Joey Wölffer, Ylang 23, Sandcastle Contest

Joey Wölffer and Shoshanna Gruss. Independent/Mark Kopko Photography

On Thursday, August 8, designers Joey Wölffer and Shoshanna Gruss hosted a garden sidewalk party on Main Street in Sag Harbor, outside of the Joey Wölffer boutique. The event was held to celebrate a special partnership between Joey Wölffer and Ylang 23 Jewelry. The jewelry brand has taken up residence through the end of the summer at the boutique. Resident piercer Afton Alexander was on hand for ear piercings at the event, where guests also perused the shop while sipping Wölffer rosé.

On Saturday, August 10, I joined as a judge at The Clamshell Foundation’s annual Sandcastle Contest. This East End tradition is a contest where attendees create magnificent sculptures in the sand at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. This year marked the 28th annual event. All donations ensure the continuation of the Clamshell Foundation’s events as well as benefit the people, programs, and projects here on the East End.

A Puppy Party at Topping Rose House. Independent/Danny Greene, Provence Rose Group

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Later in the day, we stopped by the Rosé Garden at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton to celebrate the dog days of summer with an event presented by Puppy Parties to benefit the North Shore Animal League America. Who doesn’t love a party for puppies? Guests enjoyed unlimited rosé from Chateau de Berne and appetizers from Jean Georges. Four-legged guests were served ice cream from The Pupper Cup and enjoyed splashing around in doggie pools. The pups also enjoyed a pop-up by pet designer Max-Bone, a Bow Tie Pet Club photo booth, and a meet and greet with Tinkerbelle the Dog.

Coming up over the next two weekends, The Independent and Zachary Weiss will host a dinner (August 17) and brunch (August 24) with Chef Kevin O’Connor of Cobram Estate Olive Oil at Terra Glamping at Cedar Point Park in East Hampton. Enjoy a dinner under the stars or a brunch on the beach, while O’Connor prepares a multi-course meal over an open fire. The menu will include all local duck, whole fish, oysters, wild mushrooms, and vegetables. Guests will sip drinks from Simple Vodka and Out East rosé, and go home with a tote bag that includes bottle of Cobram olive oil, a recipe and cooking technique, and more. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.

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