July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Andrew Lazzaro, global chief branding officer at the media agency OMD, hosted a fireworks viewing party last night.
The spectacular perch: the 65th-floor terrace of his midtown Manhattan apartment.
Guests were pretty much at eye level as they watched colorful pom-poms, smiley faces and even planets light up the sky, courtesy of Macy’s. Forget about Beyonce, who performed on a barge tied to Liberty Island: Lazzaro led everyone in a spirited rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The party began with a feast including Mexican, blue cheese and mango burgers, grilled corn on the cob and baked potatoes with cheddar and bacon.
When the show was over, Lazzaro lit up a fire pit and brought out the fixings for s’mores.
Roberto Alfonso Felipe, a bespoke tailor, and Yolanda Alegria, a senior manager for international taxes at Ernst & Young, were among the marshmallow roasters.
Call to Arms
Fake soldiers in Revolutionary garb fired their muskets and got the party started at Halsey House in Southampton, New York, Saturday night.
Built in the mid 17th-century by colonial farmer Thomas Halsey, the house is run by the Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center.
The party celebrated America’s independence, while raising a little money for maintenance.
“The design is efficient,” said Tom Edmonds, the organization’s executive director, standing in the yard with about 100 other guests. “The central chimney kept the heat inside.”
Edmonds, splendid in pink tie, blue blazer and black-leather sandals, is in charge of five properties and a wildlife preserve. His big project this summer is raising $320,000 to save the Sayre Barn, built in 1739.
A silent auction featured tunics by Gretchen Scott Designs and ties by Vineyard Vines. Guests included U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, Southampton’s mayor, Mark Epley and Mildred Brinn, a former chairman of the Parrish Art Museum.
Schmidt’s Market of Southampton provided a raw bar and sushi. Dennis Schmidt, who owns the market, and who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, is chairman of the Museums and Research Center’s board.
“I’m a history buff, so getting involved was a natural for me,” Schmidt said.
Cynthia Schaffner, who counts herself an 11th-generation descendant of the man who built the home, arrived with her husband.
“We were married here,” said Schaffner, a researcher of decorative arts in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As for the 12th generation: the Schaffners’ daughter, Hilary Schaffner, is a curator who has opened a gallery in East Hampton with artist Ryan Wallace. Halsey McKay is working with emerging artists. Chris Duncan’s sewn photo collages and taped works on paper will be on view July 8 through July 31.
Shopping at Lazypoint
Whitney Fairchild, a former designer for Ralph Lauren and a founding chairman of the New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland ball, stopped in Saturday morning at Lazypoint Variety Store in Amagansett.
Claudja Bicalho, who worked for surfer-designer Tracy Feith, opened the pop-up store in May for a second season.
She welcomed visitors in a slinky white crocheted dress she had made in Brazil. “The ladies knit them in one piece,” she said, as Fairchild tried on a crocheted tunic.
The store is in a cozy stand-alone space just down the street from the muffin utopia, Mary’s Marvelous. Tables are filled with swim shorts, beach wraps and purple purses. Draped on the neck of a carved wooden figure is a chunky clear-beaded necklace.
Fairchild admired a linen cowl-neck blouse studded with white tassels by the Australian label Easton Pearson ($810).
“I love polo,” said Kelly Rutherford, who plays Blake Lively’s mom on “Gossip Girl.” “There’s so much grace in it.”
Dressed in white, she admired Nic Roldan and others competing on the polo field at the Watermill, New York home of high-end building contractor Michael Borrico.
In the warm afternoon light, Rutherford then caught sight of something cuter: 15-month-old Adli Abdel-Misih, dressed in a yellow button-down shirt, striped tie and shorts.
“If you want to take a break, I’ll hold him,” she told Adli’s dad, Rami Abdel-Misih, who works in finance.
The party and polo match on Saturday were a benefit for Rally for Kids with Cancer.
Near the pool, Jeffrey and Emer Moore looked wholesome serving roasted carrots, beets and potatoes. They own Rustic Roots Delivery, which creates and transports baskets of fruits and vegetables sourced from local farms.
The basket costs $55, which includes delivery anywhere from Montauk to Manhattan.
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