All Things Summer

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Summertime is great for grilling and barbecuing. Here in Northern Virginia, we may use the terms interchangeably, but as you’ll read in our feature on page 4 as you’ll read in our feature on page 4, “Going Whole Hog for Barbecue,” a whole lot more history and flavor go into barbecue than just throwing a few burgers and hotdogs on the grill—not that we’ll turn down a well-grilled cheeseburger, of course.

While we’re talking meat, don’t miss Carla Christiano’s look at one local farming family’s traditional approach to providing fresh, hormone-free meat and eggs and the challenges of farming in a changing community. Discover how the Gainesville-based Smith family has kept its farming traditions alive for more than a hundred years, on page 14.

Tours can be arranged to this “Virginia Century Farm,” although you will probably want to forgo one of my favorite footwear choices—flip-flops—when you visit. According to Jim Aram, of Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC, we should be careful about when and where to don this summertime accessory. Read his column on page 16 for tips on keeping stylish and healthy this summer.

Of course, no summer is complete without camping. In “Family Fun” on page 20, Kristina Schnack Kotlus shares tips for getting your family outdoors without leaving civilization behind.

If you prefer your outdoor time to involve fruity drinks adorned with little umbrellas, check out Olivia Overman’s article on Bahama Breeze® Island Grill on page 28. This new Caribbean-themed eatery invites you to capture some tropical flair and a warm island breeze—without leaving Woodbridge.

For more ways to enjoy summer fun, don’t miss our community calendar on page 32. You can find even more local activities and events online at princewilliamliving.com/events. Check there regularly for the latest on making the most of your summer here in Prince William.

Sincerely, Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher

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