Hamptons Happenings


Hamptons Happenings :Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook is running for Congress
Suzan “Sujay” Johnson Cook is a Democrat running to represent the people of New York’s 13th Congressional District in the United States Congress, because the people of the 13th District matter, and our diverse, collective voices and values need to be heard in Washington. Dr. Suzan Denise Johnson Cook is a presidential advisor, pastor, theologian, author, activist, and academic who served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from April, 2011 to October 2013 and now she is running for Congress.

Sujay is the daughter of a Harlem schoolteacher and an MTA motorman-turned successful small business owner, Suzan “Sujay” Johnson Cook was raised understanding the importance of service to her community. A native of Harlem and the Bronx and a respected local and national faith leader who served in the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and for three cabinet secretaries, including Hillary Clinton, Sujay’s career has been about bringing people together and lifting them up.

Sujay is also a mother, community leader and advocate for women and families. Sujay believes that the answers to our most pressing challenges will come from the mobilized communities of the Heights, Harlem, Inwood and the Bronx fighting for change and sending a different kind of leader to Washington.

A lifelong resident of Harlem and the Bronx, Sujay understands the unique challenges and opportunities that our families face, including the fact that many of the district’s African-American and Latino residents are finding it more and more difficult to continue to reside and work in the communities which they call home.

When she is elected, her focus will be on the people she serves-not on advancing her own political agenda.

Suzan Johnson Cook is different. Throughout her career in the ministry, a published author and policy advisor to President Clinton and as the first African-American and the first woman to hold the diplomatic post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom representing President Obama and former secretary Clinton in dozens of nations around the globe, she has proven herself as a person who brings people together.

In Congress, she’ll fight for the continued growth and progress of the people and families from Harlem, the Heights, Inwood and the Bronx. The 13th District deserves nothing less.

On Saturday, August 15th fundraiser in Sag Harbor, from 4 pm to 6 pm at the home of Phillip and Ann Morrow, 26 Walker Ave, Sag Harbor, NY.

To purchase your tickets for the event please click here or on the invitation below. Please purchase your tickets before August 3rd.unnamed-2


Hamptons Happenings..SoFo’s 26th Annual Summer Gala Celebrates the East End!
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7pm – 9:30pm at The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton NY

Dancing with Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project Band

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo), the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island, over 500 guests attended its 26th Annual Summer Benefit SoFo Celebrates the East End on Saturday, July 11. I will say that it was one of my favorite events thus far and when I left I was almost in a Food Coma because I ate so much, but I could not stop myself because the food was just that Good!!!!SOFOGALA-25

The event raised funds for SoFo’s educational and environmental programming and celebrated the East End’s local visionaries—the artists, chefs, environmentalists, farmers, fishermen, philanthropists and many others that are the heart and soul of the Hamptons. Co-Chairs Top Chef Kerry Heffernan; Susan Rockefeller, who recently released her new documentary, Food For Thought, Food For Life; and Hamptons Magazine Editor-In-Chief Samantha Yanks greeted the guests that included Andy Sabin, Peter Beard, Michael Cinque, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Michele and Mary Cohen, Honoree April Gornik, Honoree Adrian Grenier, Richie Notar, Toni Ross, Carl Safina, Honoree Willi Salm, Jeff Tarr, and Harris Yulin, among others. Guests danced to the spirited sounds of Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project Band.

Guests feasted on signature delicacies created and presented during the 6:00-7:00 pm VIP Cocktail reception by Leading Chefs Colin Ambrose, Estia’s Little Kitchen; Kerry Heffernan, Grand Banks Restaurant; Todd Jacobs, Fresh Hamptons; Matt Ketcham, Ketcham’s Seafarm; Kyle Koenig, Topping Rose House; David Loewenberg and Sam McClelland, The Bell & Anchor; Andrew Schor, East Hampton Grill; Joe Tremblay, Bay Burger; Jason Weiner, Almond; Antico Noè; Swedish Culinary Summer; Brian Halweil, Edible East End; Joe Realmuto, Nick & Toni’s; Karen Rivara, Peconic Pearls; and Jon Snow, Hayground School.SOFOGALA-26

Highlights of the evening include a surprise birthday celebration for Honoree Adrian Grenier, who was presented with a special “salamander” cake by Chef Peter Ambrose, and a special tribute which included a presentation of engraved Chefs Knives by Korin Japanese Tableware & Chefs Knives to the Food Champions and Chefs who donated a special tasting menu and their services to benefit the Museum. The 7:00 – 9:30 PM gala reception featured farm-to-table and sustainable seafood hors d’oeuvres catered by Peter Ambrose, an Honoree presentation, a Platinum and Silent Auction, and dancing. Alcohol was kindly donated by Amagansett Wines & Spirits, and wine was donated by Channing Daughters Winery.SOFOGALA-39

“Our 26th Annual Summer Gala Benefit is our most important fundraiser of the year, ensuring the long-term sustainability of Sofo. The museum is a very important resource that educates and inspires children and adults to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for decades to come. The museum’s exhibits, programs, nature talks and trails, and outdoor experiences are essential to SoFo’s mission of conserving and preserving the natural resources of eastern Long Island,” says Diana Aceti, Director of Development.



Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist Nile Rodgers will produce, perform, and host the FreakOut! Festival®, an all-star concert to be presented at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island on August 4 and August 5, 2015. Co-produced by music industry veteran Michael Ostin and Peter Herman of Nile Rodgers Productions, the FreakOut! Festival® is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime event that will feature Rodgers and his multi-platinum band CHIC sharing the stage with music legends and contemporary trailblazers like Beck, Duran Duran, Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monàe, Q-Tip, Keith Urban, and Pharrell Williams, among other artists. In both scope and size, it’s the first music festival of its kind on Long Island. It will be the ONLY time you will see the two most recent Grammy® “Album Of The Year” winners (Nile Rodgers/Pharrell, 2014 and Beck, 2015) perform together on the same stage and for some artists, the first time you will be able to see them perform live in 2015.FOLD-16x9_v2_1920x1080
This might just be the premier music event of summer 2015, the FreakOut! Festival® will bring the live music experience to a whole new level of spontaneity and excitement.
FOLD Festival – 2 Day Pass 1 day pass $137…..2 day pass $242

Riverhead is known for its commitment to cultural events, as well as being
a warm, friendly, and welcoming township distinguished by its vineyards, good wine, good food, and
good people with an appreciation for the arts. The Suffolk Theater in downtown Riverhead will also be hosting The Official FreakOut! Festival® After Party from 11pm to 4am. Hotels and the Riverhead business community as well as The East End Arts are involved in the festivities. There is easy downtown access for ticket holders to Martha Clara Vineyard via Festival Bus Shuttles — Shuttles will pickup and return to the Riverhead Train Station and The Suffolk Theater hourly from 3pm to 12 am. (Free Parking can be found downtown and at the Train Station.)

Stop and Shop takes over Waldbaums in the Hamptons
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company to acquire 25 A&P stores in Greater New York for $146 million. The agreement relates to the following stores: Waldbaums in both East Hampton and Southampton, 9 in total, 14 Patohmarks and 2 A&P’s throughout New York and New JerseyNY65221LOGO

67 Newtown Ln, East Hampton, NY
167 Main St, Southampton, NY
905 Atlantic Ave, Baldwin NY
702 Hicksville Rd, Massapequa NY
112 15 Beach Channel Dr, Belle Harbor NY
213-215 26th Ave, Bayside NY
156 01 Crossbay Blvd, Howard Beach NY
85 E Park Ave, Long Beach NY
60 Wall St, Huntington NY
407 Valley St, South Orange NJ
25 Kinnelon Rd, Butler NJ
130 Wheatly Plz, Greenvale NY
134-40 Springfield Blvd, Springfield Gardens NY
625 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn NY
3106 Farrington St, Flushing NY
4055 Merrick Rd, Seaford NY
92 10 Atlantic Ave, Ozone Park, NY
460 Franklin Ave, Franklin Square NY
2965 Cropsey Ave, Brooklyn NY
2136 Bartow Ave, Bronx NY
961 E 174th St, Bronx NY
1720 E Chester Rd, Bronx NY
1351 Forest Ave, Staten Island NY
195 N Bedford Rod, Mount Kisco NY
400 Demarest Ave, Closter NJ

The agreement is subject to further terms and conditions set forth therein and subject to court approval in A&P’s bankruptcy case filed on July 19, 2015, which include the potential of a subsequent auction under which other higher bid or bids could be received and accepted by A&P for these stores. The agreement is also conditioned on regulatory requirements, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

“Stop & Shop is always looking for convenient locations to better serve our customers,” said Don Sussman, Stop & Shop’s New York Metro Division President. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to expand our presence in greater New York and serve new customers. We look forward to providing customers with delivering unmatched selection, quality and value that they have come to expect from Stop & Shop.”

Upon completion of the transaction, Stop & Shop plans to convert these Waldbaum’s, Pathmark and A&P stores into Stop & Shop stores. Additional details regarding the conversions will be announced at a later date. The sale is currently expected to close within the second half of 2015.

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Sag Harbor- Hamptons Art – Trinity – Christopher Engel Opening July 25th

“Trinity” – Recent Work Christopher Engel
Reception: Saturday, July 25, 5-6:30 PM
TRINITY runs from July 23 to August 13,2015

Christopher Engel’s newest work is inspired by a personal connection to the teachings and writings of CG Jung. At the age of fifteen, an apartment fire took away most of Engel’s possessions, forcing him to live in his parents New York City theater where he discovered the book “Man and His Symbols” by Jung. This experience set him on his path as an artist and as an art therapist.

courtesy Chistopher Engel
courtesy Chistopher Engel

Jung’s philosophy of the collective unconscious resonates throughout Engel’s work – a connection to the archetypal symbols of humanity, from our ancestors to our predecessors.

The title of his newest show at Romany Kramoris Gallery, comes from his painting “Trinity.” A memory of being in Washington Square Park as a child, observing three whimsical figures who seemed to have transcended time and were reminiscent of Medieval entertainers – jesters, magicians, musicians – is depicted in the foreground. The symbolism of the “trinity” has strong mystical and spiritual connotations in cultures throughout history and the world, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christian theology. These figures as well as those depicting other trios in Engel’s newest series – three kings, carnival performers, musicians – call to mind these cultural and spiritual icons.

Also included in this show is “City Shaman,” which calls to mind the Assyrian wall reliefs. We see the depiction of one figure embodying three beings, once again emphasizing the significance of the “trinity.”

Engel states, “My work attempts to capture images of the archetypal origins of myth and to draw the viewer into a connection and communication with ancient spirits, the metaphysical, the sacred, the holy, and the transcendent. These images portray the archetypal heroes and heroines that exist in the past, present and future all at the same moment. These images have appeared throughout history – in the first marks of our ancestors, on cave walls, on trees, in the sand – messages that though we are only passing through this life momentarily, we each are a part of something that never ends. I venture to record these images as a map for exploration – to show patterns, to chart the sub-conscious, to leave a record of this journey.”