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Summer 2012

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Bermuda’s National Drink is a Little Like Her National Dance. Unique, exciting and passed down for generations.

It’s true for our exotic Gombey dancers, who duck and twirl in practiced moves handed down since the 1700s. And it’s true for our notorious Dark ’n Stormy® cocktail. Made with two oz. of Gosling’s Bermuda Black Seal Rum, twirled with Gosling’s Ginger Beer over ice, this exciting drink’s been helping Bermudians keep cool for generations. Happily, you’ll now see it at more and more fine establishments here in the States. And Gosling’s Black Seal at more and more spirits retailers. But to see a Gombey in person, you’ll need to board a plane and come to Bermuda. And would that be so bad?

Gosling’s. For Seven Stubborn Generations. www.goslingsrum.com We make it slowly, stubbornly. Please enjoy it slowly, responsibly. 40% ABV. Product of Bermuda. Castle Brands, NY, NY.


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30 Vixen Fitness

Meet Molly Winter Stewart,

Owner and Founder of Vixen Fitness NYC

ikini Burn 36 BBikini

Last L ast minute fitness tips

BC’s of the Sun 38 AABC’s

Dr. D r. Kelly O’Malley Mattone’s

publisher’s note

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Chase Backer Welcome to summer!

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Around the Towns Shopping in East Norwich

couture

Looks for Every Play of the Week 25A’s looks for the summer: Beach

sun care tips

design d esign

t’s Personal 42 IIt’s

One O ne couple’s love for restoring old homes

48 Chelsea Mansion

The Elegance of a Bygone Era

52 Designing a Vision

Family-owned business guides clients from start to finish

Babe, Pool Party, On the Deck and Sunset Cocktails

beauty

28 Our Obsession

Luscious. Luxe. Lavish. Lashes. The accessory du jour of the season

Cover Photography Patrick McMullan/patrickmcmullan.com

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W ines forCelebrating your Life

domaine laurier winery ceres, ca marketed by antares wine company www.antareswine.com


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sports

54 Polo

The ancient sport and its competitors

58 Tee-Off

3 Great Public Golf Courses on Our Gold Coast

64 The Gold Coast Triathlon

Multi-Sport Endurance Competition

auto

68 Pagani

Check out the Huayra, the Italian mid-engined sports car

celeb

72 Gwyneth Paltrow

What we love about this famous Hamptonite

jetset

80 Barcelona

Breathtaking, stunning and gorgeous

taste

86 Insignia

Energetic Manhattan vibe with an authentic East End feel

90 Moods of Summer New England Americana

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92 OHMIGOD! Cookies Baked with a Heart


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98 The Shooting of the Century Monica Randall goes back in time to a tragedy that rocked the Gold Coast

104 Nunley’s Carousel Celebrates 100 Years

profile

110 Harry Armon

Ask the financial advisor

112 Art Hamptons

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artform

The Contemporary Art World Converges on Long Island

116 Monet’s Garden in NY

The New York Botanical Gardens’ interpretation of Monet’s Garden

poems

118 The Risk

by Beth Kristiansen

122 The Grim Reaper by Victoria Crosby

agenda

Gold Coast 124 The International Film Festival Coming October 2012

25A-list

126 25A-List

by Christopher Robbins

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132 25A Launch Party at Chelsea Mansion

138 NCMA Ball

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Long Island’s Gold Coast Luxury Magazine

Publisher Editor-In-Chief Art Director

Chase Backer Jason Feinberg Tina Guiomar

Account Coordinator

Dennisia Slabakis

Director of Strategic Marketing

Prof. Jack Mandel

Copy Editor Society Editor Features Writer Arts and Travel Writer

Victoria Caruso Christopher Robbins Victoria Crosby Diana Pinck

Food Writer

Venus Quintana

Gold Coast Writer

Monica Randall

Contributors

Contributing Photographers Advertising Account Reps

Harry Armon, Andrea Correale, Kim E. Courtney, Alexandra Karcev, Beth Kristiansen, Wanda Mann, Kelly O’Malley Mattone, M.D. Morgan Scala Patrick McMullan Paul Prince, Rob Rich Alexandra Carton Ryan Maloney

Writers, Models, Musicians and Photographers please inquire

Contact: 56 Glen Cove Road Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516.399.2444 www.25Amagazine.com © Copyright 2012 by 25A magazine, All rights reserved. 25A magazine is published four times per year in 2012 then six times beginning 2013. Reproduction without permission of the publisher is prohibited. The publisher and editors are not responsible for unsolicited material and it will be treated as such and unconditionally assigned for publication subject to 25A magazine’s right to edit.


Hey Long Island, We’re Glad to Be Here

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25A PUBLISHER’S NOTE SUMMER is here and I am very excited to share with you 25A magazine's Summer 2012 issue. Since the late 19th century, Long Island has been the destination of choice for those looking to spend their summers on the east coast. With its sparkling beaches, beautiful homes, top notch dining, exquisite fashion and beauty, Hampton's parties and so much more, Long Island offers a wide range of luxurious lifestyles. In this issue, the lovely, beautiful and talented Gwyneth Paltrow is our covergirl! Also included, famed author Monica Randall takes us into the chilling past as she discusses the "Shooting of the Century" at the Woodward Estate. We also featured the Meadowbrook Polo Club, three amazing golf courses and the 2012 ArtHampton's Exhibit and explored the great tastes of Insignia; and take an exciting tour of the Gold Coast's Chelsea Mansion. We are pleased to announce that 25A is the exclusive magazine sponsor of this year's Gold Coast Film Festival, which will take place in October. For now, enjoy summer on Long Island for all that it has to offer and indulge yourself through the entertaining pages of 25A.

Chase Backer


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Several years ago, we made a wonderful discovery in our California Tehachapi Vineyard—a naturally occurring white Pinot Grigio, unlike the usual reddish-gray color. We propagated this unique clone to produce a Pinot Grigio wine of

uncompromising taste and integrity with more intense natural flavor. Our wine tastes fresher and crisper and will be the new benchmark for quality in this varietal. Pinot Grigio Tehachapi Clone— only from Forest Glen. Enjoy!

P i n o t G r i g i o Te h ac h a p i C l o n e Marketed by Domaine Napa Wine Co. www.domainenapa.com Forest Glen Winery, Sonoma, CA 707.265.4060


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RED TOMATO - Kerri Schlosser with Manager Rody CHRISTINA’S EPICURE - A gourmet market with seasonal provisions LUCE RESTAURANT - The Best Dishes Come from Simple Ingredients (LEFT) MESSINA MARKET - Corey Messina and Ramon (RIGHT) EAST NORWICH SHOPPING CENTER

East Norwich is a very lively community given it’s modest size

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East Norwich

, a hamlet nestled between the Village of Muttontown and the Village of Oyster Bay, is one of the 18 hamlets and 18 villages that comprise the Town of Oyster Bay. According to Wikipedia, East Norwich was originally called Norwich, but East was added by the Postal Service to avoid confusing the town with one of the same name in upstate’s Chenango County. There are many shops and restaurants, both high end and family friendly, in East Norwich and the community is rep-


THE HAMLET OF East Norwich

\ By Victoria Crosby

resented by the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to promote the businesses in both communities. According to Chamber of Commerce member and East Norwich resident Susan Peterson Neuhaus, East Norwich is a very lively community given its modest size. Neuhaus recommends La Pizzeta, a busy and popular family restaurant on Oyster Bay Road, which has been in business for more than 20 years. “The staff always remembers you and your preferences and the cuisine is upscale and delicious,” she said. “They also do a brisk take out business.”

In that same shopping center is Christina’s Epicure, formerly Blueberries. Another popular family restaurant is the Country Kitchen and Pancake House, formally an IHOP (International House of Pancakes.) The Italian restaurant Angelina’s offers a high end and elegant venue with a menu and price range to please everyone and is also perfect for special occasions. Host Joey Morello will greet you and the staff is always professional and attentive. East Norwich is fortunate to house Rothmann’s, one of Long Island’s premier steakhouses. According to Rothmann’s website, the building had been in exis-

tence since 1820 and that the steakhouse and inn were purchased by Charles and Franziska Rothmann in 1907. The business continued through prohibition and then the Rothmann’s three sons, Charles Jr., Peter and Paul, took over. Rothmann’s was frequented by politicians, socialites and people in the entertainment industry, including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Bob Hope among others. It is said that President Teddy Roosevelt would come to the restaurant with his family by horseback to sample Franziska’s great cooking. In 1970, Rothmann’s was sold to famous composer Burt Bacharach, who ran it with

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EAST NORWICH’S DANIEL GALE LA BONNE BOULANGERIE - A beautiful assortment of their sweets ESSA SALON & SPA - Owners Veronica Brayman & Rich Delloff LA BELLA DONNA SALON - Neda Noori, Loretta Wollner and Lisa Homa Hashimi

his wife, actress Angie Dickinson, until the 1980s. Now the name is back to Rothmann’s and it is owned by the Sbarro and Missano families. Of Rothmann’s, Neuhaus said, “The food is fabulous, wine list extensive, and the bar area famous as a gathering place for the beautiful and successful people past their 20s. It’s a great place for family celebrations and special occasions, and though pricey, the prime meat and top service make it worth it.” She added, “Their brunch competes successfully with the famous brunch at the Garden City Hotel.” Messina Market is right on 25A in East Norwich and has quickly become a popular catering place, deli and casual eatery. The

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Messina family also owns La Bonne Boulangerie, an upscale bakery with a cappuccino bar, located in the same small shopping center. They create amazing cakes for weddings and other special events made only from all natural ingredients. They also donate pastries, cakes and bread to local homeless shelters to help the less fortunate in the community. Since 1974 the North Shore Saddlery on 25A has provided the equestrian community of all ages with all they need “for the well groomed rider.” They offer a variety of services, such as tailoring, repairs, and cleaning; everything an equestrian could desire. There are high-end shops and a clothing store for children as well as the restaurant

Luce, pronounced Loochay, which is where the Café Girasole restaurant used to be. It received high marks from New York Times restaurant critic Joanne Starkey when it opened in 2008, and has had favorable reviews from sites online. Billy Joel has been seen there from time to time. One of the owners is Lello Messina whose family owns Messina Market. For stylish fashion, Isles Fashion Incorporated and Penelope Clothing are both on Oyster Bay Road. East Norwich boasts a small business community yet has the ability to be of service to the economy minded as well as the luxury market.


Matador Cigars

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atador Cigars in Roslyn Heights provides cigar aficionados’ a unique smoking experience through top notch service and an upscale atmosphere that conveys sophistication alongside the widest selection of premium cigars on the market. The atmosphere exudes class, relaxation, and pure enjoyment. Many personal and business relationships are formed amongst clientele, and the camaraderie is tremendous. Although Matador Cigars is open to the public, they do offer a membership, which includes access to fullsize cigar-locker humidors that can be rented on an annual basis. Each locker comes with a personalized custom nameplate for your discrete identity. The Roslyn Heights location features two unique, state-of-the-art ventilated smoking lounges, each equipped with seven high quality LCD flat screen televisions, surround-sound Sirius satellite radio, a complimentary full-size pool table and a coffee bar. All complimented with spacious leather seating and mahogany-wood showcases displaying the most sought after cigar accessories. Matador Cigars carries S.T. Dupont, Lotus, Prometheus, Xikar, Colibri, Diamond Crown, to name a few, while the cigar selection in the walk-in humidor is unparallel to anywhere else on Long Island, featuring brands such as Padron, Ashton, La Flor Dominicana, C.A.O., Rocky Patel, AVO, Oliva, Arturo Fuente, Montecristo, Zino, Gurkha, La Aurora, Camacho, Perdomo, La Gloria Cubana, Tatuaje, Illusione, Padilla, Curivari, Liga Privada and God of Fire, among others. With over 30 years of experience in the cigar industry, Matador’s General Manager Frank Cervone is exceptional in his approach to client needs. Additionally, Matador Cigars is owned and operated by Boris Grossman, who’s relationships in the industry, combined with his attention to detail and meticulous management practices, offers an experience to be relished by all cigar aficionados.

MATADOR CIGARS | www.matadorcigars.com 38 Lincoln Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 516.626.4966

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LOOKS For Every

Play of the Week

\ By Tina Guiomar and Alexandra Karcev

THIS PAGE: MIKOH SWIMWEAR Montauk One Piece in Jungle, $194, available at The Surf Bazaar at The Surf Lodge in Montauk

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KANGOL Sheer Diva Straw Hat, $58

JADE Tribe Eco-Friendly Nicole Tote, $148, available at Gloria Jewel in Amagansett

Beach Babe

EVERYTHING BUT WATER Pareo in Coral, $58, available at EverythingButWater.com

VICTORIA BECKHAM Acetate butterfly sunglasses in Honey, $575, available at Shopbop.com

TORI PRAVER Maryjane One Piece in Yellow, $145

SUMMER READ: The World Without You

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Surf Spray, $24, available at Bluemercury, Woodbury Common in Woodbury

MINOR OBSESSIONS Dragonfly Bracelet, $85, available at Barney’s Coop

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HELEN FICALORA Mini-Pave Charm Necklace with Pave mini butterfly ($495), Pave mini anchor ($425) and Pave mini turtle ($675), 14k gold chain ($250), available at Helen Ficalora in Bridgehampton

LEILANI BISHOP Fragrance Oil, $62, available at Rube in Amagansett

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Cat Eye Sunglasses in Havana/Brown, $325, available at Shopbop.com

JONATHAN ADLER Green and Lime George Beach Towel, $88, available at JonathanAdler.com

NANETTE LEPORE Waikiki Reef One Piece Halter in Ivory, $164, available at EverythingButWater.com

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Pool: © Photo by Patrick McMullan\PatrickMcMullan.com \ Helen Ficalora Pave Charm Necklace: © Photo by Doug Young

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Pool Party

THIS PAGE: TRINA TURK Paradisea Tunic in Surf Blue, $144 MICHAEL STARS Scarf in Tile Blue, $64 BEN AMUN CO. Gold Geomatric Bangle in Gold, $188 FLORABELLA Crochet Clutch in Natural, $58 All available at EverythingButWater.com

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MICHAEL KORS Shipmate Stripe One Piece Bandeau in Lacquer Pink, $120 SFI ACCESSORIES Rope Necklace in Red, $28 All available at EverythingButWater.com

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On Deck

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CREED Royal-Oud for Men and Women, $300 (2.5 ounce spray), available at Saks Fifth Avenue in Huntington

JONATHAN ADLER Sailboat Jute Pouch in Rich Red, $38, available at JonathanAdler.com BEN AMUN CO. Anchor Necklace in Navy/Gold, $258, available at EverythingButWater.com HELEN FICALORA Montauk Daisy Ring with diamonds, $1800, available at Helen Ficalora in Bridgehampton

PF FLYERS Windjammer II Sneaker, $55, available at PFFlyers.com MARC BY MARC JACOBS Agnes Romper in White, $328, available at Shopbop.com

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On Deck

THIS PAGE: MICHAEL STARS Knit Maxi Dress in Night Sky Navy, $148 BEN AMUN CO. Anchor Necklace, $258 DEUX LUX Weekender Bag, $88 All available at EverythingButWater.com

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Zoe Saldana in ALEXIS MABILLE COUTURE Spring 2012 Crochet dress and JIMMY CHOO Snakeskin Jasmin Clutch

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Sunset Cocktails

JEMMA WYNNE Prive Beaded Necklace with 18k gold Rondelles, Chrysoprase, Grey Quartz, Black Spinel, Black and White Diamond Accents, $1,575 - $2,415, available at London Jewelers in East Hampton

SERPUI MARIE Snakeskin Paete Clutch, $275, available at SerpuiMarie.com

BRIAN LICHTENBERG Scuba Zipper Dress, $396, available at SINGER22.com and East Hills location.

