The Beach Ball!

Southampton History Museum’s Summer Gala 

The Beach Ball: 2019 Halsey House Gala

The Thomas Halsey Homestead, 249 South Main St., Southampton

Saturday, July 6, 6:00 to 8:00 pm 


FEE:              $200 in advance, $250 day of event; 21-35 y.o. $100, $150 day of event.

                     RSVP 631 283-2494 or PayPal


The Southampton History Museum is pleased to announce a signature summer event, the annual Halsey House Gala, to be held on Saturday evening, July 6, between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. The gala takes place in the gardens of The Thomas Halsey Homestead which was established by the pioneering Halsey family in 1648. Guests will first walk through Halsey House, the oldest English-style wood frame house in New York State and Southampton’s oldest home. Gala Chairs for this year’s celebration are Doug & Amy Halsey, James & Laura Lofaro Freeman, Kathleen King, Peter L. Hallock & Craig Mowry, Rome & Lisa Arnold and Will & Katie Milligan. This year’s Associate Gala Chair is Alexandra Halsey-Storch.


Entitled The Beach Ball, this year’s theme comes courtesy of the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. The late artist’s iconic 1961 painting, Girl with Ball, will serve as the inspiration for the invitation design and gala tent décor.


“We are very grateful to both our friend Dorothy Lichtenstein and the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein for giving this summer’s party its heart and soul,” says Tom Edmonds, Executive Director of the Southampton History Museum. “What could be more perfect for an early July celebration in a seaside town?”


The Annual Halsey House Gala typically welcomes more than 400 guests for one of the summer season’s most beloved gatherings. There will be a full bar, generously provided by Herbert & Rist Wine & Liquor Shop, hors d’oeuvres prepared by Hamptons favorite Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs, an enticing silent auction and an evocative beach party soundtrack courtesy of renowned DJ Joel of Jarrell Entertainment, all in a delightful oval party tent set in the beautiful garden of Halsey House. A generous supply of rose wine has been donated by Whispering Angel.


This year the Southampton History Museum is celebrating its 120th anniversary. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the history and culture of Southampton. It does this primarily by managing four separate properties with 14 historic buildings that contain changing exhibits, a research center and educational programs for schoolchildren and adults. These properties included:

  • The Thomas Halsey Homestead established in 1648 and the oldest house in NYS
  • Rogers Mansion Museum Complex with a campus 12 historic buildings
  • Conscience Point Historic Marker and Nature Walk, a five acre wildlife preserve
  • Pelletreau Silver Shop built in 1686, it is “the oldest continuously opened trade shop in the Americas.”   


Thomas Halsey Homestead



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