Hamptons from A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Kick Off the Season

| May 26, 2017 | Culture Feature

The guide to everything you need to see, hear, taste, and experience this summer.



All about AMG. Amagansett is buzzing! Take a day to explore shops such as French Presse, with its exquisite bedding, and the new Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett, located in the former Meeting House space. The new openings in the area come as additions to a town already chock-full of chic places—such as Lazy Point, Jack’s Coffee, Ganeaux, and Tiina the Store.


Buddha Berry Bijou! After becoming the hot spot for kids (and adults!) in Montauk and Sag Harbor, Buddha Berry opens the weekend after Memorial Day in Southampton. Buddha Berry Bijou, as this offshoot is called, will be at 16 Hill Street, across from the movie theater. Think froyo, sweet and savory crêpes, Belgian waffles, açai bowls, smoothies, shakes, and a coffee/ espresso bar. 16 Hill St., Southampton


Chefs and Champagne. The James Beard Foundation is hosting its annual Chefs and Champagne event at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard on July 29 at 6 pm. This summer’s tasting party celebrates 40 esteemed chefs from several award-winning restaurants, such as Butter’s Alex Guarnaschelli and Olmstead’s Greg Baxtrom. The event will honor chef Marcus Samuelsson this year and will raise money for the philanthropic work of the foundation. 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 212-627-2308


DJs. Sunset Beach on Shelter Island has never been more of a nightlife hot spot, with Balearic DJ sets from the Fourth of July through Labor Day. Be sure to get your dose of Ibiza right here in the Hamptons with an array of DJs pumping out tunes for the summer. Last year’s lineup included hits from José Padilla and Rory Phillips. 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 749-2001


Exhibitions. Opening August 12 at Guild Hall, an exhibition of the seminal photography of former Montauk resident Richard Avedon is set to be the highlight of the hall’s summer offerings. Avedon was a major influence on fashion and style throughout his career, and his work focuses on humanity and form through striking portraits of everyone from world leaders to film stars; the show spans 50 years of his career. The Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton will host a retrospective of the works of Mary Heilmann, a deeply influential painter whose pieces often echo pop and punk aesthetics, with bold lines and vivid colors. Beach Market will host its own fine-art installation this summer, highlighting the works of founder Serena Dugan. Known for her Serena & Lily shop in Wainscott, Dugan has been a skilled painter since her youth. The installation will feature 15 one-of-a-kind pieces by the artist.


Sunset Beach; Marine by Serena Dugan ($3,000), available at Serena & Lily Beach Market


Fair. Summer is the perfect time to explore a pop-up art fair. From June 6 to 9, Market Art + Design returns to the Bridgehampton Museum as the preeminent art fair of the Hamptons. Visitors can explore several presentations from the top galleries in the area and a wide range of collections on display from curators and designers around the world. 2368 Montauk Hwy.


Galas. Art, fashion, and philanthropy come together at the season’s biggest events. Southampton Fresh Air Home's highly anticipated Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale, Auctions, and Cocktail Party Gala takes place on June 3, and Calvin Klein hosts God's Love We Deliver's annual Midsummer Night Drinks this year at his spectacular home on June 10. On July 15, honorary cochairs Dorothy Lichtenstein, Jo Carole, and Ronald Lauder will oversee a cool crowd at the Parris Art Museum's Midsummer Party, honoring Agnes Gund and Clifford Ross, and LongHouse Reserve celebrates its 26th anniversary and founder Jack Lenor Larsen’s 91st birthday at this year’s Summer Benefit (long house.org) on July 22. Southampton Hospital holds its 59th annual Summer Party on August 5, and Guild Hall is sure to draw a who’s who of the Hamptons cultural elite to its Summer Gala on August 12.


