July 12, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Mariska Hargitay at last year's Summer Family Fair
With sports, arts and crafts, music, special shows, science, cooking, and more, The Children's Museum of the East End (CMEE) celebrates everything wonderful about being a kid year-round. On Saturday, July 21 (10:30 AM–1:30 PM), the CMEE will host its biggest annual fundraiser, the Summer Family Fair.
It's all about the great outdoors this year, with splashy attractions like a live touch tank, water slide, and water games. Other activities including a rock climbing wall, camping, musical performances, art, and games designed to teach children about the natural world around them. And, to keep it all about the kids, an 8-year-old DJ will spin the music for the event.
Last year's fair raised $200,000 to benefit the museum's programs, such as expanding access to school field trips and developing Spanish-language training. The CMEE is passionate about addressing issues year-round, from childhood obesity and family literacy to domestic violence and autism, through community events that welcome all families.
Ashley Carlson, co-chair of the fair, says she and her husband fondly call the CMEE their children’s "living room." "With over 7,000 square feet of space, it is so easy to get to know other parents while you're watching your children grow," said Carlson. "Not only do we provide a fun and interesting play space for children, but we also reach out to the community at large. The staff spends as much time meeting with leaders of social service agencies as developing new programs for the museum."
Like many East End families that consider the museum an extension of their homes, Carlson’s children get so engrossed in the exhibits that they don’t want to leave. "It’s a reminder of how engaging the museum is for our children, and how it sparks imaginative play," she says.
Tickets are available in advance on the CMEE website ($150 for adults; $100 for kids) or at the door ($175 for adults; $125 for kids). There will be a large silent auction, and local caterer Debbie Geppert will provide the food. 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 537-8250
July 12, 2012 | Style & Beauty
When it came to branching out with a yoga program, SoulCycle turned to Yoga Vida’s Hilaria Thomas Baldwin. Recently hitched to Alec Baldwin, the yogi created the just-launched SoulYoga, a 45-minute class designed to stretch muscles that become too tight from indoor cycling. Offered exclusively at SoulCycle’s East Hampton location on Saturdays at 9:45 AM and 10:45 AM, and Sundays at 9:45 AM, through August, we spoke with Mrs. Baldwin about how newbies should prep for class, how she connected with SoulCycle, her Hamptons mainstays, and more. 68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-6600
How did you connect with SoulCycle?
HILARIA THOMAS BALDWIN: My husband would cycle regularly and I was always afraid to try it. A friend took me to my first class and it was so hard that I didn’t return for quite a few months! I saw Alec spin all summer and eventually I gained enough courage to try it again. I fell in love with it the second time. Alec saw how much I enjoyed attending SoulCycle and suggested that I try to teach yoga with them in East Hampton during the summer. I met with [SoulCycle co-owner] Julie and was struck immediately by her positive energy. Everyone at Soul is incredible and I feel very lucky to be teaching here.
Do you cycle regularly?
HTB: Yes! I need to get my fix of two-three classes every week.
Can you tell us about your workout routine?
HTB: My main cardio is SoulCycle, although I also swim and run occasionally. I get my precision toning from Physique 57. I do yoga every day—even if it is just some light stretching. Typically the yoga that I practice is my rigorous vinyasa class where I blend stretching, strengthening and cardio. But I believe that you must listen to and honor the body. Taking a day to rest every week is important. On my rest day, I give myself a “check in” yoga class where I move very slowly and just take note of the condition of my body so I know that I am respecting it.
How did you design the class to appeal specifically to cyclers?
HTB: I have taught SoulCyclers for quite some time now and I became much more skilled at designing a yoga regimen that complements this workout as I deepened my own indoor cycling practice. I noticed that it is common for riders to contract tightness in the hamstrings, lower back, shoulders, and quads. So, we will focus on loosening up these areas while strengthening the core, which will not only make the students fit, but will also help them understand how to move differently on the bike. Breathing is another important element that attendees of my class will focus on. Breathing is synonymous with a vinyasa class, and will help riders develop stamina, circulation, and an overall sense of calm and well-being both on and off the bike.
