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From the Editor: So Long, Summer

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Where did the summer go? It used to be a time when we slowed down, enjoyed life a bit more. No more, it seems. Each season passes more quickly than the one before.

Of course, that could be a function of age: The less time you have, the faster it goes. But in this biz, time accelerates even faster. It may be September, but we at DT are already hard at work on the March issue—not to mention the fact that we’re chasing photos for April’s golf section and June’s Beach Guide. In magazine land, we done gave thanks, the winter holidays have come and gone, and we popped the cork on a new year a few weeks ago.

In reality, Labor Day has just passed. In DT world, we’re looking forward to a long Memorial Day weekend. Which, of course, means we’re thinking about the beach all over again.

So I humbly direct you to this month’s Fall Beach Guide for the beta on fun in the shoulder seasons. Crowds have thinned, prices have fallen and the weather will stay nice for weeks. What does that mean for you?

Sailing, for one. The still afternoons of summer will soon be replaced by breezy days, so Beach Guide editor Kaytie Dowling hooked up with the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association to give you a glimpse of life from the cockpit of a Sunfish. Reading her story may inspire you to try something new.

Two: Real estate. ’Tis the season to shop, so our man on the sand, Mark Reeve of Ocean View, surveys a whole host of new communities. We’re happy to report that prices won’t cause a cardiac incident.

Three: Dining. Five years ago, the idea that a Thai restaurant would succeed at the beach was laughable.  Now there’s a slew of great ethnic restaurants. Writer Ben Anderson takes us on a tour.

Four: Fun events such as the Bethany Boardwalk Arts Festival, The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, surf fishing tournaments, Punkin Chunkin’ (of course), and more. Our web development administrator, Becki Davis, rounds them all up.

There’s more to the Beach Guide, of course. But if you can’t make it to the beach, there’s no shortage of things to do elsewhere this month. To wit: Hagley Museum and Library is celebrating 50 years as a cultural institution (see Marilyn Odesser-Torpey’s story on page 64), and the civic-spirited folks of the Ardens will host their 100th Arden Fair this month. Matt Desiderio explores the towns in “Hey, Where are all the Nudists?” on page 54.

Wow. Talk about time flying. Plan your weekends now. Before you know it, they’ll be long gone.

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