Editor’s Note – July/August

"These sun-kissed days are fleeting but wonderful."

Editor’s Note – July/August

Written by: Julia Perla Huisman
June 25, 2018


Growing up in Michigan City, I spent countless summer days at the beach. Some of my earliest memories consist of chasing seagulls, running wet sand through my fingers, walking the pier to the lighthouse, and waiting for the Washington Park bridge to move up and down for passing boats. In my high school and college years, I joined the bevy of teens and young adults at Stop 2, where beach volleyball was the supreme sport and Sublime was the unofficial soundtrack of summer.

It wasn’t until my adult years when I fully realized just how lucky I was to have lived in a place where a legitimate beach was only 10 minutes away. As a child, I assumed that clean, singing sands and vast expanses of fresh water were a part of every kid’s summertime activities. I now know that I was the exception rather than the rule.

In this issue of HERE, we take you with us to the beach and beyond, exploring the resources of our region that make us more unique than we might realize. Even though we all know where Lake Michigan is, you may not know about some of the spots along its shore that get little attention but are well worth visiting. These stops range from lakeside concession stands to small businesses selling beach-related wares. We don’t exclude the assets of our off-shore, inland communities in this issue, either. My hope is that when you’ve finished reading these pages, you’ll have learned something new and will take action to see it for yourself. And then recognize the privilege it is to do so.

I hope you are enjoying “these sun-kissed days,” as we displayed on our cover. They are fleeting but wonderful, particularly when spent in the places that distinguish our region from the rest of the world. Like the beach. Most of all, the beach.

Julia Perla Huisman
Editor and Publisher

HERE Issue 006 - July/Aug 2018
HERE Issue 006 - July/Aug 2018

Growing up in Michigan City, I spent countless summer days at the beach. Some of my earliest memories consist of chasing seagulls, running wet sand through my fingers, walking the pier to the lighthouse, and waiting for the Washington Park bridge to move up and down for passing boats. In my high school and college years, I joined the bevy of teens and young adults at Stop 2, where beach volleyball was the supreme sport and Sublime was the unofficial soundtrack of summer.

It wasn’t until my adult years when I fully realized just how lucky I was to have lived in a place where a legitimate beach was only 10 minutes away. As a child, I assumed that clean, singing sands and vast expanses of fresh water were a part of every kid’s summertime activities. I now know that I was the exception rather than the rule.

In this issue of HERE, we take you with us to the beach and beyond, exploring the resources of our region that make us more unique than we might realize. Even though we all know where Lake Michigan is, you may not know about some of the spots along its shore that get little attention but are well worth visiting. These stops range from lakeside concession stands to small businesses selling beach-related wares. We don’t exclude the assets of our off-shore, inland communities in this issue, either. My hope is that when you’ve finished reading these pages, you’ll have learned something new and will take action to see it for yourself. And then recognize the privilege it is to do so.

I hope you are enjoying “these sun-kissed days,” as we displayed on our cover. They are fleeting but wonderful, particularly when spent in the places that distinguish our region from the rest of the world. Like the beach. Most of all, the beach.

Julia Perla Huisman
Editor and Publisher