Indy Scene: The Beginning of Something Beautiful




This year’s social season is pushing onward into the end of the Summer and the beginning of Fall. If you are continuing your staycation on the East End, or slowly making your way back to the Big Apple, here are the people, places and events to look forward to in the upcoming months.

WHERE TO PLAY

Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club. Courtesy Photo

Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club

Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club is Westhampton Beach’s – and possibly the Hamptons – best kept golfing secret, nestled amongst 2,000 acres of the Pine Barrens. Respected as one of the more challenging courses in the Hamptons, the masterfully designed golf and country club promises exciting activities for the entire family. The Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club’s peaceful, wooded setting allows club members to escape the city life and participate in friendly competition against a challenging Par-71 – 148 slope golf course featuring dramatic elevation changes. At the end of the course, members can enjoy a casual meal inside the clubhouse or on the patio. The stunning view overlooking the 18th green from the Hampton Hills Clubhouse will be a memory the entire family will treasure. hamptonhills.com

WHERE TO DINE

Kissaki Akami

Kissaki

Kissaki, the culinary experience honoring Japanese tradition, is owned by Restaurateur Garry Kanfer and operated by Director of Brand Experience Alex Julian. Open in Water Mill for delivery and dining, Kissaki’s menu offers their signature premium omakase boxes, specialty rolls and more brought to you by Executive Chef Mark Garcia. Starting as a downtown Manhattan hotspot, Kissaki’s premium quality sushi delivery experience quickly grew in popularity, prompting the opening of a second Manhattan outpost in Midtown East at Nerai to better serve nearly all of Manhattan. Water Mill is the growing brand’s third location. The new location will be open for year-round dining. explorekissaki.com

Golden Pear

Golden Pear Café

Founded by Restaurateur Keith E. Davis, the Golden Pear Café is known for many specialties, especially their coffee. From their signature house blend to flavored cappuccinos like mocha, caramel, and hazelnut; the freshly brewed cups will indulge your senses with sweet aromas and savory tastes. The go to place for breakfast and lunch, The Golden Pear has specialty breakfast platters, sandwiches and wraps; as well as daily specials on soups, chili’s and entrées. All are available and can be enjoyed at any of their three East End locations, Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton. Get yourself to one of the outposts of the iconic coffee and pastry purveyor and bring home a classic taste of the Hamptons. goldenpearcafe.com

CONTRIBUTE TO A CAUSE

Michael Milken attends Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Gala In The Hamptons. Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC

Prostate Cancer Foundation

The COVID-19 Pandemic put a lot of the biggest events of the Summer on hold, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) Gala in The Hamptons. While you may not be able to attend the large celebrity filled gala this year, you can still donate to the cause that identifies and funds groundbreaking cancer research programs. Founded in 1993 by Mike Milken, PCF has funded nearly $800 million of cutting-edge research by 2,200 scientists at 220 leading cancer centers in 22 countries around the world. With hopes of galas being held in the near future, look out for PCF’s events in 2021. pcf.org

EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

MvVO ART – AD ART SHOW

Missed all the art galas this season? MvVO ART presents AD ART SHOW 2020, September 1 to 30, 2020, at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York and online on the Artsy gallery platform. MvVO ART, the creator of AD ART SHOW, with the ongoing support of presenting sponsor NBCUniversal and in partnership with Westfield World Trade Center, will open this all-digital, month-long, contemporary art show with a virtual opening by Bravo’s Project Runway Judge, Brandon Maxwell on September 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST on the MvVO ART website (click this link to RSVP). This innovative all-digital show displays artworks by 135 talented contemporary artists on the monumental screens of the Oculus. The art is for sale on the MvVO ART Artsy gallery as of September 1, 2020 via MvVOART.com. mvvoart.com

Taste of Hope

Save the date! Taste of hope is making its return this coming November 2020. Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine, and spirits event, featuring some of New York’s most popular restaurants and beverage vendors. Guests enjoy a walk-around tasting where they can sample signature dishes, premier wines and spirits, and inventive cocktails. Taste of Hope donations will support the mission of the American Cancer Society as they save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States, with more than $3.9 billion invested in the search for new cures. tasteofhopenyc.org

PEOPLE TO KNOW

Don Peebles

Don Peebles, The Real Estate Mogul

Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, Don Peebles is founder, chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few privately held national real estate investment and development companies. Mr. Peebles engages in practices of Affirmative Development™ with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of projects in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Don Peebles has been named to the Commercial Observer’s 2020 Power List 100 and graces the cover celebrating his achievement. Of the 100 Power-Players Don Peebles is recognized as the highest ranked African-American Real Estate Titan in America today. peeblescorp.com

Geraldo Rivera. Photo by Alex Kroke

Geraldo Rivera, The Broadcaster

This coming Labor Day, famed broadcaster, Geraldo Rivera, will be celebrating 50 years in broadcast television. Titled “I Am Geraldo, 50 years,” the series chronicles Geraldo’s amazing half-century in broadcasting, beginning with his epic expose on the conditions of the “Willowbrook State School.” In that riveting crusade to close down America’s grim institutions for the developmentally disabled, Geraldo made history. The arc of his unique career and vivid personal life took Geraldo from gritty street reporter to jet set playboy to host of saucy late night and raucous daytime television programs. Probably the last of the Rock and Roll newsmen, Geraldo went everywhere from the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Central America, Africa and around the globe, including America’s inner cities. He’s interviewed everyone from Yasir Arafat to Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali to Charles Manson to Donald Trump. The four-part series is currently streaming on Fox Nation. In addition to the four hours on Fox Nation, on Labor Day, Geraldo’s actual 50th anniversary, the Fox News Channel will also air a One-Hour Geraldo Special on their broadcast channel. foxnews.com/person/r/geraldo-rivera

ENJOY A COCKTAIL

MÁS Rum

MÁS Rum

Founded by Jess and Nathan Lieberman, MÁS Rum is an aged premium dark rum that is ethically sourced and cultivated by artisans. The rich, copper hued rum is currently taking over the Hamptons, becoming the go to rum for cocktails. MÁS Rum is blended and aged at low altitude next to the volcanos of Guatemala. masrum.com