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Making the Rounds

Originally Posted: August 10, 2006

Nicole B. Brewer

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Saturday came to the East End with picture perfect weather. After the muggy weather seen around the East Coast during the week, it was the perfect opportunity to stop at the beach, and apparently we weren't the only ones with this idea!

"Life is Tubular" at the Sandcastle Contest. Photo by Katrina Lovett

The Clamshell Foundation brought their 15th annual sandcastle contest to the Atlantic Avenue Beach in East Hampton. Sand castles that rivaled the architecture of some of the homes in the Hamptons stretched along the shore in both directions.

From the inspired, with the lighthouse by Johnny and Emily Dryer to the whimsical with the entry aptly named "Life is Tubular" by Kristen Wells, Jenny and Hayley Astin, and Lizzie Tucker, there were also several creatures to be seen including fish, butterflies, and even a mouse lounging near the edge of the water. With proceeds in the area of $7000 going to local community and environmental projects in the area, we're sure the judges had a hard time picking the best before the tide swept in to wash them away. The impressive entries even inspired a few non-contestants to try their hand at a castle. Hopefully we'll see them in next year's contest!

After the beach, we headed into town in East Hampton for Guild Hall's annual Clothesline Art Sale. Spread along the front lawn of the museum, paintings filled every available space. Guests were welcomed to make a donation towards the museum to enter, and we saw many people including Lisa and Alice Adams taking the chance to pick out a few signature pieces of art for their homes. The casual atmosphere made for a fun open-air chance to view some work from local artists and the great weather at the same time. If we could guarantee weather this good more often, we're sure many galleries would opt for some outdoor shows.

Amy and David at the 60th Annual Clothesline Art Sale. Photo
by Katrina Lovett

The Barbados Board of Tourism sponsored the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Two Trees Farm this past Saturday. The perfect weather and Caribbean inspired fare were a lovely start to a whirlwind evening. Along with the polo ponies and players we spotted Cathy Moriarty, David Foster, Jeffrey Chodorow, Peter Tunney, and celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito enjoy the day.

In Southampton the partying started early this weekend what with several new additions to Nugent Street and a round robin of gallery openings. First up was Leonard Barton's champagne fueled reception at his new Bravura Art and Objects Gallery toasting Joyce Mullins-Jackson and Loida Nicolas Lewis the dynamic co-chairs of the upcoming 3rd Annual on Our Toes in the Hamptons Gala featuring the Evidence Dance Company slated for Saturday, August 26th at Nova's Ark in Bridgehampton.

Board chairman Reginald Van Lee and a host of other dance mavens from as far as Beverly Hills and Florida flew in for this kickoff for the Hamptons premiere African American cultural event. Sipping the Moet and sampling savory tea sandwiches from Thyme & Again were Sandra Arcara with Errol Rappaport, Steven Ernst and Jamie deRoy, Audrey J. Bernard, Tamara Regis, Justine D'Anni, Henry Feldman, Florence Anthony, Tony Vargas, Alfredo Martinez, Sharon and Kees Van Liempt, and scores more.

Gala Co-Chairs Joyce Mullins-Jackson and Loida Nicolas Lewis
with Evidence Dance Comany Chairman Reginald Van Lee at
Bravura. Photo by John Wegorzewski

Center of attention were Evidence dancers Arcell Cabuag and Keon Thoulouis who house-guested with gala co-chair Joyce and hubby Judge Bernard Jackson in their Watermill aerie overlooking the Peconic Bay. In between all the air-kissing and lively chatter, there was also some serious shopping going on as Bravura pledged a portion of sales to go to the dance troupe. More than a few guests went home with rare prints, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry and exquisite mid century Murano glass sculptures.

Later in the evening many of the guests walked next door for dessert where young fashion designer Alissa Smith was celebrating the opening of her new boutique Smith featuring her own handmade dresses, jackets, shirts and shrugs. Couture on Nugent! Alyssa a local gal with top fashion credentials served up champagne and mini cupcakes from Tates! Yummy!

Over at Hampton Road Gallery for the opening of Hal Buckner's new show, the usual art scenesters were there having already made the rounds of RVS and Jade Nectar on Job's Lane knowing that Peter Marcelle would still be pouring the vino!

Regginald Van Lee and artist Wanda Murphy with dancers Arcell
Cabuag and Keon Thoulouis at Bravura. Photo by Katrina Lovett

Back at the beach in Amagansett, we stopped by the 2nd Annual Clambakes & Cocktails party for Teach For America, sponsored by New York magazine and Gen Art in conjunction with Teach For America's Junior Sponsors, generated approximately $50,000 in ticket sales to help sponsor five incoming New York City corps members. Over 375 guests - predominantly young professionals representing a range of industries including fashion, media, film, advertising, and finance - attended the benefit at Indian Wells Beach, Amagansett.

This fall, nearly 1,000 recent college graduates will teach, through Teach For America, in almost 300 public schools across the Bronx, Washington Heights, Harlem, the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. The Junior Sponsors Campaign is aimed at mobilizing young professionals in their 20s and 30s to help Teach For America strengthen their impact across the city and improve the educational and life prospects of our city's most disadvantaged children.

