June 2014 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

Did you know that summer is exactly 93 days long? Or, if you ask me, 93 days short. Summer is hands-down the best season. I know it, you know it… students and teachers certainly know it.

It’s the time of year when we feel the warmth of the sun and smell blooming flowers and the aroma of fresh cut lawns. It’s the time of year we can walk barefooted and feel the grass beneath our toes. It’s the perfect time to sit outside in the evening, listen to crickets and see the fireflies shine in the night.

There’s plenty of daylight in which to eat al fresco, do some gardening or take a nighttime dip in the pool. There are parks to visit, trails to explore, fairs to eat our way through and baseball to be played. In the Lehigh Valley we are lucky enough to have so many venues, so close to home. On any given day or night our options include an IronPigs baseball game, Dorney Park, the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Dutch Springs, ArtsQuest, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, and much, much more.

In this issue of Marketplace, you’ll find many ways to spend your summer days. There are outdoor community concerts, in a variety of genres, scheduled throughout the Lehigh Valley. Ruth Heil gives us the lowdown on the sounds of summer and where we can catch some great entertainment.

Perhaps a cookout is on your agenda; in which case, Laurie Teter’s grilling article is a must read. If you are a grilling novice, these tips and hints will help you cook-up the best, juiciest, most savory morsels. If you are a grilling champion, you’ll find some new, tasty recipes to try.

This summer, take advantage of the warm weather and move your workout outdoors. Lehigh Valley Road Runners is one of the largest running clubs in Pennsylvania and it’s right in your own backyard. Kelly Di Cesare gives us a firsthand account of how it helped her get back into the sport she loves. So whether you are a beginner or avid runner, check out Lehigh Valley Road Runners to get you up and moving.

There are so many ways to fill your 93 days of summer. Take advantage of all the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I guarantee you will make memories that last way beyond summer’s end!

Amy Hines, Editor

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