Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Holiday Celebration, MERRY MADOO AND ARF, TOO @ Madoo Conservancy Saturday, December 11th 10am to 4pm.

December 9 2021: The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) and Madoo Conservancy will be hosting their joint community-wide holiday celebration, “Merry Madoo and ARF, Too,” on Saturday, December 11 from 10am-4pm for a day of local shopping and holiday cheer.

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ARF Food Pantry

Photo: Will Yennie.


September 11, 2021: While the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons ARF Adoption Center is under construction please join us Saturday, September 18, at Petco in the Bridgehampton Commons, 2044 Montauk Hwy, from 12 to 3 PM for the monthly Pet Food Pantry to donate or pick up cat and/or dog food. Cat food is greatly needed. More at

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Hampton Classic 2021

Daniel Bluman Gemma W_Grand Prix winner_LONGINES jump

The 45th Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton.   

September 7, 2021: The 45th Hampton Classic Horse Show ended Sunday, September 5th, on a near perfect day, weather wise, and the fans were not disappointed. Canceled last year due to COVID, there was a renewed enthusiasm at last Sunday’s opening on another gorgeous day. The spirited week-long competition was complimented by more outstanding weather for the return of one of the season’s s most anticipated events

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Guild Hall

Annabella Sciorra, Catherine Curtin, Joy Behar, Brenda Vaccaro, Irene Sofia Lucio, Matt Servitto, Steven Weber, Dave Quay Photo: Barry Gordin

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, is presenting a staged reading of Crisis in Queens, a funny new play by Joy Behar.

September 4, 2021:  Joy Behar, the co-host of The View, a versatile humorist, commentator, comedienne and writer is branching out into playwriting with a witty new play, Crisis in Queens. Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, is presenting the debut staged reading of the full-length comedy on Friday and Saturday of Labor day weekend at 8pm.  When Josh Gladstone, the Artistic Director of Guild Hall, brought Joy to the stage of The John Drew Theater on Friday evening she said, “I just want to laugh and have a good time.” Yes, that is what we came for, Joy’s brand of humor, and she did not disappoint. The reading on Friday, although a tiny bit long, was a peak at a humorous work in progress. There is meat on those bones but the playwright needs to trim the fat. In Behar’s tale, set in Queens, relationships are hard, and marriage is work. 

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Guild Hall

Sierra Boggess, Tony Yazbeck

Crazy For You closed out the Stroman Presents series at Guild Hall with Broadway superstars, Tony Yazbeck and Sierra Boggess.

August 31, 2021:  Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, closed out their star-studded weekend of Stroman Presents with Crazy For You. On Sunday Stroman, who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production, brought a marvelous cast, which included Tony Yazbeck, Sierra Boggess, Melissa Errico, and Dee Hoty to perform a few of the classic George and Ira Gershwin songs. Tony Yazbeck’s dazzling dancing was a highlight of the splendid evening, along with the surprise guest appearance by Josh Gladstone, the Artistic Director of Guild Hall.

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Stroman @ Guild Hall

Susan Stroman, Nathan Lane, Mathew Broderick, Brad Oscar Photo: Barry Gordin

Susan Stroman Presents a LIVE IN PERSON weekend with Broadway stars, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Brad Oscar, Tony Yazbeck, Terrence Mann, Sierra Boggess, Melissa Errico, Dee Hoty, and more.

August 28, 2021:  Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, is presenting a star-studded weekend of Stroman Presents!  That of course is the legendary, 5-time Tony winning choreography/directory Susan Stroman. On each evening, Friday through Sunday, some of Broadway’s biggest talents will take the stage of the John Drew Theater. The series kicked-off on Friday with Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, and Brad Oscar, who joined Stroman, known to the Theater world as Stro, to reminisce on the 20th anniversary of The Producers, which she directed and choreographed. They performed some of their songs and Mel Brooks made a live appearance via zoom. 

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The New Group

Abby Merrill, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tamika Lawrence, Jennifer Damiano

Cocktails on the lawn showcased songs from The New Group’s upcoming new musical, Black No More, opening January 2022 at the Signature.

