This weekend in the Hamptons is packed with events large and small as always during the summer crush. Here are a few to put on the top of your list:
After you get out of the pool or off the beach the fourth week of the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Blue Star Jets Field, hosted by Diamond Teak furniture, promises to be a great place for celebrity spotting over in the VIP hospitality tent between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. I hear that Denise Rich is expected to drop by and that mean a flotilla of fabulous people with very bold-faced names.
Book lovers can head over to the East Hampton Library on Saturday night starting at 5:30 p.m. to chat up their favorite authors as the 5th Annual Author's Night rolls into town once again. The evening is hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs, Alec Baldwin (A Promise to Ourselves), Candace Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, Sex and the City), and Jay McInerney (How It Ended; Bright Lights, Big City) and the chance to chat up your favorite author and have a book inscribed are all part of the fun. Over 100 authors are expected including Pulitzer Prize winners Robert A. Caro and Philip Schultz, legendary journalist Barbara Walters, renowned food writer Florence Fabricant, Hayden Planetarium Director and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Steven Gaines, Bethenny Frankel, Nelson DeMille, A.M. Homes, Dava Sobel, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Stuart Woods, and many more.
To celebrate the opening of their new movie “Spread,” the very A-List Twitter-fanatic Ashton Kutcher and co-star Anne Heche are expected to attend the Hamptons Magazine bash in their honor over at Lily Pond in East Hampton on Saturday. Montauk Yach Club promises to be a hotbed of drama late Saturday night at the Skinnygirl Margarita line launch party hosted by Bethenny Frankel, celebrity chef, NY Times best-selling author, and famously a co-star of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
Moving on to Sunday, skip brunch, lunch, and don’t even think about going to dinner before you head over to the annual 2009 Great Chef’s Dinner at the Hayground School. The evening will honor Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and benefit Hayground School’s Jeff’s Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. When it comes to foodie heaven this is it folks – chefs come from all over the North and South Forks to create delicious bites that you can sample again and again during cocktail hour. From chops to sushi to seafood there’s something for everyone from chefs Jesse and Reese Boone (Mark it with G), Michael Cavaniola (Cavaniola's Gourmet), Michael Domitrovitch (Montauk Yacht Club), Andrew Engle (The Laundry), Bryan Futerman (Foody’s), Gerry Hayden (North Fork Table & Inn), Michael Osinski (Widow's Hole Oysters), Kevin Penner (1770 House), Tom Schaudel (A Mano), Cheryl Stair (Art of Eating), Sam Talbot (Surf Lodge, Top Chef), and Jason Weiner (Almond). Cheers!