From The Editor: Yearning For That Summer Breeze


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I don’t think it’s a real newsflash to tell you that this summer is gonna be… well, a little different this year. With all of the temporary closures of public beaches, movie theaters, sports arenas, and more, it’s going to be tough to adapt to summer in Minnesota during in this time of coronavirus.

Obviously, everything is in flux based on guidelines and rules issued by public health officials and our state government, and it’s hugely important that we continue to follow these guidelines to curb the spread of this virus. It is and will continue to be a difficult journey for all of us, but we adapt. We’re tough!

Personally, after pretty much blazing through the entirety of Disney+ and HBO Now during my time indoors, I’m excited to get outdoors and explore the parts of the Twin Cities (carefully and socially distanced, of course) that will still be open for business.

So while we won’t have our usual Summer in the Cities guide this year, our 2020 Summer in the Cities issue still has the skinny on some of the great things we can still do around our fair metro area, either out and about or virtually.

We chat with the Convention and Visitor Bureaus of St. Paul, Minneapolis and Bloomington to learn about what we can enjoy in these cities during this tumultuous time; we profile the virtual Lilac Lovefest of Duluth and Twin Ports; we discuss the great Creative CityMaking initiative for the 2020 Census; and Bradley Traynor’s Eat The Menu returns with a look at the sweet treats of La La Homemade Ice Cream.

On top of that, our friend Mike Marcotte debuts his new Serve Our Society column, which shines a spotlight on local nonprofits benefiting the GLBT community. Plus, we learn about Art-A-Whirl’s Online Experience for their 25th anniversary!

Folks, I think we can all agree that this virus, well, sucks. This is an unprecedented time in our history, and a lot of people are hurting emotionally, physically or financially as a direct result of it. As I write this column, it’s unknown what our summer will look like in terms of what will or won’t open up, but it’s still so incredibly crucial that we continue to abide by the expertise of our public health officials to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy. So as we cautiously emerge from our Hobbit holes to enjoy whatever slice of summer we can, please be sure to stay smart, and stay safe.

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