Story By: Edward Callaghan

Kim Kardashian

Poolside parties, parades and eye popping pyrotechnics made this one very spectacular 4th of July in Hamptons’ style. The weekend got off to a roaring start with the launch of a new string of parties organized by Unik, R. Couri Hay, Jay Norris and Frank Cilione the Hamptons Social Series with an inaugural bash for Tatiana and Campion Platt in honor of Best Buddies the organization founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one contact, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A popular cause among the Hamptons set, the party at Lily Pond in East Hampton drew a glittering crowd including model Heidi Albertsen, Real Housewives’ Sonja Morgan, entrepreneur Michael Wudyka, as well as publicist and now reality show star Jonathan Cheban who had plenty of reason to celebrate. E! TV recently announced that it has ordered a reality series based on SPINdustry, a half-hour special that aired in February. SPINdustry chronicled the exploits of Simon Huck and Cheban with their LA-based PR Company, Command PR. The Spin Crowd will continue where the special left off. Kim Kardashian will be an executive producer for the new series. Also making a rare appearance at the fete was Star Jones.


Adrian Grenier

By the way Entourage star Adrian Grenier is featured in a new PSA campaign to save blue fin tuna with music by NYLON Studios. “Blue fin Tuna are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, but even they can’t escape our appetites,” says the star of the PSA. “We’re eating them to the brink of extinction. Go to Help save Blue fin before they’re gone for good.” Hope they invited him to the Hamptons bash! Read more on this great event below....


Congressman Tim Bishop

Saturday we hopped down South Main Street in Southampton for the Halsey House Summer Gala always one of the loveliest parties of summer. The Southampton Historical Museum’s annual event to benefit the restoration of the 1666 Thomas Halsey Homestead this year drew one of the largest crowds in recent memory. Catered by Schmidt’s Market, there were wonderful passed hors d’oeuvres from sushi to mini lobster rolls and a 30 foot long raw bar brimming with oysters, clams, crab and shrimp. As is traditional may of the Museum’s supporters were in Colonial garb from serving wenches to Militia Men who displayed there skills with the muskets and fired off several volleys. In the crowd were Congressman Tim Bishop and his wife Children’s School founder Cathy, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley and his wife Marianne and The Museum’s Executive Director Tom Edmonds. Also looking stunning was Jean Shafiroff, who always brightens up a great bash. Later on we toasted our pal documentary filmmaker Robert Kane Pappas on his latest project from his Sag Harbor Basement Pictures “To Age or Not to Age” which explores the profound discoveries in aging, its relationship to diseases and compounds which may intervene. Robert will be hosting a sneak preview of the film at the Ross School in East Hampton this week before its theatrical release on July 16 at the Village East Cinema in New York City. A Q&A will follow the screening with the film director and Aubrey de Grey PhD, a controversial voice in the field of aging and advocacy.


Bruce Weber

Speaking of films there is lots of buzz about the latest work from famed photographer/ director Bruce Weber "Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast" a documentary about legendary screen star and Hollywood bad boy Robert Mitchum. Weber is most widely known for his ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, and Gianni Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone magazine but his film work is drawing praise in advance screenings. The Montauk based lens man will likely see his film featured in this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival.


LL Cool J

NCIS fans take note! Long Island’s favorite son LL Cool J star of NCIS: LA will be honored with the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award at the Sagaponack home of Tricia Kallett and Craig Klosk on Saturday, August 7th. New York Giants star quarterback Eli Manning and Debra L. Lee, President and CEO of BET Holdings, Inc. parent company of BET, will serve as Honorary Chairs. Matthew Blank, Barbara & Jack Dildabanian, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Stewart Rahr and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch are Event Co-chairs.


