Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Summer Set

The Perlman Music Program's 's 15th anniversary at the Program's waterfront Shelter Island campus.
Friday, July 31st marked a special moment for The Perlman Music Program (PMP). Toby and Itzhak Perlman celebrated their exceptional music school's 15th anniversary at the Program's waterfront Shelter Island campus, in an evening of generosity, artistry, and friendship. The event featured local flavor from talented chefs, restaurants and winemakers to celebrate the very best of Shelter Island.

The fun kicked off at a festive beachfront reception, with delicious starters courtesy of The Pridwin, SALT Waterfront Bar + Grill, and the Vine Street Café. A special vintage from Michael Cinque of Amagansett Wine & Spirits and Sunset Beach's rosé sangria provided the perfect pairing.
Itzhak Perlman
After the warm welcome, guests gathered in the concert tent for a performance by the Perlmans' phenomenal young students: 38 classical string musicians ages 12-18, from across the country and around the world, all in residence for the summer on PMP's Shelter Island campus. First, the PMP Chorus took the stage. Comprising students, fellows, community members, and faculty – Toby and Itzhak Perlman among them – and led by the inimitable Maestro Patrick Romano, the chorus gave a moving performance of Schubert, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Orban. Afterwards, the superlative PMP String Orchestra unleashed its musical powers for the audience. Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducted a sparkling program of Debussy and Beethoven, arranged to showcase a masterful orchestral performance.
Patrick Romano
Following the musical fireworks, guests enjoyed dinner in a beautiful tent designed by Cait&Jules, and were treated to more wonderful local flavors. Restaurant partners 18 Bay, Red Maple at The Chequit, Ram's Head Inn, Shelter Island House, and Vue Restaurant served seasonal highlights from their delicious menus, and PMP's own head chef James Moran created a sampling of the fabulous dishes the students and faculty enjoy all summer. Marie Eiffel Market provided perfect petits fours, and Shelter Island's own ice cream truck, courtesy of SI Vending, ensured the evening ended on a sweet note!

Toby Perlman
A silent auction inspired some friendly competition among the guests, including offerings from Café Boulud Palm Beach and Carnegie Hall – and even a few select vintages from Maestro Perlman's wine cellar.

PMP Founder Toby Perlman recognized PMP board members in attendance Randall Blank, Barbara Gladstone, Vicki Kellogg, Mark Miller, and Caitlin Tully, and thanked the audience for their extraordinary generosity to the Program. Thanks to all the supportive guests in attendance, the evening raised $500,000 to support PMP's mission to educate and support the next generation of classical musicians.

During dessert, guests were treated to the sweet sounds of PMP's doo-wop ensemble, featuring Itzhak Perlman, Patrick Romano, and fellows Sean Lee and Tim Mauthe. Associate Director Merry Peckham, bass faculty Rachel Calin, and all the students joined in with a surprise flash mob rendition of "Hey Jude" for a rousing finish, to the delight of all the guests.
PMP Students
The evening's guests - numbering over 250 - and generous contributors included lead supporters Arlene and Alan Alda, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Linda and Jim Brandi, M. Elaine Crocker, Dr. Marjorie and Roy Furman, Mei Sze and Jeff Greene, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Jo Carole and Ron Lauder, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Chiara and James Mai, Jennifer Myerberg, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Laura Sloate and the Hermione Foundation, Sidney Stark, Justin Sullivan, and Andrews and Angelika Walker.
Tom Dakin an dSusan Dusenberry
Elijah Duckworth-Schachter and Katherine DeConti
Vicki and Chris Kellogg
Jennifer Myerberg, Charles Crispin, and Ludmila Kalinina
Alexandra Eames, Nancy Achenbach, Sydney Stark, and Nancy Heiser
Mei and Jeff Greene
Elijah Duckworth-Schachter, Katherine DeConti, and Sydney Stark
Friedericke Merck, Robert Haines, Ellen Siegel, and Andre Tchelistcheff
Andrews Walker, Janet Ross, and Angelika Walker
Murray Charash, Anthony Kane, and Joel Coleman
Denise Martin and Icim Miller
Linda and Jim Brandi
Bill Pedersen and Elizabeth Pedersen
Lin Weiner and Charlie Weiner
Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons
Dorothy Lichtenstein and Barbara Gladstone
Robert and Sylvie Fitzpatrick
Neil Barsky, Sabhia Al Khemir, Barbara Goldsmith, Vincent Covello, and Carol Mandel
Jennifer Myerberg and Charles Crispin
Henry and Marsha Laufer
Barbara Gladstone and John Reinhold
Vicki Kellogg and Sean Lee
Caitlin Lynch, Ran Blank, and Christine Blank
Jim and Ashley Toth
Anna Kaplan, Adam Meyer, Merry Peckham, Mark Miller, and Icim Miller
The opening night Gala Preview Cocktail Party for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York took place on Saturday, July 25, 2015. The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse, the showcase for America's premier design talent, is open daily until Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Proceeds from the Showhouse will benefit Southampton Hospital.

