show a little faith, there’s magic in the night

the screen door slams
mary’s dress waves
like a vision she dances across the porch
as the radio plays…
show a little faith, there’s magic in the night…*

summer, for all its slow lazy days, is also very much about freedom. it’s the one season in which we get to reclaim a little of ourselves. there are plenty of ways to act on that promise here, along the shores of long island, by exploring our surroundings. while the greens are a little greener and the blues are a little bluer, everything is more alive and thus that much more possible.

island hopping celebrates four of our favorite spots along the archipelago surrounding our sandbar. long beach, shelter island, fire island and block island are all just a quick day trip away, yet each offers enough to capture the season in all its glory. this is the stuff of warm afternoons with the ones you love on a set of bicycles tooling around quaint seaside towns. having a place to come back to weekend after weekend might be the anchor around which many summers are made. as a companion piece, real estate expert richard murdocco takes a look at investing in these unique locales.

for some, nothing typifies summer more than the home bbq. but truly elevating the grilling experience takes technique, tenacity and seriously refined taste buds. we asked a few of our favorite grill masters how they do it and they offered recipes on everything from cocktails to dessert for those seeking to fancy something familiar.

getting around in the summer is also part of the fun—our precious toys separate the joyride from the commute, regardless of the destination. robert ross takes a break from his regular column profiling a single recent release supercar to transport us through time travel, the definitive approach to building a classic car collection. robert points out that very often our vehicle of choice has to do with some of our early memories and the cars that were popular during our formative years (that means, dear reader, the cars of the late 70s and early 80s are in high demand right now). wave runner is a collection of the latest yachts available on the market. considering a boat is a long islander’s second home (sometimes a third), these ship builders have outfitted their lines with incredible design and an endless supply of bespoke options. suffice it to say: if you can think it, you can have it.

the arts also come alive this time of year. the summer concert scene becomes particularly exciting as the biggest names descend upon our venues. resident music columnist seth combs has put together sounds of the season to encapsulate the big shows everyone will be talking about. senior associate editor andrew sheldon checked in with peter honerkamp at the stephen talkhouse to discover what led to the creation of the little venue that could. and guild hall pulls out all the stops with a racy photography exhibit that is both poignant and timeless. the innocents is relevant now more than ever as the way we define truth has been put on trial.

but maybe the best way to take it all in is to start on page 142 with a cocktail by kyle fengler, barman at the bridgehampton inn & restaurant. his concoctions are straight up summer in a glass. sit back, relax and enjoy the season.

roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair*

—nadA

* “thunder road,”  bruce springsteen

nada marjanovich

nada marjanovich

Nada Marjanovich is Publisher and Editor of Long Island Pulse Magazine. Prior to founding the title in 2005, she worked extensively in the internet. She's been writing since childhood and has been published for both fiction and poetry.