Story By: Edward Callaghan

Kelly Ripa

Saturday July 31

Shinnecock Museum Strawberry Moon Festival

Join a celebration of local Native American culture and heritage, and enjoy traditional summer foods at the Strawberry Moon Harvest Festival. A highlight will be “Wicki Walks” - guided tours of the Museum’s mini preview “living history” Village - traditional dance and canoe making demonstrations that allow guests of all ages to learn, participate and have fun; a corn cob eating contest and visit by feathered friends from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The Festival will be held at the Shinnecock Museum, Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a free outdoor event on Montauk Highway in Southampton. The day also provides a wealth of choices on the Hamptons benefit circuit. Here are several of the best from past experience.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s (OCRF) 13th Annual Super Saturday The bid daddy of fashion sales The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s (OCRF) 13th Annual Super Saturday will take place on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill. Donna Karan co-hosts the super sale along with Kelly Ripa and Ariel Foxman of In Style. This daylong fundraiser will include its famous one-of-a-kind designer garage sale, a kids’ carnival, gourmet dining and exciting activities galore. Ticket prices for Super Saturday 13 are $450 (regular) or $650 (preview) for adults and $150 for children ages five to 16. Kids under five will be admitted free of charge. Preview tickets include access to an exclusive pre-shopping hour from 12 noon to 1 p.m. as well as a well stuffed goodie bag making the extra $200 more than worth it! Tables and sponsor packages are also available beginning at $2,500. For tickets visit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s website at

ACRIA Cocktails

ACRIA Cocktails at Sunset 2010
Presented by Calvin Klein Collection and Vanity Fair, Ross Bleckner with a little help from his friends Andre Balazs, Sandra Brant, Nan Bush, Bob Colacello, Francisco Costa, Steven Klein, Andrew Saffir, Elizabeth Saltzman, Ingrid Sischy, Darren Star, Bruce Weber and Italo Zucchelli will host the annual Cocktails at Sunset to benefit ACRIA. The MisShapes will perform. Founded almost 20 years ago, ACRIA has contributed to the development of more than a dozen medications that have received FDA approval, helping countless thousands of HIV-positive people live longer, healthier lives. Best part is the cocktail reception from 7pm to 11pm will be held at famed photographer Steven Klein’s farm – the one where Madonna took a tumble. Tickets are $300, $500 & $2,000. To purchase tix visit

ARF Beach Ball

ARF Beach Ball Animal lovers will definitely make a beeline to the ARF Beach Ball presented by The Animal Rescue Fund. Cocktails, a raw bar, dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and a beach bonfire are part of the festivities at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club in support of ARF’s valiant cats and dogs. You’ll be very well fed - their caterer is Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs one of the best in the biz. To purchase tickets contact or call 631-537-0400, ext. 214.

Sunday August 1

Mercedes Ruehl reads My Brilliant Divorce

Oscar Winner Mercedes Ruehl reads My Brilliant Divorce Don’t miss the absolutely brilliant Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and Obie award winner Mercedes Ruehl as she performs a staged reading of Geraldine Abron’s “My Brilliant Divorce at Guild Hall in East Hampton. If you were lucky enough to have seen her as flashy art philanthropist Peggy Guggenheim in “Woman before a Glass”, you know what I mean Aron is the author of twelve plays produced for television and radio, and 'Toscanini', a screenplay directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Her hugely acclaimed one-woman show 'My Brilliant Divorce' has been performed all over the world and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004. She is also the past winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, for 'Bar and Ger' and 'A Galway Girl' respectively. For tickets call 631-324-4050 or visit

Photo By: Walter McBride/Retna