- CHARITY BENEFIT
The East Coast flocked to The Hamptons in overloaded train cars and bumper-to-bumper traffic on the good old Montauk Highway 27. It was a long haul out East on Labor Day Weekend, but the journey to get there is part of the holiday tradition.
Driving lead to more driving at the BMW brunch affair at a private estate in SAG Harbor where one could get out of the stuffy rental and drive the high-end Alpina series. “It is pretty amazing to go from 0 to 60 in four and half seconds,” stated BMW rep Kurt during a test drive on the winding back roads of Sag Harbor.
And just of a fast pace were the party and gallery hops into the late evening. From viewings of Lola Montes Schnabel’s beautiful art exhibit Night Vision at Tripoli Gallery in South Hampton to the silent auction fundraiser benefiting Project Rousseau in East Hampton, it was certainly a non-stop weekend from start to finish.
The weekend topped off with the always spectacular $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier at The Hampton Classic. For 37 years it has been one of the most extravagant events out East and always a perfect way to end a summer of bliss.
This year in The VIP patrons’ tent Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted has family at one of the several finely decorated tables. And, in the grandstands thousands of sporting fans gathered to watch round after round of exciting jumps in the coveted competition.
“I am just so thrilled to be spending the end of summer here,” said Grace Previte of Morris County, NJ.
At the end of the day there was no better way to complete the holiday than a quick ferry ride over to Shelter Island to watch the final sunset of the season. The glow over the ocean was peaceful and warm as the sun dipped into the water. It was a magical moment and perfect way to say good-bye to summer out East 2012.
ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for the new social commentary website www.sensiblesocialite.com