April 03, 2013
The Fifth Annual American Heart Ride.
PARRISH ART MUSEUM
What: Spring Fling’s annual event raises money for the Parrish Art Museum’s educational programs. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to live music. They also will have the opportunity to bid at the silent auction on items donated by local businesses.
When: Saturday, April 27
Where: Parrish Art Museum, Southampton
EAST END ARTS COUNCIL
What: With an evening of food, cocktails, auctions, and live music by The Laura Rivela Band, the East End Arts Spring Gala: Celebrating Our Diversity will raise funds for scholarships and arts programs.
When: Saturday, May 4
Where: Raphael Vineyard, Peconic
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
What: The Fifth Annual American Heart Ride is a fundraising opportunity to bike across the Hamptons to raise money for research, education, and promotion of heart health. Beginners through experts are encouraged to participate.
When: Friday, May 17 through Saturday, May 18
Where: Rotations Bicycle Center, Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON FRESH AIR HOME
What: The annual Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale, Auctions and Cocktail Benefit Party has returned for another year of auction opportunities including furniture, jewelry, travel, and fine dining. The sale of these exclusive goods benefits the Southampton Fresh Air Home’s camp for children with physical challenges.
When: Saturday, June 1
Where: Southampton Fresh Air Home, Southampton
THE ROSS SCHOOL
What: The 10th annual Live at Club Starlight, chaired by Christie Brinkley, features a special performance by Cyndi Lauper. Partake in this night of auctions, dancing, dinner, and entertainment. All proceeds go toward the Ross School’s Steven J. Ross Scholarship Fund to help keep the school the remarkable academic experience that it is.
When: Saturday, June 1
Where: Ross School Upper School, East Hampton
March 20, 2013
Rose Kelly plays “the Swan” in Carnival of the Animals
An East End hub for dance and classical training, the Hampton Theatre Ballet School will debut its two new spring ballets, The Graduation Ball and Carnival of the Animals, with three days of performances starting on Friday, April 26 at Guild Hall’s historic John Drew Theatre. Fast paced with an upbeat score by Johann Strauss, The Graduation Ball is a comedic ballet about military boys attending a ball at an all-girls school. Carnival of the Animals, meanwhile, promises a parade of barnyard, zoo, and wild animals set to a score by 18th-century French composer Camille Saint-Saens. Choreography from director Sara Jo Strickland, lighting by Sebastian Paczynski, and costume design by Yuka Silvera round out the productions. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children under twelve. 213 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton, 237-4810
February 13, 2013
Charles Dubow recently released his debut novel, Indiscretion, a sultry tale set in the Hamptons. A New York native, Dubow was a founding editor of Forbes.com. His story of love, lust, and betrayal is told in a powerful voice, and Dubow is poised to make waves among our current literary landscape.
Your debut novel, Indiscretion, was just released. What inspired this intimate story? CHARLES DUBOW:I had the idea back in 1997 when I first started working at Forbes.com. I imagined a happy couple spending a golden summer in the Hamptons surrounded by friends. It was a very happy time in my life, I was recently married and my family’s house in East Hampton had an old barn on it that had been converted into a guesthouse. This was when most of our friends were just starting out in their careers and didn’t have weekend places of their own yet so everyone came to mine. But, of course, that alone wouldn’t make a very interesting story. There needed to be an element of conflict. It was obvious to me back then that it had to do with infidelity—a beautiful young stranger thrown into the mix. I wrote up a brief synopsis and tucked it away, planning on getting to it someday. Every year I’d look at it and think about it again but I could find neither the time nor the courage to write it. Finally, I realized there were no more excuses.
Give us your elevator speech on the setting/plot of Indiscretion?
CD: My editor called it a mash-up between The Great Gatsby and 50 Shades of Grey. I am not sure anyone is being especially well served by that comparison, but it does have a certain pithiness to it.
How did living in Manhattan and spending summers in the Hamptons shape the novel?
