Bring on Summer

From surfing to off-roading, we uncovered adventurous new ways to explore the Cape, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Features

Big Mother

A wave of new technology now lets you oversee your kids’ ­every move. Which raises the question: Do you really want to oversee your kids’ every move?

Does Boothbay Have a Vodka Problem?

Booze king Paul Coulombe wants to upgrade a coastal Maine town into a luxury destination. He says he just wants to save a dying hamlet. But his neighbors think he’s putting them on the road to ruin.

Flame Out

In four short months, construction magnate John Fish went from Olympics hero to sitting on the sidelines. The inside story of how it all fell apart so quickly.

Departments

There Is No “I” in Theater

Can a single theater spur a citywide debate about race, gender, and class? David Dower is betting his career—and the future of ArtsEmerson—that it can.

The Shande of Sharon

The long, strange tale of how a fateful encounter and a shameful secret ruined Rabbi Barry Starr.

News

Go Fish...the Charles!

Scoff if you will, but expert anglers know that the river’s lower basin is a bastion for sport fishing.

Back to School. Way Back.

One of the richest archaeological sites in Boston may be buried near Downtown Crossing. Now city archaeologist Joe Bagley and a team of interns and volunteers have the summer to unearth it.

Pick a Kid

With NKOTB coming to the TD Garden this month, we asked Boston notables which kid was their fave.

March On

Former Massachusetts state representative Elaine Noble recalls organizing the Boston Pride parade.

Restaurants

On the Sauce

Salted caramel from Coop’s MicroCreamery gives us a new reason to scoop.

Anything but Standard Sparklers

When it comes to al fresco ­bubbles, we’re conditioned to reach for a lambrusco, brut rosé, or Prosecco. This summer, try going more obscure instead with one of these delightful, lesser-known quaffs.

Raising Boston's Spirits

A new Dorchester distillery takes inspiration from the ghosts of Boston’s past to craft beverages for the modern age.

Fashion & Style

Stitch by Stitch

Chanel show runner Karl Lagerfeld orchestrates an ode to his artisans with the unique Métiers d’Art collection.

Have a Seat

Bring the outdoors in with Kenneth Cobonpue’s stylishly sturdy “La Luna” lounge chair.

Impulse Buy

This month’s must-have: Meichi Peng’s “Peng No. 2.1.”

Tie Me Up

Local hairstylist Michael Albor shows us how to do the ponytail, Boston-style.

Bloom Times

From Cynthia Rowley’s ­technicolor blossoms to ­Chanel’s abstract flora, fabulous flowers pack a summery punch.

Health

Fitness Free-for-All

From Zumba on the Esplanade to yoga overlooking Jamaica Pond, these local parks offer plenty of (gratis!) ways to enjoy your daily workout en plein air.

Arts & Entertainment