One of my all-time favorite songs is Summertime, an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera, Porgy and Bess. I have to admit that one of my favorite renditions is sung by Janis Joplin. Oh the pain that she expresses! It almost seems like a contradiction, though, since the song begins: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.
Sounds like life is good, huh? Things are flourishing. I suppose that’s true for some, but for a bookstore on Long Island where there’s plenty of beaches, sand and sun, the competition is tough.
Last summer, as many of you know, we didn’t experience an easy summertime due to the street/sidewalk infrastructure that gave extremely limited access to our bookstore/wine bar; therefore, we have nothing to compare to this summer. Thankfully, one wouldn’t know that by the huge crowd we hosted recently for Now You’re Talkin’, a Moth-inspired storytelling. However, that morning we only had four little ones taking advantage of making pizza with chef/author Alyssa Gangeri for her book, Mimi’s Adventures in Baking. We’ve been asked to host more children’s activities, but figuring out just when to do so has been a challenge for us. We built it so they will come, but that’s not always the case. Fortunately, Alyssa wasn’t discouraged and loved our store, asking to come back in a few months to make gingerbread houses with the kids. (Look for that information soon!)
Therefore, we can’t say that fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high, (metaphorically) but we do have a patio where you may partake in a cold beverage from our café while enjoying being outside, and we are still hosting many events and workshops. So once you brush off the sand and fire down the grill, consider stopping by for some easy livin’. And if you cannot get to us anytime soon, but want to be sure we’ll still be here, consider helping this way: https://www.gofundme.com/2tph29zy. We believe in what we’re doing and hope you do, too.