Image: The Southampton Animal Shelter will host its annual wine tasting benefit (Credit: Katlean de Monchy)
Summer, how we have missed you! The Hamptons’ peak season begins this weekend with a slew of events. Below, you’ll find all the best places to see and be seen. Check back all summer long for our definitive coverage of the Hamptons.
Image: The Memorial Day Weekend on Montauk Green has become a tradition (Credit: montaukart)
7th Annual Memorial Day Weekend on the Montauk Green
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
Contact: Anne Weissman, 631-668-5336
One of Long Island’s top fine arts festivals is back for a seventh year. Montauk Green will turn into a fabulous outdoor gallery full of extraordinary paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photographs, fiber and wearable art, woodworking and more. You’ll probably find exactly what you’re looking for, but if you don’t, you can commission a piece of art made especially for you.
Sounds of Summer: The Hoodoo Loungers
Parrish Art Museum
Price: Free for members, $10 for non-members
Contact: Susan Galardi, 631-283-2118
Is it Mardi Gras or Memorial Day Weekend? Who cares as long you’re celebrating! Kick of the summer with Hoodoo Loungers, the East Coast’s New Orleans-style party band on the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace at Parrish Art Museum.
Memorial Day Weekend BBQ
The home of Edie Windsor, Southampton
Price: Sponsor tickets are $150 and include open bar, general tickets are $75 and include a cash bar
What would Memorial Day Weekend be without a barbecue? This one is for a great cause, too. All proceeds will support the LGBT Network’s Hamptons LGBT Center in Sag Harbor, which provides a safe space for LGBT youth, adults and LGBT-headed families of the East End throughout the year.
Annual Summer Kick-Off Cocktail Reception
Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club
231 Midocean Drive
Price: General tickets are $250 and include open bar. Several sponsorship prices are available. More information is available on the website.
Keep the party going after the BBQ and head over to Bridgehampton for cocktails. Proceeds from the event will benefit LGBT Network’s Hamptons LGBT Center in Sag Harbor.
Image: This adorable pup, Rincon, will be in attendance…if he’s not adopted first!
Southampton Animal Shelter Wine Tasting Benefit
25 Jobs Lane (Former Parrish Arts Center)
Price: $40 per person ($75 for two people). Tickets can be purchased by phone, online at southamptonaninmalshelter.com or at the event.
Wine, dogs and cats. We repeat: wine, dogs and cats. Not sold? We’re not sure what’s wrong with you, but there will also be music and hors d’oeurves. Proceeds will go to the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, which aims to provide for the ever-growing number of homeless animals and place them in loving forever homes.
Images of America: Montauk
Montauk Library’s Suzanne Koch Gosman Room
871 Montauk Highway
Contact: Denise DiPaolo, 631-668-3377
Get a history lesson this Memorial Day Weekend. The Montauk Library will toast to the release of the Images of America: Montauk with a book launch party. The celebration will begin with an open house, where people can see the historic and spectacular images featured in the book. Hear from Montauk Library archivist Robin Strong, who authored the book with the library, during a discussion and slideshow presentation at 7:30pm. Signed copies of Images of America: Montauk will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.
Image: PPHP President & CEO Reina Schiffrin with PPHP Board members Jill Scheuer and Ann Pogue at last year’s benefit (Credit: PPHP)
27th Annual East End Benefit
The Sender Estate in Sag Harbor
Price: $300 (must register by phone, email or at pphp.org by Thursday, May 21)
Contact: Jenifer Van Deinse, 631-240-1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cocktails, hors d’oevres and a silent auction highlight Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s (PPHP) East End Benefit. Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards will be on hand, and all proceeds will benefit PPHP’s programs and services in Suffolk County.
Taste of East End
Long Island Aquarium
Price: $64.95 per person (Must be 21 and over)
Contact: 641-208-9200 ext. 426 or tastetheeastend.com.
Sample signature dishes from the East End’s restaurants and get a taste of Long Island’s craft beverage industry. More than 40 vendors will be at Taste of East End to offer tastings. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening, and go home with your new favorite local products.