Hamptons Happenings


Sag Harbor 6th Annual HarborFrost 2016 …. Get Your Freeze On!
The Sag Harbor chamber of Commerce is hosting The 6th Annual HARBORFROST February 27TH 2016in Sag Harbor, New York. Who’s ready to get your freeze on for the Frosty Plunge? A benefit for the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corp. PBK_4941
Registration at the Windmill Beach at noon on Saturday, February 27, 100% of the $20 entrance fee will benefit the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 12523015_547900358701414_4429142334991787772_n

HarborFrost is an Ice Sculpting and Fireworks Spectacular staged in beautiful Sag Harbor over one magical weekend in February. The annual event has become a favorite with locals and visitors alike—a fun “Winter Break” with activities for the whole family.
February 27th 2016
Eskimo Ice sculptures on display throughout the village shopping district
FREE Tatoos at the Wharf Shop
Live Music throughout the village
1pm: The Frosty Plunge at Windmill Beach
Registration begins at noon in the Windmill.
$20 entry fee per person
ALL proceeds to benefit the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance.
2pm: Live Ice Carving demonstration at Long Wharf
2:30: Sag Harbor Variety Store: Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen Meet and Greet
2pm -6pm On Long Wharf
– Baron’s Cove
– Our Sons and Daughters School
– Pierson Robotics Team 28’ (bake sale)
– The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Network
– Wellness Foundation
3pm and 4pm: The Amazing Fire Juggler Keith Leaf; performances at Windmill/Long Wharf
2 to 5pm: Children’s activities at Dodds and Eder: look for blue balloons!
Warm up with your children between out door events-
Games, play, arts and crafts sponsored by Barefoot Kids Camp, Bay Burger, Dodds and Eder, Goat on a Boat, Our Sons and Daughter’s School, The Rainbow School,The Sag Harbor Youth Committee, Stella and Ruby and The Wharf Shop
Music by retired Elementary teacher Nancy Remkus, singing from her new album and playing morning program favorites
545pm: Fire Dancers on Long Wharf
6-615pm: Fireworks over the Harbor

Anna and Elsa will be returning for HarborFrost 2016! Please come to meet them at the Sag Harbor Variety Store at 2:30 on February 27.

photo credit: Sag Harbor Variety
photo credit: Sag Harbor Variety

Roberts in Water Mill closes its doors after 25 years
Water Mill, NY: I am sad to announce that Robert’s Restaurant in Water Mill, NY a historic farmhouse and setting for rustic Italian cooking with local produce & seafood has closed their doors after 25 years. Owner-Chef Robert Durkin wrote in a Facebook Post on August 3rd. I was told 3 weeks ago that NYS Depart of Tax had shut them down, but I was hoping that they would recover.


Roberts-logoDurkin’s Facebook Post…..
“Dear Friends:Effective August 3, 2015, ROBERT’s has been closed after a long contentious and profoundly illegal action by the State of NY Sales Tax Authority . It is with much sadness that I share this news. I will in the future publicly share the sordid details of the immoral pogrom on the part of a bankrupt state, but that is the work of another day. Today I am feeling great sorrow and loss both for myself and the many people who contributed to making ROBERT’s the loving , living and thriving experience it was. I thank you all here for that. I go forward strengthened only by the moral certitude of my integrity , which regardless of the outrageous slanderous accusations of a state bereft intelligence or morals, remains very much in tact. And once again thank you for your many years of support.
Robert Durkin
Chef , Owner ROBERT’s”


The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
The Honorable Timothy Bishop & Joe Pintauro
Celebrity Auctioneer: Richard Kind

5:30 pm VIP Cocktail Reception at the theater
6 pm Premiere Concert and Awards presentation at the theater
7:30 pm Tent opens for cocktails
8 pm Dinner, Silent & Live Auction

June 24 , 2015 (Sag Harbor, NY) – Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the full cast for the premiere concert reading of the first act of DreamWorks Theatricals new stage adaptation of The Prince of Egypt. This reading is part of Bay Street Theater’s 24th Annual Summer Gala which will take place in Sag Harbor at the Long Wharf on July 11, 2015 to benefit Bay Street’s educational and theatrical programs. The Prince of Egypt features book by Philip LaZebnik (writer of Mulan, Pocahontas) and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked, Pippin, Godspell); both authors will be attending the Gala. Bay Street’s Artistic Director Scott Schwartz will direct the reading, Dominic Amendum is Musical Director, and casting is by Stewart/Whitley.baystreet

The special concert reading will feature Broadway and film stars, as well as local talent, including Matthew James Thomas (Pippin, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Moses, Aaron Lazar (The Wolf of Wall Street, This Is Where I Leave You, J. Edgar) as Ramses, Tony Award winner Patina Miller (Pippin, Sister Act, Madam Secretary) as Tzipporah, Norm Lewis (Scandal, Porgy and Bess, Phantom of the Opera) as Jethro, Stephen Bogardus (West Side Story, Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha) as Seti, Julia Murney (Wicked, 30 Rock, The Wild Party) as Queen Tuya, Kyle Barisich (Phantom of the Opera, The Following) as Aaron, John Treacy Egan (Jekyll & Hyde, The Producers, Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Hoy, Ryan Knowles (We Will Rock You!, NEWSical: the Musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Hotep, Joanna Howard (Peter and The Starcatcher, National tour of Les Miserables) as Nefertari, Julia Motyka (Travesties, Richard III) as Miriam, and Anna Schiavoni as Young Miriam.

