As many have become well acquainted with repurposing summer plans, Independence Day weekend presents us with another opportunity to reinvent the holiday spirit from home. Dive into the weekend by researching your next trip, checking out the latest in arts and culture and organizing the perfect socially-distanced picnic. Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy a DIY summer cocktail!
What We're Doing
Treat yourself to a little R&R with The Well’s ‘Well-Vetted’ Skin Care and Bath Products.
Visit Spin to Discover, brought to you by Artmuse Selects, for virtual viewing rooms where you can engage with art in a new way.
Read Travel Curator’s hotel cookbook selections for travel-infused recipes that will make you feel like you’re on vacation.
Missing the gallery scene? Discover Perrotin’s viewing salon, which features artworks by Yale University’s Painting and Printmaking MFA class, on view through July 16.
Where We're Going
And while you wait for destinations to open / feel ready to travel again, take a trip from home:
Join a digital, travel community with Desa Potato Head’s: Good Times At Home. Virtual guests can tune in for daily rituals reimagined for the modern world: explorative films, immersive reads, playlists from their favorite selectors and sustainable hacks for a better planet, virtual art exhibitions, morning music rituals as well as workouts and yoga sessions.
What We're Eating
Organize a socially-distanced summer picnic complete with the following:
Provenance Butcher’s 4th of July Box, complete with an assortment of meat options and Prairie Fire BBQ Sauce
A DIY summer dish from Spring Place, because how could you go wrong with skillet spinach-artichoke dip or sea bass & corn?
Last but not least, Schaffer’s newly-launched Shindig delivery service offers delicious, packaged meals which are sure to wow your guests!
What We're Drinking
Volcan de mi Tierra Jalisco Smoky Citrus
1.5 ounces of Volcán De Mi Tierra Tequila Blanco
¾ ounce of lime juice
½ ounce of grapefruit juice
½ ounce of blood orange juice
½ ounce of agave syrup
pinch of salt
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake then fine strain into coupe glass. Garnish with smoked rosemary.
1 1/2 Zacapa 23 Rum
1 oz. lime juice
6-8 mint leaves
1 tbsp. simple syrup or sugar
Mint sprig (garnish)
Method: Combine lime juice, simple syrup, and 3-4 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to muddle the mint, juice and syrup combination. Add Zacapa 23 Rum and shake. Pour mixture into a glass and add ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint sprig.
Mai Tai with Bacardí Añejo Cuatro
75 ml BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro rum
25 ml Cointreau
5 ml Orgeat
5 ml part sugar syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
30 ml lime juice
Method: Shake and strain ingredients into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice. Garnish with mint sprig plus orange slice and lime wedge.
Pale Ale Papa
Don Papa 7
Blood Orange Juice
Pale Ale Beer
Method: Pour 40ml Don Papa 7, 20ml blood orange juice, 10ml lemon juice, 15ml honey syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into glass. Top up with pale ale beer. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a slice of calamansi.
On ‘At Home With,’ we virtually visit our members and catch up on their current normal. From recommended reading and podcasts to creative recipes and wellness routines, get to know the network - and maybe even come away with a little activity inspo.
Meet Rachel Cole, founder of Rachel Cole Art Advisory. Even with travel and museum visits restricted, she's found creative ways to engage with her favorite art world destinations over the past few months. Rachel shares those resources with us, plus what’s keeping her optimistic for the future (including a furry new addition to the fam).
What’s your usual location, and where are you currently sheltering in place?
For March & April, I was in Rhinebeck, NY with my family and boyfriend. From May to mid-June, we came back to NYC (with a new addition to the family - a Pomeranian puppy!). And from now until the end of August, we are in Southwest Michigan at my family’s cottage (which is just beyond lovely!).
Any new pastimes or creative outlets?
I’ve been doing a lot of hiking, reading, and spending much needed quality time with my family. When this all started, it was a very uncertain time for everyone, and staying calm and collected was easier said than done. Now that the dust has settled, it’s been easier to plan a bit more and I’m very excited about the future (once things go back to somewhat normal).
Do you have any favorite podcasts, books, newsletters, etc.?
artnet news - I love the articles they produce! They’re substantial, brilliant, fun, creative, gossip-y, and truly something for every type of reader (even if you’re not in the art field).
I love the museum tours online, such as the Met Museum and Louvre. They give me the same joy and familiarity I have when walking through the museums, but also make me feel a bit too nostalgic.
Lastly, right now I’m reading a biography on Caravaggio and re-reading Devil in the White City - one of my favorites.
What’s keeping you going right now?
I have a lot to be thankful for. My friends and family are all healthy and safe. My work has evolved into ways I couldn’t have imagined before, and I am grateful to still be working at this intense of a level. And, of course, our new puppy Sisi (named after the 19th-century Empress of Austria) (@sisithepom on instagram)!
What do you miss most from pre-Covid life?
Traveling!!! Attending Art Basel Switzerland and then the Venice Biennale this time last year was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Also going to museums - I miss them sooo much and I seriously took it all for granted!
Best advice you’ve received lately?
Just to take things day-by-day! I’m a huge planner (each minute in my calendar is usually filled), so when this all began not knowing how long it will be until anything resumed was really difficult for me. As mentioned before, I have a lot to be thankful for and sometimes things like this happen for a reason. With this all being said, I am super optimistic about the future of the art world and Rachel Cole Art Advisory - stay tuned!