Archives: September 2009


MYC Explains 'Cirque Sublime' Cancellation

Montauk Yacht Club Explains Cirque Sublime CancelationWe weren't alone last Saturday night when we pulled into the parking lot of The Montauk Yacht Club only to find an empty field where a "Fellini-esque" Big Top should have been. As we stood there staring at an empty great lawn, like completely confused puppies, we noticed a few equally confused guests who, like us, never received the memo that the Cirque Sublime event had been cancelled.

So we had to ask...what happened to the contortionists, fire-eaters, mentalists and erotic aerialists? No one on-site at MYC had much info for us on Saturday night, so we turned to General Manager Lloyd Van Horn and asked for the inside scoop on the cancellation -- and why we weren't notified.

According to Mr. Van Horn, there was a cancellation notice sent out to the media from Alchimia Public Relations. "Unfortunately," said Mr. Van Horn, BlogHamptons.com was inadvertently omitted from that notification list. He apologized for the oversight and added that cancellation of Cirque Sublime "was a huge loss for us as we were really looking forward to the event."

Better late than never, we have since received that cancellation notice:
Producers of the planned “Cirque Sublime” extravaganza slated for September 26 at the Montauk Yacht Club announced the cancellation of the upcoming performance, citing a misunderstanding with the town regarding the permits necessary for the erection of the tent on the property of the Montauk Yacht Club. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to rectify the situation by the end of this week.

Lloyd Van Horn, General Manger of the Montauk Yacht Club, hopes that the producers will be able to reschedule for a date in early spring of 2010 once they have obtained the proper permits. Ticket purchasers can contact Smarttix for refund.

~ Alchimia Public Relations
We'll try again next Spring...but we'll certainly be calling ahead first! ;)


Oktoberfest Gets Rowdy

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Celebrates Oktoberfest

Rowdy Hall certainly had reason to celebrate this summer. It seemed that every entertainment weekly tried to keep tabs on the celebrity clientele that chowed down at the East Hampton eatery nestled in the Parrish Mews. Of the local notables that landed on the gossip pages, Rudy Giuliani, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Dick Cavett, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, House star Peter Jacobson, Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee, Amy Irving, and rapper Busta Rhymes were just a few of the high profile diners that enjoyed a season of classic pub fare out on Rowdy's patio.

Now that their sizzling summer has been replaced with crisp fall air, A-Listers are keeping warm by the fireplace that's roaring in the Arts & Crafts inspired dining room and the famed eatery is continuing the celebration -- only now with a decidedly German twist. It's Oktoberfest! And it's turning Rowdy Hall on its Wienerschnitzel!


Cat Rescue Lands Animal Lover In Court

Cat Rescue Lands Good Samaritan in JailNew York Post reporter Kieran Crowley has a story in today's paper that's bound to ruffle a few feathers...make that whiskers. It's about 71-year-old Tom Young of Westhampton Beach and his neighbors, Deanna and Herbert Jacobi. The Jacobi's are both retired lawyers who had Tom arrested for rescuing a cat that was trapped and starving under their multimillion-dollar home for two sweltering days in July. Tom is the animal lover who now has an arrest record and a pending mountain of legal bills. The Jacobi's think Tom is "loony."  We think they're litigious curmudgeons. What's your take?
Read it online at NYPost.com and let us know what you think.


Montauk Yacht Club: Saturday Will Be Sublime

You didn't really think that summer was over and the parties had come to an end at The Montauk Yacht Club did you? Au contraire! This Saturday night, MYC will not only be hottest place in town...it will be absolutely sublime.

Cirque Sublime comes to The Montauk Yacht Club

This Saturday, September 26th, Patrica Watt and Ron Glucksman, producers of "The Astaire Awards", "Love, Janis" and "Blitzkreig:The Hadissidic Wrestling Musical" will present Cirque Sublime at The Montauk Yacht Club.

Their Mistress of Ceremonies invites you to a fantastically sensual, Fellini-esque circus set to music. Join MYC for Cirque Sublime, a magical evening which will amaze, entertain and scintillate with Broadway dance, acrobatics, contortionists, painted ladies, mentalists and erotic aerialists from the very the top of the big tent. The evening will feature special musical cabaret performers and scintillating performances by stars of stage, screen and the big top. Their world class performers include dancers from Erotic Broadway, Exotic dancing from Desert Sin (seen on HBO's real sex) and performers from Cirque de Soleil and other exotic acts brought in from all four corners of the world, for your delectation!

