Toast To Summer

A gad-fly group of social butterflies gathered together Saturday night to officially ring in the season as Hamptons.com and international real estate firm Engel & Völkers held a "Toast To Summer" soiree in a hidden garden on Main Street in Southampton just before sunset.

Old friends mixed and mingled with new and there was even a little scandal in the form of author Coerte Felske's latest novel "Scandalocity." Felske gladly signed copies of the book for party-goers flanked by his lovely daughter Bodecia Felske and the models who grace his various covers, including Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Irina Shayk and American model and actress Jessica White. The leggy ladies caused quite a stir to say the least in micro-mini cocktail frocks, especially when they donned the authors La Dolce Vita Press tee-shirts. Many wondered about the title and Felske, who has been dating "The Real Housewives of New York City" reality star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, explained, "Scandalocity is defined as the speed of which scandal measured in velocity can turn you into a star."

Making their way to the libations table with offerings from Lieb Cellars Family Winery and Star Vodka were President and CEO of Rand Luxury Bradford Rand, Executive Director of Guild Hall of East Hampton Ruth Appelhoff, vivacious musician Judy Carmichael, artist Joe Strand, Maria Sarro, realtors Pat and Fred Kohllopp, Katherine and Gary Andreassen, Manus and Estella Gass, Lisa and Brittany Lerner, Michael Wudyka of Enclave Inn and Wainscott Studios, Nancy Lerner, Denise Bornschein, Don Mahoney, and Charles Miller. What's a sip of wine or splash of vodka without a little nibble? The Village Cheese Shop, also from Main Street in Southampton, brought a vast array of specialty cheeses that Charles Ferri, founder and CEO of Star Vodka, along with "The Iceman" Bill Berkoski of Berkoski Ice, Russian Supermodel Eugenia Kuzmina, Raphael Mazzucco, Eleanor Raltim, and Claas Abraham were spotted sampling during the party. Also in the mix was Blake Fulmer from Main Street jewelery shop Tamara Comolli who was generous enough to bedeck me in high style for the evening.

The staff of both Hamptons.com and Engel & Völkers turned out in style for the sunny late afternoon fete including Hamptons.com's Managing Partner Joseph Kazickas, Managing Editor Eileen Casey, the Sales Team of Vanessa Leggard, Michele Steudte, and Lindsay Brown, Senior Arts & Entertainment Reporter Douglas Harrington, and numerous contributors, including Ann Liguori, John A. Viteritti, Rich Ficara, Paul Jablonski with wife Candy, Sean MFK Bruns, Jasmin Rosemberg, Edward Callaghan, John Wegorzewski, and Tony Vargas. Jonathan B. Lerner, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers, welcomed the gathering during the official toast alongside Southampton Office Manager Amadeus Ehrhardt as agents Angela Worts, Kenny Landbau, Cliff Packingham, and many more raised their glasses.

As smiling guests left the party, headed to other events that would last until dawn, they toted a swag bag filled with goodies from not only Hamptons.com and Engel & Völkers, but chocolates from The Village Cheese Shop, gift certificates for spin classes at Soul Cycle, and Serenity Zen Beverage.


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