Memorial Day in the Hamptons – Celebrate and Remember
Something bold and beautiful is in the air, and it’s not just the scent of Melody Parfume roses blooming early this year. Amateur grillers go boldly forth with lighter fluid and undercooked chicken. Ex husbands and wives join forces to travel to the Hamptons together so they can take advantage of the HOV lane. Whole teams from Price Waterhouse debate the magic number for the price of lobster salad. Farmers markets re-open with the anticipated return of mushroom man, pickle Pete, and home made honey hottie. Halelujia!
Along with the opening of the Hamptons season where you do need a permit for hunting – man hunting that is (remember that he has to be over 21 to be a keeper) we also want to take the time to honor Memorial Day itself. To all of our past and present members of the military we honor you and remember you. You will not be forgotten. It is not the newest night club but Main Street Sag Harbor which is the hippest place to be for Memorial Day with its annual parade which starts at 9am.
Here are a few HipHamptons picks for the best of the Hamptons for Memorial Day Weekend 2010:
Friday May 28
Fans of Twilight Thursdays now have to bump it back a day to Sunset Fridays (Funset Fridays works better for the alliteration but that’s fine.) Wolffer Estate Vineyards is simply the most gorgeous vineyard in the Hamptons and they swing open their Italianate villa doors and set the sunset to music with live jazz. There is no bar which can match the atmosphere of Mother Nature, fecund on the vine.
Wolffer Vineyards, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack 631-537-5106, www.wolffer.com
Saturday May 29
“Apres Beach Party at John’s Place” is the rockin’ theme when John Varvatos of East Hampton goes acoustic in its Newtown Lane Store from 3p – 6p. Only fun, nice, cool people can come. The a-caustic party is further down the road.
John Varvatos, 54 Newtown Lane, East Hampton 631-324-4440, www.johnvarvatos.com
Looking for a little poolside finger lickin’ and other body parts optional fun? Southampton Inn is celebrating the Grand Opening of its newly renovated pool, lushly landscaped lawns, and outdoor dining area for their restaurant Oso from 4 – 6pm for their Poolside BBQ Bash. Get the innovative take on barbecue fare with a local twist from Executive Chef Bryan Naylor and an “Oh, so… divine” cocktail selection.
Southampton Inn 91 Hill Street Southampton www.southamptoninn.com.
If you want double toil and trouble of the good kind join in the cool gal gig when art mavens Karen Boltax and Sara Nightingale host side by side gallery openings on Shelter Island. Aside from a curatorial fine eye these galler-istas pull together an eclectic guest list of the most interesting people in the Hamptons. The Boltax Gallery features works by Nuala Clarke and Sara Nightingale gallery features works by Maggie Simonelli.
21 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island, boltaxgallery.com, saranightingale.com.
Sunday May 30
Much beloved night owl Il Cappuccino in Sag Harbor is coming out in the day time and inaugurating a weekend brunch. Yes you can combine eggs benedict with their fabulous garlic knots. And now they have added sidewalk café dining as well. If you’re outside with the date from the night before be ready to let the world know, especially if you’re there in your party dress.
In honor of our veterans please come out to support the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride Benefit which will be holding an event on Sunday at 4pm at Amagansett Square (right on Main Street.) A very hot Montauk bred band Suddyn will be playing. Catch them now because they are sure to sky rock-it. You gotta love a band that will play the roof of a bake shop as a legitimate gig.
The unsinkable, “please can I be you in my next life” goddess Nancy Atlas follows from 5 – 7pm. The Nancy Atlas Project is a project you hope you will never complete because you want it to go on and on and on… pretty please… with sugar and tequila shots on top. (also know they are at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett Saturday night at 11pm and Nick’s On The Beach in Montauk on Monday from 4 – 8p and Surf Lodge every Wednesday at 5:30pm (will someone please bring her a triple espresso and a hot masseur)
Suddyn.com, nancyatalas.com, wounderwarrior.org
Monday May 31Memorial Day Parade – Main Street, Sag Harbor 9am
This is so worth getting up for and remembering that there is a true Americana in the very best sense in this country. It is fun for the whole family including our dog friends. Veterans from WWII to the present are so deserving of our street side support and applause. It is truly the BEST EVENT of the weekend. They start at the stop light at the corner of Main Street and Jermain and continue down to the Long Wharf and Marine Park to the war veteran memorial.