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It’s Not Over ’Til The Charities Shine

Originally Posted: September 01, 2010

Brittany Buckley

The Rapture performs at the Kanon Vodka Summerhouse in Southampton. (Joachim Johnson).

Southampton - Close your eyes and take a breath of the crisp autumn winds sailing over the ocean. Summer in the Hamptons brings a new adventure every year - making those who venture to New York's hotspot live, laugh and love life that much more. With Labor Day weekend in plain sight, vacationers and locals are preparing for the last hurrah.

Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley smile for fashion at the Theatre Museum benefit at Tory Burch. (Rob Rich)

The weekend jump-started with a Bay Street Theatre donor party held at Ana Daniel's lovely Sagaponack home. Donors and cast members from the new, summer play "Romance" written by David Mamet reminisced and sipped cocktails throughout the evening. "Romance" is a comical play that is running through September 5.

Lily Pond's Hamptons Social Series events have taken the summer by storm. Last Friday, Katlean DeMonchy and Dan Rattiner, publisher of Dan's Paper, hosted an intimate dinner at the East Hampton hotspot. The dinner salutes the Bridgehampton Day Care Center and acknowledged the 50th anniversary of Dan's Papers. Cocktails were provided, as well as a delectable buffet provided by Philippe Chow. The star-studded party also celebrated the release of Rattiner's new book, "In the Hamptons Too." Guests included Real Housewives of New York, Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen, Rod Gilbert, Allisun Church, Emma Prichard and Jean Shafiroff.

Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen get cozy for the camera at the Hampton Social Series Dinner. (R. Couri Hay P.R.)

At the end of the day, every woman is in need of some good old-fashioned retail therapy! Five time Tony award winning Broadway producers, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley hosted a night of fashion and cocktails at their second annual Tory Burch shopping event on Saturday in East Hampton. A percentage of the proceeds go directly to the Theatre Museum and the couple was very proud to host this event with Burch for the second time. The Theatre Museum has several fundraising events, exhibits and educational events every year preserving the legacy of theatre. "We're very lucky, " said Bonnie.

The Kanon Vodka Summerhouse and GrandLife NYC unleashed the ultimate party of the summer last weekend. The fruity, organic cocktails and eclectic live music from The Rapture mixed quite well, leaving the crowd roaring for more. Stefanie Marco, brand director says she's "excited for Kanon Organic Vodka to spread throughout the Hamptons scene." With a lighter taste and less of a hangover, cocktails flowing kept the party going from the afternoon and into the evening. Guests danced to the live music, swam in the pool and were treated to a delicious Mexican feast. The Rapture's distinctive rock and roll sound mixed with elements of electronica and disco definitely made for a party to remember! Cheers!

Bonnie Cannon hits some high notes accompanied by Vladimir Narcisse at the No. Main Street Art Gallery in Southampton. (Eileen Casey)

Besides the beaches, seafood restaurants and endless sunshine that spoil each and every one of us on the island, animals play a role in making the Hamptons a beautiful place to live too. Kelly Ripa hosted the fifth annual "For the Horses" benefit at the lovely estate of Ken and Maria Fishel in Bridgehampton. All of the proceeds go directly to Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue, which strives to protect horses and put an end to slaughterhouses. Through summer camps, educational programs, nurturing and rescuing at risk animals, the Farm is able to create a happy, loving environment for their horses. What's a better way to give back to the animals? With the Hampton Classic drawing much attention, it's a perfect time to shed some light on horses in need of care in a safe, healthy home. Guests danced the night away, enjoyed the delicious wine tasting, sipped on cocktails and enjoyed some delicious treats. Live and silent auctions and donations also helped to benefit the cause. Some of the guests pitching in for the cause with Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, Beth Otrosky-Stern, Katie Lee Joel, Nic Roldan, Steven Klein, Nacho Figueras and Mary Rivas.

Rod and Judy Gilbert, Dan Rattiner and Katlean DeMonchy celebrate at the Hamptons Social Series Dinner. (R. Couri Hay P.R.)

Music Fanatics: Not just anyone can hit a high note. Southampton Town Board member Bonnie Cannon is a woman of many talents, and she can sing too! Cannon hit a few high notes this past Saturday at the "Exploring Mediums" Art Exhibition at No. Main Street Gallery in Southampton for the benefit of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Rec Center. Accompanied by pianist Vladimir Narcisse, Cannon sang a beautiful rendition of "Summertime." Great pipes Bonnie!

Kelly Ripa helps save horses. (Rob Rich)

Shopaholics Announcements: Calypso St. Barth's and Same Sky hosted an elegant shopping and cocktails event in East Hampton. Guests shopped the exclusive designer line that's casual but hip and always beachy. Same Sky bracelets and a generous 20 percent off the merchandise gave a great opportunity for shoppers to get the most out of their purchases. Francine LeFrak, Denise LeFrak Calicchio and Team Calypso opened the doors to the East Hampton boutique for ladies who remember to indulge!

Star Sightings: Stars are still rolling in to catch the tides before summer says goodbye. The legendary Paul McCartney enjoyed a bite to eat at a hot Sag Harbor restaurant, Sen, last weekend.

The divalicious Barbadian singer, Rihanna was spotted at Phillipe in East Hampton. The singer enjoyed an exclusive party at the celebrity hotspot, as they shut down the restaurant for RiRi and 12 of her friends. The group was treated to Chilean sea bass, lettuce wraps and chicken satay.

T-Bar at Savannas is still pulling in some A-list diners. Real Housewives of New York, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps had a romantic dinner for two alongside her boyfriend Jacques Azoulay. Later that night, Ramona and her husband, Mario Singer were spotted lounging at the celebrity hotspot.

Beth Ostroky-Stern at benefit for horses. (Rob Rich)

Celebrity event planner, Mark Masone of Flowers by Topaz added stunning décor and floral arrangements to spice up a Hamptons Magazine dinner hosted by Jason Binn at Madame Tong's Redeux last weekend welcoming NBA star,Dwyane Wade to the end of the island. The star studded party welcomed his girlfriend and actress, Gabrielle Union, Star Jones and Herb Wilson, the legendary Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse, Alan and Diane Lieberman, music guru, L.A. Reid and wife Erica, Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy, the Countess and her beau, model Veronica Webb and polo star Roldan.

Keeping up with the Housewives, after stopping at the Ferrari Hamptons Rally at Georgica, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Dina Manzo dined with a group of friends at 75 Main in Southampton. Sitting at a table nearby was Tinsley Mortimer and her new boyfriend, Brian Mazza.

Phillipe brought in quite the team this past weekend, literally. Former New York Giant, Michael Strahan grabbed a bite to eat with his girlfriend, Nicole Murphy and Richard Jefferson of the San Antonio spurs.

With the sun's warmth stretching for only a few more weeks - hitting the beach, enjoying the restaurants and making the last round of parties is a must! Summers may come and summers may go, but it's not over 'til after Labor Day weekend!

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