From the Editor
THE CALENDAR HAS CIRCLED ’ROUND, AND
once more summer has dawned over the marshes, on the beaches and kettle ponds, in narrow lanes lined with white palings and crisply painted windowboxes bearing their freight of pansies and sweet potato vine. Crescents of white sail again dot the water, carefully shunning the ferry’s wake. A yellow warbler is lurking in the undergrowth—or is that just honeysuckle? Art galleries and t-shirt shops beckon. Brunch is suddenly much easier to find. Overheard conversations come in a larger range of accents—or languages—and through the long evenings snatches of laughter, punctuated by the clink of glasses and ice, waft in fitfully on the breeze. Tennis lessons, Tea Dance and sidewalk obstructions multiply, while (it has to be said) more than one permanent citizen uncharitably shoots a sour side-glance at the encroaching seasonal hordes. Natural and human worlds alike have embarked on their warm-weather round. I’m sure you have your own personal version of this litany, the things that come to mind when you think “Cape” or “Nantucket” or “the Vineyard.” Is it ferrying the young to riding class, perhaps? Lolling away the afternoon on sun-bleached canvas with a good book? Timeless, somehow, even though so many details do change over time. The houses we feature in this magazine every year share some of that quality. They may be brand-new but steeped in the spirit of a gracious past, or historic structures sensitively adapted for styles of life their creators never imagined. The impetus behind each project will be different; one may be to introduce a spouse to family tradition, another the creation of recent parents striving to recreate an idyllic childhood experience for their own brood. Your local roots may be deep or you may be an enthusiastic transplant from other climes, but if you’re looking for that particular kind of life and are open to its requirements, one of the timeless communities of the Cape and islands can become home for the summer or for good. And that sense of timelessness is a . . . well, timely reminder that the basic recipe for the good life hasn’t changed much over the centuries, though it may be dressed in a different sauce. Food, fun, friends, family: mix, marinate and serve.
Ingredients for That Special Life
Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief email@example.com
10 New England Home’s Cape & Islands Summer 2012