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Hampton Classic Horse Show Featuring Top Prize Money and Five FEI Classes at 44th Annual Event Thrilling Competition to Culminate with $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix



The 2019 Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the country’s largest outdoor shows and a prominent fixture on the hunter-jumper circuit, will welcome back the nation’s elite horses and riders who will compete for more than $800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles on August 25-September 1 in Bridgehampton, NY. The 44th annual event will feature five International Equestrian Federation (FEI) classes this year, culminating in the thrilling$300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix that will showcase the biggest names in the sport, including Olympic, World and National Champions.

Each year approximately 50,000 people – including many A-list celebrities – come to watch the nation’s best equestrian athletes compete at the Hampton Classic. The world-class event showcases more than 1,500 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes. There are classes for horses and riders of all ages and abilities and the broad spectrum ranges from leadline classes, all the way up to grand prix show jumping. The Hampton Classic also hosts classes for riders with disabilities.

This year’s event will feature five FEI classes in the grass Grand Prix ring that will showcase elite riders from around the world, including Olympic veterans.  $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper – Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. $40,000 Speed Stake – Thursday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m.·      $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier – Friday, August 30 at 2:30 p.m. $72,000 LONGINES Cup – Saturday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix – Sunday, September 1 at 1:00 p.m.

The meticulous 65-acre venue also boasts six show rings, a high-end Boutique Garden with more than 80 vendors, and a dozen international food options as well as its exclusive VIP areas. There are also kid-friendly activities including pony rides, petting zoo animals, daily special attractions and more! “Whether you are a competitor, a fan of the sport, or just want a great day out with the family, the Hampton Classic has something for everyone both in and out of the show ring,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the Classic’s Executive Director. “As we are unveiling our new grass Grand Prix field following a $1 million renovation, we are expecting an even bigger number of entries, which will make our 44th annual event even more exciting!”
Sunday, August 25 – Leadline classes, Opening Day Ceremonies, the $30,000 Land Rover Jumper Challenge Presented by Jaguar, and $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby highlight Opening Day at the Hampton Classic. Local hunter classes take place in other rings throughout the day as well as Children’s and Adult Equitation classes. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Monday, August 26 – The Finals of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities Presented by BNB Bank will be the highlight of competition beginning at 10:00 am. Spectators are also invited to shop in the Boutique Garden or visit the Exhibition Tent. The Hampton Classic will host the 9th annual Animal Welfare and Adoption Day, another highlight of the day. Adoptable cats and dogs will be in the Kid’s area from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and adoptable horses, facilitated by the EQUUS Foundation, will be showcased in Hunter Ring 2 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. There is no admission charge on Monday. Competition begins at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 27 – Tuesday’s events include the $10,000 Open Jumper class,the $10,000 7 & Under Jumper class, Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, Amateur/Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumpers, Green Working and High Performance Hunters, and Children’s Hunters. Short-Stirrup classes and Championships will take place in the Annex Ring. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Wednesday, August 28 – Competition continues in Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Open Jumpers including the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper and the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper classes. Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Adult Amateur Hunter classes are also featured, as are the Green and High Performance Hunters and Children’s Hunter Classics. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Thursday, August 29 – The week’s jumper competition continues with $40,000 Speed Stake, as well as Amateur/Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Children’s Jumper classes including the Washington International Equitation Classic, Jumper Phase. Hunter classes will include Small and Large Junior Hunters, Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, and the $2,500 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. USEF Adult Equitation and the Dover Saddlery/U.S. Hunter Seat Medal Qualifying class will also take place. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Friday, August 30 – Friday features exciting events in the Grand Prix Ring starting at 8:00 a.m. including the $10,000 Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake, the $10,000 SHF Enterprises 7 & Under Jumpers Championship, and the$15,000 Speed Derby. The $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier,scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start, will set the participant list for Sunday’s $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix. The schedule also includes Adult-Amateur, Amateur/Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper Championships. In the other rings, the Hunter classes will take place for Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Ponies, featuring Small and Large Junior Hunter Championships. 
