Summer in the Hamptons is all about seeing and being seen. Here are some quintessential events where you'll be able to do both.
Wild Night for Wildlife Benefit Gala
WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. July 16 at the historic estate of Simon and Valerie Rose in Quogue
INFO 631-653-4771, quoguewildliferefuge.org
WHY GO This Quogue Wildlife Refuge fundraiser includes some face time with the animals at the Refuge. Gala-goers are introduced to owls, birds of prey, reptiles and others by trained animal handlers. "It is funny to see all these people in evening gowns, suits and tuxedos petting owls or having a python draped over their shoulders," says event coordinator Trish Kaloski. The evening at a private mansion in Quogue will also include guest speaker Bill Ritter of WABC-TV, tours of the mansion, music by the Hackensack Men and the Trenton Horns, raffles and an auction. Hors d'oeuvres and buffet-style dinner prepared by Stone Creek Inn of East Quogue.
WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 8-9 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 10, Sayre Park, 156 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton. Reception and preview party ($100) 6-9 p.m. July 7
INFO 631-283-5505, arthamptons.com
WHY GO Even if buying a $750,000 piece of art isn't in your budget, you still can see thousands of pieces of contemporary art from 60 galleries from around the world. "This is a great place to see what is up and coming in the art scene," executive director Rick Friedman says of the more than 500 artists represented. Works cover the 1950s to the present, and prices start at $1,000.
Super Saturday 14
WHEN|WHERE Noon-6 p.m. July 30, Nova's Ark Project, 30 Millstone Rd., Water Mill
INFO 212-759-2800, ext. 12, ocrf.org
$150 ages 5-16
WHY GO In principle, you're supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, whose goal is early detection of ovarian cancer. Less altruistically, you'll get 30 percent to 50 percent off current season fashions by 200 designers. These include Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Alice + Olivia and Stuart Weitzman. This all-inclusive, all-day shopping event also includes facials, manicures, massages, lunch, snacks and a children's carnival. "People really do stay all day," says event coordinator Katie Dillon. "They take a break from shopping, have lunch and get a massage or facial."
INFO 631-324-0222, ext. 7, authorsnight.org
ADMISSION $100 reception/book signing; $250-$2,500 dinner with an author (reservations required)
WHY GO Get some face time with 165 authors (many boldface names) during this fundraiser for the East Hampton Library. You can bring a book you've previously purchased or buy one there. "Writing is a very solitary occupation," says author Nelson DeMille, a regular at the event. "This is a chance to meet my readers. I probably have the slowest-moving line there that night."
WHEN|WHERE 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 240 Snake Hollow Rd., Brigdehampton
INFO 631-537-3177, hamptonclassic.com
ADMISSION $10 ($20 per carload). Free admission Aug. 29
WHY GO Watch more than 1,600 horses and their riders compete for $600,000 in prizes. Take a break from the ring and take in the celebrities as you shop such purveyors as Hermès or Der-Dau custom boots in the boutique garden. "Show jumping is a straightforward sport that anyone can understand," says executive director Shanette Cohen. "But, even if you've seen it on television, in person, the jumps look huge, the horses look bigger and the riders so athletic."