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The Southampton Inn Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Celebrates the Start of the Summer Season

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The Southampton Inn Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Celebrates the Start of the Summer Season


The award-winning Southampton Inn invited hotel guests, seasonal visitors and residents to a celebration at the most desirable location in the heart of Southampton New York, kicking off the Hamptons summer season at the 2024 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Barbeque.


Guests celebrated the holiday al fresco at the pool patio surrounded by several acres of manicured lawns and private gardens, where they enjoyed a buffet of signature burgers, platters of traditional salads and tasty holiday classics prepared by the team at Claude’s Restaurant.  The pool patio bar kept all the participants hydrated with a wide selection of chilled refreshments to sip under the sun.


Notable attendees included: Shane Moan, Dede Gotthelf, Terry Moan, Philip Gotthelf, Eddie Moan, Alice Thomson, Southampton Village Mayor William Manger jr., NYS Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Catherine Larsen, Eric Lerner, William Sullivan, Dan Kadison, Si-Yeon Kim, Bill McCuddy, Lieba Nesis, Tijana Ibrahimovic, Olga Ferrara,  Elana Gibbs and Jean Shafiroff.


Visit the Inn this summer in one of 90 renovated and comfortably furnished guestrooms, with 16 specifically designed for pets to enjoy with their owners. A weekend of pure relaxation awaits as each room is prepared with Matouk Linens over Tempur-Pedic® mattresses. Guestrooms also feature complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, flat screen TV, small refrigerators and guest-controlled air conditioning and heating. Other features of the property include a library with fireplace, flexible indoor meeting spaces such as conference rooms, ballroom and a games room for children of all ages, and newly renovated eatery Claude’s Restaurant, which offers a delicious, locally sourced all-day menu.


Make the most of your summer getaway with on-site amenities and experiences. Every inch of the Southampton Inn’s several acres of lawn space appeals to guests needs. The beautiful grounds of the Inn consist of several acres of manicured lawns and gardens. Amenities on the property include a 50-foot heated outdoor pool, all-weather tennis and pickle board court and shuffleboard.


The friendly and efficient staff at the Southampton Inn can assist busy travelers with a selection of exciting local excursions such as restaurant reservations, tours at art galleries, studios and the Southampton Historical Museum.   The Inn also partners with local organizations to offer tickets to charity events and galas.


This Summer 2024 (through Labor Day), the Southampton Inn provides guests with a complimentary beach shuttle service to Coopers Beach – rated by Dr. Beach as the 2024 best beach on the continental USA.


Other local activities available for Guests to enjoy include indulgence of the finest wines at vineyards, and listening to concerts weekly at Agawam Park, Avram Hall and the Cultural Center. Sporting activities such as access to Golf tee times, surfing, kiteboarding plus tennis lessons, fishing and boating expeditions, plus hiking trips at nature conservancies are just a few experiences that Southampton has to offer; all carefully selected for Southampton Inn guests.


The Inn’s attentive staff look forward to welcoming you at the Southampton Inn!


About the Southampton Inn:

The Southampton Inn has 90 thoughtfully appointed, charming rooms laid out in a Tudor style village design set in acres of manicured lawns in the heart of the village of Southampton. World famous beaches, boutiques, restaurants and local gems are only minutes away on foot. The Inn is the perfect home base to enjoy all the Hamptons has to offer from historic villages, museums, art galleries, and more, all at a great value for money price point. Breakfast is served every day at Claude’s and brunch on the weekends. Claude’s, The Library, The Ballroom and gardens are all popular spots for parties and events.


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Vartali Salon celebrates 46th anniversary with Retro Hair Styles and Jane Morgan Performance Gowns at A Champagne and Caviar Cocktail Reception

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Retro enthusiasts and press gathered to celebrate 45 years with Owner and Stylist Vartan Vartali at Vartali Salon on February 29, 2024 on the famous 57th Street in Manhattan.

