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The best of the Hamptons 2017: Parties, restaurant trends, events, more

Star-studded parties, trendy restaurants, haute shopping — summer in the Hamptons brings all that and more. Whether you’re daytripping to the South Fork or staying for a long weekend, here’s a rundown of things to do.

Tumbleweed Tuesday party at Dockers Waterside

Dockers Waterside Marina and Restaurant, 94 Dune Rd.,
Photo Credit: Barbara Palumbo

Dockers Waterside Marina and Restaurant, 94 Dune Rd., East Quogue, hosts its annual Tumbleweed Tuesday Pig Roast starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Also featuring drink specials, dancing and a barbecue buffet, the roast will be followed by live music from Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks, in photo, from 6 to 10 p.m. Price: $35 (beverages not included); full menu at dockerswaterside.com. Call 631-653-0653 for more information.

Celebrities star in concert reading

The Hamptons scene extends a bit beyond Labor
Photo Credit: Guild Hall/Christian Oth

The Hamptons scene extends a bit beyond Labor Day  with the star-studded "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" concert reading at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Starring James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Mercedes Ruehl, Richard Kind and Peter Riegert. Harris Yulin directs and also appears. Tickets are $30 to $50 and available at guildhall.org or by calling the box office at 631-324-4050.

Love Tempo at Sunset Beach

DJ Justin Strauss has been a star on
Photo Credit: Billy Caldwell and Justin Strauss

DJ Justin Strauss has been a star on the NYC club scene for decades, while DJ Billy Caldwell is a veteran of the UK club circuit, and when the two join forces the party is called a Love Tempo event. Capable of dropping anything from disco and classic deep house beats to new wave and post punk, the pair will be leading the closing session of the Balearic Sundays series at Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Rd., Shelter Island Heights, starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. No cover.  (631-749-2001, sunsetbeachli.com)

Fat Joe in Montauk

Grammy-nominated MC Fat Joe (
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown

Grammy-nominated MC Fat Joe ("Lean Back" and "What's Luv?") is to perform after 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept 2. 2017, at Memory Motel, 692 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. Tickets are available in advance for $40 (at eventbrite.com), $60 at the door; call 631-668-2702 for more information.

Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar at "Friends with Benefits"

Emmy-winning comedian and television host (and former English
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ethan Miller

Emmy-winning comedian and television host (and former English teacher at Lindenhurst Senior High School) Joy Behar hosts the "Friends with Benefits" comedy show 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, a fundraiser for The Retreat, a domestic abuse victim support organization. Starring Mario Cantone, Susie Essman, Anthony Atamanuik and Commack native Rosie O'Donnell, in photo,  the event will also feature live music from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted singer Darlene Love. The general admission seats have already sold out, but sponsorship tickets (starting at $500) are still available at theretreatinc.org; call 631-329-4398 for more details.

Just Plane Fun Day

The East Hampton Aviation Association hosts a Just
Photo Credit: East Hampton Aviation Association/East Hampton Aviation Association

The East Hampton Aviation Association hosts a Just Plane Fun Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at the East Hampton Airport, 200 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton, featuring unique and classic aircraft, military flybys, aerial demos, raffles and food trucks serving edibles for purchase. Admission and parking are free; visit hamptonflyers.com for more information.

Shinnecock Indian Nation Powwow

The 71st annual Shinnecock Indian Nation Powwow starts
Photo Credit: Lorina Tayag Capitulo

The 71st annual Shinnecock Indian Nation Powwow starts at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, and continues at 10 a.m. both Sept. 2 to 4  at 1 West Church St. in Southampton. Featuring traditional Native American dancing, food, arts and vendor items, admission is $15 ($10 ages 6 to 12). Call 631-283-6143 for more information, or visit shinnecockindianpowwow.com.

Bluegrass and barbecue at Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill,
Photo Credit: Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni

Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, is hosting its final Music on the Terrace live music event of 2017 starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, with a bluegrass performance from Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni. Barbecue and specialty drinks will be available for purchase; concert is included with museum admission $12, (free younger than 18). (Contact: 631-283-2118, parrishart.org)

Arts festival

The Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts returns
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts returns 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, on the Great Lawn, Main Street and Potunk Lane. Exhibits include several kinds of arts -- jewelry, photography, mixed media and painting -- for sale by dozens of artisans. Find the full list at paragonartevents.com. Call 941-487-8061 for more information.