Matthew Campbell Laurenza Titania Queen Bee Honeycomb Cuff, $1875 available at London Jewelers

MATTHEW CAMPBELL Laurenza Titania Urban Deco on Madison Ring , $110 available at London Jewelers

M. PATMOS Crackle Tee $445 and Pleated Silk Trousers $395, available at Waves in Bridgehampton


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OUR OBSESSION L U S C I O U S L U X E L AV I S H L A S H E S \ Alexandra Karcev

IF THE EYES ARE THE WINDOWS TO THE SOUL,

then luscious lashes are the accessory du jour. Summer means lightening up on your cosmetic products while at the same time flaunting a great pair of flutters. From the intense dark fringe of the Kardashian sisters, to fresh-faced Gwyneth Paltrow who says she never leaves the house without curling her lashes and applying mascara, your hot weather beauty routine means looking flawless with a killer wink and a smile.

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE:

TINTED

RED HOTS SPA | 1512 Old Northern Blvd.Roslyn, NY 11576 (516) 484-8267 | www.RedHotsSpa.com For a carefree way to stay chic in the heat, eyelash tinting suits the season by giving lashes a darker look sans mascara. The process takes between 25 – 45 minutes and lasts 3 - 7 weeks depending on your lash growth and summer activities (pool, sun, etc.) According to Elaine Bezold, founder and creative director of The Spa at Red Hots in Roslyn, clients feel tinting is an essential step for withstanding the summer humidity and escaping the dreaded “panda” eye. The chemical-free, veggie-based formula used at Red Hots is available in hues ranging from brown to the darkest black. On trend this season is a blue-black shade, which helps to brighten the white of the eye, and color can be customized to the individual. “What’s right for a soccer mom may be different for a socialite”, said Bezold. Bezold suggests arriving to appointments with super clean lashes and encourages clients to multi-task by scheduling to have a manicure or foot massage while their lashes are being dyed. Cost for Tinted Lashes: $35.00

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Eye Lash Conditioner $125.00


PUMP UP THE VOLUME:

ALL A FLUTTER:

A-Listers are buzzing about the eyelash extension services offered at Manhasset's nuBest Salon. A full set of glamorous synthetic lashes will leave you with some serious, show-stopping eyes. nuBest spokesperson Richard Piana says that it is best to work with an experienced “lashologist.” He also recommends coming in freshly showered since post-extension, clients must avoid any water near the eye and hot steam for two days. The process takes two hours as individual lashes are applied on a hair-by-hair basis to your own lashes to extend their length and thickness. The end result is major volume with an added bonus – mascara is no longer necessary. Stock up on face cleansing wipes and avoid eye makeup removers and creams anywhere near the lash line. The lashes can last up to two months, depending on lash growth cycle and care with touchups recommended every 3-4 weeks. Cost for Full Glamour Lashes: $280.00; Cost for Touchups: $150.00

If you’re not quite ready to brave a salon treatment, try going faux. You can achieve a dramatic, starry-eyed look, courtesy of Beauty Bar at Americana Manhasset without a long-term commitment. Individual lashes can be used on the outer corner only for a natural looking lift to the eye or, for extra pop, go all out with a full set of Japonesque lashes. The length of stay on your lashes can also be customized. For a night-out, a temporary adhesive can be applied so that lashes can easily be removed at the end of the evening. A long weekend calls for a long-wearing adhesive that will last approximately three days or until the lashes fall off. The process takes about a half-hour. It’s best to have your full-faced makeup look complete before the application, including your mascara. Or if you want to try it yourself at home, Beauty Bar also sells Ardell strips for $25.00

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FAV PRODUCT: Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets, Oil-Free $18.00

FAUX

Cost for Full Set: $30.00 Half Set: $25.00

FAV PRODUCT: Trish McEvoy Thickening Mascara $30.00

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eet Molly Winter Stewart, Owner and Founder of Vixen Fitness NYC. Stewart founded Vixen Fitness NYC in 2011 to provide private personal training for high net worth New Yorkers with demanding lifestyles who expect the best in fi tness and image. Vixen Fitness NYC strives to bring immaculate customer service, unique expertise, and boldness to individuals who want the best in training, style and substance when it comes to their fitness experience. It is a bold, luxury brand specializing in three unique markets for client training: Executive Training for power players with busy professional schedules: In-Hotel Road Warrior Training for business travelers: and Wedding Training for New York’s most discerning brides and grooms. Stewart is certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and holds a teaching certification in TRX Suspension Training, as well as CPR and AED certification through the American Red Cross. She participates with the team research and development program for international fitness retailer Lululemon Athletica, and performs annually in the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids benefit performance, “Broadway Bares.”

25A: What is your background? Have you always been involved in fitness? Stewart: I worked professionally as a dancer for 10 years before starting Vixen Fitness NYC. My career took me all across North America, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Chile performing in Broadway national touring companies, music videos and regional musical theatre. I was also a finalist for the Knicks City Dancers, the official NBA dance team of the New York Knicks. Dancers dedicate a huge amount of time to maintaining what is an almost superhuman kind of technical and physical ability when it comes to their bodies, on top of their love of movement and natural skill in entertaining an audience. 25A: Did being a professional dancer help you start your training career? Stewart: Absolutely! In 2006, I was on the National Tour of the musical CATS when I realized I had to create a workout plan for how I was going to stay fit when I was “on the road.” Although CATS was

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a physically challenging show, my body became conditioned to the demands of the choreography the more I repeated it, so I found myself creating new exercise stimuli to stay in shape. It occurred to me that the workouts I was designing could be great for anyone. After I was certified to train, I started coaching people and saw that I was correct. I’ve been perfecting the Vixen Fitness training model ever since.

25A: What makes Vixen Fitness NYC unique? Stewart: Well, our training is absolutely top-notch, but I’d say it’s our client services. I serve an exclusive group of individuals who are committed to their personal and physical appearance. They are sophisticated, smart and have fantastic taste. My clients don’t want just any trainer – they want someone who understands the pressures of a demanding social and professional life. One of the best things we offer is direct, in-home or in-office training, which eliminates any need for travel on behalf of the client.

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25A: Is being "low-maintenance" an important part of your services? Stewart: My clients have enough going on in their lives. I like to joke that we at Vixen Fitness NYC are like the Navy SEALs: our mission is to go in, do an exceptional job that only elite individuals can do, and leave — all with the utmost in discretion and grace. Oh, and like the SEALs, we look fantastic, too.

25A: What’s your training philosophy? Stewart: My creed is simple: create balance, be dynamic and stay active. Truly engaging personal training is the one thing missing from so many people’s lives. We should enjoy the good things in life and balance them with consistent efforts to maintain a healthy, gorgeous body. Deprivation is never the answer! I don’t want to think about whether or not I can have another glass of champagne or beautifully prepared steak – and I don’t want my clients thinking about that, either.


25A: Tell us more about being “dynamic.” Stewart: It’s all about mental health and clarity. Having a fit body and being in shape naturally builds self-confidence and reduces stress and anxiety, which are both key to leading a dynamic life. Confidence is a powerful attribute! Working with a personal trainer can also help establish and refine your sense of self-presentation, which also builds confidence. As for being active: we are all sitting too much. And we all know it. It’s important to me that I can provide a much-needed outlet for people to stay active on a regular basis.

agility, balance and flexibility training, too. These get even more important as the body ages. I’m always working to incorporate as many elements as possible into my exercise programming to keep it comprehensive and well-rounded. There are a few key pieces of equipment I like to blend into my programming: stability balls, medicine balls, light ankle/wrist weights, resistance bands, and a few free weights. Circuit training and supersets can be extremely effective when they’re done properly. Overall, it should be simple. You don’t need a room full of heavy equipment to get an amazing workout.

25A: What can people expect in a session with you?

25A: How do you train private clients at home or at their office?

Stewart: Intensity, refreshment and satisfaction. You are going to

Stewart: My workouts don’t require a huge amount of space to

work hard but I can almost guarantee that you will smile at least once. As I often say, it takes grit to be gorgeous – and you are worth it. I’m not a “machine trainer” – sitting down to workout is boring and, frankly, counterproductive. I believe in leveraging your own body weight against gravity (resistance) and using multi-planar movement to challenge the body and brain on multiple levels simultaneously. It can sound pretty technical when I’m talking about it—but in practice it makes a lot of sense. You move through your life in 3D, so why would you train in only one or two dimensions? Movement when you train should be just as varied and dynamic. Maintaining a fit body isn’t just about strength and cardio – there’s

25A: What are the biggest benefits of working with you as private personal trainer?

be effective. There is adequate space to work when both the trainer and client can jump in the air with their arms up, stretch side to side with room to spare, and take at least 10 big steps in any direction. My clients know to keep a yoga mat on hand for when we do floor work, and we use a small collection of my “workout essentials” that are very easy to store away when we’re not training - although you may find yourself inspired to keep them out!

Stewart: Personal attention, efficiency and respect. First of all: 100 percent of the focus is on the client. We offer peerless personalized attention. Not only do you have the eyes and mind of an educated professional curating a personalized service, but you also have someone who can motivate you through your workout, lead you towards your goals at the right pace, and evaluate your technique and form to prevent bad habits and potential for injury. 25A: With your Executive Training program, you offer 25-minute sessions for busy professionals who are pressed for time. Can you really get as much out of a shorter session as you would with a longer one? Stewart: Definitely. I meet with clients who have shorter sessions

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more frequently, and we focus on a specific muscle group for the entire session, while still utilizing exercises that require full-body work.

25A: I read that you actually attend gown fittings with your bridal clients. Why? Stewart: When a bride hires me to train her before her wedding, I want her to look and feel amazing when she steps into her dress on the most important day of her life. Once I know what style of gown a

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bride will be wearing, I’m able to better customize her training program with a very strategic focus on the areas of her body that the gown will emphasize. Mermaid, open back, halter – they all reveal and accentuate different parts of the body – and you want them all to look stunning! Secondly, I’ve discovered that I can offer a unique perspective when a bride is choosing her gown. I wore many dresses on and offstage during my dance career, and consequently learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes brides need a little convincing on what gown style truly flatters her frame and bone structure.

25A: What are your own workouts like? Stewart: I really like to use resistance bands and TRX Suspension Training when I work out alone. A resistance band can be used in for full-body conditioning and the simplicity of the TRX is genius: the system hangs from an anchor point, giving it 360 degrees of possible motion, requiring the user to resist swinging by working constantly to stabilize his or her own body. My other non-negotiable workout essential is a high-energy playlist to motivate my workout and keep a steady, challenging pace. And I still take dance classes regularly – it’s my favorite way to maintain my balance, flexibility and agility.

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25A: What are some of your tips for clients who attend a lot of social events and parties where there is plenty to eat and drink? Stewart: First, ask yourself if you’re actually hungry. I know that might seem simple, but not asking that question can lead to a lot of mindless eating. You want your food intake to be enjoyable and purposeful. If you are hungry, try to go for the veggies and protein first. They are nutrient rich and they will fill you up. After that, choose a few hors d’oeuvres and desserts you want to try to round out your palate. Match your drinks with glasses of water so you don’t get dehydrated. These simple but mindful adjustments make it easy to relax and enjoy everything during the party, while keeping your body well-balanced. If you’re training regularly, you have every right to enjoy yourself. Remember: create balance, be dynamic, and stay active.

FOR TRAINING INQUIRIES

contact Molly Winter Stewart directly at molly@vixenfitnessnyc.com or 646.926.6491. Additional information on Vixen Fitness NYC can be found online at www.vixenfitnessnyc.com


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BIKINI BURN

\ By Carolyn D'Onfrio

CARDIO BLASTS

in between movements are always a great way to amp up a weight training session. The following are recommendations of top moves to keeping your

BACKSIDE FIRM: • DONKEY KICKS AND CROSS OVERS • SQUATS ON STEPPER AND BACKWARD RAISES • BALL FORWARD AND BACKWARD RAISES • DEADLIFTS INTO PLIÉ SQUATS • BENT OVER LEG EXTENSIONS AND BENDS • RUNNING UPHILL ON THE TREADMILL • REVERSE LUNGES INTO A KICK • SIDE LUNGES INTO A SIDEKICK

ABS IN SHAPE: • Planks • V-ups with leg kicks • Ball crunches with Pilates ring between thighs

DON’T FORGET YOUR ARMS: • Use light dumbbells for an all-around workout with or without Pilates ring or bisu ball

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OF THE SUN \ By Kelly O’Malley Mattone, M.D.

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am a sun worshiper, can’t help it. I’m a product of the 60s and 70s, the “deeper, darker tan” era when designer tans were rampant and costly. There was the Ban de Soleil, the Coppertone, the San Tropez and the Hawaiian Tropic tan. Being a poor olive-skinned kid from Queens my choice was the homemade Rockaway Beach tan: olive oil, iodine and reflectors on the beach from sun up to sun down. Did the same on rooftops, car tops and, sometimes, without tops. Of course now I wouldn’t think of being in the sun for a minute without zinc and titanium sunscreen, mineral make-up, Jackie O sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat infused with titanium for added protection. The sun emits ultraviolet radiation in the form of UVA, UVB and UVC rays, which are all measured in wavelengths. While UVC is the strongest and most dangerous it has attracted little attention because it is normally filtered by the ozone layer but, with the ozone layer depleting, we may be exposed to more UVC rays in the future.

The two wavelengths that affect the skin are UVA, a longer wavelength at about 400 nanometers, and UVB, which is shorter at about 320 nanometers. The ability of a sunscreen to block both UVA and UVB rays is the spectrum by which ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen is deemed effective.

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A is for Aging . UVA rays, which B is for Burning. UVB rays only reach account for 95 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, are just as strong in January as they are in July. They cut through clouds, fog, snow and rain and can penetrate glass and clothing. UVA rays can cause “photo aging,” destroying collagen and elastin and generating free radicals, resulting in sagging skin, lines, wrinkles, freckles and spots. UVA rays can also trigger cell mutations at the DNA level, which may initiate skin cancer.

