|Edward Villella’s triumphant return to New York – “Miami City Ballet Takes Manhattan!” was performed last week at the New York City Center and presented by sponsors Lora and Fred Drasner.|
|While much of America watched with pleasure as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama swirled around the dance floor at one of the 10 parties where they made appearances that night, several hundred revelers at The Southampton Inn’s Inaugural Ball cheered with enthusiasm and rattled noisemakers.
Gordon Herr, himself the newly elected Chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, and Grania and Tip Brolin, organizers of the black tie gala along with Dede Gotthelf Moan, owner of the Southampton Inn warmly greeted the almost 300 guests who braved the ice and sub freezing temperatures to be part of a historic celebration. The Inn’s new restaurant OSO was seated for a lavish gourmet dinner of New York Strip Steak, Grilled Salmon and Risotto with Truffle Oil; and a Hazelnut Chocolate Cake all prepared by Chef Brian Naylor. Throughout dinner, large screen TVs displayed the various D.C. affairs.
It was a rare opportunity for the Meadow Club set and the town’s old families to mix with the Black, Latino and Shinnecock communities -- certainly a sign of the changes being wrought with this new administration even on its first day.
|The musical entertainment was by a number of diverse artists -- James Lamb 3rd, a native of Southampton who has gone on to a great career on gospel stages, sang with members of the choir at Kings Chapel Church Of God In Christ; former Metropolitan soprano Rhonda Liss performed, and Shinnecock native Charles Certain, kicked in with some smooth jazz on his sax; also El Salvadoran singer Carlos Ponce and his Potencia Band. Mr. Ponce also brought his favorite D.J. to spin Latin favorites for dancing getting everyone up on dance floor.
The gala also celebrated the election of Sally Pope of Remsenburg who won the Town Councilwoman seat and Andrea Schiavoni of the well known Sag Harbor family who will take over as Town Justice.
More than a few of the guests had been to Washington earlier in the day, many of them by special invitation of Congressman Tim Bishop including Southampton Councilwoman Anna Throne Holst. Also in the crowd were Lucius Ware, President of the NAACP Eastern Division, Shinnecock Elder Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile, legislator Jay Schneiderman, Dushy and Roman Roth of Wolffer Estates, Michael and Valorie Hunter, France Posner, Isabel Sepulveda de Scanlon, Irene Donahue, Pamela Harris, Sandra Ferguson, sculptor Dorothy Frankel, NPR radio host Bonnie Grice, Eve Molyneux, Lee Moorhead, Lisa Votino Tarrant, Nella and Al Lanuto, artist Joe Strand with Eileen Casey, Nicole and Bill Brewer, Emmy award winning Mitchell Kriegman, owner of the Wainscott and East Hampton Film Studios, Margaret and Kevin Bodkin, Jackie Worth and Terry Moan.
|Michelle Marie Heinemann was surprised by over fifty friends, with a birthday celebration dinner organized by her husband Jon in the private dining room at Orsay.
The birthday girl was stunned when the lights came on to reveal a cheering crowd including Hunt Slonem, Ann Rapp, Roger Webster, Barbara de Portago, Robert Rufino, Marianne Strong, R. Couri Hay, Kamie Lightburn, Richard Steinberg, Alison Minton, Ben and Iffie Aitkenhead, Alex Lari, the artist Colette, Jason Grant, Michael and Terri Lindvall, Edna Abad and Gerald Rotonda, Stacy, Chloe, and David Kallenberg, Ian and Kerri Devine, Naz, Tom Lampson, Marilyn Lester, Vivian Chambers, Kathleen Giordano, Scott Rudd, Florence Peyrelongue and Jose Guerra, Chris and Shelly Lanning, Yen and Eeling Liow, Anthony and Sandy Carpet, and Eric and Natalie Ross.
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com.|