GE Smith and Billy Squier

Musician GE Smith will join classic rock star
Photo Credit: Newsday/David J. Criblez

Musician GE Smith will join classic rock star Billy Squier, in photo,  at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, for  a performance highlighting Squier's career ("Rock Me Tonite," "The Stroke," "Everybody Wants You").  Tickets are $55 to $150 and are available by calling the box office at 631-324-4050 or at guildhall.org.

Road to Table event

Labor Day weekend usually signals the end of
Photo Credit: Newsday/Rob Rich / SocietyAllure.com

Labor Day weekend usually signals the end of the Hamptons social season, but fashion designer and philanthropist Lauren Bush Lauren is going for an extra week as host of the Goop x Cadillac Road to Table events that start at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, and Sunday, Sept. 10. Both occasions feature rides in a 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in to Amber Waves Farm, 375 Main St., Amagansett, in order to harvest vegetables with celebrity chef Christopher Kostow, followed by dinners at secret locations, at which Kostow will prepare the vegetables guests have harvested. Tickets for two are $1,300, and include goody bags; a portion of the proceeds are to benefit the anti-hunger organization, FEED. Purchase tickets online at goop.com; call 1-844-983-4667 with general questions.

Mark Ronson and celebrity DJs at Gurney's

Gurney's Montauk, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., is bringing
Photo Credit: AP/Rebecca Blackwell

Gurney's Montauk, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., is bringing in several celebrity DJs throughout Labor Day weekend to spin at the seaside spot's popular fire pit after sunset, including Grammy-winner Mark Ronson, in photo, on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017; Jus Ske  on Sept. 2, and Chachi  on Sept. 3. All events are free to enter but advance reservations are required; call 631-668-2345 to RSVP. Find a full event line-up at gurneysmontauk.com.

Lee Kalt at Calissa

Celebrity DJ Lee Kalt has been a star
Photo Credit: Ron Contarsy

Celebrity DJ Lee Kalt has been a star on the international party circuit for the past decade, and has always made stops in the Hamptons; he'll be spinning from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at Calissa, 1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill. Reservations aren't required, and bottle service is available, but an advance RSVP is always wise to secure entry into holiday weekend events in the Hamptons. (631-500-9292, calissahamptons.com)

Benefit at Boardy Barn

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is holding its
Photo Credit: Handout/Handout

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is holding its annual benefit from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at the Boardy Barn, 270 Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays. Included are auctions, a buffet, cash bar and live music. Tickets are available in advance for $35 from  southamptonanimalshelter.com, $40 at the door; call the Southampton Animal Shelter at 631-728-7387 for further details.

Hampton Classic Horse Show

The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns 8
Photo Credit: SocietyAllure.com/Rob Rich

The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Aug. 27-Sept. 3 to the showgrounds at 240 Snake Hollow Rd. in Bridgehampton. Equestrian competition is the game, with food and boutique vendors present throughout.General admission is $10 per person or $20 per carload (free for kids younger than 6 ); reserved grandstand seats for Sunday, Sept. 3 are $35-$45 (631-537-3177, hamptonclassic.com).

'As You Like It' with a jazz vibe

William Shakespeare's comedy
Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker

William Shakespeare's comedy " As You Like It" is receiving a jolt of jazz, as Bay Street Theater (1 Bay St., Sag Harbor) hosts a revamped revival through Sept. 3 (7 p.m. Tuesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday, and 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday). Tony-, Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress  Ellen Burstyn (pictured) stars in this production featuring music by Stephen Schwartz inspired by the Jazz Age. Tickets start at $40; purchase online at baystreet.org or call the box office at 631-725-9500.

After-dinner scene

Mainly an upscale restaurant focused on Greek food,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Mainly an upscale restaurant focused on Greek food, Calissa (1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill) also features DJs and live music after 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations aren't required, and there's no guest list (but reserve to guarantee an outdoor spot), but unlike some of its Hamptons contemporaries, you won't see a lot of overt advertising, so call ahead to see who's spinning or playing (631-500-9292, calissahamptons.com).

Sunset in Sag Harbor

Ever catch the end of the day on
Photo Credit: Baron's Cove

Ever catch the end of the day on the water in Sag Harbor? The hamlet's legendary sunset views are reason enough, but for an extra incentive, Baron's Cove (31 W. Water St.) hosts its "Sunsets and Sangria" special from 4 p.m.-close Sundays, featuring live Latin jazz fusion music from the Alfredo Europa Band (5-8 p.m.) and its signature Rose Sangria for $55 a pitcher (631-725-2101, baronscove.com).