Saturday, August 31 – Kids Day presented by News 12 Long Island will feature plenty of activities for the entire family from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Children under 12 are admitted free and receive a free pony ride. The Grand Prix ring will host both phases of the $10,000 Equitation Championship presented by Palm Beach International Academy beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic followed by the big event of the day, the $72,000 LONGINES Cup at 2:00 p.m. The Jumper 2 Ring will host the $12,500 Amateur/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, $12,500 Junior Jumper Classic, $5,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, and $5,000 Children’s Jumper Classic. The other rings will host a multitude of Hunter championship classes for Amateur-Owners, Juniors and the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic.  Following the day’s competition, JustWorld International is hosting a horseless horse show in Hunter Ring 2. 
Sunday, September 1 – The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic is among the featured competitions on Grand Prix Sunday. Festivities in the Grand Prix Ring begin with the $25,000 Jumping Derby followed by the awarding of theAmateur/Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper Championships. These events lead up to the grand finale— the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix. The winners of the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge and $5,000 Mane ‘n Tail Hunter Rider Challenge will also be presented.
Admission Daily admission is $10 per person (children under six are admitted free) or $20 per carload. Free General Admission on Monday, August 26 (limited competition this day, but boutiques, exhibition tent, and Animal Adoption Day are open). Seniors are admitted free Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Saturday (August 31), children under 12 are admitted free and receive a FREE pony ride. Parking is FREE. Grandstand tickets for the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, September 1, are $45 per person for bucket seating in all sections and are on sale now. Go to to book your seats today!
The Hampton Classic is also famous for its celebrity guests throughout the week, mingling in the VIP and watching from the sidelines. Among those who have attended the Classic in recent years are Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, Sofia Vergara, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Julianne Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Brooke Shields, and Jennifer Lopez. VIP tables are located in three separate areas that surround the Grand Prix Ring. All Chalet tables and ringside tables include passes for 14 guests. Grand Prix tent, hunter side, and USET tent, upper level, tables include 8 passes. Tables are available for the week, Tuesday, August 27 – Sunday, September 1 and come with a table cloth, chairs, and a centerpiece. Catering is not included but may be booked in advance. Tables may not be purchased for individual days, with the exception of Opening Day, Sunday, August 25. Tables must be booked in advance and require a minimum total contribution including sponsorship, and a table fee. Credit toward the sponsorship portion of the fee will be given to barns with significant entries for up to one table. The maximum credit given for entries will be $10,000. The minimum total contribution for each type of table is: ringside – $20,000, Hunter and USET Upper Level – $10,000, and Chalet – $12,500. Centrally located tables require significantly larger contributions than these minimum. Tables usually sell out by mid-July. For further details call (631) 537-3177 or Table Placement is at Committee Discretion. ShowNet Live WebcastsThe Hampton Classic is pleased to continue its relationship with ShowNet by offering its services FREE to all 2019 exhibitors! Services include: Orders of Go; Live Ring Status; Live Results; and Post Round Video.  For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES. Complimentary live webcast of all Anne Aspinall ring competitions also air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and sponsored by RideTV. In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line Most of the Classic’s other classes are also available on

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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Inside the Roku Holiday Bash to Celebrate a Season of Giving



Talk about a perfect way to celebrate the holidays!

Roku’s holiday event last night dazzled the tastemakers and influencers of New York City.

Guests were thrilled to enjoy the splendid soiree that showcased Roku’s full ecosystem of products, leading operating system, and newly launched All Things Food and All Things Home destinations.

Roku is a one-stop-shop for all of your gift giving needs with a range of products to choose from no matter your budget, including TVs, streaming players, audio devices, and smart home products.

Be sure to check out Roku’s Holiday Promotions: 

  • Now through 12/02: $15 off Express 4K+, $20 off RSS 4K
  • Now through 12/09: $30 off Roku Ultra
  • 12/03 through 12/30: $5 off Express, $10 off Express 4K+, $10 off RSS 4K
  • 12/17 through 12/30: $30 off Roku Streambar

Happy Holidays!

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Book Reviews

The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

TAP 2 — (Via Rock Cellar) Doubling down after a May 2022 report that indicated everything was a go for a sequel to 1984’s classic comedy/music industry satire This Is Spinal Tap, filmmaker Rob Reiner has now confirmed that plans are taking shape in a big way.

