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Check out the great summer accessories and art

Lester’s camp accessories

Photograph: Courtesy of Lester's

Gearing up for Summer

Camp season is right around the corner. And if your kids are in the “Live 10 for 2” crowd, as in live ten months of the year for the two months at summer camp, you’ll be packing their trunks before you know it. You can stock up on every fun accessory under the sun at lester’s in Rye, which sells cool kids’ clothing year-round. “We are the camp experts,” says Andrea Forbes, store manager. “We take appointments and we see hundreds of campers in this store.” The store’s salespeople are camp gurus: They review packing lists, help kids choose items by camp colors, order name tapes and have personalized labels sewn into every article of clothing. Besides all the basics like shorts, swimsuits, UV-protective shirts, sleeping bags and more, the store also specializes in personal items such as autograph pillows (kids have their camp friends sign them) and jewelry, T’s and pajamas with camp names. Lester’s is in-the-know on special events such as themed Halloween and luau parties and helps kids plan for those. Kids have never been this prepared to have the time of their lives.
1037 Boston Post Road, Rye, 914-908-5688; lesters.com

House Proud

Whether you live in a backcountry Georgian or a turn-of-the-century farmhouse near town, the place you call home is about much more than architecture. “People hold a lot of sentiment for their homes,” says local artist Bruce Miller, who paints home portraits. “It becomes an extension of who they are, a reflection of their pride and personality.” Miller, who studied art in college and won competitions as a teen, works in acrylic, capturing the character of New England homes, barns and storefronts.

Miller only recently reconnected with his artistic roots after a successful career in advertising in New York—his claim to fame was creating the award-winning TV ad campaign featuring Bart Simpson exclaiming, “Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!” More recently working as a marketing and product development consultant for companies like PepsiCo and Kraft, he felt pulled back to painting while driving his children to school on backcountry roads, where he was drawn to the historic homes. “In the early morning, the lighting is wonderful with beautiful long shadows,” says Miller.

His works are shown at Anam Cara Gallery as well as Splurge. Allow four weeks lead time for portraits. Each painting costs about $650, delivered in Plein Air frames. brucemillergallery.com