Home and Away

Enjoy everything summer has to offer wherever you may be

I’ve recently returned from a short trip to Washington, D.C. – where it was about as hot there as it has been here – and once again realized how exciting it can be to travel and explore new places. We visited almost all of the major attractions – including a 5-hour journey through the Newseum, an unbelievably fascinating place devoted to the history and future of journalism. The Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art – we saw it all and walked more miles than I care to consider. 

I always enjoy watching people who live in different places bustle their way through a typical day in their lives. They don’t have the luxury of an extra cup of coffee next to a large picture window in a café (on the air conditioned side, in my case) and the sights they are seeing as they head to work, school or other activities are nothing extraordinary to them. Just another part of everyday life.

We can all fall into that pattern and forget how interesting and unique life can be all around us, every day.  That’s why summer is a great time to look at things a bit differently.  If you take a daily walk through Wolfe Park, consider coming back in the evening to enjoy one of the free outdoor concerts at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. This Wednesday, July 25, the St. Louis Park Community Band will be playing from 7 -8:30 p.m. and next Saturday, July 28, you can enjoy the “Guitars for Vets Tribute to Bob Dylan” from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

If you haven’t visited the Farmers Market in St. Louis Park yet this summer, there are plenty of fresh vegetables and more just waiting  to help you create the perfect summer meal.   On Wednesdays, visit the Market at The Shops at West End from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or head over to the Rec Center Plaza on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.  More information is available at stlouispark.org.

Experience everything summer has to offer in St. Louis Park.  As I was reminded when seeing Dorothy’s sparkling red shoes from The Wizard of Oz on display at The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, there’s no place like home.