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Hamptons: From architecture to crawfish

Crawfish take center stage at the CrawfishNY festival.

Crawfish take center stage at the CrawfishNY festival. Credit: Sarah Tilotta

Local history, TV stars and some not-so-local edibles make for much to do this weekend in the Hamptons:

1. With all the gorgeous homes that line the streets of Southampton, one might forget all the history behind them -- a problem easily remedied by the Southampton Historical Museum's architectural historic walking tours. On Sunday, you'll be led down Halsey Lane, from Mecox Road to Paul's Lane, a stretch that demonstrates area history from the days of farming to the 21st century. Everybody meets at the corner of Halsey Lane and Mecox Road, in front of the horse pasture, at 11 a.m. The fee is $10. For more information, call 631-283-2494 or check Southampton

2. The Phoenix House Summer Party takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at a private home in Southampton. Helping raise support for Long Island teens struggling with addiction, this year's event will be hosted by Kelly Rutherford ("Gossip Girl") and Mark Feuerstein ("Royal Pains"). Tickets start at $150 for guests 30 and younger; pricing starts at $250 for those older than 31. For more information, call 631-329-5480 or visit

3. The Artists Against Abuse Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ross School Lower Campus Field House (739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton). Actress Alexandra Wentworth ("Head Case") and her husband, George Stephanopoulos (ABC's "Good Morning America"), will host the fundraiser, which benefits the East End domestic violence agency known as The Retreat (631-329-4398, theretreatinc .org). Guests will have a chance to enjoy cocktails, auctions and a dinner where the organization will present its Hope Award to actress Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") and state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson). Tickets start at $250 for guests younger than 35, $450 for those 36 and older -- along with various ticket packages ranging from $1,600 to $10,000.

4. Fans of Cajun cuisine can get some authentic eats Saturday as CrawfishNY brings one of its signature crawfish boils to the Hamptons. From 7 to 10 p.m., Foster's Memorial Beach (100 Long Beach Rd., Sag Harbor) will play host to two tables where the crustaceans are literally poured down in large piles. Attendees stand around the tasty morsels and dig in with their hands. Tickets are $100 and include unlimited beer, wine and fruity rum-powered "hurricane" cocktails. Call 917-648-8829 or check to grab your spot.

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