summer’s all about slowing down. the extended daylight hours make us feel like we have a little bit more time and we relax into the rhythms of daily life. it’s a good thing too. there’s so much to do and the sun’s rays stimulate our every move, making it that much easier to get out and do it.
our annual summer almanac returns in this issue with excursions to fill some of those longer days. it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is so much to discover about long island every year. but somehow, each summer brings reinterpretations of our favorite places and events. our almanac is a virtual tour guide highlighting the best our sandbar has to offer between now and labor day. it comprises new venues and ones we already love in our favorite destination towns throughout the hamptons, north fork, gold coast and south shore communities.
our regular departments embrace the summer theme in their own ways too, starting with the culture pages. stage columnist dave lefkowitz checks in on the opening production of the bay street theatre’s summer season. his interview with playwright alanis smith and actor bob balaban captures their perspectives on smith’s unique new play, the new sincerity. our lisa heffernan has interviewed some of the greatest names in music and has broken some of the industry’s new favorite bands. this month she checks in with pat benatar and neil giraldo. the duo is celebrating their 35th anniversary together (also their 35 years in music together). the story, love is a partnership, captures their insights into how it all began. in the world of letters, poet, scholar and our friend, george wallace, is back with an update on what to expect at the southampton writers conference. the annual event has been a high watermark for writers for 40 years. this summer the organizers are planning to live up to that reputation and it sounds like the lineup of presenters will not fail them.
setting our sights westward we found some exciting diversions in the city. arts columnist drew moss took his talking walls segment to MoMA PS1. three exhibits mounted there for the summer capture surprising elements of whimsy along with more serious subtexts. our sports column features three players from the inaugural new york city football club soccer team. mix diskerud, josh saunders and long island’s chris wingert talked with us about the upcoming season, the players and staff and why they’re so happy to be in new york. anyone who catches them at yankee stadium, their home turf, is likely to fall in love with soccer if not again, then for the first time.
to ease us through the evening hours our entertainment pages focus on new restaurants, wining and dining. max fischer’s clam clamor is a roundup of casual, relaxed oceanside eateries that elevate typical seafood fare into dining experiences no summer would be complete without. wine columnist chris miller writes in celebration of rosé. his brief overview of the history of this wine is a convincing defense of the pink quaffer we’re sure to be seeing a lot of in the coming months. mixologist evan bucholz talked with our niko krommydas about his old school drinks and love of the north fork. or just start at the front of our book with drinkology. pour yourself a jack sparrow and indulge in the pages. there is a lot to do, but if you slow it down you’ll find the time to get it all in.
*dancing days are here again,
* “Dancing Days,” Led Zeppelin