Rob Reiner

Not only is the sequel on tap (pun intended) to begin filming in early 2024, but Reiner recently told comedian/podcast host Richard Herring that “everybody’s back” for the sequel. This no doubt refers to principal cast members Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest, though Tony Hendra (who portrayed the band’s manager, Ian Faith, passed away in 2021).

The U.K.’s Guardian notes that the plot will reportedly center on Faith’s death, after which his widow inherits a contract that requires the band to do one last concert. Reiner is also due to return in the character of film-maker Marty DiBergi, a figure supposedly based on Martin Scorsese, who had directed celebrated music documentary The Last Waltz in 1976.

What’s more, Reiner also spilled the beans that appearances from Sirs Paul McCartney and Elton John and Garth Brooks are in the works too, among what one must assume will be a million other amusing cameos. After all, a film as beloved and influential as the original This Is Spinal Tap counts pretty much every living musician as a fan (give or take), so you know the sequel will hold nothing back when it comes to the entertainment factor.

In the podcast, Reiner also talked about This Is Spinal Tap’s remarkable afterlife, culminating in selection for the National Film Registry in 2002, after its initially unfavourable reception on its first release. “To wind up in the National Film Registry, that’s bizarre,” Reiner said. “We previewed it in a theatre in Dallas, Texas, and the people didn’t know what the heck they were looking at. They came up to me afterwards and said, ‘I don’t understand, why would you make a movie about a band that no one has ever heard of, and they are so bad? Why would you ever do that? Why don’t you make a movie about the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?’ I would say, ‘It’s satire,’ and I tried to explain. But over the years people got it, and started to like it.”

Personally, I found the 1984 original movie just hilarious. Aside from a great send-up of the music biz, the cameos were just fascinating: Paul Shaffer as PR-man Artie Fufkin; Dana Carvey and Billy Crystal as ‘mime’ waiters; Fred Willard; Anjelica Houston; Russ Kunkel; Danny Kortchmar and Fran Drescher as promo-gal Bobbi Fleckman … all just inspired.

Reiner’s on a roll – his Albert Brooks doc Defending My Life is sensational. A must-see.

Maybe an update of The Monkees’ HEAD next?

SHORT TAKES — Mark Bego’s Joe Cocker tome hit #4 on theAmazon charts this week. Here’s a great review from Goldmine on the book by their Lee Zimmerman:

 … Micky Dolenz sang “Silly Love Songs” at Monday’s Troubadour benefit for Denny Laine and our spy said he really rocked it. Maybe a Dolenz Sings McCartney album is next? … So, Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is authentic? Interesting choice for sure …

Pablo Guzman

Writer and reporter Pablo Guzman passed this last weekend. An original member of The Young Lords, Guzman was a fierce fighter and brilliant writer. On Fox 5/Good Day NY for decades, he most recently was a reporter at WCBS. Here’s the Daily News take:  …

Freda Payne, Mark Bego

And it’s official, the NY-launch for the Mark Bego Joe Cocker book will be Tuesday, January 9 at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Sara Gore; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Daryl Estrea; Tony King; Ace Shortly; Kjersti and Jeremy Long; Debbie Gibson; Van Dean; Liz Skollar; Maude Adams; Robert Vaughn; Steve McQueen; Zach Martin; Coati Mundi; Avery Sharp; Steve Walter; Gary Gershoff; Jane Blunkell; Kimberly Cornell; Paul Iorio; Lee Jeske; MArt Ostrow; Peter Shendell; Sharon White; and ZIGGY!

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Countdown to Christmas: A Sweet Treat For Christmas and Chunakah



24 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

I am starting first with Chanukah which starts December 7th. Here are great little surprises and treats. First up are these festive Chocolate Dreidels ($14) are  handmade with the finest chocolate, and filled with milk chocolate gold-foiled Gelt coins for a surprise inside that never disappoints. They make a great addition at any Chanukah celebration everyone will love! Each Dreidel contains 3 coins. Gluten Free. Kosher Certified.

Then there are the adorable Menorah Pops. At $4.95 its a sin not to indulge.



