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Colorful Ambitions Paint Autumn’s Promises

Originally Posted: October 12, 2010

Brittany Buckley

Performers at the Southampton Variety Show give their best performance during the finale! (Anita Boyer)

Southampton - Harvest your desires. The month of October celebrates the beauty of a season you may take for granted.

Liz Morse and Courtney Cesario show their spirit at the Girl's Night Out benefit. (Brittany Buckley)

Hints of red, yellow and orange line the streets as the autumn trees showcase their finest assets. Families and children rush to the nearest pumpkin patch just in time to spot the ripest pick. The streets echo remnants of summertime, on the weekends, that is. During the week you may come to find yourself sipping on a glass of wine, delving into a novel that gets you lost in the gentle rolls of the ocean. But don't be fooled by the subtle harmonies of the season, embrace the gatherings with open arms.

If wine tickles your fancy, the Harvest East End Gala cleansed your palette with a world-class treat. Elegant white tents lined the Wolffer Estate Vineyards, showcasing some of the finest local wines on the East End. Local chefs, Keith Luce, Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming prepared a delectable dinner for guests to savor on Saturday, September 25. Hundreds of guests attended the intimate gathering, enjoying dishes straight from local farms and fishing boats. From the farm to the dinner table, the food translated just as well as the wine. A festival of wine tasting, a live auction and a mouth-watering feast are more than enough reasons to drop by the event next year. With the help of a major sponsor, the Wine Spectator, the event raised thousands of dollars to benefit two local charities, the East End Hospice as well as the Peconic Land Trust.

Lisa Mook wears her true colors in support of breast cancer awareness. (Brittany Buckley)

Think Pink. The month of October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Local benefits acknowledge the national message, proving that a strong support system makes all the difference. For the first time ever, the Coalition for Women's Cancers at Southampton Hospital held a Girl's Night Out on Saturday, September 25. Members of the CWC, cancer survivors, volunteers and supporters came together to recognize breast cancer awareness month and show outstanding support for victims of the heartless disease. New studies show that breast cancer and ovarian cancer are linked, making it even more difficult. "Hopefully the event will give victims of ovarian cancer more support, it's a silent killer," said Judy Phillips, cancer survivor. "We have to get the word out and I'm so happy to be alive."

For just $10, pink ladies were pampered with manicures, a full body massage, make-up, hair styling and Angel Card Readings. The most outrageous pink outfit of the evening received an official spa day at the Kevin Maple Salon. President of the CWC, Susan Barry Roden and Vice President, Stacy Quarty organized a more than successful event that brought together a faithful group of people for an amazing cause. The CWC strives to build a strong web of support for women affected by breast, ovarian and uterine cancers. Through education, early detection and empowerment, the organization gives women a sense of hope and a better quality of life. For more information about the CWC call Susan Barry Roden at 631-726-8715.

Raising awareness spreads the faith. The Southampton Cultural Center kicked off the month of October with a Variety Show that brought a taste of Broadway to the Hamptons. Live entertainment brought talented artists and supporters under one roof with hopes of raising funds and awareness for Crohn's and Colitis disease. Featured performers Anita Boyer, Bethany Dellapolla, Adam Fronc, and Kasia Klimuik have been keeping busy entertaining as well as training for the Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon, which is devoted to raising funds for Crohn's disease as well as research for ulcerative colitis. Reverend Richard Boyer hosted a night of live music and fun festivities that showcased talent from the recent production, "Cabaret." A silent auction and donations directly benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Raising awareness for such a tragic disease reminds victims that they are not alone. Performers included Christine Martinez, Shannon Gilson, the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater's version of "Annie," as well as a lovely accompaniment by Bobby Peterson. The enthusiastic and talented team of performers had a blast putting together such an outstanding show and they are looking forward to knocking your socks off again next year!

A scene from the box office hit, "Money Never Sleeps." (Lawlor Media)

Octoberfest is in full swing and has already swept through the heart of Montauk. The Annual Fall Festival was held in the center of town over the weekend, reminding guests to enjoy the weather and of course, the beer. The famous Clam Chowder Contest had locals guzzling delicious chowder for a prize. Adults enjoyed live music, East End wines and Octoberfest style food and beer. As for the kids, there were inflatable rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and much more activities to ring in a happy fall.

