In The Magazine


by Debbie Bancroft Photographed by Patricia Duff
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Notable East Enders envision their sweet (and bittersweet) moments of the season

As has become the tradition in my July column (Am I old enough for tradition? Don’t answer that), I check in with some notable quotables, before the torrent of summer events are upon us, about what they are looking forward to this summer, and what they’re not:

Jamie Niven: I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and taking the summer off . . . the first summer since 1966. I’m not looking forward to the people who come to Southampton and are rude to the shopkeepers.

Patricia Duff: I’m looking forward to spending some stress-free time at my new house in Water Mill, summer sweet corn, and true, ripe tomatoes. I’m not looking forward to all the just-built, pop-up houses spoiling the farm views.

Perri Peltz: I am so excited to having my three boys home and spending time with them. (I’m not sure they share my excitement.) I’m not looking forward to summer ending and am already worried about that.

Eric Fischl: I’m looking forward to a show at Guild Hall in East Hampton that will have one of my favorite paintings in it. It’s a show of portraits and selfies, curated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, for mid-July. My painting is of a group of actors, playwrights and directors who live in a commune in Water Mill (not Bob Wilson’s).

Nicole Miller: I’m looking forward to sunsets at Sunset Beach, boat rides around Shelter Island, wake boarding in the bay, and dinner with friends. I’m not looking forward to the days getting shorter and impending Fashion Week, right after Labor Day.

William Ivey Long: I look forward, every summer, to the time I spend in Manteo, North Carolina. Each season, I return to my theatrical roots at the Lost Colony, where I hope to positively provide future generations of theatrical craftsmen the same skills that helped lay the foundation for my career as a costume designer. I’m actually not, NOT looking forward to anything.

Shirin von Wulffen: I love eating cherries in Aix-en-Provence, but will miss my weekly yoga sessions with Hannah Casey, and shampoos/head massages at Frédéric Fekkai at the Mark.

Cornelia Guest: I’m looking forward to spending time in my garden and eating lots of yummy things, but I’m not looking forward to packing and moving this fall.

Michele Oka Doner: I can’t wait for summer evenings in the city, the return of the baby grand piano to Washington Square Park, and spontaneous music in the dusk. The arrival of the summer solstice reminds me the long, light days have peaked. I’m not looking forward to another winter!

Michele Oka Doner: Looking forward to sweet corn from Bartlett’s Farm market in Nantucket, and not looking forward to putting on all that suntan lotion.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: I look forward to the continued expansion of the Universe, while lamenting the fact that here on earth, we still have have traffic congestion.


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