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Luminaries Abound

Originally Posted: August 10, 2005

McKenzie, Grace, and Tali enjoying the ices at the St. Luke's
Fair in East Hampton.

The sun and warm weather brought families and shoppers alike out in droves to East Hampton on Saturday afternoon. St. Luke's Church had their annual fair, bringing in kids to enjoy the games and pony rides, and parents to enjoy the tag sale style shopping. A few doors down, Mulford Farm had their 19th Annual Antiques Show and Sale. The mood was much more subdued as the shoppers and collectors browsed among the vendors. Some beautiful classic finds were inside. A few doors down from Mulford, the walking shopper (hopefully wearing comfortable shoes) could check out Guild Hall's Annual Clothesline sale of art and prints on their front lawn.

Cindi Cook, Victoria Schweizer, and Brinkley Skye at Polo.

Town & Country elegantly sponsored Bridgehampton Polo this week and Prince Michel of Yugoslavia and Baroness Sherri de Borchgrave turned up to watch the match. Luxury booths from Pierre Kunz, Dr. Lewis Feder, Penny Preville jewelry, and Blue Star Jets to name a few were set up around the VIP tent. This weeks VIP's included Diana Paxton, James and Kedakai Lipton, Todd and Carol Rome (hosts of the upcoming Red Hot Red Cross Ball), Jeff and Linda Chodorow with son Max, Rocco di Spirito, Gregg Papadopoulos, Richard Mandell, Mark Udell, Larry Lee, Regina Kravitz, Fred and Jacqueline Stahl, Judy Hirsch, Ann Liguori, Darcy Pulitzer, Jeremy Goldstein, Stephanie Wolkoff, Melissa Valient, Ari Fabulous, and birthday boys Matt Heine and Chris Massey.

Woven Sounds concert at LongHouse Reserve.

Longhouse Reserve hosted a reception for Shonna Valeska's new exhibition of photographs titled "Alexandra's Garden." What the exhibit lacks in size, it makes up for in power as the closely detailed shots of flowers draw you in for a closer view. Valeska's background as a classically trained Balanchine dancer translates well into the artistry and composition of each image. Guests were treated to an informal chance to enjoy drinks and company while viewing the works, and other exhibits on display, including Gregory Kuharic's Clay Cornucopia and Ruth Borgenicht's "MU" sculpture which was a bit hit with the younger audience as it was easily accessible on the patio to climb in. The reception was well timed for guests to also enjoy the "Woven Sounds" concert set in front of the Fly's Eye Dome. Composed by Victoria Bond, the concert featured a collection of 6 pieces inspired by Jack Larsen's weaving. The String compositions had the audience listening enraptured by the woven music.

Profiled in the Wall Street Journal and on the NBC Today Show and featured in People Magazine and in the New York Times, Victoria Bond has attracted the kind of attention rarely focused on a classical musician. Her conducting engagements have taken her to China, Brazil and Europe, and in the United States, she has led such prestigious orchestras as the Houston, Pittsburgh and Buffalo Symphonies. She has been commissioned by The American Ballet Theater, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Houston Symphony, The Shanghai Symphony, The Columbus Symphony, The Women's Philharmonic, The Audubon String Quartet, and Ethel among others. She has written three operas, five ballets and numerous orchestral, chamber and vocal works.

Vera Wang with George Krauss at the Southampton Hospital
47th Annual Summer Party.

Also Saturday evening, Southampton Hospital held their 47th Annual Summer Party which raised over $1.5 million to support the Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine, with more contributions yet to be tallied and coming in through the month of August. The Safari themed event spread throughout the tents in the décor of tropical orchids, lush greenery, and mosquito netting and with a few wild guests - large zebras and other animals available for picture taking. Guests got into the spirit of the evening donning safari-inspired outfits, animal prints, and a few pith helmets. Co-chaired by Cindy Willis and Sheila O'Malley Fuchs, the successful evening also featured luminaries Vera Wang as honorary chair and Kelly Ripa, in a beautiful jungle green gown, as mistress of ceremonies. Raffle prizes included diamond earrings from Harry Winston that had the audience (and even a few chairwomen) squealing for joy.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos get wild for the cameras.

Before the 1,100 guests settled down for a tasty dinner catered by Robbins Wolfe, they had a chance to mingle over cocktails in the front tent while looking over the silent auction items, including a golf trip to Kenya, A romantic cruise along the Rhine, and more local fare, including a shopping spree in Southampton and a private tour of the Bronx Zoo. Some of the glittering guests included Mark Consuelos, Jonathan Farkas and Somers White, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Melissa Berkelhammer, Marty Richards, Maura Weissman, Rob Fox, Ted Hartley, Dina Merrill, Peter Larsen, Sheila O'Malley Fuchs, Christine Gray, Nancy Hebert, Arthur Becker, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Chris Cuomo, David and Julia Koch, Alexandre Douzet, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Victoria and Douglas Larson, and noted celebrity and social photographer Patrick McMullan.

