Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

It seems like just yesterday I was planting my herb garden and putting out the patio furniture.  And while the days are still warm enough to enjoy a round of golf or sneak in an afternoon at the pool, I find myself longing to open the windows and dig out the cozy sweatshirt I discarded in March.  Candidly, I’m tired of watering the geraniums. Whether you’re clinging to the last days of summer or eagerly awaiting the arrival of fall, the Lehigh Valley has much to offer in September.

Kathleen Shannon gives us a taste of the fresh produce available around the Valley in her article, “September is Farmer’s Market Month.”  Bounty from the garden is at its peak, so now is the time to visit your local farmer’s market and enjoy the abundance of fruits and vegetables grown and harvested here.  Even though the days are getting shorter, there’s no need to put the grill away.  In “Offseason Grilling,” Fred Jerant shares valuable tips from local experts on how to cook on your grill all year round.

Of course September represents “back to school” for many Lehigh Valley families.  Andy Cook writes about his journey back to grad school in “You’re Going Back to School—At Your Age?” And in her essay, “Back to School Musings,” Kathryn Finegan Clark reminisces about sending her children off to school and reminds us that, a generation later, that first day remains as daunting as ever.

Haggis anyone? The Celtic Classic, one of the largest Highland Games and Festivals in North America, celebrates 25 years in downtown Bethlehem at the end of the month. Angela Bristow covers all of the highlights in “Don Your Tartan for the 25th Annual Celtic Classic.”

With warm days and cool nights, coupled with so much to see and do, September may just be the best month of the year.


Laurie Teter

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