The best of the Hamptons 2017: Parties, restaurant trends, events, more

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Star-studded parties, trendy restaurants, haute shopping — summer in the Hamptons brings all that and more. Whether you’re daytripping to the South Fork or staying for a long weekend, here’s a rundown of things to do.

Vegan wellness with Hilaria Baldwin

Author and yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin (wife of
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Author and yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin (wife of actor Alec Baldwin) will be honored by Wellness Foundation at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Mulford Farm (10 James Lane, East Hampton) as part of its annual summer benefit. Also featuring live music, cocktails and plant-based food prepared by vegan chef Jay Astafa, tickets are $175 with funds raised slated to benefit wellness programs in East End schools (631-668-8471, wfeh.org).

Hot cocktails

A spritz in hand is as summerlike as
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A spritz in hand is as summerlike as it gets. On an outdoor deck, even more so. From Friday, June 23, to Sunday, June 25, Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton will merge those emblems of summer. This weekend, staff from the Greenwich Village bar  Dante head east to take over the bar at Highway, pouring a menu of gin-based Negronis, fizzy spritzes and other aperitivos -- including the Sgroppino spritz, a blend of sparkling rosé with Aperol spritz-flavored sorbet from Brooklyn's OddFellows Ice Cream Co. Dubbed the #SummerofSpritz pop-up, the event will begin at 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Selfies likely encouraged. Highway Restaurant & Bar, 290 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton (631-527-5372 highwayrestaurant.com).

Polo and celebs

Actress  Christine Evangelista (TV's "The Arrangement," "Chicago
(Credit: Christine Evangelista via Instagram)

Actress  Christine Evangelista (TV's "The Arrangement," "Chicago Fire," "The Walking Dead") hosts the " Polo Hamptons" polo match and cocktail party at Southampton Polo Club (206 Millstone Rd., Water Mill) 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Also featuring music by celebrity DJ Lee Kalt, the event alsowill include passed hors d'oeuvres and an open bar; tickets are $150-$250 in advance ( polohamptons.com).

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Aimee Mann

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has scored hits as
(Credit: Sheryl Nields/Sheryl Nields)

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has scored hits as a solo artist ("Save Me," "Can't You Tell," "Wise Up") and with her former band 'Til Tuesday ("Voices Carry"). She performs at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (76 Main St., Westhampton Beach) 8 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Tickets are $61-$101 (631-288-1500; whbpac.org).

Montauk Brewing birthday

The easternmost brewery in New York, Montauk Brewing
(Credit: Montauk Brewing Company/Vaughan Cutillo)

The easternmost brewery in New York, Montauk Brewing Company, celebrates its fifth anniversary across town at Ruschmeyer's (161 2nd House Rd.; 631-483-5154, ruschmeyersmtk.com) 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, with a free-to-enter party featuring a DJ, food and Montauk Brewing Company beer (guests must RSVP in advance at RSVP@MontaukBrewingCo.com). Brewers will celebrate the occasion at noon Friday at the brewery (62 S. Erie Ave.) by tapping an extremely limited "Five Year Anniversary Beer," an India Pale Ale blended with blood orange and vanilla beans. The celebratory suds will be available until the batch runs out (which is expected to happen quickly), but the brew will also be sold in take-home Crowler boxes, and limited-edition pint glasses will be on-hand for purchase (631-668-8471, montaukbrewingco.com).

Sturdy Souls

Consisting of native Long Islanders Kevin Angiulo and
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Consisting of native Long Islanders Kevin Angiulo and Katie Usher, The Sturdy Souls specialize in a bluesy, beachy style of indie rock, and will be playing several venues across Montauk throughout the summer, including free shows at The Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Rd.; 631-668-3100,  montaukyachtclub.com) 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, and Shagwong Tavern (774 Main St.; 631-668-3050, shagwongtavern.com) 5 p.m. Saturday, June 24, as well as two Sunday, June 25, performances, Solé East (90 2nd House Rd.; 631-668-2105, soleeast.com) at 10 a.m. and Tauk at Trail's End (63 South Euclid Ave.; 631-238-5527, taukattrailsend.com) at 6 p.m. ( thesturdysouls.com)

Jazz fundraiser

The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center is
(Credit: Evan Sherman/Evan Sherman)

The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center is hosting its "Jazz for Jennings" fundraiser, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at The Watermill Center (39 Water Mill Town Rd., Water Mill; 631-726-4628, watermillcenter.org). The brunch and concert honor the memory of the late television journalist Peter Jennings, and music will be led by composer and drummer Evan Sherman (pictured). Tickets start at $500 (631-537-0616, bhccrc.org).

Restore the shore

For an event with lasting impact, the Shinnecock
(Credit: Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program/Rachel Silver)

For an event with lasting impact, the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) is leading a free eelgrass refurbishment event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Taking place at the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Station (8 Little Neck Rd., Southampton), this family-friendly undertaking begins with the assembly of adult eelgrass shoot restoration units, and is followed with boat trips out on Shinnecock Bay (2 p.m.-4 p.m.) to deploy the units where growth is needed. Boat space is limited, so those seeking to take part in the deployment should register online in advance at eventbrite.com ( shinnecockbay.org).

