Hampton’s Birthday

Birthday’s come around once a year and I believe every new birthday is just a little more important than the last.  I’ve had so many dear people in my life that no longer are able to celebrate on this plane that I make a serious effort to make every birthday a time to be grateful for the joy of living life to the fullest.  However, this year we might have gone just a bit overboard.  We had a trip planned that was supposed to be my birthday present.  Yet, when we looked at the calendar the trip was a week in advance of my special day.  Brandt made the sort of off the cuff comment, “why don’t we stay over and go the The Hampton’s”.  Well, I was way more excited than a kid in a candy store.  Way more excited than a puppy with a fresh bone.  Way more excited than…sorry…I was very excited!!! Facebook Friends know a good time was had by all as I shared A LOT. The trip was all I could ask for and much, much more.  Here, I thought I would share the “favorites”.

The actual birthday gift was to travel to New York City to see a show that bonded a friendship I’ve treasured for over 20 years.  We had tickets to see the 20th Anniversary performance of the Award Winning Off-Broadway Hit “When Pigs Fly”.

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Stanley Bojarski, John Treacy Egan, Jay Rogers,Daniel Pevsner, Keith Cromwell and Michael West

The original cast came together one more time to present this masterpiece of musical comedy…with a “slightly” gay overtone. I was amazed to realize I saw performers in the infancy of their career that are now award-winning performers of stage, television and screen. The performance was very poignant in that some of the material is no longer relative.  Many of us sat there happily married and celebrated the advances our country has made.  We celebrated advances in medicine and we celebrated the sheer joy a Broadway Musical brings.  It was a FABULOUS evening and a very good time was had by all. The original performance has always been one of my favorite Broadway memories and this one now stands right alongside it.

We stayed three nights in Manhattan and then went to The Hampton’s for four nights. Of course, food played a very important role in our scheduling.

FAVORITE BREAKFAST

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Lox and Bagels; DB Bistro Moderne, NYC…Egg Salad Sandwich; Candy Kitchen, Bridgehampton, NY…Sesame Flagel with Smoked Salmon Smear, Montauk, NY.

FAVORITE LUNCH

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Lobster Roll; LUNCH The Lobster Roll, Amagansett, NY…Cheese Tray; Cavaniola’s, Sag Harbor, NY…Steamed Lobster; LUNCH The Lobster Roll, Amagansett, NY…yes, it was good enough to go back time and time again.

FAVORITE DINNER

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Grilled Rack of Lamb with Roasted Potatoes and Swiss Chard; Kellari, NYC…Zuppa di Pesce con Linguini; Roast Chicken; Pierre’s; Bridgehampton, NY…Moules et Frites; Bridgehampton, NY

FAVORITE LANDMARKS

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse; Montauk, NY…The Water Mills; East Hampton, NY…The Studio of Jackson Pollock; Spring, NY

FAVORITE WORKS OF ART

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Pollock

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Love Adorned, Amagansett

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Calder

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Public Art; Bridgehampton, NY

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Man Ray

FAVORITE RETAIL

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Hampton Briggs Antiques…Bridgehampton, NY

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Bloom…Sag Harbor, NY

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Comerford Collection…Bridgehampton, NY

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Jayson Home…Sag Harbor, NY

INA GARTEN (and my) FAVORITES

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Cavaniola’s Cheese Shop…Sag Harbor, NY

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Cavaniola’s Kitchen…Sag Harbor, NY

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The Seafood Shop…Wainscott, NY

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Goldberg’s, Wainscott, NY

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Bridgehampton Florist, Bridgehampton, NY

FAVORITE SURPRISES

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Eating on “location”

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Standing where visual art was changed forever.

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Being in a traffic jam of people coming to see pumpkins.

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Finding wineries on the other side of the continent. Unfortunately, all of it taste like wine spritzers but still fun.

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Celebrity sightings.

MY FAVORITE FAVORITE

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Being married to the sweetest man in the world.

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The birthday day was LOVELY and a good time was had by all!!!

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Now, on to 58…

 

 

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