Escape to New York opened its weekend-long festival on Friday at the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton to scant crowds but a game line-up. By Saturday, as word spread that the Music to Know festival scheduled for this weekend in East Hampton had been canceled because of lax ticket sales, the crowds had grown significantly, and, on Sunday, although the final day of music was canceled due to bad weather, the Escape to New York organizers indicated that they would return next year.
On a short, private lane near the ocean in East Hampton, a two-story house with portholes, long rectangular windows, and glass doors evokes the 1960s. It is Sal and Mary Ranieri’s guest house, and it is filled with the bright colors and artwork of that time.
Perhaps, as Benjamin Franklin said, guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days, but the adage would not apply here. The linear aspects of the house, along with its geometric planes and arches, help create an open, welcoming space that no guest would want to leave.