Tickets are only $75 for a full night of dinner, dancing and the sexiest show in town! This will be one wild night at The Montauk Yacht Club that you won't want to miss!

For addition information or to purchase tickets, please call 1.888.MYC.8668.
We'll see you there!


Spotlight Cocktail: “Absolut Basil”

Since Hamptons Wines & Liquors are hosting an Absolut Vodka Tasting tomorrow at their East Hampton store, we thought we'd share another cocktail recipe that really made a big splash with us this summer. It's called “Absolut Basil” and it is a perfect melding of spicy & sweet. It reminded us of Trattoria Il Mulino's Testarossa that we experienced last year at their Trump Taj Mahal location in Atlantic City. Both drinks are a great compliment to rustic, Italian and Mexican fare. Try Absolut Basil paired with a brick oven pizza margherita...heaven!

Spotlight Cocktail: “Absolut Basil” - Spicy & Sweet recipe featuring Absolut Peppar!

For more cocktail ideas using Absolut Peppar, visit absolutdrinks.com.



Sag Harbor Celebrates HarborFest 2009

Photo: Vintage Postcard of Main Street - Sag Harbor, NY

An old fashioned clambake, an Arts & Crafts Fair on the Long Wharf, and a festival parade down Main Street are just a few of the things you can expect from this weekend's HarborFest! Now in its 19th year of celebrating Sag Harbor's rich village history and their whaling & nautical heritage, HarborFest 2009 activities will also include whaleboat races, a sidewalk sale, walking and art tours, food and musical events, a classic boat regatta, a 5K race and so much more!

After the jump we have the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce's preliminary schedule of events for the weekend, but for a full description of all of the events, including ticket prices for select activities and events, please visit the The Sag Harbor Express for their festival overview. HarborFest runs from September 11th through the 13th.


1st Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally: Finish Party

Georgica owner Antonio Fuccio, Nikki Beach Midtown owner George Lordano, Georgica Executive Chef Robert Hesse and Nathaniel Christian at the Official Rally Finish Party at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge. Photo: Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons.com

Georgica owner Antonio Fuccio, Nikki Beach Midtown owner George Lordano, Georgica Executive Chef Robert Hesse and Rally Co-Host and Founder Nathaniel Christian at the Official Rally Finish Party at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge. Photo by Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons.com

The First Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally kicked off in style this past Saturday at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge. Co-hosts Nathaniel Christian and Nikki Beach Midtown welcomed more than fifty Ferrari aficionados, who collectively toured some of the most scenic routes along the South Fork in over 25 Million Dollars worth of exotic super cars. Page Six editor, Richard Johnson, led the two-hour and 46 mile inaugural drive through East Hampton, Amagansett, Sag Harbor, and Southampton. New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, celebrity stylist Nolé Marin, DJ Mel DeBarge and fitness guru John Basedow were among the VIP guests who met up with the drivers and owners back at Georgica for an invitation only, red carpet reception and champagne brunch.

The convoy of Ferrari's, which ranged from vintage to brand spanking new, was a sight to behold as they cruised past priceless views of estates, vineyards, and marinas and looped along the ocean. The weather was an added bonus and the luxury sponsors that awaited everyone at Georgica helped to make it a perfect way to spend our last Saturday of summer!

We hope to get some video of the tour from the event's founder, Nathaniel Christian, later next week -- but for now, check after the jump for photos from the Official Rally Finish Party at Georgica.


Jon Bon Jovi Sings His Way Thru The Hamptons

Jon Bon Jovi Sings His Way Thru The Hamptons. Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash NewsJon Bon Jovi was a regular roving serenader on Friday, September 4th. The 47-year-old rocker once again took the guitar off the wall at his super-hyped eatery, The Blue Parrot, and performed a few numbers for diners. After his impromptu jam at The Blue Parrot, the rocker hit up Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett where he hopped up on stage with his good friend, and fellow Jersey native, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. It's not the first time the Bon Jovi frontman has surprised the crowd at the Talkhouse - he's known for making a notable appearance whenever Southside Johnny is in town. Talkhouse's Peter Honerkamp tells BlogHamptons that Jovi performed a total of three songs, one of which was "Hanging Out With My Baby."

