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Glamorous Parties and Classic Cars

Originally Posted: June 14, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

Anka Palitz, Janice Becker, Ann Van Ness and Patricia Kennedy at Sardi's for the CTFD. Photo by John Wegorzewski

At Nikki Beach Midtown on Wednesday, June 6th, Celebrity Talent Booker Marcia Tovsky hosted The 18th Annual Pre Daytime Emmy Awards Party, bringing together approximately 30-40 of the who's who of the "Daytime TV World" to celebrate the upcoming daytime Emmys the following weekend including 2007 Daytime Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor Trent Dawson and Nominee for Outstanding Young Actress Leven Rambin.

"I host this party every year to thank the Daytime Soap Stars for their participation in various charity events that I have been involved with over the years," said Marcia Tovsky, Celebrity Talent Booker and Event Producer. "Each year I aim to raise the caliber and success of this event and this year we did so with amazing guests including stars from All My Children, One Life To Live, As The World Turns, and Guiding Light."

The daytime stars celebrated while sipping on Emmy-tinis, made with the latest vodka to hit the market - V2 Energy Vodka infused with caffeine and taurine.

Guests included Chrishell Stause (All My Children), Melissa Claire Eagen (All My Children), Jeff Branson (All My Children), Sabine Singh (All My Children), Caitlin Van Zandt (Guiding Light), Brandon Buddy (One Life To Live), Melissa Gallo (One Life To Live), Nathaniel Marston (One Life To Live), Tika Sumpter (One Life TO Live), Sherri Saum (One Life To Live), Portia Reiners (One Life To Live), Jordann Beal (One Life To Live), Brittany Underwood (One Life To Live), David Chisum (One Life To Live), Bree
Williamson (One Life To Live), and Bethann Bonner (One Life To Live) and many more.

Hamptonites were out in full force for a very special kickoff to one of the fall's most exciting events. Allen Brill, CEO and President, ROLEX USA and philanthropist Patricia Kennedy, Anniversary co-chairs of this year's Career Transition for Dancers 22nd Jubilee, Dance Rocks at City Center hosted a kickoff luncheon at famed theatrical watering hole Sardi's for their committees.

Bob Bill, George Benedict, Tom Fanning and Mark Epley at An Evening in the
Scottish Highlands. Photo by Katrina Lovett

Kennedy, gorgeous in a coral and white Oscar de la Renta, and Southampton's Janice Becker, the gala's dinner chairman, organized a splendid summer lunch for the announcement of this year's honoree: Anka Palitz, Board Member of American Ballet Theater and The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

The chairs of Dance Rocks are Cynthia Gregory, Donna McKechnie, Kevin McKenzie, Jane Powell, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera and Ethan Steifel. Yolanda Santos Garza and Peg Ranieri , Mercedes Ellington, Alexander Dube, Allen Greenberg, Victoria Herbert, Greg Kriser, Floria V. Lasky, Daniel Stern, Helene Alexopoulos Warrick and Laura Zeckendorf. Artistic Chair is Ann Marie DeAngelo. Auction Chair is Ann Van Ness, West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert and Journal Chairs are David Goldring and Michael Weiskopf. Also in attendance were Carol Lieberman, Laurence Krashes, Chris Pennington, Cynthia Fischer and Georg Jensen president Larry Barkley.

On Friday afternoon, it was over to the historic Sagaponack farm of Tinka Topping for a lovely picnic and the first pool party of summer celebrating School is out! For years before the move to Bridgehampton, The Toppings, one of area's oldest families hosted the Hampton Classic on their grounds now known as The Topping Riding Academy. Besides her and her late husband Bud's passion for all things equestrian, Tinka is also one of the original co-founders of The Hayground School, a project dear to her heart.

So to celebrate this year's graduates, a class that included five students who had attended the school from its founding 11 tears ago, Tinka tossed an old fashioned picnic on the lush lawns for the friends and families of the progressive school.