The event also catered to a V.I.P. only event that celebrates the hair destination that caters to Manhattan's upscale clientele, with weekly visits by Carolina Herrera, and past celebrity clients such as Renee Fleming, Laura Linney, and Gwen Stefani. LA Presse PR firm owner, and fashion curator, Bonnie Bien organized Vartali’s 46 year event with a variety of resources ranging from press to the New York Fashion Week runway. LA Presse PR gathered inspiration in from her Fall 2022 “Jane Morgan: In My Style” show to celebrate the 70’s and 80’s retro hair styles, as well as the fabulous performance gowns from the Jane Morgan collection.

Famous performance gowns included the Mont Streitfeld of Strega where you see a a pantsuit puffed up and volumed out in ostrich feathers, Look Two leaps is the 1970’s with the Gunter Project 2 that’s also known as Gunter Ruecker. It’s a black tuxedo in 3 pieces, consisting of a blazer, skirt, and white ruffle shirt, along with the updoo providing this very blonde hair voluptuous presence. Look Three takes it back down to the 1960’s with Donald Brooks, the black velvet dress with classic puff sleeves. A conservative yet bold classic gown with darker blonde and waves to celebrate the elegance of classic beauty.

Look Four with the Rubin Panis featured black sequined cocktail dress with ostrich feathers. Jane Morgan is famous for singing for President George G.W. Bush. In this designer ensemble, plus urban black hair styles from both the 70’s and 80’s influenced the liberal then conservative attraction.  Look Five with Stephen Yearick. This look embraced a nude gown with pearls and sequin as this grand assortment of garments and hardware where Jane Morgan sang for Jerry Weintraub at the UNICEF Ball. This short blonde hairstyle did its best to embrace a modern feel of the times.

Jane Morgan is an American former singer and recording artist of traditional pop. Morgan initially found success in France and the UK before achieving recognition in the US, receiving six gold records. She was a frequent nightclub and Broadway performer, and also appeared numerous times on American television, both as a singer and as a dramatic performer.

Morgan sang popular songs in nightclubs and small restaurants and at bar mitzvahs and other private parties to help pay her tuition expenses at Juilliard. Orchestra leader Art Mooney changed her name to Jane Morgan by taking the first name of one of his vocalists, Janie Ford, and the last name of another, Marian Morgan.

Morgan left her agent and began singing at Lou Walters' Latin Quarter in New York. Walters kept Morgan at the Latin Quarter for a year, when she was noticed by Dave Kapp, who had recently founded a new recording label, Kapp Records.[5] Kapp signed Morgan to a recording contract, and near that same period he signed pianist Roger Williams.

To counter her reputation as a French singer, Kapp had Morgan record "Baseball, Baseball", and her first album release was titled The American Girl from Paris. She recorded several additional albums and soon was paired with Williams, who had gained national acceptance with his recording of "Autumn Leaves". They recorded "Two Different Worlds", which gave Morgan her first significant airplay on US radio. In 1957 Kapp brought The Troubadors, a virtually unknown group of five musicians, to his studio. They had appeared in Love in the Afternoon. Kapp asked Morgan to join The Troubadors and sing "Fascination". Although written in 1904 by F. D. Marchetti as "Valse Tzigane", the song was modified in Paris at the Folies Bergère as a "strip" number. With English lyrics added by Dick Manning in 1932, it had been played throughout the 1957 movie (the French lyric had been created in 1942). Her recording was released in late 1957 and remained on the charts for 29 weeks.

In 1958, Kapp released "The Day the Rains Came" (a French song by Gilbert Becaud called "Le jour où la pluie viendra") with Morgan singing in English on one side and in French on the other. It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in early 1959.[11] She was featured on the 10 November 1959, jazz special, Timex-All-Star Jazz III.

Morgan performed in musicals on the stage and Broadway. She appeared in Can-Can, The King and I, Kiss Me, Kate, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bells Are Ringing, Anniversary Waltz, Affairs of State, Hello, Dolly and others.

Morgan's agent died in 1959, and her new manager, Jerry Weintraub, was able to obtain bookings for her in many noted US venues. Morgan divorced Larry Stith in 1964, and married Weintraub, more than a decade her junior, in 1965; the couple later adopted three daughters, Julie, Jamie and Jody. Morgan also has a stepson Michael from Weintraub's first marriage. Morgan and Weintraub separated but never divorced; he died in 2015.

