Story By: Edward Callaghan

Kara Raynaud With Heather Sullivan And Mary Skillern

In true Hamptons style, the tours went on and the nightlife action continued unabated all weekend. Saturday night several hundred folks flocked to Duck Walk Vineyards for the Ann Liguori Foundation’s Annual Outback Steakhouse Dinner dance. Thanks to the efforts of Co-chairs Joanne & Roy Zarras and Jan & Rich Grim and, of course, the wildly popular Ann Liguori Sports talk show host, and WFAN tennis and golf correspondent the event was a sell out. No surprise as the food was abundant, the Duck Walk Wines splendid and the Three Olive Vodka cocktails exceedingly generous. There was a fabulous Chinese Auction organized by Patricia Vallary, president of Created for You, jewelry by Judith Ripka and a Sports memorabilia silent auction provided by Eagle Sports.

Spotted in the festive crowd bidding and socializing were Dan’s Papers editor Maria Tennariello; realtor Jeanine Edington with Cellufun CEO Neil Edwards; screen writer Kara Raynaud; photographer Heather Sullivan (a dead ringer for her sister singer K T Sullivan); Gary and Kathryn Andreassen and 2010 Media honoree Kerry Sanders of NBC News. The event raised funds for the American Cancer Society, sending kids with cancer to Camp Adventure on Shelter Island and to 'Healthy Children, Healthy Futures,' teaching young people about good nutrition and fitness for cancer prevention and for over-all good health benefits.

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Board Member and chair of the theaters Advisory Council Mary Skillern was talking up their imaginative 1st annual “Be Our Guest “benefit for the arts center on August 20 which begins with cocktails at the historic 1903 Gatsby-esque mansion of Len Conway, Chairman of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

The magnificent residence was originally designed by Henry Bacon, best known for his design of the Lincoln Memorial. To make the evening a complete experience, following cocktails, you can choose to depart to one of ten private residences in Westhampton Beach, Westhampton, Quiogue, Quogue or Remsenburg for elegant dining in quintessential Hamptons’ style. Each of the guest hosts has created a special menu and/or theme for your dining experience. And, you get to choose, in advance, from superb menus and settings from “Taste of Land and Sea” at a historic home (the former Phipps-Tuttle House), the oldest home in Remsenburg to “A Piece of Tuscany in Quiogue” at an Italian style palazzo to a “Summer Feast” featuring local seafood and seasonal bounty fresh from the garden at a stunning oceanfront estate in Quogue. And who doesn’t like to take a peek at how folks live and entertain behind the hedges!

Be Our Guest Co-chairs are Patty Allen and Lorrie Gordon. The committee for the event includes Linda Kaye, Tara Liddle, Pat Middleman and Robin Nijankin. Dinner and cocktails are $200 per person and Cocktail Party only $150 per person.

Call or e-mail now as dinner space is limited. To purchase tickets call Logan Clevenger at 631-288-2350 x 117 or e mail to . For full descriptions of all the dinner options and further information, please visit

Christie Brinkley

But the big celebrity fueled fete was in East Hampton at the oceanfront estate of Judy Licht and hubby Jerry Della Femina where Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir along with Vanity Fair and Hugo Boss hosted a private screening of “Dinner with Schmucks” with an after party supper. As always, Andrew and his partner designer Daniel Benedict pulled in a terrific mix of fashion, social and bold faced names. The party was big enough to even accommodate two ex-wives of Billy Joel – Christie Brinkley and Katie Lee – without them coming within 100 feet of each other. Laughing at the film were The Sopranos star Aida Turturro, Donna Karan, Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, Charlotte Ronson, Alison Wise, Kyle MacLachlan & Desiree Gruber, Tribeca Film Festival founder Jane Rosenthal, Stephanie Szostak, Rufus Wainwright, artist Anh Duong and Inside the Actor’s Studio host James Lipton and his wife Kedakai Lipton.

Also Howard and Beth Stern, Katie Couric, Candice Bergen, Calvin Klein, Russell Simmons, Lorne Michaels, Jane Rosenthal, Bob Balaban, Terry George, Rufus Wainwright, Kelly Bensimon, C Debbie Bancroft, First Lady of the State of New York, Michelle Paterson, Jill Rappaport, Rosanna Scotto , Jill Martin (Today Show), Kelly Klein, Reed Krakoff, Olivia Chantecaille, Keira Chaplin, Jason and Haley Binn, polo player Nic Roldan, Nick Gregory, Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie, Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse, Vanity Fair VP/Publisher Edward Menicheschi, Hugo Boss' Ward Simmons. As well, the film’s director Jay Roach and star Paul Rudd were on hand to accept congrats.

