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Barry Goralnick’s Summer So Far

All at Sea: My partner, the composer-lyricist Keith Gordon, and I spent part of August in Truro and Provincetown on Cape Cod. Some of the time we were sailing on a yacht with one of my Harvard Architecture School friends, Marlene Newman, her husband Bill, and our friends Jim Bennette and David Cowan who own ACME Fine Art and Design in Boston.

Yachting off Cape Cod

Barry Goralnick spent part of August with friends sailing off Cape Cod.

On the Cape: Back on land, we had great dinners at three Provincetown restaurants: Victor’s, a fairly new addition to the P-town dining scene that features local and organic ingredients; Devon’s, which serves modern American cuisine and is housed in a one time fish market; and Front Street, an old favorite in the basement of a Victorian building.

Victor's Restaurant Provincetown

Victor’s is a relatively new addition to the Provincetown dining scene.

Devon's Provincetown

Located in a former fish market, Devon’s is full of Cape Cod charm.

Picture Perfect: We saw a terrific exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and MuseumRobert Motherwell: Beside the Sea, which presented rare work created by the artist in his Provincetown studio during the summer of 1962 until his death in 1991.

Robert Motherwell Beside the Sea at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum

PAAM presented an exhibition of work by Robert Motherwell created in his Provincetown studio between 1962 and his death in 1991.

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In the Swim: Susan Huckvale Arann at the Neptune Ball

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

Here in Staten Island we’re very proud of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, the largest, ongoing adaptive reuse project in America. It comprises 28 historical buildings—including several New York City landmarks—on a unique 83-acre campus. Formerly a home for retired sailors built in the 1800s, Snug Harbor is now a distinguished regional arts center where history, architecture, visual art, theater, dance, music, environmental science, and botanical gardens provide dynamic experiences for all ages. Snug Harbor, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is also home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program (SHARP), the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Staten Island Museum. Each year the Snug Harbor Center holds a major benefit event, the Neptune Ball,  named for the magnificently restored 1892 fountain on the East Lawn, which depicts the sea god atop a serpent, his spear poised to strike.

Neptune Foutain, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island

The Neptune Fountain on the East Lawn of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center

My firm, American & International Designs, was asked to design one of the tables at this year’s ball, which was held on Saturday, June 2nd. Our table, which was eco-friendly and featured reused and repurposed products, had a technological theme with some items selected from our online store. These included a Frameless Oval Contemporary Mirror and a  Small White Swirl Pedestal Vase. Other items included Wired wallcovering by Designtex, Three Ring Circuits by Debby Arem Designs on Etsy,  and TerraCycle Circuit Board Frames from DwellSmart.

Susan Huckvale Arann, table setting for the Neptune Ball, Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Susan Huckvale Arann’s technology-inspired table setting for the Neptune Ball

Neptune Ball, photograph by Bill Lyons

At the Neptune Ball. Photograph by Bill Lyons


Dutch Treat: Laura Bohn in Amsterdam

Tulip fields, Holland

An aerial view of the spring tulip fields in Holland

The famous tulip festival draws many tourists to Amsterdam’s Keukenhof park each spring, but my husband and I spent last New Year’s in the Dutch city and found that, like Venice, it’s the perfect place for a winter vacation. We stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer, an extraordinary collection of 25 restored 17th and 18th century canal houses that have been converted into a single luxury hotel. It’s well located—we wanted to be on a canal—and is next door to the Anne Frank House, which we visited and found a very emotional experience.

Amsterdam is a great city to get lost in (which is easy to do—even the locals occasionally lose their way) and, essential map in hand, we walked endlessly, seeing the sights, browsing markets and shops, and stopping at charming cafes and restaurants. Major destinations included the Rijksmuseum, with its incomparable collection of Rembrandts, Vermeers, and Hals, among other Flemish masterpieces; the Van Gogh Museum, the main part of which was designed by Gerrit Rietveld; the floating flower market; and the notorious Red Light District.

Amsterdam has wonderful night life. We rang in the New Year at Boom Chicago, a terrific sketch and improvisational comedy troupe in the historic Leidseplein Theater. Founded almost 20 years ago by Americans (hence the name), it’s full of hip, young, talented performers (Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis are both alums). We stayed for an enjoyable dinner and dancing after the show. And we had a memorable meal at Le Pêcheur, a serene fish restaurant that several people had recommended.

Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, Laura and her husband stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer, which consists of 25 interconnected 17th and 18th century canal houses. 

Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

The Pulitzer’s guest rooms, many overlooking the canal, are full of character.

Inside the Anne Frank House

A visit to the Anne Frank House, which is next door to the Hotel Pulitzer, was a moving emotional experience.

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