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Limonade Tous Les Jours, Starring Alan Alda

Originally Posted: May 28, 2004

Debbie Tuma

Photo: David Rogers

This week, the renowned Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor opened its first production of the summer, "Limonade Tous Les Jours," starring the Hamptons' own Alan Alda, of Water Mill. Always a joy to watch on the stage, this time Alda played an older man, who meets a much younger woman at a café in Paris. This spicy romantic comedy has a small cast of only three actors, which include Nicole Leach, as the young woman, and Eric Bondoc, as the café waiter. Throughout this humorous look at the ups and downs of love, Ya-Ya (Leach) and Andrew (Alda) try to rationalize why they should not get involved, with their age difference, and different tastes. As light and truly funny as this play is, it also has deep messages about life and love.

Leach is a terrific new talent at this theater, and also a great singer. The chemistry with she and Alda was steamy, and their lines were hysterically funny. Kudos to playwright Charles L. Mee, for an unusual script and witty dialogue, and to director Zoe Caldwell, who kept the action moving. This play runs through June 6.

About 500 people, including a host of celebrities, turned out for the Farm Sanctuary Gala 2004, which took place at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan on May 22. The Farm Sanctuary, a 175-acre site in Watkins Glen, New York, was formed in 1986 to protect the rights of farm animals, to assist in cruelty cases, and to fight to ban factory farming across the country. They have rescued numerous abandoned and needy farm animals, which can live out their lives on their farm.

Gala Chairwoman for this $300 per ticket evening was Mary Tyler Moore, who said she has been an animal activist for many years, having 17 horses of her own. "My heart goes out to these farm animals, who cannot speak for themselves," said Moore, who has worked to pass legislation to ban factory farming. During the evening, several celebrities received awards for their animal rights activism, including Mary Max, wife of pop artist Peter Max, and Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the "Pretenders." Hynde has traded her former leather clothes for others not harmful to animals. A longtime vegetarian, she has also worked to launch McVeggie burgers in Holland and elsewhere. During the evening, she sang a moving rendition of her hit song, "I'll Stand By You," which she wrote for the animals.

Also performing at the event were the B-52's, with lead singers and animal activists Fred Schneider, of East Hampton, and Kate Pierson, who recently opened her own hotel, "The Lazy Meadow," near Woodstock, New York. Schneider, who is often spotted at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, said he is an avid supporter also of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, and he often shops in their thrift stores. "I have always been a big activist of animals and the environment, and that is why I love living in the Hamptons," he said. "When I'm not on the road, I love just hanging out at the East Hampton ocean beach and playing volleyball." He said the B-52's are still going strong after 28 years, doing many events and parties around the country.

Linda Blair, of "The Exorcist" movie fame, showed up to support the cause, and has her own animal rights cause on an internet site called "The AlterNet," dedicated to humanitarian and animal causes. She is the author of a book called, "Go Vegan," about her journey from carnivore to vegan. Actress Ally Sheedy, another dedicated animal rights person, lent her support, along with Emma Caulfield, of the hit series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and Elisabeth Moss, of the hits TV series, the "West Wing." Artist Peter Max accompanied his activist wife, Mary, and he also helped to rescue a cow from a Cincinnati slaughterhouse, which is now living out its life at the Farm Sanctuary. "Guiding Light" soap star Grant Aleksander was also on hand, along with Jill Larson, of "All My Children," and Mimi Kennedy, of the hit series, "Dharma & Greg."

The crowd feasted on a gourmet vegan meal prepared by the Plaza staff, and a silent auction was held to raise funds for the Farm Sanctuary.

The Bull's Head Inn in Bridgehampton is opening up a special "pop up store" for the Target Store chain this weekend, with an opening reception planned for May 27. The town has allowed them to open for a special six-week run, from Memorial Day through July 4th weekend. Target chain, which has donated about $20,000 to the Bridgehampton Historical Society, will be exhibiting their home store merchandise to the public for this temporary time.

Along the line of more home goods to see, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Magazine will be opening their 2004 Idea House, for the second year, on May 27 as well. This specially decorated show house is a showcase for some of the latest ideas in home design and technology, brought to you by the editors of this magazine and sponsors, including Kreiss, California Closets, Artistic Tile, Benjamin Moore, Bob Stevens, Country Carpet & Rug, and Lennox.

Some great events are coming to the Hamptons in June, so mark your calendars for this year's annual "Body Positive" benefit for AIDS research, to be held on June 5 at the East Hampton home of New York adman Jerry Della Femina and his wife, Judy Licht of Metro TV. And all you Richie Havens fans, this long-time musical star is scheduled to perform the same night at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, but call them to confirm, as sometimes plans change.

Although the big holiday weekends don't usually include social benefits and fundraisers, there are nice Memorial Day parades held in both Southampton and Sag Harbor on Monday morning.






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