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Summer Celebrations

Originally Posted: June 25, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

The Parrish Art Museum Business Council Evening at Wolffer Estate was like a quick visit to Tuscany. The mild weather and the brilliant skies helped lure some 400 of the area's business professionals to the sprawling vineyard for a delightful evening sampling Wolffer's recent vintages created by the deft hand of master winemaker Roman Roth and sampling regional specialties of the seafood kind from Four Seasons Catering. Last but not least of all the attractions was the spectacular sunset.

Kevin Maple with Kathleen and Robert Schroko at Parrish Art Museum Business
Alliance cocktail party Wolffer Estate. Photo by Edward Callaghan

Out on the patio, tray by tray floated out from the vineyard's spacious kitchens laden with such briny delights as spicy tuna tar tare in tiny cones, balsamic seared scallops, gingered crab and cantaloupe salad, seared tuna with wasabi and shrimp and caviar on an edible spoon! The Four Seasons team Jean Koster, Jeremy Palmer, and Daniel Hoctor had a hard time keeping the tables filled with local mussels two ways: simple garlic and basil, and for the more adventurous fiery Thai chile laced. The crowd just loved them! We alternately washed these down with Wolffer's fruity La Ferme Martin chardonnay and their delightful Rose.

Talking about drinks, the team from Southampton Ales and Lagers was on hand as the Chair of the event with some of their delicious brews. Perfect for any summer party, the Secret Ale, Double White Ale, and IPA are available as six-packs in shops across the Hamptons. Their Southampton XXII Series features an Imperial Porter, Pumpkin Ale, and Triple. For the beer enthusiast, the 750 Series features specially crafted seasonal brews with lots of character including the Saison, Abbot 12, Grand Cru, and Biere de Garde.

Sue Calden, Wolffer's events director was on hand overseeing the sunset affair and greeting guests that included Don Sullivan of Southampton Publick House, Chilean artist Pat Estrada, Janet Macri and daughter Georjan, top hair guru Kevin Maple with his sister and brother-in-law Kathleen and Robert Schroko, Rene Foster, Dr. Tricia Rother, Catherine Holzer, The Corcoran Group's Paul Henneforth and wife Carolyn, Lush Design's Carol Reed, Antoinette Imperiale also with The Corcoran Group, gallerist Sara Nightingale, Amanda Ross, Rene Quinlan and Sotheby's Chip Dineen.

Artist David Kushnir was toasted on the opening of his new Bridgehampton gallery and folks were congratulating cookie queen, Kathleen King-Friedman and her husband Zvi Friedman on their new manufacturing facility up island in Moriches. We walked off into the sunset munching Kathleen's famous mini cupcakes, the perfect way to end a lovely evening.

Sun showers brought rainbows to Hampton skies this Friday. Those few showers didn't keep partygoers inside and away from the big events.

Garren Givens and Alexandra Reeve at the Third Annual Summer Solstice
Celebration at B. Smith's. Photo by Katrina Lovett

Friday night Sag Harbor was the place to be with two rockin' parties. The new lounge at Sen was packed to the rafters for the launch party of local girls Samantha Cole and Mani Malee's new business Hampton Angels, a private concierge service. A regular fixture on the nightlife scene, Ms. Cole had no trouble luring an early evening crowd of in the know Hamptonites to the trendy lounge.

Hanging out were Nicole Garrett and Noah Fitzgerald, Helen Atkins Barnes, Wendy Rinaldi, personal trainer Laura Mackey, Mike Tuths with photographer Peggy Stankevich, Pete Pombo and Samantha's brother, Brennen Cole.

We could have planned a fabulous party on the spot running into The Portable Gourmet, Chef Deebra Mitchell, who travels from house to house whipping up great Southern and Island comfort food, and her pal Caprice, of Hardbottom Entertainment who books talent for special events. What a party that would be!

