CONNECTING If I needed a sign that folks in Windsor-Essex were more than ready for summer, it was delivered to me on opening day at the downtown market last week. Raymont’s Berries, who started the morning with a stall full of juicy, red, local strawberries, were sitting in a nearly empty space before noon. They’d sold every last berry they’d brought with them in just a few hours. What a great way to kick off the month of June! Of course, strawberries are just one indicator that June is upon us; another is the plethora of area festival favourites on the calendar, like Art in the Park, Carrousel, Summer Fest - the list goes on. In Windsor-Essex summer means lot of things, all with an overarching theme - time to have some fun! If you’re looking for fun, and festivals aren’t your thing, you still have options. Why not hunt up the best ice cream in town? In this month’s issue of The Hub, we help you get started, by considering what ice cream means to you, and offering some suggestions to try. Or if you’re looking for something a little more meditative, try a weekday or weekend paddle in a kayak or canoe. I was amazed to realize there are 160 kilometres of waterfront in our region. You can read more about that in our pages too. And finally, as mentioned above, it’s market season; in addition to exploring the area farmers’ markets available to you, we’re pleased to announce we’ve partnered with the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market to embed their monthly newsletter in every issue. After all, that’s what The Hub’s primary aim is all about - connecting the community with all there is to offer in Windsor-Essex. So find the sunscreen, pop on a hat and head out into the sunshine - we’ll see you in July! The saying, Time Flies, comes to mind quite often when working in the field of publishing. You may be counting down the days to summer but we're already thinking ahead to fall. In a business where long-term planning is a necessity, it's easy to look past what's here and now, in favour of focusing on what's to come. But, trying to live in the moment, as another popular saying goes, we are making a point of relishing the season and everything that entails; festivals, community markets, wine trails, outdoor patios, water sports, BBQs and ice cream shops just to name a few. Did you know that there's a local Ice Cream Festival? It may not be as old as some other festivals but just as worthy of checking out. Look for it in our July calendar of events as well as some background about this warm weather favourite in this issue's article on pg. 10. Paddling down a stretch of water more your speed than lounging with an ice cream cone? This month we write about Canadian Rivers Day which is often celebrated by a paddle down one of the hundreds of rivers in this vast country of ours. The Detroit River may be the one that dominates our awareness but there are many others within a manageable drive that you may be interested in giving a try. Read all about it in our Rivers feature on pg. 28. Between those two possibilities lies a vast selection of reasons to explore and enjoy Essex County this month. Check out our ever popular calendar of events to get inspired and set your itinerary for the next 30 days. When out and about, stop and say hello if you see me wandering the streets. I'll be the one with a camera in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other.. Shelley Please direct advertising or subscription inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org Managing Editors Eva Antonel Shelley Divnich Haggert Rabiul Biplob, Christian Bouchard, Eat Right Ontario, Angelica Haggert, Michelle Laramie, Kati Panasiuk Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Connect With Us! email@example.com facebook.com/thehubwindsoressex @TheHubWE 4 The HUB -June2017 Eva Copyright 2017 The Write Side Up Inc. & Audacity Design Group Inc. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any way without the written permission of the publishers. The Hub is published 11 times a year by The Write Side Up Inc. & Audacity Design Group Inc. Articles and advertisements in The Hub do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the magazine. We do not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. The acceptance of advertising does not constitute an endorsement of any product, service or information being advertised. We do not knowingly present any product, idea or statement which is fraudulent or misleading in nature.