E.M.P. Summer House

The E.M.P. Summer House (341 Pantigo Rd., East
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

The E.M.P. Summer House (341 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton) is primarily a fine dining restaurant; a pop-up from the people who run the lauded Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan. However, aside from its menu, this is also a spot good for drinks as it features a back bar open to the public, and signature cocktails are available. Guests can also jump in on backyard lawn games (ping-pong, corn hole, petanque) or settle into beach chairs and relax; last call on weekends is generally midnight. (212-889-0905, empsummerhouse.com, info@empsummerhouse.com)

Weekly mambo nights

Mambo Loco is among the bands performing for
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Mambo Loco is among the bands performing for the weekly mambo night at the Meschutt Beach Hut at Meschutt Beach County Park, 1 Canal Rd., Hampton Bays. The event starts  at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free; parking is free after 5 p.m.. The sunset views are outstanding. (631-728-2988, thebeachhuts.com)

Paint at the Pollock-Krasner House

Art and history come together at a tour
Photo Credit: Karyn Mannix

Art and history come together at a tour and workshop held at the Pollock-Krasner House (830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton) twice weekly 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays (until Sept. 1, and a final class on Friday, Sept. 8). Each session opens with a guided tour of the home of artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, followed by a painting session with a canvas to keep. Tickets are $40; 631-329-2811, mannixartstudio@gmail.com, mannix.studio.

Swanky candy shop

Sugarfina, an upscale candy boutique, has opened a
Photo Credit: Sugarfina

Sugarfina, an upscale candy boutique, has opened a pop-up boutique in Southampton with a very specific niche: rose wine-infused gummy bears. The pale pink sweets come in several varieties, including an exclusive-to-the-Hamptons version flecked with edible 24-karat gold ($24 small cube, pictured). Natch, the candy is not alcoholic. The chic space has made-to-order bento candy boxes that can be stashed with chocolates, caramels, gummies and jellies (68 Main St.; 631-850-3038, sugarfina.com).

Below the BARN at SoulCycle Bridgehampton

The Below the BARN summer pop-up at SoulCycle
Photo Credit: Adriel Reboh

The Below the BARN summer pop-up at SoulCycle Bridgehampton (264 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton) is scheduled to feature free wellness programming until Sept. 4, including classes and tutorials, as well as live entertainment 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Fridays. Fitness instructor Jaycee Gossett will also hold four Saturday editions of "The Class by Taryn Toomey" throughout the summer;advance reservations and to-be-announced entrance fee will be required (631-537-3630, belowthebarn.splashthat.com).

New seafood spot

Flagship has docked in Montauk. The new restaurant,
Photo Credit: Flagship

Flagship has docked in Montauk. The new restaurant, specializing in seafood, small plates and cocktails, is the latest harbor-side spot on West Lake Drive. It's co-owned by the father-son team of Eric and Adam Miller, veterans of Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton. Eric Miller is executive chef, as he is at Bay Kitchen. Adam Miller is mixologist and designer. Expect main dishes in the $22-$38 range; small plates, $18-$17; crudo, $20-$22; and salads, $16-$18. Specialty cocktails are $14. Flagship is open every day from noon to 2 a.m. Typical fare includes "torched" fatty bass crudo; grilled octopus; local fluke and charred squid; spicy tuna tartare; panko-crusted crabcakes; smoked pork ribs; and dishes such as seared dayboat scallops, panko-crusted Montauk fluke, fisherman's stew with lobster, lobster spring roll and sirloin steak (631-668-8260, flagshipmontauk.com).  

New artisanal bread bakery

One of the hottest food spots in the
Photo Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

One of the hottest food spots in the Hamptons this summer doesn't even have seats. After baking artisanal bread out of a shared kitchen in Southampton for three years, Carissa Waechter has opened a retail bakery in East Hampton where she has expanded her line to include pies, cakes and sandwiches. The sleek shop -- located in the parking area behind Newtown Lane -- is a study in white and stainless, the better to highlight the golden brown of the baguettes, the burnt umber of the rustic loaves, the rich chestnut of the croissants and the speckled seeds of the pickle ryes (made with pureed pickles and juice). The kitchen is in full view of the sales area, which means that, for the first time, Waechter can watch her customers enjoy her wares. "I already get to bake all day," she said. "Meeting my customers face to face just makes it better." Carissa's The Bakery is at 68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton;   csbreads@gmail.com   

Country Night at The Springs Tavern

The Springs Tavern (15 Fort Pond Blvd., East
Photo Credit: Daniel Gonzalez

The Springs Tavern (15 Fort Pond Blvd., East Hampton) hosts a weekly country night starting at 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The shindig will start with an hourlong line dance class, followed by live music by resident band Spaghetti Westerners (pictured) at 9 p.m. (631-527-7800, thespringstavern.com).

