Summertime can seem like a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood: sleepaway camp, family vacations, swimming until your fingers shrivel like prunes, catching fireflies, cookouts and eating freshly picked fruits and vegetables.

We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for our friends and family and, maybe if we’re lucky, take a road trip. In this issue of West Knoxville Lifestyle, we want to remind you how summer is a season of opportunity.

When’s the last time you played tourist in your hometown? We invite you to check out “Five Little-Known, Must-See Spots in Knoxville” with your own local historian, Jack Neely, as your guide. This month is also a great opportunity to discover our local music scene at various venues like The Shed in Maryville, in “Come on Over,” where you can eat, drink and be merry while sitting outside listening to a variety of local and national acts. You don’t want to miss the locally brewed sips and chef-inspired bites at the Elkmont Exchange in “Artistry and Alchemy” while taking in the local artisans’ work that makes it unique. Lastly, make sure to check out “Up Your Outdoor Fun with Inside Exercises” in Healthy Lifestyle.

With so much to see and do this month, we only scratched the surface of what Knoxville has to offer—but we hope this issue gets you off to a good start.

Get out and see some local history, watch some good tunes, grab a bite or a cold one and see what our great community has to offer.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Happy exploring, and happy Fourth! We hope to see you around!