Monday, March 3, 2014

The Clamman

I visit the Clamman at least once weekly for dependably fresh seafood and other creative accompaniments. This week I received an invitation in the mail for their 14th Annual Paul Koster Memorial Benefit. On the front of the invitation is a portrait of Paul Koster by artist Larry Rivers. The Clamman was founded by Paul Koster and his wife Jean Mackenzie in the early 1980s and quickly became one of the Hamptons top seafood spots. After Paul's untimely death, the Koster family established the Paul Koster Memorial Benefit to fund educational needs within the community.  
Paul Koster by Larry Rivers
The first thing I notice when I visit the Clamman, besides the chalkboard specials (which lately include a number for plowing snow) is the huge painting by Paton Miller. The Koster family has always been friends and supporters of the East End art community.
Jean Mackenzie and daughter Mackenzie Koster
painting by Paton Miller
photo by Shayne Weaver from 27East here
Signage by William Faulkenburg
The Larry Rivers portrait of Koster has a bit of the iconic Clamman sign by William Faulkenburg in the background. The more often I see it the more I love its funky machismo.
On Saturday March 15th The Have A Heart Community Trust and The Paul Koster Memorial Benefit will host their annual fundraiser at Seasons of Southampton
Aiming to help further the education of Southampton Town high school seniors, the Paul Koster Memorial Benefit, which honors Ms. Mackenzie’s late husband, awards scholarships to students who plan to continue their education, whether in college or at a trade school. The foundation also provides assistance to other community organizations such as Time For Teens, Southampton Youth Services and the Flying Point Foundation for Autism.
The Have A Heart Community Trust, founded by the Rose and John Dios in 1991, is essentially a “last resort” organization that caters to those in personal or financial crisis, Have A Heart President Bret Pahwul said. “We help people out with necessities like heating oil, food, clothing, shelter, and medical supplies.” (from an article in 27East
Invitation to the benefit on March 15th 2014 here 
and more information here
And do visit the Clamman for delicious food and great art!

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