#TGIF! Indeed, the week draws to an end. But first, a quick recap of last night’s East Hampton Chamber of Commerce mixer at CittaNuova restaurant, which we enjoyed thoroughly, thanks to $5 glasses of Pinot Grigio (and the scintillating conversation, of course). We report:
- The new executive director, Steven “Magic Steve” Ringel (pictured above, in suit, surrounded by his Secret Service agents), has the best hair of any executive director of a Chamber of Commerce in the Hamptons — nay, of any Chamber of Commerce in the Mid-Atlantic states. Ringel, it turns out, is from Los Angeles. There you go.
- The mayor of East Hampton, Paul F. Rickenbach, who has been in office since shortly after the glaciers receded, made a cameo appearance at the mixer. “This is an exciting place to be,” he said, on his way out the door, speaking of East Hampton in general. (We agree.)
- East Hampton, according to Ringel, has never had a street fair. The village was founded in 1648. We chalk this up to elitism.
- Ringel plans to have a street fair on Newtown Lane this spring, followed by a jazz festival. Mind. Blown.
- The new board president (and publicist) for the Chamber is Steve Haweeli of WordHampton PR. (Mr. Haweeli is the bespectacled person in above photo.) It came out among conversation at the bar that no one knows how to pronounce his last name. Best guess is “Hawaii” with an “e.”
- It’s not too late to “like” the Chamber on Facebook. Click here to do so.
Way more highbrow than us
LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will host its winter benefit on Feb. 15 at Lincoln Center. Honorees will include Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, who are designing the Obama Presidential Library and will be introduced by architecture critic Paul Goldberger. We’d go, if we were worthy enough. Details here.
On tap for the weekend
- The 10th Annual Cabin Fever Music Festival, which plays eight bars and restaurants over the course of the month, will rock Southampton Publick House tonight. Bands taking part in the fest include Project Vibe, Souliztik, Planeside and Warm Needles. “We’ll book anything,” Brendon Henry, the festival’s organizer, tells 27East.com…
- Choo-choo! The Wharf Shop on Main Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday invites preschool children (2-5 years) to come to the shop and receive a free personalized rail car, from “10 a.m. until we run out of cars”…
- Durell Godrey, whose adult-therapy coloring book “Color Your Happy Home” was recently featured in the Sag Harbor Express, will be signing copies at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday at 4 p.m. Coloring = good thing to do, these dark days. Details here…
- Folioeast, the online gallery, is popping up at the closed-for-the-season Malia Mills boutique on Main Street in East Hampton. The second of its Winter Salon series opens Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. As always, we hope wine and cheese are involved…
And looking a few weeks ahead…
- RJD Gallery, whose exhibition space was destroyed in December’s epic Sag Harbor fire, plans a Grand Opening in March 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at its new digs at 2385 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton (between Candy Kitchen and Bobby’s Van). Clap, clap, clap.
Social Media Quote of the Day
“What will the neighbors say?” — Architect Darren Helgesen of East Hampton posting this amusing Instagram photo of the town’s Top Drawer Lingerie shop.
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