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: Regardless of the number or if it is in a sunscreen, moisturizer or liquid makeup, the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) only provides protection from UVB rays. If applied properly, an SPF without ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen only protects against getting sunburned for a specified amount of time; it will not protect against the aging, damaging cancer-causing UVA rays. Just because the SPF number doubles does not mean your protection doubles. For example, SPF 15 offers 94 percent protection while SPF 30 offers 96 percent and SPF 60 covers 98 percent. It doesn’t matter what SPF you are using if you are leaving yourself vulnerable to the sun’s damaging effects by not adequately covering your skin or reapplying sunscreen every few hours.

the superficial layer of the skin. It is strongest in the summer, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. While it does not penetrate through clouds, clothing or glass it can damage your skin at the superficial dermal layer, resulting in a visible sunburn. It may also contribute to skin cancer.

Sunscreen: Sunscreens are divided into two methods of protection: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain micronized minerals zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act as protective shields to reflect the full spectrum of UV rays off the skin and back into the environment. Zinc and titanium are ideal for people with sensitive skin, acne or rosacea or those recovering from a procedure. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and the protection comes from a reaction between the sunscreen and one’s body’s chemistry. The primary ingredient of a full spectrum chemical sunscreen should be Avobenzone. Sunscreen is the single most important thing you can use to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. Pick one that has “broad spectrum” UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of at least 30. Use it every day, reapplying every few hours. According to the FDA, broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher may, when used as directed, reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.


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It’s Personal


\ By Kim Hendrickson-Radovich, Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design

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hen my husband and I decided to move from our last five year design project restoring a 1912 Colonial revival in Muttontown, NY to begin anew - we thought we would keep it simple. The 23-room manor home with 11 bathrooms had been a labor of love and I had thrown myself into the daunting task of “reviving the revival.” Our mission was to save the old clapboard dowager and bring her back to her original grandeur, which we did in record time. Upon completion, however, we wondered what we were doing. Two empty nesters living in this rambling home that was aching for a family and children to fill it with laughter? It was time to move on. The punch list began with finding a home in Huntington Bay – an area I have always been drawn to. Ideally, it would be more manageable with less bedrooms, an updated kitchen, fewer bathrooms that didn’t need too much attention, a smaller piece of property and close to the water. The ultimate bonus would be a home with a separate structure to house my interior design business. Four out of eight? Not hard, right? Or so we thought.   The Colonial Revival sold quickly, along with most of my furnishings, to a large active family so I was eager to find something completely different and easier to maintain. But alas as the decorating fairies would have it, that was not in the cards. It never is for me. I am drawn to refurbishing tired old homes…   It is my destiny. Harbor Hill is a 1900’s Brick Georgianesque structure. It sits on an ample piece of property in the heart of beautiful Huntington Bay on a turn of road that is always privy to the southeasterly breezes from the Sound. The  home had been neglected and in desperate need of some major decorating, but the bones of this house were solid with some exquisite architectural details. It was certainly  more work than I had anticipated but I was ready. 

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The house evoked memories of the older homes in the Hollywood Hills where I had lived for many years as a child. I was smitten. The entry hall announced itself with a black and white floor but was flanked incongruously by old brick red walls splattered with paint and a working fireplace with a mahogany mantle that was far too red. The room had no crown moulding, which seemed odd since all of the other rooms were trimmed in full regalia. A project – I saw the reworked space in my mind. I knew a few rich coats of ebony paint on the mantle, once repainted in a crisp white and some beefy crown moldings would pull the space together. The house was built for entertaining, with

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French doors announcing one room to the next. The music room with its sad brown wainscoting and yellowed walls was sure to be a show stopper once repainted in a soft dusty grey with ivory moldings and a high gloss black punch on the three sets of French doors. I could see a baby grand floating in the corner and my collection of books everywhere. I envisioned an old world meets deco meets today kind of vibe, honoring the era of the home but keeping it fresh and livable. The chevron patterned quarter sawn oak floors were in pristine condition but hidden by musty old carpets. No worries. The living room with its exquisite plaster relief had a slight concave turn, leaded glass windows and picture mold-

ings original to the structure; be still my heart. The bathrooms were more of a challenge – perhaps we would need to gut them all but it would surely be worth the time, money and effort. The kitchen? After a week in the house we decided to gut the kitchen. We will mark our two year anniversary in December. The house is now home. I have lived my passion and we now enjoy our home. And every day, I retreat to my cottage that sits at the base of the driveway, and houses my studio, where I help design other people’s dreams. In a weak moment we fell in love with another old home. Was it worth it? This is my passion. This is what I live to do.


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CHELSEA MANSION The Elegance of a Bygone Era \ Photography By Diana Pinck

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he historic 40–room Chelsea Mansion is an outstanding example of design ideas prevalent during the latter part of Long Island’s Gold Coast era. Built by Benjamin and Alexandra Moore in 1924, Chelsea Manson features a blend of French, English and Chinese influences and exerts elegance and charm throughout well-proportioned, livable interior spaces. While honeymooning in 1921, the Moore's fell in love with the view of a farm-manor while cruising China’s upper Yangtze River. Wanting to recreate a house that would emulate the feeling of that Chinese country estate, the Moore purchased the Chelsea property in 1923 and worked closely with architect William Delano. The building’s south side, courtyard, moat and bridges emphasize the oriental inspiration while its front elevation, roof and wings show

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the influence of 17th and 18th century French styles. All of the estate’s key windows and glass door frame carefully composed views. Its trees, hedges, flowers, ferns and ponds were arranged to form walking paths that provide dramatic contrasts between the mystical and serene, between open and sheltered areas. The mansion’s design incorporated elements from different countries and eras, including but not limited to the mansion’s Chinese undulating roof line and a wall inspired by the summer palace in Peking. Lotus-filled ponds and a moon gate further infuse the essentially French Renaissance mansion and English gardens with oriental grace while an 18th century French fountain, outlined in original Belgian blocks from Manhattan’s Chelsea District, details the loggia. The mansion’s eclectic interior treatments include pine paneling in the dining room from the first Duke of Wellington’s country house;

carved teak doors from a Chinese summer palace; oak walls that once paneled a 17thcentury English pub; an 18th-century French hand-painted canvas wall covering; and an 85-foot mural painted in oil over white gold, which was created specifically for Chelsea Mansion by muralist Jose Maria Sert. Alexandra Emery Moore was a member of a prominent Cincinnati family. Her husband, Benjamin, an attorney, was the great, great grandson of author Clement Clarke Moore. The Moores lived at Chelsea with their three children most of the year, adding a children’s wing in 1929. Benjamin named the Village of Muttontown and served as its first mayor from 1931 until his death in 1938. Seventeen years later Alexandra married Robert McKay, a lifelong friend, who passed away in 1958. In 1964, Alexandra gifted a portion of the estate grounds to Nassau County and, over the next decade, donated nearly 100 acres


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Chelsea Mansion

History Remains An 18th-century French fountain details the loggia and the belgian blocks that line the fountain and moat were collected from West 23rd Street in Manhattan's Chelsea district.

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TIME HALTS when you stand between the huge

topiaries in the garden. All is quiet around you. You could be anywhere in the world, in the gardens of a

French château or an English country estate. to the county. By combining this acreage with previous acquisitions from the Christie estate, the 550-acre Muttontown Preserve was formed. In 1979, Chelsea Manson was named to the National Register of Historic Places and Alexandra continued to call Chelsea home until her death in 1983. It currently is part of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums and can be booked for private events Its gardens and trails are open to the public for hiking, nature walks, and, in the winter months, cross-country skiing. This article was used with permission of the Nassau County Department of Parks and Recreation and edited by Diana Pinck.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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is located at 34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732. It can be booked for private events. For more information, visit www.chelseamansion.com or call (516) 571.8551; Muttontown Preserve is located on the south side of Route 25A, just west of Jericho-Oyster-Bay Road (Route 106), in East Norwich. For more information, call (516) 571-8500 or visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/ agencies/parks/wheretogo/preserves/ north_shore_preserve/Muttontown_Pres. html

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DESIGNING A VISION From Start To Finish

\ By Todd Katz

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hen it comes to a kitchen or bathroom remodel we all know that it can be an exciting but also sometimes frustrating experience. It's easy to become overwhelmed trying to visualize how your dream will turn into a reality. One of the first questions you want to ask yourself is what are your needs and what are you looking for? Are you just looking to purchase or build a custom vanity. And while designing can be fun, its still best to leave it up to the experts. Choosing the right craftsman can be a pleasant experience. One thing to look for is a company that can take you from start to finish. Vanity Fair Baths specializes in complete custom glasswork, millwork and design. Their design professionals will take you through concept to completion, guiding you carefully every step of the way. “The goal is not to create just furniture but a lifestyle,” said owner and designer Biljon, who took the family business to the next level by turning every project into a showcase through his innovative designs. This level of service greatly differs from simply hiring just anyone or having your project designed for free at a home improvement center. In addition to its showroom , Vanity Fair Baths has its manufacturing facility onsite. Unlike other places, this allows for complete control of manufacturing from the purchase of raw materials, such as exotic woods, that will enhance any project, through all aspects of production. Whether you want to update your space or start from the ground up, we recommend you make an appointment with Biljon who’s quality and trust has kept them in business for over 40 years. Vanity Fair Baths is located at 215 Voice Road in Carle Place. For more information, call 516.771.4900 or visit vanityfairbaths.com.

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NEW LOCATION, FIRST IMPRESSIONS

International Carpet Showcase has moved to a NEW spacious location.

INTERNATIONAL CARPET SHOWCASE, INC.

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Nacho Figuera in perfect form.

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SPECTATORS at the polo match.

Esteban Scott ready to strike.

POLO & THE GAME By Diana Pinck | Photography by Peter J. San Chirico

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h e exact origins of polo are shrouded in ancient history, but it is arguably the oldest team sport of record. The historic Meadowbrook Polo Club was founded in 1877 and incorporated in 1881, which makes it the oldest active polo club in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Its spectacular center is Hickox Field in the heart of Old Westbury. Polo, the "Game of Kings,” vastly popular in the 20s and 30s, has recently resurged as an exciting and challenging sport and pastime for many. Attend a single match and you will understand the attraction this powerful and elegant game has over the minds and souls of riders and spectators alike.

Believed to be over 2,500 years old, polo was first played by nomadic warriors, most probably to challenge each other and hone fighting and riding skills. The first recorded tournament was in 600 BC, when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a public match. The Persians and Mogul conquerors of India spread the game over the East and throughout Europe. Polo was later imported from India to England, and a few years later it landed on the Eastern shores of the U.S. Watching the polo ponies thunder across the enormous playing field at 35 miles an hour, riders holding mallets high above their head or swinging at the ball while leaning deep over the necks of their ponies, one gets a sense of the primal power of this ancient game.

Polo is played by two opposing teams consisting of four riders each. It is battled out in six, seven-minute chukkers (i.e. ‘rounds’ in Persian). The object of the game is to drive the ball through the goal posts of the opposing team. After each goal, the teams switch sides to even out playing conditions. The rules of polo are quite simple and were created chiefly to protect the ponies and their riders. At half-time the spectators walk out onto the enormous field, approximately eighttimes the size of a football field, and with wellhealed shoes, push in the dibbets broken loose by the hoofs of the ponies and the player’s mallets. This unique tradition also gives the spectators the feeling of having contributed, in the

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World famous professional polo player Mauricio Devrient.

Nick Roldan, Esteban Scott and Luis and Victoria Rinaldini.

tiniest fashion, to the game. This is, of course, a golden opportunity to socialize. Now is the time to leisurely stroll over to the person you were flirting with from afar and start up a casual conversation about the game, the weather or the players. Owning a polo team can cost millions. The patron, or owner of a team, incurs all the costs of maintaining his ponies – often between 30 to 200 of them – the transport and all other expenses. In return, the patron gets to keep all the winnings and is granted the right to compete with the pros, in the biggest tournaments. This is possible as players are rated on a scale of -2 to 10 goals. In addition, polo is the only sport in the world where male and female players are ranked with the same handicap system; and so the

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Amazons of polo play in mixed teams with their male counterparts. A 10-goal polo player is considered to be perfect, and there are less than a dozen in the whole world. Thomas Hitchcock Sr., one of the four founders of the Meadowbrook Polo Club, was one of the first 10 goal players in the United States, and his son Thomas Hitchcock, Jr. followed suit. The two opposing teams in a tournament must be made up of a similar total goal handicap. Good players are invited to compete in tournaments all over the world and teams are very rarely made up of fixed members. So, while owning a team is only for the mega rich, playing polo professionally is not. The cost of playing for the enjoyment of the game and lessons are comparable to other sports.

The Hickox Field on Whitney Lane is considered by many to be the most beautiful polo field on Long Island. Championship Polo is played here regularly and world famous players, including Nacho Figueras, Captain of the BlackWatch Polo Team, and Mauricio Devrient, to name a few, play at Hickox Field frequently. The field is the pride of the Meadowbrook Polo Club and to Esteban Scott, a professional player and manager of the club, who started playing polo at the tender age of eight in his native Argentina. When he was only 18 years old, Scott competed in his first tournament at the Brandywine Polo Club in Pennsylvania and he has been playing professional polo worldwide ever since. For Scott, as for most players, it is the love of the sport that


Professional Player Tiffany Busch and patron Stacy Rodriguez.

keeps him in the saddle, sometimes more than eight hours a day. At the Meadowbrook Polo Club, Scott teaches private lessons, oversees the maintenance of the field and organizes tournaments and practice games. He also grills the steaks at the ‘asado,’ the Argentine style barbecue, held field side at the VIP tent for the players and members of the Meadowbrook Social Club after the matches. I had the best time attending a few practice games, a match and an after game ‘asado’ at the Meadowbrook Polo Club this spring. The players and members are all friendly and eager to show off their ponies. With infinite patience they will answer any questions an excited newcomer might have. The after game ‘asado’ featured a delicious Jessica Walsh with Dolly.

spread of different barbecued meats along with salads, wine, cheese, strawberries and other fruit. It felt luxurious to sit in the shade of the VIP tent pitched between two sprawling fields of green, sipping a cool drink and mingling with the international and local players and members. Becoming a social member at the Meadowbrook Polo Club is available at only $400 per season. Nothing, however, can surpass the pleasure of watching a tournament. It was exhilarating to see the ponies galloping up and down the

green, turning on a dime, racing past spectators to sounds of the hoofs and the crack of the mallet and the voices of the players calling out to each other in the heat of the game. The Meadowbrook Polo Club is certainly a treasure of the Gold Coast, go down and watch a practice or a game. They are held three times a week on Whitney Lane in Old Westbury. Chances are you will fall in love with the game at first sight and sign up for polo lessons. The handicap system allows for people of all ages to participate and enjoy the game together. You do not have to be a king to play, only a warrior at heart.