Do you have any tips for people new to yoga? How should they prepare for their first class?
HTB: This is a question that East Hamptonites have been stopping me and nervously asking whenever I come into town. Just remember that it has been around for thousands of years and is the oldest known fitness regimen. Many people before you have been capable of this movement form, so don’t be nervous or scared—come with a sense of humor and curiosity.
What are some of your favorite spots out in the Hamptons?
HTB: For fitness, I love SoulCycle (68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-6600), Physique 57 (Butter Lane Barn, 264 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton, 537-5722), the pool at Gurney’s (290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 668-2345), and our yard for a little yoga.
For dining, we love Mary’s Marvelous (207 Main St, Amagansett, 267-8796), Nick and Toni’s (136 North Main St., East Hampton, 324-3550), Babette’s (66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 329-5377) and Sen (23 Main St., Sag Harbor, 725-1774), but mostly our back porch for a home-cooked meal.
For scenery, I have a warm place in my heart for the lighthouse at Montauk where Alec proposed to me. We also love going to Indian Well’s Beach, going out on our boat, and taking walks on Lily Pond Lane.
July 11, 2012 | Style & Beauty
Makeup applications at 27 Hampton are unrivaled.
This coming weekend, treat yourself to the ultimate in pampering by booking a day full of beauty and wellness. Best part is, our picks are a short drive or walk from one spot to the next.
9:30-10:30 AM- Class at Tracy Anderson
Last summer, personal trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson brought her fitness finesse to the Hamptons, with a permanent location in Water Mill. For your best beach body, start your day off with Anderson’s Muscular Re-Design, a workout that targets your abs, arms, and legs. 903 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, 212-965-1408
11AM-12 PM- Facial at Spa at Naturopathica
Freshen up after your morning workout with the Naturopathica signature facial. Customized to fit your skin type, Natruropathica combines certified organic and anti-aging ingredients to restore your skin’s youthful composition but alleviate any harsh redness or irritation afterwards. 74 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 329-2525
12:30-1:15 PM- Lunch at Hampton Chutney Co.
Hampton Chutney Co.’s dosas, a popular southern Indian sourdough crepe made from rice, along with sandwich and soup options, make for a light yet satisfying lunch. Try the classic masala dosa, filled with spiced Indian potato filling, or get your daily veggie dose with the grilled portobello mushroom dosa—it comes chock full of spinach, too. All dosas are served with your choice of fresh Hampton Chutneys, the condiment that launched the business. 6 Main St., Amagansett, 267-3131
1:45-2:45 PM- Hair at Valery Joseph
Celebrity stylist Valery Joseph’s eponymous salon in Bridgehampton is the area’s top spot for a blowout. With a staff highly trained in hair care, afternoon frizz is easily transformed into silky, manageable waves. 2454 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-8967
3:30-4:30 PM- Makeup at 27 Hampton Salon
Continue your day of pampering at local favorite 27 Hampton Salon. Bringing a touch of SoHo to Southampton, this eco-friendly salon seamlessly fuses a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. Opt for a full makeup application or get a summer glow sans the sun damage with airbrush tanning by SUVARA. 27 Hampton Road, Southampton, 377-3107
4:45-5:45 PM- Nails at Ananas Spa
Stroll down the street to Ananas Spa, where you’ll instantly feel at ease with the serene and peaceful atmosphere. Ananas offers everything from makeup applications to aromatherapy massages, but their signature Lavender Spa Manicure and Pedicure is sure to have your hands and feet looking and feeling fabulous. 71 Hill St., Southampton, 287-9099
6:30 PM- Dinner at Southfork Kitchen
Savor a fresh seafood meal from Michelin Star chef Joe Isidori—using sustainable seafood and local vegetables, fruits, cheeses, and wine, everything on your plate is grown and raised in the Hamptons. Choose from the organic sea trout or the coal grilled albacore tuna as the perfect meal to end your day of beauty and wellness. 203 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton, 537-4700
July 11, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Mitt and Ann Romney
The East End Sees Red
The Clintons owned the Hamptons when they were campaigning for office. In fact, during their visits east, including Bill’s famed birthday party at Alec Baldwin’s house, they bonded with Arthur Wolf, the inspired chef at Smokin’ Wolf BBQ (formerly Turtle Bay), and ended up hiring him for numerous Hil- and Bill-related family fundraisers over the years.
Last weekend, when republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney touched down on the East End, it was as if we were all summering in a red state: Ron Perelman threw Romney a $25,000 per person lunch at The Creeks and David Koch had him over to his stately Southampton beach spread for a $75,000 suggested donation per plate dinner.
Romney’s team allegedly stayed at Southampton Inn and also did a surveillance sweep of Koch’s property that included next-door neighbor Eric Villency’s parents' modernist aerie. By the way, Villency now has a sensationally hot Swedish gal pal; they'll be off to Capri soon.
Spotted: ScarJo, a Beatle, and a Mad Man
Other celebs spotted last week include Sir Paul McCartney lunching at Hampton Chutney, Scarlett Johansson at Townline BBQ on the eve of July 4, tucking into barbecue pork and fries with a beefy, tattooed dude. The duo enjoyed a late-afternoon nosh in a quiet corner table inside. Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky recently dined at 75 Main in Southampton. And at Nick & Toni’s, we eyed Lorne Michaels. Also spotted at Nick and Toni’s this past Friday were Nathan Lane and friends, Ellen Barkin dining alfresco, and newlyweds Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas.
On Saturday, Mad Men’s John Slattery and his sexy wife Talia Balsam, who recently took a room at The Enclave Inn, popped into Everything But Water on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, where Nanette Lepore was holding court. Balsam snapped up a colorful Lepore cover-up and tote. At the new Blue & Cream on Main Street in East Hampton, supermodel/jewelry designer Nicole Trunfio held a trunk show. Victoria’s Secret hottie Anne Vyalitsyna (aka Anne V) checked out her wares.
Kellly Killoren Bensimon at the Charity Polo Classic
Charity Polo, Global Witness, and Love Heals
Also on Saturday, Talent Resources' Third Annual Charity Polo Classic took place at a dreamy new-ish private house on Deerfield Road in Water Mill. Talent Resources, founded by Mike Heller, a lawyer with a heart, put together the fundraiser that benefitted Rally for Kids with Cancer. Dispatches ran into Kelly Killoren Bensimon, just back from Vegas, Ramona Singer, and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. We also crossed paths with event host Nic Roldan, the Palm Beach polo sensation, and Alan Lieberman, who looked like a movie star in polo gear with long, silvery hair.
Alexander Soros, Drew Grant, and Alex Karpovsky at the Global Witness gala
Alexander Soros and Hollywood producer Ed Zwick hosted the Global Witness gala at Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton on Saturday, where M.C. Hammer took the stage with 12 dancers. “He waited until the very last song to do 'U Can’t Touch This,'” Waris Ahluwalia later told Dispatches (this writer, after he ducked out early). Global Witness exposes conflicts of interest and corruption in the use of natural resources around the globe. There were no Hammer pants, but we did spot George Soros, Alexander’s dad, Girls regular Alex Karpovsky, and a tent full of young, altitudinous models.
