Did you have a l o n g winter?!!? We did here in The Hamptons!! No worries though because SUMMER 2014 is here : ) We left off here with videos and photographs from last summer and into the festive holidays of the new year...and now it's the new summer solstice #heckyeah ; ) 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 & 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!

Memorial Weekend came early this year but the usual annuals like Kites for a Cure at Coopers, the 4th ARF Designer Showhouse, Miracle House's 24th Summer Kickoff and Planned Parenthood all went off with full cooperation from the weather! Our favorites are always the family BBQs and usual *private season openers hosted by our most familiar and dear friends so there was loads going on to celebrate Summer 2014! It was nice to have the extra week for a head start. The NAWA AXIS for Peace-Project with Artist Mariyo Yagi at Longhouse Reserve capped off the month of May with a super cool all-day installation ending with a lovely cocktail reception hosted by Jack Lerner Larson. The NAWA Axis for Peace Project 2014 with the internationally acclaimed Japanese environmental artist drew new attendees from communities around New York and previous NAWA Axis for Peace participants. More than 100 hands worked together, twisting the monumental NAWA rope form and ceremoniously raising the 30 foot tall NAWA column at its site in the sculpture garden. The NAWA Axis for Peace sculpture will be exhibited at the LongHouse Reserve from 2014-2017. The artist, Mariyo Yahi, believes that rope - called NAWA - is a metaphor for all realms of life. Its spiral form symbolizes interconnectedness, and in ancient Japanese, NA means "you" and WA means "I", thus signifying the binding together of diverse people in a spirit of strength and world peace. It was a beautiful evening for The Nature Conservancy's gala art show preview at The Center for Conservancy in East Hampton! The cocktail party was to celebrate the upcoming Nature Conservancy's "Nature Inspires" for Beaches + Bays Gala honoring Bobbie Braun. Designer Silas Marder along with artists Jim Gingerich, Terry Elkins and Bobbie Braun and many East End conservationists were on hand to kick off The Nature Conservancy's month-long "Nature Inspires" celebration.

JUNE opened with everyone's fave Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Cocktail Party to benefit the The Fresh Air Home. It has blossomed from "the rummage sale" into one of *the* best shopping extravaganzas of the sesason. Popular for its gorgeous furniture and household bargains, unique auction items and unusual wines - it is of course even more fun to shop while at a cocktail party! Ross School's 11th Annual Live @Club Starlight raised MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS! This year's gala honored Ross School teachers, for their continued commitment to provide Ross School students with a world-class education, and Russell Simmons, co-founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, for his dedication to educating young people in the arts. Beginning with a cocktail reception featuring Russian Standardt Vodka - the deliciously light ginger fused signature cocktails were served by two gorgeous gals dressed in Russian hats of course. They posed at the front entrance ready to hand off a cocktail to each guest coming down the red carpet. I was lucky enough to be given one those cool copper mugs to take home! Inside, the dining room was tinted with blue lights and a ceiling of dazzling starlights where Courtney Sale Ross, Russell Simmons, Star Jones, Ujjwala Raut and all the other VIP guests enjoyed a musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist KC and the Sunshine Band, who performed songs like "I'm Your Boogie Man" and "That's The Way (I Like It)." Dinner was prepared by the Ross School Cafe team, led by Chef de Cuisine Liz Dobbs who offered up Moroccan Chicken Bisteeyap or Miso-Glazed Wild Salmon and all the accoutrements. Dinner was followed by a live auction led by Christie's Auctioneer, Jennifer Wright. Auction items include a seven-night stay at the Luxurious Villa Janus at Round Hill Resorts in Jamaica; a week at Villa in Chianti, Italy; VIP tickets to Rush Philanthropic Foundation's 15th Annual Art for Life Benefit in the Hamptons on July 26, 2014; a spot at the 2014-15 New York Knicks Pre Game Ball Kid Experience; two tickets to Watch What Happens Live! With Andy Cohen; and cocktails and a garden tour with Ina Garten. Ross School alumni Alexandra Fairweather ('08) and Maximilian Eicke ('07) served as Masters of Ceremonies for the momentous occasion. Another lovely evening to be had was at Holly Hall - one of the oldest summer colony houses in East Hampton. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres inspired by Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey abounded while music by Peter Martin Weiss, Jane Hastay and Friends entertained guests who gave generously to the East Hampton Historical Society. The lawn went on forever and the trees were amongst the oldest out here - just a divine country backyard with a storied history one can only imagine! Cocktails at Holly Hall is one of those quintessential summer cocktail parties of decades past.

Summer truly began with the Summer Solstice which fortunately landed on a Saturday so there a TON of parties to celebrate the fave season! Needless to say it was "one of those evenings" where a kajillion events land on the same night! The Retreat hosted their annual Artists Against Abuse Honoring Congressman Tim Bishop at Ross Lower Campus on Hayground Road in Bridgehampton. The theme was Midsummer Night Fever so 80s music kept everyone in dance mode in the glittering "ballroom" where dinner tables were also set up around the dance floor. Award-winning Swedish Chef Jana Dahibam provided the cuisine both for dinner and hors d'ouevres passed around the other half of the room where there was an open bar and Silent + Live Auctions including a ring toss for bottles of wine! Featured art from April Gornik, Arlene Slavin, Bob Tabor, Jack Youngerman, Lynn Geesaman amongst other terrific artists. The Live Auction featured a Private Yacht & Television Experience with Chef George Hirsch! It was for a Group of 6 to experience a signature selection of fine local wines hand selected by Chef George's East End vintner friend Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate Vineyard, savored with artesian farm-to-table hors d'oeuvres created by Chef George. The one of a kind experience will be waterside on a legendary Grady-White cruiser. Following, a scenic tour of Historic Sag Harbor's coastal waterways provided by Captain Eric Heiman, Port of Egypt Marina. You and 5 guests will earn a spot on a future episode of George Hirsch Lifestyle as part of Chef George's Beauty of The Hamptons Entertaining segment. Goodie bags filled with an autographed cookbook + Hamptons treats upon departure. Doesn't that sound marvelous?!!? For over 26 years, The Retreat has been providing vital domestic violence services and education to families and communities. Programs include a residential shelter for women and children, a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy for all victims of domestic violence and dating violence, programs to engage troubled fathers and other men who may be at-risk of committing family violence, and an in-school violence prevention education program taught in local area schools. All services are provided free of charge. Under a sprawling Sperry tent out on the lawn at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, Group for the East End hosted its annual summer benefit - this year aptly named Here Comes the Sun since it too was on the evening of the solstice. North Fork Chef Noah Schwartz of Noah's created small plates for the cocktail hour and for the dinner hour South Fork Chef Todd Jacobs of Fresh Hamptons prepared a farm-to-table meal. Award-winning wines from Wolffer Estate Vineyard, plus special tastes of Wolffer 139 Rose Cider from the vineyard's 1949 vintage Chevy Cider Truck helped to celebrate "Wolffer Rose Week." Cocktails featuring favorite local spirits including Sag Harbor Rum, Long Island Vodka and Pine Barrens Single Malt Whisky and Magnolia Bakery's specialty desserts of banana pudding and mini cupcakes made this a foodie's dream come true : ) TheLive Auction included an unforgettable Bahamian golf and beach trip for four at the picturesque Baker's Bay Golf + Ocean Club in the Abaco Islands and a private wine dinner with Wölffer winemaker Roman Roth - very nice. DJ MAD MARJ spinned her first benefit in The Hamptons prompting guests to dance the night away and celebrate the start of summer. All proceeds from "Here Comes the Sun" benefit Group for the East End's vital conservation work on Long Island. Group for the East End protects our beaches, pristine waters, beautiful farms and bountiful vineyards through education, citizen action and professional advocacy. Established in 1972 as Group for America's South Fork, the organization has been inspiring East Enders to embrace and act upon a conservation ethic for 40 years.

Over in Southampton the big SUMMER SOLSTICE gala cocktail party there was being hosted by Ellen + Chuck Scarborough at their home overlooking Lake Agawam. Honoring Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist-Volunteer-Leader and Robert Chaloner, President & CEO of Southampton Hospital, it was the kickoff for the 19th Ellens Run. First thing you feasted your eyes on was a bright red Tesla boasting a test ride around The Hamptons. Off the great porch of this beautifully restored grand old house on the lake was the wine bar! So we started there and mosied down to the tent laiden with tables full of incredibly delicious crabcakes, spring rolls and mounds of other appetizers. Chuck Scarborough was Master of Ceremonies and got the auction rolling to raise funds for their beloved organizationn - the Southampton Animal Shelter. Goody bags were there for everyone and in mine, I was lucky enough to get "A Simple Guide to Healthy Living" by Dr. Jim Nicolai with a foreword with by Andrew Weil MD. - all about integrative wellness rules. After that we walked to Cryders for a real summertime beach party on the ocean with a bright moon and plenty of tiki torches to light our pathway bonfire cookout! Wick Hotchkiss, second-generation owner of Stony Hill Stables and United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold medalist was holding court in Amagansett at the 3rd Annual Stony Hill Stables Foundation Benefit. A Special Dressage Exhibition and Pony Drill Team Performance highlighted the event. Stony Hill Stables has been owned and operated by the Hotchkiss family for more than five decades. The not-for-profit organization has the express purpose of promoting equine sports through riding education and competitive opportunities for children and young adults in the local residential East End community. Launched in the summer of 2012, the success of the foundation is already evident by mounting ribbons. Hard-working scholarship recipients, who trained last summer, have already won ribbons in some very prestigious horse shows, including the Sagaponack Horse Show, The Hampton Classic and most recently at the famed Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), held annually in Wellington, Florida. To add to the excitement of the evening, Stony Hill Stables also formally introduced their new trio of talented trainers: Ashley Lynott, (Director of the Camp), Katherine Byrd (Dressage Trainer) + Courtney Miller (Head Hunter/Jumper Trainer). Accomplished, competent and compassionate, this winning team of talented trainers are sure to inspire young Stony Hill Stables equestrians. The inspiration for the Stony Hill Stables Foundation came from Wick Hotchkiss, second-generation owner of Stony Hill Stables and United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold medalist. The foundation's goal is to create essential opportunities for children and adults to connect with the community, grow physically and emotionally, while benefiting from a life enhancing experience. Scholarship applications for the 2014 season are currently being accepted. Local residents of Montauk, Amagansett, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton and West Hampton invited to apply!!

Happily we were once again invited to Triumph For Teens is Phoenix House's Annual Summer Party in The Hamptons and this year it was at the oceanfront home of Robin and Fred Seegal! Rosanna Scotto emcee'd the event which honored film director, screenwriter and producer Joel Schumacher + Allison and Howard Lutnick. Grammy-nominated recording artist, composer and music producer John Forte, who co-wrote, produced and performed with the notable hip hop group The Fugees gave a performance to blow everyone away after all the speeches on behalf of Phoenix House. Comfortably air conditioned vans drove us down the narrow one lane drive to the Seegal's wonderful rambling house on the ocean. Walking through the house to the porch you're almost already in the dunes so the views are stunning and they even had candlelit tables beckoning you to come up to those dunes : ) The evening's weather was absolutely perfect so yes, of course we went up to the beachhhh!!! Rosanna Scotto couldn't have been nicer and was a real sport mingling with all the guests as she came at the beginning. The event's Chairs were Pete Peterson + Joan Ganz Cooney and Co-Chairs were Rose Marie Bravo + William Selkirk Jackey, Alina Cho, Shirine Coburn + Tony DiSanto, Peter Emmerson + Fei Shao; Bicky + George Kellner, Hillary Koota + Glenn J. Krevlin, Margie + Michael Loeb, Catie & Donald Marron, Edward + Sandra Meyer, Ernie Pomerantz + Marie Brenner, Andy Sabin and George Stephanopoulos + Ali Wentworth. Vice Chairs were Tania and James Dixon, Rose + John Franco, Bobbie + Lew Frankfort, Nancy Hoving, Stephanie + Ron Kramer, Susan + Alan Patricof, Lois Robbins + Andrew Zaro, Marshall Rose, Nicole Seligman + Joel Klein, Shore Pharmaceutical, Peter + Susan Solomon, Beth Stern, Jennifer + Derek Trulson and Caryn + Jeff Zucker. So it was a pretty sweet guest list. Triumph For Teens, will raise funds to support programs serving thousands of young people and their families. Phoenix House offers special programs for at-risk youth, mothers with children, veterans, and individuals with mental health problems. The Phoenix House Academies provide intensive residential treatment alongside full-time academic education, empowering teens to find and sustain long-term recovery. Phoenix House clients receive counseling services, medical care, career training, and continued support upon returning home to help maintain their recovery. Then it was on to the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor where the Mariner III yacht was docked having set sail for a dinner cruise and returning for the after party. It was the Waterkeeper Alliance & Peconic Baykeeper's Benefit for the Bays aboard this 1926 classic yacht. The sunset was exquisite and just lit up the whole harbor. Through the portholes you could see Sag Harbor from another angle which made it all the more fun. A table laiden with irresistable chocolate and dessert enticed us to indulge in some of the richest cocoa confections at any of the grandest affairs out here. Upstairs on deck music blasted and another open bar offered a full option while people danced beneath the pink and orange sky that slowly turned to dusk. What a great after party to end a really perfect evening that started in the dunes...from the ocean to the bay...wowww, very nice.

It was Beaches + Bays Gala 14th Anniversary Celebration - Nature Inspires! A cocktail party and En Plein Art show inspired by nature was followed by dinner and dancing under the sprawling tent on the grounds of the Nature Conservancy. Live music by Nashville's The Super T Revue got everybody onto the dancefloor! A special premiere of *My Favorite Island featuring Jimmy Buffett was an inspirational film about protecting our lands and waters to save the Long Island we all love so much. This year honored Bobbie Braun and The Neuwirth Foundation as well as celebrating 20 years of support by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Funds raised at the event are used to support The Nature Conservancy's critical work on Long Island including the protection and management of our precious environment of wetlands, forests, bluffs, dunes, beaches and underwater bay habitat. Naturally, attire was "NATURE-INSPIRED DRESS" and we were really impressed by how many YOUNG people were drawn to the event. It was refreshing to see how important our environment is to everyone local and otherwise. This last weekend of June was jam packed with huge events - every summer we say it but there really are a handful of Saturday nights that seem to spawn mega galas from Westhampton to Montauk all in one night! Summer solstice was another one. East End Hospice's Red, White & Blue was their 15th East End Hospice Summer Gala at Sandacres Estate in Quogue where John R. Gambling was MC and Michael J. Cruise was presented with the 15th Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award. Honorary Chairperson for this lovely gala was Yvonee Elliman. Over in Bridgehampton on Hayground was the 18th Annual Hamptons Ball captivating guests with "Let Your Heart Sparkle" as the theme for the evening. Co-Chairs were the esteemed Dr. Karl Krieger and his beautiful wife Krista. Distinguished Service Honoree was Dr. Leonard Girardi - NY Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center and Distinguished Leadership Honoree was Dr. Samuel Stanley, President, SUNY Stony Brook...and "Heart Hero" went to Arnie Rosenshein!! New kid on the party circuit was the Pirates-Mermaids + Sailors Gala - friends of the bay in supporting the preservation, beauty and recreational use of the bay by attending a nautical-themed evening of food, cocktails and dancing to celebrate a great cause Chairman James Goldman's Mediterranean "Granada Estate" overlooking the Peconic Bay in scenic Dering Harbor on Shelter Island.

JULY- of course - opened all the festivities celebrating our independence and our nation's birthday! Here in The Hamptons, we have the annual Halsey House SUMMER GALA at The Thomas Halsey Homestead. It was built in th 1680 when Southampton had just become the first settlement in New York State. Militia and regalia outfitted with guns from the Revolutionary times were not just seen but heard when they shot off their rifles evoking a historical chronicle of that period. Kids were thrilled ;) Live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction of art, books and wine all helped to rais funds for the Southampton Historical Museum. It is of course one that is very special to the oldest families of the south fork! SO many art expos - major ones - all right here in The Hamptons where the deep pockets are and where people *know and appreciate quality, fine art. It was the 7th Annual ArtHamptons whose Opening Night Preview was over at Sculpture Fields - Tundra's oasis known as Nova's Ark in Bridgehampton. Every year she leases out her big property to ArtHamptons and also for Super Saturday's big designer flea market. Guild Hall was the happy beneficiary of that opening night bash hosted by Hamptons Cottage & Gardens Magazine! We mastered the art of parking in Bridgehampton in the midst of the massive art festival across the street from Candy Kitchen where parking is already at a premium. But we have our secret spot - perks of being local ; ) It was the 4th Annual artMRKT Hamptons VIP Preview Party at Bridgehampton Historical Society and this season the Opening Night Preview was benefiting the LongHouse Reserve. Now THIS one has live music AND open bars both inside the main exhbition and in the VIP section. Outside there are loads of gourmet food trucks to satisfy the palate of any foodie! We couldn't get away without the ice cream! Norwood always puts on an amazing musical performance comes - it's one of Manhattan's premier private arts club and they did the honors Opening Night for the 40+ exhibitors including dealers and VIP guests. Thankfully both show are housed in enormous structures that are air conditioned! ahhh. East Hampton Historical Society throws their annual East Hampton Antiques Show Kick-Off Preview Cocktail Party at Mulford Farm and is akin to June's Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Gala in Southampto$ for The Fresh Air Home - except it's a benefit for the museum. Honorary Chairwoman this year was Interior Designer Celerie Kemble. Twenty- five A-list interior designers who work in the Hamptons are also supporting this year's show on the Designers Committee. This year's list includes John Barman, David Kleinberg, Scott Sanders and Charlotte Moss, to name just a few. The focus of the show is antiques and decorative items for the home and garden. Vintage rattan and bamboo furniture, lighting, textiles, architectural elements, American formal and country painted furniture, Art Deco and Moderne furniture, garden ornaments, wrought iron accessories, industrial items, paintings, trade signs, period jewelry, weather vanes, and mirrors will be This eagerly anticipated offering of wares comes from a diverse assembly of more than 55 antique dealers, housed in elegant white tents arranged across the great lawns of the bucolic Mulford grounds.

POLO debuted this weekend celebrating its 18th Anniversary Season!! Town + Country hosted the VIP Opening Day festivities for Bridgehampton Polo at Two Trees Farm with sponsors Lancome Paris, Escada and Jet Edge! This year the weather held up and it didn't drench the field so the match went on and White Birch took the first win of the season! Many notables, including a rare appearance by President of Hearst Publications, Michael Clinton, enjoyed a festive day under the VIP tent, taking in a high-speed Polo match between Bash Kazi's KIG and Peter Brant's victorious White Birch. There was something for everyone. Doors opened at 2:30 pm and the match began at 4 o'clock, following a VIP tent reception catered by Timeless Hospitality Group and exclusive wines from the Spire Collection. Xavier Vey, President of Lancome, who conducted the ball toss, was seen chatting with Nacho Figueras before the start of the match. Vey also presented the winner of this year's prize with an exclusive Lancome Absolue L'Extrait set. In addition, Town & Country Publisher Jennifer Levene Bruno chatted with Extra TV, before conducting the trophy presentation at the end of the match. Daughter of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg, looked stunning in a yellow Escada dress while chatting about her work on animal rights with WVVH Hamptons TV. Escada dressed a bevy of other notables and socialites at the match including renowned fashion stylist Ise White, as well as a number of beautiful Town & Country ladies. Other notables in attendance were Peter and Harry Brant, Kelly Klein, Neil Hirsch, Kipton Kronkite, Delfina Blaquier, Brad Lauren, Stewart Lane, Daniel Boulud, Executive Chef of Daniel and Elise DiStefano. Sag Harbor's Doppio Restaurant provided catering for the private, field-side 10 x 10 tailgate tents that were available for purchase. A food truck from North Fork Table & Inn was also available on the grounds. Guests were happy to receive chic beach towels by Escada and Lancome Absolue products along with product information. Who doesn't love a goody bag? I still have my Escada umbrella from last year! #loveit : ) AND this was just the first one of the season so check our social calendar!! SOFO Goes Silver Benefit celebrated The South Fork Natural History Museum's 25th Anniversary! SoFo chairpersons were 3 remarkable women - Susan Rockefeller/Environmentalist, Gina Bradley/Paddle Diva and April Gornik/Artist. The evening's honorees were Peter Mattheissen, (posthumously), Author/Naturalist, Eric Goode, Conservationalist, Michael Gerrard, Environmentalist. Probably most magical moment of the entire evening was just when Alex Mattheissen was accepting the award on behalf of his father and giving his speech, a RAINBOW came out which made everyone gasp and prompting Alex to say, "Hi Dad!" AND the rainbow kept growing until it crossed all the way making a full arch!! The evening will began with open bars, light bites, a silent auction with the awards ceremony just before a full dinner buffet was set out by Peter Ambrose Catering. Adam Alpert's 4AM DJs packed the dance floor with one of their top DJ's {all donated} so the hundreds of guests present were given the full gamut!

