Summer on the East End is gorgeous and sexy and fun. But May wins the prize for prettiest month in its sweet, old-fashioned way, until the season breaks out Memorial Day weekend, and then—let the fun begin!
May is the perfect time to indulge your nostalgic side by touring houses from centuries past. Travel back to the days of powdered wigs and powder horns, hoops skirts and butter churns on the Westhampton Beach Historical Society’s First Historic House Tour (May 5, noon to 4 p.m.) Featuring six historic homes. Call 631 288-1139 for tickets, which start at $50.
The Southampton Historical Museum House Tour includes six homes in Southampton and Water Mill (May 12, 1 to 4:30 p.m., champagne reception, 4:30-6 p.m.) Tour prices are $75 in advance and $90 on the day of the tour. Phone 631 283-2494 for tickets.
You don’t have to play golf to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk’s 14th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf Classic (Monday, May 21). Golfers will enjoy the course at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in East Setauket, other supporters can come for the cocktail reception and awards dinner later. Habitat for Humanity International builds affordable housing in partnership with low-income working families in Suffolk County—since 1987, more than 151 families have gotten new homes from the program. Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk’s leader for 13 years, Roger Metcalf, had been “the heart and soul of Habitat up until his death in 1999. Under his leadership, Habitat Suffolk went from building one house every two years to being one of the top 10% of all U.S. affiliates. Golfers register for $250, those just going to the party pay $125. You can be a sponsor starting at $500. Call 631-HABITAT or email www.habitatsuffolk.org.
The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) of the Hamptons Thrift Shop at 17 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack is always a super source for both bargain-hunters and serious vintage shoppers for clothing, furniture, objets d’art and other goodies. Memorial Day weekend it will be a whole new experience as it becomes the Designer Showhouse from Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28. Famous designers will incorporate Thrift Shop items and pieces donated from their own collections to create 11 different rooms reflecting their artistry.
Partial sneak preview: Jeffery Howard Brodersen will turn one room into a “Men’s Dressing Room;” Gary Crain and James Alan Smith will create a room that promises to be tres continental, called “Le Petit Dejeuner;” Jeff Pfeifle has a fun room called “Doggie Luncheon at the Beach;” Michael Zabriskie and Scott Salvator for Scott Salvator Inc. have a room entitled “Malliouhana;” and Tony Urrutia designs “A Gardener’s Studio.” All furnishings will be for sale. Also for sale will be orchids in a room designed by Michael Grim. Saturday’s 5 p.m. preview hour will be $300, with $150 tickets at 6 pm. More than 200 guests from the Hamptons social and design committee are expected. Sunday and Monday’s prices will be $10 suggested donation, children free. Call 631-537-0400 or go to www.arfhamptons.org for ticket information.
If you like pina coladas (or dulce de leche or anything else tropical) and dancing in whatever kind of weather, why not end the big holiday weekend at the Havana Nights fete at the Westhampton Country Club at 35 Potunk Lane? There couldn’t be a better reason than this benefit for Southampton Hospital’s Primary Care Center to brush up on your tango, or to just enjoy cocktails and dinner and dancing to show off whatever your dance-floor moves are, along with a silent auction. If you have $20,000 to donate for this all-important cause, consider becoming a sponsor. Otherwise, participate at eight other levels, all the way to $250 for a regular ticket, $125 if you are under 30; $125 for cocktails only from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; or $75 for dancing, drinks and dessert, starting at 9:30. Call 631 726-8700 or email email@example.com.
Check our Calendar for more great May events in the Hamptons.