The Hampton Classic. The Hamptons’ premier equestrian gathering will take place August 27 through September 3. See world-class riders like Georgina Bloomberg and Jessica Springsteen mix and mingle with the Hamptons beau monde (such as Brooke Shields and Donna Karan) and help raise money for worthwhile causes, including the ASPCA, Southampton Hospital, and JustWorld International. 240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, 537-3177


Imagination. Mark your calendar for the most adorable theatrical performance you’ll see all year. The Children's Museum of the East End will present Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless ballet Peter and the Wolf in the museum’s amphitheater on August 1. Bay Street Theater will also be putting on a show for children with a production of Cardboard Explosion on July 13 at 11 am, part of the theater’s Goat on a Boat series.


Jimmy Choo. The high-fashion footwear and accessories brand will open its firstever pop-up shop in East Hampton just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The summer-ready store’s aesthetic explores the dichotomy of feminine toughness. “This collection invites you to embrace a free-spirited aesthetic where there are no rules,” says Creative Director Sandra Choi. “One style can work in different environments.” 66 Newton Lane


Richard Avedon’s photograph China Machado, evening pajamas by Galitzine, London, January 20, 1965, is part of the exhibition “Avedon’s America” at Guild Hall.


Keith’s Nervous Breakdown Mix. Margaritas are a summer staple, and we love this easy-to-use mix, which makes enough for a large group. It features a bold citrus kick, a light agave taste, and a gorgeous pink hue. As for the name, the story goes that Keith E. Davis, founder of the Golden Pear, missed a putt that cost him a golf match, so he went to the bar to drown his sorrows in his favorite pink margarita. A friend exclaimed, “Keith just had a nervous breakdown on the 18th hole!” and a cocktail mix was born.


Love Lane. Talk about discovering the cutest street! Love Lane, on the North Fork, is filled with the best spots to grab a bite, shop, and dine out this summer. Love Lane Kitchen offers Hamptonites the perfect brunch spot; Lombardi's Love Market and Village Cheese Shop are essential stops when planning your next dinner party; and Mint Clothing Boutique is the best way to outfit yourself for North Fork nights.


Movie Night! Grab a picnic blanket and head over to Marders this summer for another lineup of outdoor movie screenings. From summer classics to recent hits, Marders offers all sorts of films in its wideopen gardens under the stars. 120 Snake Hollow Road, 537-3700


Net-A-Porter. The high-end fashion delivery service is making a special stop in the Hamptons again this season. It’s partnering with Blade Helicopters to offer branded choppers for your exclusive flights from New York City to the East End, and it has also partnered with Jessica Seinfeld’s Good+ Foundation by sponsoring a donation drive in East Hampton that concludes with the foundation’s Summer Party on July 29. All proceeds go toward putting an end to family poverty.


OCRFA Super Saturday. A highlight for Hamptonites every year, this extravagant bazaar will be held on July 29 in Water Mill to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. Hosted and sponsored by Donna Karan since it's inception in 1998, and co-hosted by Kelly Ripa since 2004, the event will give visitors the chance to comb through all sorts of designer goodies at uber discounted prices while shopping for a great cause. Camp Divalysscious is also celebrating its 10th summer at Super Saturday with face painting, glitter tattoos, musical performances and magic shows for kids, and Wendy the Pipe Cleaner Lady. Lyss Stern will also read from her new book for moms, Motherhood Is a B#tch: 10 Steps to Regaining Your Sexiness, Sanity, and Inner Diva. Chat with local celebrities and sample some of the best beauty treatments at mobile trucks parked on the lawn.


Katherine Strauss guides Capacity around the course to win the Jumping Derby at the 2016 Hampton Classic.


Paddle and Party for Pink. This fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is one of the most anticipated charity events of the season. On August 5, the benefit will feature paddleboard races and a party stretching into the wee hours. Celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham have been spotted in past years. Spend the evening bidding on artist-designed surfboards from Michael Dweck, Ashley Longshore, Liz Marcus, and others. Haven’s Beach, Sag Harbor, 646-497-2675


Q+A. Put on your thinking caps! Warren Strugatch’s conversation series Out of the Question returns this summer, and the topics can range from modern architecture to the seasonal restaurant business, all with experts in the field from the Hamptons. 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 283-0967


Rosé. Acclaimed East End photographer Michael Dweck is launching his own line of rosé, appropriately dubbed Montauk Summer Rosé, in partnership with Montauk Wine Company. Dweck has created a limited-edition bottle featuring an image from his acclaimed book of Hamptons photography, The End. The picture-perfect bottle is available (for now!) at Finest Kind Wine & Liquor (552 West Lake Dr., Montauk, 668-9463).