Traditional Home magazine is the 2015 Presenting Sponsor; NBC TV'S OPEN HOUSE is the 2015 Television Sponsor; Beach Magazine is the 2015 Regional Magazine Sponsor; and Gracious Home and Housepad App are the 2015 Design Sponsors. Mario Buatta is the Honorary Showhouse Chairman. Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen.
The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse participants
The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its fifteenth year, features 25 top interior designers and decorative artists who have turned a magnificent barn style house into a decorating masterpiece. This year's Showhouse located at 233 Old Sag Harbor Road in Bridgehampton, NY has been generously provided by Christopher Tufo Design & Build.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse will be open to the public Sunday, July 26 through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Showhouse hours will be as follows: Monday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the Showhouse. Admission to the Showhouse is $35 and includes the Showhouse Journal.

For more information on the Showhouse and to purchase tickets, visit
Robert Chaloner and Barbara Page Glatt
Hedy and Chris Tufo
Richard Mortimer and Elizabeth Hagins
Katharine Posillico McGowan and Marlaina Teich
John Filipowicz, Art McShane, Jacquelyn Lagravinese, and Scott Eberhardt
Debbie Bernstein, Steve Bernstein, and Alan Glatt
David Friedman and Melanie Roy Friedman
Meredith Ostrom and Libby Eddy
Robert Bakes and Jenny Bradley
Daniel Mulvihill, Bess Mulvihill, Eileen Cahill, and Jim Cahill
Michael Bruno
Jason Sehorn and Meghann Gunderman
Tony Manning and Ann Maine
Beth McDonough, Janice Langrall, Priscilla Ullman, and Ann Maine
Greg McKenzie, Hannah Grace, and Sean Bruns
David Mitchell and Dottie Mattison
Larry Webber, Leila Goldberg, and Gary DePersia
Ray Langhammer, Barclay Butera, and Corey Damen Jenkins
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Long Island's longest-running classical music festival, continues to showcase the mix of renowned and emerging artists performing classic and new music that has made it one of the most noteworthy summer music festivals in the country. Programmed by BCMF founder and Artistic Director Marya Martin, this summer's festival runs from July 29 to August 23 and features 12 concerts in the heart of the East End of Long Island.

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival 32nd Anniversary Benefit took place on Saturday, August 1, 2015, as the festival's second event, coming right after the free outdoor kickoff concert on July 29. This year's benefit featured a one-hour performance followed by cocktails and an elegant dinner at The Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton.
BCMF Artistic Director, and flutist, Marya Martin
BCMF Board Chairman Kenneth S. Davidson
Kristin Lee, violin; Ani Kavafian, violin; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; and Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord (Nicholas Canellakis, cello, is obscured by the music stand) in performance
Marya Martin, flute; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; and Jennifer Frautschi, violin (Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord, is obscured), in performance
The evening began at 6:30 PM with "A Night that Will Move You," a program of music that dances, from lively Baroque favorites by Bach and Corelli to "Buenos Aires Summer" by Astor Piazzolla performed by Marya Martin, flute, leading 10 BCMF musicians.

The BCMF Board of Directors is led by Kenneth S. Davidson, chairman, and includes Arlene Alda, Peter D'Angelo; William J. Fleming; Keith R. Gollust; Paul B. Gridley, Anne Gilchrist Hall, Judith Little; Marya Martin; Helen Meates; Sandra R. Meyer; Paige L. Nagle; Katheryn C. Patterson; Stephen N. Rappaport; Joseph L. Rice, III; and Connie Steensma.
BCMF board member Sandra Meyer and BCMF Artistic Director Marya Martin
Paul Schenly and Annaliese Soros
Anita Wien, Bicky Kellner, George Kellner, and BCMF board member Judith Little
Bernard Mindich, John Howard, Ani Kavafian, and BCMF board member Helen Meates
Joseph Stern, Anne Gilchrist Hall, Marya Martin, Jamie Davidson, Beth Guterman Chu, Theresa Kim, and John Hall
Jamie Davidson and Tien Hsin Cindy Wu
Paul and Jeannette Wagner
BCMF board member Paul Gridley, Jennifer Frautschi, and Carlos Tomé
Gala guests having cocktails on the grounds of the Atlantic Golf Club after the performance
Every year, top culinary artists come together for the Annual Great Chefs Dinner, held at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. First organized in 2003, the event is the major fundraiser for the Hayground School's Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. Jeff's Kitchen was named after Jeff Salaway, who with his wife Toni Ross, were the school's co-founders.

