August 31 2014

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Blasblog From Montauk: 80 Years Of The Yacht Club


Six hours. One-quarter of one day. That’s how long it took me to get to Montauk after cleverly leaving the city at midday on Friday. I headed out there for the Montauk Yacht Club’s 80th anniversary, and after spending the entire day’s sunny hours behind the wheel I was expecting something special. Good thing, then, that the full-service resort and spa, which just underwent a major renovation, had planned a weekend that included two of my favorite things in the world: a costume party and a burger bash. The former took place on Saturday night, when the resort’s new owner, Andrew Farkas, threw himself—and, presumably, the club itself—a Roaring Twenties-themed birthday party for friends like Andrew Cuomo, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Jeff Zucker, and a few of the ladies from The Real Housewives of New York City (whom I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit I know). Cigarette girls and lots of cocktail dresses with dropped waists complemented the theme, as did the just-for-fun gambling that took place after dinner. Sure, playing for “Montauk Money” wasn’t as cool as the real stuff, but it was a glimpse into the property’s former life as an undercover casino and Prohibition-era speakeasy. As for that red meat, earlier that afternoon Katie Lee Joel was serving up her Logan County Burgers, the recipe of which can found in the cookbooks she was also signing. “They’re not staying out here for long,” Billy’s better half said, and indeed she did run out of the delicious patties. “I’m going to take that as a good sign,” she said. (It was good for those of us eating as well. Three really should be my limit.) How was Farkas enjoying his birthday weekend? “It’s nice to think back and remember what this part of the country used to be like,” he said. And he had a point: The games available that afternoon didn’t require batteries or hook-ups to big-screen TVs. We’re talking croquet, washers, and potato sack races.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

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