Along with the thrilling principal cast there will be a large chorus of local performers led by Choir Master Greg Wilson. The chorus includes: Gary Ducoihy, Marquez Catherine Stewart, Nataliz Fulqieri, Vivian Grizzle-Jaber, Pattiz Hulmes, Courtney Kossick, Matt Luca, Austin Myers, Elizabeth Oldak, Ariana Pazz, Katzlyn Piotrowicz, Zack Reily, Sarah Soltysik, Marquez Catherine Stewart, Matt Tursi, Amanda Tuscorella, Carlton Welsh, Christian Wern, Michelle Wern, and Greg Wilson.

The gala will honor The Honorable Timothy Bishop and Joe Pintauro.

The Honorable Timothy Bishop As a representative for New York’s 1st congressional district, Bishop served most of central and eastern Suffolk County and secured more than $150 million for projects within his district. He was widely viewed as one of the Congress’ strongest advocates for access and affordability for students pursuing Higher Education. Prior to serving in the United States Congress from 2003-2015, Bishop was an administrator at Southampton College of LIU for 29 years, the last 16 of which he spent as Provost. Recently named distinguished professor of Civic Engagement and Public Service at St. Joseph’s College, he resides in Southampton with his wife Kathy. The couple has two daughters, Molly and Meghan, and a grandson, Nathan.

Joe Pintauro is a noted playwright, poet, and novelist. His play Men’s Lives was the inaugural production of Bay Street Theater. His novels are Cold Hands and State of Grace. Joe is a recipient of the John Steinbeck Writers Award and the Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for the Literary Arts. He is currently working on a third novel and just completed a new play.

The evening begins with the premiere concert reading of the first act of The Prince of Egypt, and then continues in the tent on the Long Wharf with dinner prepared by Sterling Affair, and party with live and silent auctions, with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind. VIP tables begin at $10,000, with VIP tickets at $1,200. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $600; $425 for Young Professionals 40 and under.

Items in this year’s live and silent auctions will be managed by 501 Auctions which includes mobile bidding. Items include: a week at the beach on St. Bart’s at a luxury WIMCO villa with unparalleled concierge service and complimentary provisioning; play 18 holes of golf for two with Richard Kind at The Bridge; a cocktail party at your home catered by Sterling Affair; dinner and two tickets to the hottest new musical on Broadway, Hamilton and so much more!

This year’s sponsors (list in progress) include: The Bridge Golf Course, Bridgehampton Florist, Channing Daughters Winery, David Scott Interiors, East End Limousine, The Golden Pear, Grand Hyatt Resort, David Lawenda/Facebook, Hamptons H2O Water, Merrill DataSite, Peconic Landing, Pierre’s Restaurant, Searles Graphics, Southampton Publick House, Suffolk County National Bank, Sterling Affair, Wimco Villas, Worth. Media Sponsors are Dan’s Papers and Hamptons Magazine.

VIP Tables and tickets are available by calling Kim Fink at 631-725-0818, General admissions tickets are available 631-725-0818, at

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.

tent photo credit: Lenny Stucker/

  • Hamptons Happenings: Sag Harbor Multicultural Night, Friday, March 13th 2015
    IT’S BACK….MULTICULTURAL NIGHT in Sag Harbor… amazing food from over 25 different countries represented, music, drumming and games for the entire family. What a great way to spend a friday evening in the Hamptons. Everyone from neighboring communities are invited to come. Bring your appetite….the food is delicious!
    “Span the continents with a banquet of food from over 25 countries. Enjoy music, drumming, dance, & games”
    Multicultural Night is a district-wide, annual community event.
    Children under 14 must be accompanied by adult.
    $5 per family suggested donation.
    100% of proceeds will benefit The Jacaranda School in Malawi, Africa and The Josh Levine Foundation in Sag Harbor.
    Join the fun!
    Friday, March 13th
    6pm – 9pm
    Pierson High SchoolMulticultural Festival - 2015

Hamptons Happening: Chefs and Champagne…honors Chef Bobby Flay
On Saturday July 26….Hamptons Mouthpiece contributors Abigail Rose and Dani Leggard attended the The Annual Food lovers favorite event The James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne. Champagne was flowing which is always a huge plus and the food was amazing as always.

