In the magazine business, we are always ahead of ourselves. During long dark Cape Cod winters, we start to write merry May stories about days when daffodils burst forth, beaches open to sun-hungry visitors, and soaring osprey return to lift shuttered spirits. This year, Managing Editor Jeff Harder and I hustled through the very cold days of January and February, inspired by vintage photos of Truro’s legendary Days Cottages in this issue’s Pages of History story. We were tempted to head out for fresh seafood after looking at Stacey Hedman’s Wequassett Resort cuisine shots in our new Cape Cod & Islands Dining Section. And it was hard not to long a little for summer staring at photos of right whales frolicking off the coast of Provincetown in Jeff’s feature celebrating 35 years of good work by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.
In this issue, we travel far to kick off the 2011 summer season for our readers, who now include an exciting new audience never before tapped by Cape Cod Life Publications since the company’s founding in 1979. Just before this issue went to press, we celebrated the launching of a new Cape Cod Life April issue, Cape Cod GARDENS. We showcased this beautiful coffee-table style annual at the Boston Flower & Garden Show in mid-March, sharing it with almost 100,000 visitors, many of whom saw the magazine for the first time in our gorgeous Cape Cod Life exhibit.
Just as exciting was the launch of Cape Cod Life onto the iPad™, with a user-friendly app, putting entire Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod GARDENS issues instantly before millions of readers worldwide. Through the efforts and talents of our energetic young staff members, Web & New Media Manager Anthony DiSpezio and Graphic Designer Chrissy Caskey, we were able to be the very first New England lifestyle magazine to hit the fast-growing iPad™ market.
As I said to Jeff before this issue went to press—just as we were rushing to tie up everything for your next LIFE—”There is a really lot to this issue—it looks pretty great.” Ten days after the first day of Spring, Jeff struggled into his parka (chilled by reports of a late March snowstorm heading our way), smiled, nodded stoically, and headed out the door. As you read this we will no doubt be preparing ourselves—clad in shorts and flip flops—to write about the autumnal glories of Cape Cod for the September/October issue, trying to remember to take some time to smell the daffodils and welcome the ospreys home.