‘Big Little Lies,’ Water Views, And Moke

Nicole Teitler, Kyle Shanahan, Taylor Berry, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Sean O'Donnell, and Amy Kalaczynski at Berry & Co.
At Water Views Festival with Don Lemon, Aly Cohen, and Bridget LeRoy. Independent/Richard Lewin

Some weeks, it feels like I don’t do anything besides work and watch “Real Housewives,” others I’m all over the map, literally. This week happened to be slightly more thrilling than most.

Leave it to The Wing in Soho to bring a little extra excitement to my usual Wednesday workspace. I started the week (Wednesday is the start of The Independent’s work week, since it’s the day we publish) at The Wing for a panel discussion for HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” The convo was moderated by Vanity Fair Editor Radhika Jones and included Hollywood stars, producers, and mega-actresses Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Nicole Kidman. The group discussed the show and its Season Two launch. Words of wisdom from the cast about female empowerment (and this is an empowered group of females) as well as domestic violence led the conversation.

On Friday, The Independent and fitness-foodie writer Nicole Teitler hosted a gathering at Berry & Co. Joe & Liza’s ice cream and Grindstone Donuts have collaborated on a donut ice cream, and it’s pretty amazing. Guests were invited to sample the goods while also enjoying cocktails by Simple Vodka and Wölffer wines. It was also a great reason to explore the new whimsical Berry & Co. book shop, which opened in Sag Harbor a few weeks ago, above Jack’s Stir-Brew Coffee on Division Street.

The Moke pop-up shop in Water Mill hosted a rosé toast on Saturday morning to celebrate its opening. I took one of the fun electric cars out for a spin (well, around the parking lot). The Moke is perfect for coastal communities such as ours. Plug it into an outlet to charge. It goes about 30 miles per hour, has zero emissions, and is perfect to get you to the beach — all while reducing your carbon footprint.

Sunday started with the Water Views Festival and ended with me rain-drenched at Governors Ball.

The Water Views Festival at Guild Hall was an event hosted by The Independent and the Chapman Perelman Foundation about celebrating and preserving the East End’s most valuable asset, its water. It was moderated by CNN’s Don Lemon and included panel discussions with Sara Davison, Dr. Christopher Gobler, Dorian Dale, Bridget Fleming, and Dr. Stuart Lowrie, followed by a key note address by Cyrill Gutsch and speeches by Edwina von Gal, Beth Rattner, Michael Ogden, and Aly Cohen. After the talks, it was off to an outdoor eco-fair with activations by Flowers by Beth, Perfect Earth Project, Telemark, Surfrider Foundation, SoFo, and many others.

Once we arrived back in the city, we headed over to Governors Ball. Sunday was delayed because of rain so we ended up getting there around 8:30 PM. I tried to have a festival moment, but unfortunately the weather had other plans. We weren’t even there long enough to take a photo for the ‘gram.

We were able to watch Nas perform and walk around for a few minutes before they announced that everyone should proceed to the nearest exit. When it started raining, I was secretly hoping for a Woodstock ’94 moment. Although I’m sure there’s a big difference between upstate mud and Randall’s Island mud. It will forever be known as the night Joe and I went to Governors Ball for 45 minutes. We did really enjoy ourselves for those few brief moments.

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