Curating a ‘Lifestyle of Positivity’ with WHBPAC

Palmer & Purchase buyer Diana Jankovsky, left, with owner Abbie Durkin.

“The Moment,” one of Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s (WHBPAC) longtime successes and brainchild of empowerment coach Colette Lettieri, unveiled its upcoming roster of virtual information sessions with exclusive lifestyle entrepreneurs running through June 23.

“The Moment has been one of our most popular education programs — and has truly become vital in these recent months, giving our patrons a chance not just for connection but empowerment in these uncertain times,” says WHBPAC executive director Julienne Penza-Boone.

As WHBPAC navigated the rough seas of the COVID-19 crisis by shifting its focus from live events to virtual programming literally overnight, Penza-Boone and Lettieri found that “The Moment” blossomed organically, alongside WHBPAC’s mission of promoting community enrichment and positivity.

“As we move into the summer, I really wanted to think about inspiring a lifestyle of positivity,” says Lettieri. “We have spent so much time being introspective during ‘The Pause’ that I wanted to find entrepreneurs who would help us move forward with everything we’ve learned.”

For the month of June, the focus is on looking good and feeling good with friends and family — responsibly. Seri Kertzner, the sought-after Chief Party Officer behind Little Miss Party Planner gave viewers the best tips and tricks for hosting events after social distancing with flair in her exclusive “Moment” on June 10. Local boutique Palmer & Purchase will debut summer fashions, stylings, and home goods for the warmer months on June 16, while Lettieri welcomes a live cooking demo with food and lifestyle blogger Debi Traub of Simply Beautiful Eating, on June 24.

“I want ‘The Moment’ to be a feel-good hour where entrepreneurs can share their business, and viewers can leave feeling empowered to make a positive change in their life, during a time when we feel most isolated,” says Lettieri.

Following the success of their most recent sessions which focused on spirituality with Diana Harris, self-care with Dr. Sachin Shridharani of Luxurgery, and barre and barre workout with Big Buddha Yoga and Barre, the goal for  June is to move towards summer with an eye to refreshing home décor and getting ready to enjoy the warmer weather in socially responsible ways.

Participants have continued to return to “The Moment” week after week “because we truly care about the people who spend their time with us, and at the end of each Moment, it feels like one big virtual hug,” says Penza-Boone.

For more information on all of the upcoming “The Moment” sessions, visit or call 631-288-2350 ext. 112.

All WHBPAC virtual programming is free, but patrons are encouraged to consider making a donation to the theater’s Critical Relief Campaign to sustain it through the COVID-19 crisis.