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New artisanal bread bakery

One of the hottest food spots in the
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One of the hottest food spots in the Hamptons this summer doesn't even have seats. After baking artisanal bread out of a shared kitchen in Southampton for three years, Carissa Waechter has opened a retail bakery in East Hampton where she has expanded her line to include pies, cakes and sandwiches. The sleek shop -- located in the parking area behind Newtown Lane -- is a study in white and stainless, the better to highlight the golden brown of the baguettes, the burnt umber of the rustic loaves, the rich chestnut of the croissants and the speckled seeds of the pickle ryes (made with pureed pickles and juice). The kitchen is in full view of the sales area, which means that, for the first time, Waechter can watch her customers enjoy her wares. "I already get to bake all day," she said. "Meeting my customers face to face just makes it better." Carissa's The Bakery is at 68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton;   csbreads@gmail.com   

Country Night at The Springs Tavern

The Springs Tavern (15 Fort Pond Blvd., East
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The Springs Tavern (15 Fort Pond Blvd., East Hampton) hosts a weekly country night starting at 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The shindig will start with an hourlong line dance class, followed by live music by resident band Spaghetti Westerners (pictured) at 9 p.m. (631-527-7800, thespringstavern.com).

Dan Bailey Tribe

With a sound that blends reggae, soul and
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With a sound that blends reggae, soul and funk, the Hamptons-based Dan Bailey Tribe (danbaileytribe.com) has been a summer standard for several seasons, playing venues all over the East End. The act now has a set residency at Miss Chloe (44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton) 10 p.m.-midnight Thursdays. No cover for entry, drink specials and Bailey also invites attendees to bring drums in order to jam during percussion breaks (misschloehamptons.com; call 917-826-3662 for reservations, email MissChloeHamptons@gmail.com for information).

Fantasy brunch

TBar at Kozu in Southampton is doing a
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TBar at Kozu in Southampton is doing a brunch bash noon-6 p.m. Saturdays that combines dining with club-style entertainment. Guests can sit in the main room or outdoors and choose from a menu that spans from an Angus burger and fries to more morning-minded options such as eggs Benedict and French toast. The venue also sports a back space with a dance floor, and a DJ will be on hand to spin dance and hip-hop (the music can be heard throughout Kozu). Bottle service is available, and musicians, dancers and other live entertainers will provide short performance breaks to the beat. Reservations are recommended but not necessary (631-619-6660).

'The Man in the Ceiling'

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents
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Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents "The Man in the Ceiling" daily through June 25. Based on the novel by the same name by author and cartoonist Jules Feiffer, the play features music and lyrics by Grammy- and Tony Award-nominee Andrew Lippa. Tickets from $40 (631-725-9500, baystreet.org).

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Free music shows at Montauk Yacht Club

The Montauk Yacht Club presents free live music every
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The Montauk Yacht Club presents free live music every weekend throughout the summer, with all performances open to the public. Sessions are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Fridays and 12:30-4:30 p.m Saturdays. (Gissel Garcia, pictured, played with her band on Saturday, June 3) with added shows on some Sundays, holidays and other dates (631-668-3100, montaukyachtclub.com). 

Beach Bar, Season 25

A survivor from the days when Hampton Bays
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A survivor from the days when Hampton Bays held several summer nightspots from which to choose, Beach Bar (58 Foster Ave.; 631-723-3100) continues to host busy weekend parties, returning for its 25th season. A casual hangout known for its friendly bar staff, outdoor deck and party beats (delivered by scene veteran DJ Doug), it's open Fridays as the Beach Bar, but Saturdays the venue hosts the "Drift Inn" shindig (an affair that moved to this location following the demise of its former home, the now-defunct Neptune Beach Club). Doors open at 9 p.m.; admission is $10-$20. For more information, visit beachbarhamptons.com.

Hamptons Gift Bag

The annual Madison & Mulholland, Inc. Hampton Gift
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The annual Madison & Mulholland, Inc. Hampton Gift Bag program is once again underway. It contains a minimum of seven books (not all bags contain the same books), a notepad and beauty/ grooming items, among other inclusions. Bags are given gratis to guests of Southampton Inn (91 Hill St., Southampton; 631-283-6500, southamptoninn.com), Hotel Indigo (1830 W. Main St., Riverhead; 631-369-2200, indigoeastend.com) and Baron's Cove (31 W. Water St., Sag Harbor; 844-227-6672, baronscove.com), as well as to visitors to the Lucille Khornak Gallery (2400 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; 631-613-6000, lucillekhornakgallery.com), but to reserve a bag (for a $9.59 reservation fee), visit hamptongiftbag.com (bags can be shipped to you for an additional $32.99). Reservations will close on Tuesday, June 28.

Montauk Beach House (55 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk;
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Montauk Beach House (55 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk; 631-668-2112) is once again bringing back its daytime gatherings that go on throughout Saturdays and Sundays, open as usual to the general public. However, with the addition of the Memorial Day holiday, the hospitality spot is adding a Monday event featuring DJ (and native Long Islander) Kristine Barrilli from noon-5 p.m. Born in Merrick, she's best known for her work at numerous NYC clubs and her deep musical knowledge, so expect a session from Barrilli to offer quality beats. Admission is free, but all must RSVP at thembh.com in advance to attend.

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