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Turn it up to 11 with these ideas for summer fun

The last few weeks of spring in the Northeast have been spectacular: sunny days of glowing warmth, with just enough breeze to carry the smell of lilacs and freshly mowed grass. Even if much of the nation had not just lived through a hellish winter, we’d have to admit that it doesn’t get much better than this.

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1. Row, row, row your boat

Share your passion with some landlubbers and introduce them to the joys of being on the water. It won’t require much effort, thanks to the inherent beauty of the ocean, bays, sounds, rivers and other bodies of water.

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2. Take in a show

Among the many happy memories I have of enjoying my boat in the summer, watching fireworks rates right at the top. When I kept Bossanova in East Hampton, New York, on Long Island’s east end, I could catch the Boys Harbor fireworks right from the dock.

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3. Supermoon on the rise

For those who enjoy casting a skyward eye, August presents three opportunities to be swept up in astrological grandeur. The first occurs Aug. 10, when the full moon coincides with perigee, the closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth.

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4. Find an island

I’ve been fortunate to spend a large part of my life living on islands that range from remote and minuscule to Manhattan. Many might say Manhattan doesn’t count, but no one who has lived there would agree. It’s true that the vertical nature of the city draws your eye up — you need to venture to the city’s edges or heights to see the water that surrounds you. But there’s no going anywhere without a bridge or a tunnel or a ferry.

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