After Morgan performed on Broadway, she said, "Being on Broadway was one of the most exciting things in my life because I had always dreamed of it"

Morgan's two final albums were for RCA Records: her last LP, Jane Morgan in Nashville, yielded two moderate hits on the country and western charts, including her answer to Johnny Cash's song, "A Boy Named Sue", titled "A Girl Named Johnny Cash" (written by comic Martin Mull). She performed the song on Cash's eponymous television series in early 1971.

The only other time she had recorded without formal arrangements was on her hit single, "Fascination"; nevertheless, she was reportedly dubbed "The Countryest Girl in Nashville" by the crew. She retired from performing in 1973, but has appeared occasionally over the years at special events and benefits. She has in recent years worked as a production assistant to her husband on films including the remake of Ocean's Eleven.

Morgan's collection of her unique performance gowns spanning from the 1950s to the 1980s were exhibited to the public for the first time, premiering at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine, in February 2022.

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Dandy Wellington performs Nightclub at the Museum: Roaring '20s Public · Hosted by New-York Historical Society 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Akil Apollo Davis atNightclub at the Museum: Roaring '20s Public · Hosted by New-York Historical Society

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Musician Mike Davis at TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Akil Apollo Davis at  Nightclub at the Museum: Roaring '20s Public · Hosted by New-York Historical Society .

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Marketing and Communications Rep Dan McSweeney at Nightclub at the Museum: Roaring '20s Public · Hosted by New-York Historical Society

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Stylist and Trend Reporter Patricia Ann Parenti at  Nightclub at the Museum: Roaring '20s Public · Hosted by New-York Historical Society

Fabulous flappers and dapper dandies were eager to cut a rug with a Jazz Age-themed party, featuring music from Dandy Wellington and his band. Roaring Twenty's enthusiasts enjoyed drinks from  the open bar, pics at the nstagram photo booth, a Rock the Vote table where they could register to vote, and much more. Flapper Fashionistas wore their favorite dance clothes!

History After Dark

Are you a self-identified history nerd? Then join us for History After Dark, New-York Historical's events for young professionals that features music, mingling, cocktails, trivia, talks, and more—all in a vibrant setting with a price that's right.

About the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society was established in 1804 as New York’s first museum. Its eleven founders all lived through the turbulent years of the American Revolution and the British occupation of New York. These men believed that New York’s citizens needed to take decisive action to preserve eyewitness evidence of their own historical moment, which they recognized as important, fearing “dust and obscurity” would be the inevitable fate of accounts and artifacts if left in the hands of private individuals. “Without the aid of original records and authentic documents,” they declared, “history will be nothing more than a well-combined series of ingenious conjectures and amusing fables.”

It is in this tradition that New-York Historical has moved forward into the 21st century, offering to visitors on-site and online a vast collection of art, objects, artifacts and documents and an ongoing collecting program that aims to facilitate a broad grasp of history’s enduring importance and its usefulness in finding explanations, causes, and insights.

Throughout the night guest enjoyed the music of Dandy Wellington at his band.

Dandy Wellington is a bandleader, entertainer, event producer, and creative consultant, born-and-raised in Harlem, New York. Influenced by the style and skill of classic entertainers of the past but with his feet planted in the present, it’s no surprise that this Tisch grad has made a name for himself across the globe. From producing stylish events all over New York to performances in St. Petersburg, London, and Sydney, Dandy solidifies himself as not only an impeccably dressed man-about-town, but a bonafide man-of-the-world.

Boasting an impressive and eclectic list of clients that includes the likes of Pomelatto, Bergdorf Goodman, RewardStyle, and the National Museum of African Art, Dandy puts his uniquely well-dressed stamp on everything from his events to his music. Whether he’s organizing a dinner party at Norwood Club or crooning with his jazz band at The Rainbow Room, the crowd is well-coiffed and the scenery is elegant.