Jumping over a few puddles it was over to B. Smith's in Sag Harbor for the Third Annual Summer Solstice Celebration to benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation hosted by Alexandra and Matthew Reeve. Organization president Peter T. Wilderotter was extremely pleased and the tremendous turnout of support at the annual event that raised over $100,000. It was refreshing to see so many at the event who not only supported the cause but who had been affected by it as well. The mission of the foundation is to raise funds and awareness for spinal cord injuries and to improve the quality of life to those living with spinal cord injuries. They also work on stem cell research and education. Many family members of those affected were in the crush speaking from the heart about the research and its affects on their loved ones.

Haim Mizrahi and Uta at Artists Joining Together at LTV Studio. Photo by Edward

Alexandra Reeve greeted the guests and related the story of a child who had a spinal cord injury similar to her father. With treatment and much physical therapy he is now walking unassisted. In the crowd a guest from Chicago spoke about his sister who had battled scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin. With the help of the Foundation, she received a stem cell transplant and now she is in recovery and enjoys watching her 4-year old daughter play and grow.

Raffle tickets were hot buys in the crowd with guests vying for a cruise form Norwegian Cruise Lines, jewelry from Versace, a dress from Angel by Thierry Mugler, items from Slatkin & Company, Michael Kors, and handbags from Valentino. Delicious hors d'oeuvres passed through the masses and delicious desserts awaited guests on tables that faced the view of the harbor. After the remarks, The Lone Sharks had guests dancing on the docks until the wee hours.

Event organizers Jeff Pfeifle, President of J. Crew, and Marnie McBryde rushed about answering questions and greeting guests. Matthew Reeve beamed with pride as he spoke to guests about this father and stepmother. The Foundation they spearheaded has become a mission for all of the Reeve siblings who challenge researchers each day to "Go Forward".

Designers and guests at the Lorin Marsh cocktail party for the Hampton Designer
Showhouse. Photo by Brittany Palma

Guests including Kelsey and Camille Grammer, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, interior designer Jamie Drake, writer Gregory Speck, Faith Popcorn, Campion and Tatiana Platt, Kryn Nitz, Steven Fallon and Adriana Kyzyk, Ali and Jason Rosenfeld, and our wonderful host Dan Gasby filling in for his wife the gorgeous B. Smith left the event more aware about the research and impassioned about the future discoveries of the Foundation.

If there was any doubt that the summer scene was in high gear all you had to do was check the Hamptons.com calendar to see the many festivities slated for that night. Trying to squeeze in as many as possible until our tired feet gave in we managed to cover a lot of the hottest!

We started early at LTV Studios in Wainscott for The Spirit of Artists Joining Together show curated by Haim Mizrahi and featuring his works along with fellow artists Mark Perry, David Nadal, Michael Knigin, Mark Fisher, Norman Mercer, and Dalton Portella. As is Mizrahi's tradition based on the belief that art, music and poetry are inextricably intertwined. The afternoon opening featured a cut loose African percussion jam session with local musicians Jay Schneiderman, Dan Bailey, and Ken Sacks and several readings. This family affair with lots of toddlers and babes in arms was a delight.

Highlights of the show included Mark Perry's lush impressionistic landscapes of such beauty that even a patch of sea grass took on another life Nadal's psychedelic tropical seascapes and underwater scenes were a crowd pleaser and Mizrahi's latest mixed media works were hypnotic.

Donny Deutsch with Holly and Heather Buchanan at the Love Heals at Luna Farm
event. Photo by Brittany Palma

On hand were Laura Hildreth, Sally Breen, Rita Wasserman, Joan and Monroe Bloch, Joan Kraisky, Bruce Sloane, architect German Barrios, and John McGovern.

Then it was just a short drive over to a wooded Georgica enclave for the annual Lorin Marsh kickoff cocktail party for the Hampton Designer Showhouse benefiting Southampton Hospital, always one of the most chic events of the season. You can be sure of a colorfully dressed crowd at this party and this year was no exception with every other gal and guy sporting vibrant Lily Pulitzer, Etro, or one of Christopher Fischer's sherbet toned cashmere sweaters. As well, guests are well fed with platters of shrimp, lobster salad, and other tantalizing tasties!

