I'm so excited. We have a very cool Aussie designer and master blogger staying with us at A Butler's Manor right now. She is here because she loves all things Hamptons/Cape Cod, and she has a design business in Queensland where she sells a lot of things that look like they grow here. I already follow her blog. I aspire to her daily blog activity for either Chatter From the Manor, or In My Words, my writer-persona blog. (In my spare time!) In point of fact, she's in New York to attend a blogging conference. Until she told me that, I had no idea there was such a thing!
It's a lot of fun to see visitors enjoy their exporation of the area, and Anne-Maree is so exuberant that I want to share her impressions (and all the photos!) by attaching her blog here. If you've not yet been to the Hamptons, between our blog and What to Do page and Anne-Maree's, this will give you a good feeling for our little town. If you've been here before, it will bring back happy memories!
Anne-Maree's blog: The House That A-M Built
It's been a big month for art events. The second weekend of July was the massive ArtHamptons fair, and last weekend was art Southampton , both held in separate locations inside a huge, air conditioned luxury "tent" (well, it qualified as a tent because it wasn't there last week and won't be there tomorrow, but this structure had glass fire doors, a bar and a snack bar). I dropped by to see what was on offer at the second show, which was modern art from dealers from all over the world, and was impressed by the scope of the show. What was particularly nice was that, unlike most art or antiques events held out in the Hamptons, both events offered extended gallery hours, the latter until 10 PM most of the four nights it was open. This is a novel concept, as most events force visitors to choose: Beach? Shopping? Special Event? during daylight hours. It's nice to be able to fit it all in!
On a smaller, more local scale, Art in the Park was held the third weekend of July in Agawam Park over Saturday and Sunday. Art in the Park is sponsored by the Southampton Artists' Association, who also hold a number of shows each year at the Southampton Cultural Center. No bar or air conditioning here; just a true village art festival featuring some extensive local talent. And there's plenty of it.
Just in case you thought the Hamptons were just all about the beach!