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons is getting ready for his big summer bash, the Eleventh Annual Art For Life East Hampton, A Night Of Wonder. The garden party benefit celebrating the creative energy of our New York City youth will honor Richie Akiva, Allison & Chip Brady, Deepak Chopra and Kassem “Swizz Beats” Dean.

Event Chairs are Mark Birnbaum, EMM Group, Inc., Jamison Ernest, Yellow Fever, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton and Anthony Anderson will host.
Attire is Summer White with A Splash of Color (Fuchsia, Blue, Purple, Yellow or Orange).and don’t even think of wearing beige or khaki – Russell’s security has turned away several of the rich and famous for not heeding the dress code.

To purchase tables/tickets, please click the link below or contact Haven LLC at ARTFORLIFE@HAVENLLC.COM or 212-810-4490

Candice Bergen

Not everyone hits the big parties. This weekend the Hamptons dining scene was great for star gazing. Nick & Toni’s continues to be celebrity central. Alec Baldwin entertained a large group this week. On Sunday Candice Bergen dined outside with husband Marshall Rose while nearby on the patio Steven and Kate Spielberg enjoyed a family meal with the kids. New kid in town, Serafina’s is fast becoming the fave take out spot. Billy Baldwin was spotted picking up some pizzas to go at the East Hampton eatery on Thursday evening. While waiting for his order, he chatted up some girls at the bar and posed for photos with fans. The following night comedian Jerry Seinfeld also stopped in for some Serafina takeout – pizzas in particular – and joked around with staff while waiting. Taking a break from shooting, “Royal Pain” concierge doc Mark Feuerstein treated his pregnant wife Dana for a quiet dinner in the courtyard at Rowdy Hall East Hampton and NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon lunched with his wife and daughter on Thursday at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett.

Diane von Furstenberg

Last week Hamptonite Diane von Furstenberg, President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Steven Kolb, CFDA’s Executive Director announced this year’s class of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists. It’s the fashion world’s equivalent of a scholarship program to help young designers. The winner, who will be named at a gala event in the fall, will receive a cash prize of $200,000 (two runners-up will take $50,000), as well as a year of mentorship programs to help build their companies. Joseph Altuzarra, Christian Cota, Prabal Gurung, Robert Geller and Eddie Borgo

Founded in 1962, the CFDA continues to advance the status of fashion design as a branch of American art and culture; to raise its artistic and professional standards; to define a code of ethical practices of mutual benefit in public and trade relations; and, to promote appreciation of the fashion arts through leadership in quality and aesthetic discernment.

Kate Mueth

“Trojan Women Redux” conceived and choreographed by the very talented actor writer/director Kate Mueth for her dance theater company Neo-Political Cowgirls, is a re-imagined dance tale with text based on Euripides' ancient foreshadowing of the perils of war and the effects it has on women and the family. Moving into contemporary framework this piece deals not only with the perils of war but of any energy that steals life, innocence and beauty in modern day society. Instead of remaining slaves to such energy, the women of Trojan Women Redux create a new response, building from their inner resources and feminine existence a greater response to violent acts. The performances take place at Mulford Barn Theater.

With music by the Finnish/ Swedish rock band Hedningarna, lighting by Sebastian Paczynski, set by Brian Leaver and costumes by Anna Lacivita, Trojan Women Redux is a wild and writhing "thinking outside the box" experience - thought provoking with a crazy fun twist. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 866-811-4111. Tix are $15 each for general seating outdoors under the stars.

Kyle Maclachlan

Actor Kyle MacLachlan might be best known as Charlotte's Waspy first husband in Sex and the City, or for his work in David Lynch's Twin Peaks or Blue Velvet, but he also makes wine. With Washington vintner Eric Dunham, MacLachlan produces “Pursued by Bear” with grapes from Walla Walla in Columbia Valley. In an interview with Wine Spectator, MacLachlan says his first vintage, 2005 Pursued by Bear, is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah, and a bit of Merlot, with a "blackberry jam and a cherry cola component … a mineral element" and minimal oak. And the name? While dining with Steve Martin, MacLachlan settled on a "wonderful Shakespearean stage direction that I’ve always loved: 'Exit, pursued by a bear,' from The Winter’s Tale."

Photos By: Sara De Boer/RD/Dziekan/Delacruz/Walter McBride/Retna