Summer is Morgantown’s best season, as far as I’m concerned.

Not only because town gets a little less crowded, though we all love the break from the traffic. But it’s just so easy to find something fun to do, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

If you’re looking for inspiration, our story “Things to Do This Summer” in the June / July issue can help. Whether it’s thrills, entertainment, exploration, or family fun, we found so many things to do within a few hours’ drive that it was hard to decide what to leave out. Some of our recommendations are destinations that are open all season long, but some are one-time events, so have a look before your summer calendar fills up.

When you’re on the road, how about trying someplace new to eat? We talk with chefs about their own restaurants all the time, but this time we turned it around and asked them where they like to eat on their nights off. Some of their answers surprised us—grab a copy of the magazine and plan your summer road trips around their recommendations.

Even if you stay close to home this summer, there’s plenty to do. From freshly slicked slides at Marilla Pool and Food Truck Fourth Sundays at Coopers Rock to Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday farmers markets and a new incarnation of the downtown West Virginia Birthday Party, you’ll find lots of fun. If you’ve never been to a city council meeting, set aside a first, third, or last Tuesday of the month and go. Important discussions are underway as this issue goes to print, including annexation and a sales tax. Our 2019 to 2021 council will be seated July 2—and you can meet them in the magazine, too.

Check our Motown Lowdown calendar for weekly updates all summer. And remember to support our downtown merchants—summers can be a little lean, but the Morgantown Parking Authority is offering free “happy hour parking” at meters and metered lots from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through August 3, so take advantage of that.

If you follow bylines—and we hope you do—you’ll notice a lot more of Jess Walker starting in our next issue. She came to us a year ago as an intern from WVU’s graduate program in professional writing and editing. We like working with her so much that we invited her to stay on after she graduated, and we’re delighted that she agreed. Jess brings enthusiasm and a sharp mind to all she writes, and we think you’ll like her as much as we do.

Seize the season,

Pam Kasey,