|This past Friday, August 14th, they held the annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball game. With a dress code of sneakers, t-shirts and ball caps, this spectacle in East Hampton has evolved from a backyard pick-up game in 1948, to a fierce fight to the finish that gets bigger and better every year, with more and more celebrities clamoring to participate. Where else can you find world-renowned painters and sculptors, best-selling authors, newspaper publishers, actors and actresses, politicians, and media mavens running around bases on a softball field in the middle of one of the most historic and picturesque villages in America?|
|Past participants in the game have included former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Alec Baldwin, Dustin Hoffman, Christie Brinkley, Paul Simon, Jackson Pollock, George Plimpton, Chevy Chase and Kurt Vonnegut, to name just a few.
The crowds started arriving before noon with their coolers and beach chairs, to watch "batting practice", get autographs, take pictures and give the players some advice. The Choral Society of the Hamptons, 30+ strong, sang the National Anthem.
|The roster this year included Mike Lupica, Eric Ernst, Rod Gilbert, Ken Auletta, Ed Hollander, Dan Rattiner with former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly as third-base umpire.
As befitting any baseball game, hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream was available...as well as commemorative t-shirts and souvenirs. Announcing the game Inside the Actors Studio host, James Lipton.
|All proceeds benefit the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House, the Retreat, & East End Hospice.
The money is raised through silent and live auctions, program advertisements and raffle, ticket and souvenir sales. This year they hope to raise over $150,000.
Find out more about this annual event at Artistswritersgame.org
|On August 15, 2015 the International Center Photography (ICP) celebrated the opening of its ¡Cuba, Cuba! Exhibit at the Southampton Arts Center. This momentous exhibition highlights more than 100 color and black-and- white photographs made from the 1950s to the present. ¡Cuba, Cuba! features work by over 30 Cuban photographers including icons Alberto Korda, Raúl Corrales, and Marucha (María Eugenia Haya) and American masters such as Hamptonites Burt Glinn and Elliott Erwitt.|
|From the decadent Havana nightlife of the 1950s to the 1959 Revolution and its iconic leaders, to everyday life in contemporary Cuba, this exhibition provides a multifaceted portrait of the country, exemplifying the richness of Cuban culture, the strength of its people, and the complexity of its political history. As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States are being restored, ¡Cuba, Cuba! offers a unique view into the island Christopher Columbus described as "the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen."
The vintage and contemporary works are drawn mainly from ICP's collection, the archive of the Center for Cuban Studies, and Vicki Gold Levi's Cuban collections and include never-before-seen images and a unique collection of historic artifacts, political posters, and publications.
|This show was organized by the International Center of Photography, with the support of Renee Harbers Liddell and Christopher Liddell. It was curated by Cuban art historian and Professor Iliana Cepero and ICP Assistant Curator Pauline Vermare.
Among the many attendees at the opening were ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell and Jennifer Tripp, Christopher Liddell and Renee Harbers Liddell, Michael Clinton, Jeffrey and Marjorie Rosen, Janice Stanton, Pat Schoenfeld, Ambassador Robert Hormats and Catherine Hormats, Malcolm Price and Cathy Kuehn Price, Samantha Bass, Ivan Bart, Simone Levinson, Riccardo and Cosima Pavoncelli, and Stormy Byorum. Stamp Event Management enhanced the environment to reflect the Cuban theme and Robbins Wolfe catered the event, creating signature Cuban hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
|More than 600 people attended UJA-Federation of New York's Manhattan Women's Philanthropy Hamptons Trunk Show on August 6, 2015, at the Bridgehampton Historical Society, featured more than 70 vendors selling designer clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home décor. Twenty percent of the proceeds of all sales go toward UJA-Federation's annual campaign to sustain its network of nearly 100 nonprofits that touch the lives of millions of people annually.|
|On Saturday, August 8, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) held a cocktail party at Space Sixteen in Southampton, New York. The event celebrated The NYSPCC's 140 years of protecting and healing children and families from trauma, abuse and neglect. NYSPCC Board Member, Penny Grant, M.D, hosted the early evening cocktail party and shopping event. A portion of the evening's sales was donated to The NYSPCC.
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), founded in 1875, is the first – and one of the most highly respected – child protection agencies in the world. The NYSPCC responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal.
The NYSPCC's unique work is used as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation. Since its founding, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children, and has educated over 46,000 50,000 professionals on how to identify and report child abuse and neglect. visit www.nyspcc.org for more information.
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (ICP, NYSPCC); Lisa Tamburini (Artist & Writers)