Dandy’s signature panache and eye for detail has earned him features in The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, and various other outlets renowned for their taste and sophistication.

Mr. Wellington epitomizes the undeniable cool of the Jazz Age, while also bringing a progressive perspective befitting of the ever-changing landscape of our modern lifestyle. His appreciation for the swinging big bands, elegant parties, and beautifully tailored clothing of the 1920’s/30’s, paired with his contemporary edge, make him a certifiable renaissance man and a true modern dandy.

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 Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party 2020 Celebrates at The Westbury Manor, Westbury, NY

 TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for photo-op with Best Sellling Author Monica Randall, Prestident of the Wesbury Chamber of Commerce Frank Frisone and Radio Host Maria Santiago at Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party 2020 Celebrates at The Westbury Manor, Westbury, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party 2020 Celebrates at The Westbury Manor, Westbury, NY

Members of the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce gathered to celebrate their annual Holiday Party 2020 at The Westbury Manor, Westbury, NY on January 16, 2020.

Guests enjoyed Appetizers: Butler style passed hor d'oeuvres

Elaborate Cold Display, Italian Antipasto

4 Entree Selections: Amaretto Filet Mignon,

Chicken Princess, Grilled Salmon w/herbs, Stuffed Shrimp and delicious desserts.

Everyone was encouraged to bring a $25 grab bag gift to participate in the festivities.

"Welcome to the Westbury Carle Place Chamber of Commerce website and to our community, one of the best places in Nassau County to live, work, and to raise a family.

The Westbury Carle Place Chamber of Commerce understands that in order to have a strong economic environment, you must have a strong community. We are truly blessed in our in our community to have leaders, business owners, educators and private citizens who realize that we all share in the responsibility of creating economic success and happiness within our community.

The Chambers goal is to work toward improving the quality of life for all through the support and commitment of its members, volunteers and various committees. The Chamber is proud to sponsor events throughout the year to help support the community.

As the 2012 Chamber President, I am honored to work alongside my Officers and our dedicated Board Members all sharing the same vision, business growth and a healthy community environment.

Partnerships from the other local civic groups will be a focus for the Chamber as our newly elected officers and directors’ transition into their roles.

If you are not a member of the Westbury Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, please join us today. Your membership will benefit your business and the community. I look forward to working with everyone during my time as President," reveals President Frank Frisone.

Founded in 1949, The Westbury Carle Place Chamber of Commerce is a brotherhood of business operators working together for the betterment of the community and all those who make their livings within that business community.

The Chamber’s goal is to provide those businesses with a strong networking service and support system that strengthens and enhances growth for the common good of all.

We are committed to promoting, improving and enhancing the Westbury and Carle Place areas through economic development and community involvement.

Today, the Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce stands united as an organization of passionate, innovative leadership and management, driven to provide professional, personable, positive assistance toward your commercial success in Westbury and Carle Place.

Westbury’s Jericho Turnpike was once a trail used by the Massapequa Indians. As far back as the 17th century, it served as a divider between the early homesteads north of the Turnpike and the great plains to its south. Today, it serves as a state highway complex.

In 1657, Captain J. Seaman purchased 12,000 acres from the Algonquian Tribe of the Massapequa Indians. In 1658, Richard Stites and his family built their homestead in this area. Theirs was the only family farm until an English Quaker, Edmond Titus and his son, Samuel, joined them and settled in an area of Hempstead Plains known to us today as the Village of Westbury. In 1675 Henry Willis, also an English Quaker, named the area “Westbury”, after his hometown in England. Other Quaker families who were also seeking a place to freely express their religious beliefs joined the Tituses and Willises. The first Society of Friends meeting house was built in 1700. The early history of Westbury and that of the Friends are so interconnected that they are essentially the same.

These settlers, like many other landowners throughout the colonies, owned slaves. In 1775, compelled by their religious beliefs, the Quakers freed all 154 African-Americans that they had enslaved. Many of these freed men and women built their own homesteads on the open land near the sheep grazing pastures. Their new community consisted of farms and dairies. In 1834, with Quaker assistance, they and their descendants built the New Light Baptist Church. Now known as the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the building still stands on the corner of Union Ave. and Cross St.