After dinner, Lee Kalt got the guests dancing in the main tent with party favorites like "YMCA". For the second year, the event drew a sizeable crowd of the younger set for a sultry after-party, "Club Safari," chaired by Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Andrea Greeven Douzet, and Rob Fox. Hefty gift bags included a beautiful Cake serving set from Vera Wang's "Love Knots" collection (perfect for this soon to be wed writer), Food & Wine Magazine, small first aid kits, perfumes by L'Artisan Parfumeur, and a Harry Winston catalog that left us wishfully hoping they had included some diamond samples to take home.

G.E. Smith at the Harbor Lights Gala

The First Annual Harbor Lights Gala was a great success raising over $100,000 for the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation. Over 300 people attended the event held on Saturday, August 6th at the Montauk Lake Club in Montauk, NY. Among the evening's guests were Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, Town of East Hampton Supervisor Bill McGintee, Councilperson Pete Hammerle, and Artist Julian Schnabel. Bert Pence, the voice of NBC's "Meet the Press", was the Master of Ceremonies while G. E. Smith, former front man for the Saturday Night Live Band in the 1980s and 90s, and Sarah Conway, daughter of honoree E. Virgil Conway, gave spirited performances. The evening's honorees were E. Virgil Conway and David Webb. Guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset accentuated with an open bar, raw bar and abundant hors d'oeuvres.

Lizzie Grubman and Carmine Gotti at the Star Room.

Over at the Star Room we spotted a very blond and tanned Lindsay Lohan behaving herself. She's so sweet and petite! Carmine Gotti was seen sporting a hot LaCoste shirt and his blinding smile - we're sure he had mom Victoria's permission to be there so late. Chris Stern and Lizzie Grubman were seen snuggling in a private booth while Power Girls Ali and Rachel danced all night. One of our favorite models, Ines Misan, was there in a hot black lace number with her soap hunk Jacob Young. Soap hottie Alec Musser made an appearance decked out in pink - wow can this man wear pink!

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Family Day Carnival was held Sunday afternoon at Villa Maria in Water Mill. This fun-filled, daylong fundraiser centered on young families and featured carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, food and live entertainment, including a special performance by Mommy Melodies. Christie Brinkley presided as celebrity chairperson for the third consecutive year. The 16th Annual Family Day Carnival was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Blue Star Jets, PamperedTot.com, and Mommy Melodies. Co-chaired by Justine Feinberg, Roxanne Palin and Cathy Schwartz, the Carnival benefits the 5-year $5 million Campaign to support The Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Cindy, Howard, and Lilly Hocknhardhouser go fly a kite.

Also on Sunday afternoon, Dan's Papers sponsored their Annual Kite Fly contest on Sag Main Beach, Southampton. Kite flyers young and old came out to try for the awards, including prizes like water guns and gift certificates for the highest, biggest, smallest, and even best homemade kites. Competition was sky-high as flyers tried their best to avoid tangled lines on the crowded beach, which even cost the kite of an older flyer with a snapped line. Cartoonicatures, plentiful Fuze juice drinks and Archie comics kept the non kite-flyers entertained and the light hearted Dixieland style music had the young guests up and dancing right through the awards at the end of the evening.

After a sandy afternoon on the beach, we were ready for some sushi before fighting the westbound traffic home. We stopped at the very crowded Suki Zuki in Water Mill, where no one was above the 20-minute wait for a table as we waited at the bar next to Chuck Scarborough. The Sushi is well worth it though, if you are in the area.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

Sadly, late Sunday night we lost a legend, Peter Jennings. This longtime Bridgehampton resident and news luminary lost his battle with lung cancer in his Manhattan apartment surrounded by his family. His quick sharp wit, love for the arts, and radiant smile will be missed by us all.

If you would like to show support, in lieu of flowers, Peter Jennings' family asks that you contribute to one of the organizations that he supported, worked for and believed in deeply - Coalition for the Homeless (129 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038, (212) 776-2002, Attn: Mary Brosnahan Sullivan), Women In Need (115 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001, (212) 695-4758, Attn: Robin White), Teach For America, 315 West 36th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10018, (212) 279-2080, Attn: Wendy Kopp), and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Lung Cancer Research Fund (Make checks out to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Thoracic Research Fund Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, 1275 York Avenue, Room H1018, New York, NY 10021, or donate online and specify the program).

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