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Red Hot Etiquette Lesson

Originally Posted: August 24, 2005

Alec Baldwin - taking a breather.

Saturday brought big names to Herrick Park in East Hampton for the 57th Annual Artists & Writers Softball Game to benefit East End Hospice, The East Hampton Day Care Center, and The Phoenix House. Started in 1949 in Wilfrid Zogbaum's front yard in springs, the event has evolved over the years to include more and more big names, as well as taking the chance to raise some money for a few good causes. Plus, who could resist the idea of watching a few young (and some not so young) celebutants run around the field a few times?

This year's game brought the likes of Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Zucker, Garland Jeffreys, and of course Alec Baldwin to Herrick Park in East Hampton to try and break the Writers' apparent winning "streak" of the last few years. Rudy Giuliani served as a base empire, though between the raffle announcements, pinch-playing by the visiting Girls Varsity softball team for the artists, and errant balls coming dangerously close to the crowd, no one could seem to quite agree on the score, or in some cases, the inning.

BBQ buffet and water was plentiful to keep the players and crowd energized as the mid-afternoon sun had us wishing for more sunscreen, and perhaps a fresh shirt for Alec, who looked a little tired in the outfield. Up to the task was Beverly Camhe, toting about several "Free Judith Miller" t-shirts, getting a few of the players to pose with them for the photographers, though the shirts didn't quite fit with the "tan" versus "near-tan gray" uniform shirts for each team.

Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Stella Keitel, and Casey Johnson in
the VIP tent at Polo.

The crowds turned out for the final day of Bridgehampton Polo sponsored by Sundari Lofts and Tower. Everyone seemed to buzz about Intermix - who was giving out $50 gift cards and a mix of tank tops and scarves with their signature pink and white logo. Goodie bags were filled to the brim with Keratase products, Bond #9 perfume, and various other skin care products. The champagne ran out early and the bars were complete mob scenes, the match is more important anyway, right. Nachos Figueras was playing and sexy Mercedes vehicles were scattered about so there was great scenery. It was great fun to see so many people out enjoying the day, much cooler than last week thankfully but much dustier. So dusty that we passed a dusty Ferrari on which someone had written, "if only my wife was this dirty". Hope the owner has a sense of humor.

Robert Stiglich, Cathy Jones from the Wu Tang Clan, and
Agallah from the Diplomats peruse the Mercedes.

We said hello to Stella Keitel, Dina Lohan (where's Lindsay?), Casey Johnson, Cristina Greeven Cuomo (making pregnancy look wonderful), Jeremy Piven of HBO's Entourage, R. Couri Hay (who had a very busy night planned), Jill Caridi, Michael Braverman, Cathy Dransfield, Michael Fagan, actor/activist and social gadfly Donegal Fitzgerald, Cathy Jones from the Wu Tang Clan, Agallah from the Diplomats, Neil Rosen from New York 1, John Stewart, and Patrick McMullan who when asked about his driving preferences said he enjoys his Jaguar (who wouldn't).

A big round of applause goes out to Matt Heien of Eastside PR, without this handsome honey the VIP tents would not have run so smoothly. Everyone had a blast each weekend and its all his fault - I'm sure he won't mind taking credit for that. If he's in charge again next year get me on the list now! He's off to Miami for the VMA's this week - we hope he enjoys a little time off.

It was red, it was hot, it was the Red Hot Red Cross Ball graciously hosted by Todd and Carol Rome at their lovely estate in Southampton. Red lighting under a huge white tent set the stage for sultry performances throughout the night by members of Cirque du Soliel - a beautiful woman in a little white outfit danced in the air with red sashes and a striking man was so hot he made the fire he ate look cool. The mixed crowd enjoyed fruits and cheeses from a Garden of Eden inspired display as well as passed noshes catered by Janet O'Brien Caterers - love the pomegranate mojitos!

Todd and Carol Rome host the Red Hot Red Cross Ball.

