Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Midsummer Parties

The sweeping view from Steven Hochberg and Hillary Lane Hochberg's South Kent home where they hosted Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust's Midsummer Party.
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust's Midsummer Party is one of the most talked about and memorable parties on Litchfield County's summer calendar.

This year's Midsummer Party was held on July 11th and proved to be its most successful fundraising event ever—raising more than $300,000. Over 160 guests enjoyed cocktails at the beautiful home and remarkable gardens of South Kent residents' Steven Hochberg and Hillary Lane Hochberg. This was followed by a seated dinner with a commanding view of the countryside. The evening always generates local press and creates a buzz amongst people who share their passion for protecting and preserving Litchfield Counties most beautiful natural areas.
Barbara Page, John Liu, Rebecca Neary, Jim Neary, Hillary Lane Hochberg, and Steven Hochberg
Midsummer Party supporters included: Linda Allard, Christine Armstrong and Ben Nickoll, Anne Bass, Lauren and Mark Booth, Robert Couturier and Jeffrey Morgan, Dixie and David De Luca, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Agnes Gund, Jane and Bob Harrison, Catherine and Donald Heald, Brett and Greg Heyman, Sarah Lee Martin and Andris Kalnins, Jim and Carolyn Millstein, Kirsten Peckerman, Ben and Donna Rosen, Anne-Cecilie and Rob Speyer, and Hiram Williams and Peter Vaughn.

Founded in 1965 to benefit the general public through the preservation of natural areas, fish and wildlife, and working farmland, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is the largest land trust in the State of Connecticut and the 18th largest in the United States by the number of lands we conserve.
The table settings
Weantinoge has received the state's highest land trust award for land preservation, was recognized by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council for its leadership role and collaborative land conservation efforts, and was awarded a 2013 EPA Environmental Award for its outstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the natural environment. Since 2007, the Midsummer Party has provided a unique opportunity for local residents, business professionals and personalities from the fashion, film, political, and performing arts worlds to interact while helping to save the singular beauty and sense of peace that are the great pleasure of the Litchfield Hills.
Lorenzo DiFabrizio, Andris Kalnins, Sarah Lee Martin, and Claudia DiFabrizio
Andris Kalnins and Claudia DiFabrizio
Hillary Lane Hochberg
Andrew McPhee
Jack Baker, Pam Baker, Dan Hulseberg (Director of Warren Land Trust), and John Kiker
Hiram Williams (Board President)
David De Luca (Board Member), Dixie De Luca, and Peter Vaughn
Ward Landrigan
Judith Landrigan and Nancy Novogrod
David Whitman and Rod Pleasants
Gary Goldring with Riad and Tara Abrahams
Representative Elizabeth Esty and Dan Esty
John Murphy and Anne Sutherland Fuchs
Kirsten Peckerman (Board Vice-President)
Catherine Heald, Brandt Dayton, Tian Dayton, and Peter Rockefeller
Reverend Susan McCone and Linda Allard
Tom and Sue McGowan
Anne Bass and Julian Lethbridge
Jim Neary, Steven Hochberg, and John Liu
Rebecca Neary, John Liu, Jim Neary, and Barbara Page
Peter Rockefeller and Harold Koda
More than 750 attended the Southampton Hospital’s 57th annual Summer Party – themed Fantasia –  this past Saturday night in Southampton. Benefit Chair Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, Honorary Chair Howard Lorber, Underwriting Chair Jean Shafiroff, Southampton Hospital President, CEO Robert Chaloner and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed the guests who provided over $1.3 million to provide critical support for the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department.
Fantasia was the theme
The festive evening was emceed by Chuck Scarborough and brought out supporters including Martin and Audrey Gruss, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Dottie Herman, Jay McLaughlin and David Arquette.

