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Aug 3, 2011 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Gears Up For 'Escape 2 New York'

Aug 3, 2011 11:40 AM

The East End’s population will swell this weekend as thousands of visitors flock to a three-day music and arts festival on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

In anticipation of as many as 5,000 concertgoers each day, Southampton Town officials and several police agencies have braced for the large influx by enacting parking restrictions and stationing police officers at locations around the event.

Marketed on its website as “Your three-day party like no other,” the festival, called “Escape to New York,” will feature prominent musical acts: Patti Smith, Of Montreal, The Psychadelic Furs and 17 others. Along with the music, the event planners have boasted of unique vendors and art installations that will be on display, coupled with a high-end culinary experience. The event will occur on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation powwow grounds.

Also, as part of the event, some people will be “glamping,” a form of upscale camping, at campsites located at the Southampton Elks Lodge on County Road 39 in Southampton and at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, as well as on the festival grounds. The high-end camps are equipped with amenities like electricity and furniture, said Dennis Stephens, the head of security at the Southampton Elks Lodge campsite. “When they’re done up, they’re really spectacular,” he said.

In total, the event will accommodate 150 campsites, he said, and of that, 50 are high-end tents. Shuttles will bring campers back and forth to the concert site on the reservation, and also shuttle people from Hampton Jitney and Long Island Rail Road stops. Stony Brook Southampton is serving as a site for daily ticket-holders to obtain credentials to park on the reservation.

Mr. Stephens said he doesn’t expect much of a ruckus. “For this type of event, these are high-end clientele,” Mr. Stephens said, noting that most of the campers at his site are from England, where the festival originated. “This is probably going to be a very sedate crowd. We’re not expecting a Bonnaroo or something like that,” he added, referring to a major annual rock festival in Tennessee.

The event is being produced by Fred Fellowes, a Briton who has organized the annual “Secret Garden Party” musical event in the United Kingdom since 2004. He is producing “Escape to New York” with his friend Rocco Gardener.

Two Southampton Town Police officers have been assigned to the camping areas during the evening hours from August 3 to 7, and police and traffic control officers will be also assigned to County Road 39 at the intersections with Tuckahoe Lane and Tuckahoe Road during the evening concert hours this weekend, according to a Town Board resolution approved on July 26. One sergeant has also been assigned to monitor road and crowd conditions. The total police department costs, according to the resolution, are estimated to be $15,959, and will be paid by the concert organizers.

The Town Board also authorized 12 parking restrictions that take effect on August 5, 6 and 7. “No parking” signs will be placed on the following sections of roads this weekend: Montauk Highway from Tuckahoe Lane west to Petrel Lane, Tuckahoe Road from County Road 39 south to Montauk Highway, Tuckahoe Lane from County Road 39 south to Montauk Highway, and Little Neck Road from Montauk Highway south to Middle Pond Lane. The following roads will have parking prohibited entirely: Landing Lane, Old Fort Lane, Rebadam Lane, Powers Drive, Magee Drive, Dellaria Avenue, Gegan Drive and Scotch Mist Lane.

New York State Police Sergeant Paul Slevinski said four traffic intersections along Montauk Highway will be monitored by four State Troopers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the evening hours. If incidents occur on the reservation, the State Police will respond, he said, although he noted that the tribe’s own security will be monitoring the event.

“Tribal security is going to be there in full force,” Sgt. Slevinski said. “And they’ll call us as necessary, if needed.”

Chuck Randall, a co-chair of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s economic development committee, said that there will be security-related parameters in place, and that the festival will be a “family-friendly event.” He said he has heard that somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 will be attending each day, based on ticket sales.

Ladies and men of the Shinnecock Indian Nation will be putting on a fashion show on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., according to Dyani Brown, co-chair of the economic development committee. The show will also feature Sho Sho Esquiro, an internationally acclaimed Native American fashion designer from Canada, who will unveil her latest work on the festival’s main stage, according to a press release authored by Ms. Brown.

