With the stop of summertime approaching, I have had a hurry of pursuits, together with my extended-awaited go to from my kids and grandchildren, which manufactured this past 7 days just one for the memory books.
This is my 1st summertime dwelling by possession of Dan’s Papers. Earlier, my summers had been filled with visits to the seaside, looking through my Kindle and newspapers and my excursion dwelling up-island. Now, my life is upside down, crammed with pleasure practically every working day.
Over the summer, I have met so lots of fascinating distinctive men and women, but almost nothing topped conference and expending time with both of those our great President Invoice Clinton and our new charming Governor Kathy Hochul and her husband.
Many thanks to Dan Rattiner, founder of Dan’s Papers, we were the sponsors of the 73rd annual Artist & Writers Charity Softball Game last Saturday.
Early that early morning, Dan named me to convey to me that President Clinton’s people referred to as him to say the president would be at the game. It was speedily determined to make him the umpire! It also gave me the possibility to influence my grandsons to accompany me to the recreation to satisfy a person of our best presidents.
When I arrived at the ball industry at the rear of the East Hampton Stop & Store grocery store, the video game experienced previously started out. Luckily, my mate NY Point out Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright directed me to the place Dan and the game’s sportscasters were calling out the action over the loudspeakers.
The two groups — a person in bright crimson T-shirts (the artists) and the other in deep navy blue (the writers) — ended up presently on the subject. But my eyes ended up concentrated on President Clinton, who was standing driving the pitcher in a neon shirt.
I took the microphone and manufactured an announcement expressing how very pleased Dan’s Papers was to sponsor the activity and I made available the gamers a $100 reward certification to Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton to anybody who hit our Dan’s Papers banner on the outfield fence.
I waited patiently for the acceptable time between innings when I could deliver my grandsons on to the area and satisfy the president.The time arrived and I corralled 15-calendar year-old Blake and 12-12 months-old Jonah onto the mound where by Clinton was using a break.
When we acquired there, my pal Patrick brought a copy of Dan’s Papers and a Dan’s Papers hat that I offered President Clinton — a person to dress in and a person to autograph. He was type enough to do equally!
But my happiest second was introducing my dearest grandsons to the president. I hope they were impressed with the heat greeting and photographs they got! What a second!
After the video game, Blake asked if he could get a image with his beloved athletics writer Mike Lupica. He did — and Jonah was impressed ample to say he wishes to read through Mike’s latest e book, which was penned with James Patterson. Accomplishment!
What an afternoon!
The prior night time, I had the satisfaction of being with our new Governor Kathy Hochul (pronounced Hoe-kell). I have fulfilled her formerly and was often amazed by how experienced, hardworking and down to earth she is.
She is warm and pleasant and looked me in the eye whenever we ended up chatting. For many yrs, she has been the governor’s “boots on the ground” as the lieutenant governor. I was honored and pleased to have her many periods at my Electric power gatherings.
But now, as destiny will have it, she will direct our state. My emotion, dependent on our numerous conferences, is that she will listen and be a compassionate leader. Our point out will be in quality arms.
But with all that, my most precious second of a week crammed with several, was to listen to the squeals of joy from my grandchildren as they went tubing driving a speedboat out of Hampton Bays. How important it was to see them all jointly! From time to time I want the clock could end to hold on to these moments!
A lot of evenings, we barbecued with scrumptious steaks from Justin’s Chop Shop in Westhampton Seaside (who gained Best Restaurant at our Dan’s GrillHampton competition). But we did get to try to eat out at LT Burger’s new locale in Westhampton. Based mostly on the hour hold out for a table, it’s by now a achievements!
We couldn’t resist seeking the flavorful shakes topped with loaded whipped product that matched the color of the shake — mine was brown like my chocolate shake, though Sloane experienced a strawberry shake with pink whipped product. The shakes had been outrageously gorgeous and mouth watering!
And certainly, the burgers had been significant and juicy, only outdone by the remarkable gouda cheese topping on the crispy crinkle-cut French fries.
Try LT Burger — named for its effective renowned chef Laurent Tourondel — and you will like it, as well!
The Westhampton Beach front Doing Arts Centre’s concerts on the Terrific Lawn finished the weekend with a breathtaking efficiency by Jefferson Starship and then my friends Greg and Linda Galdi invited me to see the Bay Street Theater’s exceptional manufacturing of Camelot.
It doesn’t get improved than that!
What wondrous months these have been — I’m so grateful!