From Westhampton to Montauk and up and down the North Fork holiday revelers were in full swing. No place seemed to be in the party mode more than Southampton where almost every evening our favorite locals were teeming with festive party folks. Southampton Publick House
, 75 Main
, The Drivers Seat, and Barrister's were top choices this year for the fun set and were jumping every night.
The Southampton Chamber of Commerce
took over Tim Burke
's hot, hot 75 Main for a buffet dinner, cocktails, music and plenty of schmoozing. Thanks to Millie Fellingham and her team there was a great turnout. Tim, and his 75 Main crew, were at the top of their game with a fabulous buffet laden with all the house signature dishes. Sue Collins made sure every plate was not only filled but replenished - several times.
Toasting the holidays were Doug Murtha, Hyt Me Estate's Nia Gandy, Hamptons.com's Vanessa Leggard and Robert Florio with his fiance Ellen Cea
, Stubbs & Wooten's Gregory D'Elia, and scores more of the local business community.
Our gang at Hamptons.com celebrated with cocktails and dinner in the tin ceiling private room at Southampton Publick House just days before Christmas. We dined on thick sirloin steaks for which the Publick House is so famed, spicy mango chutney chicken and luscious salmon, and of course some Holiday cheer!
As regular readers will know, the McDowells - Judy and Michael - throw the biggest, splashiest and most fun bashes on the East End. This year, as their guest list has grown exponentially, they decided to move the fete from their Bull Path enclave to Saracens in Wainscott. With the help of their friend Mary Jane Tagliasacchi, they packed the Italian nightspot with a crowd that flooded the dance floor the moment the deejay started spinning. Even when the dinner bell was rung this gang kept the high energy moves going strong.
Richard and Harriet Demato at Saracens. Photo by John Wegorzewski
Dining on Saracens' Mediterranean fare were Richard and Harriet Demato, Caroline Winston, Justine Di'Anni
, Beverley Filber, Marge Muse
, Patricia Watt
, Jackie and Stephen Zimmerman, Leslie Russell, Pavel Steskal, Danielle Franz, Miriam and Robert Pappas, Margo Su-San, Jake Van der Wat, Dana Golan, Bobbi Braun, Brad and Caroline Burriff, Curtis De Forest, Sandy Eggers, and Freddie Pellman.
Juliette Parker of the East Hampton Kiwanis was chatting up a new project to raise funds for a pediatric trauma center at Southampton Hospital
and Daria Deshuk
and David Kushnir were accepting congrats on their new gallery in Bridgehampton.
That same night 75 Main Street brought back live music with the sizzling sounds of Alfredo and The Europa Jam Session. The free floating troupe of pick-up musicians kept the restaurant humming until the wee hours with a mix of Latin, Jazz, and Reggae. A little something for everyone and the crowd loved it. Nothing like dancing to live music!
It was a very happy holiday for East Hampton's Stewart Lane
and Bonnie Comley
this year thanks in no small part to the resolution of the Broadway theatre strike in time for the all important Christmas holiday crush. The husband and wife producing team were thrilled that their smash
hit "Legally Blonde" was able to reopen for the thousands of teens and their parents who held precious tickets. So Bonnie and Stewart tossed a big old holiday bash in their fabulous New York apartment to welcome in the holidays and welcome back their cast.
The three-time Tony Award
winner and co-owner of the Palace Theatre, Lane had good reason to celebrate as his production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" also did boffo pre-Holiday business. On Dec. 8, a single performance of Cyrano at the Richard Rogers Theater smashed the record for the highest gross of a play or musical in one night, totaling $153,880. Just a month later, on Jan. 6, Edmond Rostand's 1897 timeless romance will close its curtains. The star-studded production includes Kevin Kline
, as the big-schnozzed Cyrano, and Jennifer Garner
, as the hard-to-get Roxanne. Will her hubby Ben Affleck
be in the audience with roses or maybe violets (as in their darling daughter Violet?) His would-be seatmates can only hope so.
Pia Lindstrom with Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley at the Lane-Comley
Holiday Party. Photo by Rob Rich
Always the consummate hosts, there was plenty for holiday foragers and imbibers and a crowd that included major players from the theater and movie worlds. Toasting the happy couple were a number of Tony winners and numerous East End friends, including producer Beverly Camhe, Jamie de Roy
, Julie Budd, Mary Ellen Winston
, Joyce Brooks
, Barry Grove, Sherry Eaker, Palma Kolansky, Randie Levine Miller, Ted Miller, Harry Edelson, Dee Hoty, Emanuel Sylvano
, Leslie Uggams
, Pia Lindstrom, Colleen and Gary Rein, CeCe Black, Phil Witt, Christine Andreas, Chris Wasserstein, Liz Lewis, Elizabeth Coppola, Gato Barberi, Jana Robbins, Gwendolen Cates, Darren Baggert, Ward Morehouse III, David Zippel
, and Lee Harris
, New York's own Tobacconist to the World officially opened its luxurious new retail location at 12 East 42nd Street, the Crossroads of the World, just in time for Holiday shoppers. Ushering in a new era in their specialty cigar and cigarette dynasty, Joel Sherman, son of the late fabled tobacconist, and his wife Myrna, along with their children Larry Sherman, Bill Sherman and Michelle Sherman Entner welcomed industry leaders, friends and family to the elegant, classic free-standing building for a Grand Opening Reception on Dec. 12.
The longtime favorite cigar and cigarette purveyor for former Yankee's Manager Joe Torre, Princess Grace
of Monaco, Bill Cosby
, Jimmy Smits, Bette Midler
, Natalie Cole
and countless celebrities for over seven decades, the new store combines a stately look with comfortable elegance thanks to the work of Architect Jack A. Michaelson and interior designer, Charles McCarry. A mere 6,000 square feet spread out over three floors that are rich in wood, leather and friendly five star service and everything a Nat Sherman customer has come to expect from this provider of affordable smoking luxury including the private cigar lockers stored in an enormous walk-in humidor with nameplates that include the likes of Governor Bill Richardson and Rudy Giuliani
Brooke Shields and Joel Sherman at the recent Nat Sherman Tobacconist opening.
Photo by John Wegorzewski
The opening celebration was a lovely reminder of the pre-Bloomberg
days when New Yorkers could light up legally in clubs and restaurants. Pianist Alex Leonard, a regular mainstay at the Algonquin and a longtime family friend, was at the well known Sherman piano playing on the tier overlooking the library like main floor playing for such old family friends as Brooke Shields, Edgar Cullman, Jr. and former New York Giants
star and now announcer Carl Banks.
Many gathered in the fabled walk-in humidor where Nat Sherman clients store their precious stogies. Still others filled the Johnson Club Room, the private smoking/meeting room for those who would like a private club setting in which to relax with a fine Nat Sherman cigar or cigarette. Many took advantage of the opportunity to peruse Sherman's extraordinary tobacco accessories and gift items from luggage to cufflinks to humidors.
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