July 2024 Issue

Dear Friends,

It’s July! Which means the year is half over (UGH!), but that the summer season is in full swing (YAY!). Having lived in the area for almost 40 years, I can honestly say there is so much more to do here than ever before. I’m looking forward to a visit from my daughter and her family for the 4th of July and there are so many options!!! Last year we enjoyed the Bird of Prey exhibit in Friendsville, went to the Discovery Center, the Alpaca Farm, and of course, enjoyed all of our favorite restaurants and an afternoon at the Honi-Honi and on the lake!

This year we hope to do even more. A personal favorite of mine is Victorian Chautauqua, held the weekend of July 6 & 7 in Mt. Lake Park. Historical reenactments, museum tours, kids activities and more…it’s a great way to enjoy a summer weekend. Downtown Oakland is definitely on the agenda again, my grandson loves the B&O Train Museum and finding books at End of the Line Bookstore. Our full Calendar of Events begins on Page 14 so you can plan your perfect vacation, as well.

Love live music? We have everything from classical to hard rock, indoors and out! Check out our Live Music guide starting on Page 105 for details. Our Feature Story focuses on the 2nd Annual Big, Funky Blues Festival on July 13 with a terrific slate of musicians (Page 6). We also take a look at one of our area’s most unique features — all those terrific places to enjoy by boat (Page 42). As we celebrate the 4th of July holiday and beyond…stay safe and cool, and remember, enjoy!

Enjoy the summer!
Linda Carr, Editor

July 2023