THE MEADOWBROOK POLO CLUB

516.484.0343

www.meadowbrookpolo.com

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Previous page: Executive Golf Course at Harbor Links Left and below: Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course Above: Mini-Golf Course at Harbor Links Next page: Golf Course at Christopher Morley Park

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he North Shore of Long Island is home to a number of superb public golf courses. Even if one does not belong to one of the many exclusive private clubs like Deepdale or The Creek, on a slow day these well maintained public courses could make you feel like you do - minus the club sandwich and dirty martini at the half-way house. Golfers are not on these pristine public courses to conduct business or show off the newest irons; they are here only because they love to golf, socialize with fellow golfers and perhaps wager a friendly bet. Christopher Morley Golf Course, a large recreational facility just north of the L.I.E. on Searingtown Road, was named after the famous author and poet who lived most of his life in Roslyn Estates. In fact, Mr. Mor-

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ley’s writing cottage ‘Knothole’ was moved to the park, where it may be visited by the public. This nine-hole, par-30 Executive Golf Course is small and well maintained. Not too challenging, it is perfect for the beginner or out of practice golfer who wants to dust of those clubs in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, the latest addition to the Nassau County Golf Courses, is situated on the rolling hills of an abandoned sand mine and was designed by world famous architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan of the golf-design firm Hurdzan/Fry. Hurdzan/Fry have designed over 250 golf courses including Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the site of the 2017 U.S. Open. Dr. Hurdzan is considered an environmental architect because he famously transforms wasteland and difficult terrain


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into environmentally sound, spectacular courses. He does this in a very affordable and non-intrusive way, working with what nature and the location provides. So successful was his design at Harbor Links, that it has been elected to be the 29th Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. In addition, Harbor Links has some interesting features, including three holes with split fairways, giving golfers a choice where to tee-off. Golfers generally agree that Harbor Links is a well-maintained track with impressive and challenging conditions. The adjacent Nine Hole Executive Golf Course is challenging for the skilled golfer without being imposing to beginners. An added bonus is its adorable mini-golf course, which offers a wonderful venue for families with small children in a lovely natural environment. Harbor Links’ clubhouse, nestled between the fairways and immaculate greens, has a restaurant and pro shop. There is also a beautiful grand ballroom that can be booked for weddings and special occasions.

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The Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course was conceived by star architect Tom Fazio, who has designed many of America’s top 100 golf courses, is a spectacular and extremely well-maintained 18-hole, par-70 championship golf course situated on 121 rolling acres of the former Woodland Mansion Estate. Oyster Bay’s 12th hole is especially beautiful in its majestic grandeur, nestled between old topiaries and boxwoods. The Woodland Cafe, which is open to the public for lunch and dinner, overlooks the 16th Green and 10th Tee. Sitting here on a quiet summer day, sipping an iced tea or Sea Breeze, one certainly feels like the lord or lady of the Woodland Manor. Whether you belong to a private golf club or not, the golfers in our area are indeed lucky to have these and many more wonderful public courses to enjoy almost all year round. So dust of those clubs, get your kids or parents, friends or spouses and enjoy the wonderful greens of Long Islands Gold Coast.


Learn to play Polo - the Game of Kings Private Lessons and Junior Clinics or Become a Social Member You are welcome to watch a Polo Match on Hickox Field - Whitney Lane in Old Westbury Practice and Game days every TU/TH and SAT

Esteban Scott, Club Manager

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Š Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Moriatis

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Coast Triathlon Multi-Sport Endurance Competitions \ Photography and article by Diana Pinck

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ulti-sport endurance competitions - like the recent Gold Coast Triathlon - are becoming increasingly popular for athletes and aspiring athletes of all ages. More often than not the decision to participate is made on a whim and before you know it, another athlete hooked on the adrenalin rush and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with having achieved the seemingly unachievable is born. This is why the triathlon may arguably be the fastest growing sport in the world. On Father’s Day 2012 over 900 athletes of all ages gathered on Hempstead Beach Park. The challenge ahead of them was a .5-mile swim, followed by an 11.5-mile bike ride and ending in a 3.5-mile run. For many, it was their first triathlon, but despite the challenging competition, a general sense of excitement, camaraderie and good will seemed filled the air. Perhaps it was because, for many, a triathlon is more about achieving one’s own personal goal than about winning the race overall. “When you take part a triathlon you are putting yourself into a primal experience,” said Giovanna Caggiano, a 57-year-old psychologist from Glen Cove who participated in her first triathlon a year ago. “You are letting go of everything around you. You are connecting to the ultimate within yourself. It is like resetting yourself. You are connecting to the power within.” The athletes are divided into groups or waves according to strength and age, and the waves are aligned fastest to slowest. At the sound of the starting blast, the first wave of swimmers threw themselves into the water and immediately started jockeying for a good position. Many began stripping of their swim gear the second their feet hit the sand all the while heading for their first transition,

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known as T1, to hop on their bikes for the next leg of the competition. Following the 11.5-mile cycling portion of the triathlon, participants returned to the transition area, quickly donned their running shoes and hit the pavement for the final and most challenging part of the race – the 3.5 mile run and perhaps the toughest part of the race because, by this point, the muscles are tired. Triathlons vary in distances; the shortest triathlons are called sprints while the longest is the ultra-triathlon commonly known as the Ironman

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Competition. The idea for the original Ironman Triathlon arose during the 1977 Oahu Perimeter Relay, a running race for five-person teams that included participants of both the Mid-Pacific Road Runners and the Waikiki Swim Club. Its members had long debated who was more fit – runners or swimmers. In February 1978, the first Ironman Competition – a 24-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run – was held with former U.S. Navy Commander John Collins declaring, “Whoever finishes first, we’ll call him Iron Man!” While Ironman and Half Ironman races are challenging competitions that require a high level of commitment, sprints and relay triathlons are a great way to get in shape and get the whole family involved. Fourteen-year-old Chris Lester from Long Beach, along with members of his family, were among those who participated in this year’s Gold Coast Triathlon. Chris and his 62-year-old father Roy came in first in the Relay Group and also placed first in the Overall Male Team category. While Roy swam the half-mile, Chris completed the biking and running portion of the race. Chris’ sisters Jessica, 22, and Kelly, 20, came in first and third, respectively, in their age group and their 55-year-old mother Nancy, placed seventh in her age group. Additionally, event sponsor Andrew Motola, owner of the BrickWell bicycle shop of Manhasset and Great Neck, came in second in his age category. Special thanks also go out to the TriLatino Triathlon Group for providing refreshments and salsa music.

PLACES FOR GEAR:

T1 & T2

The Lester Family: Chris, Kelly, Roy, Jessica and Nancy.

BrickWell of Manhasset | 1463 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030 516.439.5553 | Brickwell.com

Road Worx of Syosset | 4 Jackson Avenue, Syosset, NY 11791 516.558.7841 Runner’s Edge | www.runnersedgeny.com


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Pagani Huayra THE ULTIMATE D R E A M C A R

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C9 HUAYRA

THE HUAYRA To create the C9 Huayra and its than 4,000 components (engine and gearbox excluded) required creativity, patience and passion from Pagani. In defining the size, the thought was to design a car that would be longer than the Zonda. The Huayra's track increased by 70 mm and its cabin position shifted 40 mm to the back. The silhouette was designed to be soft, easy to read and consist of lean and sleek lines that have a clear beginning and an end. Mercedes-AMG created a truly unique and lightweight twin-turbo engine with over 700 HP and 1100 Nm of torque that perfectly complements the car while Pirelli created a very progressive tire with an exceptional grip and low rolling friction. Every aspect of safety was treated taking into account the dynamic by which most accidents involving highperformance rear-engine cars occur. Where the style was concerned, Pagani's goal was to create a car that included elliptical shapes in the front and at the back, keeping the central exhaust as the completion of the line of the canopy. Active aerodynamics in the form of flaps that are activated according to the study of results gathered through calculations and aerodynamic testing were also factored in. For more information about Pagani and the Huayra, please visit www.pagani.com.

ENGINE: Mercedes-AMG M158 V12 twin-turbo

DISPLACEMENT: 5980 cc POWER: 730cv TORQUE: 1.000 Nm GEARBOX: Transverse sequential seven speed gearbox - AMT robotyzed system with driving programs

DIMENSIONS: Length: 4605mm; Height: 1169mm; Car's body width: 2036mm; Car's width with rear mirrors: 2356mm

DRY WEIGHT: 1.350 kg (changing according to the model) WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION: 44% front; 56% rear

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During the summer months, Gwyneth and her brood head out to their Hamptons home in Amagansett. The stylish home was purchased in 2006 and reportedly features 5 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, a swimming pool and ocean views. For her daily workout routine, there is also a private exercise studio that sits in a separate structure across the backyard.

Her father, Bruce Paltrow, was the inspiration for her cookbook. In My Father’s Daughter, she shares, “…when I am in the kitchen, I can still hear him over my shoulder, heckling me, telling me to be careful with my knife, moaning with pleasure over a bite of something in the way only a Jew from Long Island can.” Bruce Paltrow, who grew up in Great Neck, not only inspired Gwyneth's love of cooking, but also strengthened her belief that time spent with family is a priority.

2 THE WORKOUT Celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson has been Gwyneth’s personal trainer since the actress gave birth to her son, Moses. They typically work out together in Gwyneth’s home gym or at the Tracy Anderson Studio located in Water Mill. Gwyneth maintains a rigorous exercise routine because she claims that she likes to eat too much.

3 THE EATS When not detoxifying and training for movie roles such as Iron Man 2, Gwyneth loves to eat – French fries, pizza, pancakes – and says that it makes her life fun and enjoyable. Her passion for food led her to host the PBS series Spain…On The Road Again; co-author Spain…A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali; and recently author her own cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.

6 THE FAMILY Gwyneth’s family tree has some famous branches. Her mother is the Emmy- and Tony-award winning actress Blythe Danner. Jake, her brother, is a film director. Before buying her own Hamptons home, she spent summers at godfather Steven Spielberg’s East Hampton estate. Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is her second cousin.

7 THE MARRIAGE Chris Martin is Gwyneth’s rock-star husband of nine years. They met at a Coldplay concert in 2002, three weeks after the death of her father, and soon realized how similar their families and values were. They married a year later.

4 LONG ISLAND CORN In My Father’s Daughter, Gwyneth shares a recipe for corn chowder inspired by her family vacations. “I like to make this soup during our summers on Long Island, where the corn is abundant and sweet as can be," she states in the book.

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8 THE KIDS Towheaded Apple, 8 and Moses, 6 are, as Gwyneth calls them, her “…raisins d’etre.” The devoted mom stalled her acting career to care for her children and fully took on the role of motherhood. She lovingly prepares homemade meals so they do not ingest pesticides or preservatives, has them learning Spanish and French so they are multilingual and tries to attend every school function.

9 THE BRAVADO Gwyneth is not afraid to live large and dream big. She won an Oscar, founded a lifestyle website, authored a cookbook and even sang live at the Country Music Awards. She credits her father for embedding her with a deep belief that she could do anything she wanted to in life. From her recent appearance on TV’s In Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, she said, “When somebody says, ‘What makes you think you can do all this stuff?’ It’s because my dad told me I COULD from the time I was tiny… probably before I could speak…"

10 THE WEBSITE Gwyneth is the founder of GOOP.com, which celebrates her lifestyle and now has more than a million viewers a week.

11 THE APP The first App created by GOOP was the New York City Guide, featuring a short video of Gwyneth taking viewers to her favorite New York restaurants, shops and places.

12 HAMPTONS FOODIE Gwyneth supports local Hamptons businesses such as Jack’s Coffee and Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett on GOOP. She has also been seen dining at hot spots such as Navy Beach in Montauk.

13 LOCAL CHARITY At the annual Baby Buggy Summer Dinner fundraiser hosted by Jessica Seinfeld, Gwyneth is always one of the noted guests. Her other local charity endeavors have included the Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue in the Hamptons and the annual Super Saturday Event in Water Mill to raise monies for Ovarian Cancer.

14 HAMPTONS GIRL Not even a hurricane could stop Gwyneth from appearing at her 2011 book signing in East Hampton. She arrived sans makeup and dressed in her casual style with denim shorts and a bikini top under her striped t-shirt.

In My Father's Daughter, Gwyneth credits many of her recipes and her love for cooking to her late father, Bruce Paltrow.

15 SUMMER STYLE Gwyneth embraces a modern preppy style. During the summer she mixes a high-low esthetic, pairing cutoff jean shorts with a highend Stella McCartney top. In her professional life, she is a serious fashionista and makes headlines for what she dons on the red carpet. In addition to offering fashion advice on GOOP.com, she is now unveiling limited edition clothing, home accessories and beauty items that can be purchased online.

16 THE SHOPPING TRIP AT AMERICANA MANHASSET In March of 2010, Gwyneth and her daughter Apple went on a threehour shopping trip to American Manhasset's Hirshleifer’s, followed up with a meal at Toku-Modern Asian.

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17 THE FRAGRANCE The recent announcement that Gwyneth will be the face of Hugo Boss’s Black Boss Nuit Pour Femme perfume is not a surprise. In her first foray as a fragrance spokesperson for Estee Lauder's Pleasures and Pure White Linen in 2005, her good friend Aerin Lauder reported that sales doubled for the White Linen brand and increased by 10-percent for Pleasures.

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Her friends are all A-listers. The Carters, the Downeys, the Lauders, the McCartneys, the Spielbergs and Madonna. It has been reported that Chris and Gwyneth are planning to holiday this summer with Jay-Z and Beyonce in a mobile home.

19 THE MUSIC The girl can sing. There was the song with Huey Lewis from the movie Duets and her soundtrack from Country Strong. She made an appearance on the TV show Glee! that warranted a second showing. She braved the live stage of the Country Music Awards to sing solo and performed a duet with Cee Lo Green at the Grammy's.

20 THE MOVIE STAR She is an Oscar winner and has appeared in over 45 movies. The success of Iron Man secured her status as a movie star. She will star in the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, which was filmed in New York City.

21 EARLY YEARS IN NYC Gwyneth spent her teenage years in New York City attending the infamous Spence School. At a recent visit to her alma mater, she explained to the students that her education at Spence was all the drama training she needed to become a successful actress. Let’s not forget that Meryl Streep attended Spence as well.

22 THE BOOK LIST Gwyneth is an avid reader and has shared her reading list with Oprah and her GOOP.com readers. Two of her favorite books are by New York author J.D. Salinger.

23 THE BOYFRIENDS The heartbreaker has dated some amazing men including Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck. Need we say more?

24 LIFESAVER Gwyneth had a real life Sliding Doors moment and inadvertently saved a life on 9/11. Bumping into a woman on a New York City street the morning of the terrorist attacks consequently made the star-struck World Trade Center worker late for her job. The woman wrote a letter to Paltrow thanking her for those few moments that ultimately saved her life.

