In advance of the big Christie Brinkley–Peter Cook divorce trial starting Wednesday, Diana Bianchi, the woman whose confession of an affair with Cook sparked the split, was spotted breakfasting with her lawyer at Maidstone Arms in East Hampton. Actress Joy Bryant (Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins) was married at a private home in Amagansett and, on the invite, told the ladies to “leave your Manolos at home.”
Southamptonites are balking at their neighbors’ noisy, car-choked fund-raisers. East Hamptonites are balking at the Ross School’s planned tennis courts, saying the school really wants to run a commercial tennis establishment. Christine Ebersole and her pianist, Billy Stritch, performed at the ceremonial reopening of the arts center Guild Hall. Matthew Broderick jokes (we think) that he sends his son to Amagansett so he’ll meet folks to tell him where to invest someday. A onetime fancy-ass Southampton Realtor got six years in the federal clink for uploading child porn so awful that “most child pornographers would be disgusted” by it, said the prosecutor. Florida governor and potential vice-presidential candidate Charlie Crist weekended recently at the Hamptons home of Real Housewives of New York City’s dulcet-voiced Jill Zarin (author of this brilliantly flatly written Hamptons blog), because she and Crist’s girlfriend are really close. Liesl Schillinger likens Dan Rattiner’s memoir In the Hamptons to Joe Mitchell’s classic Up in the Old Hotel, and calls the trashier How the Other Half Hamptons, about people in a Quogue share house, “silly but devourable.” The GM of Nick and Toni’s says stars come there to be with one another, but also “for the laid-back atmosphere and the rustic, simple food.” Back to pretrial Brinkley: She “flashed a stunning carefree smile” Saturday. And this otherwise obnoxious Forbes Hamptons primer wraps up remembering Brinkley’s now-legendary e-mail of last winter exhorting Southampton to STOP THE GIANT (utility) POLES!