LongHouse Reserve's WHITE HOT + BLUE 2 Benefit was THE BEST performance gala of the season treating guests to *experience the dream inspired by legendary textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen. His not-for-profit sculpture garden, art museum, and educational organization hosted its WHITE HOT + Blue 2 summer benefit onthe foundation's beautiful 16-acre East Hampton grounds. A royal blue carpet paved the way through the blue and white entrance that opened to the path that meanders through LongHouse Reserve. The blue + white attire pulled the whole theme together making for a seemless and artistic statement on its own. This year's gala benefit honored acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and social commentator Cindy Sherman with the LongHouse Award, and Agnes Gund, philanthropist, patron, collector, President Emerita of MoMA, and founder of Studio in a School with the LongHouse Art Leadership Award. More than 500 guests attired in their finest white and blue were treated to a frisky and festive reception where they were greeted by larger-than-life Cindy Sherman photographs hung among the trees. Partygoers also had a rare opportunity to mingle amongst Fashion Institute of Technology's "Fowl Play" exhibit as the students' spectacular bird ensembles flourished in their natural habitat. Seen on the BLUE CARPET were Kim Cattrall, Cindy Sherman, Agnes Gund, Nicole Miller, Laurie Anderson, Eric Fischl, Robert Wilson, Fred Wilson, Mary Boone, Arne Glimcher, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Lyle Ashton Harris, David Maupin, Ralph Pucci, Mariyo Yagi, Toni Ross, Barbara Goldsmith, Kim Hierston, Joe Pintauro, Alexandra Munroe, Lisa Phillips, Jack Youngerman, Newell Turner, LongHouse Reserve President Dianne B., and Executive Director Matko Tomicic, Newell Turner, and famed New York photographers Bill Cunningham, and Patrick McMullan. We captured Bill capturing Patrick shooting on the Blue Carpet all while a dancer was performing his art in the background - I don't think the two maestros of photography noticed him at all - but it was an amusing juxtaposition! Our personal favorite were the synchronized swimmers and capturing Bill Cunningham in his moment going for his perfect shots! The Brooklyn Peaches Synchronized Swimmers, decked out in bespoke Malia Mills blue and white bikinis, made a very splashy pop-up performance. Pop surrealist Mike Knife, artistic dancer and water performer Heather Whatever and devilishly delightful Beelzebabe, all added to the evening's endless entertainment. The festivities concluded with a grand dinner beneath the stars, and dessert and an After Dance Party with the stunningly stylish and bedazzled DJ Donna D’Cruz. Music was provided by Kevin Thompson and Mike Thies of Live Footage, a cinematic, experimental, and melodic sound of Dub and Hip Hop. John Houshmand's music/art-instrument/improvisation group performed as well. Projected images from the #HearstLovesLongHouse Instagram campaign and "selfie" photo booth stations also amused guests during the evening. THIS gala is never just a party; it's an experience and a super cool one.

What could be nicer then Wolffer's at sunset on a gorgeous summer evening? LET'S MISBEHAVE 80s Style was ROCKING the house with the Love Heals Benefit that benefits Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education. Co-Chairs Caroline & Eric Villency, Alina Cho, Kelly Delaney Kot + Mark Kot went ALL OUT paying attention to every little detail including passing out twinkling neon flower rings and neon necklaces so everyone was aglow and GLITTERING under the evening sky. The vineyards were tinted red and the porch cast in blue light while 80's cover band Jessie's Girl put on a sensatioinal performance and got everyone raving to their upbeat dance music. Specialty cocktails from Patron helped launch people onto the dancefloor too ; ) SONY make.believe was there again this year with a cool photo booth sponsored by Patron that allowed for some play acting and some spontaneous and impromptu photo opps!! 200+ celebrities, socialites, media elite and The Hamptons' trendsetters enjoyed libations, supper and dancing in the vineyard at Love Heals 18th consecutive summer event in The Hamptons! All proceeds from the evening directly supports Love Heals' efforts to protect the next generation of New Yorkers from HIV. Founded in 1992 to carry on the work of the late AIDS activist Ali Gertz, Love Heals empowers young people to become leaders by giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect themselves and their communities from HIV. Love Heals. HIV-positive speakers break down stigma and make the disease real for young people living in communities hardest hit by the epidemic. The leading provider of HIV/AIDS education in New York City public schools, Love Heals has partnered with more than 700 schools and community groups throughout the me!tropolitan area, educating and empowering nearly 600,000 young people, parents, guardians, educators, and community leaders. Russell Simmons + Danny Simmons hosted the 15th Annual ART FOR LIFE benefit at Fairview Farms in Water Mill. Soledad O’Brien emcee'd again this year which honored Michael R. Bloomberg, Valentino D. Carlotti, Jason Flom, Kimora Lee Simmons and Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems for their career achievements and philanthropic work. The event’s Honorary Chair, Star Jones, looked so vibrant and her enthusiasm was infectious! The other Event Chairs were Jamison Ernest, Kimberley Hatchett, Rhonda R. Mims, Camilla Olsson and Josue Sejour and DJ M.O.S. put a spin on the evening with music to liven up the gala with some fave music for all the guests. Launched in 2000, ART FOR LIFE is Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation’s primary fundraising event - and this year celebrated the gala’s “15” year milestone! Highlighting youth that have grownup through our Rush programs, and honoring exemplary individuals who have supported the Foundation’s mission throughout the years illustrated the success of foundation's goals. Some of this year's online auction items via Charitybuzz included: Dinner with Miss Universe Gabriela Isler, Be a Roadie for a day with John Legend, Meet and Greets with Heidi Klum, Michael Strahan and more! It's not to late either to get in on some these fabulous opportunities to bid on! ART FOR LIFE's Art Auction on Charitybuzz will run from August 27th thru September 17th with select works available during a live auction held at Christie’s NYC on September 8th. The art auction includes works from 2014 AFL Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems, as well a past Featured Artists Rashid Johnson (2013), Shepard Fairey (2009), Kehinde Wiley (2006); along with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Yoko Ono, Sante D’Orazio, and many more! Proceeds from ART FOR LIFE benefit the Foundation’s signature arts education and gallery programs, which directly serve over 3,000 inner-city youth each year. Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented and emerging artists.

