EDITOR'S LETTER

Unlocking the city's treasures


Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 11:47 a.m.

Here in Gainesville, we recognize, of course, that the official start of the year is January 1. We get that.

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But in our world, the wheels really start to turn anew come the end of August. The students return in mass, the calendar revs up, the stadium fills. And for many of us, it's our annual reset, a chance to come up with new resolutions and look ahead.

It's inspired our August issue of Gainesville Magazine. We've compiled “Keys to the City,” a user's guide packed with suggestions for taking advantage of our considerable resources, both town and gown, to kick-start our resolve to do all the things we've been meaning to do.

Plant a garden? We've gathered experts to show you how it's done here and where to turn if you want to learn more. Take a class? You don't have to be in college to expand your mind and creativity with these amazing learning opportunities. Follow the Gators? Sports columnist Pat Dooley offers his insight, honed over decades following the team. In the off chance there's a game day that you won't spend in The Swamp or in front of your television, we present some town jewels that will be yours, all yours, to enjoy on that day.

Get involved? We offer seven resources you should know about. And so much more.

And if you consider yourself a maven of all things Gainesville, don't miss our Gainesville trivia quiz, filled with the arcane, and in some cases, the obvious. And please, if you have your own little gleaming nugget of trivia, share it with us and we'll share it with Gainesville in an upcoming issue.

Another new year's ritual is looking ahead. In this spirit, we profile five people to watch this year: UF President Bernie Machen, Chamber CEO and President Tim Giuiliani, Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy, Kristi Taylor, creator of Monkey Wish, and new UF College of Journalism and Communications Dean Diane McFarlin. Each one illustrates the ways in which our world — in Gainesville and beyond — is transforming before our eyes. There's lot more in these pages — for tailgaters, home lovers, devourers of fiction (don't miss our profile of first-time novelist Rhonda Riley, whose book is drawing impressive reviews).

Thank you, as always, for supporting us in every way. And, as we just might say in Gainesville come August, we wish you a happy new year.

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