Best of the Hamptons Fourth Of July
Wednesday July 4th – Montauk Grucci Fireworks on Umbrella Beach
Any town beach is good viewing. Go early for parking and bring a picnic – this is hugely popular. Remember your flashlight or your iPhone flashlight app.
Men’s Lives at Bay Street Theatre – July 3 – 29
If there is one classic play about the Hamptons it is Men’s Lives when fishermen and not financiers ruled the Hamptons. This is the 20 year revival from Sag Harbor’s own Joe Pintauro based on the book by Peter Matthiessen. Compelling and heartbreaking, it is a must see! You will never look at The Seafood Shop in the same way again.
Tickets start at $56
Thursday July 5th – LOOC Art Gallery Opening
LOOC ART, a new art venture, announces its first exhibition, which features six New York-based contemporary painters, sculptors and mixed media artists. The pop-up gallery on Jobs Lane will feature works from Angie Drakopoulos, Caio Fonseca, Ann Marie Heal, Daniel Hill, Elizabeth Schoettle and Tomas Vu.
In conjunction with the exhibition, LOOC ART recently launched its flagship project, an online art gallery. The website is at the forefront of a new trend for contemporary art collecting, offering online pricing and purchasing of artwork. The continually evolving roster of artists will feature both established and promising emerging painters, sculptors, print-makers and artists of other mediums.
“The art world can be very intimidating and unapproachable. We’ve culled the studios of innumerable artists and present unique works by investment quality artists. We offer them with no attitude and an easy, approachable way of purchasing,” said LOOC ART co-founders Lara McLanahan and Claire Johnston.
In the coming months LOOC ART will expand to include studio tours, corporate and private art consulting, additional pop-up galleries and the online sale of work by current MFA candidates and recent graduates of MFA programs.
85 Jobs Lane Southampton, www.loocart.com
Friday July 6th – Fridays At Five Authors Series Lucette Lagnado
Every Friday in the summer the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton hosts amazing literary talent in their back yard. Enjoy a glass of wine and expand your intellectual horizons. On July 6th Lucette Lagnado will read from her new book The Arrogant Years a memoir – “One girl’s search for her lost youth from Cairo to Brooklyn.
2478 Main Street Bridgehampton www.hamptonlibrary.org
Friday July 6 - 10th annual Shark Attack Sounds Party
The 10th Annual Shark Attack Sounds party hosted by Ben Watts, Ben Pundole, and Mazdack Rassi in celebration of Independence Day. DJ lineup for the evening is DJ Zen Freeman, Chelsea Leyland, Carl Kennedy and Victor Calderone. Last year 2500 guests showed up to celebrate including star power from Naomi Watts and Liev Schrieber. This year they promise to have surprises in store. Rock on.
Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café – 455 East Lake Drive, Montauk
Doors open at 8pm with free BBQ the first hour
$20 for all guests
Saturday July 7th Bridge Garden Trust Garden Tour
This hidden gem is a beautiful five acre garden just a stone’s throw from Citarella. The private gardens are now managed by the Peconic Land Trust and feature a rose garden with 800 varieties, a lavender garden, knot garden, herbs galore, and all sorts of flowering shrubs and trees. Rick Bogusch will give a tour on July 7 at 10am to discuss the plantings and gardening materials as well as sustainable practices. You can also see the sculpture exhibition Uncommon Ground III.
The gardens are open Wed, Thurs from noon to 5, Friday from noon to dusk, Saturday 10 – 4 and Sunday noon to 4pm. Admission is $10.
Bridge Garden Trust 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton www.peconiclandtrust.org/Bridge_Gardens
Saturday July 7th Love Heals at Luna Farms – Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education
Luna Farms – Sagaponack
This is always a favorite of the younger social set with drinks, dinner, dancing and one of the best silent auctions given all the fashionistas who support the event. Benefitting the Alison Gertz Foundation For AIDS Education, the Hamptons fundraiser is held under a big top tent in a farm field. More than one married couple has met here – remember to smile.
Tickets start at $250