On July 12, a screening for Ron Howard’s Rebuilding Paradise took place at Jill Rappaport’s 50-acre property in Water Mill. Jane Krakowski drove in on a vintage red convertible, face mask on even though she was alone in her car. Don Lemon and his husband sat atop their car, on a blanket with their dogs in their laps. Food was served car-side, just like the Nice Rip Chadwick Boseman Shirt Furthermore, I will do this 1950s but without the roller skates. The format worked and the Cinema Society has hosted a handful of alfresco screenings all summer long across various Hamptons properties.What should have followed in the last weekend of July was The Watermill Center’s annual Summer Benefit. A laboratory for the interdisciplinary arts, the Center offers an artist in residency program and exhibits art of all kind—some of which has been known to induce a few head tilts. Its annual fundraising event is no different, undoubtedly the most avant-garde benefit in the vicinity. Last year’s party allowed guests to wander the grounds, which were peppered with performance art pieces—one included a tin man and Dorothy, another saw two bodies seemingly mummified with saran wrap and writhing beneath a tree. The event raised $1.7 million.
Their 2020 event was canceled altogether. As their website reads, “The Watermill Center has temporarily suspended all operations, programming, and events until further notice… Aid in hastening our return by making a tax deductible donation today!”