The Culture Edition

Leave behind the social whirl temporarily and enrich your soul this week. The Hamptons collectively has a great deal of American history to cover. In addition, the arts scene remains strong with galleries galore and, as we approach mid-July, there are those people you inevitably need to know to make your summer the best.

Those To Know

Lawrence Scott. He has a reputation for exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations. “From the ridiculous to the sublime” — A Larry Party brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. While known for his non-stop innovation and ahead-of-the-trends approach, Lawrence “Larry” Scott is equally known for his philanthropic efforts. Clients return to him time and again to celebrate all of life’s important occasions, knowing their party will be like no other, that they “will NEVER, EVER forget!”


Dr. Samuel Waxman has dedicated his entire career as an oncologist/hematologist to advancing research to prevent and cure cancer. In 1976 he founded the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation whose missions is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes the disease. His work on understanding the abnormal differentiation of blood cells resulting in leukemia has formed the basis of differentiation therapy so successfully used in curing acute promyelocytic leukemia, and he has expanded differentiation therapy to other forms of cancer.


Bradford Rand of RAND Luxury will be producing the annual “The Hamptons Brunch” — a social charity event that takes place on July 14, featuring driving experiences from Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island and a showcase of luxury brands. Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Children with Brain Cancer “Team Todd Foundation” is this summer’s selected charity.


Zach Erdem. A patron of the arts, 75 Main showcases one of restauranteur Zach Erdem’s favorite contemporary photographer, Sports Illustrated alum Raphael Mazzucco. Erdem owns and manages one of the best regarded dining restaurants, 75 Main, and the nightclub AM Southampton in Southampton — making him a major contributor not only to the town’s infrastructure, but also to its food culture and social and entertainment scene.


The Arts

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill. In its sixth year at its contemporary location in Water Mill, the Parrish Art Museum is an architectural destination in its own right. This summer, why not visit and view the current exhibition of influential artist Keith Sonnier’s work (through January 2019).


Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum. Come and learn about 10,000 years of history of the proud Shinnecock tribe at the Shinnecock Cultural Center and Museum, whose mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and an appreciation of Shinnecock history and culture.


Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton. The Eric Firestone Gallery is currently exhibiting the works of Abstract Impressionist Michael Boyd (through July 29).


Guild Hall, East Hampton. Guild Hall, established in the early 1930s, is a multi-disciplinary arts space, museum, and educational facility in one place. Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons exhibition will be opening August 11 until early October, though right now you can view the work of Laurie Anderson (through July 22).


The History


The Halsey House, Southampton. It’s a historic house belonging to the original founder of the Town of Southampton dating back to 1683 and now a museum in Southampton.


Umbrella House, Sag Harbor. The oldest house in Sag Harbor. During the War of Independence, the house was a barracks for British soldiers and in the War of 1812, it was struck by cannon fire. (Try to spot the now repaired battle damage by the lighter color brick work.)


Montauk Lighthouse. Authorized by George Washington, the lighthouse at Montauk was completed in 1796 and still serves as a reference point for navigation.


The Big Duck, Flanders. Martin Maurer came up with the idea of building the Big Duck in the early 1930s as a landmark for selling his ducks to passing motorists. It was constructed by Broadway set designers. Although it may seem a curiosity, today it remains one of the better examples of roadside architecture in the country and is in fact on the National Register of Historic Places.

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