At Nova's Ark, Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan hosted Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's 17th Super Saturday in The Hamptons which raised an astounding THREE AND HALF MILLION DOLLARS! The world famous designer garage sale was sponsored once again by QVC who was live streaming and selling in tandem. They have been a sponsor since 2007! Super Saturday is always a family-oriented daylong fundraiser, complete with a one-of-a- kind designer garage sale, kids’ carnival and activities, a luxury raffle and gourmet treats. Once dubbed “the Rolls-Royce of garage sales,” the most anticipated element of Super Saturday is the fashion garage sale, which included merchandise from nearly 200 prominent participants including: Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, INTERMIX, Vince, IRO, Alexis Bittar, Bonpoint, Haute Hippie, Nanette Lepore, Milly, Theory, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, alice + olivia, Scoop NYC, Vilebrequin, J Brand and Helmut Lang. Decades founder Cameron Silver curated “Cameron’s Corner”, a mix of vintage and modern pre-loved clothing and accessories. For the seventh consecutive year, the “Designers A to Zoe” booth by Rachel Zoe featured a compilation of pieces from her favorite luxury designers including Etro, Oscar De La Renta, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler and Stella McCartney. In addition to incredible shopping, OCRF’s Super Saturday 17 offered attendees an afternoon of activities and indulgences. Guests loved Priv’s Braid Bar which offered fresh summer hairstyles and enjoyed psychic readings with Betsy Wahmann. Attendees stopped by the Rolls-Royce photo booth helping further support OCRF. For each shared photo, Rolls-Royce made a donation to OCRF. There was an on-site luxury raffle with prizes from designers including Vhernier, Lorraine Schwartz, Charlotte Olympia, Dolce + Gabbana and Pologeorgis Furs and experiences donated by The New York Football Giants, Trump National Golf Club and Flywheel Sports, among others. Additionally, OCRF’s Super Saturday Online Auction began the day before with amazing one-of-a-kind VIP experiences, celebrity meet & greets and so much more! New to Super Saturday, Stitched Fashion Camp gave kids the chance to tap into their inner designer. Parsons Professor/Fashion Designer Rob Younkers and Yahoo Fashion Editor-in-Chief and Executive Creative Officer Joe Zee worked with children sketching, designing and styling one-of-a-kind t-shirts embellished with custom-made designs from Swarovski. Super Saturday was created in 1998 by Donna Karan and the late Liz Tilberis, beloved Editor-In-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and President of OCRF. Donna Karan has sponsored and hosted the event since its founding, and Kelly Ripa has been a host since 2004. The 10th Annual Waxman Happening in The Hamptons honored fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Co-Founder of Row for Hope Paul Ridley. Mc for the evening was the dashing and super charming WCBS TV Channel 2 anchorman Chris Wragge! He got the evening going by getting the guests to join him in singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Samuel Waxman and quickly kept the rhythm going rolling it into the first part of the auction. Chaired by co-founders Marion Waxman and Laurie Schaffran, raffle chairperson Jennifer Myles, and co-chairpersons Jennifer Gould Keil and Jill and Bobby Zarin, the event supports the SWCRF's funding of research projects by leading cancer scientists collaborating to identify and correct abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develop minimally toxic treatments for patients. Music by 4AM DJ Phresh always kicks the party up a few notches once the speeches and auctions are over and guests are invited back to the gourmet stations provided by chefs both local and from NYC and other places nearby. Featured Chef was David Burke who dazzled our taste buds along with chefs from Bareburger, Peter Ambrose Catering, The Loeb Boathouse, Fresh Hamptons, The Seafood Shop, Chris Coleman, Sen Sag Harbor & The Cuddy, Komegashi, Erica's Rugelach, Smush Ice Cream Sandwiches, Hampton Coffee Company, Delmonico's, Pizza Luca, Arlotta Food Studio, 75 Main, Joe Cipro, Bostwicks Chowder House, Elegant Affairs Caterers, The Living Room c/o The Maidstone, and Carlyle off the Green.

The Peconic Land Trust's 12th Annual "Through Farms and Fields" Benefit, a Country Supper by Chef Bryan Futerman was another sold out event again this season!! Hosted at the breathtaking property of Peconic Land Trust board member Richard Hogan and Carron Sherry, on historic Ward's Point on Shelter Island, we all were mezmerized by the stunning views + architectural marvels as well as historic ruins. Shorewood Manor just proves our point that ever year you think Peconic Land Trust was given *the* most splendid location ever...and then comes along another magnificent and hidden spot on the east end. The property, which has a long and varied history, was part of 200 acres owned on the island by advertising pioneer Artemas Ward, for which the point is named. Mr. Hogan and Ms. Sherry have been supporters of the Trust since 2009, joining the President's Council in 2011. Mr. Hogan joined the Peconic Land Trust Board of Directors in 2011. In addition to the Trust, Mr. Hogan and Ms. Sherry support other conservation efforts including the Agricultural Stewardship Association in Upstate New York. I was lucky enough to sit beside the lovely 91-year old Ester Hunt who too had helped by enabling the preservation of 30 acres right on Shelter Island. This year's event aptly honored the conservation philanthropy of Barbara J. Slifka who has been a member of Trustees Council of the Peconic Land Trust since 2007, and has generously supported the mission of the Trust and numerous conservation campaigns, including the protection of the Hopping Farmland (home of the Pike Farmstand), Bridge Gardens, and Quail Hill Farm. In addition to her support of the Peconic Land Trust, Ms. Slifka supports numerous East End and New York City charities involved in conservation, education and the arts, including the Big Apple Circus, The New York City Ballet, The Nature Conservancy, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Parrish Art Museum, The Interfaith Center of New York, and Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) of the Hamptons. Ms. Slifka also supports The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, Weill Cornell Medical College, The Retreat, and Hour Children. Editor-in-Chief of Beach Magazine Christina Cuomo was Mistress of Ceremonies! Some of generous sponsors included The Robins Island Foundation, the Eastern Long Island affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Kathleen King of Tate's Bake Shop and The Corcoran Group. Charitybuzz Live Online Auction offered up: 2 tickets to Inside the Actor's Studio with James Lipton; 4 tickets and backstage tour for the New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center; Golf at the Maidstone, Laurel Links, Gardiner's Bay; a 4-night's stay at the Playa Nicuesa Rain Forest Lodge in Costa Rica; artist monotype by Anne Raymond; private tour and tea at Sylvester Manor; private cooking lessons with Chef David Lapham; mini-golf party at Children's Museum of the East End with custom ice cream cake from Joe & Liza's Ice Cream. The silent auction had an impressive array of items: Golf at the Bridgehampton Club; Bridge Gardens' cocktail party and tour; Quail Hill Farm Summer Share; Cashmere package by Chris Arlotta; private tour and lunch at the Parrish Art Museum; Arlotta Oils & Vinegar package. Through Farms and Fields celebrates the local bounty of the East End - from the amazing salad greens, vegetables, herbs and fruits of our farms, to the fresh fish from our shores, to the wonderful wines of our vineyards. It is celebrating over 30 years of conservation on Long Island in this unique, private setting. Founded 1983 by John V.H. Halsey and a small group of local residents, the Trust works to ensure the protection of Long Island's working farms, natural lands, and heritage. Since its inception, the Trust has worked diligently with landowners, donors, all levels of government, communities, and partner organizations to protect over 11,000 acres of land on Long Island. Southampton Hospital’s 56th Annual Summer Party, themed Endless Summer raised a wopping $1.5 million to provide critical support for the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. Benefit Chair Laura Lofaro Freeman, Southampton Hospital President + CEO Robert Chaloner and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed 650 supporters who make that possible. WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough emceed The Hamptons' most critical fundraiser which was supported by Corporate Chair Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Fashion Chair Michael Kors. Guests included Audrey and Martin Gruss, Dottie Herman, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., New York State Senator Ken LaValle, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Howard Lorber, Larry Wohl, Leesa Rowland and Jean Remmel FitzSimmons (who has been a longtime fundraiser for both Southampton and Sloan Kettering in the past). The tents on Wickapogue and Old Town Road designed by Steven Stolman also boasted designer surfboards by nine artists some of whom were Paton Miller, Peter Max, Michael Dweck and Peter Tunney. Alex Donner and his orchestra evoked that old time feeling of legendary parties of decades past. Guests enjoyed the delicious buffet dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs - a fave caterer in these parts ; )