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So once again Shinnecock Hills will be assaulted by thousands of people, making quadrillion dollars for a few hyper rich guys that aren't even from this country. What will we get out of it? Noise, crowds, even worse traffic than we have to endure already. At least they could have done something for this community - donate to the school? Hand out tickets to locals? But why bother. We just keep taking it.
By tuckahoeptomember (9), Southampton on Aug 4, 11 5:15 PM
They did hand out tickets to locals....they went to local stores like Hildreths and gave tickets to the employees...the Reservation is making money for once...and this is their land anyway...we took it from them ...remember that!!!!!!!
By Bel (86), southampton on Aug 6, 11 7:10 PM
Either the Elks got hoodwinked or they are trying to hoodwink us, because this is what escape to ny is all about and it ain't no group of poetry buffs. Methinks the accent fooled the old farts. http://www.escape2ny.com/

and the underwear, horsehead mud wrestling looks quite sedate. pfffft. silly old man.
By local69 (65), southampton on Aug 5, 11 5:58 AM
If you look at the 'glamping' facilities as you drive past the Elks lodge you'll see that this is not some sort of burning man throw your tent up anywhere event. This is a very well organized high end event that has been undertaken with the full review and approval of the Town of Southampton.

It is also not very polite to refer to the Elks as 'old farts', considering the dedication the group has to the local community and the tremendous amount of charitable work that the Elks do. In ...more
By Damon.Hagan (34), Hampton Bays on Aug 5, 11 12:55 PM
It nice...I saw it!!!!
By Bel (86), southampton on Aug 6, 11 7:12 PM
Already traffic was backed up the other day on County Road 39 all the way to 7-11 from the college mwith a bunch of girls dressed in rabbit costumes on the side of the road (where was the Southampton Press at that time). Hopefully it will pour.
By tuckahoeptomember (9), Southampton on Aug 5, 11 7:58 AM
Traffic will get worst-the secretly expect over 20,000 to show up by tomorrow.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 5, 11 8:40 AM
And are you equally as upset when the US Open comes to Shinnecock Golf Course? No? Why not. . .?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 5, 11 12:17 PM
Yes. Hate that even more.
By tuckahoeptomember (9), Southampton on Aug 5, 11 8:17 PM
Maybe you're just a premature curmudgeon. Imagine how miserable you'll be forty years from now.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Aug 5, 11 10:55 PM
No just realistic. Tired of how the Shinnecock Hills and Tuckahoe community gets taken advantage of. The US open made mega millions - how much really filtered down to our community (none). 4 golf courses not paying their fair share of taxes. A college that can't stay in business, a monster garbage dump that took the town years to get rid of, 10 smoke shops in a 1/4 mile stretch (try explaining to your 8 year old that smoking isn't good for you)... Do I need to describe more.
By tuckahoeptomember (9), Southampton on Aug 6, 11 10:45 AM
The US Open does generate business locally for a fact. The stay at hotels or rent houses, dine in our restaurants and shop in our stores. The East End of Long Island will always have a reservation and a great deal of tourism, if you hate it THAT much maybe you should consider relocation.
By ahhhndrea (25), Southampton on Aug 10, 11 2:43 PM
Well, our family business has benefitted somewhat.

Sorry if you are in the wrong line of work...
Aug 5, 11 8:51 PM appended by Mr. Z
However, I still don't know if there will be a fifth generation. We can't afford to house the fourth...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 5, 11 8:51 PM
Sorry if you don't know what you are talking about. My company actually did make some sales to this event. But big deal. They only bought what was cheaper out here. Everything else was trucked in.

You're missing my point though. Take a look at Bonnaroo, the festival in Tennesee held each year. They run a food drive as part of it - raised 10000 lbs of food for local pantries. They gave $ 50,000 to the local area for community challenges. They provide strong support to environmental ...more
By tuckahoeptomember (9), Southampton on Aug 6, 11 11:08 AM
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By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 6, 11 3:11 PM
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 7, 11 12:28 AM
I don't mean to burst your bubble, but the world has troubles worse than you.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 7, 11 12:28 AM
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Just want to report: Patti Smith, the headliner for the first night, gave a tremendous, powerful performance. One great way to kick off this festival.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Aug 5, 11 11:33 PM
I'm sad I missed it. Patti Smith is amazing. The pictures being streamed onto Escape to NYs website are awesome. MTK could take a lesson from them.
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Aug 6, 11 6:20 PM
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By VOS (1241), WHB on Aug 7, 11 1:24 AM

Incredible album.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 7, 11 3:30 PM