Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Held in high regard

Some last minute advice from mom at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic.
The (38th) Annual Hampton Classic always signifies the end to the summer in the Hamptons. Held in high regard by the horse community, famous for its celebrity sightings, and second to none in high end shopping boutiques, it earns its nickname The Classic. It is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation, and features competitors at every level from young children in "Leadline" to Olympic veterans in the feature Event of the Classic, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix

This year, the Classic features six show rings, a "Boutique Garden" with more than 70 high-end vendors, and an array of dining options.

Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in to show his support for the "Taste NY" vendor stand and tasted some home-grown New York peaches.
The world's best horses and riders, including Olympic medalists and other Grand Prix stars, head the list of entries in the 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show which opened on Sunday afternoon. Many of the world's best riders participate in the Hampton Classic."

According to Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show's Executive Director, "These stars of our sport will be competing every day and they will be looking to qualify for our main event, which takes place on Grand Prix Sunday!"

The Hampton Classic runs from August 25 - September 1.
Dennis Suskind (President of the Hampton Classic) with Governor Cuomo
Dennis Suskind, President, Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director, and Marty Bauman, Press Officer of the Hampton Classic
Governor Cuomo with a New York peach
Jayne Silberman with her book In The Herd
The Call of the Wild
Range Rovers at the ready
Juan Carlos-Capelli, Vice President, Longines, Shanette Barth-Cohen, Dennis Suskind, and Marty Bauman
Wolffer Estate Vineyards offering their latest selections
One of the many boutique displays
Saddles for sale
Boots, boots, boots
Around the rings
Hunter Rings
Signage in stable row
Riders up
Ready for the course
Into the ring
Leadline (2-4 yr. olds)
Braids in the leadline division
Leadline in the Grand Prix Ring
And the ribbon goes to ...
Preparing the tables for lunch
The scene in the VIP tent
VIP tent guests at the lunch buffet
The littlest VIP
This past Saturday they held the 18th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open. It was the unofficial kickoff of the 2013 US Open tennis tournament and they were visited by guest speaker, the First Lady Michelle Obama, who was there to promote her “Let’s Move” campaign.

Mrs. Obama told the guests that she urged her own daughters to get active in tennis so they wouldn’t have the struggle at the game that she has had as an adult. She congratulated the US Tennis Association’s initiative to install five thousand new kid-sized tennis courts across the country and to train 15,000 new coaches, trainers and teachers over a three year period beginning next year.

Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign was created to get kids more active and eating healthy meals.
First Lady Michelle Obama
Austin Mahone
Ariana Grande
Missy Franklin
Coco Jones
"Cazzette", Sebastian Furrer, Alexander Bjorklund
"Fifth Harmony", Camila Cabello, Dinah-Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui
"Fifth Harmony", Camila Cabello, Dinah-Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui
"The Wanted"
"Lawson", Andy Brown, Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat, Adam Pitts
David Wagner
Jeff Sutphen
Last Friday, the world’s top tennis players and some of the world’s top chefs were on hand for the US Open’s pre-tournament celebration at the 14th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis at the W New York. Serena Williams and Marcus Samuelson were hosts.

Among the guests induging in this year’s lineup were Venus Williams, Adrienne Ballon, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, Jenell Wiliams, Anabel Belkava; and the great Jesse Schenker, Harold Dieterle, Jonathan Waxman and Master Chefs David Burke and Zac Young (of the David Burke Group).

Later V1’s Morning Buzz co-host Jason Dundas announced that Samuelson and the Williams sisters did a surprise cooking demonstration. Proceeds from the evening went to the James Beard Foundation.
Marcus Samuelsson
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Jillian Gilbert and Brad Gilbert
James Blake
Nancy Kerrigan
Olivia Culpo
Zac Young and David Burke
Janko Tipseravic
Jelena Jankovic
Marcus Samuelsson, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams
Ana Ivanovic
John Mitchell and Brendan McDonald
Donna Vekiz
Andrea Pevkovic
Annabelle Belikava
Agnieszka Radwanska
John Mooney, Jonathan Waxman, Marc Murphy
Harold Dieterle
Jimmy Bradley
Victoria Azarenka
Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow
Floyd Cardoz
Nana Merriwether
Jean Shafiroff hosted a cocktail reception with SEQUIN owners Linda and Kim Renk to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. The cocktail party served as a small 'thank you' party for all those who worked on the Shelter's 4th Annual "Unconditional Love" Gala.  