Anne and Jay McInerney hosted the Rita Hayworth Gala Hamptons Kick-Off at their Ashgrove Farm home to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Guests included Founder and Gala Chair Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, actress Lauren Miller Rogen, actor Bob Balaban, musician Roger Waters, sports star Brendan Shanahan and TV star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. All were there to celebrate the upcoming Rita Hayworth Gala in New York City on October 21. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Rita Hayworth Gala, which Princess Aga Khan started in honor of her mother, legendary actress Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years before succumbing to the disease in 1987. The first Rita Hayworth Gala was held in New York in 1984, and the event expanded to include Chicago in 1987. To date, under Aga Khan’s leadership, more than $63 million has been raised for the Alzheimer’s Association through the Rita Hayworth Galas. Guests in attendance included Police Commissioner William BKornfeld and Rikki Klieman Bratton, CSO of the Alzheimer’s Association Angela Geiger, Mark Locks of Tiger J LLC, Gala Steering Committee members Nicole Sexton, Cornelia Bregman, Sharon Bush, Liliana Cavendish, Chele Chiavacci, Somers Farkas, Nurit Kahane Haase, Karyn Kornfeld, Louise Kornfeld, Robin Meltzer, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Marlyne Sexton and Martha Webster, along with Young Leadership Committee members Lizzie Meltzer and Noah Samuels. Additional guests included Blaise Labriola, Alexandra Lebenthal, Bettina Zilkha, Peggy Siegal, Francine LeFrak, Jonathan Farkas, Stephen Kornfeld, Steve Kobre, and Tracy Sexton to name a few. This year Guild Hall's Summer GALA was celebrating Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952 and offered an exclusive VIP exhibition preview. Alec Baldwin along with his pretty bride Hilaria were on hand for the occasion - and Alec DID give an astounding amount to GH. A lovely summer cocktail party and seated dinner followed at an out-of-this-world private estate in East Hampton. An animated Live Auction stirred up generous-hearted guests to dig into their pockets to help push this illustrious institution onwards and upwards that we consider a pillar of our community. The exquisite property and tent design along with live music made it a glorious summer gala!! August has been a big month also with many parties landing on the same night. In Quogue, it was the Fifth Annual "Be Our Guest" Gala at lovely private waterfront estate on Dune Road to benefit Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. It is another grand soiree that helps to bring big names to the local community. Just check out their roster for performances. We are truly blessed being so surrounded by culture in addition to the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches and bays! Then it was the 10th Annual Authors Night Benefit Event at the Gardiner Farm in East Hampton which brings highly esteemed authors together with their fans and pairs them for lovely dinners at prestigious private homes. April Gornik + Eric Fischl hosted the Get Wild! Summer Gala Benefit at their beautiful home in North Haven which benefits the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of The Hamptons. They have a hotline so you can call for help anytime you see a wild animal in distress. The 66th Annual Artists + Writers Charity Softball Game was sort of a WEEKEND agenda with the Pre-Game Cocktail Party Auction at LTV Studio followed up competing teams the following afternoon in Herrick Park. Kelly Bensimon hosted Hampton Cup Nacho Figueras' Los Machitos vs. CT Energia for Bridgehampton POLO Club at Two Trees Farm - we have one more to go! It was also ARF's 40th Anniversary which celebrated with the BOW WOW MEOW BALL at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott. The Hamptons International Film Festival presented its SummerDocs #3 Last Days in Vietnam hosted by Alec Baldwin The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall. He is EVERYWHERE and a huge contributor to so many of our community orgs. Arabian Nights was CMEE's Summer Gala Benefit and a Moroccan fete for the grown-ups! The summer celebration included belly dancers, a tournament on their newly-opened mini golf course, games of chance, a silent auction, yummy Middle-Eastern cuisine...and... music by the critically acclaimed DJ Hesta Prynn! The 19th Annual ELLEN'S RUN was a great success and lucky with the sunshine so no rain dates this year!

Yes, there's plenty more - we had some newcomers for annuals this season! Kelly Rutherford, Christie Brinkley, Samantha Yanks, Lauren London, Patrice Lenowitz + Mashonda Tifrere co-hosted Inaugural Benefit for the Children'sm Justice Campaign at the private compound Joan and George Hornig call home in Water Mill! The Inaugural Benefit for The Children's Justice Campaign was an early evening of cocktails, conversations and entertainment provided by Henry Hall - his first solo performance so very special indeed. CJC is a non-profit dedicated to obtaining media attention highlighting the injustices committed by the U.S. Family Court System on the innocent children involved. The event's sponsors include Joan Hornig Jewelry, Dom Perignon, Empire CLS, Hamptons Magazine, Peter Thomas Roth and The Krim Group. Over at The Parrish Art Museum, hosts Michael and Lori Milken, David and Sybil Yurman, David and Julia Koch, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Miles Nadal (MDC Partners), Richard and Karen LeFrak, Don and Catie Marron, Danny and Sheila Rosenblum, and Mort Zuckerman threw a BIG bash "This is It" to benefit the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament. It is due to the effort in large part to Bonnie Pfeifer Evans who started the tournament to fight prostrate cancer in honor of her late husband. It was an evening of dining, dancing and other surprises with a special performance by grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. Nearly 250 guests came to the gala in support of  The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the world’s most promising cancer research   During the auction, five guests – Seth Bernstein, John Paulson, David H. Koch, Steve Schwarzman and Anonymous - donated $75,000 for three years, a total of $225,000, in sponsorship of the PCF’s young researchers program. Others contributed $25,000 to which David H. Koch generously added $150,000. A total of $1.5 million was raised at the Gala in support of cancer research, making up part of the $2.5 million in total raised over the entire weekend.   Others in attendance were Andrew Berman, Arik Kislin, Bill Finneran, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Charles Evans Trustee), Brent & Lauren Nicklas, Brian Reynolds, Dax Vlassis, Dean Palin, Hank Nordhoff, Howard Shore, James Coleman + Cynthia Ott, Jean Shafiroff, Jeff Greene & Mei Sze Greene, Joel Pashcow, Jonathan W. Simons (PCF CEO), Larry Leeds, Maria Bartiromo + Jonathan Steinberg, Mark Ein, Ralph Finerman, Senator Robert Bennett, Steven + Christine Schwarzman, and Zach Schreiber.  Pro tennis players who attended and had earlier competed in the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Tournament include: Bobby Reynolds, Cyril Saulnier, Don Johnson, Guillermo Canas, Jason Pinsky, Kevin Kim, Luke Jensen, Rick Leach, Robert Kendrick, and Scott Davis. Other notable guests who attended the event for cocktails include Julianne Michelle, Jill and Bobby Zarin, Margo Manhattan, Ramona Singer, Robin Cofer, Dominick D’Alleva, Dianne and Alan Lieberman, Tulla Booth.

At McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue it was the 5th HARVEST EAST END and this year renamed Dan's Harvest East End who has widely promoted this anniversary celebration! Nearly 40 wineries and 30 top East End chefs gathered with the Long Island Wine Council, Dan's Papers and esteemed guest Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York to benefit the Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation and Peconic Land Trust. Governor Cuomo has been an advocate of developing New York's wine and craft beverage industry and encouraging wine tourism. The Gov presented Macari Vineyards with the coveted Governor's Cup "Winery of the Year" Award as part of the New York Wine + Food Classic. This magnficient foodies' + wine enthusiasts' festival was hosted by well known sommelier Joshua Wesson, and honored Florence Fabricant, longtime New York Times dining columnist and cookbook author, as well as Long Island chef-restaurateur and popular local personality Tom Schaudel, for their contributions to the area's food and wine culture. Special acknowledgement was also given to Joe Gergela, Executive Director of the Long Island Farm Bureau for the past 26 years, who is retiring later this year. Founder of Peconic Land Trust, John Halsey, was enthusiastically greeting the Powers at Be and guests alike with his friendly and familiar smile. SummerFest was held on the historic grounds of 25 Jobs Lane - the former Parrish Art Museum. It was a foodie's delight with Backbar Grille, 75 Main, Citarella’, Harlow, Le Charlot, La Parmigiana, Little Red, Nammos Estiatorio, Robert’s, Sant Ambroeus, Silver’s, Sip n’ Soda, Southampton Social Club, Station, The Plaza Cafe, Tuscan House and Tutto il Giorno!! The beautifully appointed tent featured a scrumptous selection of dishes from each of these celebrated restaurants and chefs from across the East End and surrounded an open bar that featured choice wines to compliment each yummy morsel too : ) This inaugural benefit for the Southampton Arts Center featured a live jazz + blues quartet inside with another full bar and a splendid dance performance inside the gallery filled with masterful art, as well as photographs by Jonathan Becker. The list of Chairs, Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs was no less impressive and the Honorary Committee was headed up by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bryan Hunt, Emma de Kooning Villeneuve, Isabel de Kooning Villeneuve, Wynton Marsalis, Vik Muniz, Adam Pendleton and Robert Wilson. Just check our calendar to see who comprised this massive list of VIPs! Mayor of Southampton, Mark Epley deliviered his speech encouraging the ongoing educational and cultural programming for all to enjoy the new community pillar.