On Saturday night, Jon and his wife Dorothea hosted a private Labor Day party at their East Hampton home. But guests looking for a repeat of his legendary 2007 holiday bash were in for a much more low-key experience. Unlike the party that made international headlines, where Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters formed a supergroup and performed classics like I Saw Her Standing There and Long Tall Sally, this intimate backyard fête was downright quiet in comparison and was over shortly after at 11pm.


Seen About Town: Gosselin, Grant, & Clintons

Jon Gosselin - Photo by Lisa Wagner/Splash NewsJon Gosselin returned to the Hamptons on Friday night. The recently separated father of eight enjoyed a business dinner at Philippe in East Hampton with his attorney, Mark J. Heller, and Heller's wife Debra. The three dined on the outdoor patio and Jon posed for photos with fans. Bethenny Frankel and her boyfriend Jason Hoppy were also at Philippe on Friday night. The couple was at the eatery filming scenes for Season 3 of The Real Housewives of New York City and introducing Bethenny's new bottled line of the Skinnygirl Margarita to the menu at Philippe. Bethenny tweeted from the East Hampton hotspot:

@Bethenny wonders who is more cheezy: me at philippe w 2 btls of skinnygirl booze entering sg mobile or j gosselin smokin butt in pkg lot w an earring?”

In other Housewife news, Ramona, Jill, LuAnn, and Alex all boarded a yacht in Sag Harbor to film their own scenes for Season 3. We're told the drama started to unfold before the ladies even left the dock.

Consummate bachelor Hugh Grant was in Southampton over Labor Day Weekend. Grant was in town with his brother Jamie to support their father, James Grant, who had a show at the Keszler Gallery on Main Street. James’s exhibition, “James Grant Watercolors,” featured over 80 pieces of his work and benefited the Southampton Fresh Air Home.

Desperate Housewives star Kyle McLaughlin and his wife Desiree Gruber hit up The Blue Parrot in East Hampton for dinner over Labor Day Weekend, while James Lipton and actor Jean Reno (The Professional, Pink Panther, The Da Vinci Code) chose Nick & Toni's.

Also at Nick & Toni's, Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dined with Alan Patricof and his wife Susan on Tuesday night. Surrounded by secret service, the Clintons enjoyed fresh salads to start with a plate of zucchini chips to share at their table in the front room. Hilary sampled the Bucatini all’Amatriciana, while Bill had Penne alla Vecchia Bettola.

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman dined at Matto in East Hampton with his wife and friends on Saturday night. They all had Branzino filleted tableside. Over in Amagansett, Mario Batali and his orange Crocs enjoyed a taco lunch at La Fondita on Tuesday.

Venturing outside of the Hamptons for a BBQ fix was Star Jones. The former daytime Diva and her “S.O.” Herb Wilson paid a visit to the working-class town of Ronkonkoma last weekend to fill a craving for BBQ Ribs at the chain restaurant Smokey Bones, near exit 60 on the L.I.E. The couple enjoyed ribs, slaw and corn bread on their way home from the US Open.


Colin Powell Supports His Daughter at Guild Hall

Colin Powell was in the audience for his daughter Linda's performance at Guild Hall in East Hampton.There was a four-star audience at Guild Hall on Saturday night for the staged reading of Clare Coss’ “Emmett, Down In My Heart.” Retired four-star General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife Alma attended the reading which starred Danny Glover, Kathleen Chalfant and Linda Powell, Colin's Daughter. The General and his lovely wife sat in box seats in the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall and met privately with the cast backstage after the performance. The Powell's had decided not to attend the VIP Garden Reception following the performance, we're told because they didn’t want to take any attention away from the cast.

We'll have more tomorrow on "Emmett, Down In My Heart" and the brilliant job Clare Coss and the cast did of bringing the story Emmett Till to life. We'll also have more photos of Colin Powell, Danny Glover, Mercedes Ruehl, B. Smith, Director Jim Lawson and the entire cast!

[Photo: Lisa Wagner/Splash News]


AXE Lounge Bids Farewell to Summer '09

AXE Lounge Closes Summer With Labor Day Blowout

AXE Lounge wrapped up their debut summer at Dune nightclub this Labor Day Weekend and BlogHamptons was there to catch every scantily clad, liquor soaked, debaucherous moment!

The AXE Gallery is up and it's our largest of the summer! Were you spotted dancing on the ceiling or chugging Hornitos? Are you one of the masked bandits who dirty danced the night away? Maybe you were the guy channeling Normal Gentle from America Idol or the giggly girl who told us her panties were stolen? Better yet, are you the one who actually stole her panties? Let us know in the comments how you spent your last weekend at AXE Lounge!


