Daily Bee: Hydrangeas Are Blooming. Hookers. Plus, Gansett Lane’s New Digs


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Happy Tuesday! In case you’re wondering, yes, it’s officially blue hydrangea season in the Hamptons. Despite dire warnings of a shortage of blue hydrangea (almost as panic-inducing in these parts as a lack of rosé), there are in fact blue mopheads on many a lawn. As spectacular as other years? Well, probably not. But that’s OK, as we’ve had lots of things to distract us from local flora, including a classic Mercedes crashing at the Maidstone Club and a “Wolf of Wall Street” house-trashing party. Also, there is a reality show called “Summer House” filming in Southampton, which we can all wring our hands about. Ah, summer.

Who needs Powerball when you can win an outboard motor

Goodbye, Wimbledon, and your lovely tennis whites and green grass. But just as one major ends, another one begins. This weekend, the annual Montauk Mercury Grand Slam fishing tournament will take place at Uihlein’s Marina in Montauk. No Fed or Rafa or Djoker, but top-seed contenders will battle to catch the largest fluke, striped bass, sea bass and bluefish. And the best fisherman in the “recreational” division will, indeed, take home a 150-horsepower outboard motor. So dope.

The place to be if you’re a hooker…

…is actually not one of Zach Erdem‘s new clubs in Southampton (ba-dum-TISH) but Blacksheep Knitworks in East Hampton. The knit shop will host its second “yarn tasting,” this time featuring Cascade yarns, on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Lots of fun, give aways, and plenty of yarns to sample,” says owner Christine Clark, who reports that the first yarn tasting was standing room only. (In fairness, the knit shop is about the size of an RV camper.) “Bring your needles,” Clark adds, and “enjoy the company of other knitters or hookers.” Details here.

Quick takes…

Matt Lauer and Bill O’Reilley apparently had breakfast together at Joni’s at Montauk. Weird. We can’t figure it out either…

Gansett Lane Home, the coastal home store started by Jessie Tabone, appears to be setting up shop in the old Urban Archaeology digs in Brideghampton. In more blue-collar-sounding news, something called “Tony Meatball” seems to be opening up in Bridge. We’ve noticed this for awhile, but have been afraid to ask too many questions.

Richard “Tate” King, the namesake of daughter Kathleen King’s famous cookie company, Tate’s, passed away June 29. The longtime farmer was 90…

Social Media Quote of the Day

“A sunset and a crowd is the perfect combo.” — Wolffer Estate, the Sagaponack winery, posting this photo of its most recent Sunset Friday event at the winestand on Montauk Highway. We’re counting the days till Friday.

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