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From the Editor: Pace Yourself

With May and June come longer days, warmer nights and the promise of a slower pace to sink into as summer spreads over the horizon. But don’t shift down into low gear just yet. There’s a lot to do and see around the area in the weeks ahead. We may live in what some call sleepy bedroom communities of the Big Apple, but our towns are overrun by energetic people who give their time and creativity to shape a number of very special events.

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with volunteers for Shakespeare on the Sound, a dedicated group that organized a spirited gala to raise funds for this summer’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, to be staged in Rowayton’s Pinkney Park in June. Over in New Canaan, the planning team for the much-anticipated Secret Gardens Tour (which benefits the New Canaan Nature Center and celebrates its silver anniversary) has been working at full tilt to secure some of the prettiest landscapes in the county for the event. And in Darien, the hard-working volunteers at Opus for Person to Person were putting the finishing touches on arrangements for the annual spring benefit, this year with a Cinco de Mayo theme. These groups, and so many others, are rolling up their sleeves to bring us great entertainment and to raise money for beloved nonprofits at the same time.

Residents of our towns work hard, but they also know how to play with as much vigor. With the summer travel season fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about where to go. Our “Destination Summer” story highlights great getaways that are accessible by car and thus ideal for those long and leisurely weekends. Of course, there will be days when you prefer to stay local and chill in a place that’s close to home. You can find something new to do by paging through our “Insiders Guide”; it will make it easier for you to navigate the dining, retail, cultural and outdoor scenes in our towns. It’s our hope that the information you find is as helpful for newcomers as it is for old-timers. If anything, it could make you realize that one of the nicest places to escape to this summer is your own backyard.