Dan Bailey Tribe

With a sound that blends reggae, soul and
Photo Credit: Carlos Sanchez

With a sound that blends reggae, soul and funk, the Hamptons-based Dan Bailey Tribe (danbaileytribe.com) has been a summer standard for several seasons, playing venues all over the East End. The act now has a set residency at Miss Chloe (44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton) 10 p.m.-midnight Thursdays. No cover for entry, drink specials and Bailey also invites attendees to bring drums in order to jam during percussion breaks (misschloehamptons.com; call 917-826-3662 for reservations, email MissChloeHamptons@gmail.com for information).

Fantasy brunch

TBar at Kozu in Southampton is doing a
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

TBar at Kozu in Southampton is doing a brunch bash noon-6 p.m. Saturdays that combines dining with club-style entertainment. Guests can sit in the main room or outdoors and choose from a menu that spans from an Angus burger and fries to more morning-minded options such as eggs Benedict and French toast. The venue also sports a back space with a dance floor, and a DJ will be on hand to spin dance and hip-hop (the music can be heard throughout Kozu). Bottle service is available, and musicians, dancers and other live entertainers will provide short performance breaks to the beat. Reservations are recommended but not necessary (631-619-6660).

Free music shows at Montauk Yacht Club

The Montauk Yacht Club presents free live music every
Photo Credit: Crios Valentino

The Montauk Yacht Club presents free live music every weekend throughout the summer, with all performances open to the public. Sessions are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Fridays and 12:30-4:30 p.m Saturdays. (Gissel Garcia, pictured, played with her band on Saturday, June 3) with added shows on some Sundays, holidays and other dates (631-668-3100, montaukyachtclub.com). 

Beach Bar, Season 25

A survivor from the days when Hampton Bays
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A survivor from the days when Hampton Bays held several summer nightspots from which to choose, Beach Bar (58 Foster Ave.; 631-723-3100) continues to host busy weekend parties, returning for its 25th season. A casual hangout known for its friendly bar staff, outdoor deck and party beats (delivered by scene veteran DJ Doug), it's open Fridays as the Beach Bar, but Saturdays the venue hosts the "Drift Inn" shindig (an affair that moved to this location following the demise of its former home, the now-defunct Neptune Beach Club). Doors open at 9 p.m.; admission is $10-$20. For more information, visit beachbarhamptons.com.

Hamptons Gift Bag

The annual Madison & Mulholland, Inc. Hampton Gift
Photo Credit: Luis Ernesto Santana

The annual Madison & Mulholland, Inc. Hampton Gift Bag program is once again underway. It contains a minimum of seven books (not all bags contain the same books), a notepad and beauty/ grooming items, among other inclusions. Bags are given gratis to guests of Southampton Inn (91 Hill St., Southampton; 631-283-6500, southamptoninn.com), Hotel Indigo (1830 W. Main St., Riverhead; 631-369-2200, indigoeastend.com) and Baron's Cove (31 W. Water St., Sag Harbor; 844-227-6672, baronscove.com), as well as to visitors to the Lucille Khornak Gallery (2400 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; 631-613-6000, lucillekhornakgallery.com), but to reserve a bag (for a $9.59 reservation fee), visit hamptongiftbag.com (bags can be shipped to you for an additional $32.99). Reservations will close on Tuesday, June 28.

Montauk Beach House (55 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk;
Photo Credit: Andy Egelhoff

Montauk Beach House (55 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk; 631-668-2112) is once again bringing back its daytime gatherings that go on throughout Saturdays and Sundays, open as usual to the general public. However, with the addition of the Memorial Day holiday, the hospitality spot is adding a Monday event featuring DJ (and native Long Islander) Kristine Barrilli from noon-5 p.m. Born in Merrick, she's best known for her work at numerous NYC clubs and her deep musical knowledge, so expect a session from Barrilli to offer quality beats. Admission is free, but all must RSVP at thembh.com in advance to attend.

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