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Hangin' in the Hamptons: Softball, polo and one big party

Rapper, DJ and producer Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith.

Rapper, DJ and producer Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith. He’ll be the DJ at 1 OAK in Southampton on Saturday, Aug. 16. Credit: Getty Images

Classic gatherings return in a big way, while a club king gets a hip party going.


Many galas, parties and events fill the Hamptons' summer social calendar, but the annual Artists & Writers Annual Softball Game is arguably the most fun-filled of all. This is the 66th year for the game, which pits a roster of notable scribes against a squad of artists -- with either side possibly sporting celebrities of television and film. Come down to Herrick Park at Newtown Lane in East Hampton Saturday at noon and watch batting practice. The game, which begins at 2 p.m., benefits a number of charitable organizations, including The Retreat, East End Hospice, the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center and Phoenix House. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door; for more information, visit


Meanwhile, only a few hamlets over, another hot yearly East End event goes down at 3 p.m. Saturday as the fight for the Hamptons Cup will take place at the Bridgehampton Polo Club, 849 Hayground Rd. Guests can enjoy food and drink, jump in on some halftime activities and meet players by buying tickets online at ($150). For more details, visit


If you've gone clubbing anytime in the past eight years, you've probably heard at least one track starring Lil Jon, a producer and rapper whose party chants are an integral part of the modern club music soundscape. Whether he's screaming "What," "OK" or "Turn Down for What," chances are the crowd will be yelling along. Anyone attending 1OAK in Southampton, 125 Tuckahoe Lane, on Saturday will get a chance to chime in as Jon will be the guest DJ starting after 11 p.m. Table service is usually the way in. Expect a tremendous turnout, so book early at 631-204-5433 or email For further details, visit

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