Gayle King

Andrew Saffir and his Cinema Society pulled off another great event this weekend – a summer supper on the lawn and a screening of “Grease Sing a Long” at Katie Lee’s Sagaponack beach house followed by a dance party on the beach. Dior Beauty and Moet & Chandon sponsored the event so you know that Katie was in Dior from her head to her pretty little toes. Guests were invited to come in “Rydell High” dress meaning ‘50s style – and many did including Sessa Von Richtofen aka Mrs. Richard Johnson who donned a 50s style wig. Joining in on the sing-a-long were Justine & John Leguizamo, Real Housewives’ Sonja Morgan & Kelly Bensimon, Jodi Della Femina, Donna Karan, Joe Zee, Whitney, James & Jill Fairchild, Oprah’s BFF Gayle King, polo player and face of Ralph Lauren, Nacho Figueras and his gorgeous wife Delfina, Patricia Birch the original choreographer of “Grease”, Charla Krupp, Ben Shenkman, Samantha Perelman, Zach Galligan, Dylan Lauren, Alina Cho, Hana Soukupova and scores more fabulous faces. Cases and cases of Moet & Chandon’s new Ice Imperial kept the dancers from overheating!


Paul McCartney

Amagansett royalty Sir Paul McCartney was nowhere on the scene out East. The troubadour was in London having just taped a concert for the Born HIV Free campaign exclusively broadcast on the organization’s You Tube site More than 1.2 million viewers logged on to the dedicated Born HIV Free channel in one day last week, which featured McCartney performing live as part of the “Hard Rock Calling” music event in Hyde Park, attended by 40,000 fans. During the concert, online viewers were invited to sign their names on the campaign website, to show their support during the streaming. The YouTube broadcast will continue to be available for viewing on the channel for one month. During the live show, as Paul McCartney performed, supporters flooded the Born HIV Free YouTube channel, Face book fan page and Twitter account with an outpouring of support for the campaign. More than 14,000 tweets were sent relaying information about the broadcast concert, nearly 600 Facebook postings, and almost 1,000 blog entries about either Paul McCartney or the Born HIV Free campaign.


Gwyneth Paltrow

Another famous resident of the beach community Gwyneth Paltrow is talking Poop on her Goop blog site. Not baby poop but cow poop and gases that emanate form the beasts. Gwyneth makes a strong case for Americans to cut down on their red meat consumption to ease the effect of greenhouse gas that is contributing to global warming. She is also encouraging her fans to be more mindful of the environment following the Gulf Coast oil spill. “Over the past two months, the spill has revealed the extreme but hidden risks of our oil usage. We have been quick to blame the greed and incompetence of BP and government regulators, but most of us have been slow to recognize our own roles, as consumers, in the catastrophe. The plain truth is that if we weren’t demanding so much oil, the industry wouldn’t be going to such extreme lengths to get it.” Gwyneth goes on to recommend ways we can make our homes more environmentally-friendly, such as installing energy-saving light bulbs, better insulation and more.


Ted Danson

Speaking of green things - and blue -, those good folks at Oceana who work so hard to protect the world’s water will host their first ever Hamptons benefit and awareness raising event on July 10th. The event, which will overlook Scott Cameron Beach on Mecox Bay, will feature a cocktail reception and buffet dinner. The night will also include a live auction with the proceeds going to Oceana, as well as a presentation on Oceana and its mission. Lois Robins & Sue Cohn Rockefeller are co-hosting the fete at which, Ted Danson, Sam Waterston and an impressive group of prominent figures in the Hamptons, including Vera Wang and Arthur Becker, Ellen and Dan Crown, Sandi and Andrew Farkas Tom and Lori Florio, Senator Frank Lautenberg and Bonnie Lautenberg, Tami and Fred Mack, Julie and William Macklowe and Lizzie and John Tisch will attend.


Ross Bleckner

If you can still get a ticket, do not miss The Parrish Art Museum’s Summer Party which will honor Beth Rudin DeWoody and Ross Bleckner, two individuals whose lives exemplify an extraordinary commitment to the arts. Co-Chairs for the party are Deborah Bancroft and Dorothy Lichtenstein.

One of America’s most energetic and creative arts patrons, Beth Rudin DeWoody is a committed philanthropist, collector, curator, and great champion of the Parrish. Her dedication is matched only by her creativity and leadership. Over the years, Beth has served as a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and New Yorkers for Children, just to name a few.

Ross Bleckner has been the subject of major exhibitions in museums internationally—he was the youngest artist ever to have a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—and his brilliant and beautiful paintings are held in prominent collections throughout the world. Also a noted humanitarian, Ross serves on the board of ACRIA and is the only artist ever to be named as a United Nations Ambassador for Goodwill for his work with children in Uganda.

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