25 ENVIRONMENTALIST She is committed to the environment and living green. She encourages shopping with local farmers and going organic with food as often as possible. My Father’s Daughter was written with the help of The Shaklee Foundation, an environmentally aware nutrition company.

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Barcelona is a city of beautiful contrasts and an idyllic vacation spot - winding medieval streets give way to majestic boulevards, leafy hilltops gaze on sandy beaches, and traditional cuisine inspires meals that break all the rules. By Wanda Mann | Photography Courtesy of Turisme de Barcelona

Unique & Chic

For connoisseurs of innovative cuisine, avant garde architecture, and living life to the fullest, Barcelona is a destination that dazzles all the senses. Located in northeastern Spain, Barcelona is the capital city of the Catalunya region and Catalan heritage continues to influence all aspects of life from food to language. In fact, Catalan and Spanish are both official languages of Catalunya so don’t be surprised if you are greeted in Barcelona with "Bon Dia" instead of "Buenos Días." One of the world’s great walking cities, a day of strolling in Barcelona will take you from the majestic Mount Tibidabo to the endless expanse of the Mediterranean Sea, from the elegant boulevard Paseo de Gracia to the winding medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter. Reaching Barcelona is a breeze - direct flights are available from New York area airports on several major airlines so pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable Catalan adventure!

WHERE TO STAY Hotel Arts Barcelona

www.hotelartsbarcelona.com A Ritz-Carlton property, the Hotel Arts boasts a coveted waterfront location that is just 300-feet away from the beach. With forty-four stories of exposed glass and steel overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hotel Arts is one of the tallest buildings in Spain and has 455 luxuriously appointed rooms. A larger-than-life golden fish sculpture by Frank Gehry graces the property and pays homage to Barcelona’s love of the sea and artistic sensibility. Other amenities include the Michelin starred flagship restaurant Enoteca, the Arola restaurant, which is helmed by two Michelin starred Chef Sergi Arola, a swimming pool and spa.

ABaC Restaurant & Hotel

www.abacbacelona.com Offering 15 well-appointed rooms and suites, AbaC epitomizes exclusivity, luxury and serenity. Located in the northern part of Barcelona in the swanky Sarriá-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, the hotel encourages guests to unwind in the Zen garden or with a luxury spa treatment. Book the penthouse suite for stunning views of the garden and city. Led by Chef Jordi Cruz, the hotel restaurant boasts two Michelin stars and was selected as the Best Restaurant of 2011 by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy.

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www.elsolvillas.com To truly live the life of a well-heeled local, rent a luxury apartment or house in one of Barcelona’s most exclusive neighborhoods. El Sol Villas offers a stunning portfolio of vacation rental properties, including villas with swimming pools and sea views, and apartments with stunning city vistas.

Gaudi’s Barcelona

Truly ahead of his time, architect Antonio Gaudí left an enduring impact on Barcelona’s sacred and secular spaces with his bold use of symbols, unstructured forms, and vibrant colors. Seven of Barcelona’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites are properties built by Gaudí.

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www.sagradafamilia.cat The soaring spires of Antonio Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece is perhaps Barcelona’s most iconic image. Construction on the church of La Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and Gaudí took over the project in 1883. He worked on the project until his death in 1926 and, although other architects have endeavored to continue his vision, it remains gloriously unfinished. Gaudí planned for the church to have 18 towers and eight towers have been built thus far.

www.parkguell.es/en/ Originally commissioned as a private residential development, Antonio Gaudí’s Park Güell is Barcelona’s most unique public space. Nestled high above the city, Park Güell is an oasis and a visual wonderland. Broken ceramic tiles in a rainbow of colors and patterns come together to create vibrant walls, sculptures, benches and even a dragon-adorned staircase. Gaudí’s former home is located within the park and is now open to the public as the Casa-Museu Gaudí.


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The famous Las Ramblas is the epicenter of Barcelona

Casa Batlló

www.casabatllo.es/en World famous for its unique and commanding facade, the interior of Casa Batlló first opened to the public in 2002. A thoughtful explosion of colors and shapes, it must be seen to be believed. Casa Batlló is in the heart of Barcelona on the majestic avenue known as Paseo de Gracia – the place to go shopping for luxury items. Paseo de Gracia is also home to Gaudí’s Casa Mila (La Pedrera) - another fine example of playfully brilliant architecture.

Wander Las Ramblas

No journey to Barcelona is complete without a stroll down Las Ramblas. The 1.2-kilometer promenade was laid out in 1766 and goes from the center of the city towards the Mediterranean Sea. Perfect for people watching, to the left and right of Las Ramblas are shops and cafes including the world famous food market La Boqueria. Veer off Las Ramblas to explore the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter and to visit the 13th century Barcelona Cathedral.

Tops in Tapas

From perfectly prepared fresh seafood to molecular gastronomy, Barcelona has secured its place as a culinary mecca. Regarded by many of his peers as the Best Chef in the World, Ferran Adrià broke the hearts of foodies around the globe when he closed the doors to his acclaimed restaurant, El Bulli, last year. Fret not – Ferran has teamed up with his brother Albert to open the ultimate tapas bar – Tickets (www.ticketsbar.es). The beauty of tapas is that the small portions allow you to sample a wide variety of dishes. Tickets serves Catalan classics such as pa amb tomàquet (toasted bread spread with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and garlic) and thin sliced jamón plus innovative creations like a liquid olive.

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www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/ Although, he was born in the southern city of Malaga, Pablo Picasso spent his formative years in Barcelona and it was his wish to have a museum there dedicated to his work. Located in the energetic and artsy La Ribera neighborhood, the Picasso Museum is housed in five Catalan-Gothic palazzos from the 13th and 14th centuries and contains some of the artist’s most important works, including the Las Meninas series and works from his Blue Period.

Teatre-Museu Dalí

The Fundació Joan Miró

www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org Barcelona born artist Joan Miró’s importance is apparent as soon as you land – a large ceramic mural designed by the late artist adorns the walls of Terminal B at the Barcelona airport. And, everyday pedestrians walk over his colorful pavement mosaic in the center of Las Ramblas. More of Miró’s paintings, sculptures, and drawings can be viewed at the Fundació Joan Miró – a Mediterranean style building on the hilltop Montjuïc Park, also the location of the Archaeology Museum, the National Museum of Catalan Art and the site of the 1992 Olympic Games.

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www.salvador-dali.org If your schedule permits, a day trip to the Catalan city of Figueres to visit the landmark Teatre-Museu Dalí is a worthwhile addition to your itinerary. The late Surrealist Salvador Dalí actually designed the museum in his hometown and the building is considered to be largest Surrealist object in the world. Built on the ruins of a theater destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, Dalí’s masterpiece contains his earliest works and those created in the last years of his life. Getting to Figueres is easy from Barcelona - if you prefer not to rent a car, the train will get you there in about 90-minutes plus a 15-minute walk to the museum. Another option is a guided bus tour such as the Catalunya Bus Turistic.

Are you ready to visit Barcelona? For more information about what to see and do, visit www.barcelonaturisme.com.

WANDA MANN is the founder of the popular women’s travel & lifestyle website, The Black Dress Traveler (www.blackdresstraveler.com). Wanda always packs a little black dress wherever she travels.


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INSIGNIASTEAKHOUSE Earns Its Badge in Smithtown \ By Venus Quintana

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hile the saying goes, “the grass is always greener on the other side” – it ultimately depends on what side you are on. As a resident of Nassau County for well over a decade, I have always seen the grass as being lusher than its counterpart. With a myriad of fi ne restaurants and attractive lounges, one never has to look too far for an amazing dining experience. While this remains to be true, I also believe that great things are worth waiting (and traveling) for. Insignia Steakhouse in Smithtown had beckoned me and, like a hungry pilgrim, I took the lengthy trip into unknown territory. At Insignia, prolific restaurateur Anthony Scotto brings his second signature twist to Suffolk County and receives a worthy seal of approval. Following in the success of Black-

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stone Steakhouse in Melville and Rare 650 in Syosset, Insignia pushes the envelope in the culinary world of steak and sushi. The sprawling 11,000-square-foot restaurant artfully combines eye-catching designs and textured walls with wood, stone and leather interiors. Reminiscent of a rustic, Hamptons-style mansion complete with cedar shakes, quarried stone and a striking turret, Insignia fuses the energetic vibe of Manhattan with an authentic ‘East End’ feel, setting the scene for a most dramatic experience. On entering the main dining room, my eyes were drawn instantly to a bi-level glass wine room that seemed to be floating in mid-air. Beautifully studded, over-sized banquettes line the room’s parameter, allowing for a perfect view of the sparkling sushi bar with cascading ice-cube sculptures hanging above. Every wall showcases a different texture and design,

including a floor-to-ceiling sculpted stone relief of a beach scene; a true feast for the eyes. Insignia’s pièce de résistance is the colossal bar and lounge, framed with striking white marble walls, allowing access to the outdoor patio – an attractive oasis perfect for alfresco dining. Insignia’s kitchen is guided by Executive Chef Mikhail Apelsinov, who also headed the culinary operations at Rare 650. The transition to Scotto’s latest steakhouse incarnation has allowed Apelsinov to bring new, more creative ideas to the table, blending together classic dishes with new twists. On this particular night, Apelsinov showed his creative abilities through an impromptu tasting I requested, which turned out to be nothing short of magnificent. Seven courses flowed in a perfect unison of manageable portions.


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To begin, a colorful sushi plate dazzled us with an assortment of “Supreme” rolls, including the “Surf & Turf” made with king crab, steamed lobster and topped with Kobe steak, and the “Mexican,” a combination of spicy tuna and lobster accented with a chipotle mango sauce. Another notable appetizer was the pan-seared sea scallop, perfectly cooked and served over butternut squash, porcini mushrooms and water chestnuts with a balsamic reduction - well balanced in texture and flavor. Among the entrée dishes, the miso-glazed Chilean sea bass took my breath away. The moist and fragrant fish resting on a bed of

forbidden rice topped with shitake mushrooms, was a sure winner. Out of the endless list of meat choices, we were presented with a boneless sirloin steak that had been dry-aged for 32 days - outstanding! The juniper-crusted venison chop was divinely cooked over black figs in a white truffle honey sauce. Just as I was about to put a fork in myself for being overdone, a magnificent dessert platter had me salivating once again. The “Chocolate Wow,” also served at Rare 650, took chocolate combinations to another level while the warm cinnamon donuts had me at hello; they were light, golden brown and buttery, accented with

a raspberry sauce. French pressed coffee and a chance to breathe again, wrapped up this amazing feast that was ultimately worth the trip! Insignia has successfully stamped itself onto Suffolk County’s culinary canvas, and Anthony Scotto has proved once again, that the best things in life may not always be free, but are certainly worth waiting for.

INSIGNIA PRIME STEAK AND SUSHI 610 Nesconset Highway, Smithtown 631.656.8100 | www.insigniasteakhouse.com Open for dinner daily Reservations are highly recommended

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n drea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs, is considered a celebrity caterer/event planner and entertaining expert. She has been featured in multiple magazines and television programs and is a celebrity caterer on Long Island’s Gold Coast and in the Hamptons and New York City.

25A: What’s your idea for a fabulous American-themed celebration? Andrea: I immediately think of traditional New England and what I call old-fashioned Americana style that harkens back to the golden days on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. I would kick off a classic summer BBQ with the fruit of the sea.

25A: How would you integrate the feel of New England for a party at home? Andrea: It’s all about easy, breezy backyard entertaining while bringing in hints of rustic New England charm.

25A: Where do you begin? Andrea:   What comes to mind is galvanized steel tubs filled with fresh seafood, lanterns, hurricane candles, a vintage blackboard with a chalk-written menu, white ceramic plates and nautical accents like sea grass and driftwood.

25A: Can you elaborate on the menu a bit? Andrea: I like to serve seafood indigenous to the area; clams, lobster, shrimp and oysters presented with North Shore chic.  I would start off with a clam chowder served in a cauldron. It’s piping hot and surrounded with croutons the size of marshmallows.  The croutons are seasoned in a variety of mouthwatering flavors such as garlic, rosemary and thyme, cheddar and bacon, and scallion and cracked pepper.  Crispy leek shavings get sprinkled on top for a twist. The steaming chowder is presented in big white ceramic mugs and it envelopes the guests in the flavors of New England.  

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New England Americana \ By Jen Roth

25A: What do you do with Oysters?

25A: What do you do with Lobster?

Andrea: I create an Oyster Bar like no other

Andrea: Lobster is the best choice for a main dish, but I take the work out of it for your guests. I like to chop lobster into one-inch cubes and skewer it on kabobs with blanched fingerling potatoes. My chefs brush it with olive oil, season it with salt and pepper, and flash it on the grill. Serve the kabobs buffetstyle and surround them with fondue pots of drawn butter. But again, don’t stop there, consider a lemon thyme Buerre Blanc or maybe a coconut chili sauce for the lobster. It is all about going beyond the traditional.

– an oasis really. I serve at least three types of oysters; Blue Point and Wellfleet are usually on hand and I add to that. I recommend investigating Apalachicola, Chincoteague, Malpeque, Pemaquid and Cotuit.  I go beyond the traditional mignonette sauce (cracked pepper, shallots, champagne and vinegar) and experiment with other key ingredients like horseradish, ginger-lime and chipotle.  An on-site shucker adds to the ambience as well.

25A: What about drinks? Andrea: I would stick with something that is either citrus-based or combines well with citrus.  Sauvignon Blanc is great and so is a citrus-flavored vodka or tequila.

25A: How do you end the evening? Andrea : I like to incorporate cranberries, New England’s signature fruit, in my desserts. I marry them with peaches, raspberries, blueberries or apples in a deep-dish cobbler à la mode, it’s vintage Americana with a fruity twist.

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OHMIGOD! COOKIES Baked with a Heart \ By Venus Quintana

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t is a known fact that some of the best cookie recipes are also the simplest; as the Norwegian proverb goes “Cookies are made with butter and love.” In essence this is true, but what is the recipe for a perfect cookie? A very generous portion of love, passion, fortitude and consistency blended together with all the best ingredients, resulting in a foolproof formula that will always stand the test of time? Now we’re talking.

A huge part of the success of Ohmigod! Cookies can be attributed to Matthew’s loving mother, Melony. With a strong desire built out of pure devotion for her son, Melony has helped the business grow to new heights, as she continually researches new ideas, recipes and playfully names each cookie perfectly.

EVERY SINGLE COOKIE is handbaked and packaged with the signature black and white ribbon hand-tied around each container. It is this attention to detail, combined with the love of mother and son, that has insured a strong, exciting future for Ohmigod! Cookies. If you haven’t already tried these amazing creations, go out and buy a box today!