Despite a gentle fog that rolled in from the ocean, the party goers gathered in groups across the expansive spread for some old fashioned hamburgers and hot dogs when they weren't splashing in the pool, bouncing on the enormous trampolines or playing softball. Enjoying this truly idyllic family outing were Susan Ringo and Barry Sonnenfeld with daughter Chloe, several generations of the Salaway-Ross clan - Toni Ross and daughter Sara Salaway, Lizz, Agnes Salaway, Marilyn Salaway Werner and Stuart Werner, Nancy Roob with husband Lukas Weinstein and daughter Ella, Liz Bertsch and her little Bridie, The Willock Clan, Charles Perry, Marcelle Langendal, Sarah Sander, Margaret Garrett, Joseph and Marina Yacoe and their boys Owen and Zuber, Reb and Donna Kessler and Brian Ashley White.

With the on and off rain showers on Saturday, The Beach Bar in Hampton Bays provided the perfect home for the Hampton Bays Beautification Association's Garden party. With ample indoor room for dancing and the Chinese auction, we visited just as the sun peeked out in the late afternoon and guests gathered on the patio to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and desserts. President Maud Kramer was like a busy bee in the garden themed party, making sure everyone was having a great time.

While we are used to the Beach Bar more in it's nightclub incarnation, the large room and 3 bars provided the perfect chance to circulate and strike up conversations with honorees Kathy and John Marano, Peter Charos, Vice President John Sullivan, and Chairwomen Maryanne Horam and Geri Brogan.

John Sullivan, Maude Kramer, Kathy and John Marano at HBBA 2007 Annual Garden
Party and Chinese Auction. Photo by Katrina Lovett

The 1st Annual Upscale Barn Sale went on despite the inclement weather. The smaller then usual crowd for the Southampton Historical Museum made up for it in high spirits and quite a bit of thoughtful shopping. The diverse offerings from local dealers and individuals covered all the bases: antique furniture and lamps, crystal and china, framed vintage prints, jewelry and lots of table top items. We had our eye on a beautiful hand painted wicker rocker but alas someone beat us to the purchase, a reminder that with such high end merchandise at bargain basement prices you move quickly!

Southamptonite Bob Beck quite appropriately pulled up with his 1931 Ford in which to load his purchases. He proudly pointed out that the vintage vehicle had its original license plate - and so it did, New York State 1931. Event co-chair Pam Jackson and Barbara Aiello of the Old Town Garden Club which keeps properties like the Halsey House so beautiful welcomed guests that included Jennifer Meihofer-Schmidt, Donna Kolhoff, Lane Rowland, Michelle Leclair, Joe and Patricia Heidecker with daughter Amanda and Bill Jones. We also had a chance to chat with the museums, President Harry Hackett, his wife Barbara and Board member Julia Carter to learn about their major summer event the upcoming Halsey House Cocktail Gala slated for June 30th complete with military reenactments, period music and spirited cocktails like the festive Patriot Rum Punch they served at the Barn Sale.

Tasty treats that filled the tables under the mini tents were provided by Thyme and Again, 75 Main Street, Schmidt's Catena's and Four Seasons Catering. After our munching, one booth in particular caught our eye, and that of several other astute collectors, that displayed the artistry of fused and stained glass by young artisans Megan Price and Doug Dimon. Megan, who recently moved here to be with local guy Doug, learned the craft from her mother back home in Cincinnati. Mom is a well recognized glass artist and Megan is clearly following in her footsteps. There were beautiful glass panels, sculptures,
vases, sun-catching earrings and pendants.

On Saturday noted sculptor Dorothy Frankel opened her enchanting Sag Harbor home/studio and beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens for a 10th Anniversary celebration for the Animal Rescue Fund's Cat Collection program which has captured thousands of feral cats, neutered them and placed them in good homes. Mercedes Ruehl another long time supporter of ARF was the co-host for the afternoon cocktail soiree. Frankel's passion for four legged critters was evident when rounding the bend of her driveway the first things one sees are lifelike clay sculptures of dogs rolling on the ground in pure bliss.

We toured the light-filled house that was packed with Frankel's work both completed pieces and several in formation as well as photographs of her public art pieces that are in parks and plazas all over the country. The highlight of our tour was a walk through the meandering wooded paths at the rear of her property where every turn brought a new surprise in the form of one of her whimsical works.