The 39th Hampton Classic Horse Show is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation and culminates the end of another summer season in The Hamptons. Featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic veterans in the Classic's feature event, the $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup(TM) Qualifier was presented by Land Rover to Kevin Babington of Ireland. The Hampton Classic this year opened with the new, aptly named "The Atlantic Opening Day" with the $50,000 Clear Channel Hunter Derby which followed the opening ceremonies in the Classic's famed Grand Prix Field. Just prior the adorable SeaAire leadline classes, judged by Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis, had featured riders as young as 2 years old!! Kevin Babington of Ireland guided the young mare Shorapur to the fastest fault-free jump-off time (39.16 seconds) of the four final horses to claim the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover, in an exciting climax to the 39th Annual Hampton Classic. Brianne Goutal of New York City rode Nice De Prissy to second place (0 faults/40.34 seconds), and Richie Moloney of Ireland rode Freestyle De Muze to third place, with 4 faults in 44.26 seconds. Ramiro Quintana of Argentina guided Whitney to fourth place, with 8 faults in 38.58 seconds. The Hampton Classic Grand Prix was an FEI-sanctioned qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April. Moloney's third-placed finish was more than enough to put him on top in the $30,000 Longines Leading Rider Challenge for the second consecutive year, earning 300 points from the week's 10 open jumper classes. Fellow Irishman Darragh Kenny held on to the runner-up spot with 283 points, even though he left on Saturday night for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France. Quintana finished third (195) and Shane Sweetnam of Ireland finished fourth (177.5). Babington's day ended better than it started: As the first rider in the ring at 8:00 a.m. for the 7/8-Year-Old Jumper Championships, he fell in the water jump. Since he was completely soaked, he had to wear his back-up jacket for the grand prix, the one missing the lowest front button. "Maybe I should start wearing this jacket for good luck," he quipped. Guilherme Jorge's course proved considerably challenging to the 33 riders from five nations who attempted it. Jorge agreed with the three winners' evaluation that the second half of the course was especially demanding. "It was certainly a long course, but I was very happy that the faults were spread out all over the course," he said. Over 15,000 fans surrounded the Grand Prix Ring, sitting in the grandstands, the VIP tents and the corporate chalets. Of COURSE we got some gorgeous shots of ALL of it!! : ) For 30 years, the Hampton Classic benefited from the guidance of equestrian manager Steve Stephens. Earlier this year, Stephens announced his retirement from the Hampton Classic, and he was honored by the show's staff in a center-ring ceremony before the start of the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix. The Hampton Classic, which ran Aug. 24-31, featured six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, on its 60-acre show grounds. The Classic's world-class equestrian competition attracts many of the nation's top professional and amateur riders including Olympic medalists. Internationally acclaimed artist Sabina Streeter held a lovely post season reception for her exhibition Captains, Mates & Widows curated by Dan Rizzie at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum.  Some cool sound design provided by Carlos Lama inside the museum gallery added to Sabina's naturally, suave artistic nature and beautiful exhibition.

The Hamptons International Film Festival produced an extensive lineup of signature programs for the 22nd annual festival this year over the long Columbus Day weekend officiating Fall 2014! Chairman Stuart Match Suna, Executive Director Anne Chaisson and Artistic Director David Nugent pulled off another spectacular year at our local film fest. Honorary Chair Bob Balaban was toast of the town this year for his outstanding support with a warm welcome from Silvercup Studios as a proud sponsor. Owner of c/o Maidstone Jenny Lungberg welcomed filmmakers, friends and Fall with a lovely light brunch + cocktails as a kickoff before all the privately hosted affairs – how nice is c/o Maidstone for HEADQUARTERS?! Always a fave for us, it is so cozy and intimate and located conveniently close to all...just a stroll across the street to Guild Hall and only a few blocks from the village of East Hampton that was a hustle + bustle of activity! Hampton Jitney made it easy to get from town to town to the different film venues. Hampton Coffee and Diplomatico Rum made it a tasty round : ) Highlights of the festival was the Opening Night film St. Vincent with Bill Murray + Opening Night party at East Hampton point, Laura Dern's Opening Premiere of Wild in Southampton, Richard Gere and Oren Moverman at Time Out of Mind premiere, The Imitation Game premiere and Alfred Sloan panel moderated by Bilge Ebiri of NY Magazine at Guild Hall, Chariman's Reception at the private home of Stuart Match Suna of Silvercup Studios, A&E's Industry Toast party at SL in East Hampton, Offiial Sunday night party at Stephen Talkhouse, Variety Magazine's 10 Actors to Watch panel moderated by Stephen Gaydos of Variety followed by a yummy brunch at c/o Maidstone, the Golden Starfish Awards presentation at the Presbyterian Church Hall in East Hampton - and Closing Night Film, Still Alice and of course...all those A-list private parties in between all the Films, Conversations With, Rowdy Talks, Panels and industry parties!

The Opening Film in East Hampton was a lighthearted comedy "St. Vincent" where star Bill Murray was on hand along with his adorable and surprisingly mature, young co-star Jaeden Lieberher!! Director and Writer Ted Melfi was also on the red carpet. An amusing cast included Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd and Terrence Howard. Southampton's Opening Night was the film "Wild" with Academy Award-winning Reese Witherspoon who stepped out of the box in a big way for this movie along with Laura Dern who was here for the red carpet and Q+A. The two Centerpiece Films were "Foxcatcher" in Sag Harbor where Mark Ruffalo did the honors with his presence. Vanessa Redgrave, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall were all co-stars in this extraordinary and dramatic film. Guild Hall presented the other Centerpiece Film – "The Homesman" starring Tommy Lee Jones who also directed it and Hilary Swank who graced the red carpet, did a Q+A afterward and also "A Conversation With" moderated by Variety's Executive Editor, Stephen Gaydos as well. Closing Film was the touching and candid film "Still Alice" starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish about early onset Alzheimer's. SO many Spotlight Films it was hard to pick and choose but alas, one must make these tough, frantic decisions ; ) Dashing about we managed to catch a little of this and a little of that – films, parties, panels and loads of cool people from all over the world! Loved Song One with Jeffrey Lynn's cool, acoustic music!! World Cinema + Spotlight included The Imitation Game, Birdman, Nightcrawler and The Last 5 Years. Sponsored by Delta Air Lines and Altour International HIFF's World Cinema section of the program boasted three world premieres, six North American premieres and 15 US premieres. This year's Festival included films from over 29 countries!! Three of the films featured in the Focus on Chinese Cinema Series will make their U.S. premieres at the festival, including COMING HOME directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li (MEMOIRS OF GEISHA, MIAMI VICE), FANTASIA directed by Wang Chao, and RED AMNESIA directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. China is the world's second largest film market with box office revenues of RMB 21.6 billion ($3.17 billion) in 2013, a 27% jump from 2012 according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Massive cinema growth in the country in recent years has helped boost box office sales: according to the MPAA, there are seven new cinemas opening in China each day. The country's box office receipts are expected to surpass that in the U.S. By 2018, according to IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond.