MATTHEW MAZZEO used this very recipe to create Ohmigod! Desserts back in 2007 and years later has expanded his company into one of the most successful line of cookies that will have you uttering the almighty phrase time and time again. The secret to its success began at home. What started as a simple coffee cake recipe that Matthew used to bake with his father has turned into an unstoppable force of love and determination. Matthew’s father passed away when he was just 11 years old and Matthew became resolute to carry on his legacy.

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to begin and when to end this confectionary feast! With names like “Raspberry Madness” (small Linzor tortes), “Over the Rainbow” (moist, multi-colored almond cake layerd with raspberry jam) “Oatrageous” (oatmeal cookies studded with juicy raisins) and “Coconut Kisses” (coconut covered in dark chocolate), to name a few – I discovered the gates into cookie heaven.

I had the pleasure of meeting Melony and Matthew at their home, where I indulged in their mouthwatering delights. Every solitary bite had me yearning for more, like a child in a candy store. I didn’t quite know where

OHMIGOD! COOKIES are sold in stores all over Long Island and in New York City. Visit the website www.Ohmigod.com for pricing, store locations and products, or call Melony Mazzeo at 516.742.4679.


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Recipe by Mikhail Apelsinov, Executive Chef, INSIGNIA PRIME STEAK AND SUSHI, SMITHTOWN In the height of a hot summer, there is nothing more refreshing than a crisp salad paired with a cold, sparkling wine. Frisée has never been on the top of my list, solely for its bitter taste, but after trying one of Chef Apelsinov’s signature salads, my taste buds were singing with joy. This is no potluck salad; it is a perfect balance of flavors. Sweet peppers and cranberries offset the bitterness of the frisée, while apple wood smoked bacon, walnuts and aged Vermont cheddar bring a delicious vibrancy and texture. Toasted walnut vinaigrette rounds off all the flavors, adding an earthy essence that is simply divine. by Venus Quintana

MY WINE PICKS: • Domaine Chandon Brut, Sonoma-Napa Counties Etoile NV • Nino Franco Grave di Stecca Prosecco, 2008

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BOTTOMZUP

BAR & GRILL UPSCALE SPORTS BAR | EXECUTIVE CHEF ADAM GOLDELI

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Finest Northen Italian Cuisine on the North Shore

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THE SHOOTING OF THE CENTURY \ By Monica Randall

“Billy Woodward lay headless in a pool of blood on the floor” IT WAS HALLOWEEN EVE, 1955, when two shot gun blasts rang out during the night in the quiet village of Oyster Bay Cove. Forty minutes went by before a caretaker picked up the phone and called the police, who were only minutes away. Meanwhile millionaire, sportsman, Billy Woodward lay headless in a pool of blood on the floor in his 20-room mansion. The next day the story flashed like wildfire making headlines all over the country. The details played out like a Wagnerian Opera and before long, the Woodward shooting was deemed the “Story of the Century.” Ann Woodward, a former beauty queen, showgirl, and wife of one of the richest men from an old guard family, was said to have fired two

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shots into the dark, killing her husband, claiming she mistook him for a prowler. It was the most sensational story of its kind since architect Stanford White was shot dead by a deranged husband over showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, nearly a half century before. The Woodward story had it all – a haunted Gold Coast mansion, the Duchess of Windsor (now the wife of the former King of England), fame and fortune. Even Nashua, the Woodward’s prized racehorse, was in the headlines. There were two versions of what happened that night, the one revealed in the press and the real story. Writer Dominick Dunne made the bestseller list in 1984 with his thinly disguised version, The Two Mrs.


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Greville's, which was later made into a movie starring Ann Margaret and Claudette Colbert. The world couldn’t seem to get enough of the sorted details that took place at the Long Island showplace, known as The Playhouse, located on Berry Hill Road. The main house was a rambling stucco neo-classic style building with a huge glassed-in indoor tennis court that dominated the North wing. There were over 300 acres of formal gardens designed in the style of Versailles, along with a swimming pool, rustic cabanas, stables, a sheep meadow and a marble Grecian temple. The house contained the largest ballroom on the North Shore, measuring 96 feet, and had once been a cathedral brought over from Essex, England. The walls were covered with oak paneling and rose up 36 feet to ornate carved rafters. Dominating the room was a giant stone fireplace, and a built-in pipe organ. The Woodward’s, who married and bought the secluded estate in the 1940s, were perceived to be the perfect couple. So what really happened on that ill-fated night in 1955? The Woodward’s had just returned from a black tie dinner party to honor the Dutchess of Windsor at nearby Vikings Cove, owned by Mrs. George F. Baker. They arrived at the Playhouse just after 1 a.m.; a short time later Ann claimed she heard an intruder break a window upstairs, opened the door to her room and shot at a shadowy figure in the dark hall. It was in fact her husband who was stepping naked out of the shower. They slept in separate bedrooms. Their two sons, ages seven and 11 were asleep upstairs, along with their governess. Police photos clearly showed Billy Woodward’s body sprawled on the white rug, his head all but blown away just outside the glassed-in shower stall. One has to ask, would any mother shoot at anything in The Guest Bedroom where Ann claimed a prowler broke in on the second floor.

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the dark when at any moment one of her children could have had a bad dream and come down the stairs to seek comfort from one of their parents? Surely the lights were on, as few people take showers in the dark. The prowler story doesn’t fly as the home was built like a fortress and there were no trees to climb to get to the second floor where the governess and children would have heard something. They had a yappy wire-hired dog named Sloppy, who barked at everything, and had there been a stranger in the house, the dog would have alerted everyone. Another interesting detail you won’t read anywhere else is that it wasn’t the first time Ann shot her husband. Two years before the fatal blow, while on Safari, the Woodwards – both avid hunters – had an argument and Ann shot Billy in the left leg. That time she claimed she mistook him for a water buffalo. The bullet fragments were still present at the time of the fatal shooting and it was noted in the autopsy report. This does not sound like a marriage made in heaven, nor does it fit


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The Playhouse Garden, 1920s

the description of the 22 guests at the Windsor party that night who all stated to the police that the Woodward’s were an ideally suited couple. It has often been hinted that the then grand dame of all New York society, Elsie Woodward, the powerful and well-connected mother of Billy Woodward, quickly masterminded an elaborate cover-up of the shooting in an effort to not further scar her two young grandsons by scandal and a murder trial. A young immigrant with the reputation for stealing food from nearby estate well-stocked guest cottages was allegedly paid some $20,000 to swear he was at the Playhouse that night. He stated that he climbed a cherry tree and broke a window. There was no cherry tree and no window was ever found to have been broken. At the inquest, with all the strategies in place, the shooting death was deemed an accident, and Ann was free to go on with her life. But her life become a living hell, and she was shunned by the society she had worked so hard to be part of. Years after the tragedy Ann confided in writer Truman Capote, who was on a cruise ship at the same time she was. Perhaps having too much to drink, or wanting to unburden herself, Ann shared details of what really happened that night. Capote betrayed her trust and printed part of her story in his tell all book, Answered Prayers. Parts of it were previewed in a 1975 issue of Esquire Magazine and when Ann read the story she committed suicide. Both her sons, who knew the truth, also took their lives, but not at the same time.

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It was common knowledge that Ann had been verbally abused by her husband for years and that he was fond of humiliating her in public. There were often signs of physical abuse as well and it is believed that Billy attacked Ann in an especially unspeakable way when they returned home from the party. Ann’s blood was all over her bedroom before she shot her husband moments later. Two hours later while Billy Woodward’s body lay lifeless on a stretcher carried out the front door by the coroner, Ann was rushed to Doctors Hospital to be treated for injuries inflicted on her. We will never really know what happened for sure, but having lived in the house for over five years back in the sixties and obtained shared bits and pieces of information from the local police and many of the Woodward's friends, one cannot help but form a disturbing conclusion. The Woodward case still lingers in the minds of those old enough to remember and remains one of the most talked about tragedies to take place on the Gold Coast. The Playhouse, though drastically altered, still stands off Berry Hill Road.

Monica Randall is a historical preservationist and author, her books include The Mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast and Winfield, Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths.


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CELEBRATES 100 YEARS \ By Victoria Crosby

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Seeing the worn carousel being sadly disassembled and stored for over ten years, and then finally restored in such a spectacular way, was very satisfying to witness.

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unley’s Carousel is celebrating a centennial year. The carousel began life in 1912 and almost didn’t make it to this auspicious occasion as it lay neglected and almost forgotten for many years in storage hanger at Mitchell Field, not far from where it now resides. The carousel was built in Brooklyn by Russian woodcarvers Sol Stein and Harry Goldstein, for William Nunley, who owned several amusement parks. In 1939, Nunley moved the carousel from his amusement park in Brooklyn to one located on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin. When Nunley sold the amusement park in 1964 the carousel continued to be enjoyed by many families until 1995 when that company retired and put the carousel up for sale it was purchased in 1998 by Nassau County. Some years ago, Rachel Obergh, a then nine-year-old school girl from Wantagh, learned of the fate of the carousel and decided to do something to help by forming a fundraiser called “Pennies for Ponies,” which raised over $80,000 towards the restoration with small donations

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from many sources. In 2007 the carousel was sent to Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, where work began on the restoration process. The balance of the funding, which totaled close to $500,000, was provided by Nassau County during the time when Tom Suozzi was County Executive. Barry Rivadue, a videographer and historian and trustee of the North Shore Historical Museum in Glen Cove, has documented the carousel's journey from the time it was dismantled through its restoration. Rivadue, also from Wantagh, said, “Seeing the worn carousel being sadly disassembled and stored for over ten years, and then finally restored in such a spectacular way, was very satisfying to witness." Musician Billy Joel paid tribute to the carousel in his composition "Waltz #1 Nunley’s Carousel," which was part of the Broadway Show Movin’ Out and is on the original cast recording. Joel, who enjoyed the carousel as a child, had hoped to have the carousel in a park, his hometown in Oyster Bay.


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Jim Foote the well-known Theodore Roosevelt impersonator. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the carousel and, to mark this milestone, several celebrations were held in Garden City in the special building created to house the carousel, right next to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and part of Museum Row. A Centennial Ball fundraiser and a birthday party for families were also held in early June. Rachel Obergh, now 14-years-old, who attended the party with her mother Beth, said she still loves to ride the carousel. Jim Foote, a well-known character on the North Shore as a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, was also on the scene to add to the old time nostalgia and celebration. Foote not only looks like Teddy but can quote his speeches perfectly in character. The Nunley's Carousel has 41 hand carved wooden horses, a lion and two chariots, and of course an organ. Around the top of the carousel are pictures of the history of Nassau County. The brilliant colors and vibrant scenes are preserved year-round in the beautiful pavilion built especially for the carousel. Nunley's Carousel is open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per ride. Private children's birthday parties can also be arranged there. For further information visit cradleofaviation.org/nunleys or call 516.572.4066.

By Victoria Crosby   In 1912, one hundred years ago, the Titanic left England, and as we know it was the first and last voyage it would ever undertake, due to an iceberg and a navigational mistake. That very same year in New York a carousel was created, and in 2012 we have commemorated it’s restoration in celebration of the history and mystery of Nunley’s Carousel. A Merry Go Round, a Carousel, by any name we remember it well. Up and down on the horses we’d ride and waved to our parents as they beamed with pride. The music and the flashing lights were all part of the carousel’s delights. In everyone’s childhood I am sure they could tell a story of riding a carousel. Riding on a lion or tiger, round and round they’d chase, some moved up and down, some stayed in place. These are memories we all share of our own youth, and our children at the fair. Years ago Nunley’s carousel was taken down, and moved far away to another town where the horses languished in a storage shed. Then a smart young schoolgirl read of the fate of the horses and decided to raise some funds, which won her lots of deserving praise. But although her efforts were resourceful and brave it takes lots more money to save this historic treasure, and restore it to the way it was before.  Benefactors were needed who would provide the funds so that children could ride and feel the magic and wonder that we know so well the joy of riding the carousel.  Nassau County stepped in and the carousel was sent to Ohio, where it underwent a restoration process, and while it was gone a new building to house it was begun. Now the carousel is back on Long Island once more and children can ride it as they did years before. A new generation under the spell of the magic of riding a carousel.

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25A S IN GL ES CULTURE \ By Professor JM Love

Why Do FOOLS

Fall In Love? “

Why do birds sing so gay And lovers await the break of day… Why do they fall in love?

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers 25A READERS 50 and older will certainly recognize the lyrics of the 1956 doo-wop classic by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers. Young readers will perhaps recall the 1998 Warner Brothers movie (of the same name) starring Halle Berry. INDEED, THIS COLUMN IS BEING WRITTEN TO ACKNOWLEDGE: 1) THOSE OF US WHO WERE ONCE IN LOVE;

Does age play a role in turning some of us into fools who confuse lust with love? And as we get older does loneliness play a factor? Your call. Just remember that songs have lyrics written so listeners can identify their own personal experiences with them. I am certain that all of us – myself, included – have played a fool in love at some point in our lives. But so what if you were shot down once, twice, even more? You took a chance and you ran with it. No apologies need to be made to anyone – especially yourself! In life’s journey, each of us needs someone to care for, to cherish, to adore, to share – the key is to find the right individual. And a bond that lasts a lifetime. Now that is a daunting task. But don’t be afraid. Trust me. You’re nobody’s fool!

2) THOSE OF US WHO STILL ARE IN LOVE; AND 3) THOSE OF US SEEKING LOVE. Of course, the question I am alluding to is a complex one: “Can emotional love and intelligent love be one and the same?”

I DON’T KNOW. DO YOU? But I am confident that those of us who married at 21 or 22 and have/had marriages last 20, 30, even 40 years may have had to compromise SOMEWHERE along this relationship. If it works, stay with it. If it doesn’t, one of you decides to walk…out! The magical powers of being young brings a love that combines ‘hormones gone wild’ and naive with unrealistic dreams that often do not hold true. But wearing rose-colored glasses on your wedding day is to be expected as two people become united.

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(Editor’s Note: Professor JM Love, resident Dating Guru at 25A, welcomes your comments and suggestions. Email him at jkmjjjjj@yahoo.com)

Love is a losing game, Love can be a shame I know of a fool you see, For that fool is me Tell me why, tell me why?


