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Midsummer Party Toasts
Plans For New Museum

Story by Edward T. Callaghan

HE Parrish Museum, long one of the most treasured jewels on Long Island’s East End, unveiled plans at a midsummer party for the construction of a new building in Water Mill, adjacent to the famed Duck Walk Vineyard.

The board recently selected Herzog and de Meuron to create the new 80,000 square foot facility, which will not only include a theater and workshops for educational programs but also serve as an extraordinary showcase for its collections of works by legendary local artists such as Fairfield Porter, Childe Hassam, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg and William Merritt Chase.

Not surprisingly, the lavishly decorated tent in the Arboretum was full to overflowing with artists and patrons. Honorary co-chairs Debbie Bancroft, Beth Rudin De Woody, Andrea Glimcher, Katherina Otto Bernstein and Bettina Burda clearly used their charm to bring in such stellar talents as Chuck Close, Jane Wilson, Donald Sultan, Jane Freilicher, Robert Wilson, Jack Youngerman, Michael Perez and Dorothy Lichtenstein.

Scores of the Parrish’s most stalwart supporters – many of them decked out in the green and white theme of the evening – danced the night away including Somers White and Johnathan Farkas, Mildred Brinn, Patricia Patterson, Bettina Zilkha, Douglas Hannant, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Jeffrey and Linda Chodrow, Nathan Bernstein, Soprano’s star Lorraine Bracco, Stacey Okun-Mindich, Allison Morrow, David Wassong and Tim Davis.

Reed Krakoff and his lovely wife Delphine, the evening’s co-chairs, took well-deserved kudos for the décor. Reed, creative director of Coach, the evening’s sponsor, was positively aglow.

Also dancing into the wee hours were Kimberley McSparran, John Wegorzewski, Anne De Brigard, David Nadal, WVVH’s top producer, Tinsley Mortimer and R. Couri Hay.

Trudy Kramer, the museum’s executive director, was thrilled with having helmed yet another memorable evening which this year raised over $800,000 for special educational programs.

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