MTV is hitting the Hamptons to shoot the Southampton Inn's weekend pool party for an upcoming True Life show, focusing on summer shares. Several Hamptons restaurants are under investigation for pouring cheap booze into top-shelf brand bottles. Renée Zellweger had a ladies' night of dancing at Lily Pond. Ed "Jean Luc" Kleefield isn't letting his arrest, negative press, and death threat stop him from operating Madame Tong's, Grappa, and JLX, which (despite recent reports) are still up and running.
Alec Baldwin and Nicole Miller headlined a list of ecofriendly foodies who didn't let a downpour stop them from noshing on finger foods with wine pairings at EcoFabulous's Annual Benefit at the Wolffer Estate Vineyards. The James Beard Foundation is honoring The Four Seasons Restaurant's Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini at their Chefs & Champagne Gala, also at the Wolffer Estate on July 25. Following Kelly Bensimon's Plum TV stint, the buzz is that she's "nicer than she seemed."
Warm-up rounds for the annual Veuve Clicquot Pétanque Tournament at Sunset Beach are taking place this afternoon, where East Hampton bartenders and waiters are practicing their Bocci-like tossing skills to defeat an imported player named Pierre. The ArtHamptons fair made its way through Bridgehampton this weekend, showcasing Rauschenbergs, Warhols, and Pollacks. Police still can't figure out who scorched a sixty-by-twenty-foot dollar sign into the artificial turf of East Hampton High School's football field over July 4 weekend.
Retired Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee is once again renting out East Hampton's Grey Gardens. Christie Brinkley is keeping busy with the launch of her new jewelry line, CeleBrate. And four horses galloped down Mecox Road into oncoming traffic when they were let loose from a nearby farm.