Abigail Cook, Bobby Flay, Dani Leggard
Abigail Cook, Bobby Flay, Dani Leggard

The Annual benefit honored James Beard Award–winning chef Bobby Flay, restaurateur, and media personality at summer soirée in Sagaponack.
 Chef Bobby Flay, President of the James Beard Foundation Susan Ungaro, B. Smith and Wolffer Estates, Roman Roth,  (Photo by Mark VonHolden/Invision for James Beard Foundation/AP Images)
Chef Bobby Flay, President of the James Beard Foundation Susan Ungaro, B. Smith and Wolffer Estates, Roman Roth, (Photo by Mark VonHolden/Invision for James Beard Foundation/AP Images)

The James Beard Foundation toasted James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and celebrity TV personality Bobby Flay at Chefs & Champagne®. Flay, accompanied by his wife actress Stephanie March, was fêted by more than 40 chefs at the Foundation’s annual tasting party and fundraiser at the Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack, N.Y. Over 1,200 guests attended the sold-out benefit, which featured flowing Champagne Taittinger, wines and cider from Wölffer Estate Vineyard, beer from Stella Artois®, and culinary offerings from a select group of chefs, many from JBF Award–winning restaurants.

Katie Lee, Bobby Flay, Stephanie March..Photo credit:Mark VonHolden/Invision
Katie Lee, Bobby Flay, Stephanie March..Photo credit:Mark VonHolden/Invision

The James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne is considered one of the East End’s premiere culinary summertime event. A silent auction consisting of fine dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware, and culinary travel packages raised over $65,000, to support the James Beard Foundation’s mission and educational programs, including culinary student scholarships and the organization’s annual food conference on sustainability, public health, and nutrition.

Carrying on its long tradition of supporting culinary education, the James Beard Foundation was proud to announce
Samantha Whitlam as the recipient of the 2014 Christian Wölffer Scholarship. Established in 2006, the Christian Wölffer Scholarship assists students in their study of food and wine, and with this honor Whitlam is enrolling in the Intensive Sommelier Course at the International Culinary Center (ICC). Also in attendance were 2014 MY China Scholarship recipient Alexis Sicklick, 2013 Christian Wölffer Scholarship recipient Jhonel Faelnar, and multiple James Beard Foundation Scholarship recipient Christina Cassel.IMG_2836.JPG

Chefs & Champagne participating chefs included:
Lindsay Autry, Palm Beach, FL
Franklin Becker, The Little Beet and Cast Iron (opening in 2015), NYC
Philippe Bertineau, Benoit, NYC
Jamie Bissonnette* and Ken Oringer*, Coppa, Boston; and Toro, Boston and NYC
Devin Bozkaya, Campagna at Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
Chad Brauze, Rotisserie Georgette, NYC
PJ Calapa, Campagna at Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY; and Costata, NYC
James Carpenter, Page at 63 Main, Sag Harbor, NY
Pastry Chef Stephen Collucci, Colicchio & Sons, NYC
Ben Del Coro, Fossil Farms, Boonton, NJ
Coby Farrow, BLT Prime, NYC
Tom Fraker and Marco Zapien, Melissa’s
Yuhi Fujinaga, The Sea Grill, NYC
Lisa Giffen, Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
John Greeley, Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ
Steven Devereaux Greene, Herons, Cary, NC
Alex Guarnaschelli*, Butter Restaurant, NYC
Jason Hall, The Fourth, NYC
Chris Jaeckle, All’onda, NYC
Brian Loiacono, db Bistro Moderne, NYC
Jean Paul Lourdes, Restaurant Latour, Hamburg, NJ
Hugh Mangum, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, NYC
Shane McBride, Balthazar and Schiller’s Liquor Bar, NYC
Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone, NYC
Pastry Chef George McKirdy, Astor Bake Shop, Queens, NY
Marc Meyer, Cookshop, Five Points, and Hundred Acres, NYC
Todd Mitgang, Crave Fishbar, NYC; and South Edison, Montauk, NY
John Mooney, Bell Book & Candle, NYC; and Bidwell, Washington D.C.
Seamus Mullen, El Colmado, and Tertulia, NYC
Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot, Narcissa, NYC
David Santos, Louro, NYC
Jesse Schenker, The Gander and Recette, NYC
Bryce Shuman, Betony, NYC
Dan Silverman, The Regency Bar & Grill, NYC
Pastry Chef Miroslav Uskokovic, Gramercy Tavern*, NYC
Steve van der Merwe, Celebrity Cruises®
Florian Wehrli, Triomphe Restaurant, NYC
Pecko Zantilaveevan, The Four Seasons Restaurant*, NYC
Erin Zircher, CRU Oyster Bar and Restaurant, Nantucket, MA
* James Beard Award Winner

For more information, visit To become a member of the James Beard Foundation, click here.