Sona Hacherianm, Ian Gerard, and Iris Chen at Teach For
America. Photos by Katrina Lovett

Tiki torches lined the path down the beach to the cozy tables for the perfect clambake atmosphere. Shoes were quickly shed as guests took the chance to feel the sand between their toes. The evening's program included remarks by New York magazine's Sona Hacherian, Executive Director, Creative & Marketing Service, Ian Gerard, Gen Art CEO/Founder, Teach For America New York Executive Director Iris Chen, and Junior Board Co-Chairs, Matthew Arendt and Leigh Anne Yoo.

Executive Director, Iris Chen, said she was pleased with Saturday's turnout and results. "We know that young professionals in New York want to get involved and do their part to make sure that all children in New York City have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field," Chen said. "The incredible turnout for this event I think reinforces that."

Chen went on to say, "We were also so fortunate to have so many incredible sponsors donate goods and services for the event, enabling us to channel more funds towards our expansion efforts in New York."

Other support for the benefit included food and beverages from Claws on Wheels, Tate's Bake Shop, Sweetriot Cacao, FIJI Water, Beck's Premier Light, Ciroc, Tab Energy Drink, Barefoot Wine, and Johnnie Walker; gift bag donations from Coach, New York magazine, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and floral arrangements from Warner's Nursery.

Cara O'Riley and Anna Valeo at Teach For America. Photo by
Katrina Lovett

The DJ set off to the side of the party kept the music going through cocktails and dinner, as well as giving the chance for dancing to work off all the delicious food. We couldn't have asked for anything more, except for maybe our swimsuits for a quick after dinner dip!

Southampton Hospital held their annual gala themed "By the Sea" with hundreds of the most social guests arriving in style in floor length gowns, elegant suits, and all of the "big jewelry". No expense was spared as delicious food from Robbins Wolfe Eventuers made the rounds during the evening. The bidding was furious at the silent auction tables - we saw quite a few nice items from local art galleries, perfect for any proper Hampton's wall.

The weather stayed gorgeous on Sunday - perfect for the Einstein College of Medicine's 17th Annual Family Day Carnival. Family photos were snapped on the way through the covered wagon entrance and then it was off to the rides. Children were the guests of honor with parents left holding the many bags the youngsters would acquire filled with crafts, prizes, cowboy boot-shaped bugs, and candy goodies.

The Hula Hoop Contest was unbelievable to watch - especially since I can barely hula let alone hoop for 30 seconds. Some of the 7 to 10 year old girls lasted ten minutes doing tricks all the while. Cheers girls! The Watermelon Eating Contest had the Dad's covered in sticky sweet juice as they ate their way to first place. The toddler center, petting zoo, and crafts area were cool under the tent and had everyone making necklaces and quacking like ducks. And a few familiar friends - Woody from "Toy Story", Blue of "Blue's Clues", and everyone's favorite monster, Elmo came by to meet the cowboy and cowgirls.

The Brewer Family - Sidney, Nicole, Bill, and Ainsley - at the
Wild Wild West Carnival. Photo by Kids & Company

This wonderful carnival is truly for the family and raises money and awareness for medical research. We'll be back next year to try the mechanical bull and a little more of that cotton candy!

Industrial artist and architect Mike Latham hosted the opening of 'Gimme Shelter,' a group exhibition including all things 'shelter,' at his Shelter Island home, located at 10a Serpentine Drive, on Sunday August 6th from 5pm-8pm. Secrets of Charm fashion designers Este and Sharon Elkayam, artist Wanda Murphy, and fashion designer Anait Bian were among the special guests of the night.

The event, organized by independent curator Megan Riley, showcased works of art that represented various interpretations of the definition of shelter, protection and dwelling, ranging from interior photographs and paintings to artist-made domestic objects.

Displayed work of Mike Latham, Kelly Lamb, Debra Warner, Bonevardi and Bennett, Sam Kusak, and Jarif Guzman were purchased by guests at the event on Sunday and a percentage of the sales were donated to Earth Pledge. Earth Pledge identifies and promotes innovative techniques and technologies that restore the balance between human and natural systems. The nonprofit organization works towards implementing solutions to encourage a global transition to sustainability.

Showcased work also included, Hamptons native Keith Sonnier, Isidro Blasco, Oliver Boberg, Magarita Cabrera, Andrea Claire, Zoe Crosher, Diane Christiansen, Robert Cumming, Adam Eckstrom, Phillip Estlund, Anthony Goicolea, Julia Jacquette, Terry Haggerty, Jane Hammond, John Jurayj, Aaron Krach, Charles LaBelle, Laura Letinsky, Elissa Levy, Seth McBride, Pilar Oliverri, Michael Perrone, Maria Pineres, Martin Reyna, Alex Ross, Thomas Ruff, Eric Slayton, Lisa Yuskavage, Debora Warner, and Matthew Weinstein. The exhibition, along with Latham's home and inventions will be available for viewing and purchase to the public through Labor Day by calling for an appointment at 917.627.8892.

Mike Latham is the founder and principal of Arts Corporation. Arts Corporation caters to what Latham calls a "nomadic lifestyle", encompassing form and function. Latham has had his work featured in numerous publications, receiving praise from Men's Vogue and New York Times Magazine for his innovative and multipurpose creations.

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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