The outbreak of the American Revolution disrupted Westbury’s tranquility. From the beginning of the war until 1783, British soldiers and German mercenaries occupied local homes, confiscated livestock and cleared the woods for troop firewood. With the close of the war, Westbury received its third group of settlers, the German Hessians, who chose not to return to their home country. Instead, they remained in what is now known as New Cassel. This name was chosen after the section of Germany from which many mercenaries had come.

By 1840, the Long Island Railroad had built through Westbury. In this same year, the first public school was built. The railroad made it easier for German, Italian, Irish and Polish immigrants to work Westbury s farms and in 1857, St. Brigid’s Parish was founded.

At the same time more African-American families came to the area via the Underground Railroad. For some, Westbury was only one stop on the way to Canada, but several stayed in this area after being harbored in secret rooms in the homes of the Quakers. In the years after the Civil War, until near the turn of the century, the few stores that comprised the small village around the railroad depot, were mainly black owned.

The Village moved from its agricultural setting in the late 19th century when the very wealthy began to settle and build mansions. This area is now known as Old Westbury. Post Avenue soon became a commerce center to serve the surrounding estates. Various estate workers began to move in as well. Streets were mapped out and constructed. Post Avenue received electricity in 1902 and in 1914 a water company was founded.

From the 1850 s to the 1900 s, Westbury’s population and ethnic diversity began to rise as many people of Irish, Italian and Polish origins continued to settle.

In response to a rumor that northern Westbury planned to incorporate, thereby leaving the southern part without a name, residents collected enough petitions for third class incorporation in 1932. The Village included Grantsville, the section south of Union Avenue around A.M.E. Zion church, but did not take in New Cassel since the few families that lived there thought it would only unnecessarily increase their taxes.

In 1938, the Northern State Parkway was constructed and in 1940, Roosevelt Raceway. In 1941, the Second World War began. Westbury sent 1,400 persons to serve our country. This was 20% of the community’s population, making it the highest percentage of any comparable community in the United States.

In the mid 1950’s, Westbury virtually ran out of undeveloped land and with it came the end of the building boom. In 1940, Westbury listed its population at 4,525. By 1960, Westbury’s population had grown to 14,757, according to the census data for that year. Many Caribbean and Latin American families began to settle during this time and in the decades that followed.

As the birth rate declined, people married at a later age and the high cost of buying a home prevented many people from assuming a mortgage in the 1970’s, Westbury again underwent change. Today, the Village’s population remains over 14,000 and is rich with ethnic and racial diversity. The Village of Westbury is indeed a unique place to live and is truly a community for all people, a Community For All Seasons.

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SSMAC Havana Nights Rooftop Dance Party

by SSMAC Junior Committee

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Junior Committee Member Sherry Caldwell at SSMAC Havana Nights Rooftop Dance Party by SSMAC Junior Committee   

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Junior Committee Member Pam Rehm at SSMAC Havana Nights Rooftop Dance Party by SSMAC Junior Committee

Pam joined because  their cause is dear to her heart. Her husband is an Army/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and she appreciates having the opportunity to give back to heroes like him.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Choreographer Xavier Marzan at SSMAC Havana Nights Rooftop Dance Party by SSMAC Junior Committee 

A classically trained ballet dancer, Xavier Marzan grew up in Puerto Rico, where he studied at the Julian E. Blanco School of Classical Ballet. He was a member of The School of American Ballet (the official ballet school of New York City Ballet), Ballet Classico and Ballet de San Juan. After an injury in 1998 cut short his professional ballet career, Xavier turned his passion for dance to the world of Ballroom, which he has been teaching and performing for more than 10 years. He is a certified ballroom instructor who has taught at Arthur Murray Dance Studios and Soho Dance Studio in New York, specializing in salsa, cha cha, rumba and dance technique. Xavier is also a certified Zumba® and Aqua Zumba® instructor and an instructor at Z Club NY, the first studio in New York City dedicated primarily to offering Zumba® Fitness classes.

