Hamptons Happenings


Happenings in the Hamptons Memorial Day Weekend

New restaurants and Happenings for Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons.

Montauk, Swallow East, Zum Scheideman Montauk , Navy Beach and Scarpette Beach are all reopening this weekend.

The Surf Lodge will be Happening this weekend with Parson James on Saturday, May 26 and Jessie J on Sunday, May 27th.

Gurney’s will be debuting a new look at the Beach club this Memorial Day weekend. Friday, May 25th, Craft cocktails and live music at the Regent Firepit , DJ Stef Nava will be spinning tunes. Saturday, May 26th, workout with Rumble Boxing, and on Sunday, Lobsterbake and Live Music.

 “The Ryan Show / TRS” of the season featuring 90’s rapper Royal Flush, local and NYC hip hop artists performing live as well. The show is taking place on  Friday May 25th at 10:00 PM, $10 entry fee.
Venue: Old Stove Pub 3516 Montauk Hwy, Sagaponack, New York
Creator Ryan Verneuille started The Ryan Show as a podcast while he was working the 9-5 grind back in the Hamptons in 2015. After finding a unique format and successfully monetizing the show through a live broadcast Ryan partnered up with Grammy award winning rapper Mr. Cheeks. He discovered Ryan after a show exposing Valerie Smith  who made a name for herself by voicing some racist remarks in front of the town of Southampton. The Ryan Show  following has grown  in NYC and they have continued their movement to preserve free speech, and “make hip hop great again”.
Ryan is very excited to bring this  brand that they created back out to their hometown. A cool movement that is trending-up in NYC and this journey has just begun. Read more about what others are saying about The Ryan Show

Boxing Class Saturday, May 26thtake a boxing class – with proffessional trainer Steven Frank, former Olympian and Super Middle-Weight World Champion. Learn the boxing fundamentals in this class that teaches proper boxing stance,  defense & footwork, punch combinations, and movement tactics such as creating angles. This high-paced total-body workout is 1hour and will get your heart rate up as you learn the basics of boxing. You will work in pairs moving through different circuits so it’s always encouraged to bring a friend! for more information click here: 

Sunday, May 27th 5-8pm * Evening of Wine & Roses 2018 * Southampton Cultural Center’s 3rd Annual Gala

Memorial Day Parade, Sag Harbor * May 28th 9am

Restaurant & Community News

Montauk: Hooked takes over South Etna in Montauk, specializing in Lobster Rolls and will be open year-round.  High end Eleven Madison Park restaurant returns for season 2 in the Hamptons as a pop-up in Amagansett, special preferential treatment to American Express card holders. Moby’s returns but not in their spot, that spot is being rented to Eleven Madison Park,

East Hampton: Moby’s will open up shop at East Hampton Point this summer and rumor has it that it will be a HOT SPOT this summer.  The Service Station closed earlier this year and the Quiet Clam opened its doors a few weeks ago. Do you remember when it was the quiet clam before it was Nicols.

High End Japanese Restaurant Shuko in Greenwich Village, is returning this season from July 6 – Aug. 31, Highway Restaurant & Bar, 290 Montauk Highway in Wainscott, NY.

Il Mulino the High end Italian Restaurant is opening a Hamptons location in Wainscott, it was previously Osteria Salina.

Sag Harbor has many changes and many new additions. Faherty Brand, Love Shack Fancy and Haven are new additions to Main Street. Calypso and Breezin Up are out.

Satori has a brand new look and new ownership. Sag Pizza bought Conco dora and will be opening soon, Urban Zen and Tutto Il Giorno took over the Muse space on Main Street. Sen went through a major renovation and will be reopening at the end of June. Grindstone Donuts added some fun new donuts to its menu and they will be adding Ice cream to their list of items offered, Back Page and le Bilboquet have reopened. Le Bilboquet tells me that things will be very different this summer and there will not be a repeat of last year with potential customers being turned away at the door.

 Bridgehampton, The farmers market at the Hayground School will not be reopening this year.  L & W Market, a storefront for local produce and products and prepared food, is an offshoot of Almond Restaurant next door, 2493 Montauk Highway.

Southampton: Maison Vivienne, a new country inn and French restaurant opens on Main Street, Jue Lan Club restaurant on Em Street in Southampton reopens this week until September.

Everyone is always asking about the Nitelife in the Hamptons, Hamptons Curbed put together a guide to nightlife in the Hamptons this summer. Read more here.






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