Summertime is here but only after having taken her sweet time totally skipping on Spring! We do enjoy each of the four seasons here but winter went on longer than we really like - SO jumping from last summer to this summer, let's get on with it already - shall we?!!? We left off with last summer in The Hamptons while heading into the festive holidays and a bright new year for those of us who stick around : ) but now we'll bring you People + Parties of the Summer 2018 season for a sneak peek at some terrific galas! Hopefully we've kept you entertained with our social pages right up till now + we'll be keeping you in tune with each season's crop of events with some mighty fine video bytes we grab here & there. We're kinda hoping you might spring for some tickets to these mega galas to help support some of these fine & dandy organizations! For new folks we have a handy list of restaurants & night clubs...so be sure to bookmark those pages for easy reference to all the best spots to eat, drink and relax...and for a nightcap & dancing we have a nightlife page. Follow us on twitter if you like regular updates...@hamptonsmedia Firefox, RootOrange, Razorfish, AmericanExpress, TheNextWeb, textPlus, TheUnionCares, TheOprahShow, TMZ, PRNewswire, WarnerBrosEnt, SonyPictures, CNNiReport, Piper_Heidsieck, Harpers, BSmithStyle, PasteMagazine, CrainsNewYork, LeOficial, NWF, Collective_Soul, DyansCandyBar, BaumeMercier, Veuve_Clicquot, TOMSshoes, ChrisLawford, PatrickMcMullen, SamanthaYanks, R. Couri Hay, Alex McCord, PaulWilmotComm, the NewYorkPost, Newsday, OK_Magazine, ZagatBuzz, WeAreFamilyFdtn, drinkArizona, ChuckSchumer, TheMotleyFool, NASATweetup, GuyKawasaki, Kelsey_Grammer, Sothebys, MasterCard, @AmericanAir, AlinaChoCNN & even a few blogs like Guest of a Guest, Hamptons, PlumHamptons, Variety, MuseumofCityNY, Hollywood.com, etnow & PageSix ARE - just to name a few : ) For LARGER size viewing check out our video index pages in the bigger flash player w/a nice xml playlist...and if you're new to us here's a preview of some of the upcoming annual events from last season on TheHamptons.com's SUMMERTIME party page...good news for you loyal Apples we are building an index for ipad & iphone for ya : ) bookmark this page too so you can keep up with all the best events in The Hamptons! Come on back for a look at what we get for where to go or do a little party gazing!! Our video index has Xploded into five p a g e s of videos featuring a library of summer parties in The Hamptons so do preview our previous party pages...and if you need to get the most current Adobe flash player to play these videos, it's free and fast to install!! We encouraged you to use firefox as a browser but IE has rendered it just as fine these days as does Safari - either are a snap to download...it makes everything look just right!


 
 
Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend The Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons hosted their popular ARF Designer Showhouse + Sale with a cocktail party at the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop in Sagaponack. This year the weather cooperated once again and it was the perfect, golden evening for an indoor/outdoor event. They had the adoption truck front and center prominently showcasing the pets up for adoption plus volunteers walked throughout the crowd mingling with guests inviting engagement and spontaneous adoption : ) Honorary Chair was Mary McDonald and Co-Chairs were Gordon Hoppe, Alex Papachristidis + Marshall Watson. After we caught up with the new director for an impromptu interview, we were given another one with Architect and Designer Brian Brady. Along with Brian some other familiar faces there were Chris and Becky Gaynor and Greg Delia. Showhouse Designers included Blue Carreon, Jack Deamer, JED Design, Richard Mishaan, Barbara Ostrom, Melanie Roy Design, Tom Samet and Nathan Wold, Hamptons House Design LLC, Kim Seybert, Thayer's Hardware & Patio. The top interior decorators again magically transformed the shop into a designer showhouse, using furnishings from the shop and from their own collections. EVERYTHING was for sale! Between sips of chilled wine and munching on vegetarinan hors d'oeuvres and shopping, it all made for a terrific party in honor of a great cause. The 2nd Annual Salon on the Lawn at Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton, the 2nd Annual Dan's Rose Soiree at Southampton Arts Center on Jobs Lane in Southampton, the 3rd Annual Wine + Roses Gala to benefit Southampton Cultural Center held at The Muses, the 9th Annual Southampton House Tour "Insider's View" followed by a champagne reception catered by Sant Ambroeus restaurant and the 26th Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale, Auctions and Cocktail Party Gala for The Fresh Air Home kept the village of Southampton HOPPING week to week!! Even before the summer solstice came into season, OUR high season had already begun : ) It always feels like we skip Spring and head right smack into Summer full force. Again, there's always so much going on between simple family life, private parties and big benefit galas, it takes a special strategy to accomplish our goals - but we shoot for the moon! The Retreat held its 23rd Annual *All Against Abuse* Summer Benefit Gala honoring Joy Behar - Co-Host of ABC News's "The View" + Robin Hommel-Tenenbaum - Emmy Award-winning Producer. Leslie Morgan Steiner - Author and National Advocate was also a highlight. The John Ludlow Duo featuring Steve Nelson played music for guests during the cocktail hour. Art of Eating catered the entire event so you KNOW it was great! After dinner everyone got up to dance to music by East End Entertainment who got the place on its feet. The Auctioneer, CK Swett, encouraged bidding enthusiastically for the live auction portion but guests had a chance at some great items including Artists Against Abuse thoughtfully designed plates. A BIG hit was the photo booth as evidenced in some of our photos! Honorary Committee included Maria Bacardi, Joy Behar, Lorraine Bracco, Lisa Fontes, PhD, Kiran Gandhi, Kelsey Grammer, Bonnie Grice, Mariska Hargitay, Ann Liguori, James Lipton, Don McPherson, Kaitlin Olsen, Faith Popcorn, Mercedes Ruehl, Gloria Steinem, Leslie Morgan Steiner and Beth Ostrosky Stern.


 
 
It was on to Swing into Summer at The Bridge! Group for the East End's big gala benefit. Held AT The Bridge Golf Club on Millstone Road in Bridgehampton - a super cool renovation of the old Bridgehampton Race Track from back in the 1970's - it sits on 300 acres and has a course designed by Rees Jones and boasts THE MOST AMAZING 360 degree view of Peconic Bay. A modern clubhouse by architect Roger Ferris exhibits some extraordinary art as well. As the sun faded, guests were treated to a scrumptious dinner prepared by The Bridge under a beautifully appointed tent. LIVE music was provided by Steel Impressions both during the cocktail hour and after dinner for dancing under the glittering stars! Robert Deluca along with the director and some of the committee members took to the microphone once again emphasizing the necessity to continue moving forward with environmental goals. It's a non-stop challenge to keep our east end of Long Island clean, safe and beautiful and we all need to do our share and spread the word. Taking turns with the auctioneer for live bidding, the evening's success was every bit impressive as previous seasons. Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a cocktail reception to kick off Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's 60th Annual Summer Party. Summer Party Honorees John Catsimatidis and Bruce Mosler, Junior Chair Caitlin Diebold O'Connell, and Hospital team Robert Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Steve Bernstein, Chief Development Officer, and Ken Wright, Chairman of Southampton Hospital Association, helped greet friends and supporters including U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Greg Kelly and his wife Judith Grey, and Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and his wife Ellen Irving. Jean Shafiroff is known for her leadership in raising money for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 she served as the Summer Party Event Chair, which collectively raised more than five million dollars. Midway through the celebration Jean described how passionate she is about the Hospital. She introduced Ken Wright who spoke before Bob Chaloner and finally Dr. Darin Wiggins. The celebration was held at the new Southampton waterfront home of the Shafiroffs. Guests included last year's Summer Party honorees Marigay McKee and Bill Ford, Lady Liliana and Lord William Cavendish, Melanie and John Wambold, Missy Hargrove, Randi Schatz, Laura and Jim Freidman, Byron Wien, Dr. William Gibbs, and Dr. Apostolos Tassiopoulos and his wife Yianna Tassiopoulos, Jane Scher and Dr. Gary Rombough, and Barbara and Richard Solomon mingled and enjoyed canapes while listening to music performed by Alex Donner. The 60th Annual Summer Party will take place in August so be sure to look at our social calendar to get all the details for tickets!


