Eight Essential Hamptons Events for Summer 2016

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Hamptons Events for Summer 2016

by Karen Jones

Summer in the Hamptons is a whirlwind of parties, galas and gatherings. Get ready to join the fun at the following A-list events on Long island’s historic East End. Featuring the very best in art, literature, culture and cuisine–plus plenty of celebrity-spotting–each venue also supports an array of local charities.

Art Hamptons, June 23-26, 2016, Bridgehampton, NY.  

www.arthamptons.com

An international arts fair with a distinctive Hamptons flair, Art Hamptons celebrates the vibrant local art scene while playing host to top-tier galleries from around the world. Set on the private estate grounds of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, it is the perfect way to kick off the summer season. In addition to plenty of contemporary fine art, Art Hamptons is hosting special tours, VIP parties, panels and programs. Charity Checklist: The opening night VIP Preview Party benefits the LongHouse Reserve of East Hampton, and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

PHOTOS: courtesy of Art Hamptons

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Art Southampton, July 7-11, 2016, Bridgehampton, NY

www.art-southampton.com

Actress Brooke Shields and Shark Tank host Kevin O’Leary are lending their star power to this year’s Art Southampton, which brings together an international array of artists, collectors, curators and designers. Set on the fabled grounds of the Nova’s Ark Project, the show features the very best in modern and contemporary art, sculpture, photography and more.  Brooke Shields co-curates Call of the Wild, a collection of works based on the natural world, while Kevin O’Leary debuts his photography exhibition Irreconcilable Images. Charity Checklist: The opening night VIP Preview Party benefits the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, and Southampton Hospital.

PHOTOS: courtesy of Art Southampton

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Lluís Barba, La Muestra de Gersaint Watteau, 2016

Deborah Azzopardi, The Great Escape, 2015.

Deborah Azzopardi, The Great Escape, 2015.

Dan’s Taste of Summer–4 Sizzling Events, July & August

www.danstasteofsummer.com

Dan’s Papers has been is an East End mainstay for over 50 years, and Dan’s Taste of Summer is your ticket to some of the finest food, fun and festivities this season. Four star-studded events across the Hamptons ensure plenty of food and drink for all tastes and styles—plus celebrity chefs to kick up the heat. For information on all four events visit www.danstasteofsummer.com.

  1. Dan’s GrillHampton featuring Travel Channel star Adam Richman, July 22, 2016, at Fairview Farm at Mecox, Bridgehampton NY
    Feel the burn as Team NYC and Team Hamptons compete for the ultimate grillmaster trophy. You can sample, and vote on, the results from nearly 20 top restaurants as Adam Richman (Man Finds Food) emcees the chefs and A-list judges. Charity Checklist: A portion of the proceeds benefits All For The East End (AFTEE) which supports local charities.
  2. Dan’s Taste of Two Forks featuring Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli, July 23, 2016, at Fairview Farm at Mecox, Bridgehampton, NY
    Showcasing over 40 of the best restaurants and wineries on both North and South East End forks, this one-of-a-kind event is hosted by Hamptons resident Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped). Charity Checklist: A portion of the proceeds benefits AFTEE.
  3. Dan’s Clambake MTK at Gurney’s Montauk featuring Food Network star Marc Murphy, July 30, at Gurneys Resort & Spa, Montauk, NY
    Nothing says summer more than a clambake and this year’s beach-chic affair is located on the world-class oceanfront setting of Gurneys Resort. Over 10 surf-side eateries will be overseen by Hampton’s resident Marc Murphy (Chopped). After indulging on succulent surf and turf, stay for the afterparty which kicks off at 10pm. Charity Checklist: A portion of the proceeds benefits local Montauk charities.
  4. Dan’s Harvest East End featuring Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian, August 20, 2016, at McCall Vineyard and Ranch, Cutchogue, NY
    The East End’s North Fork is famous for its premiere wineries, and this is your chance to taste the best of nearly 40 participating vineyards, and sample cuisine from 30 regional chefs. “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian (Chopped) will be hosting. Charity Checklist: A portion of the proceeds benefits local East End charities.

PHOTOS FOR DAN’S TASTE OF SUMMER courtesy of Dan’s Taste of Summer

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 The food and the fun are plentiful at Dan’s Taste of Summer.

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 Dan’s Taste of Summer brings the East End’s very best food and drink to you.