Catching a movie is just as good as live entertainment. But who would have thought an airline could spark a chart topping, box office hit? The 1980s hit movie, "Wall Street," tells the story of a scandal involving Bluestar Airlines - the company found itself caught in an asset-stripping scheme involving Gordon Gekko that was documented onto the big screen. Years later, Blue Star Jets took center stage and strived to correct any discrepancies. Success is earned. The company became the largest broker of private jets and helicopters in the world. Last weekends the film's sequel, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" hit the big screen and it's only getting bigger from here. Directed by Oliver Stone, stars Michael Douglas and Shia Lebouf put on the performance of a lifetime.

James Franco at the premiere of "Howl" in New York City. (Jennifer Litt PR)

Former Wall Street executives and masterminds behind Blue Star Jets, Todd Rome and Ricky Sitomer built a private jet empire. Through cost effective strategies, the two changed the airplane industry forever. They made one-way pricing more accessible to customers who prefer flying private, creating a new standard for the industry as a whole. The Share-A-Jet Exchange, a recently founded program, gives customers another opportunity to save money by flying privately. Innovating the industry is just one of their many talents aside from igniting the box office hit that reached the top last weekend.

Shopaholics Anonymous: Dr. Richard Ash and Rachel Paletsky turned a dream into a reality 17 years ago. After managing health problems for quite some time, Dr. Ash decided to put his knowledge and efforts into an eco-friendly boutique, WellNest, an organic treasure chest for shoppers on the East End. From fashion to wellness products, customers can find just about anything depending on their lifestyle.

The WellNest trunk show in Sag Harbor last weekend gave green products a hip, new name. Shoppers and fans gathered at the organic boutique to preview some of the latest jewelry trends from designers, Alexandra Tavel and Olga Nemcova. The line uses recyclable materials and donates a portion of the proceeds to Happy Hearts Fund, a non-profit organization that assists children in the aftermath of natural disasters. Stay fabulous with jewelry that jazzes up your outfit and keeps the earth shining green. Keep your calendars marked, WellNest plans on hosting another event along with designer, John Bartlett and the North Shore Animal League in November!

Celebrity Sightings: Between the Hamptons International Film Festival over the weekend and movie premieres in the city, James Franco, sure seems to be keeping his plate full. A handful of celebrities were spotted at the New York City special screening of "Howl," sponsored by Maestro Dobel Tequila. Alan Cumming, Michael Shannon, Rosie Perez and many more attended in support of the stars of the film, Franco and Bob Balaban. The film took only two weeks to shoot and it already has everybody talking.

Alan Cumming at the "Howl" premiere. (Jennifer Litt PR)

A mix of A-listers and socialites headed over to the after party at the Trump SoHo. Edward Norton made a surprise appearance as guests sipped vintage cocktails. Some of the guests included Gaby Hoffman, Christian Campbell, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie and Michelle Ray Smith.

Ramona Singer was spotted at 75 Main enjoying a dinner with some friends. In the middle of shooting Real Housewives of New York City, Singer, Miss Lubliner and Marla Helene celebrated the birthday of Dr. Jerry Lubliner, M.D.

Music Fanatics: The eclectic band of Montauk natives, SUDDYN, showcased some of their favorite songs at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Wednesday. The bar was packed, but the sounds captured everyone's attention. With over 200 gigs across the country, the rock band is well on their way to stardom. The band is currently working on their latest album, "Before the City," produced by Grammy Award winner, David Kahne. With fans including Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band has earned its status playing the music they love. Rock and roll is a major influence in their work but art is at the root of the music.

Between life and fall festivities your schedule may be full, but then again, there's always time for seconds. In the midst of a beautiful October, sink your teeth into the fruits of nature. Take a look at the blue sky, sailing over the crisp, icy ocean. Feel the cool, salty breeze brush against your fingertips and just think; it feels nice to be a Hamptonite.

Eco-friendly jewelry showcased at the WellNest trunk show. (Dana M. Bethune-Taylor PR)

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