This year, at the 11th Annual Great Chefs Dinner, pioneering Chef Jonathan Waxman was honored. Among those who came out on a Sunday evening to support Jeff's Kitchen and the Hayground School were Barry Sonnenfeld, Eric Ripert, Sarrah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Ron Rifkin, Brenda Siemer, and Stuart Match Suna.
The dinner raises money both to support the culinary and garden program as well as to raise money for scholarships. To date almost one million dollars has been raised to support Jeff's Kitchen's programs and the Hayground School.

Today, in "Jeff's Kitchen," the school runs a beautiful culinary arts curriculum. In addition to traditional schoolwork, students plant and tend their own garden, selling the fruits of their labor every Friday at an onsite farmers market.

There was a special musical performance by Sarah Jessica Parker and Peter Duchin during the intimate dinner.
Tasty treat offerings
Tables set for dinner
Hayground School was founded in 1966 as an independent alternative school, committed to a program of innovation in a community of diversity, both economical and cultural. Students range from 3-13 years of age. The mission at Hayground is to provide an open, community school where conventional teaching methods are replaced by new ways of teaching and learning.

For more information and how you can support the Hayground School, visit
Ken Levitan and Chef Jonathan Waxman
Mathew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
Barry Sonnenfeld, Brenda Siemer, Sam Neustadt
Helene Creel, Debra Halpert, and guest
Kathleen King and guest
Matko Tomicic and guest
Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Samantha Yanks
Toni Ross, Stuart Match Suna, Brenda Siemer, Dr. Christine Namer, Lee Skolnick
Rive, Towera and Rashad; little foodies
Samantha and David Yanks
Toni Ross, Ron Kaplan
Sarah Jessica Parker and Roberta Fabiano
SJP's footwear
Stuart Match Suna and Paul Goldberger
Eric Ripert
Toni Ross and Chef Josh Capon
Chef Joe Realmuto from Nick & Toni's
Chef Peter Ambrose
Chefs from Hayground School
Hayground School chefs
Last month, Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab hosted her annual summer cocktail reception. More than 400 guests attended the event which took place in the historic Roosevelt House on East 65th Street.

Roosevelt House, an integral part of Hunter College since 1943, re-opened in 2010 as a public policy institute honoring the distinguished legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Their former home was beautifully restored and now serves a new purpose: to educate students in public policy and human rights, to support faculty research, and to foster creative dialogue.
Dale Hemmerdinger, Jennifer J. Raab, and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
As Eleanor Roosevelt said in 1943, after she donated the combined houses to Hunter College, "No houses could have a better background for the use they will now serve.  Always in both houses there was an effort to look on all human beings with respect, and to have a true understanding of the points of view of others."

The event was attended by friends of the college, and members of Hunter advisory board and loyal alumni. Among the guests were: Helen and Robert Appel, former Mayor David Dinkins, Tina Flaherty, Agnes Gund, Rita and Gus Hauser, Dale and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Ed Meyers, Joachim Pissarro, Pat Schoenfeld, Twyla Tharp, Andrew Tisch, Laurie Tisch, Lally Weymouth, and Judy Zankel.
Larry Leeds and Ruth Rabb
Lucy Jarvis
Jackson Spector, Jennifer J. Raab, Robie Spector, and Alex Livingstone
Rita Hauser and Ruth Rabb
Tom Pegues and Jennifer J. Raab
Helen Pessin, Rita Goldberg, and Joachim Pissarro
Jennifer J. Raab and Evelyn Kossak
David Dinkins and Shyama Venkateswar
Constance Wright and Assemblyman Keith Wright
Daniel Rose and Harold Newman
George, Debra, and Andrew Heinrich

Photographs by Annie Watt (PMP); Patrick McMullan (Showhouse); Society-In-Focus (BCMF); Matthew Capowski and Brian Calderon (Hunter); Lisa Tamburini (Great Chef's)