Mark Kot and Kelli Delaney Live the Hamptons Life
BY JEFFREY SLONIM
The farmhouse, named Maple Shade because of the three 100-year-old maple trees on the property, was the site of the couple’s engagement dinner last summer. Kot’s daughter, Lily, helped set the scene
|Delaney (wearing Calypso St. Barth) and Kot, in J. McLaughlin, walk over to the The Beach Hut for mussels and live music during the week|
Kot, meanwhile, has a soft spot for “seascapes and landscapes” by several 19th-century artists. Among them: Walter Granville Smith, a famed illustrator for Harper’s and Scribner’s; Harrison Bird Brown, a Portland, Maine, native who was known for his marine subjects; Richard Hayley Lever, an Australian-American who favored harbors and seascapes; and New Yorker Arthur Hoeber, who painted pastoral landscapes. Kot also collects works by living artists, including the Hopperesque paintings of Miriam Dougenis, from Sag Harbor.
Both Delaney and Kot have a deep appreciation for nature and enjoy kayaking on Peconic Bay. Kot introduced Delaney to Shelter Island’s Mashomack Preserve, where they love doing the 10-mile hike trail—further cementing her transformation into a ruralist. “One third of the island is a nature preserve,” says Delaney. “It curves around the coast with private beaches and amazing birds.”
These days Delaney gardens at the cottage, but the master landscaper of the twosome is Kot, who cares for the flowers and greenery back at the farmhouse. “He sees 70 to 80 patients a day during the summer season,” says Delaney. “And it’s unbelievable what he still does with annuals and perennials. It’s as if Marders [a garden shop and landscape service in Bridgehampton] was here every day.” Kot has his ways. For instance: “You’ll have a better bloom if you deadhead your flowers,” he advises.
At his medical facility, located on the corner where Route 27 makes a bend at Southampton, Kot encounters every emergency imaginable. He often removes fishhooks from hands and legs, but disasters do strike. On one occasion, a school of bluefish attacked local surfers. “It was a feeding frenzy,” he says of the incident. “That can happen. Three of the victims came to my office.” Kot also sees golf casualties. “Just today,” he adds, “a caddie was hit by a golf ball and required 26 stitches in the face.”
Delaney, who followed Bonnie Fuller from Glamour to Wenner Media when Fuller founded Us Weekly magazine, created kdhamptons.com. “I chronicle the people who are the DNA of the Hamptons, not just celebrities,” she explains. “It’s not seasonal.”
PHOTOGRAPHS BY GEORGE AUGUSTUS