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hen it comes to your future, both immediate and long term, financial planning should be one of your top priorities, especially in today's economic instability. According to Harry Armon, president of ARCAP Partners, LLC, wealth management isn’t just for the wealthy. It’s for everyone. “This is an industry that is motivated by self interest, we put clients first” said Armon, who has over 25 years experience running different businesses and uses his own life’s experiences to help create the best strategic plan for his clients futures. Armon added that knowing the client and his or her needs is key. “Your savings should not be affected because Greece couldn’t pay their bills. It’s important to know your client, where they have been and be empathetic," he said. "What kind of legacy do they want to leave behind?” According Armon, this is the core of planning and managing the risk. “It’s all about having the right discipline and putting the right amount away without concentrating on the yield," said Armon, a well-disci-

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plined NYC Triathlon competitor who trains 17 hours a week and can easily bike almost 100 miles. Prior to forming ARCAP Partners, Armon was instrumental in the creation of an estate planning unit at MetLife that was structured to preserve and transfer wealth for ultra high-net worth families. He has over 25 years experience owning and managing privately held companies in various fields including defense electronics, media and investment banking. Armon's career has involved developing and managing midto large-size businesses, structuring private investment banking deals and raising capital for business expansions or acquisitions. Armon also offers advice about life insurance. “If your financial advisor isn’t talking to you about life insurance then you need to find another," he said. After all, Armon added, it’s not only about you but about your family and what you leave behind. Most of his dealings are with family issues and dividing of properties. “There are two types of families; outwardly dysfunctional and quietly dysfunctional," said Armon, a happily married father of three biological and three step children. "It's all about experience and knowing your client." The Westbury-based ARCAP Partners LLC is an independent financial services firm that provides customized, comprehensive and objective solutions to a client base comprised mainly of high-net-worth individuals, high-income earners, privately held businesses and individuals seeking financial security during retirement.

HARRY ARMON can be heard on WABC 770am on the

last Saturday of the month at 5 P.M. and via podcast. To learn more, visit the ARCAP Partners website at www.arcappartners.com.


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he Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act (“TRUIRJCA” or “TRA 2010 for short), which was signed into law in December 2010, has important implications for estate planning today. This new law provides sweeping changes to the rules governing federal estate and gift taxes through the end of 2012. 25A recently sat down with Harry Armon, president of ARCAP PARTNERS, LLC, to review the specifics.

ARMON: With the proper planning in 2012 you can insure that you

25A: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RECENTLY MADE CHANGES TO HOW MUCH AN INDIVIDUAL CAN LEAVE TO HIS OR HER ESTATE, TAX-FREE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN?

ARMON: These dollar amounts are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Under the current law, as of Jan. 1 2013 the amount that can be excluded from your estate drops to $1,000,000. There is no longer portability, and the tax rate on amounts above $1,000,000 increases to 55 percent. Given the budget deficit and national debt, Congress is unlikely to revert to the current thresholds.

ARMON: In 2011, Congress enacted the current Estate Tax legislation allowing an individual to leave $5,000,000 to his or her estate free from taxes. This amount has increased to $5,120,000 for 2012. Congress also unified the Estate and Gift tax credit amount, thereby allowing you to gift this amount while you are alive. Additionally, Congress provided for couples to be able to use $10,240,000, combined, after the death of the first spouse (portability). The tax on any amount above these thresholds is 35 percent. 25A: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY BE IN THE PROCESS OF ESTATE PLANNING OR FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE CONSIDERING MAKING CHANGES TO THE PLAN THEY CURRENTLY HAVE IN PLACE?

protect your assets from estate taxes yet not give control to your beneficiaries until you want them to have it. You can also eliminate or reduce any state estate taxes.

25A: FOR HOW LONG IS THIS OPTION BEING OFFERED? IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE?

25A: WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO THOSE WHO MAY BE ON THE FENCE? ARMON: Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to transfer $5,120,000 per person to your beneficiaries, estate and gift tax free. You don’t have to die to make it happen. ARCAP PARTNERS, LLC 1 Jericho Plaza, Ste 301, Jericho, NY 11753 516.277.8351 | www.ArcapPartners.com harmon@ArcapPartners.com

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ARTHAMPTONS The Contemporary Art World Converges On Long Island's Tip \ By Diana Pinck

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rtHamptons, which recently celebrated its fifth year, has emerged as one of the premier contemporary art. This year amongst 70 plus international galleries, there are also many New York based galleries present, among them the Emmanuel Gallery. Held in the nature preserve of Bridgehampton's Nova's Ark and run by the Hamptons Expo Group (HEG), ArtHamptons 2012 took place July 13 through July 15 and included a centennial celebration to honor Jackson Pollock, who created his pivotal work in an East Hampton homestead gifted to him by Peggy Guggenheim. ArtHamptons has been called a microcosm of the New York art scene; glamorous crowds flock in eager to buy and see the world’s preeminent modern and contemporary art. This year, Manhattan-based galleries Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, the Arcadia Gallery and ACA Gallery once again showcased medias in sculpture, painting and photography. The Emmanuel Fremin Gallery exhibited for the fourth consecutive year. Specializing in contemporary photography, sculpture and video installations, the gallery brought along pieces by photomontage artist Thomas Babèy, who was featured in the premier issue of 25A Magazine, photographs by Young Sam Kim and Thomas Mastromatteo, and works by sculptor Ted Lawson. “After a very successful show in the city, we were excited to present the works of Korean born artist Young Sam Kim for the very first time

at ArtHamptons," said gallery owner Emmanuel Fremin. "Kim’s work is so powerful and moving that he was exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art immediately upon graduation from the School of Visual Arts.” From its outstanding group of realists, Arcadia Gallery brought a selection of paintings from its show titled “Sur-Realists” that included works by Craig Elliott, Danny Galieote. Assistant Director Michael Sincavage noted that the title can be misleading, that the artists in this particular group are stretching the boundaries of realism. "Realist painting is alive and well, and more than ready to grow in new directions." According to Arcadia Gallery's Assistant Director Michael Sincavage*, there was a distinct nod to experimental techniques, themes, stylization and concepts. "They are pushing the boundaries in a genre that has become pigeonholed by tradition. This show was an invitation to contemporary realist painters to follow suit, and a big 'thank you' to the painters that already are," said Sincavage, adding, " … Realist painting is alive, well, and more than ready to grow in new directions.” ACA Galleries (American Contemporary Artists) has a long connection with the Hamptons, where owners and directors Jeffrey and Dorian Bergen met on a lazy summer holiday many years ago. The gallery has been in the family for four generations and, from its inception, had a key role to the progress and recognition of American contemporary male and female art-

ists. This year, ACA brought the sensuous sculptures of Anita Huffington and the glowing paintings of Leon Berkowitz to ArtHamptons. Huffington’s work is often steeped in Greek mythology and draws its power form the primal forces of nature. She works in stone or wood and casts directly off the original sculptures. On exhibiting in the Hamptons, Huffington recalled a summer long ago when she stayed with the de Koonings: “It stirs up unforgettable memories of times spent, and vital experiences in Elaine and Bill de Kooning's studios in East Hampton," Huffington said. "Their steadfast

Color & Form Installation, paintings by Leon Berkowitz with Dark Moon by Anita Huffington.

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7 ZIP LOCK BABE by Thomas Babèy, photomontage

7 commitment to the making of art, which never ceases in all artists true to their calling and their own unique, chosen path was an inspiration to me. The encouragement, example, and generosity of spirit they shared with me, made all the difference.” By creating ArtHamptons, HEG has solidified the Hamptons as a vortex for contemporary art. The gorgeous location and the relaxed, almost casual atmosphere of the fair makes it unique in the world. I hope that the few pieces I brought to you in this article can give you a taste of the existing and brilliant work exhibited in this unique venue. If you are a collector or simply enjoy art, this is an event that cannot be missed. For more information about ArtHamptons, visit www.arthamptons.com.

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Monet’s Garden in New York \ By Victoria Crosby

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f you’ve never visited Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France or even if you have, you will love the New York Botanical Gardens’ exhibit, which reproduces and interprets Monet’s Garden. The bridge over the pond is there, albeit on a smaller scale; spring and summer flowers are in full bloom. Roses grow alongside snapdragons, hollyhocks, delphiniums, foxgloves, irises and many other flowers in a multitude of color in a natural wild setting, in the same style of Monet’s Garden, not cultivated, nor color coordinated, but reminiscent of the colors of paint on the artist’s palette. The only missing elements are butterflies, hummingbirds and bees as the garden exhibit is in the Edith A. Haupt Conservatory. But outside there is a water garden with the lilies

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favored by Monet and, of course, many goldfish and koi. Exhibit designer Elizabeth Murray has worked both as a gardener and photographer at Giverny; historical photographs of Giverny are also part of the exhibit in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the Rondina Gallery. On display in the gallery are letters, sales receipts for plants ordered by Monet, his palette and two of his original paintings – one of irises and the other a larger view of the garden with many flowers. Apart from the Monet’s Garden exhibit now is an optimum time to visit the New York Botanical Gardens with the rose garden in full bloom. The perennial gardens have been transformed to a poetry walk with large posters with poems from the romantic French poets who were the

contemporaries of Monet, including Stephane Mallarmé who was part of a group of poets, painters and writers who called themselves Les Mardistes as the evening salons were held on Tuesdays at Mallarme’s Paris home. Claude Monet was born in 1840 and grew up in Le Havre on the coast of Normandy, France. After living and painting in the suburbs of Paris he moved to Giverny in 1883, where he painted and gardened until he died in 1926, leaving the world richer with his prolific amount of paintings, drawings and letters which are now part of art history.  The exhibit, with changing flowers as the seasons change, will only be at the New York Botanical Gardens until October, so don’t miss it. For further information, call 718.817.8700 or visit nybg.org.


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POEMS

25A THE RISK \ By Beth Kristiansen

Across a smoke filled room I see your face, I wonder what brings you to this place. Slowly I am drawn to you Cautious of becoming one with you.

THE MUSIC

OF THE FLOWERS \ By Victoria Crosby All rights reserved

Your kiss moves me, stirs me Your green eyes see right through me. Your handsome face takes my breath away Thoughts of you begin to fill my day.

Listen to the music of the flowers. A garden party, scented garlands, ambiance of elegance.

I am excited to know you yet fearful as well For my heart is fragile, can you tell? Your calming voice and sweet smile Makes me feel the risk worthwhile. I wonder what lies behind your green eyes Pain is what I have come to surmise. Your past may be an arduous one, Though you had every reason, you didn’t come undone.

An abundance of blooms, a riot of color, caress the senses.

A full-blown bouquet in splendid array, a perfect, perfumed summer’s day.

Will you show me the essence who you are, Leave your past behind, let it haunt you no more? Or is it fear I see of becoming close to me, Of sharing yourself so vulnerably?

Summer, like youth,

What is it you seek or is it something you CHASE I want you to know you are safe in this place.

hummingbirds, butterflies,

When life is like a thunderstorm Cling to me I will keep you warm. Slow down my love don’t run away We can take this journey day by day.

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is a state of mind. Look around and you will find,

fluffy clouds, azure skies, a fragrant breeze, a summer kiss, ah, the bliss of summer.


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25A CASTLE OF DREAMS \ By Victoria R. Crosby

When I was a girl around the age of ten I saw a photograph that has haunted me since then. A castle reflected in a lake, near mountains capped with snow. Mysterious and magical, where it was I didn’t know, but it captured my imagination and resonated in my heart as though I had been there at another time, or it had been part of another life of mine. I was inspired to paint a tiny picture of the scene and then forgot about it as though it were a dream.   Many years later on holiday in France I happened to stop in Geneva, and by chance saw a travel brochure in my hotel                                                         with a picture of the castle that my heart knew so well. Knowing I must go there I took a train ride to Montreux and went to visit the historic Chateau.     The Chateau de Chillon in years gone by had been visited by great poets that I had read when I was in school, poets that had influenced me to write and so it was with great delight that I toured  this castle of beauty and history, but also learned of  its dark past of infamy. A dungeon where political prisoners had been hidden inside, in the 16th century, and many had died. Viewed from afar you would never know the violent history from so long ago A place where painters and poets still find inspiration in a  beautiful scenic nation, inhabited by the peace loving Swiss, this is where Shelley, Byron and I, found our bliss.


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The Grim Reaper By Victoria R. Crosby | Illustration by Susie G. Peelle

A miserly man lay in a hospital bed. The nurse heard him as to his wife he said, “I am near death, I am not getting better, please follow my last wishes to the letter. I’ve left you the house, as you are my wife, you’ll have a place to live for the rest of your life. But I have lots of money hidden away, and I want you to promise to do as I say. “Promise that the money will be buried with me for eternity.” His wife promised that she would honor his will, that his last dying wish she would fulfill. At the funeral the nurse watched as the widow did place a small box in the casket, with a smile on her face. “Don’t tell me you gave him the money?” she said, "I think you need to have someone examine your head!" “Don’t worry,” said the widow, “My head is just fine. I took the money, which was legally mine, and deposited into my checking account, then wrote him a check for the exact same amount. Now if he can cash it in the place he is going, then he truly will reap what he has been sowing!”

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THE EXCITING AND GLAMOROUS GOLD COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL returns to the North Shore Oct. 24 through Oct. 28, 2012 for a second year. Featuring screenings of the latest studio, independent and foreign language films along with galas, cocktail parties and filmmaker workshops and panels, the Festival will provide the public an insider’s view of the intriguing world of film. One of the highlights of this year’s event will be the return of noted Australian director Baz Luhrmann, who will receive the Festival’s 2012 Visionary Directors Award. Luhrmann will present his latest film, the remake of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. This groundbreaking film, shot in 3D, is already being touted as an Oscar contender. To

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celebrate the world’s two great Gold Coasts, the Festival will also honor many talented Australians, including Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts who, with their craft, have greatly impacted the film industry. Other Festival highlights are set to include films and panels honoring our nation’s heroes, including soldiers from World War II, first responders and firefighters – plus a sneak peek of the new season of the hit TV series Homeland. With extraordinary films from the U.S., Israeli, China and India; a host of great comedies, dramas, documentaries and short films; and programs from the many extraordinary directors and actors who hail from this region – the 2012 Festival will delight attendees of all ages.

DID YOU MISS LAST YEAR’S FESTIVAL? HERE IS A RECAP! The 2011 Gold Coast International Film Festival showcased 45-feature length and 20 short films from over 15 countries (including many U.S. and East Coast premieres). Additionally, over 30 filmmakers on hand shared their insider’s view of the film industry; among them were the legendary Isabella Rossellini, Academy Award nominated director Baz Luhrmann, famed actor Bruce Dern, three-time Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton, multiple award winner Michael Cuesta and Academy Award winner and Gold Coast native Ryan Silbert. The 2011 Festival also featured fabulous events at the former Chrysler, DuPont and Phipps mansions.


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Ok, so we may have been a bit disappointed not to see “the big house,” but honestly, what better way to pique our interest than to throw a “tent party ”– the original WASPY summer party venue. It was explained that the original manor house was torn down decades ago, hence “the tent,” but who cares…a beautiful white tent sitting on the edge of a gorgeously landscaped pond is good by me, and everyone else lucky enough to be the who’s who of the night! Inside that large white tent every important Gold Coast real estate mogul/broker/sales persons sipped cocktails and congratulated John and his team for the beauty surrounding us.

