|The Southampton Fresh Air Home kicked off the Fourth of July weekend festivities with its 22nd Annual American Picnic and Grucci fireworks bursting in air over Shinnecock Bay.|
|Highlights included a picnic buffet; carts filled with popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs and other all-American treats; arts and crafts, and carnival booths with games and prizes on the grounds of an ocean-front estate. Picnic Chairmen were Pamela and Alex Camacho, Tania and Brian Higgins, Lara and William McLanahan, Christl and Ken Meszkat, Alexia and Baird Ryan and Stephanie and David Wolkoff.|
|Inside Broadway held its Broadway Beacon Awards at the Players Club, honoring Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Laura Benanti (Tony Award-winner for Gypsy), and Steven Pasquale (star of the recent Reasons To Be Pretty). Also honored was Alan Momeyer, Vice President of Loews Corporation.
Inside Broadway, founded and directed by Michael Presser and now in its 26th year, works with schools throughout New York City, introduces children to musical theatre and develops their creativity through CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures) and other programs.
|Remember the vintage 70s margarine commercial that proclaimed “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature?” Well, Mother Nature also knows better than to mess around with Audrey Gruss, who summoned up a perfect evening amidst the wettest June on record to kick off this year’s upcoming Summer Party to benefit Southampton Hospital. Audrey and husband Martin greeted guests poolside surrounded by Edwina von Gal’s jaw-dropping landscape designs -- tsunamis of hydrangea ready to exploded, century-old trees relocated “just so” and a serene pond centered on a lush lawn.|
|And what about the house, christened “Fairwood?” As imposing as the new shingle-style manse is, it’s been carefully crafted to look as though it was built a century ago- painted a soft grey with white trim and dressed with gentle striped awnings that define old Southampton style.|
|There among the crowd: grand dame Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, Summer Party chairman Sheila O’Malley Fuchs and her husband Joe, Millie Brinn, Jean Shafiroff, Barbara Smith, Kay Gilman and Herb Schmertz, Melanie and John Wambold, Margo and Jimmy Nederlander, Diane and Charles Holmes, Ann and Jack Grimm, Rev. Peter and Nancy Larsen, Barbara and Alan Glatt, Lisa and Rome Arnold, Steven Stolman, Sandra McConnell and Chris Obetz, Ken Wyse, Shelley and Gilbert Harrison, Maribeth and Ellen Welsh, Debbie Bancroft, Kirk de Gooyer, Denise Johnston, Peter Hallock, Susan Madonia, Greg D’Elia, Adam Mahr, Jeff Pfiefle and other supporters of the Hamptons only hospital, now celebrating its 100th year.|
|The South Street Seaport Museum hosted its Annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street last Wednesday, June 24, 2009. More than 200 guests attended the event which honored The Kingdom of the Netherlands, with Gajus Scheltema, Consul General in New York, accepting the award. Michael Gargiulo of WNBC-TV hosted the festivities. Contributions from the evening will benefit the Museum’s operations and programs.|
|Photographs by ©PatrickMcMullan.com; Blanche Williamson (SH Hospital); Elena Olivo (Beacon); James Pyun (South Street).|