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Hangin' in the Hamptons: It's circus time

TV Chef Emeril Lagasse and other chefs will

TV Chef Emeril Lagasse and other chefs will be at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard to celebrate the "Chefs & Champagne New York" annual summer tasting party. Credit: AP

Looks like celebrities will be everywhere this weekend -- but don't worry kids, the circus is in town too!

1. Fans of celebrities and poetry alike can catch a cornucopia of Hollywood stars performing literary works live at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-4050, to support the Pushcart Prize fellowships. Among those scheduled to appear are Amy Irving ("Carrie," "Alias"), Denis O'Hare ("The Proposal," "Milk"), Jessalyn Gilsig ("Glee," "Nip/Tuck"), Kathryn Erbe ("Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "Oz") and Kevin Corrigan ("The Departed," "Pineapple Express"). The Pushcart Prize honors the top short fiction, essays and other literary works published by small presses. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, with tickets running from $25 to $100.

2. Spirited TV chef Emeril Lagasse will be at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard (139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack, 631-537-5106, Saturday to "kick it up a notch" (as he often exclaims) at this year's "Chefs & Champagne New York" annual summer tasting party thrown by the James Beard Foundation culinary group. Expect bites created by more than 30 different chefs as well as many wines, Champagne and beer starting at 5:30 p.m. for $275 (or pay $375 for a VIP 4:30 p.m. entry).

3. From the "Kidshampton" department: The Children's Museum of the East End (376 Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton, 631-537-8250, is holding its annual family fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Aimed at kids ages 2 to 7, the event will feature performers from the Big Apple Circus as well as music, arts and crafts, pony rides, unicycles, juggling, food and other fun stuff. Tickets start at $150 in advance, $175 at the door (children under 18 are $100 in advance, $125 at the door), with funds going toward future museum endeavors.

4. Garden City native Susan Lucci is a soap opera icon -- nominated 21 times for an Emmy (she won once) for her portrayal of the marvelous and mean Erica Kane on ABC's "All My Children." She's written about her personal life in her memoir "All My Life," and on Sunday she'll be at the Quogue Public Library (90 Quogue Rd., 631-653-4224, at 5 p.m. to discuss the book in detail. Admission is $15 (advance registration is a must) with autographed copies of the book available for purchase.


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