This year’s tent was transformed into a black & white masterpiece, right down to the tiled dance floor, by the imagination and creativity of Tony Urrutia.  Guests enjoyed an elegant catered dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra that kept everyone on their feet. The night’s live auction included fine jewelry from LJ Cross and House of Murat.
Jean Remmel FitzSimmons and Laura Lofaro Freeman
Cassandra Seidenfeld, Janna Bullock, and Randi Schatz
Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Ellen Scarborough, and Chuck Scarborough
Elizabeth Shafiroff
Peter and Jamee Gregory with Robert Chaloner
Marianne Epley, Mayor Mark Epley, Senator Ken LaValle, and Penny Lavalle
Tony Urrutia, Christina McLarty, and David Arquette
John and Melanie Wambold
Robert Zimmerman and Debbie Bancroft
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Rebecca Burriesci
Kirsten Galef, Melanie Wambold, Cindy Willis, and Allison Morrow
Katlean de Monchy and Dr. Judith Hellman
Lauren Vernon, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Nicole DiCocco
Kasia McCormick, Somers Farkas, and Margo Catsimatidis
Jennine Gourin, Howard Lorber, Rhona Stokols, George Ledes, and Christine Schott Ledes
Robin and Marisa van Bokhorst
Lauren Vernon with Jane and Joe Pontarelli
Carolyn B. Maloney and Julie Ratner
Whitney Fairchild, Charlie Krusen, and Kristen Krusen
Last Friday night out in Water Mill, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney hosted a kick-off party for the Alzheimer Association's annual Rita Hayworth Gala which will take place on October 27th at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The Hearst/McInerney home in Water Mill
This is the 32nd annual gala for this cause. It was started by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan in loving memory of her mother who was a very early victim (she was in her 40s when she was diagnosed) of the dread disease. Yasmin and her devoted friends have not only kept this event going but every year they bring new, fresh life to the evening where everyone looks forward to it. Yasmin was at the kick-off, as you will see.
Anne Hearst McInerney, Jay McInerney, and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Cornelia Sharpe and Daryl Simon
Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst McInerney
Ian Shapolsky and Erin Gibbs
Susan Magrino Dunning, Mark Gilbertson, Debbie Bancroft, and Dennis Basso
Jill Sand and Dr. Barry Weintraub
Sharon Bush and Milly de Cabrol
Mai Hallingby, Jay Diamond, and Alexandra Lebenthal
Alex Papachristidis, Caroline Berthet, and Scott Nelson
Harry Slatkin and Laura Slatkin
B. Smith and Dan Gasby
Jean Shafiroff, Richard Farley, and Chele Chiavacci
Leslie Stevens, Mark Gilbertson, and Di Petroff
Sylvia Mazzola, Jim Signorelli, and Alison Mazzola
Zoe Bullock and Janna Bullock
Lucia Hwong Gordon, Curtis Yves, and Suzanne Murphy
Somers Farkas, Kristen Krusen, and Lauren Day Roberts
A Preview Benefit Cocktail for the 2015 East Hampton Antiques Show was held on the evening of Friday, July 17th on the bucolic grounds of Mulford Farm in the heart of East Hampton Village, followed by 2 days of a General Admission Sale. Preview Party Guests had the opportunity to meet with interior designer David Netto, who served as the Honorary Chairman, as well as enjoyed an early buying opportunity of the impressive array of antiques, art, jewelry, and collectibles. Ticket proceeds benefitted the East Hampton Historical Society.

Among the Preview guests were: LongHouse Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, Photographers Kelly Klein and Susan Wood, Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi, Guild Hall's Ruth Appelhof and Gary Adamek.
East Hampton Antique show on the grounds of Mulford Farm in the heart of East Hampton Village
The East Hampton Antiques Show General Admission days were held the following Saturday and Sunday, July 18th to 19th. Now in its ninth year, the East Hampton Antiques Show is widely recognized as the premier antiques event on eastern Long Island and the highlight of the East Hampton arts and social calendar. Over 50 distinguished art and antique dealers participated, offering a diverse assemblage of rare and unique items for the home and garden.

The 2015 East Hampton Antiques Show was made possible in part by the generous support of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, House Beautiful, Polo Ralph Lauren, Domaine Franey Wines & Spirits and Charlie Whitmore Gardens. The show is managed by Ferguson & D'Arruda of New England. Catering was provided by Brent Newsom and live music was performed by Jane Hastay and Peter Martin Weiss.
Kristin and Tatum Fine, and Ella Westphal
Susan Kolker and Arlene Slavin
Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi
"Brooklyn," Lisa Noski, "Luna," and Chuck Noski
Lisa and Mickey Detemple, Rene Arsenault, Gillian Simon, and Lee Meirowitz
Roberta Kozloff, Renee Steinberg, and Roberta Bogen
Mark Udell, (Granddaughter) Sienna Alper, and Candy Udell
Peter Martin Weiss, Baron Lewis, and Jane Hastay
Frances Schultz and Alex Hitz
Kelly Klein and Nick Manifold
Rosanne Barons with EHHS Executive Director Richard Barons
Debbie Druker, Hollis Forbes, Honorary Chair David Netto, and Liz and Madelyn Netto
David Netto and Lynn Stefanelli
The Very Reverend Denis Brunelle, Hugh King, and Loretta Orion
Debbie Druker with Steve and Lucy Cookson
Ted Hartley and Anne Ekstrom
Ruth Appelhof and Gary Adamek
Susan and Frank Dunlevy
Lucy Cookson, Garth Wakeford, Jennifer Borg, and Arthur "Tiger" Graham
(Newlyweds) Susanna and William Deringer, and Mary Jane Brock
Jack Pearson and John Bjornen

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (SH Hospital & Alzheimer's Association); Wendy Carlson (Weantinoge); Richard Lewin (EHHS Antiques Show).