CD: There’s good reason why people say you should write what you know. I was inspired to write the book based in large part on my summers in the Hamptons. We had a house there for decades, on Georgica Pond before it became fashionable. It wasn’t until the 1980s when people like Calvin Klein and Steven Spielberg moved in. When I was a child it was pretty sleepy. I was very jealous of my friends who lived closer to town or to the beach. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized just how lucky I was.
Given the monster success of 50 Shades of Grey, and your novel’s sensual plot, why do you think America is obsessed with such voyeuristic reads?
CD: I’m not sure that voyeurism is an especially American or even 21st century obsession. After all, authors have been writing about the private lives of the well-to-do since the ancient Romans. Look at Petronius’ Satyricon, for example. However, I do think that the main reason for this is that people have always wanted to see how the other half lives—what their pleasures are, their peccadilloes. It’s fun to snoop, right?
What books are currently on your nightstand?
CD: I’m reading the third volume of William Manchester’s biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion: Winston Churchill: Defender of the Realm. It’s a brick of a book but deeply engrossing. I am also reading Transportation, a collection of short stories by Nancy Rommelmann, an old friend from Wesleyan, and A House of Gentle Folk, by Ivan Turgenev.
CD: I’ve never encountered a word I dislike, even if sometimes the connotations might be distinctly unpleasant.
Which authors do you most admire?
CD: I’ll answer with those authors I most admire as opposed to those I most like reading or who I would most like to emulate. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a genius but I sure wouldn’t want to have his life. Ditto Evelyn Waugh, whose work I adore but he was apparently a real shit. Therefore, those authors would be Tolstoy, Turgenev, Chekhov, Balzac, Austen, Graham Greene, Le Carré.
December 19, 2012
Ralph and Ricky Lauren at their home in East Hampton with their children David, Andrew, and Dylan in November 1977
As the days grow shorter, the sea air gets crisper, and the beaches grow quieter, the more intimate Hamptons holiday crowd turns inward, emphasizing family over summer frolic. Few families epitomize the permanence and pride of the Hamptons spirit more so than the Laurens, pictured here as they walk against the chill of an East Hampton winter 35 years ago.
The styles, themes, and culture of Ralph Lauren have long been the bedrock for the way many East Enders dress, and the family’s love for the area was remarkably captured by matriarch Ricky in her coffee-table tome, The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History. “I see you in every home and at every table, filling the moments with your playfulness, your laughter, and your love,” she writes to her three children, Andrew, David, and Dylan (pictured here with her and Ralph) in the book’s afterword.
The family has always been one of movers—eldest son Andrew today is a successful film producer whose latest work, The Spectacular Now, is due out next year; David is Ralph Lauren’s senior vice president of advertising, marketing, and corporate communications and the founder of the brand’s RL Magazine; and daughter Dylan’s boutiques, Dylan’s Candy Bar, satiate sweet teeth throughout the country, including (in season) right here on Main Street in East Hampton. But in spite of their busy schedules, the Lauren clan—as much as any family—see the holidays as a chance to reconnect around the table. And although their location has changed (the patriarch of American fashion and his wife have since relocated to Montauk), the children are grown, and both David and Dylan are newlyweds, the Hamptons during the holidays remains a place where togetherness comes first.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUSAN WOOD/GETTY IMAGES
December 03, 2012
Roberta Roller Rabbit baubles
Exclusively for the 2012 holidays, Roberta Freymann has adapted her Roberta Roller Rabbit prints and designs to create ornaments, which come in brilliant reds, greens, oranges, and purples, with gold accents. Freymann says the papier-mâché baubles were “all hand-painted and crafted by artisans in India.” Not only do they look great within a variety of tree color schemes—they also make great gifts. “The ornaments are offered in beautiful, hand-painted wooden boxes, completing this fun, one-of-a-kind holiday gift,” she says. “No wrapping necessary!” 21 Main St., East Hampton, 329-5828
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD NORWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY