The summer season is upon us! Herewith, the most hotly anticipated happenings spelled out, just for you…
FROM LEFT: Fridays at Four at Bridge Gardens; E-Moderne Gallerie will display Gavin Rain’s Liz (2014) among other works at this year’s Art Hamptons; Victoria Colvin and Vaillero at the Hampton Classic; Vanessa Traina Snow of The Line.
Art Fairs and Collaborations
The Hamptons packs a number of sensational art gatherings into a short span, so be sure to plan ahead. Southampton Arts Center hosts an exhibit of East End artists at its Jobs Lane space through June 12. Next, ArtHamptons takes place June 23 to 26 in Bridgehampton, followed by Art Southampton, July 7–11 at Nova’s Ark Project, where Brooke Shields will curate an exhibit for the New York Academy of Art, and Market Art + Design, July 7–10 at the Bridgehampton Museum.
Bay Street Theater celebrates its 25th anniversary this season
The beloved Sag Harbor landmark will mark the milestone with big-ticket productions, like the world premiere of playwright Jonathan Tolins’s The Forgotten Woman (May 31 through June 19), the Tony Award–winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo (June 28 to July 24), and a re-envisioning of My Fair Lady (August 2 through 28). Corner of Bay Street and Main Street, Sag Harbor, 725-0818
Craving a taste of Nobu at the beach? The iconic sushi hot spot will be offering a full menu of specialties designed expressly for hot Hamptons days and cool summer nights. Everyday indulgences, like the Taco Bako Party Box and the Nobu Hand Roll Box, will take sunset cocktails to new heights, while the Nobu Signature Sashimi Bar, Yakitori Grill, and Soba Summer Station are easy and chic ways to outfit a party. 212-757-3063
Sunset Beach on Shelter Island will present a Balearic DJ acoustic series from July 4 through Labor Day weekend. The Eurocentric lineup will feature DJs who started the Balearic beat genre in Ibiza in the ’80s, such as José Padilla, Rory Phillips, Greg Wilson, and Leo Mas. They’ll play throwback sets with the setting sun over Crescent Beach as a backdrop. 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights, 749-2001
East Hampton Library’s Authors Night
Meet the wordsmiths behind many of your favorite new beach reads when this annual gathering of bibliophiles takes place on Saturday, August 13, benefiting the East Hampton Library. And be sure to grab tickets to one of the intimate dinner parties occurring later that night at private homes around the Hamptons.
Fridays at Four at Bridge Gardens
Bridge Gardens, the horticultural oasis in the heart of Southampton, will revive its popular Fridays at Six Music in the Garden series on July 15 and August 19. And on June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 30, it presents the new Fridays at Four Tasting and Tour, featuring guided walks, led by garden manager Rick Bogusch, paired with beverage tastings from local producers. 36 Mitchells Lane, Bridgehampton, 537-7440; peconiclandtrust.org
The worlds of art, fashion, and philanthropy converge at these social-season highlights: Southampton Fresh Air Home’s highly anticipated Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale, Auctions, and Cocktail Party Gala on June 4, followed by God’s Love We Deliver’s annual Midsummer Night Drinks, hosted by designer Alex Papachristidis at his spectacular Bridgehampton home on June 18. On July 9, honorary cochairs Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola will oversee a crowd of multi-hyphenates at the Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party, honoring Barbara J. Slifka, and later that month LongHouse Reserve will celebrate its 25th anniversary and founder Jack Lenor Larsen’s 90th birthday at this year’s summer benefit, July 23. Southampton Hospital holds its 58th annual Summer Party on August 6, and Guild Hall is sure to draw a who’s who of Hamptons cultural elite to its Summer Gala on August 12.
The Hamptons’ premier social gathering, the Hampton Classic, will take place August 28 through September 4. See world-class equestrians, mix and mingle with the Hamptons beau monde, and help raise money for a number of worthwhile causes, such as the ASPCA, Southampton Hospital, and JustWorld International.
At museums across the country, a new generation of directors is reassessing how to keep the contemporary art museum contemporary. Always at the forefront, the Parrish Art Museum’s Andrea Grover has selected Jonah Bokaer as this year’s Platform artist (July 9 to October 16). Through dance, visual art, film, and sound, Bokaer will investigate the relationship between choreography and the expression of movement in artwork from the Parrish’s permanent collection. 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 283-7006
James Beard Foundation
The organization’s delicious tasting benefit, Chefs & Champagne, takes place Saturday, July 23, at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. More than 40 talented toques will serve mouthwatering morsels alongside free-flowing Champagne at this annual event that supports aspiring chefs. 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack
Kicking Into High Gear
Over July 4 weekend, Physical Equilibrium will host #HealthyInTheHamptons, a free fitness and wellness event featuring boot camps, family fitness classes, and local health foods, juices, and services, with proceeds benefiting the Peconic Land Trust. New this season are FitSalon, a series of intimate group exercises held in private Hamptons homes, and FamFit, which works with families to create strength-training and endurance workouts using fun drills, games, and exercises.
The online shopping destination The Line arrives in Amagansett on May 26 with an expert assortment of fashion, home, and beauty items in a store conceived as a private residence. A walk-in closet will feature established and emerging designers, including Joseph Altuzarra, Calvin Klein Collection, and Manolo Blahnik; the bath area will be appointed with products from Rodin Olio Lusso, Sunday Riley, and Grown Alchemist; and the living spaces will be furnished with items from Fritz Hansen, ASH, Tenfold New York, and other brands. And don’t miss the summer-long schedule of special events and free services, such as wardrobe styling, design consulting, and wedding registries. 154 Main St., Amagansett
From left: Kempton & Co.’s vintage Land Rover brings the shop’s handcrafted bags and accessories straight to the beach; Jenni Kayne; Yoga on the Terrace; No one throws a Fourth of July bash like photographer Ben Watts, whose Montauk party is one for the ages.
Brick-and-mortar is so last year—or so say these retailers who are taking their designer duds on the road this summer. Kempton & Co. (718-596-2225) will bring handcrafted handbags and accessories from its shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to Montauk via a vintage safari-ready Land Rover that will stop at local partners along Route 27. The road trip’s first stop is at c/o The Maidstone (207 Main St., 324-5006) on June 7. For the fourth summer, the jewelry-and accessories-filled Airstream from Miansai will return to Navy Beach (16 Navy Road, Montauk, 668-6868), this year debuting an exclusive cuff bracelet handstamped with navy beach to celebrate the Montauk hot spot and its partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation, which will receive a portion of the pop-up’s proceeds. Also setting up mobile shop at Navy Beach a few weekends this July is Soludos, the celeb-favorite brand of espadrilles and sandals.
After a successful debut season, the luxe e-retailer Net-A-Porter is bringing back its same-day delivery service to the East End—a godsend for last-minute gala season needs—along with its 24/7 concierge service, which allows Hamptonites to call a stylist for advice any time of the day. The company will also take over the roads and skies with Net-A-Porter-branded jitneys and helicopters. 877-678-9627
OCRFA’s Super Saturday
The cornerstone of many Hamptonites’ summer schedules, this ever-expanding shopping extravaganza happens on July 30 in Water Mill. Browse rows of discounted designer clothes, chat with local celebrities, taste a wealth of treats from local restaurants and wineries, take part in auctions and raffles, get a manicure, spend time with the kids at Camp Divalysscious… We’ll definitely see you there!
Paddle and Party for Pink
This daylong fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Fund is one of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated charitable events. Taking place on August 6, the benefit starts with a paddleboard race and beach party, then concludes with an after-hours fête. Past guests—including Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Adler, and Simon Doonan—probably have it marked on their calendars already.
Quail Hill Farm
One of the oldest community-supported agriculture subscription services in the country, Quail Hill will host a series of education and awareness events this season, including a discussion of permaculture and how to implement sustainable ecological practices in daily life (June 18), a talk with beekeeper Mary Woltz of Bees’ Needs (July 19), and many more. 660 County Road 45, Amagansett, 283-3195; peconiclandtrust.org
Designer Jenni Kayne makes her East Coast debut this summer with a pop-up in Southampton (2 Main St., 268-2144). The shop will house an eclectic assortment of clothing, accessories, beauty items, and home goods, as well as Kayne’s own ready-to-wear and footwear. Along with a stacked lineup of trunk shows, Aerin (83 Main St., Southampton, 353-3773) focuses on emerging designers this season with new pieces from bohemian womenswear designer Vita Kin and from Tome, an Aussie design duo getting buzz for reinventing basics with luxe details. At Shari’s Place (29 Main St., Southampton, 726-7200), find an expanded selection that will include designers not available elsewhere in the Hamptons—including Prabal Gurung’s spring/summer collection. Also on tap this Memorial Day weekend is up-and-comer Jeffrey Ru?des, who will unveil his second freestanding store in the US in East Hampton (20 Newtown Lane).
Shark Attack Sounds
Photographer Ben Watts’s annual July 4 party in Montauk has become the social event of the season, with sexy Aussies sipping rosé and dancing the night away to the hottest beats from globe-trotting DJs. Expect a severe case of FOMO if you’re not there.
When Taylor Rose Berry, a resident of Sag Harbor and a former BookHampton employee, envisioned opening her own bookstore, she pictured a quaint space reminiscent of a Parisian salon circa 1930. She realized that vision with the debut of Harbor Books in 2014, which has become the East End’s literary hub. This season it will host a series of talks with big-name and debut novelists, like Emma Straub, New York Times best-selling author of The Vacationers, who will share snippets from her forthcoming book Modern Lovers on July 16. 20 Main St., Sag Harbor, 808-3401
In this season’scomedic romp at Guild Hall, a public wardrobe malfunction (a young woman’s underpants fall down at a parade for the king) becomes the town joke in a ribald adaptation by Steve Martin of Carl Sternheim’s farce commenting on the absurdity of instant fame, the play—directed by Bill Fennelly and starring Michael Brian Dunn, Marianna McClellan, Tuck Milligan, Daniel Passer, Sabrina Profitt, and Mark David Watson— runs from June 9 to 26. 158 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0806
The Hermès Trunk Show at What Goes Around Comes Around will feature one of the largest Hermès collections in the world, with leather goods, apparel, scarfs, even bicycles, among many other unexpected items. A special Hermès seminar with What Goes Around Comes Around cofounders Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser will discuss the brand’s heritage and give customers a sneak peek at special collections. 48 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0874
The annual summer benefit for Robert Wilson’s mecca for international artists is tops on most everyone’s to-do list. This year’s gala, Fada: House of Madness, taking place July 30, promises to once again offer an eye-popping combination of installation art and creative costumes—on both the performers and the guests. 39 Water Mill Towd Road, Water Mill, 726-4628
This season is flush with unusual yet sure-to-be-coveted collaborations. The activewear retailer Bandier (44 Main St., Southampton, 488-4304) will debut Cushnie et Ochs’s first foray into fitness apparel, a medley of body-sculpting leggings, tanks, track pants, and jackets. Meanwhile, at Club Monaco’s Southampton boutique (35 Main St., Southampton, 283-0438), you’ll find an exclusive collection of jewelry from Hamptons-based designer sisters Dannijo, debuting Memorial Day weekend.
Yoga on the Terrace
The Atlantic Terrace Motel offers a summer filled with outdoor programming, including yoga classes overlooking the ocean. And on June 11, Lululemon Athletica parks its Summer of Yoga tour bus outside the terrace for some sunset yoga, a film screening, and a backyard bash. 21 Oceanview Terrace, Montauk, 668-2050
Be on the lookout for this nemesis of the Avengers and Captain America at the Children’s Museum of the East End’s superhero-themed family fair on July 23. 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton, 537-8250
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