirzayantz.

I had the pleasure of meeting Urs Schiendorfer of Longines, the internationally renowned watchmakers. Not only was Longines a major sponsor this year, they were also the official timekeepers for the Hampton Classic, which was very important during the five-person jump-off, as the winner, Kent Farrington, won by only a few seconds.

That evening, it was off to an amazing private party that I wish I could tell you all about, but I have been sworn to secrecy. I saw many of you there, so, fortunately, you know how lovely the night was, but out of respect for the hosts I will say no more.

I did absolutely nothing on Monday for the first time in a long time—and I rather enjoyed it.

Just because it’s September doesn’t mean that the festivities have come to an end. This Saturday, there is a cocktail party and exhibit of art, fashion and jewelry, all to benefit Justworld International. The event will take place at 285 Hayground Road in Water Mill and includes wines and ciders donated by Wölffer Estate Vineyards, catering by Carolynn and Friends, and a live performance by singer-songwriter Sofia D’Angelo. Justworld provides nutrition, education, health, hygiene and vocational programs for children in impoverished communities around the world.

The Southampton Historical Society will host its Late Summer Cocktail Party on the lawn at the Rogers Mansion. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres by Schmidt’s Market and an open bar. This is always a delightful party and less stressful for me, as I have the pleasure of just enjoying the night rather than reporting on it!

I must take a moment to thank each of the hosts of the many cocktail and dinner parties that I had the pleasure of attending. I am truly honored to have enjoyed your company. To the Monday night gang—and you know who you are—I will miss our great chats on the deck. Also, to all the chairpersons of the many charities, you did an amazing job, and I am grateful for all your hard work and dedication to our local charities.

Well, it is time for me to say goodbye. I hope you have enjoyed our walks together on the social beach this summer, and I look forward to seeing you all again next season. I leave next month for Palm Beach, and this season I will be joined by my parents, who have finally decided to enjoy the winter in a much warmer climate.

Take care until next season—I look forward to seeing you then!

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