Surf Lodge. The iconic Montauk haunt of parties past and future is turning 10! The Surf Lodge has had its share of highs and lows (with a reputation for rowdiness that has earned it some detractors), but owner Jayma Cardoso is working closely with the community and Town Board to make this a celebratory summer to remember. The venue will also feature installations from artists like Richard Phillips, as well as musical performances from Ben Harper, Lukas Graham, and others. The daytime schedule includes Taryn Toomey’s new multidisciplinary workout class—titled, suitably enough, The Class—for fitness-minded locals. 183 Edgemere St., Montauk, 483- 5037


Tome Talks. Each summer, literature lovers from all over the island take their noses out of their books long enough to head to the East Hampton Library’s Authors Night. This year’s event, on August 12, will offer attendees the chance to meet the writers behind some of summer’s biggest releases, including Alec Baldwin (for his memoir, Nevertheless) and Peter Marino (for his gorgeous coffee-table book, The Garden of Peter Marino; see page 244). 159 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0222


Paddleboards at Paddle and Party for Pink.


Unanticipated Pairings. This June, Montauk Brewing Company turns five. The brand has always explored flavors, and this year is all about Montauk Watermelon Session Ale. The ale was launched at the brewery last season, and the company is bringing it back with wider distribution, in cans as well as on tap. Watermelon and malt turns out to be the trendiest summer pairing.


VIP Access. American Express is amping it up this summer with experiences and events for its card members, providing exclusive access where Hamptonites need it most. Diners will need an American Express card to make a reservation and pay at Will Guidara and Daniel Humm’s EMP Summer House, as well as to register for pop-up SoulCycle classes at the restaurant from June 24 to 26. As part of the broader By Invitation Only program, Amex will be a sponsor of the Hampton Classic and offer card members VIP access packages to Grand Prix Sunday. Tickets for both By Invitation Only events can be purchased through the By Invitation Only website or by calling the American Express Platinum Concierge.


Watermill Center. The annual Watermill Center benefit is at the top of all art-loving Hamptonites’ to-do lists. Spread over the 8.5-acre grounds, this year’s gala will present art of all mediums and from more than 25 countries, along with creative insights from performers and guests. The center is known for providing an environment for young artists to flourish and develop in, so be sure to mark your calendar for it on July 29 at 6 pm. 39 Watermill Towd Road, 726-4628


Xtreme Fitness with Hamptons Magazine’s #SummerOfSelf. Exercise has never been more important to being our best selves. This year’s Hamptons Wellness Week, as well as Southampton Sweat on August 5, will give Hamptonites a way to be active while having fun—and getting one step closer to having that beach body ready for any occasion—thanks to exclusive master classes and VIP access to wellness gurus. Gurney’s Montauk, meanwhile, is collaborating with Wellth Collective, bringing sought-after trainers and classes to the Hamptons each weekend. Check out classes from Y7, Bari Studio, City Row, and Exhale, and get in shape with instructors Alex Kate Knight, Holly Rilinger, and more!


Yoga. Yogis, rejoice! The season is full of places to bend and stretch your way into serenity with studios such as Good Ground Yoga, Yoga Lila, Yoga Shanti, One Ocean Yoga, and Love Yoga. Now roll up that mat and say Ohmmmmmm!


Zen Gardens. This horticultural trend is the perfect gift for the hostesses of all those dinner parties filling your summer calendar. Created by Sag Harbor Florist, the arrangements of beautiful succulents decorated with fresh flowers make a great centerpiece on any table.

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