The Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party, a major highlight of the Hamptons summer season, will take place tonight, July 14.
This year's gala will celebrate the "creative spirit of the East End" by honoring director/choreographer Patricia Birch, visual artist Chuck Close, author/historian Barbara Goldsmith, interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, musician G.E. Smith, and choreographer Paul Taylor. This years Midsummer Party Co-Chairs are Deborah F. Bancroft, Carlo Bronzini Vender, Etta Froio, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Michele Pesner, Douglas Polley, Frederic M. Seegal, Marcia Dunn Sobel, and Alexandra Stanton.
The Midsummer Party begins with cocktails at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:30 pm in an air-conditioned tent in the Museum's historic arboretum on Jobs Lane in Southampton. The fun continues with dessert, drinks, and dancing from 10 pm to 1 am. The party draws approximately 500 dinner guests and 500 "After Ten" attendees-primarily affluent Hamptons second-homeowners and individuals with sophisticated tastes and interest in the visual arts. Glorious Food is this year's caterer, DJ Tom Finn will provide the music, and Claire Bean, Floral and Event Design, will create the decor. The Corporate Sponsor is Sunrise Jets. Wine and spirits have been generously provided by Niche Import Co. and Glacier Potato Vodka.
This year's attendees will include Deborah Bancroft, Jennifer Bartlett, Ross Bleckner, Mildred Brinn, Liliana Casabal, Gale and Ira Drukier, Arthur and Grethe Elgort, Eric Fischl and April Gornik, Jane Freilicher, Etta Froio, Larry Gagosian, Andrea and Marc Glimcher, David and Elizabeth Granville-Smith, Philip Isles, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Malcolm Morley, Charlene and James M. Nederlander, Norman and Liliane Peck, Lisa Perry, Campion and Tatiana Platt, Toni Ross, Billy Sullivan and Klaus Kertess, David Wassong, and Robert Wilson.