Do paparazzi stalk the Southampton Inn? “Yes,” admits owner Dede Gotthelf, “because we never provide names of our famous clientele.” Like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi? Locals couldn’t miss the Secret Service hovering around the hotel this summer when they were in town. “I really can’t comment,” said Gotthelf. Trust us, they were there. Who else? The guest list has run the gamut from Aretha Franklin to Pink Floyd to Flavor Flav to Rudy and Judy Giuliani to Joyce Carol Oates.
Photographers find them by lingering outside Oso, the hotel’s elegant restaurant where the celebs duck in to dine.
Sunday night a wire shutterbug followed Ramona Singer into a private dinner hosted by TV personality Katlean de Monchy and husband, Next Island chief executive officer David Post. Singer and DeMonchy are longtime friends and part of a tight knit girls tennis game that meets twice a week in the Hamptons, often at Singer’s Har-Tru court in Southampton. Others in the elite group, and Katlean’s birthday dinner: restauranteur Jeffrey Chodorow’s wife, Linda, Miami Beach Realtor/investor Diane Lieberman – also known as Jason Binn’s mother-in-law -- and Susan Kremer (wife of politico Jerry Kremer).
Ramona didn’t give the wire service a shot. But she and Katlean did pose for Newsday, with Southampton Inn owner Gotthelf, who presided over the private, gourmet five-course meal with husband, Terry Moan.