Those attending the cocktail party included the Shelter’s “Angel” Susan Allen, Board President Jonathan McCann, NBC's Jill Rappaport, Martin Shafiroff, Sandra McConnell,Basil Zirinis, Sharon Kerr, Cheryl Dovenberg, Raya and Cliff Knight, Chele Chiavacci, Richard Farley,Cathy Duemler and Merrill Duemler,  Tom Radcliffe, Lee Fryd, Katlean DeMonchy and Greg D'Elia. Also on hand were many of the shelter’s employees and devoted volunteer workers.
Scottie and Amos
Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in twenty-two towns and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes. SASF has been called one of the most progressive shelters in the country, having recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and ranked in the top 10% of the best rated shelters in the U.S. In addition, the Shelter leads the country with its "live release rate", which means that of all dogs and cats brought to the shelter, 94% are adopted into loving homes. SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention. No adoptable animal is left behind! 

To learn more, visit www.southamptonanimalshelter.com.
Guest, Laura Tashayan, Linda Renk, Kim Renk, Caitlin O'Rourke, Sammie Fisher, and Christina Neknez
Yass Grayeli and Dr. Shawn Sadri
Jeffrey Loewy and Nancyjane Loewyy
Lee Fryd
Zachary Saltzman, Lauren Yocum, Amanda Saltzman, and Joshua Yocum
Jean Shafiroff and Jill Rappaport
Susan Allen and Cathy Duemler
Chele Chiavacci and Richard Farley
Cliff and Raya Knight
Linda Renk, Jean Shafiroff, and Kim Renk
Laura and Ken Wilkes
Basil Zirinis and Sandra McConnell
Tara Mulrooney, Cole Rumbough, Nicole Noonan, and Brette Allen
Cathy Duemler and Merrill Duemler
Cassandra Seidenfeld and Gregory D'Elia
Katlean de Monchy, Emily Post, and David Post
Sheryl Dovenberg and Christina Neknez
Jean Shafiroff, Edward Callaghan, and Sharon Kerr
On Thursday, August 22, the elegant Parisian pop-up picnic, Dîner en Blanc, Philadelphia took place for a second year. John F. Kennedy Boulevard, approaching 30th Street Station, was this year's 'secret' space. Culinary and culture enthusiasts dressed in white converged upon a secret locale for an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic. Attendees came prepared with tables, chairs, non-disposable supplies, food, wine and floral arrangements. Evening festivities included napkin waving, sparkler lighting, live music, dinner, and dancing. More than 2,000 people participated in this year's feast.
The "dinner in white," which began humbly in 1988, is now attended by thousands at some of the best-known Parisian spaces. That year, François Pasquier returned to Paris after a few years abroad and held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. So many wanted to come that he asked them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other!
Hilary and Shawn Truppo and Diner en Blanc committee member, Megan Haney
Jerry Bernhartd, Becky Potts, Kelly White, and Mike McGorry
Sandy and Joe Thompson, Pete and Crystal Feigenbaum, Steve and Johna DeAngelo, Mary Cloney, and Katie Kunkle awaited instructions to go to the Diner en Blanc location
Truppo family members Hilary, Olivia, Matthew, Jay, and Grace gathered to travel to the ''secret'' location
P.J. and Stacey Millan arrived for the trip by subway
Lauren Cuoco and Andy Mastbaum at the Fifth and Market Street meeting site
Monika Sienkowska and Cristina Dobrescu
D.O.B. team leader Pierre Rives (center) guided this group to the Diner en Blanc site at JFK Boulevard
Brendan Walsh and Brian LaPann of Mole Street organized the acoustics for the event
Event chair Natanya Dibona (center) was carried to the parapet overlooking the Schuylkill River by her friends Bill Deal, Chris McBride, Chip Hartford, and Dave Wishlet!
Rich Haelig, Catie Wilson, Bobby Russamano, Debbie Bonacci, Anat, and Chris Sweeney
George Lynch, Jennifer Hughes, Mara Jaffe, and Jonathan Stavin
Natalie Nastase, John Angeloni, Gus Pelagatti, and Amanda Parlett
Gabrielle Aruta and Tim Malloy
Kory Aversa paused for a photo with event organizer Natanya Dibona
Celeste Santiago and Justin Kuratnick.
Terrence Gatsby proposed marriage to Natalia Gamarra during Diner en Blanc
Brian Falcon, Melissa Sawyer, Celeste Santiago and Justin Kuratnick, Faith Michie, and Jennifer Nunez
Dinner partners Theresa Mangini and Lisa Dichiara Platt entered the table contest!
Sara Keller (who came as Marie Antoniette) and Garrett Olthuis
Maciej Ciezki and Kasia Hopek

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Taste of Tennis, Kid's Day); Lisa Tamburini (Hampton Classic); Susan Scovill (Dîner en Blanc).