Hosts Sherri Mandel and Lorraine Schacht and daughter Caryn warmly welcomed guests to the magnificent house and beautifully designed gardens, a sight we missed last year due to the torrential rains that kept everyone housebound but happy! Tom Lampson, Naz, Jamie Drake, Peter Lentz, David Scott, Rena Fortgang, Rona Landman, Campion and Tatiana Platt, developers of the 2007 Hampton Designer Showhouse George and Anastasia Gavalas, Jack Deamer, Gregory Speck, Peter Falk and Romaine Gordon, Maryann Alheidt, Heather Moore, Vered, Janet Lehr, Paul Gaucher, Peter Niemitz, Ray Murray and scores more spread across the lawn like so many resplendent peacocks!

Three cheers for Sherri, Lorraine, Tom Lampson and all the Lorin Marsh team for a lovely sunset fete in the garden and their unwavering support for the Showhouse beneficiary, Southampton Hospital!

The sun came out Saturday and a gorgeous sunset was gifted to the guests at the Love Heals at Luna Farm annual benefit for the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Research. The large tent was filled to overflowing and the atmosphere crackled with excitement. Over 1000 guests including Donny Deutsch, Shoshanna Lostein Gruss, Jaci Reid, Kelsey and Camille Grammer, Rocco DiSperito, Russell Simmons, James Lipton and Kedaki Turner, Alexc Kramer, Victoria Leacock, and Jeffrey Altman dined on a delicious barbeque dinner by DeForest Gibbs and danced to music by DJ Graham Funke.

Lorraine Bracco at the Artists Against Abuse gala. Photo by Katrina Lovett

While there were no roulette wheels in sight at the Viva Las Vegas themed event, the silent auction attracted many bidders. From outfits for the family, cute mommy and me swim sets, Chip & Pepper Denim, jewelry, and massage packages there was something for everyone.

At the end of the night over a quarter of a million dollars was raided which directly benefits the Love Heals organization. Guests looking to extend their party evening headed over to the after-party at Dune Southampton where some stayed until 4am. Let's not forget the generous gift bag sponsors that included Scoop, Imperial Vodka, MAC Cosmetics, Phyto, and Completely Bare to name a few.

Lorraine Bracco helped The Retreat welcome guests in Southampton for the Artists Against Abuse Gala to honor Leonard and Judith Ackerman, Stuart and Lynn Esptein, and Harvey and Karen Silverman with Hope Awards. Southampton was hopping as two teams of valets helped direct traffic for two parties on the same block.

The open airy feeling of Hampton Hall served as the perfect setting for the gala as the large center table in the main room held the 20 beautifully hand painted plates up for silent auction. This gave guests the chance to circle the table for conversation while checking each plate. Silent auction items included tickets for a sneak preview to the next Harry Potter movie, a golf bag and umbrella from Brooks Brothers, and BCBG packages including purses and sunglasses.

Beth and Jeff Muhs at his opening at RVS Gallery. Photo by Edward Callaghan

Anne Browngardt, Myra Zerillo, Marty Gutenplan, Lois Witkoff, Richard Ekst and Dr Anne Renee Testa were spotted in the crowd sipping cocktails while they checked out the raffle tickets for a stay in Jamaica and jewelry from David Yurman before retiring to the adjoining dining room for a scrumptious meal.

We were afraid we'd miss Jeff Muhs' opening at RVS Gallery in Southampton but lo and behold the crowd was spilled out to the street well after 8:30. Maybe things are changing in Southampton with all the new outdoor cafes that were approved this year. Jeff's new paintings are stunning with shades of the influence of Mark Rothko and the attendees were all really keen on watching this artist come into his own.

Around nine, everyone headed up the road for an after party at the home/studio of Jeff and Beth Muhs to keep the high energy going. Among those we spied were Maryanne Robinson, Susan Madonia, Lynda Packard, Sue Waterbury, James Corl, Krista Schulz, Lew Kunkel, Nadid Ernestus, Raphael Avigdor, Liz Layne, Amy and George Kane, Wanjiku Naugu, Michael Shaheen, and dozens more of the art scenesters.

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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