A season to celebrate


Published: Monday, June 3, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 3, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.

If life teaches us anything, it’s that no joyful milestone — momentous or minute — should go uncelebrated.

We hope you’ll indulge us as we happily linger over Gainesville Magazine’s 10th birthday. The fact is, it’s a sweet occasion for us and we’ve been celebrating all year long.

With this issue, we’re finally officially entering our second decade. It was Summer 2003 when issue number one made it’s debut, with UF gymnastic coach Rhonda Faehn on the cover. And sure, it’s a coincidence, but it still thrills us that Faehn’s team won its first ever NCAA national gymnastic championship this spring — just in time for our 10-year commemoration.

And in this spirit of celebration, we offer you our Second Annual Summer Hot List.

If you’re a child, there is, of course, no better reason to rejoice than the coming of summer. Who can forget the delight of the last day of school, and the promise of those seemingly endless days ahead?

As adults, it’s obviously a trifle more complicated than that. Our endless days of freedom usually end on a Monday, when we return to work. Yet no matter our age, summer still evokes images of liberation and the joys of running free. It still symbolizes freedom as far as the eye can see.

And that’s what Gainesville Magazine’s Second Annual Hot List is all about. It’s a kind of bucket list for the sultry days ahead.

We’ve compiled a menu of places and experiences you might want to dip into this summer — from nearby cool springs, to Southern comfort-food emporiums worth a drive, to ways to unlock your creativity and your inner athlete.

In fact, in these pages we put forth hundreds of suggestions to recapture the child within, the one who savors nothing more than a summer full of adventures. Consider this your guide to the pleasures of the season — and if you think of it, email us with some ideas of your own.

As I write this, I’m back from a weekend in Boston. Only weeks away from the tragedy that unfolded in the midst of the joyous Boston Marathon, people once again filled the streets around Copley Square. They lingered around memorials of running shoes, Red Sox caps, flowers, stuffed toys, heartfelt notes and signs: “Istanbul is With You Boston,” “Pray for One Another.”

But the days were gloriously bright and sunny and the crabapple, pear and cherry trees were blanketed with blooms of brilliant pink and white. Near the square, the swan boats were back, filled with families gliding across the pond in the Boston Commons.

And so, despite the deep despair that had fallen over the city, the residents were out celebrating spring. Eating ice cream. Roller skating. Given something to celebrate, it’s wise and good that we do.

That’s our wish for you this summer: Savor every day and celebrate all that you can. And don’t forget, whenever possible, have an adventure or two.

Thanks, as always, for the support and encouragement that has seen this magazine through to its second decade. And have a happy summer.

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