Your birthday is approaching. Do you feel excited? Anxious? Melancholy? Sad? Grateful? All of the above?
There’s a lovely little Napa Valley equivalent only 90 minutes from Manhattan on the North Fork of Long Island. And the best winery among the 40 or so that you can choose to visit? For our money, it’s the highly-acclaimed Bedell Cellars. Don’t just take our word for it: their 2009 Merlot was served at the Inauguration of President Obama in 2013.
Is there any conceivable reason to pay $100,000 for a canoe? Seriously? Dear reader, the answer is yes, if it’s made by Trent Preszler, the Founder of the Preszler Woodshop on the North Fork of Long Island. His canoes are objects of great beauty, made from hundreds of layers of sustainable timber, and his story is one that will inspire you to find the maker that lives inside us all.
Every month here at Dandelion Chandelier we like to celebrate the people, groups and institutions who have spread light in the world recently, even in the midst of great darkness. Every day around the world, people choose to shine in ways large and small. These moments of grace don’t always get reported on, and unfortunately they can be quickly forgotten. To inspire us all to keep reaching out, here are some Sparklers that caught our attention in recent weeks:
Have you ever visited the North Fork, known by the in-crowd as the “the Brooklyn of Long Island?” The locale’s street cred as the weekend getaway for Brooklyn hipsters was fully solidified when an episode of the dearly-departed “Girls” took place on the North Fork. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been recently, you need to get yourself there as soon as possible. You’ll find a magical place of makers and artisans of all sorts, incredible farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and distilleries, charming roadside farm stands, and the essential scents of summer in the air everywhere you go.