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Originally Posted: June 30, 2005

Heather and David Saskas with Bonita DeWolf

A lovely mid-week summer evening at Wolffer can only mean one thing, the Parrish Art Museum Business Council's annual membership soiree. All guests enjoyed Wolffer wines, unique grilled pizzas and seafood from the Clamman, and delicate desserts from Tate's Bakeshop. Trudy Kramer was on hand with David Dubin and Rob Florio giving the opening remarks. The local art scene was represented by Vivian Monterroso and Kristina Sawmanis of Bay Street Theatre, art consultant Linda Schaller, and photographer Renate Pfleiderer to name a few. Kathleen King was there with her new book, the Tate's bakeshop Cookbook, available now at local bookstores. Steering Committee Chairman Don Sullivan, of the Southampton Publick House was unable to attend; we hope he enjoyed his vacation in Ireland. The goodies bags included lovely German chocolates, hats from Corcoran Real Estate, and gift certificates to JT Fitness in Southampton.

The first annual Hamptons Home and Garden Show, organized by Richard Friedman of the Hamptons Expo Group, launched onto the calendar on Friday, June 24th running until Sunday the 26th. Boasting everything you'd need, like a television mirror for the master bathroom from James Paul Designs of Speonk, for the work you'd do. There were 20 seminars over the weekend and nearly 100 exhibitors from all walks of home improvement and design. Vendors came from as far away as Pasadena, CA to right around the corner on Main Street in Southampton. The VIP Lounge was sponsored by Plum TV and offered tasty tidbits and local wines as visitors lounged in style on furniture on loan from Whitney Knowlton of Merchants East and the handsome Jeff Taylor of Madara Designs. We'll be on hand next year to watch this event grow and do even more shopping - can't wait until the new countertops are delivered!

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Harry and Laura Slotkin, Cynthia Frank, and Todd Goergen

It is a voyeurs dream to stroll through a mansion in the Hamptons. And the well-heeled set turned out in style on a breezy Saturday afternoon to do just that in support of Southampton Hospital at the gala opening of the Hamptons Designer Showhouse presented by House & Garden Magazine. 18 designers showcasing extraordinary design and vision create a feast for the senses throughout the house, built by Muldering Builders of Sag Harbor, and grounds. We peeked into every corner and enjoyed the elegant affair catered by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs. Mildred Brinn, Charlotte Moss, Catherine di Montezemolo, and Annette LeahyDominique Browning, Editor in Chief of House & Garden, mingled with the guests throughout the grounds. Also close at hand we spotted Mitchell Gold, Bob Williams, Bill Yosh, Cynthia Frank, Laura and Harry Slotkin, Christina Cuomo, Nancy Koltes, and Jeff Muhs.

We hear that Nancy Koltes will be holding here annual white sale in Southold on July 8th. We also got it straight from the artist himself that Jeff Muhs will opening a new art show at RVS Fine Art in Southampton this summer. Check our calendar for dates as they become available.

Saturday night was busy for the social set as the Artists Against Abuse 10th Anniversary Gala to benefit The Retreat was held at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club. Which party to choose? The event honored Melissa Cohn of the Manhattan Mortgage Company for her dedication to causes that benefit women and children on the East End and in New York City. The evening featured a Silent Auction of specially commissioned hand-painted ceramic plates and a Live Auction of original art by some of the most prominent names in art, design and entertainment including Cindy Sherman, Ros Bleckner, April Gornik, Jenny Holzer and many more. The auctioneer for the evening was August O. Uribe of Sotheby's with Joy Behar of ABC-TV's "The View" as celebrity emcee. Cocktails and a seated dinner was catered by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs.

Lizzie Grubman, Tracey Toomey, Leanne Shear, and Jonathan Cheban

We ended our evening at the Star Room in Wainscott. It was the perfect night to celebrate the release of a new book, The Perfect Manhattan. Written by the absolutely gorgeous pair of Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey (who are now "boldfaced names") former bartenders in the Hamptons. This book is a must-read, perfect for any day at the beach, rainy evening in, or bad hair day. Once you start you can't put it down! The DJ mixed classics like Lady Marmalade with a hint of techno to set the scene for a wild evening. The adoreably sexy Jonathan Cheban was sporting a one-of-a-kind Clarendon t-shirt, you can now find Clarendon at Intermix in Southampton, as he chatted with Star Room owner Scott Gray. Lizzie Grubman could be found dancing the night away with her sexy beau Chris Stern in the center of it all. We hope she had a great night! Also in the mix were Gillian Hearst Shaw, Neil Hirsch, Jill Sinatra, and Sari Sloan.

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