July 2021 “From the Heart”

I continue to enjoy our ever-increasing freedom from the past year’s pandemic restrictions. Spending time with folks we haven’t been able to, actually hugging someone, attending public events and, especially, no masks! My daughter and I actually did a small dance of joy when we saw the sign at HomeGoods announcing they had stopped requiring masks for vaccinated individuals. And, we got word today that California has lifted all its restrictions. Yay! This is especially exciting to me and my family because we are planning our summer vacation to hit the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles at the end of this month. We had planned to do this in 2020, but Covid had other plans for us. My husband has had this on his bucket list for a while, so I can hardly wait to experience this West Coast adventure! Cali, here we come!

My husband and I were recently fortunate enough to spend time with some dear friends in beautiful Beaufort, NC. They have a vacation home there and we were spoiled with several boat rides with some breathtaking experiences. Multiple wild horse sightings at Carrot Island and Shackleford Banks. Follow that with the most incredible experience of so many dolphins swimming alongside the boat and playing in front of us that I lost count! Truly a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Butch and Julie for such a lovely getaway!  

Our cover features Dion Williams of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union (PACU) – and I’m thrilled with the patriotic look for our July issue. Amazing folks doing wonderful things in and for the community! We have a fun issue for you with lots of helpful information to make your summer one to remember and absolutely thrilled to see the return of so many beloved events; baseball at the Dash Stadium (schedule on page 57) and tennis at the WS Open (page 99) just to name a few!  

I’m especially excited to announce the return of Forsyth Family Magazine’s own Kids’ Morning Out event! KMO has been on hiatus since March 2020, and we’ve missed seeing all of you so much! Our first one will be at Hanes Park tennis courts and, in addition to all the fun to be had, we will have our fabulous prize board for some terrific prize giveaways. See page 55 for more details! So, grab a friend and bring the kids out for a morning of fun!

Happy 60th birthday to my “framily” member Sandy Holt! I look forward to celebrating this milestone in Asheville with you!





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