September 2015: Editor's Note
Author: Maggie Washo
Every fall I feel like Bert, when he looks to the sky and recites this line in beginning of Mary Poppins. As the weather turns and the days start with a chill, I find myself getting excited about something I can’t even explain. To me, autumn signals the start of something new.
Even though we don’t get the same seasonal changes that I grew up with in upstate NY, I feel like the island changes with the arrival of September. Locals, exhausted after being hospitable to our guests all summer long, breathe a collective sigh of relief. The oppressive heat has disappeared with the minivans, and we get ready for the next phase: football, festivals and fabulous weather.
The September issue has become one of my favorites since we officially christened it the “Love Affair with Food” issue. So many of our clients have a passion for Food & Bev, and we love showing off their restaurants and creative dishes from inspired chefs. Instead of doing a women’s fashion spread this month, we opted for Food Fashion, a collection of dishes to inspire you to make reservations for dinner. (See page 52.)
We put on our silly hats for another CH2/ Mark Staff Production, poking fun at all of the bad behavior we see in restaurants. See Page 88 for “What sort of Crappy Customer are YOU?” Special thanks to all of our actors and actresses—and to The Crazy Crab North End and the Old Fort Pub for hosting our obnoxious shoots.
And speaking of obnoxious behavior, The Italian in me is eagerly awaiting the 6th Annual Italian-American Festival, September 19 at Honey Horn Plantation (Page 97). This year’s festival promises to be a rollicking good time with live entertainment by Larry Tannelli; grape-stomping and pizza eating contests; a bocce court; silent auction and more. Bailey Atkinson and I were invited to Flora’s Italian Café last week to break bread with the fun-loving group of Italians (and people who “are Italian at heart.”) who work hard to put on this festival. I walked away with a full belly and a newfound appreciation of the phrase “an offer I couldn’t refuse.” (Note to John DeCecco and Paul Caimano: The Italian-American Festival is mentioned on our cover. Non c’è problema!)
The American in me can’t wait for the Island Rec Center’s Burgers & Brew, which we are sponsoring this year. That doesn’t happen until the first week in October, but go ahead and put it on the calendar now.
I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together!
Until next month…