 
 
Still going strong! The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of The Hamptons celebrated their 12th Annual GET WILD! Summer Gala at Joan and Bernard Carl's Little Orchard Garden on Coopers Neck Lane in Southampton. The event honored Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town Supervisor and Susan McGraw Keber, East Hampton Town Trustee, and welcomed distinguished guests to celebrate the united efforts to rehabilitate animals and successfully release them back into the wild across Long Island. The picturesque garden featured live swans in the neighboring Coopers Neck Pond while guests enjoyed The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitated birds including; Meep the Great Horned Owl, the Red Tail Hawks Cloud and Sonia, the Eastern Screech Owls Archimedes, and Athena and the Peregrine Falcon named Millennium. Live music from Ludmilla Brazil, along with cocktails and light vegetarian fare were also enjoyed by the evening's attendees. Notable guests seen enjoying the soiree were Virginia Frati, Shelley Berkoski, Joan and Bernard Carl, Jay Schneiderman, Susan McGraw Keber, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary, Nicky Hilton, Don Lemon, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Henry Buhl, Leslie Alexander, Laura Carlock, Linda and Benjamin Lambert, Beth Stern, Lynn Scotti, Claudia and Billy Walters, Curtis Sliwa, Nancy Regula, Mai Hallingby Denise Cuccia, Howard Lorber, Susan Bordeaux, Kenneth and Maria Fishel, Tom Samet, Liz Deneny, Jay Flagg, Carol Nobbs, Liz Deneny, Susan Tighe, John Broderick, Dorothy Frankel, Missy Hargraves, Susanne Tighe, John Broderick, Carol Nobbs, Dorothy Frankel. Benefit Co-Chairs were Hilaria And Alec Baldwin, Alexandra And Peter Campbell, Joan And Bernard Carl, Kim Cattral, Brigid Fitzgerald And Michael Katz, Nancy Juvonen And Jimmy Fallon, Linda And Ben Lambert and Beth Stern. The Benefit Committee included Sean Denneny, Ingrid Edelman, Dorothy Frankel, Pat Garrity, Jane Gill, Missy Hargraves, Margot Rowan Horn, Aleksandra Kardwell, Norah Lawlor, Maryann Marston, Hope Marxe, Jill Rappaport, Renee Schlather, Kathy Walsh. Then it was on to the 22nd Annual Hamptons Heart Ball held at Southampton Arts Center right on Jobs Lane in the heart of Southampton spilling out into a gorgeous tent around an old tree with the nautical theme carried throughout from table to handsome waistaff wearing sailor hats. Red was of course the other primary color signifying it was The American Heart Association's big gala in The Hamptons to raise both awareness and funds. Chairing the special event were Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist + Author & Chuck Simonton, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Divisional Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, Abbott. Honorees were Audrey & Martin Gruss and Dr. Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos. The Hamptons Heart Ball is a fun and elegant event focused on raising funds for the mission of the American Heart Association. Friends and colleagues from NYC, Long Island and The Hamptons enjoy the beautiful setting of The Hamptons while eating delicious heart healthy foods, drinking delightful local wines and having fun with the music and dancing. The evening featured live music by That 70's Band, cocktail hour, a seated dinner catered by Elegant Affairs as well as a live & silent auction will also highlight the night. New this year was Crash the Ball After Party!! Entertaining the guests was Master of Ceremonies Greg Kelly. Also, in attendance was Bob Chaloner, NY Congresswoman Rebecca Seawright, Meredith Cohen, Dottie Herman, Lauren Witkoff, Dr. Jeff Moses, Robert Zimmerman, Dr. Larry Chinitz, John & Terry Tortorella, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Maria and Ken Fishel, Missy Hargraves, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Anka Palitz, Larry Kaiser, Mayor Michael Irving and wife Ellen, Lauren and Bob Roberts, Lilliana Cavendish, Pamela O'Connor and John and Margo Catsimatidis. Attended by 400 people raising over $700,000 to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association, the gala was an enormous success to say the least.