Dan’s Taste of Summer brings the East End’s very best food and drink to you.

10th Anniversary East Hampton Antiques Show, July 23-24, East Hampton, NY

www.easthamptonhistory.org


One of the most popular antiques venues of the season, the show features more than 50 antiques and art dealers showcasing exquisite furniture, paintings, jewelry and more. Hosted by the East Hampton Historical Society, the show is nestled on the pastoral grounds of the 17th century Mulford Farm, which features a restored farmhouse, barn and outbuildings. Charity Checklist: All proceeds from the opening night Preview Party, hosted by style-icon and honorary chairperson Aerin Lauder, benefit the East Hampton Historical Society.

PHOTOS: courtesy of the East Hampton Historical Society

The East Hampton Antiques Show is held on historic Mulford Farm

The East Hampton Antiques Show is held on historic Mulford Farm

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50 art boutiques are participating in this year’s Antiques Show

Montauk Playhouse Gala, August 6, 2016, Montauk, NY

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Join Montauk’s biggest bash at the annual Montauk Playhouse Gala for an evening of food, drinks, music and dance to support of one of its most cherished landmarks. The iconic Playhouse (circa 1929) is named on the National Register of Historic Places and currently serves as a multi-faceted community center. Charity Checklist: The Gala supports efforts to construct an aquatic center and a cultural center in the Playhouse.

PHOTOS: courtesy of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation. Photo credit: James Katsipis

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Dancing under the stars at the Playhouse Gala


 

Julianne Moore and husband Bart Freundlich at the 2014 Gala.

Julianne Moore and husband Bart Freundlich at the 2014 Gala.

Author’s Night, August 13, 2016, East Hampton, NY

www.authorsnight.org
Gwyneth Paltrow, Nelson DeMille, Dick Cavett, Mary Higgins Clark and Dr. Ruth Westheimer  are just a few of the 100+ authors signing books at the 12th annual Author’s Night, the literary event of the season. Co-Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith invite you to eat, drink and mingle with your favorite authors at the opening book signing cocktail reception. Tickets to “after parties” in private homes with participating authors are also available for purchase. Charity Checklist: Proceeds benefit the East Hampton Library, which has been serving the community since 1897.

PHOTOS: courtesy of Author’s Night

Alec & Hilaria Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow

Alec & Hilaria Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow

100 authors are participating in this year’s Author’s Night. Hamptons-DeMille: Best-selling author Nelson DeMille.

100 authors are participating in this year’s Author’s Night.
Best-selling author Nelson DeMille.

The 68th Annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game, August 20, 2016, Herrick Park, East Hampton, NY.

www.artistswritersgame.org


Long Island’s East End has a rich history of nurturing artists and writers, and each year they “batter up” to benefit local charities. A time-honored tradition, previous players have included Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Carl Bernstein and Matt Lauer. Note: Former President Bill Clinton once threw out the first pitch. There is a “pregame” preview cocktail party on August 19, and the game starts at 2pm sharp on the 20th. Come early for batting practice and a good seat. Charity Checklist: Proceeds benefit the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, East End Hospice, Phoenix House of LI and The Retreat.

PHOTOS: courtesy of the Artists and Writers Game. photos by Craig Macnaughtot.
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President Bill Clinton throws out the first pitch

President Bill Clinton throws out the first pitch

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Former players Mike Lupica, Josh Charles, Carl Bernstein, Lori Singer and Alec Baldwin.

41st Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, August 28-Sept 4, 2016, Bridgehampton, NY

www.hamptonclassic.com

 

 

A highlight of the Hamptons social season, The Hampton Classic is one of the premiere hunter/jumper horse shows in the country. Celebrating its 41th year, it features more than 100 classes of competition for riders of all ages. In addition to following the equestrian action in six riding rings, you can also visit over 70 vendors housed in a special “boutique garden” for shopping, schmoozing and celebrity spotting. Charity Checklist: The Classic partners with Southampton Hospital and supports a number of charities including the ASPCA and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of the Hampton Classic

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The Hampton Classic is celebrating its 41st year

The best riders in the world compete at the Hampton Classic

The best riders in the world compete at the Hampton Classic

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Matt and Annette Lauer © Vic Cangro

Bio: Karen Jones (www.karenjones.biz) writes for a variety of premiere publications including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and NewYork.com.