Are The Stars Out Tonight?
Dewy summer nights set the stage for hours spent gazing out into the vast unknown. Casually spotting Orion’s Belt always brings a childlike excitement, but there is far more hanging over our heads. The Meade ETX-80AT-TC, $299, makes it easy to explore the universe from the comfort of any LI backyard. This telescope is equipped with Autostar, a program that aids in finding any star, constellation or planet. Don’t know what you’re looking for? Autostar will search the skies using its library of over 1,400 stellar objects. Discovering extraterrestrials is all up to you. Available at Camera Concepts in Patchogue (631) 475-1118.
Have A Brew
The process is simple, the outcome is rewarding. Brewing beer at home is one trend you’re going to want to follow. Not sure where to start? Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue has everything a beginner brewer needs, plus a knowledgeable staff to help you get started. The Brewmaster Deluxe Starter Brewery Kit is the perfect partner for around $120. You’ll be sipping a cold one, made by you, in just four weeks total. That’s the best part…we think.
Grilled To Perfection
Flipping burgers, skewering shrimp and charring veggies while sipping cold suds through thick humid air is quintessential summer. Everyone wants to be the chef when it comes time to fire up the grill but not everyone naturally possesses the skills. These tools will come in handy whether you’re a master griller or not. Prep perfect burgers with an adjustable burger press, $22. Grill clips, $15, make cooking up individual portions of asparagus, zucchini and onions a simple task. Turn your grill into a pizzeria by using Emile Henry’s Red Flame-Top pizza stone, $50. Grill even after the sun goes down thanks to a triple LED grill light, $33. Available at Sur La Table in Roosevelt Field or Smith Haven Mall.
Words: Nicole McConnach | Photos: Luke Hanscom