from the publisher- April 2013

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This issue I invite you to join me on a walk down memory lane. We start with planning for those golden days of summer vacation. While it may seem a long way off, as our feature “Plan Now for Summer Camp” (page 4) reminds us, there is no time like the present to plan for summertime fun.

Even if camps didn’t fill up early (which they do!), you’ll need time to choose from the many impressive options available here in Prince William. Kristina Schnack Kotlus’ guide includes information about programs specializing in art, outdoor expeditions, job shadowing, theatre, ice skating and more—so many ways to create lasting memories for your children.

During my own childhood, a favorite way to spend those lazy, hazy days of summer was riding around on my bike with friends. While we enjoyed racing down the neighborhood streets of Dale City, families can now enjoy cycling an extensive network of bike trails. In this month’s “Family Fun” feature, “Cycling around Prince William,” learn about these trails along with information on local bike shops and clubs for cycling enthusiasts.

Another favorite childhood activity was exploring the woods surrounding our home and in nearby parks. “Seeking Refuge(s) on the Potomac,” this month’s “Destinations,” takes me back to those excursions. Discover how to go on your own outdoor adventure, with information on the Occoquan Bay and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges in Woodbridge.

“On a High Note” by Stephanie Tipple (page 10), also holds a special nostalgia for me. Learn how the Cabin Branch Quilters are keeping the quilting tradition alive for future generations. I warmly recall afternoons spent creating quilts with my mother and grandmother, and am glad our community has people who are dedicated to continuing this artform.

And those are just the highlights! In these pages, you can also discover a local award-winning chocolatier, efforts to fight litter in Prince William, how to make your space your own and more. I hope that the April Prince William Living both brings back fond memories for you and gives you ideas for creating new ones. Happy spring!

Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher

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