Having a great time while doing good is what the final weekend of July is all about here in the Hamptons, as endless charity events take center stage. From the chic style of Super Saturday to the explosive art at the Big Bang, benefits are at the heart of what’s happening on the East End…but don’t miss an incredible meteor show, an inaugural Olympic triathlon, author readings and more!
Inaugural Art Southampton to Host Intimate Evening to Benefit The Watermill Center
Friday, July 27, 5–10 p.m., Elk’s Lodge Fairgrounds, 605 County Road 39, Southampton
Art Southampton presented by Art Miami will host a very special evening to benefit The Watermill Center, located in Watermill, New York. On Friday, July 27, internationally acclaimed director and Watermill Center Founder Robert Wilson will host a VIP reception followed by a screening of “HEAARTBEAT” a documentary on world renowned artist John Chamberlain created by his step-daughter Alexandra Fairweather. The screening will help launch the Watermill Center/John Chamberlain Residency Fund to benefit the Center’s year-round Artist Residency Program, which provides a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop their work.
Liza Klaussmann at Books & Books
Friday, July 27, 7 p.m., Books & Books Westhampton Beach, 130 Main Street., Westhampton Beach
Liza Klaussmann, long-time journalist from the New York Times and first-time fiction author, heads to Westhampton Beach to discuss her debut novel, Tigers in Red Weather—the story of Nick and her cousin Helena at their glorious family estate, Tiger House, on the cusp of their “real lives,” when a brutal murder is discovered and causes a quick unraveling of the family and its bonds. Don’t miss out on meeting Klaussmann for her debut into the literary world!
13th Annual Art for Life Gala at Russell Simmons’ East Hampton Estate
Saturday, July 28, 5 p.m., Simmons Estate, East Hampton
Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons to host the 13th Annual ART FOR LIFE East Hampton Benefit celebrating the creative energy of New York City youth and honoring individuals in the community for their career achievements and philanthropic work. This year’s event will honor recording artists Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Betsy Z. Cohen (Bancorp Inc.), Tamia and Grant Hill (The Grant Hill Foundation), and Marc J. Leder (Sun Capital Partners Inc.). CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will host the evening which will feature a Rush Kids Auction by Star Jonesand special performances by Grammy Award Winning R&B/Soul singer-songwriter Anita Baker, world renown hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa, and hip-hop sensation Diggy Simmons. Music will be provided by DJ M.O.S. Kimora Lee Simmons will act as Honorary Chair. Event Chairs include Frank and Nina Cooper (Pepsi Co.), Rick Davidson, Janet andCalvin Hill, and Bobby and Jill Zarin. Lucille Blairand Alberto Mugrabi will serve as Art Auction Chairs with Shamin Abas and Angella Forbes as Luxury Auction Chairs. Expected guests include Kimora Lee Simmons, Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Justine Simmons, Angela Simmons, Amar’e Stoudemire, MC Lyte and Vanessa Williams.
Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge
Saturday, July 28, 6 a.m., Kirk Park Beach, South Emerson Avenue, Montauk
“Get Wet for a Good Cause!” at the 4th Annual Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge to benefit the future Aquatics Center at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. There are three distance categories (half mile, one-mile, and two-mile) for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Swimmer check-in and same-day registration opens at 6:00 a.m. at the Kirk Park beach parking lot, just west of the Montauk IGA. All races end near the main parking lot at Ditch Plains Beach. Registration prices are $25 (youth) and $35 (adult); registration price includes swim cap, t-shirt and post-race breakfast. Register in advance online at: http://www.active.com/swim-meet/montauk-ny/montauk-ocean-swim-challenge-2012
South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)—Accabonac Paddle
Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m., Southampton
Veteran naturalist Mike Bottini will lead you on this leisurely paddle to learn about the history and ecology of “Bonac Creek.” You’ll travel along this very scenic estuary, bordered by extensive salt marsh, and teeming with marine life and birds. Wear shoes that can get wet. Kayaks are available for rental (single $40, tandem $60) or bring your own kayak or canoe. Participants must call (631) 537-9735 for reservations and information about meeting place. *Reservations are required for all walks, workshops, and programs.* There is no charge for SoFo Members (unless otherwise stated); Non-members $7 per adult; $5 per child. Fees include admission to the museum on the day of the program
8th Annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mattituck
Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard, 715 Hallock Lane, Mattituck
Ask top chefs or out-of-town visitors to pick their favorite local farm fare, and the odds are good you’ll get a four-letter answer: C-O-R-N. If you count yourself among the maize mavens, then you can’t miss the 8th Annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mattituck. “Country Jens” Singing Hayrides, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Corn Eating Contest, Country Food, Wine Tasting, Long Island Beer and more! A portion of the Proceeds from the Roasted Corn Sales to Benefit Peconic Bay Medical Center.
