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Sands Point Hosts Ball With An Edge

Friends of Sands Point will hold a Masquerade Ball to launch a month-long display of rooms done over by various designers, with the evening to include the painting of a nude model.

An artist will be creating an oil painting of a naked woman at the charity fundraiser, which will be held Nov. 1 and kicks off a design showhouse called “Titans of Business and the Best of Design.”

“We want this to be about the designers,” said Jean-Marie Posner, executive director of Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. “I really didn’t want to publicize this,” she said of the naked woman that would be on-site.

The painting will be done in one of the 12 Hempstead house rooms that has been redesigned for the occasion.” The room will contain French belle époque-like surroundings with an actor playing Toulouse Lautrec painting the model.

The designer event will take place on the historic Guggenheim Estate from on Nov. 2-24, Wednesdays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed on Tuesdays and the painting will only be done the night of the ball.

Leading interior designers will transform the magnificent Tudor-style mansion, taking inspiration from “titans” in the worlds of business, technology, entertainment, fashion, gardening, publishing, and the arts. The design showhouse, masquerade ball, and the accompanying showhouse program will raise essential funds for restoration projects at Hempstead House, Sands Point officials say.

The masquerade ball will offer an exclusive preview of the showhouse, honoring designers: Beverly Balk Interiors; Classic Galleries; Liz Cordeiro Designs; Fancy Fixtures; Robinteriors – Robin Liberatore; Metropolitan Institute of Design; Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio; Safavieh Home Furnishings; Le Décor De Maisons De Luxe – Inaam Elias Tahhan; and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” Emmy Award-winning team: production designer Bill Groom and set decorator Carol Silverman. It will also showcase Baltimore Design Group, owned by Port Washington’s own Keith Baltimore, who operates a shop on Main Street. Baltimore is designing the winter and summer living rooms.

“We are honored to present the finest interior designers and tradespeople—many of whom have a presence in the renowned Decoration & Design building in New York City and the larger design world,” Posner said. “All of the designers recognize the Guggenheim Estate’s historical significance, and they have shown tremendous dedication to this project.”

Hempstead House requires many repairs and improvements and Sands Point is hopeful that the design showhouse events will enable it “to restore this extraordinary architectural site,” Posner said.

Special events, programs, and workshops are offered as part of the showhouse tours, including an art exhibition of contemporary paintings and photography with an artists’ reception on Nov. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.. There will also be music concerts by youth chamber ensembles in the sunroom overlooking Long Island Sound on Sundays as part of the Friends’ Arts in Education initiative.  For a complete schedule of events, see www.thesandspointpreserve.com.

In addition to the showhouse tours, on Saturday, Nov. 23 Castle Gould’s Great Hall will host Sally Miller Day—a fundraising event for Hempstead House honoring this designer of couture for young girls (the Obama children have worn her pieces). A fashion show begins at 2:30 p.m. with local girls taking to the runway to model Miller’s work.

The new Palm Court Café at Hempstead House will serve food and beverages, prepared by Philip Stone Caterer, on showhouse tour dates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Showhouse tour tickets are $30 per person for anyone over 11 years old. Private group tours are available upon request. Tickets on November 23 include the showhouse tour and the Sally Miller Fashion Show, and children 8-years-old and up are free with paying adults. Parking at the Sands Point Preserve is an additional $10 per car (free with a Friends annual parking pass).  

For information and to purchase showhouse tour tickets, masquerade ball sponsorships and showhouse program advertisements, see www.thesandspointpreserve.com, call 516-571-7901 or visit the Gate House at 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.