Weekend Bee: Did Someone Say Dollar Sale? Plus, Horses, Lavender & Rum Butter

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#TGIF! The following is news you can use. The Ladies Village Improvement Society, which runs the see-or-be-seen thrift shop in this lovely building (pictured above) in East Hampton, is currently holding its Annual Dollar Sale. That’s right. Fancy designer clothes once worn by rich people can be yours, for $1! Oh January, you glorious b*tch. (Bias alert: The Hampton Bee is now the proud owner of a super-cute Norma Kamali sweater for $1.) The sale runs today and tomorrow; after that, LVIS is closed until March. Go now. Go immediately now.

What else do you have to do on a Thursday night?

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, now under the direction of Steven “Magic Steve” Ringel, will be throwing its first mixer of the year, at Cittanuova restaurant next Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Prospective members welcome. We’ve attended these mixers in the past, and we’ve previously noted that a lot of scotch is involved. Hopefully that has not changed. But Ringel and his new board, including President Steve Haweeli of WordHampton PR, claim to be breathing new life into the organization. There are rumors of a springtime street fair on Newtown Lane, and a summertime jazz festival (!). See: East Hampton is just as cool as Sag Harbor, people.

No Western saddles, please

The organizers of the Hampton Classic, the end-of-summer equestrian event where it’s a tie between who’s more beautiful, the people or the horses, is seeking submissions for its 2017 poster. Artists, you might want to “jump” on this opportunity. Heh heh. Send a jpeg by March 1.

Is it just us, or is it more crowded in January?

It’s not just us. The New York Post has determined that city folk are spending more time in the Hamptons in the off-season. “This is winter in the Hamptons and, perhaps not surprisingly, it’s starting to grow in popularity,” according to this article. Damn.

Comings, goings, closings

Laura Euler, the witty editrix at Curbed Hamptons, has left Vox to start up a rival real estate blog at Dan’s Papers. We wish her continued success.

Ferguson Cohen, the law firm in Greenwich, Conn., that specializes in estate planning (or as we like to call it, legal tax evasion) has opened up a new office at 66 Newtown Lane in East Hampton.

Nick & Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton has bid adieu to its offshoot near Lincoln Center. “We would like to say goodbye to our sister restaurant Nick & Toni’s Cafe,” the eatery said on Facebook. “We’ll miss you but the memories will last a lifetime.” By the way, Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton is open for Valentine’s Day, if you’re in planning mode.

On tap for the weekend…

  • The Chequit Inn’s Red Maple restaurant on Shelter Island is now serving a cocktail called “The Winter Painkiller,” which is as good a reason as any to go to Shelter Island this weekend. Spoiler alert: Rum butter is involved. Yes, it’s a thing…
  • ALSO on Shelter Island, tonight: Sarah Shepherd, who is a beekeeper, herbalist and chicken farmer, will discuss the fascinating world of “Bees and Beekeeping” at 7 p.m. Friday Night Dialogues at the Shelter Island Public Library. We’re partial to bees. Details here
  • Tripoli Gallery in Southampton is winding down its 12th Annual Thanksgiving Collective exhibit (read a review here) this weekend. Catch it while you can. **Also, this is the last weekend for Folioeast’s Small Works exhibit, featuring 11 artists, at the Kathryn Markel gallery in Bridgehampton. Details here

Social Media Quote of the Day

“Hello Lavender….looking forward to seeing you again!” — Balsam Farms, the CSA produce stand in Amangansett, clearly dreaming of warmer days in this Facebook photo.

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