15th Annual Super Saturday to Benefit Ovarian Cancer Research
Saturday, July 28, 1–6 p.m., Nova’s Ark Project, Water Mill
Hosts Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan headline what is without question the world’s greatest garage sale. In addition to more than 200 designers from Alex Woo to Zobha, the all-day extravaganza offers a kids carnival, gourmet dining, A-list guests and all the flair and fun that make this annual event supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund one of the defining events of summer in the Hamptons. Ticket prices are $450 regular or $650 preview for adults and $150 for kids ages 5-16. Children under the age of 5 will be admitted free of charge. Preview tickets include access to an exclusive pre-shipping hour from 12 pm – 1 as well as a gift bag. Table and sponsor packages are available beginning at $2500.
The Big Bang: The 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit
Saturday, July 28, 6 p.m., The Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Town Road, Water Mill
The Watermill Center will once again bring together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society for The Big Bang: The 19th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit. Benefit artists and Watermill International Summer Program Participants from over 30 different countries will create eight acres of installations and performances throughout the grounds of Watermill during the event, and funds raised will support The Watermill Center’s International Summer Program and Fall/ Spring Residency Program, which provides a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop their work.
Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Party
Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m., Custer Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold
Look up in the sky and you’re in for a treat! Saturday night is the peak of the Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower, during which the maximum hourly rate can reach up to 20 meteors radiating from the southern sky. As if waterhing weren’t enough, accompanying this event will be an outdoor presentation by Chris Peters, “Music for Meteors.” Suggested Donation: $5 Non-Members, $3 Children, free for Members.
Guild Hall Presents Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo
Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
Prepare yourself for an inspired and intimate evening when renowned Grammy Award winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his Quartet’s longtime pianist, Joey Calderazzo, take the stage to reveal an ever deepening musical relationship and share a glimpse into their musical journey. Tickets online at GuildHall.org or at Box Office 631.324.4050; theatermania.com; or 1.866.811.4111.
WHBPAC Presents Rufus Wainwright and His Band
Saturday, July 28, 8:30 p.m., WHBPAC, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center welcomes back, for the fourth time, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and His Band! Tickets are $145, $125 and $95. More information at www.whbpac.org, or call the box office at 631-288-1500.
Riverhead Rocks Inaugural Olympic Distance Triathlon
Sunday, July 29, Riverhead. Start time is 6:40 a.m.
Forget any ideas about hopping the pond to London in order to get into the Summer Games. Grab your bathing suit, jogging shoes and bicycle and go for gold right here at home in the inaugural Riverhead Rocks Inaugural Olympic Distance Triathlon. More info at www.eventpowerli.com.
3rd Annual Benefit for the Sag Harbor Tree Fund
Sunday, July 29, 4–6 p.m., Cor Maria, Bay Street, Sag Harbor
Support the planting and care of commemorative trees on village streets and view the Large Terra Cotta Pots Transformed by Noted East End Artists. Since 1994 the Fund has planted 325 trees and cared for them for three years after planting, when the Village of Sag Harbor takes over their care. The Fund provides green watering bags to protect young trees from heat and drought, prunes, feeds, and mulches to assure their health, as well as installs bronze plaques at the foot of donated trees. Meet the Artists and enjoy wine, tea, mango lemonade, hors d’oeuvres and fefreshments on Cormaria’s porch overlooking the harbor. Admission $20
WHBPAC Presents Jim Gaffigan on His “America Tour”
Sunday, July 29, 8:30 pm, WHBPAC, Westhampton Beach
This everyday suburban funnyman is not only Comedy Central’s highest rated stand-up comedian, he’s also an impressive actor, having recently made his stage debut in the Broadway revival of That Championship Season. His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today, and he’s bringing his game to Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.