The Celebrity Edition

The magic of the Hamptons involves a healthy sprinkling of that special ingredient, “celebrity.” However, being a celebrity is a full-time occupation both for them and their families. This week we feature a few local celebrities who support charitable causes, the events that make a difference for the wider community and a few of the dining spots popular with our East End stars.



Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Amagansett. Television talent Alec Baldwin and wife, Hilaria are strong supporters of East Hampton’s Guild Hall, one of the first multi-disciplinary arts spaces, dating back to the 1930s. The Guild Hall Summer Gala takes place on August 10. If you miss this, you may well catch up with them the next night at the East Hampton Library Authors Night on August 11.,
Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, East Hampton. Wife of comedian Jerry and founder of the Good+ Foundation (formerly known as baby Buggy), Jessica, aims to help families and in particular children rise above the poverty level, with a number of celebrity champions including Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Last year some 6000 volunteers donated over 12,500 hours of work in support of this good cause.
Beth and Howard Stern, Southampton. Married to Sirius XM Radio phenom and formerly the toughest judge on “Americas Got Talent,” Beth Stern is a stalwart supporting the works of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons and its annual Get Wild! Gala helping injured animals to recover and remain part of the beautiful East End.
Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi, East Hampton. Apollo Theatre supporters Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea, will be found at the Apollo in the Hamptons — A Night of Legends event later this summer with fellow co-hosts Ronald Perelman, Robert Kraft, and Dick Parsons and some fabulous musical talents, actors, and special entertainers.




Tutto il Giorno, Southampton. Donna Karan’s daughter Gabby, with restauranteur Gianpaolo de Felice and David Mayer, created Southampton Italian cuisine hotspot, Tutto il Giorno, which remains one of the harder tables to score in the summer season. Last summer’s notable under-the-radar buzz was a dinner with Vice President Mike Pence and former VP Joe Biden holding court at two separate tables the same night.
Surf Lodge, Montauk. Created by Jayma Cardoso and combining live concerts all summer long with a hip boutique property in socially-hot Montauk, The Surf Lodge creates all the ingredients for celebrity sighting or just simply feeling like a star yourself. It’s good venue for political scion-spotting — Tiffany Trump and Malia Obama are fans of this Montauk hotspot.
Bostwick’s Chowder House, Amagansett. Founders Chris Eggert and Kevin Boles have established a loyal following for their fresh casual seafood fare combined with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere at this popular seafood restaurant in the Hamptons for over 18 years. The quest for fresh, tasty seafood has attracted celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and Sir Paul McCartney.
Union Cantina, Southampton. The Hamptons leading Mexican restaurant, owned by Ian Duke and David Hilty of Southampton Social Club, boasts a wide array of dishes and its 400 Rabbits speakeasy tequila bar containing probably the largest selection of this spirit on the East End. Little wonder celebrities such as Jon Bon Jovi, Michael J. Fox, Uma Thurman, and Brooke Shields flock to this restaurant.


The Events


Dancers for Good 2018, July 20. The charity, founded by Broadway performers Michael Apuzzo and Eric Gunhus, holds a festival featuring some of the most prominent dancers in the world aiming to raise funds to help performers through their Actors Fund. This year, the annual benefit will feature dancers from companies such as the Amy Marshall Dance Company and Carolyn Dorfman Dance and will honor Bebe Neuwirth and Chita Rivera.
Movie Screening of The Wife, July 22. If you are on the list, why not get ahead of the 2019 awards season curve, meet the author, enjoy cocktails, and see a screening of The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, from Sony Pictures Classics. Only catch? You need to know Peggy Siegal to score an invite.
4th Annual Green Beetz Day, July 28. Championed by founders Andrew Chapman, Anna Chapman, and Tracey Kemble, Green Beetz raises funds to teach a STEM based curriculum to some 1600 kids in 59 schools across the five boroughs with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyle choices. The annual Green Beetz Day will be held this year at The Creeks in East Hampton.
East Hampton Library Authors Night, August 11. Author’s galore including Geraldo Rivera, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Lee Child, Florence Fabricant, and Michael Gross, among others, will congregate to meet the public in person and sell autographed copies of their works, followed by a dinner to raise funds for the East Hampton Library.

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