Ferrari Rally To Cruise Through Hamptons

First Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally Roars Into Georgica

Photo courtesy of Ferrari.com

As the ideal way to wave goodbye to a memorable summer season, the First Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally will roar through East Hampton, Amagansett, Sag Harbor and Southampton this Saturday before drivers and guests cool their engine's at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge for the Official Rally Finish Party.

The glamorous, red-carpet inaugural event will debut at one of East Hampton’s finest dining and nightlife venues with an invitation-only guest-list of jet-setters, from celebrities and socialites, to media and business moguls. Ferrari aficionados will have the opportunity to partake in the Hamptons rally, cruising past breathtaking estates, polo fields, vineyards, marinas and the ocean, all of which will be preceded by an intimate brunch reception. Following the rally, the drivers and guests will enjoy a late afternoon fête, complete with specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Founder and co-host of the event, Nathaniel Christian will be joined by co-host Nikki Beach Midtown for this Labor Day Weekend highlight. Lifestyle sponsors will include Grey Goose Vodka, Monticello Motor Club, Puma, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Red Bull, Voss Water, Hamptons Magazine, Cavallino Magazine, Peroni, Ferrari Long Island, Miller Motorcars, Algar Ferrari, Wide World of Cars, Ferrari of Central New Jersey and the Ferrari Owners Club Northeast Region.

This event is invitation only - RSVP is required. [Launch Invite & Schedule of Events]

First Annual Ferrari Hamptons Rally
Saturday, September 5, 2009 | Georgica Restaurant & Lounge
108 Wainscott Stone Road | East Hampton, NY


Baldwin & Glover Wrap Up Summer at Guild Hall

Danny Glover to appear at Guild HallGuild Hall will kick off Labor Day Weekend tonight at 8 p.m. with the Hamptons International Film Festival's final presentation in their SummerDoc series, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe. Alec Baldwin will be hosting the screening in the famed John Drew Theater.

In William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. In the 1960s and 70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed “Chicago 8” activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer.

On Saturday, September 5th, the great Danny Glover and Kathleen Chalfant will star in Emmett, Down in My Heart by Clare Coss. The production will be directed by Jim Lawson and portions of the proceeds will go to benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center. Clare Coss's profoundly moving play is vital for our time. The interwoven stories of Emmett Till, his mother Mrs. Till-Mobley, and white school teacher Roanne Taylor create a rich, dramatic work that touches the heart and provokes thought and action. A local gospel choir will introduce the evening.

Tickets for Saturday night's stage production are $40 for members, $42 for non-members. $100 VIP tickets are still available and will include a post-show Garden Reception.


The Times They Really Are a-Changin'

Townline BBQ, Nick & Toni's and La Fondita rollout new fall hours

Despite the fact that we're in a steadfast denial that it’s already Labor Day Weekend, we’re being reminded at every turn that summer is indeed coming to a close. And nothing quite marks the end of summer like our favorite restaurants rolling out their new fall hours. La Fondita, Townline BBQ, and Nick & Toni’s are leading the pack with their new summer-crushing operating schedule.

Let’s start with La Fondita


Fishbar In Montauk: As Fresh as Fresh Can Be

Fishbar on the Lake in Montauk met raves reviews when it opened its doors this summer with showstoppers like their Deviled Blue Crab and Montauk Lobster Sliders. In a testament to Fishbar's unparalleled quality, Liza de Guia catches up with Chef Jennifer Meadows for look at what it takes to remain dedicated to their promise of fresh, local seafood.





Fishbar on the Lake
467 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954 | 631.668.6600



Champion Children Clean Up at Classic

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The 2009 Hampton Classic Poster by Henry Koehler. (Available for purchase, signed by the artist.)

2209 Hampton ClassicLola Consuelos, Destry Spielberg and Jessica Springsteen were among the celebrity offspring who not only participated in this year's Hampton Classic Horse Show but also rode their respective horses into champion ranks.

8-year-old Lola made mom Kelly Ripa and dad Mark Consuelos proud when she took champion in the 9 and Under Short Stirrup category on her horse, Dawn's Early Light. Steven Spielberg's daughter, 12-year-old Destry, snagged champion in her Child Equitation Low category with her horse, Take a Bow, and Jessica Springsteen, the 17-year-old apple of The Boss' eye, placed first in the Small and Large Junior Hunter Divisions. Even Mayor Bloomberg's daughter, Georgina, galloped her way to victory aboard Fiedi 3 in the $7,500 Dreaming Creek 1.45m Open Jumper Class.

