Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons can be tough to navigate. With so many options, both scheduled and off-the-cuff, it helps to have a few ideas to get you started. Here are just a few of the many activities from this weekend’s regional kickoff of summer.
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Friday, May 24
Memorial Day Garden Party
6–8 p.m. (Sale: Saturday 9 a.m.–noon)
If you can remember Tiny Tim’s 1960s song “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” you might love the outdoor vibe of the Garden Club of East Hampton and their Annual Garden Party on Friday, from 6-8 p.m. This preview party and silent auction at Mulford Farm (10 James Lane) kicks off the club’s annual Plant Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $50. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tiptoe over to gceasthampton.org for the details.
Ever been to a Summerhome benefit? If not, this East Hampton event is something to add to your Memorial Day weekend To-Do list. Sponsored by Nouvelleview, this first-time sale begins with a reception event on Friday from 6–9 p.m. at 19 Lee Avenue. In the spirit of honoring and supporting our soldiers when they return home, a discussion between Bob Woodruff and other guests will take place. All proceeds benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation and all who attend get a free preview of the Summerhome Tag Sale scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, contact Pamela Mueller at 212-876-6008 or email@example.com, or visit nouvelleview.eventbrite.com. The cost is $100 in advance and $125 at the door.
Tour a South Fork Vineyard
Always a quintessential Hamptons activity, wine-sipping or tasting at one of the South Fork’s esteemed vineyards will ease you into a relaxing and comfortable state this weekend. Check out local Hamptons vineyards and wineries—Wolffer Estate, Duck Walk, Channing Daughters—for live entertainment, good conversation and, of course, delicious wines all weekend.
Sunset Friday and Saturdays begin this weekend at Wolffer (139 Sagg Road) in Sagaponack. So come out and enjoy some of the best light—and wine—in the Hamptons, along with live music from Clinton Curtis during magic hour on Friday evening. Visit wolffer.com for more info.
Saturday, May 25
Operation “Spotted Owl” 5K
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Check out this absolutely unique Adventure 5K run at the former Grumman property in Calverton. Supporting various charities, runners must tackle mud and obstacles to reach the messy finish. Watch or run, all are welcome—ages 8 and up—including families and teams, to join in this day of fun to shake up your Memorial Day weekend. Event starting times every hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit liadventurerace.com for more details.
Jazz on the Island Concert
It’s not too late to get tickets to this weekend’s Memorial Day Bash. Jazz on the Island Concert Series launches summer with two dynamite musicians-Alex Bugnon and Matt Marshak –performing in the Oceanbleu Room at The Ocean Resort at Bath & Tennis (231 Dune Road) in Westhampton Beach. Call 516-242-7895 or visit jazzontheisland.com for ticket information. A pre-dinner concert is also scheduled. Call 631-288-4386 for dinner questions.
Party at the Pink Elephant
11 p.m.–4 a.m.
If Rihanna partying at Pink Elephant on West 8th Street three Sundays in a row in Manhattan is any indication of what’s to come from the nightlife brand’s East End sister, it’s going to be an amazing summer season. Pink Elephant, one of the Hamptons’ favorite party spots is back for summer 2013 and the club is promising a debauched, star-studded good time. Now located at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, Pink Elephant will span across 4,000 square feet and includes 1,500 square feet of outdoor space. Its new home will feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting, world class DJs and superior service and entertainment. Party hard Friday and Saturday night 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. pinkelephantclub.com
Sunday, May 26
Relax at the Beach
Southampton and East Hampton
It’s not quite high season suntanning and swimming in the Hamptons, but don’t let a little cold water stop you from visiting your favorite East End beach. The South Fork is home to some of the finest bay and ocean beaches the world over. So bring a blanket, a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch and enjoy what you came here to see. If you can’t hack the water, at least take a walk along the shore. Check out our beach reports for Southampton Town, Southampton Village, East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village through the links provided.
Comedy at the WHBPAC
Go laugh up a storm at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (76 Main Street) listening to the outrageous jokes of Sex and the City star Mario Cantone on Sunday. This outrageous comedian performs with a band, blending all types of great music with his irreverent jokes. Cantone will delight with musical impressions and music of Liza Minelli and Bruce Springsteen, among others. This is bound to be a sold-out event, so hurry up and go to whbpac.org for tickets. The show starts 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The Chabad of East Hampton’s all new Backyard BBQ is the only fully Kosher barbecue in the Hamptons. Celebrate Memorial Day with an all you can eat buffet at 13 Woods Lane in East Hampton on Sunday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Visit jewishhamptons.com for more details. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children.
Monday, May 27
Memorial Day Parade
Remember our Long Island men and women who sacrificed their lives to make this country a better place to live. Honor these veterans’ lives by attending one of the many Memorial Day Parades and tributes scheduled for Monday. Check out our list of all the East End (and UpIsland) parades and ceremonies.