Most recently, Xavier founded X-cursions in Motion, LLC — to combine and share his passion for travel, his dedication to health and fitness, his love of dance, and his interest in creating and producing themed special events. X-cursions are active retreats that offer structured dance and fitness classes in exciting destinations, while delighting in gourmet meals, local culture and group fun. X-perience the difference!

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at SSMAC Havana Nights Rooftop Dance Party

by SSMAC Junior Committee

New Yorkers, VIP guests and Junior Committe Members attended SSMAC Havana Nights Rooftop Dance Party

by SSMAC Junior Committee

All that attended enjoyed night of Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Mambo, and more when we bring the warm ocean breeze of Havana to NYC!

Don your best guayabera and Cuban fedora and bring a friend to our Havana Nights Dance Party, featuring...

- Open bar

- Rooftop

- Live DJ

- Dance floor

- Light hors d'oeuvres

- Photo booth

- Pool table

- Lounge room

The event took place at:

The Loft In Flatiron

20 West 23rd Street

4th Floor

New York, NY 10010

Proceeds from the event benefitted the SSMAC.

The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ and Airmen’s Club (SSMAC) Junior Committee is a special group of young professionals dedicated to showing support and appreciation to service members in our military. The mission of the SSMAC Junior Committee is to serve the military personnel of the US by continuing to support the club’s mission of serving those who serve their country; efforts to extend hospitality, build camaraderie, and honor the work of the armed forces during their time in New York City and abroad.

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Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at The Plaza Hotel!

Stylist Patricia Ann Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

Guests arrive at Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

Photos by Patricia Ann Parenti

Entertainer and Singer Gregory Dennis Moore sings at Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

Founder Paul poses for a photo-op at the Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

Photos by Patricia Ann Parenti

Photos of Guests dancing at theDardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

Photos by Patricia Ann Parenti

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Paul Ervin at Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Patricia Ann Parenti, Mask designed by Dora Marra

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Entertainer Gregory Dennis Moore at Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel! Ms. Wellerlane's gown designed by Grace Edwards Couture and her mask was designed by Dora Marra.

Glamorous femme fatales wore fabulous gowns, jewels and diamonds escorted by gents in top hats and tuxedos at the First Annual Dardanella Grand Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel!

Guests were cutting the rug up in style! Entertainer and Crooner Gregory Moore with his incredible voice sang tunes from the 20s, 30s and 40s!

It was special nostalgic night in the most famous hotel in the world, rich with history of celebrities and royalty who stayed at the hotel back in the day now known as the Plaza Fairmont!

This was the first masquerade ball for Dardanella revealed Founder Paul Ervin.

Dardanella began in 2016 to bring historic time periods alive. What began as a gathering of 150 friends, vintage enthusiasts, swing dancers, and fellow compatriots at the iconic Plaza Hotel on 5th Avenue in New York City, quickly expanded to Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Nashville to produce a quintessentially perfect 1920's experiential picnic / garden / lawn party.

Featured from the very beginning in The New York Times by the late legend, Bill Cunningham, Dardanella has been written up in TIME Magazine, Town & Country, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The LA Post Examiner, and TimeOut, among other national and international publications as well as broadcast LIVE by The New York Times and Huffington Post.

Dardanella" was a huge hit piece during the 1920's selling more than ONE MILLION vinyl copies worldwide in it's heyday, quickly becoming one of the most successful and recognizable pieces of it's time and of the 20th century. Written in 1919 by Fred Fisher, Felix Bernard, and Johnny S. Black, Ben Selvin and his Vocalion Orchestra first recorded the piece for several different record labels. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra caught wind and the rest is history. Literally!

