The Best Week June 2014

It’s summertime and the living is easy. This month we’re urging readers to take a vacation (or just play hooky) and spend seven days indulging in Long Island’s finest offerings. After all, the way to have the best summer is to begin by having the best week.

Start the week appreciating Long Island’s maritime history. Bring Nancy Solomon’s fond look back as a guide and enjoy the working waters out of Bay Shore. The kids will love a Lauren Kristy paddleboat cruise along the coast. Watch the sunset over dinner at Fatfish where the fruits of the sea are plenty.

Go east young (wo)man. Go east until the ocean spreads out before you, then stop. Monday’s a great day to tour Montauk since the city slickers have taken the Jitney home. We recommend packing a fishing pole or surfboard and testing the waters, but leave dinner to Montauk Yacht Club’s chef Robert Reed.

It’s time to catch up on some reading. Choose a promising volume from our Local Summer Reads section, then spend the day going cover to cover under the old growth trees of Port Washington. For retail therapy and other diversions, reference our North Shore checklist.

Try kayaking. It’s easy, you don’t need any gear and you can go at your own pace. We’re giving you a choice of two venues: Hit the waters of NYC for an urban naturalist adventure or get your paddle cranking locally. Landlubber? We’ll forgive you for road biking or bouldering instead.

Head for NYC to check out the Harold Koda costume exhibit at The Met. Then see the irrepressible Bryan Cranston as LBJ in All The Way or the brand name of your choosing from our list of stars taking the stage this summer.

Followers of this plan haven’t exactly accomplished a whole lot of official “work” this week, but don’t start now. Get your Friday night off to a rockin’ start with some live music. Get your roots fix with The Last Hombres, folk with First Aid Kit or any spot on our local Listening Bar.

Yes, it’s time for dads and grads. Surprise your special one with a piece that makes the Quintessential Gentlemen or the Hot Commodity fit for a queen. Complete the thought with seasonal cuisine from the sea or check our Dining Guide to find choice reservations.

3 Can’t Miss Events

June 8
Woodstock Revival
The Great Lawn at Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport

They’ll be plenty of peace, love and music to groove to at this throwback festival. Local tribute band favorites like Half Step, Milagro, Jellyband and Dragonfly will play music by some of the original Woodstock lineup: The Who, Grateful Dead, Santana and Jimi Hendrix. There will also be live painting and exhibits from over 50 artists throughout the day.

June 14-15
Father’s Day Twofer:
BBQ Boot Camp, Saturday
Beer and Sliders, Sunday
Waters Crest Winery, Cutchogue

Chef Tom Fazio dishes out BBQ tricks of the trade to transform any dad into King of the Grill. Pops will learn all the tools—from easy marinades, rubs and injections to smoking meat on the grill. Sunday brews provided by Greenport Harbor along with selections from the winemaker’s secret stash and sliders by Fazio.

June 29
Bill Maher
NYCB at Westbury

Maher has been a voice of unflinching, politically charged humor and insight on his Real Time with Bill Maher. Our sit down with Maher on page 67 is a good primer for the Republican folly, liberal-blood boiling, and incisive satirizing that a night with Maher is sure to entail. Laugh, be entertained and informed when seeing him perform live and uncensored.