So what's their secret? Good genes? The bankroll to afford world class ponies and trainers? We won't completely rule out the bankroll factor but, after seeing the hard work and determination these young ladies showed at the Classic, we tend to think they simply inherited their parents drive to succeed at what they love.

Our congratulations to all of the spectacular riders at The 2009 Hampton Classic Horse Show!


Bernie Madoff's Montauk Home Up At Corcoran

Bernie Madoff's Montauk Manse Up At Corcoran

Bernie Madoff's Ponze property, a 182-feet of ocean front that holds a 1980's 4 bedroom contemporary, is finally up for sale – and Curbed Hamptons takes a look inside.

[Curbed Hamptons]


Spotlight Photo: Christie Brinkley's Grand Slam

Christie Brinkley takes to the court at Ross School's Grand Slam Tennis Exhibition

Christie Brinkley takes to the court at Ross School's Grand Slam Tennis Exhibition
Photo: Lisa Wagner/BlogHamptons.com/Splash News

Christie Brinkley was just one of the celebrity participants in the Grand Slam Tennis Exhibition at Ross School's new tennis center on Sunday. The exhibition, lunch and silent auction was held in honor of tennis legend Andre Agassi and featured pro-tennis stars like former #2 in the world Petr Korda and the former #1 doubles player in the world Rennae Stubbs.

We'll be back with a full write-up of the event shortly but, in the meantime, you can check out the Blog Hamptons Grand Slam Photo Gallery for a courtside view of all of the action!


“Hampton Star Map” Makes It's Debut

Hampton Star MapThanks to a 16-year-old mogul in the making, you're search for hot Hampton celebrities just got a little bit easier. Carter Glatt, an enterprising junior at Horace Mann, recently launched the “Hampton Star Map,” an insider’s guide to over 65 celebrity homes and hotspots in the Hamptons. Inspired by Hollywood's touristy star maps, Glatt has compiled the addresses of everyone from Spielberg to De Niro. For only $7.95, his “Hampton Star Map” will lead you to some of the South Fork's hottest hedgerow – a dream come true for celeb watchers and real estate junkies, but a nightmare for the bevy of famous and über private occupants who made the list.

We have to give it up to the teenage entrepreneur for tapping in to a niche market, but what’s next? Double-decker bus tours and some cheesy guy in a worn out Spider-Man costume greeting folks fresh off the Jitney?

The times they are a changin’.

The “Hampton Star Map” is available online at hamptonstarmap.com


Nick & Toni's: Still Celeb Central

Nick & Toni's East HamptonEven though summer is coming to a screeching halt, the VIP list at Nick & Toni's continues to run wild!

On Monday night Actress Leelee Sobieski and her fiancé Adam Kimmel had a quiet meal for two in the front room. Out on the patio, Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay had a relaxing dinner and drinks with friends.

On Tuesday, Southampton's hottest couple, Howard Stern & Beth Ostrosky, enjoyed a calorie conscious fresh fish dinner for two and a couple of salads.

Famed fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon dined with Pablo Picasso's granddaughter, Diana Widmaier-Picasso, on Wednesday.

By Thursday, Nick & Toni's was welcoming Director Barry Sonnenfeld and his wife Susan Ringo who dropped by for a quiet dinner with friends. Later in the evening, four-star chef Eric Ripert, whose new show “Avec Eric” will be debuting on PBS this fall, dined with his wife Sandra and a few friends.

Friday night's guests saw Nathan Lane enjoying a delicious dinner with director Susan Stroman - and Howard Stern & Beth Ostrosky-Stern returned to their favorite East End eatery for an early evening bite.

And last but by no means least, the crowning jewel in this week's royal restaurant roundup was Sir Paul McCartney, who dropped by Nick & Toni's on Sunday night for a late romantic dinner with girlfriend Nancy Shevell.

Looking to pay a visit to Nick & Toni's yourself? Visit them online at nickandtonis.com to make your reservations!


A Million Thanks...

Thank You!

After a very long and emotional 12 day absence, WE ARE BACK!

Having been gone for so long and missing two weekend’s worth of events, I figured I owed all of our readers an explanation. So, here it goes…


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