In this edition we celebrate families and the love that defines them. Our readers sent us their cutest photos of their newest born to honor the smallest among us. We’ll talk about some ways to keep kids entertained outdoors, keep them fed and ensure their sleep as well as invest in their futures. And if you just want to celebrate the love that glues your most important relationships together, Loveland is the place. Their Sweetheart Festival encompasses all things love, inviting Norther Coloradans to enjoy their Valentine’s Day as a community.
Unbelievably, summer is already drawing to a close. School will be starting soon, whether you’re ready or not. We’ve been on the slow road to normal this season and just as we’ve become used to virtual events and school, in-person classes and events have begun to reappear. To that end, we’ve assembled an issue full of events to round out your summer. Music, food, beer and even kites will give you ample opportunities to make a few more memories before kids go back to school and mom and dad head back to the office. Whatever you like to do, you’ll have plenty to choose from in Northern Colorado.
If the pandemic has taught me one thing, it’s an appreciation of restaurants. I have always loved to cook, but knowing that there was no break to be had, even when I needed one, got to me after a while. It becomes just another daily box to tick off my list rather than an exercise in creativity. Of course, I did take-out when possible, but even that leaves dishes to be done and don’t even get me started on the constant kitchen cleaning. I am over it.
So, along with many of you, I’m sure, I am rejoicing at the return of in-person dining. I’m happy to let someone else do all of the cooking and cleaning again, while I truly take a break. Just in case you need ideas or just want to know how your favorite spots are doing, this issue is chock-full.
This spring seems to mark a turning point. It shows the promise of restaurants, retail, events, and even our very lives beginning to open back up. But, while we’re slowly drifting back toward “normal,” whatever that may be, we are so incredibly lucky to live in a spot where the great outdoors are so accessible.
Ubiquitous local natural areas and trails afford us the opportunity to stretch our legs and enjoy the sunshine, with our families and pets in tow. If you’ve found a new love for gardening, let it grow! We’ve talked to local experts about home beekeeping–good for gardens and habitats as a whole. If your volunteerism has been curtailed by the pandemic, find a way to do it outside. The city of Greeley gives residents a great opportunity.