According to the calendar, it’s officially spring and we’re taking advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by taking part in all the city has to offer during this season. See below for just a sample of everything that’s going on in May and June in the Big Applehttps://gotham-magazine.com/what-to-do-in-nyc-this-spring
In 2012, the Rackliffe House Trust opened a restored 1742 seashore manor home to the public, the first one of its kind along the mid-Atlantic coast. This once-magnificent mansion on Sinepauxent Bay, adjacent to Assasteague National Seashore, had been abandoned and fallen into such ruin that it seemed a pile of rubble would soon be its demise. Enter Tom Patton of Berlin, Maryland, a noted and award-winning heritage preservationist, who thought otherwise.
For many years prior to its restoration, the old estate was publicly-owned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Patton saw an opportunity to restore the wreck into an educational example of what life was like on the seashore in Colonial Maryland. He formed the Trust, raised the money, and Rackliffe was resurrected as the Rackliffe Plantation House Museum—restored by the skilled hands of local artisans, such as members of the Widgeon family.
Steve Tootle is sitting at his kitchen table with his three sons, eating breakfast: a pound and a half of bacon, a dozen and a half eggs cooked every which way, sausages, buttered toast, fresh fruit, grits. Plates of food lay scattered before them as they discuss the weather, forecasting the day’s journeys, the way they hope things will go. Through a wall of windows, they peer out at the marsh and the long dock leading to the Vernon River. At the end of the dock an outbuilding rises, filled with traps and gas cans, ropes and boats. They’ll head out soon, going separate directions, each covering different territory. It’s a lot of work, this life. “You’d only do it if you loved it,” Steve says. The Tootles are crabbers.
Nothing says warm weather quite like devouring oysters while drinking something refreshing. Updated for spring 2018, here’s the Eater Boston guide to dollar oysters.
This year, we’re breaking the guide down into multiple regions; this particular installment includes destinations in Boston proper, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline only. Stay tuned for separate installments, coming soon, covering the rest of the state and elsewhere in New England…