Summer Hours: Tim Button’s Vacation Plans

Like most summers, my family will be headed up to Maine. We always stay at the Linekin Bay Resort on Boothbay Harbor. It is a small family place that people go to for generations. My kids have friends there that they made when they were little. It’s kind of rustic, in a Dirty Dancing way, but without Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey! Basically swimming (in very cold water ), sailing, hiking, reading, and hanging out.

Linekin Bay Resort, Boothboy Harbor, Maine

Linekin Bay Resort, Boothboy Harbor, Maine, where Tim Button and family will spend part of the summer, as they do most years.

Local summer travels always include Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley, where we never tire of visiting the historic country houses like Sunnyside and Olana, not to forget the Mills Mansion at Staatsburg, which is rumored to be the inspiration for Bellomont, the house in Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.

Mrs. Ruth Livingston Mills by Francois Flameng

Society painter Francois Flameng’s portrait of Mrs. Ruth Livingston Mills, who in 1895 commissioned architects McKim, Mead and White to remodel and enlarge her country house at Staatsburg in the Hudson Valley.

The Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh, New York

After the remodeling was completed in 1896, the house had been transformed into a Beaux-Arts mansion of 65 rooms and 14 bathrooms.

My beach reading will definitely include old Robert Heinlein  science fiction novels from the 1950s and 1960s. He really understood the environment even if his technological predictions were sometimes a little off!

Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein

Among Tim Button’s beach reads will be classic science fiction novels by Robert Heinlein (1907-1988), who is often called the dean of the genre.

I  don’t get to the theater as often as I would like, but I have been blown away by what I’ve seen of the horse “puppets” in War Horse, a play at Lincoln Center about the cavalry in World War I, so I’ve put it on my must-see list.  It’s adapted from an English novel–Steven Spielberg has made a movie of it that will be released at Christmas.

War Horse

The amazing “puppets” in the Lincoln Center Theater Production of War Horse. Photo: ©Paul Kolnik,, 212-362-7778

Summer movies? I’ve already seen the final Harry Potter. I’ve seen them all–I have children after, even though one of them is an adult now!–so I can say it was the best yet. And yes, we went to the midnight show!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II

Tim strongly recommends Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II–”It’s the best yet!” he says, and he’s seen them all.