Parrish Celebrates “Grey Gardens” with Costume Parade, Screening

"Little Edie" Beale. Photo: Courtesy Janus Films
“Little Edie” Beale. Photo: Courtesy Janus Films

Does the current madness of The Hamptons make you nostalgic for the old days of crumbling houses and eccentric inhabitants?

Well, those days are very much alive in the imaginations of the staff of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, which is planning a special costume parade and talk about the classic Albert and David Maysles 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens,” which follows the reclusive lives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale.

Beginning at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 11, the museum will host a costume parade and reception, followed by a conversation and screening of excerpts from the film, sponsored by The Parrish Art Museum, the Maysles Documentary Center, and Hamptons International Film Festival.

Admission is free for Parrish members and anyone who arrives in costume, and is $10 for non-members and those without costumes.

Panelists participating in the conversation include fashion icon Iris Apfel, Harlem historian Michael Henry Adams, “Grey Gardens” subject Jerry “the Marble Faun” Torre, “Grey Gardens” editor and producer Muffie Meyer, and Sara Maysles (daughter of Albert Maysles and co-author of the book “Grey Gardens”). In addition, following a long-standing tradition at “Grey Gardens” screenings, audience members are invited to dress in costume as “Big Edie” or “Little Edie” Beale.

Ms. Apfel and Mr. Torre will judge the costume contest. Winners will receive limited edition “Grey Gardens” memorabilia, including the original film poster and a new limited edition poster for this event, with art from Rebekah Maysles.

Registration for the costume contest is at 5 p.m. and parade and contest at 5:30 p.m. If you’d like to get your pet into the festivities, email your pet costume photos to for entry into the contest.

Tickets are available online here.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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