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Festivals, Luaus, and Benefits

Originally Posted: September 02, 2005

Foreigner takes the stage.

Tuesday brought some big names in Rock and Roll to the field at East Hampton High School. Garland Jeffreys, Suzanne Vega and Foreigner came out to get the crowd dancing, and to raise money for Ellen's Run, East Hampton Day Care, and Project Most.

The night was clear and comfortably warm as families flocked, kids and lawn chairs in tow, to the athletic field to scope out the best seats. Those lucky enough to have VIP Tickets were given choice seating up close to the stage, with easy access to the tent with delicious food from Art of Eating, Coffee, and even Cookies from Tate's Bakery as they waited for the show to start.

Suzanne Vega opened the show with Luka and other crowd favorites, getting the audience to sing along with the harmonies as the sun set in the distance. Garland Jeffreys took the stage next, and stole the show when he brought his daughter Savannah Ray onstage for a duet of New York Skyline. She may be young, but Savannah is definitely one to watch out for in the years to come, such a strong voice and stage presence from such a little girl.

There was a longer than promised intermission as Foreigner's crew set up for their performance, and the audience took the chance to visit the good humor and barbeque tables available, to talk with friends and enjoy the stars overhead.

Foreigner finally took to the stage taking ample use of the lights and smoke effects, getting the crowd, especially in the VIP section, excited with favorites like "Cold as Ice" and "Double Vision." After an evening filled with good food, fun, and weather, guests went home with gift bags with Vava Water, Clarins tanner, and a promotional pen and bookmark for Ellen's Run, one of the benefactors of the evening.

The Barefoot Hawaiians at the Parrish Art Museum Family Luau

The Parrish Art Museum invited kids of all ages to their annual Family Luau on Thursday. Hawaiian shirts and leis were definitely popular as crafts like building their own flower bracelet and coloring as well as face painting kept the kids entertained, Delicious Hawaiian themed hors 'd oeuvres and sushi kept the parents happily mingling.

Before dinner, the Barefoot Hawaiians took the stage for their now annual performance of dancing, fire knife presentation, and drum playing. Intermixing their dances with lessons on Hawaiian phrases like Moana (The Ocean) and Shaka (cool!), as well as explanations on the stories behind each dance. The dancers were easy on the eyes and made the event even more enjoyable. They even managed to get a handful of the dads in the audience up for a dance about hunting for Sea Cucumbers, and the young guests up for their own hula lesson. One of the Shaka family fun events of the summer!

Ann Marie and Mark Borghese of Castello di Borghese Vineyard.

Friday and Saturday afternoon, the First (hopefully annual) Hamptons Wine and Food Festival took over the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. Guests were greeted at the entrance and given their gift bag, which was perfect for carrying around as they moved around the fair, collecting pamphlets and samples. The classrooms and main auditorium were scheduled to the max with panels on everything from chardonnay mixing to the history of chocolate, to cooking presentations, and even a tasting of every color Jonnie Walker ever imagined. We especially enjoyed the cooking presentations, as the chance to taste the scrumptious Churizo Potato Salad by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough of Cooking for Two was not to be missed.

In the main auditorium, many of the local restaurateurs, vendors, and wineries had tables set up where you could learn more about, and even sample, their wares. Kathleen from Tate's Bakeshop was on hand with her famous Chocolate chip cookies, as well as local cheeses, breads, and other baked goods.

Thankfully, the festival comes at the end of summer where "bikini season" is much less a worry, since we wished for even twice the appetite to accommodate all the delicious offerings. Wrapping up the event, Starbucks even had a van on the lawn for mini drinks where the barrista proclaimed his guess of your drink of choice (Green Tea Frap, spot on!) and served up the smiles. Portable Starbucks... I think my wallet and waistline cringe at the thought if they were to add an ice-cream truck bell and start going around to local neighborhoods.

Director of Programming Rajendra Roy with April Gornik who
signed posters of her original art for this year's festival.

On Saturday evening, the Hamptons International Film Festival unveiled the poster for their 13th annual event this October. Artist April Gornik was there signing prints that were available for sale, as well as her book "April Gornik: Paintings and Drawings" at Glen Horowitz Bookseller.

Wine and drinks were available at the counter as guests young and old crowded into get a peek at the poster, as well as shop among the unique one of a kind books (from local and not so local authors including Jack Youngerman, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and more), and chat it up with owner Glen Horowitz. The Bookseller is a one-stop dream shop for the rare find book collector, Keep them in mind next time you need a gift for that friend that has "absolutely everything!"

The 13th annual Festival will take place on Wednesday October 19 through Sunday October 23 this year with expanded venues from Southampton to Sag Harbor to East Hampton to Montauk. The Hamptons International Film Festival celebrates the American Independent Film, introducing fresh new voices in cinema as well as international films that expose audiences to the global perspective. Keep updated at their website hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Olnara Fottrell and uber-designer Mark Badgley at the Domino

Domino and Hamptons Magazines hosted a cocktail party for Marion McEvoy at the Chantecailles home in East Hampton Saturday evening. Guests were ushered onto the luscious back lawn where they paused to greet and be photographed with Editor Deborah Needleman, Guest of Honor Marian McEvoy, and extra large covers of the featured magazines.

The intimate cabana style tent and couches made for cozy mingling as guests sampled hors 'd oeuvres and drinks, the DJ set the perfect volume for atmosphere music without overpowering the conversation. Summer dresses of all colors and patterns were in full force as summer wardrobes are getting their last 'hurrah' in before Labor Day next weekend. The pleasantly warm weather made us wish for another month yet.

Goodie bags lined up at the exit with valet made departure seamless and pleasant, with a copy of Marion McEvoy's book "Glue Gun Decor" and our own miniature glue gun to try out our own glue-decor chops at home. We love the pictures, but the seashell adorned fireplace might take some convincing of the fiancée before we try that one at home. Copies of Domino (filled cover to cover with great home decor ideas and advice), and Hamptons Magazine helped round out our weekend reading list.

Nestled behind the Riverhead Railroad Station in Riverhead is the perfect alternative for families that have "been there, done that" with the Aquarium and Dinosaur Museum. This weekend, the Railroad museum had their annual fair, complete with tours of the locomotives they are working to restore, train rides on the miniature train, and games and crafts for train enthusiasts of all ages.

East End Brass lent a patriotic tune to the festivities as Chairman Dennis DeAngeles received awards from County Clerk Ed Rimain, Jeff Keto, and Mike Monahan on behalf of the museum for their work, including goals of starting a steam engine line between Riverhead and Greenport for family trips.

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