The Hamptons Gossip

Story By: Edward Callaghan

Living Large in the Hamptons

Your Ultimate Guide to a Spectacular 4th of July in the Playground of the Rich & Famous

Ivanka Trump

On any given weekend in The Hamptons, the fabled East Coast playground, there are scores of fabulous parties, high ticket benefits and celebrity driven bashes at the top clubs. The myriad of choices is dizzying for the novice. So as a public service, this writer has prepared a little cheat sheet for you to navigate the social waters this 4th of July Weekend. If you’re not flying in on a Blue Star jet, hopping onto a Liberty Helicopter, then do what even the most famous stars and moguls do, take the Hampton Jitney and leave the car in the garage. Police on the East End are really tough with DWIs especially on holiday weekends. Better to call one of the car services like Home Town Taxi so you can have that extra Margarita and skip a night in the clink. Arrive early on Thursday to sip a little Champagne with Ivanka Trump and admire the glittering baubles from her new jewelry collection at tony London Jewelers on Main Street in East Hampton from 6pm to 8pm. Try to snag a table at the favored celebrity eatery the legendary Nick & Toni’s where the salad greens & veggies come right from their garden out back. Last week George Stephanopoulos, his wife comedienne, actress and author Alexandra Wentworth, famed chef Eric Ripert and actress Blythe Danner were among the diner. Head back to Main Street and turn down Park Passage and look for the funky Blue Parrot owned by Renee Zellweger, Jon Bon Jovi and cosmetics mogul Ron Perelman for some less pricey star gazing.


Friday July 2nd

Matthew Settle

Pack your beach bag and hustle over to Cooper’s Beach in Southampton which was just named the #1 beach in the world by Dr. Beach. There’s a quaint little snack bar so you don’t need to schlep lunch and worry about the mayo growing a little botulism in the sun. Apr├Ęs beach, the best Happy Hour in all of the Hamptons is an institution, The Driver’s Seat on Jobs Lane in Southampton. Their outdoor back bar and patio is where the social swells mix it up with the surfer crowd. Best yet is the diet conscious can indulge guilt free on low cal sugar free Mojitos, Margaritas and Cosmos from the best trio of mixologists on the East End - Tommy Alexander, Sidii Belqaid and Daniel Hoctor. Slip into your Lily Pulitzer dress or J Crew polo and join the traffic jam on Dune Road for the fireworks over the water. If you have big $, you can picnic at The Southampton Fresh Air Home’s 23rd Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event takes place at a massive ocean front estate and features a picnic buffet; carts filled with popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs and other all-American treats; arts and crafts, and carnival booths with games and prizes on the grounds of an ocean-front estate. The dress is American Picnic Casual. The spectacular fireworks display over Shinnecock Bay -- orchestrated to patriotic music – is the most anticipated Fourth of July fireworks event, and the only fireworks on the beach in Southampton.

Dash back from the fireworks and head over to AXE Lounge for the party for Gossip Girl star Matthew Settle hosted by Hampton Magazine’s Haley & Jason Binn and Samantha Yanks and sip Tequila Avion cocktails from 10:30 to Midnight.


Saturday July 3

The Driver's Seat Southampton

Indulge in a little retail therapy on Southampton’s most fashionable shopping streets. Jobs Lane, the oldest commercial street in America opened in 1604 is now home to the gorgeous country outposts of Diane Von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, J McLaughlin and Stubbs & Wooten for their fabulous summer shoes for men and women along with cutting edge designer shops such as Edition 002 and Vicomte d’Arthur for the guys and Stitch where the young sister-owners employ two full time seamstresses to whip you up a custom made little summer dress in hours.

The historic village’s Main Street boasts the oldest department store in America Hildreth’s founded in 1842 and still run by the Hildreth family, preppy emporiums like Vineyard Vines, Brooks Brothers and J. Crew, Saks Fifth Avenue, H.Groome (for the best host gifts if you’re crashing with friends and want to impress), Jesse Warren’s hip TENET, Mackenzie Tribe for an updated twist on the preppy look and much more.

Hungry? Southampton offers many options – great burgers at Barrister’s; fabulous takeout at The Golden Pear, The Village Cheese Shop and huge sandwiches at Silver’s, tasty Clam Pie and other specialties at The Driver’s Seat, robust German-American at Shippy’s Pumpernickel another hot local spot and fine continental with a heavy dose of French at the long running – and with good reason – Le Chef. Best part of dining here is all the restaurants have outdoor cafes for the ultimate in people watching.


Halsey House

For a quintessential 4th of July celebration nothing beats the annual Halsey House Gala, The Southampton Historical Museum’s annual fete to benefit the restoration of the 1666 Thomas Halsey Homestead. Catered by Schmidt's Market, the event also features reenactments of Revolutionary War Militia drills complete with musket fire and of course beautiful Colonial garbed serving wenches, festive music and silent auction, Gala gift bag. Tickets are $125 in advance, $75 for junior supporters (age 30 and under) and $150 at the door. Call 631-283-2494 for more information or to reserve tickets You’ll still have time to make it over to Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater to catch local resident Emmy award winning co-host of The View and host of her own show on CNN the wickedly funny Joy Behar.


Cyndi Lauper

Sunday, July 4

Take a drive over to Westhampton Beach for one of the best burgers on Long Island at Magic’s Pub & The Artful Dodger on Main Street. The burger is what it’s all about here - a freshly ground, hand-packed and slow grilled 100% beef burger on an English muffin. Stick around for fireworks at 9 and some throbbing African and Latin drumming by Dan Bailey & Living Rhythm at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. The one time movie theater was converted some 12 years ago into a performance venue and is now the premiere theater for live performances featuring such major artists as Cyndi Lauper, Bill Cosby, Jon Secada, The David Parsons Dance Project and more. Master drummer and prolific songwriter, Hamptons native Dan Bailey brings a new tasting of full-bodied rhythm to mainstream attention. Dan pours Reggae, Ska, Blues, African and Latin beats through his signature rhythmic changes, intoxicating his audience with fierce drum breaks. Dubbed "the Beat Master" by the New York Times, Dan has opened for The Wailers, Culture, Maxi Priest, and Inner Circle and was featured by the South African All-Stars. With his recent explosion in the Hamptons, this will be a very unique show as Dan is planning to perform many songs that have never been heard. The night will also be filmed for a concert DVD and you as the audience will get to be a part of the show .Tickets are only $20 and are on sale now. Go to


Alec Baldwin

Monday, July 5

Summer visitors get a little taste of the internationally famed Hamptons International Film Festival which takes place in the fall. For the second year, The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), working in association with Guild Hall, continues its 2nd Annual three-part “Summer Docs” series with a screening of Don Argott’s The Art of the Steal. The IFC Films release will screen at Guild Hall in East Hampton at 8pm. Returning Summer Docs host and local resident Alec Baldwin will introduce the film and participate in a question and answer session with Director Don Argott immediately following a screening of the film. The Art of the Steal chronicles the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion. If you would prefer to end your weekend with some yuks, then skip the film and run over to Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

Photos By: RD/Delacruz/Walter McBride/James Edstrom/Dziekan/Retna