Alec Baldwin flew in from filming “Rock of Ages” in Miami to show up June 25 at the Group for the East End’s Barefoot Under the Stars benefit at Wolffer Estates Vineyard in Sagaponack. The group was founded 38 years ago to protect the pristine environment that makes the East End a haven to so many. And it’s a fussy group.
“You could sell your house tomorrow and get a whole county in California, or you could pay for your cottage in Water Mill,” Baldwin told them. “But we want what we want out here.”
Having “The Barefoot Contessa” cookbooks author and TV chef Ina Garten host and create the menu was a “great advantage,” he said. “We can serve anything, and you would call it a great meal.” Even “oatmeal and a power bar.”
Another TV personality known for her great meals, restaurateur B. Smith has embraced the charity as well. Why not? The group has been associated with longtime residents.
Smith, who opened her eponymous Sag Harbor eatery on the water in 1998, is one of the many putting a new face on the “old Hamptons.” Meantime, we might see her face back on daytime TV. She hosted the syndicated “B. Smith with Style” for nine years, appears often on the “Today” show and “GMA,” and has her own QVC jewelry line. Now, she and husband, Dan Gasby, are working on a pilot.
Radio personality and the group's president Bob DeLuca was also looking toward the future. He told those gathered that he wants drinking water without pesticides and pharmaceudicals and to reverse the gradual decline of environmental conditions.
Pictured, Nicole Miller, Ina Garten and Alec Baldwin