The evenings' headliners, who graciously filled in for Alexa Ray Joel who had to pull out a week before the event as she needed to be by her grandmother during illness, included Robert Klein and big surprise Patty Smythe. If you were there you saw John McEnroe give the guests an etiquette lesson after a rowdy audience rudely interrupted the performance by Robert Klein. Maybe he should have gone on before they served the champagne? Needless to say Mr. Klein was not happy and walked out of the party steaming, we thought he was great and hope to catch him in a different venue sometime soon. Johnny Mac introduced his wife, Patty Smythe (her sister Liz was snapping photos), with the disclaimer that if the crowd couldn't keep quiet for 20 minutes she'd leave. She stepped on stage and the party really started - she was amazing!!! Belting out a few favorites including "The Warrior", a duet of "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" with longtime collaborator Keith Mac, and "Goodbye To You". The proud hubby hung out in the wings patiently having his photo taken and staring like a schoolboy in love at his wife - how sweet. Carol Rome sang along with every song and danced with friends and family right up front. It's good to be the hostess, love the red dress!

Ashley Basher, Nicole McElroy, Corrin Arasa of Events East

It's all in good fun and it all benefited the Red Cross. The generous sponsors included Blue Star Jets, American Express, Bluefish Concierge, Hamptons Style, and Hamptonsview.com. Luxury vehicles from Manhattan Motorcars of the Hamptons were sitting pretty for photo-ops in the driveway. Lisa and Brittany Gastineau were showing their support leading off the night's festivities. Brittany told us that the second season of Gastineau Girls is better than the last. She also dished a bit on Filthy Rich Cattle Drive saying it was so hard but worth it in the end. When asked about living with cameras and dealing with editing she was realistic saying that it is basically a true portrayal of who she is and her life with her mom but that she doesn't take it too seriously. Her afterparty plans included Cain at Cabana. Now for the guest list - Connie Kontek, Phil Witt, Alisa Gerzon, Chris Hoffman, Adam and Tracey Hertz, Svetlana Polianshrik, Max Dolgier, Jenna Kim, Silvia Rojanjarrin, Nina Kaminsa, Julie Hermes, Todd Shapiro, Jade Barrymore, Jane and Chloe Schindler, Steve Carl, Jill Niccolini of the WB 11, Gary Ragusa, Charmaine Thorne, Darren Jablow, Ali Gallardi, and Kristi Cornacchio.

As we left we snatched up a big red (of course) goodie bag from LeSportsac filled with luxury guides and skincare products from Dr. Perricone. Scuttlebutt in the valet area was that everyone was having a great time and more guests were still arriving as we left at 11 o'clock. Well done to the girls from Events East, Corrin Arasa and Nicole McElroy, can't wait until their next soiree.

John McEnroe, Tracy Pollan, and michael J. Fox head inside
to Cain at Cabana.

John McEnroe left the Red Cross Ball shortly after introducing his wife he headed over to Cain at Cabana for a private players party for the LTU Champions Tennis Tournament being held at Sportime in Amagansett with a silent auction to benefit the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research Foundation. We saw all the players with their wives, as well as Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan (could she be any more beautiful!). Inside the party, guests were treated to a rousing rendition of "Johnny B. Good" performed by Michael J. Fox and John McEnroe. A lucky fan bid on an hour's court time with McEnroe for $9,000.00, which John proceeded to match for the foundation.

Sylvia Kokis, Chad Scarborough, and Rachel Adams at the
Meow Meow Bow Bow Ball.

Ellen and Chuck Scarborough hosted the annual Meow Meow Bow Wow Ball for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Two and four-legged guests included Nathan Bernstein, Elizabeth Scarborough, Sony Schotland (Co-Founder of ARF) and many of the adorable dogs and cats available for adoption from ARF. Guests were carted up the winding gravel driveway to mingle on the lush lawn of the Scarborough home in Southampton with plentiful drinks and hors d' oeuvres. Seating outside of the dinner tent seemed to be at a premium as caterers ushered weary guests off the porch furniture, and the dew left the other outdoor seats as wet as a water-hazard, minus the putting green.

Inside the cocktail tent, auction items were available for viewing, as well as the new "Doggy Daycare" DVD available from Leslie Alexander, also in attendance. After the chance to mingle, guests were invited into the main tent for dinner and live auction by George McNeely of Christie's, and the chance to burn off their dinner with some dancing to the lively music of the Peter Duchin Orchestra.

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