"Welcome to Alec Baldwin
's bachelor party," laughed York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele
as he began introductions to kick off the 40th anniversary party for the Group For The East End
(G4EE) at Wolffer Estate
Vineyard. Nearly 400 gathered in the fields on a perfect summer night to toast the group who has worked so tirelessly to protect the natural beauty and bounty of the Hamptons and North Fork.
As Billy Joel
looked on Alec Baldwin took the stage and quipped, "I have a huge cranberry stain on my pants." Apparently he was doused not with one glass but rather four glasses of the red juice by a waiter earlier in the evening. To the delight of the masses and chagrin of the waiter he called the fellow out on the spot on stage and asked if he'd be doing this job long. Red faced the waiter replied that he had not. It was all in good fun as Alec continued talking about this love for fiancée Hilaria Thomas
and beautiful daughter Ireland Baldwin
, who were with him at the soiree, and G4EE's fearless leader Bob DeLuca. Moments later Baldwin started the bidding for 'Bob's 'poles' at $5,000 but ended up generously giving $20,000 for 'Bob's poles', matching contributions from guests who donated $1,000 to build osprey nesting poles across the East End.
Nearly 400 gathered in the sprawling Wolffer Estate Vineyards
fields on a perfect summer evening to hear Baldwin's impromptu stand-up routine where he lauded DeLuca and the group for all of their work imploring them to start a "Group for 10th & University" where Baldwin recently bought an apartment. Apparently it's not the best of neighborhoods and "could use a good clean up" in Baldwin's opinion. In a moment of seriousness Alec lifted a glass to toast his friend Bob DeLuca for, "protecting the true nature of the East End."
Applause and dancing followed led by DJ Tom Finn who mixed it all together and had everyone, including designer Nicole Miller
' Rick Friedman
, dancing until dinner was served. Even Billy Joel, who sadly did not perform, was dancing in his seat singing along to hits by Barry White and the Black Eyed Peas.
Nicole Miller, Palmer Taipale, Tim Taipale. (Photo: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)
Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com