Beachcomber, June 12


I realize that it’s the beginning of what I hope will be a great summer season, but something has to be done about the crazy drivers in town. You take your life in your hands to drive around. I witnessed no fewer than six people making U-turns just to get a parking space. It’s bad enough that they just back out of a space without looking, but the other day I almost hit a guy driving a Porsche. It seems he decided to make a left-hand turn onto Main Street from Cameron Street at Chase Bank—which, by the way, is one way in the other direction.We need policemen stationed on Main Street and Jobs Lane to give out tickets to these drivers who think the rules do not apply to them.

Anyway, without a garden to tend this season, I find myself with more free time and am having fun just enjoying the simple things. I love getting a coffee at the Village Cheese Shop in the morning and then driving down to the beach to sit and watch the ocean. I have also taken up walking, partly because I need the exercise but also because I find it so therapeutic. It’s a perfect balance to help offset the hectic party pace.

Wednesday night, I met a friend for drinks and a quick bite at Little Red, which is always fun. It was great to have the chance to catch up and make plans for the summer.

Friday evening, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Meadow Club for dinner. What a treat! Sitting on the porch having cocktails with the sound of the ocean in the background is truly delightful, a real slice of old Southampton. It’s nice to know that not everything has to change. Dinner was delicious and, of course, the evening would not have been complete without a plate of those amazing macaroon cookies. Thank you to my hostess for a lovely night.

Saturday afternoon, there was a big party over on First Neck Lane at the home of Chris Burch. Resort brand Solid & Striped hosted its inaugural summer barbecue and pool party. Brand founder Isaac Ross seemed very pleased with the turnout as he strolled the grounds with designers Timo Weiland and Jodie Snyder Morel. Also seen: Olivia Palermo with her fiancé, Johannes Huebl, as well as Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery.

Guests enjoyed a traditional barbecue menu, provided by BLT, which I am happy to see is back for another summer. Bocce ball, ping-pong and tennis were also on the menu—just as long as you were wearing a Solid & Striped bathing suit—all while Brendan Fallis performed as DJ for the party.

Saturday night, it was over to Barkers Island Road to the Southampton Fresh Air Home for their annual DDD event. I arrived early to see a long line of shoppers waiting for the 5 o’clock bell to ring, announcing the beginning of the evening. I am always amazed at all the incredible finds, and the prices are so reasonable.

The design committee, along with the help of several designers, including Gary Crain and James Alan Smith, all volunteer to turn the many rooms at the home into little mini boutiques filled to the brim with all the donated items.

Seen shopping away: Cathy and Leigh Duemler, Pat Munn and daughter Linda, Nancy Stone, Ann Madonia, Ellen L’Esperance (her husband, Fran, got a front-row seat at the auction while she did the shopping), Clelia and Tom Zacharias, Phyllis Toohey, Laura Danforth, Zita Davisson, Michaela Keszler, Gary Lawrance, Robert Taft and Phil Moloney, Willi Salm, Aida Turturro, Kim White and husband Kurt Wolfgruber, Sheila O’Malley Fuchs and husband Joe Fuchs, Maura and Sean O’Rourke, Ana Maria and Jimmy Holme, Nancy Rollins, Diane Vahradian, Hal Goldberg (president of the Rose Society), Susie Wagner, and hairstylist Steven Deering. (By the way, ladies, Steven has a chair at No. 10 Oak Street for the summer.)

Guests enjoyed a wonderful array of edibles from caterer and event planner Canard Inc. This is the first big charity event of the summer and the first chance to run into people whom I haven’t seen in a while. Cocktails, good friends and shopping—what a great combination!

Also seen: Cynthia and Fred Eaton, Brenda Gall, Melanie and John Wambold, Raya and Clif Knight, Christl and Kenny Meszkat, Tish and Orest Bliss, Maria and Dan del Rio, Traudl and Mark Geraghty, Laura Blair and Scott Soper, Florence Danforth-Meyer and husband Seth Meyer, Helga Dawn, Vicky Johnston (who had just arrived from Palm Beach for the season), Cindy and Ladd Willis, and Steven Stolman and partner Rich Wilkie. Steven is returning this year as design chairman for the Summer Party for Southampton Hospital.

The live and silent auctions were amazing, and the wines available were top-notch. This is one of two major charity events that the Fresh Air Home has over the summer; the next one will be the American Picnic on July 4, which is truly an incredible family fun evening.

Sunday morning, I made my way over to Windmill Lane to the opening celebration of the new dog park. Mayor Mark Epley and Chairperson Zoe Kamitses cut the ribbon officially opening the park. I was amazed at how well all the dogs got along with one another once they were in the park and their leashes were removed. Now if only the rest of us could get along that well …

On hand to watch the fun: Mark Fichandler, Robert Lohman, Marianne Epley (along with her mother, Ann Benedict), Paul Bollo, Nancy McGann, Marion Piro, Jodi and Jack Wasserman, Cathy and Leigh Duemler, Gary Goleski, Melanie and John Wambold, Wendy Wegner, and Thea Hattrick.

ARF and the Southampton Animal Shelter were also part of the event, each with their mobile adoption trucks. It was so nice to see everyone come together to support this new park. Congratulations to everyone involved for making this happen.

Afterward, I went into town to the farmers market, where I picked up a few things for the week. My next stop was the Historical Museum on Meeting House Lane to check out the Antiques Fair.

This week, on Thursday night, the Wildlife Conservation Society will hold its annual Gala at the Central Park Zoo. This year’s theme is saving the elephants.

Saturday afternoon, I hope you can take the time to visit the Rogers Memorial Library for the annual Rose Society Rose show. It is always so wonderful to visit the rose garden at the library; we are truly lucky to have this beautiful setting to enjoy right here in town.

There will be a cocktail party hosted by Dora Frost, titled “Artists for Elephants and Rhinos,” at her studio that evening. The event will benefit the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.

Also that night is a cocktail party to kick off “Endless Summer,” Southampton Hospital’s 56th annual Summer Party. The Iris Ornig Quartet will be performing, along with singer Sofia D’Angelo. There is still time to call the foundation office to get your tickets for what I’m sure will be a wonderful night. Hope to see you there!

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