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SPRING HILL , the 160-acre Old Westbury estate that we’ve all been seeing “construction activity” going on at along Glen Cove Road finally flung open its magnificent gates off of Red Ground Road and officially began selling the many buildable lots. Each lot is a minimum of five acres – Love that, don’t you? Open space is sooo important around here! John Kean and his wife Susan, along with their children ALDEN and JOHN, graciously hosted a kick off “sales” event to show off the grand property. I remarked that the ads they’d been running for years in Vanity Fair magazine have really kept the local interest up big-time, and so being one of the few to attend this unique event was all the more interesting. After valet parking my car by the little gate house and imbibing on a bit of champagne, golf carts whisked us away to the “big party in the big tent.” All those golf carts were constantly buzzing back and forth which made for a terrific up-tempo start to the night!

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“All those golf carts were constantly buzzing back and forth which made for a terrific up-tempo start to the night!”


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Amongst the revelers were Giorgio Citarella, Margaret Trautmann, Paul Mateyu2 - Bridgehampton Tennis and ans (more about him, and Surf Club his new book to follow…), Nancy Patterson, Pam Arnowitz, Ginne and Peter Nason, Hamptons Cottage and Gardens’ publisher Marianne Howatson, Jeff Lippert, Jennifer Weil, Milla Stanco and her son Michael, Joan Gordon, Donna Wetter, Carmela Kelly, Jane Holden, Christele Amendola and so many more, too numerous to mention! Out in the Hamptons on Memorial Weekend, I could barely keep up with the numerous events. On Friday night, good friends Paul Anthony, Joan Macri and Eddie and Shawn Dalton and I headed over to the Summer Cover Party for Millennium Magazine at 75 Main, a terrific restaurant on Main Street in Southampton. Great food, drinks and conversation ensued. Cover star and ageless fitness guru, Andrea Warshaw-Wernick presided over the festivities with aplomb. Then it was on to the Miracle House Summer Kick-off Gala at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club (BHTSC) on Saturday night. There’s nothing like an ocean front venue to begin the season! Over 400 guests mingled on the decks with reality TV star, author and songstress Countess LuAnn de Lessups, all tall and fabulous like she always is, and former NYC Housewife Jill Zarin dazzling in a Stella McCartney dress. Everyone loves “the housewives” and they were chatting and socializing just like they are on TV! And when I bumped into North Shore locals Tom Samet, Ross Meltzer, and their gang, along with Hamptons friends Lisa Anastos, Keith Bloomfield and Mark Mullett, the party kicked into high gear; because only moments later when dinner was announced we 1 - Andrea Warshaw-Wernick and Christopher Robbins

all had the pleasure of a mini concert by Taylor Dayne, the 80s pop/ disco dynamo who performed her up tempo hits including “Tell it to My Heart’” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” among others in her repertoire. And everyone, and I mean everyone, JUMPED UP AND DANCED. The next night, Jason Binn and his wife, Haley, hosted over 600 guests at the premiere launch of their new publication, Du Jour Magazine. This event also took place at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club (one cannot get enough of the incredible view when attending a stellar event!). Du Jour, like Binn did with Niche Media, will be available in many cities as were like his former magazines Hamptons, Gotham, Aspen Peak, Michigan Avenue, Boston Common, etc. so everyone’s anticipating a great new magazine on the scene this fall. CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge was among the VIP crowd along with Beth Stern (Howard’s model wife, but you know that!), good friend and Oscar winner Marty Richards, “Inside the Actor’s Studio’s” James Lipton with his lovely wife Kedakie, Rosanna Scotto of Fox 5 fame, chefs extraordinaire Eric Ripert and Bobby Flay along with fashion guru Fern Mallis, Aviva Drescher (comedian Fran Drescher’s cousin and a new addition to “The Real Housewives of NYC”), Charlie Walk, PR star Alison Brod, legal eagle Dan Abrams, editor Debra Scott, North Shore entrepreneur Steve Carl, TV personality Jonathan Cheban, and, well, you get the idea! Then when dusk turned to darkness, the lifeguard team of Evan Tiska and Michael McDonough along with BHTSC Event Director Tiffany Kramer built bonfires on the beach and everyone grabbed their Double Cross Vodka Cocktail and ran down to the sand. A great ending to an exciting weekend!

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Then, in walked Alix Michel and Van Cushny…and that’s when the fun began, because I’d forgotten about all the other shops being open late and so, over hill and dale we went, on another party adventure! All the stores that remain open display bunches of bright blue balloons so as you walk along, you know where to stop next! Clever, huh? (I love a good marketing plan, don’t you?!) The second stop was at Judi Budner’s Images and Details Home (a terrific shop with all great merchandise) before zigzagging up Forest Avenue to Piazza di Cappa (more wine!) and then to Meg Braff’s new boutique where I bumped into Meg (obviously!) – who’s so upbeat and fun – and Kim Coleman, Julie Rinaldini and Nina Hillbert. And after walking out her door, we heard music in the air, and in front of 96 Forest there was a pianist snappily playing and adding melodies to the upbeat mood. Inside this fine shoppe, a party was going on to

celebrate artist Caroline V. Gerry who’s striking artwork was prominently on display. The theme of the party – at least according to the funny cocktail napkins – was “Don’t Drink and Decorate!” Well, enjoying the art (and “drinking while noting the décor”) were Sallie Giordano, Leta Austin Foster, Cotter Kroboth, Corinne Maron, Cami Gallagher, Valerie Field, Ricky Aryeia, Tina Mazzarella, Engel & Volkers’ Clifford Packingham, Kitty and Guy D’Echazal, Pia Murphy and, so many more just like them!

Just another night of Loving the Camera, with friends, in a wonderful town! If you have an event, benefit or social happening that you’d like considered for THE 25A LIST, please let us know by emailing me, Society Editor Christopher Robbins, at chris@robbinswolfe.com or 25A Art Director Tina Guiomar at tguiomar@25amag.com.

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25A LAUNCH PARTY AT CHELSEA MANSION

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n a warm, spring evening the launch party for the premier issue of 25A magazine took place at the historic Chelsea Mansion located off Northern Boulevard/Route25A, an appropriate venue for a beautiful magazine. Over two hundred of the North Shore’s business people and people in the arts, including talented writers, history and culture buffs, artists, and designers came out to celebrate. Tempting hors d’oeuvres and wines were available from the finest restaurants and caterers, including the Brass Rail, Elegant Affairs, Equinox, Meridian, Messina Market, Serata, Soundview, Tappo and Vino Fiamma. Food and wine stations were set around the perimeter of a tent over the courtyard with the bar in the center. Guests could wander the grounds, across the bridge of the moat to the topiary garden. Chelsea Mansion has been the setting for many films and television shows including episodes of Royal Pains. Music Festivals have used the grounds for classical concerts and, of course, many weddings and

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private affairs have been held at the romantic Chelsea Mansion. Musical group Natalie Fabian and the Jazz Ensemble entertained for most of the evening followed by acrobats Matt Giordano and Chelsey Kuros who performed a mini Cirque du Soleil act as well as music from DJ Richie Hart.  Seventeen-year-old Glen Cove High School student Sabrina Ali, who was featured in an in the premier issue of 25A, sang two original songs written for her by Eren Cannata and Chris McDonald and recorded at Sound Studios in Glen Cove. Sabrina won the 2010 Glen Cove Arts Council talent search and performed at Carnegie Hall with the Concert Festival in 2011. Chase Backer, publisher, and the staff of 25A magazine are most grateful to Chelsea Mansion Director Michael Butkewiez his staff and to Carnell T. Foskey, commissioner of Nassau County Parks, for the use of the historic mansion as the venue for the premier issue launch party.


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NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART BALL AT OHEKA CASTLE By Victoria Crosby | Photography by Scott Levy

Members of the Ball committee: Victoria Crosby, Gayle Finkelman-Cohen, Kandace Seitz, Angela Susan Anton, Lisa Eastman, Judie Chessin and Irina Shushko

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heka is a fairytale castle in the heart of Long Island. As you drive through the gates, down the driveway, through the arches to the cobblestone courtyard, you are transported to another era, a time of elegance and beauty. Through the large doors and up the grand double staircase to the Nassau County Museum of Art’s annual ball, one of the most prestigious of all fundraisers in Nassau County and attended by artists and patrons of the arts. Nassau County Museum of Art Director Dr. Carl Willers greeted guests as they arrived as did four female students from Nassau Community College who were dressed in their own creations of colorful gowns made from tissue paper. Many women dressed in vivid colored gowns as the theme of the 2012 black tie event was “Alive with Color.” Ball Chairman Angela Susan Anton wore a multicolored gown by Oleg Cassini and her co-Chair Lisa Eastman wore a bright yellow dress with a wonderful vintage Pucci handbag.

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The committee members had acquired many donated items for the silent auction, including six framed and signed posters by wellknown artist Peter Max. The Nassau County museum was honored to have Peter Max himself there as a guest with his friends Dr. Harvey Manes, who had donated the colorful posters, and Dr. Manes’ fiancée CC Carr, who came dressed in a multicolor gown. Among the Max's psychedelic artworks were the head of the Statue of Liberty and several of the word "love." These were among his best known works. The theme “Alive with Color” was chosen by the ball committee to reflect the exhibit of colorful works by artist Jim Dine currently on display at the museum. His multicolored Venus enamel on bronze sculptures were featured on the ball invitations. During the cocktail hour guests mingled in several rooms, bidding on the silent auction items, purchasing raffle tickets for a two-year lease on a 2012 XJ Jaguar and, of course, sampling the wonderful hors d’oeuvres being passed around and also set up in several sta-

Laura Savini with Museum Director Karl E. Willers, Ph.D. tions in each room. Robert A. Isaksen, president of Bank of America –Long Island, was the 2012 honoree. Isaksen has served on many boards including Mather Hospital, United Way and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Corporate Advisory Board. In attendance was Lattingtown Mayor Clarence Michalis, president of the Nassau County Museum of Art Board, with his wife Cora in a red gown, and daughter Helen Bonebrake in white with pastels. Also, Constance Schwartz, Director Emeriti, was there with her husband Hank, whose memoir, From the Corners of the Ring to the Corners of the Earth, which is about his years as a boxing promoter, is soon to be made into a film. In the dining room at Oheka each table had a different color covering and each centerpiece complemented the colors of the tablecloths. Every arrangement was unique with flowers in brilliant colors worthy of Monet’s Garden. Committee member Judie Chessin, who had chosen the décor, was thrilled with the results, as was everyone who walked into the room that night.


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he Northwinds Symphonic Band Additionally, Crosby received a citation for her of the Glen Cove Arts Council, a charitable orgarecently performed to a full house at more than 20 years of community service from nization that brings the arts to needy Glen Cove the Dolan Center Theater at Friends Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton students, and host and producer of “Oasis” on Academy to benefit the North Shore as well as a New York State Proclamation from WHPC 90.3FM, a weekly radio show featuring Sheltering Program (NSSP) and New York State Senator Carl Marcellino’s office. music and poetry for relaxation and inspiration. honor Glen Cove resident Victoria Crosby, one British born Victoria Crosby has been a res- Crosby is also a vestry member at St John’s of of NSSP’s founding members. ident of Glen Cove since 1984. For nearly two Lattingtown Episcopal Church where she also The fundraising event, which was sings in the choir, serves as a reader and attended by many of Crosby’s family and Eucharistic minister, and is chair of the friends as well as supporters of NSSP, annual St John’s Fair. appropriately featured a British afternoon The North Shore Sheltering Program is a tea and music that included songs by Britnon-profit organization that depends entirely ish composers to honor the British born on neighborhood volunteers for support. It poet. The Northwinds Symphonic Band, exists to provide a place of overnight shelconducted by Helen P. Bauer, performed ter to those who are homeless during the Broadway show tunes – including songs winter months, and to direct people in need from All Shook Up and Beatlemania as well of housing, medical care and treatment to as favorites from South Pacific, Les Miserathe proper agencies and facilities. The men bles, Mary Poppins, Oliver! and others – to are given a warm, safe place to sleep and a a very enthusiastic audience. hot meal provided by volunteers. Despite an Following the concert afternoon tea was unseasonably warm winter, a record number served; Fundraising Chair Colleen Ahern of men sought NSSP's services this year. transformed the Friends Academy cafeteria The funds raised at the benefit concert and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Victoria Crosby, Helen Bauer, into an English tea garden, complete with tea will help to keep the shelter open in the Gustavo Gitlin and James Capozzi Jr. ribbons, flowers, vintage teapots and fine winter of 2012-13. china. An abundance of tea sandwiches, During the fundraiser, Gitlin also prescones, jam and clotted cream filled the tables. decades, she has been involved with many sented a certificate of appreciation to Friend’s North Shore Sheltering Program President boards and committees on Long Island's North Academy graduating student Zachary Podbela, Cantor Gustavo Gitlin presented Crosby with Shore. Since 1994, she has been Glen Cove’s who designed and created the NSSP website a citation on behalf of the NSSP board, which poet laureate, writing a collection of poems that and continues to work on the site as part of his read: “The North Shore Sheltering Program commemorate people and events in Glen Cove senior Independent Service Project. gratefully honors Victoria Crosby with special and the surrounding communities; many of her For further information please visit: recognition for her leadership, commitment and poems benefit local charities. www.northshoreshelteringprogram.org dedicated service. As a founding member of the Additionally, Crosby is New York State PresNorth Shore Sheltering Program she has continident of The Daughters of the British Empire, ued to be an advocate for those less fortunate, a national charitable organization of British while giving generously of her time and talents to women, as well as poet laureate and regent of the homeless of Long Island.” its Long Island. She is the founder and president

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Tiffany Busch and Stacy Rodriguez with referee Juan Vasquez

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The lovely equestrian Darcy Miller with her Bryan Lazarus, Chase Backer and friends husband Chester Yu

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11th annual charity polo match and lawn party on Hickox field in Old Westbury. This year, the event benefited the Old Westbury College Foundation.’

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Michel Levitan with Dawn Cames, and Cara Scheiner of Long Island Range Rover.

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Britney Pape, Terezat Romanelli and Gwen Bokine

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ccording to reality star and entrepreneur Jill Zarin – who is best known for her role on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York – “Beauty begins with a great foundation…” Zarin, who was spotted at a party at the Exclusive Bridgehampton Surf Club on July 6, has been busy building her beauty empire with a slew of collections from home to jewelry, specialty hosiery to fabrics. The motivational speaker, host, author, actor and designer was recently asked to appear weekly on ABCs new afternoon talk show Good Afternoon America! (GGA), which will broadcast live from Times Square in the fall. For more info on the amazing world of Jill Zarin, visit www.jillzarin.com

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DR. KELLY O'MALLEY MATTONE SUMMER EVENT: 5 Denise Disalvo and Julie Liberman 6 Dr. Kelly O'Malley Mattone 7 Irene Mattone and Victoria Teutonico 8 Jaqueline Luby and Maria Lipschutz 9 Lynn Cohen, Carol Bordes-Marsillo and Gayle Schwartz

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