photo by Tom Gates
The post-summer exodus from the Hamptons is a bittersweet
moment. As you fight back sentimental sniffles watching your
housekeeper fold away your white linens and pack away your
hatboxes, take comfort in this season-ending issue of Hampton
Sheet to get you through the end-ofsummer blues.
In these pages, relive the whirlwind of parties, art
exhibitions, and glam galas that made the season so
unforgettable. The artwork at Watermill Center’s Big Bang
benefit shines in my memory almost as brightly as the Graff
diamonds dripping off the models at the Southampton Hospital
gala. And who can forget Saturdays spent with Nacho Figueras at
the polo grounds? These are just a few of The Sheet’s featured
events that make it so hard to say goodbye to the bucolic
Meanwhile, the island rings with the cheers and caustic
sayonaras of locals, celebrating the long-awaited purge of
pesky “city-slickers”! True, the war between locals and
socialites has calmed down a bit this season; the infamous
Officerette Krupke, as I call her, seems to have been more
lenient this summer, perhaps because of my reporting her abuse
of power last season. Somehow, most of us have escaped the
Hamptons without being pulled over for drinking Acqua Panna
water, or subjected to a breathalyzer after getting busted
with a particularly strong breath mint!
A return to the Big Apple means a return to our beloved
Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s, and Saks—you know what they say, home is
where the new fall line is! Just try surviving the nip of
autumn without Christopher Fischer cashmere or Robert
Clergerie and Giuseppe Zanotti boots. And I can’t imagine
running from event to event in anything but my trusted
Louboutins and Jimmy Choos!
I’m already stepping up my dance moves for Jason Derulo at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation gala, and polishing my
halo for Denise Rich’s Angel Ball. My waterproof mascara
will be put to the test during Tony Bennett’s bittersweet
tribute to Amy Winehouse at the Inspiration Award gala.
And speaking of galas and benefits, we all know these parties
can be hit or miss if we aren’t seated next to the right
A-lister, and they can quickly become a game of musical chairs
to raise your clout. I’ve seen the best of the best switch
around the seating cards to avoid an evening of
insufferable publicist blather, or the woman sparkling with the jewelry of her targeted beau’s late wife…before the
body was cold! And I just pray I don’t get put next to one of
those “real” housewives at the Rita Hayworth Gala, or at the
opening night at the American Ballet Theatre. I’d jetesplit
out of there so fast!
So mark your calendars with The Sheet’s hot dates on page 30.
And for those who depended on my 1010WINS Hampton Sheet
Reports to glam up their weekend plans, stay tuned for my city
reports coming up in the fall. And follow us on twitter
@HamptonSheet—you never know when we’ll hear about the new
piece of gossip, the next biggest party, or the next big
Take our cover guy, Rodriguez, subject of the inspirational
new documentary Searching for Sugar Man. The musician was
ignored by mainstream America for decades, while unknowingly
worshiped as a rock god in South Africa. Now, 40 years later,
he’s getting the recognition he deserves, with Oscar buzz
surrounding the new documentary, a concert tour, a
performance on Letterman, and a cover story in The Sheet!
(Check it out on page 28 or
Even though the days of summer are fading fast, there’s much
to look forward to in the Big Apple. So it’s not goodbye—but
rather, see you in the fall, with your faces gracing the pages
of the Manhattan edition of Hampton Sheet.
Kiss Kiss—Enjoy The Sheet!
Joan Jedell appears on national and local TV.
Her photographs are syndicated worldwide.