Each summer for the last few at least, my husband Bill has named it, as if it were a love child of winter and spring. Summer of Love, Rock and Roll Summer, Summer of Yes, and so on. This is Maverick Summer, inspired by Top Gun sequels, fighter jets, and aviator shades.
Now you may be wondering what exactly Maverick Summer is… and the answer can be found in one sentence, stated by our friend Colin at the end of spring.
Deny yourself nothing.
Because at the end of the day, you might as well have enjoyed it. It seems like the world agrees… at least the shopping world does. In this month’s Must Haves on page 38, I went out in search of inspiration by the written word. The search led me to Stainton’s on the Boardwalk where I found a greeting card that said in colorful letters, “do more of what makes you happy.”
For me, that includes gardening, boogie boarding, hanging with my kids, exploring OCNJ with Bill, and so much more.
So what makes you happy? Make this the month you find out if you’re not quite sure.
Inside, we have all sorts of ways to indulge, relax, learn, and be entertained and inspired. Fancy yourself a crafter or a wanna be crafter? See Caitlin from the Little Bungalow’s superfun candle craft on page 32 (you’ll want to make one for you and your bestie). Make Amy Mahon’s latest delish creation on page 16 or get some tips from Matt Keenan and Lauren Deckard to improve your surfing on page 64. There are stories inside on Cape May County’s Coastal Community distinction by the US Coast Guard, local authors, on the helping hands of Donna Kelly and her son Rob, a professional surfer, who make giving back a family affair, and so much more. Whether you’re reading on the beach, on your boat, on your porch, or in your studio apartment, enjoy, and remember, it’s Maverick Summer – grab your aviators and deny yourself nothing.
See you on the beach!
- Stef Godfrey