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Fancy Dressy Parties

Originally Posted: October 03, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

With the summer-like weather continuing to bless the East End, scores of Hamptonites have taken great advantage with a raft of golf outings, harvest festivals, and yes, poolside parties!

Dan Sheerin, Walter Zebrowski, Maureen Feltman, and Harry Flor at the Sacred Hearts
of Jesus and Mary Annual Golf Tourney. Photo by John Wegorzewski

On Monday, Montauk Downs was the setting for the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Annual Golf Tourney. Organized by the Centennial Committee for the historic church, the outing was one of the best attended in recent years. Scores of duffers took over the world renowned course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., recognized as one of the top 50 public courses in the country. The fun filled afternoon featured numerous raffles, a 50/50 drawing, and prizes in a number of categories. All the proceeds from the afternoon will go toward the repair and maintenance of the Church's magnificent Austrian stained glass windows.

Following the rounds on the beautiful, grounds now being restored under the guidance of
US Open Doctor, Rees Jones, there was a sumptuous buffet dinner and cocktails just as the sun was setting. Among those on hand were Pat and Ed Corrigan, Mary Steinbrecher, Fred Winefurt, Joan Heinz, Peg Jordan, Bill Kunzer, Ken Rothwell, James O'Neill, Bill Miller, Mike and Katie Naughton, Walter Zabrowska, Bill Manley, Dr. John Romano, Dan Sheerin, Patrick Manley, Bob Essay, Irene Mahoney, Fr. Paul Dahm, and pastor Fr. Jeff Madley.

Dr. Martin Stone, nancy Stone, and Senator Ken LaValle at the Stone Residence.
Photo by John Wegorzewski

That same evening, Dr. Martin Stone and his wife, Nancy, hosted an elegant sunset poolside cocktail soiree at their Parrish Pond home to toast State Senator Ken LaValle and introduce him to prominent members of the East End community. As always with the Stones, the gathering was a delightful mix of Hamptonites in health care, education, and the arts and conversations covered a variety of topics including land preservation issues for which LaValle has been honored for championing.

The art scene heated up early on Friday with an opening reception for "Sounds of Summer: The Rush of Autumn", a retrospective of the brilliant work of abstract artist Tom Kranjac at The Gallery at The Southampton Inn. As usual Dede Gotthelf, the Inn's gracious owner, was on hand to greet guests to meet the artist and his family. Kranjac's exuberant paintings filled several of the rooms on the Inn's lower level allowing a chance to really appreciate each work, something rarely possible at most gallery openings.

It was also an opportunity for the Inn's master chef Paul Dunlop to display his culinary wizardry. Such a blessed departure from the usual gallery wine and cheese fare.

Young Dane Kranjac, the artist's 12 year old son, was a well informed greeter offering information on his dad's work to the likes of Sarah Hunnewell, Kimberly McSparran, Jean Zuliani Richard and Therez Shepard, Leslie Nickel, Tanya Rosen, Mike Leonard, Jerry Leff, Hilge Hurford. Tyke Kyreas, Cathy Schwartz, Nella Veselaya, Mike Holcomb Barbara Demy, and Democratic candidates Sandra Dunn and Janet Beck who is hoping to become the first woman trustee of Southampton Township

John Aronica, Nicole Bigar, Steven Cea, and Tyler Cea at the Nicole Bigar Show at
Hampton Road Gallery. Photo by John Wegorzewski

Hampton Road Gallery was the place to be on Saturday for the showing of paintings and mixed media works by Nicole Bigar. The international crowd that turned out for the French born artist's show was not your usual gathering of tweedy East Enders in topsiders. No surprise as Bigar's vibrantly colored works have drawn her wide praise and a place in the permanent collections of several museums and The New York Public Library. In a very generous display of support for the work of the East Hampton artist, Organically Green, the "Tree, Shrub and Lawn Care Specialists" sponsored the show.

Highlights of the show included works which used sand, glass, porcelain and oils to great effect especially with the piece "Buddha". As well, the viewers were especially taken with the wildly exuberant "Kou Kou Mania series" that draws one into them in a joyous way and upon closer examination are touching much more serious ideas.

Steve Cea and John Aronica of Organically Green, along with Ms. Bigar, welcomed the art collectors and friends that filled the Gallery to overflowing including Lucia Hwong Gordon and her gorgeous girls Sofia and Sabrina, David and Colleen Cleary, Chris and Christina Foster, Perla Gray, Armand Caula, Michael Rosch, Lana Jokel, Howard Kanovitz and Carolyn Oldenbusch, Martine Schaefer, Fiametta East, Elicia Dunn, Madeleine Meehan and Jim Welker, Jackie Jackson, Jennifer Smith and Stefan McGrath, Sarah Underhill, Pamela Topham and daughter Eliza, Julie Nelson, and BereniceD'Vorzon.

Also on hand was the artist's son, acclaimed composer and conductor Phillipe Bigar, who will see The Knights String Ensemble featuring Alumni from The Juilliard School perform his compositions and those of Mozart, Bartok and Torelli in a pre-holiday concert December 7th at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Ann Thomas, Jacquelin Murphy Stahl, Sara Herbert Galloway, and Katlean deMonchy
at the Fancy Dress Party at Photo Op. Photo by John Wegorzewski

Quite a few - let's say hundreds - got an early jump on Halloween with the invitation to a Fancy Dress Party hosted by Anne Hearst and Amanda Hearst at the new studio Photo Op on Tradesman Path in Bridgehampton. Revelers were able to select their fantasy look from the endless racks provided by those fun gals Ruth Cherniak, Andrea Purcigliotti, and Lucy Martin from Out of the Closet, the premiere source for vintage clothing and accessories. There were silver screen sirens, frumpy housewives, and at least several candidates for an "I Love Lucy" episode. What a fabulous time!

The Photo Op gang had suspended several ornate, gilded picture frames on one side of the studio where guests "stepped into the picture" for their portraits to hilarious effect. Among those struttin' their stuff for the cameras were vamps Jacquelin Murphy Stahl, Ann Thomas, Sara Herbert Galloway, Ron Burkhardt and Jeanine Edington, Janet Lehr and Vered, Rick Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield, Pamela Willoughby, Dr. Lewis Feder, Sonia Moskowitz, Liz Derringer, actress and producer Anna Wilding nursing an arm injured in a nasty fall, Donna Maree Wilding, Patricia Watt, Susan Burnside, Scott Paltrow, artists Michael Knigin, David Slater, Hal Buckner, actor Troy Buckner and Bonnie Hoye, and Caroline Lieberman resplendent in '70s Pucci pants and top with matching shoes! With the weather holding out guests were able to dance the night away outside on the studio's spacious terrace with a big orange harvest moon shining down on all!


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 HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer


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