Spotted in the crowd were artists Eric Ernst, Joan Kraisky, Michael Knigin, Kimberley McSparran and David Weinrib, Sara Davison, ARF's executive director, Kirk Cassels, Dan Mitrona, Robert Koslowicz, Richard and Harriet Demato (who will soon show at Hampton Road Gallery), Myron Clement and partner Joe Petrocik, Dawn Lemmon, Ted and Jennifer Liang with their adorable baby Sophie and Susan Sorensen.

Florence Zahn, Dorothy's mother flew in from Los Angeles especially for the event just to lend a bit of moral support for the artist who clearly had everything in hand. Kevin Miserocchi who works with the estate of the late cartoon artist Charles Addams told us of the plans to bring his wildly funny creation The Addams Family to Broadway in 2008.

Southampton Youth Services brought the Scottish Highlands to Bridgehampton for their sold out Benefit Dinner. Tartans were spotted in the crowd in kilts and wraps as guests turned up to honor George Benedict and raise money for the recreation center. The bar and cocktail area were packed several guests deep under the tent on Cynthia and Dennis Suskind's lawn as we waded our way through to chat with Bob Bill, Tom Fanning, Mayor Mark Epley, Judge Ed Burke, Darra Goldstein, Heather Saskas and Ellie Jannetti.

Silent auction items filled tables running the perimeter of the tent, including Gift Certificates to Bamboo Restaurant, tickets for the Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The US Open, and the Hampton Classic, as well as golf outings for local courses including Sebonac Golf Club, Southampton Golf Club, and Maidstone Golf Club. With His and Her bikes from Rotations and ties from Hampton Handmade Ties they could have filled a few tables with dad themed gifts for those still looking for that perfect fathers' day gift.

On Sunday the skies smiled on the Hamptons Concours D'Elegance which this year was set on the open fields of The Hayground School and ideal location for the glimmering display of vintage and classic sports cars that owners brought to Bridgehampton from all over the country. The annual weekend long event benefited Habitats for Humanity of Peconic. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's style guru Carson Kressley co-hosted the weekend long show with Princess Yasmin Aga Khan no stranger to the rarified world of fast cars as dad the late Prince Aly Khan was an internationally respected race car driver.

Throughout the weekend, there were great displays of automotive genius in design, auctions of rare vehicles and much ogling at these sleek cars. The finale came on Sunday with Princess Yasmin and Carson emceeing the grand parade of luxury vehicles that ran from the first ever electric car built in 1914 to a super hyped up Porsche Martini that was still sizzling from its last race. But the day was not absent a few minor problems - just as Carl Larson was navigating his vintage 1914 electricity powered black roadster up the ramp, he took a small nose dive off the side just two feet off the ground. Eight burly men quickly hoisted the museum piece back in place to drive the last 10 feet to center stage!
Needless to say, the crowd broke into loud cheering and applause for the hapless driver.

Robert Schmitter proudly showed the inner workings of his best in show Porsche Martini while Professor Ray Bulman and his wife Carole shared with us their lust for the very sexy pink Thunderbird that simply teased in the afternoon sun. Finally, it was time for the Award for 1st prize which went to Bruce Amster for his impeccably preserved 1939 Alfa Romeo much to the delight of his companion Margie Nunez. Following the presentation, the crowd retreated to the VIP tent for some lovely afternoon treats from Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs overseen by master party man Christopher Robbins, washed down with lots of Wolffer Estates' La Ferme Martin chardonnay!

The nattily attired guests many in day tat the races straw hats included: Joe Fuller, Bob Lucente, Colonel Norman and Lorraine Hathaway, artist Daniel Gonzalez with Raun Norquist proudly showing off his Porsche 356 SC Outlaw, Joe and Sue Hine, Debbie and Joe Taylor, Blaise Labriola, Matthew Abraham, Eugene Cuttica with sons Franco and Lautaro and hundreds more. For many this magnificent event brought to mind the glory days, some 50 years ago when Bridgehampton was a major stop on the world racing car circuit.

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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