 
 
Once again East End Hospice's Summer Gala *Under the Palms* was held at The Jeffery's waterfront property on Second Neck Lane in Quogue. Even though the heat index this week has been rather unbearable, by the water - it was wonderful. Bay breezes and forever views made for the perfect backdrop for the bar, the enormous tent and the casino tent. It was a relay of golf carts to get there and back but worth the ride and great parking attendants making it easy. The Honorary Chairperson was Priscilla A. Ruffin, RN, MS, NPP, President & CEO and Master of Ceremonies was Lucas Hunt. The 19th Annual Dorothy Pell Savage Good Samaritan Award was presented to the East Quogue, Eastport, Quogue and Westhampton Beach Fire Departments who were in dress uniform and there with family and friends. A classic old hose fire truck from Westhampton was on display greeting guests as they arrived to check in. It was a fabulous evening that started with cocktails and yummy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and casino games followed by dinner and dancing and MORE casino games! This month of June has been phenomenal across the board! Happily we were invited by Purist magazine to join them at *Detox Your Mindset* with Keren Eldad at The Maidstone Hotel which was SO refreshing...so much so we'd be inclined to book an appointment with her every week ; ) So nice to walk away feeling empowered and just good from the inside out. Another cool gig by Purist was their First Annual Purist Food Festival at the old Sag Harbor Watchcase Factory penthouse but included four or five townhouses on Church & Sage streets. We started at the top and worked our way down and around the block - townhouse by townhouse - finding farm fresh cuisine and cocktails and champagne from the likes of Elaia Estiatorio, Dopo La Spiaggia, Page at 63 Main, Calissa, Serafina, Neuman's Kitchen, Suki Zuki, Casa Dragones, Fleurs de Prairie, Juice Press and loads of others! Everything from sushi to chocolate and champagne so yes, a very nice party. Purist had a pop-up sale of cool merchandise to benefit The Retreat so also for a good cause. Tesla had cars on hand to chauffer us there and back. It was a perfect perch to see the sunset over the village and the harbor. After that, it was off to A BEACH BBQ with friends at the bay!! Oh yeah, SUMMER'S HERE : ) So much more happening all around - the 10th Annual SummerDocs Series Kick-Off was hosted by Series Presenter + HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin and featured ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND at The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall. Since July 4th landed midweek, The Southampton Fresh Air Home opted to kick off the Fourth of July weekend early with their 31st Annual American Picnic culminating with a Grucci fireworks show!! Held on Meadow Lane in Southampton allowed A LOT of boaters to pull up in the bay and take part in the fun TOO : )

 
 
Till next week we hope you enjoy TheHamptons.com scoop on People & Parties while we gather together more of this season's crop of galas + charitable events! In the meantime please look at our social calendar for all the upcoming events too!! We encourage you to buy tickets to these terrific fundraisers that support your favorite charities - this is their big chance to raise tons of money for those worthy causes so they put out their BEST for you. Enjoy YOUR summer...thehamptons.com will keep bringing you more like the opening match of POLO, The Nature Conservancy Summer Benefit, 7th Stony Hill Stables Foundation Annual Benefit Cocktail Party, 8th Annual Art Market VIP Preview Party, East Hampton Historical Society's Moran Studio Opening Party, 27th Annual Bay Street Theatre Summer GALA Benefit and a whole lot more : ) You'll find all the great parties from previous seasons AND the season before and so on & so forth...and get an idea of what to look forward to for this season's events PLUS you just might see yourself in one of them. As per our copyright notice for this entire website, all content, photos & videos are copyrighted to thehamptons.com. If you would like a copy of any photo or video from any of these events, please get in touch with thehamptons.com by emailing us at staff@thehamptons.com and THANK YOU for visiting : ) We will keep adding to this as we capture more great footage here & there...could by NYC or abroad as well as The Hamptons all year round! Autumn, Winter and Spring are very special here and that's why so many have lingered on and opted to become LOCALS!! Please come for a visit during each of those and find out why there is still so much to keep you here most all of the time. TheHamptons.com and @hamptonsmedia are invited to cover events here & there so keep us bookmarked and share w/your friends - please : ) We also now post fave fashion shots, fave recipes, fave places and a whole lot more #fave on pinterest.com/thehamptons so let us know if you want to pin on our boards!