Founder Paul Ervin reveals, "We created these living histories for those who choose to embrace this fantasy as much as we do. For one day we truly make every effort to construct a small portal into the past and whisk ourselves all away to a bygone era. Whether you like to play dress-up or are truly anachronistic and live the lifestyle, we try to make everything just right: as lively, authentic, and well-spirited (pun intended) as a similar event would have been in those days of yore. Ultimately, we can lay down dance floors, erect stages, raise bars and lay out all the other activities that we enjoy but without our guests who show up in full regalia with vintage or vintage inspired outfits and those who breathe new life into the flapper finery, we'd just be a motley crew standing around truly spectacular venues. Dardanella is certainly not about one person, one band, one dance, or one fashion. We produce these events for all and we strive to be stalwart guardians of this music, these fashions, and these dances. Dardanella is truly about all of us, here together, willing our dreams into solid reality with spirit, zest, and just a bit of imagination! All are welcome. All for one and one for all!"

For more information about Dardanella's vintage events please visit

Ms. Wellerlane's gown designed by Grace Edwards Couture and her mask was designed by Dora Marra.

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BEACH CLUB ESTATES Halloween Costume Ball Dinner Buffet

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for photo-ops with Co-Owner Ellen Pellegrino and Eddie Rocky Rivera at the Beach Club Estates for a very special Halloween Ball Dinner Buffet.

Beach Cub Estates on Lake Ronkoma was the perfect spooky venue for a Halloween Masquerade Ball.

Co-Owner Ellen Pellegrino poses for a photo-op in the Private Salon at Beach Club Estates.

Beach Club Estates provides Beauty and Hair Treaments in their Salon right on the premises of the venue. Their is a beauty salon and massage just waiting for you on your special day as part of the services that the Beach Club Estates provides.

TV Host/Entertainment Journalist poses for a photo-op at The Beach Club Estates Halloween Costume Ball Dinner Buffet in Lake  Ronkonkoma, NY

Creatures of the night got their jive going on at a hip, spooky Halloween Masquerade Ball at the Beach Club Estates on Lake Ronkonkoma in Long Island, New York.

Guests, ghosts and gouls enjoyed Beach Club Estates Halloween Costume Ball!

This ghostly venue on Haunted Lake Ronkonkoma served a Halloween buffet and dessert with a live DJ & dancing! All ghosts and goblins were invited to show off their most creative costumes. There was first, second, and third place prizes for the best costumes in their costume contest! Everyone enjoyed a spooky extravaganza right on the shores of Long Island's largest lake, Lake Ronkonkoma.

Beach Club Estates is the perfect tropical setting right here on Long Island.

Beach Club Estates offers a private, secluded, hideaway tucked away on the shores of Long Island’s largest freshwater lake, the majestic Lake Ronkonkoma. Coupled with their breathtaking views, you become enveloped in the calm and serene beauty of the countryside. Their superb cuisine and exceptional service combine to offer you memories of a lifetime. Featuring a lakeside chapel, romantic sunsets, breathtaking water views, beautiful gardens, and waterfalls – there are plenty of splendid photo opportunities for you and your special guests.  Event Planner and Beauty and Hair Expert Ellen Pellegrino also offers  and provides Beauty and Hair Treaments  in their Salon right on the premises of the venue.  Their is a beauty salon, Spa center and massage just waiting for you on your special day as part of the services that the Beach Club Estates provides.

It is the perfect venue for a cozy charming event!

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Longislanders Celebrate New Years Eve Gatsby Style at The Landing At Jones Beach


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Event Coordinator Stephanie Vives Thornton, Mike Thornton Jeff Ree from Awsomotive Car Care


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Jazz Singer Stephanie Layton from Eden Lane Jazz Band

Gatsby Menu at The Landing at Jones Beach

Happy New Year From The Landing At Jones Beach

Mike and Stephanie Thornton pose for a photo-op with TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The Landing At Jones Beach on New Years Eve

Longislanders rang in the new year like it's 1929! The era of The Great Gatsby where flappers and bootleggers mixed and mingled, hiding from prohibition officers as they tried to shut the juice joint down. The Landing at Jones Beach hosted New Years Eve in the most glamorous speakeasy of them all - the newly renovated Marine Dining Hall at Jones Beach West Bathhouse, now named The Landing at Jones Beach.