Also tented—thank goodness, because the skies opened up—was the 13th Annual Love Heals jollification, which raised $300,000 at Luna Farm for AIDS education. The Patron mojito popsicles likely helped. A giant fake cake loaded with cupcakes was a crowd pleaser. Dispatches spotted Avis Richards, Kelli Delaney and Dr. Mark Kot, Peter Davis, Charlotte Ronson, and the omnipresent—this weekend, in any case—and seriously sexy Aussie Nicole Trunfio.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GETTY IMAGES (ROMNEY) MOISES DE PENA (BENSIMON); PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM (SOROS)
July 11, 2012 | At Home
Some boys dream of being racecar drivers—others of superheroes. But Mark Borghi? He’s been selling artwork since he was nine. Borghi, who spent most of his childhood days inside his father’s many galleries, was clearly destined for a life surrounded by art. As the owner of Mark Borghi Fine Art, Borghi prides himself on highlighting significant local Hamptons artists in his Bridgehampton, Manhattan, and Palm Beach galleries. This Friday, Borghi’s ArtHamptons booth hosts a much-anticipated exhibit—a never-before-seen photograph of President Obama by Lisa Jack.
See what Borghi has to say about his gallery, his tips on buying artwork for your Hamptons home, and details on this year’s ArtHamptons event.
How is your Bridgehampton gallery location different than the other locations in Manhattan and Palm Beach?
MARK BORGHI: While all of our galleries focus on post-war abstract and contemporary art from 1945 to the present, our Bridgehampton gallery is an intimate setting that provides access to the work on a comfortable scale. Collectors will find noteworthy pieces, but anyone with an appreciation for art can find something of interest.
What do you look for in a local Hamptons artist when deciding to display their work?
MB: In our period of interest, we specialize in artists of significance—those who’ve made a lasting contribution to their genre as well as those with unique and memorable style and technique. Over the years, the Hamptons have had several noteworthy artists, from Willem de Kooning to Richard Prince—they all have lived here or currently do.
What tips would you give a Hamptons art lover who is looking to buy artwork for their home?
MB: First, decide what you like. I am rather tired of the "art advisor." In the end you are buying their taste, not yours. Second, visit as many galleries as you can and get to know the owner or the staff at the gallery. That way you'll quickly discover whom you feel most comfortable with. And third, stay away from auctions. The auction principle is great if you have been collecting for years. Most times works at auction exceed what we would ask for in the gallery.
Which genres of artwork would you say work best in a Hamptons home?
MB: Generally speaking, I feel that abstraction seems to work well in this natural setting in the Hamptons.
Mark Borghi Fine Art is representing two artists at this year’s ArtHamptons event: Ed Moses and Lisa Jack. What drew you in to each of these artists’ work?
MB: Ed Moses is a legendary California artist and he will be receiving the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at ArtHamptons. This is the first time in many years that he has shown his work on the East Coast, let alone the East End. He is regarded as being one of the most innovative and prominent abstract expressionists of the post-war era. Ed will be exhibiting works from his 55-year career at ArtHamptons while some of his most recent works will be on display at our gallery.
Lisa Jack first showed her photographs of Obama at a gallery I cofounded in Los Angeles three years ago. This will be her first exhibition on the East Coast. I love her story of how, as a college freshman with aspirations of becoming a photographer, she took photos of a handsome young student in his Panama hat, bomber jacket and cigarettes, stored them away for almost 30 years and then realized that she literally had pieces of history locked away in her home. She is currently a professor of psychology so, even though she isn't the professional photographer she dreamt to be, her work deserves to be shown and appreciated by the public. Lisa will personally be at ArtHamptons to talk to anyone who has questions or would just like to meet her, so you should stop by to say hello.
It’s been said that Lisa Jack will be revealing a piece of artwork at ArtHamptons that has never before been published. Can you tell us anything about it?
MB: The image Lisa will be revealing is another photo of President Obama as a freshman at Occidental College. It is from the same series of black and white images she took in 1980 and first exhibited in 2009. Her upcoming exhibit "Lisa Jack: Barack Obama: The Freshman +1" is truly unique in that it shows Obama as a young, carefree man full of fun and charisma before his image was polished and perfected—they are unlike any other photos out there of the President. I, myself, have yet to see the image, so I am equally curious and excited to see what it is.
Mark Borghi Fine Art, 2426 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-7245; ArtHamptons (Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 15): Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark, 60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, 283-5505. Tickets: arthamptons.com/admission