Menorah Pops $4.95

Their unique selection of Chocolate Gift Boxes, Towers and Gift Baskets stand out among New York’s discerning chocolate enthusiasts. We loved the box of 30 Chocolate Mini Presents at $25 these bite-sized solid premium milk chocolates wrapped in Italian foil are perfect for filling stockings or party favors. Gluten Free. Kosher Certified.

 Li-Lac Chocolates are fresh, gourmet chocolate hand-crafted in small batches for exceptional quality and superior taste. They also come in dairy free, sugar free and Kosher certified making them perfect for the family. These chocolates are creamy, tasty and so delightfully sinful.

Handmade in Brooklyn, not only are you supporting a local business but freshness is guaranteed.

Li Lac Chocolates are now my go to chocolate place for gifts.

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Ziploc and Milk Bar Host Holiday Mixer



It was the holiday mixer that hit all the sweet notes.

Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi and Ziploc hosted a fun interactive holiday party at the New York City Milk Bar flagship location on November 29. Attendees at the special affair got to hear Christina’s tips and tricks for the holiday season, as well as see Ziploc’s latest innovation, the Stay Open Design bags.

“Ziploc bags have been a favorite tool of mine since I started baking because they are so versatile and easy to use. From rolling out and freezing dough to ensuring my baked goods always stays fresh, there’s no shortage of ways that I use Ziploc® at home and in our bakeries,” she said. “The new Ziploc® Stay Open Design bags help give me an extra set of hands in the kitchen. As soon as I tried them, I was immediately reminded of mixing puppy chow in a Ziploc® bag as a child, and I knew this would be another perfect collaboration.”

Teaming up for the release the bakery’s first-ever, limited-edition take on “puppy chow” dessert – Ziploc x Milk Bar Holiday Mix – is a perfect way to start December. Perfect for festive gatherings, hosting gifts, stocking stuffers, family road trips and long sessions on the couch watching holiday movies, the offering features popular holiday flavors, including corn square cereal, white chocolate, cookie butter, sprinkles, and sugar cookie pieces.

Each bag of the Ziploc® x Milk Bar Holiday Mix comes pre-packaged in a quart-size Ziploc® Stay Open Design storage bag. Ziploc®‘s latest innovation helps ensure the contents will stay fresh and easily snackable thanks to a cuffed opening and patented stand up bottom that keeps it upright and open for filling and sharing with confidence. For the month of December, pick up a bag at the New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Milk Bar stores for just $7, plus tax, while supplies last.

And, for anyone in NYC, starting December 1, you can also book the perfect holiday activity, a build-your-own holiday mix-making experience! Attendees will learn Christina Tosi’s tips and tricks with the Milk Bar expert bakers and walk away with a gallon-size bag of holiday mix gifting for their own enjoyment.

For those not located near a Milk Bar store, don’t worry! Milk Bar and Ziploc® are sharing the exclusive recipe for free on both of their websites – a wonderful opportunity for a festive home activity with friends and family. Ziploc® also created a one-stop shop, to easily find all the ingredients needed at Amazon, Target or Walmart, including Ziploc® Stay Open Design bags that allow for easily folding, filling, scooping and snacking.




Photos by AP for Ziploc®

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Avengers Tower Sets Meet And Greet With Signing



C. B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, and The LEGO Group Senior Graphic Designer Mark Tranter will be at the Fifth Ave LEGO Store this Friday, December 1st from 5pm-6pm signing the Avengers Tower set—the most iconic building in the Avengers Universe, with 5,201 pieces and an all-star cast of 31 figures.

The Avengers Tower, formerly known as Stark Tower, was a high-rise building complex located in Manhattan. Constructed by Tony Stark, the tower was powered by an Arc Reactor that made it capable of running itself for over a year. The top ten floors housed the research and development initiatives.

Following the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., Stark Tower became the main headquarters of the Avengers. However, after the Ultron Offensive, Stark refurbished a Stark Industries warehouse upstate into the Avengers Compound to use as their primary base while Avengers Tower was repurposed for Stark Industries’ use. In the aftermath of the Avengers Civil War, Stark sold the tower and moved all of its equipment to the Avengers Compound.

By 2024, the tower, under its new ownership, had gone through extensive construction and renovation.

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