Sunday, November 30, 2014

East Hampton Historical Society House and Garden Tour

This weekend the East Hampton Historical Society held its House and Garden tour fund raiser. Yes, this weekend, not in the midst of summer when the crowds (read: riff raff) are here. The first house we visited, completed in 1921, was on Egypt Lane within walking distance of the Maidstone Club. Photography was prohibited. Photography wouldn't have done the tour justice. This was something special. A must see. 
There was a cocktail party at The Maidstone Club.

There are countless house tours offered for charitable causes, but this was the first that I felt gave an intimate glimpse into the lives of its residents. One of the homes was for sale, but otherwise the others were voluntarily offered up to the Historical Society for its fund raiser. Of course, each home was spit spot. One was the reveal of a recent renovation and redecoration. I'm sure much was tucked away, but the collection of personal items that were on view were lovely. I gasped in awed surprise while noticing a painting by a favorite artist usually only seen at the Parrish Museum. Thank you for letting me visit your home!
While in East Hampton, we swung by Main Beach.
Just behind the dunes at Main Beach are a string of homes known as the Sea Spray Cottages. They were originally part of an Inn and are now owned by the town of East Hampton and leased from mid May through mid September. The cottages are basic, but the location is prime.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Marders Open House 2014

This weekend is Marders Holiday Open House.
The garden shop is decorated in over the top splendor.
The large chinoiserie vases remind me of a Merritt Chase painting.
Hall at Shinnecock by William Merritt Chase
31 1/8" x 41" pastel on canvas 1892 
Terra Foundation for America Art via
The room sparkles.
The fauna wear designer flora.
Botanically accented chapeaux.
I wanted to try on this one.
Too crowded, another reason to return.
The wreathed doors are a favorite.
During the Open House there are refreshments and live music.
The exquisite decor will be up through the holidays.
120 Snake Hollow Road

Monday, November 24, 2014


I stopped by North Sea Farms to order our turkey for this weekend.
Would anyone mind if we had scallops instead?
Gathering to enjoy a wonderful meal with loved ones.
Something I am thankful for.
I'm looking forward to this weekend.
photo via
North Sea Farms had copies of the Holiday issue of edible east end.
There are always great stories, photos and recipes inside.
This beautiful fig and scallop recipe is one that I would like to try.
recipe and photo by Laura Luciano
 via here and recipe here
Check out Laura's beautiful blog out east foodie.
The pumpkins at the farm strike a still life pose.
 still life by Hugh Gallagher
oil on canvas 12" x 16"
The sunflower painting begun here.
Sunflowers and Squash by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas 16" x 20" 
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sweet Homes

Thankfully abandoned buildings in the Hamptons are a rarity. Most structures here are meticulously cared for and cherished. One example is the Thomas Halsey House on main street in Southampton.
This rare "first period" house was built in 1660 when Main Street, in the pioneer hamlet of Southampton, was first laid out. Its owner, Thomas Halsey, was one of the original families who bought property from the Shinnecocks in 1640. Believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State. via the Southampton Historical Museum 

In East Hampton, the 1700s family home of John Howard Payne, ambassador, actor, playwright and composer of the Home Sweet Home is now the beautifully curated Home Sweet Home Museum.
"Home, Sweet Home" on James Lane was built in the early 1700's and is the most distinguished lean-to or "saltbox" in East Hampton. It is a vivid reminder of what homes were like in the early English settlement. The home was lived in by relatives of John Howard Payne, the composer of the lyrics to the popular song, "Home Sweet Home" and may have been the inspiration for his song. via 
The "Home Sweet Home" Cottage East Hampton Long Island
20 3/4" x 24" 1916 oil on canvas
by Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935)
MFA St. Petersburg Florida via
A beloved home often inspires a house portrait. I discovered artist Barbara Bellin this summer at the Hampton Classic. Bellin specializes in home portraiture. I love her creative uses of the portrait. 
Janet Bellin's site here
If you ask, I would wager that just about any artist that you ask would enjoy the challenge of a house portrait commission. Do ask an artist that you love. Of course you could always cheat. There's an app for that!
My Halsey House photo "painted" by the Waterlogue app.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Local Bays

The shore of Peconic Bay is littered with bay scallop shells.
 A local delicacy is in season.
I picked up my local bays at the CLAMMAN.
There were so many shells on the little boat ramp beach near our house that I wondered if I could try to catch a few on my own.
I used a recipe from a Benefit Cookbook.
Go Fish - Benefit Cookbook
Benefitting The Peconic Baykeeper and
The Southampton Town Trustee's Shellfish Program
cover art by Susan D'Alessio
The benefit cookbook was published in 2011 in conjunction with an art sale and fundraising event. I don't see the book available online any longer, but BookHampton may be able to find one for you.  The book includes recipes from local fishermen, artists and chefs. Ina Garten's recipe for Bay Scallops Gratin and April Gornik's recipe for Pasta with Artichokes and Shrimp are just a few of the gems. Some articles about the book and fundraiser here:
Leiny's Yummy Bay Scallops
Heat large, flat, cast-iron pan until hot hot hot; toss in some butter and rinsed baby bay scallops. Sear them up pretty to a nice golden brown. Glaze them by adding some white wine when they are sizzling up and each scallop looks like a little jewel. Squeeze in some juicy lemon or lime from your home grown citrus trees. Serve immediately over a bed of brown rice, with a fresh tossed salad with some extra virgin olive oil and a dash of sea salt. Most important, drink some wine while cooking and  with dinner, it makes me happy. Tre simple! - Leiny Piro
I don't know recipe author Leiny Piro, but wouldn't you just love to dine at the Piro house? You can sense a spirit of joie de vivre in this simple recipe. I used 2T of butter, a splash of wine plus a squirt of bottled lemon juice (instead of fresh) and the result was delicious. 
This morning, I combed through the garden and found enough flowers for a small bouquet. A few hydrangea and some late blooming perennials that I can't remember the name of. A hard freeze is predicted. This will probably be the end of any lingering blooms until next year. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Abandoned at Flying Point

There is a cemetery on Flying Point Road on the way to the beach.
The graves are conscientiously tended.
It is easy to miss the abandoned house next door.
I did some research on this intriguing house previously here
A branch of the Sayre family was said to reside there.
A long time resident that I spoke with recalled that the home was shipped from Sears Roebuck via the Long Island railroad. Looking through the Sears Home archives brought me to the conclusion that the home could be the Lexington model available from 1927 - 1932. 
The Princeton from a 1923 Sears catalogue, is also very similar. I guess I'll never know for sure as I am unlikely to be stepping inside to review the floor plan. My curiosity does have limits.
Climbing bittersweet has taken over.
Coincidentally, I was having dinner with friends and mentioned the "haunted" house on Flying Point Road. They confessed that they had snuck into the house 20 something years ago while looking for a home in the area. They had crept in and had a look around. Back then, the interior was still beautiful and in its original arts and crafts style. They contacted the town clerk, who for a small fee gave them the name and number of the property owner. The home was not for sale. 

Lexington entry way via
Railing from a Sears Home via
This version of the Lexington via

A mysterious ruin quietly disintegrating.
The original residents in eternal repose.