Their historic dining room has been beautifully restored to it's original glory, full of art deco details and grand ambiance. Guests enjoyed an elegant three course dinner evoking the style and glamour of the era, sipping champagne and Mary Pickford cocktails - an open bar that featured authentic prohibition era cocktails, that really got everyone's wiggle on. Eden Lane Jazz entertained in true 20's fashion, with jazz, trumpets and snaredrums that brough the hoofer out of everyone. Their fabulous songstress, Stephanie, magically took you back to this ritzy age, with her sultry voice & smarty style.

Eden Lane is a jazz band with an affinity for film noir and classic romance. Anchored by redheaded songbird, Stephanie Layton, they perform jazz standards from The Great American Songbook and/or the Prohibition Era, crafting their sets to combine fresh takes on famous tunes with rare gems from deep in the vintage vault. Recent appearances include Charlotte Tilbury Beauty's "Hollywood Collection" launch event, The American Federation of Arts Fall Gala, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's farewell banquet, and corporate events for S'well Bottle, ARRI Rental, and Vinson & Elkins. They are also proud to maintain a five-star rating on GigSalad, Gigmasters, and Wedding Wire.

Eden Lane can play as two - six pieces. Please visit their contact page if you have questions or would like to book now for your next special occasion.

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The Landing at Jones Beach & DJ Keith Andrews presents

The Spirits & Spirits Halloween Ball







The Landing at Jones Beach & DJ Keith Andrews presented The Spirits & Spirits Halloween Ball

at the newly restored Marine Dining Hall at the Jones Beach West Bathhouse.

This Long Island art deco historic venue was spooktacularly dressed for the occasion - skulls, black roses, and creepy things illuminated by candlelight took guests to an era gone by, where spirits and starlets from the past came to see and be seen. Guest, goblins and gouls enjoyed an immersive & interactive experince that terrified and delighted. DJ Keith Andrews spun in the main dining room with a mix of Top 40, house, raggae, Latin & more. The living dead enjoyed an open barfeaturing signature Halloween cocktails to quench their blood curdingly thirst and the zombies were refueled with a buffetdinner that included the chef's special offerings.

Sue Fragale and her friend took home first prize for best costume as a wooded flowery forest all lit up in lights!

The Landing at Jones Beach has been pristinely restored to the days of its former glory, the West Bathhouse at Jones Beach is once again available for dining and entertaining. Thanks to an extensive restoration investment from the New York State parks, the public can once again drink in the magnificent, uninterrupted ocean views while enjoying a fine dining experience.

The interior captures the charm of the 1920s and 30s with Art Deco accents, gorgeously restored original millwork, and the finest finishes fit for a scene from Gatsby all the while equipped with all the modern updates and conveniences including a state of the art kitchen, brand new facilities, and most importantly a brand new HVAC, to make every guest feel right at home.

Originally opened in 1929, Jones Beach is a capstone achievement to the acclaimed park leader and urban designer Robert Moses. The project was intended to allow visitors pristine parkland with all of the best luxuries of the time: fine dining, swimming pools, and an extensive boardwalk. To this day, it is one of the metropolitan area’s finest beaches and is host to concerts, events, and countless memories.

The West Bathhouse was originally designed for bathers to use as changing rooms as well as provide a location for the Marine Dining Hall, a bar and restaurant for those who wanted a more upscale day at the beach. Moses himself handpicked the most expensive materials for its exterior – Ohio sandstone and Barbizon brick – as the facade for both East and West Bathhouses. They became iconic structures and functional facilities for beachgoers. The West Bathhouse also encompasses a massive stone terrace overlooking one of Jones Beach’s iconic swimming pools.

Unfortunately, after closing, the structure became underused and fell into some disrepair until Gov. Cuomo’s extensive restoration plan, which has dedicated over $60 million in revitalizing Jones Beach over the next few years. The Landing is the first operator to take over in two generations, and we are proud to offer the highest quality local fare in such a magnificent space.

Host your most memorable events at an unforgettable, and unmatchable location. With exclusive access to the breathtaking beach front of Long Island’s South Shore, the Landing at Jones Beach makes a historic beach getaway wedding an absolute reality in your backyard.

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