The 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize was awarded to Morten Tyldum's THE IMITATION GAME, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation chose the film for its sensitive and moving portrait of the complex, brilliant mathematician who not only created the model for the early computer and for computer language, but whose code breaking skills helped the Allies win World War II. As part of the Festival's Spotlight section, the film will screen on October 11th at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The Weinstein Company will release the film on November 21, 2014. Do we hear another OSCAR perhaps? We were thrilled that Benedict Cumberbatch retweeted + favorited our pre-event promotional tweets @hamptonsmedia so that lit our torches before the festival even began! HIFF’s fourth annual ROWDY TALKS series took place at East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall...yup. Focus was on how Video on Demand has transformed the cinematic distribution strategy for the better, with a panel discussion including several entertainment reporters. New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) members Stephen Whitty, Joe Neumaier, David Edelstein and Thelma Adams served as mentors, panelists and jurors at various events throughout HIFF. "The New York Film Critics Circle is once again thrilled to be part of this festival, with its major screenings, surprise discoveries and frank Q+As with filmmakers and stars. HIFF was also proud presenter of eight programs of short films, including the GSA competition shorts (narrative and the inaugural documentary section); short films presented with New York Women in Film and Television, Women Calling The Shots; and eight short works to be shown before feature films. This year’s short film selections included works from 20 countries giving HIFF audiences a real sampling of new work from filmmakers around the world. Showtime Networks was lead sponsor for this year's "Views from Long Island" section. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the eastern end of Long Island, the upcoming SHOWTIME series "The Affair" explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of the affair that disrupts them. The Golden Starfish Awards (GSA) honor emerging directors from around the world in narrative feature, documentary feature and short film competitions along with the newly added category for documentary short films. Juried by world-class filmmakers and industry professionals, these competitions represent the important, provocative premieres by cinema’s next wave of filmmakers. Both long-time sponsors, The Wall Street Journal and A&E Indie Films, again sponsored the Golden Starfish Award Narrative Competition section and Golden Starfish Award Documentary section, respectively. The Golden Starfish Awards concluded the festival with an awards ceremony: The Wall Street Journal GSA Narrative Feature Winner was Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz; the GSA Documentary Feature Winner presented by A&E Indie went to The Special Need, directed by Carlo Zoratti; the GSA Award for Best Documentary Short Film was The Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich and GSA Narrative Short was awarded to Tzniut, directed by David Formentin. 2014 VARIETY 10 ACTORS T0 WATCH *are> Kaitlyn Dever - Laggies + Eve Hewson - This Must Be The Place + Dakota Johnson - 21 Jump Street + Lola Kirke - Gone Girl + Zoe Kravitz - X-Men: First Class + Caleb Landry Jones - Low Down + Jack O’Connell – Skins + Tye Sheridan - The Tree of Life + Jenny Slate - Obvious Child + Miles Teller - Whiplash.

The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $190,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2013 marked the 5th time in the last 6 years that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. In those 6 years, films screened in the festival have received 150 Oscar nominations. This year Patricia Clarkson, Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Joel Schumacher, Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Julianne Moore, Bennett Miller, Jean-Marc Vallee, Oren Moverman, Jake Paltrow, Kaitlyn Dever, Lola Kirke, Tye Sheridan, Bruce Greenwood, Al Maysles, Iris Apfel, Ann Dowd, Rory Culkin, Riz Ahmed, Jaeden Lieberher and many more made special appearances here and there around the festival venues. Private soirees were sprinkled in between the annual Opening + Closing parties, Industry Toasts, A&E Filmmakers Party, Ann Barish's, Stuart Suna's and whole HOST of others!! East Hampton Point, SL, Blue Parrot, The Palm and scores of restaurants and shops from Westhampton to Southampton to Montauk were hopping over the holiday weekend. Frank PR did another stupendous job and keeping everyone content, well taken care of and feeling special! Did you know Suffolk County is offering a 30% tax incentive – SC Indie Film Finishing Fund?! We really DO want you here : )

Fall season in Manhattan is the start of the ball season and many big parties and special events. The 10th Anniversary Heroes Gala honoring Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Travis Kalanick, CEO of UBER, Inc. with Master of Ceremony and NBC & MSNBC co-anchor, Willie Geist! No short list of VIPs at this gathering of 700+ to honor Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Abby Huntsman (MSNBC co-host), Bob Woodruff (ABC News), Brigadier General Loree Sutton (Ret) (NYC Commissioner of Veterans Affairs), Budd Mishkin (NY1 host), Cale Conley (NASCAR driver), Chris Mortensen (ESPN journalist), Chris Wragge (CBS News anchor), David Brooks (New York Times journalist), Derek Coy (Former Marine Sergeant), Ed Shultz (MSNBC host), Greg D'Alba (IAVA Board Member), Henry Kissinger (Former Secretary of State), J.R. Martinez (Actor, Veteran's Advocate), Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist) and Jim Hirschmann (IAVA Board Chairman), Kandace Springs (Performer), Les Gelb (IAVA Board Member), Mark and Claire Rockefeller (CEO StreetShares), Michael Leven (IAVA Board member), Michele McDonald (Ms. New York America 2013), Michelle Monaghan (Actress), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Paul Rieckhoff (IAVA Founder & CEO), Rita Cosby (CBS News anchor), Ronan Farrow (MSNBC host), Rosanne Haggerty (IAVA Board Member) and The Honorable Robert A. McDonald (Secretary, US Department of Veteran Affairs). Held at Cipriani this annual event now in its eighth year - raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support IAVA and its mission to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. Former Marine Sergeant, Derek Coy, who has been an ardent and impactful advocate for his fellow service members, took the stage to introduce the recipient of the 2014 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award, Admiral Mike Mullen, a staunch advocate of veterans and their families, who Paul Rieckhoff described as "one of the finest leaders of our time". Admiral Mullen said he was accepting the award "on behalf of all veterans". After dinner, guests heard the emotional stories from eight of the almost 2.8 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. The veterans thanked Paul Rieckhoff and his team for being "tenacious, determined and effective fighters" on their behalf.

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! You can look forward to East Hampton Historical Society's holiday kickoff, Festival of Lights at Wolffer's to benefit Fighting Chance, Hamptons Take Two Film Festival, The Waxman in NYC, Art Basel + Scope Art MIAMI and annual HOLIDAY events, new year galas + lots more - just for a sense of what we have in store for you! Just look at our social calendar!! 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 this high season...thehamptons.com will keep bringing you interviews and a whole lot more...just to name a few ; ) 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!