August 27, 2021: Scott Elliott, Founding Artistic Director of The New Group, and Abby Merrill, the Board President, hosted “Cocktails on the Lawn” at Abby’s home in Quoque. The meet and mingle on Thursday celebrated The New Group’s return to live theater in January 2022 with Black No More. Broadway stars Brandon Victor Dixon and Tamika Lawrence performed emotional renditions of songs from the new musical, originally slated for Fall 2020.

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Broadway Visits the East End

Orfeh & Andy Karl, Photo: Barry Gordin

By: Iris Wiener

August 18, 2021: Calissa in Water Mill, a restaurant that is likened to Mykonos in the Hamptons, continues to bring major performers to the restaurant this summer and fall. The restaurant’s Broadway Out East performance series, produced by Dear Evan Hansen concertmaster Justin Smith, kicked off with Clay Aiken and will host stars including Broadway’s magnificent couple Orfeh and Andy Karl (Legally Blonde and Pretty Woman) on Thursday, August 19th. In coming weeks, Joshua Henry (Carousel) will perform on August 26th and five-time Emmy nominee, star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Broadway great Tituss Burgess will share his talents on September 2nd. 

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Guild Hall

Ryan Spahn, Michael Urie, Nathan Winkelstein

Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn star in Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo directed by Nathan Winkelstein with Sophie von Haselberg on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30pm.

August 13, 2021:  Guild Hall is presenting Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, a combination of his first play and one he wrote decades later, starring theater and TV star Michael Urie with his real life partner, Ryan Spahn. 

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(East Hampton, NY – August 3, 2021) On Saturday, August 14th the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) ( will host the Bow Wow Meow Ball @home, with guest host Chuck Scarborough of NBC as ARF presents Patsy Topping with the Lifetime Achievement Award, for her rescue and transport efforts in South Carolina, saving thousands of dogs and cats from certain death.

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Laurie Anderson & Julian Schnabel

Laurie Anderson, Christina Moissaides Strassfied, Julian Schnabel Photo: Barry Gordin

John Drew Backyard Theater moved indoors for conversation with renowned artists, Laurie Anderson and Julian Schnabel.

July 18, 2021:  The forecast was not looking great, so Guild Hall moved the John Drew Backyard Theater conversation with renowned artists, Laurie Anderson and Julian Schnabel, indoors.  Attendees were thrilled to witness these multi-talented artists, both Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts honorees, share their post pandemic thoughts on life, art, friends, and projects. The discussion was moderated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall’s Museum Director/Chief Curator.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Mike Birbiglia at Guild Hall

Mike Birbiglia after winning a Drama Desk in 2019 for Outstanding Solo Performance. Photo: Barry Gordin

Final shows Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm & 9pm:  The Award-winning comedian, author, and actor, Mike Birbiglia, brings an hour of All new material to Guild Hall. 

July 11, 2021: The gifted comedian, Mike Birbiglia, who happens to be a best-selling author and an actor, also won the 2019 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Awards for his solo show, The New One. He was performing that show on Broadway when the pandemic hit, so Birbiglia went from Broadway to Zoom. And now he is back gracing stages and Guild Hall is lucky to have him for several performances. 

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ARF Ground Breaking

Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons breaks ground on FOREVER HOME: An expansive history making state-of-the-art building project and renovation.

May 28, 2021:  Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons hosted an historic ground-breaking for their new expansion, FOREVER HOME. The community celebration for East End animal lovers was held from 4-6pm on Saturday, May 28th at the ARF Campus 124 Daniel Hoe Road, East Hampton.  Specially trained canines dug the first hole for the dramatic new expansion.

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Bay Street Theater

Tickets go on sale TODAY at 11am for their 30th Anniversary Season, COME TOGETHER, for the thrill of Live Theater.

May 11, 2021: Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts announced tickets are now on sale for their 30th anniversary summer season, Come Together, a showcase of live, indoor performances, outdoor musical concerts, and experiential art installation.

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Celebration Of Life

The Longhouse Trustees and Peter OIsen hosted Celebration of Life, a garden party in memory of Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020)

May 16, 2021:  Peter Olsen and the Longhouse Trustees hosted Celebration of Life, a garden party in memory of Jack Lenor Larsen, the founder of LongHouse, who died last year at 93. The celebration at LongHouse featured Jack’s peak Spring garden on a glorious Saturday afternoon. 

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