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Spring Has Arrived - Now Get Out There And Enjoy!

Originally Posted: March 22, 2010

Sean MFK Bruns

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Suzanne Caldwell , Sean MFK Bruns, and Missy Frey at Della Femina. (Sean MFK Bruns)

Southampton - What great weather this past weekend, now we can we can start to beg for Summer!

Here is some advance notice for one of the premiere Spring Events that lets you know Summer is coming to save you! The Dockers Season Launch Party is on Saturday, April 10, from 5 to 7p.m. in the Heated Garden Tent with the band Buttered Soul, complimentary wine, champagne and passed hors d'eouvres, and then the party continues from 7:30 p.m. to 12 midnight with Paul Mahos and his band New Life Crisis. The restaurant is also open for dinner and reservations are strongly suggested. I will be your guest host for the evening, so dress to impress, shake off the winter doldrums, grab your dancing shoes and come party the night away!

Vanessa Williams and Nichols Landry at The Lodge. (Rossa Cole)

Last Tuesday I went to the bar at Della Femina for drinks and appetizers with friends before heading to Guild Hall for a monologue by Walker Vreeland from WBAZ/102.5. The bartender was one of the best I have encountered in the Hamptons in a long time. Meeting for cocktails at the beautiful top notch Della Femina were Ann Ciardulo of Sothebys East Hampton, Cathy Dransfield from Saunders Realty, the noted interior designer Greg McKenzie, Missy Frey, Suzanne Caldwell ("Miss March") of the "Historical Figures of Southampton Calendar," and Denise Bornshein, co-host of the "Hamptons Gossip Round-Up Morning Show on 102.5. Everyone remarked on this being one of the first Spring outings of the new season, the cocktails, wine and appetizers were fabulous, and the conversation even more so. Who knew 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in East Hampton in March could be such fun!

The Naked Stage at Guild Hall had a truly original theatrical event. There was a reading of a monologue called "From Ship to Shape" which was written and performed by Walker Vreeland the much-loved morning host of the morning show on 102.5 WBAZ here in the Hamptons. This is an autobiographical monologue in three parts, and it played one night only! It followed an amazing two years in Vreeland's life in which he struggled with career set backs, personal reflections, and the ups and downs of life, which eventually overwhelmed him and led him to a stay in John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. This was hilariously presented with true grit and humility, with some singing and Vreeland doing the amazing voices of other characters in the story. It was a solo recounting of how the dramatic experiences of life led to a definitive 'Mid-Twenties Crisis-turned-Rite Of Passage' that would change his life. In the audience were Peter Cook looking buff and tan with a unknown dark haired guest and Antoinette Carter Vreeland ("Toni") of Bridgehampton, Baltimore and Palm Beach, it was a moving performance and a great Tuesday night out at the beautiful Guild Hall.

Suzanne Caldwell and Greg McKenzie.

I just had to share this piece of news as its just simply too much. Kelly Bensimon, star of "Real Housewives of New York City and Southampton resident, has in her infinite wisdom posed for the March issue of Playboy Magazine. Is this supposed to be avant garde? I mean really? I am definitely planning to get this issue for my coffee table, as it will be just that racy touch that every summer coffee table needs in the Hamptons this Summer - ummm yeah!

One of my favorite haunts is The Lodge in East Hampton. Excellent food, excellent staff, always consistent, a fabulous spot in Summer, and the scene of many a grand party, and now it has been sold. Evidently owner Michael Gluckman (Bamboo) had an offer presented to him by a NYC restaurateur, an offer which was too good to refuse. The man loves the space and wanted it, and the deal happened very fast. The Lodge closed within two weeks and served their last Sunday Brunch this past weekend. Gluckman has recently purchased the old Bostwicks space, which is on the water off of Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, and is getting ready for it to open this season.

I can remember a gorgeous Summer party at The Lodge with Vanessa Williams that was held in their beautiful garden, and it was an up-close, intimate evening with a great star. The whole night was so beautifully done. I also had such great times at the Saturday Tea Dances in that same garden this past summer. I have to say this is one place I am really going to miss out here in the Hamptons.

The Canal Café in the Hampton Watercraft Marina on Newtown Lane has also reopened and has a new and very exciting blast-from-the-past bartender. You all may remember Daron Watson of the bar at Le Chef. He was the bartender there for approximately 10 years, and not only knew wine, but he also always had the most amazing music from all over Europe, and the world, playing throughout the night. Well, Daron has come out of retirement and is now behind the bar at Canal Café. Canal Café is one of my favorite spots. Great food, really cute location. What it could use desperately is some music, some actual speakers and some sound. I can never hear anything while I am there and I really enjoy good music while I am dining. Perhaps now with Daron joining the team, his phenomenal music, along with his wine knowledge, will join the show! Canal Café has great food, good wine and a great location. They have reopened and the season is creeping over the sill. Head down and say hi! I had dinner there Monday night with Missy Frey and it was great.

Antoinette Carter Vreeland.

I went to the Ocean's of Hope Party at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium last week in the middle of the torrential rain. The evening raised money for the Riverhead Marine Animal rescue and research fund at the Aquarium. Great live band and I sat at owner Jimmy Bissett's table with his wife Carol. The director Bryan DeLuca was there with his wife Lisa. It was delightful. We danced all evening, and the dinner was fabulous - lots of fish - Mahi Mahi and others. The river overflowed and rumor has it some of the penguins escaped. Silent auction gifts were great and I was disappointed that I didn't get the flight lessons or the skydiving lessons in Calverton. An interesting event space as it can be transformed for almost any occasion.

Spring is finally here when I start seeing invites rolling in! On Thursday, March 25 I am headed to a Cocktail Party for the launch of the new AOL Channel's, "DI: Design Influence," a new series starring Maria Greenlaw and Suzanne Caldwell, owners of Design House located on North Main Street in Southampton. This extremely fun and funky web series follows Maria and Suzanne on their adventures in design throughout the Hamptons and features them at many favorite haunts. It launches on March 25 on AOl's new Shelterpop Channel. The Cocktail Launch Party should be very well attended with anyone who is out here during this windy Spring. Afterwards I am heading to the re-opening for the Season Party at La Superica in Sag Harbor, across from the Windmill on Main Street. This is always a blast of an evening and I am ready for a Margarita!

Okay everyone, now get out there! Get dressed, leave the warmth of your homes and enjoy all that's going on out there. Between dances, wineries, and restaurants, Winter or not, there is plenty to do! Enjoy.

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Guest (shugie) from Quogue says::
Saw Paul and New Life Crisis last night at "The Patio" in WHB... guy still has it.... every time I see him the whole crowd seems happy... he started his st set at 9pm and finished it after 11pm.. then a 15 min break and another 90+ minutes... awesome stuff cannot wait until the Dockers opening party although we were there last week for the low key opening... go Larry thanks Sean MFK Andrew Parsons
Mar 27, 2010 5:34 pm

Guest (Laurie) from east quogue says::
Sean... cant wait to enjoy the spring!! Thanks for all the news and events. We all look forward to a greta spring and an even greater SUMMER!!! especially after the long cold winter. Great job!!
Mar 25, 2010 12:06 am


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