Suddenly it’s summer and simpler days of slowing down are not as easy as expected when so much needs our attention here and there.
So far, some lives seem to have been sidetracked with sensational stories about snakes, sound system proposals and a snobbery distinction that requires a sense of humor for residents in this mid-sized all-American city with an award-winning Riverwalk. And to think, since 1981 the Riverwalk has been known for its serpentine brick pavers.
As we anticipate sizzling summer sidewalk sales throughout town, we recall talking with Dean DeGeeter who established Dean’s Fine Clothing in 1959. DeGeeter has fond memories of the popular seasonal event that brought friends and neighbors downtown even before 40 eateries provided a great array of dining experiences in the city’s central business district. Today, the lifestyle destination with art galleries and theater venues at
North Central College, an outdoor history museum at Naper Settlement and kids’ fun at the DuPage Children’s Museum offers plenty to fill an entire day or two or three. So come on down!
For most of its history, the Exchange Club of Naperville has hosted Ribfest in conjunction with Independence Day in Knoch Park. This year’s 4-day family festival with nearly nonstop music will showcase spectacular fireworks at 9:30PM Friday, July 4. (Raindate is July 6.)
Our hope is everyone takes a moment to remember America’s birthday, mindful of the intention of our Founding Fathers to create a government in which the generality of citizens 18 years old and up determine policies and laws through elected officials and representatives—and in which no individual has a vested right to office. (Consider term limits at every level of government for every party. Say yes to term limits!)
When you have a chance, visit the Exchange Club’s Freedom Shrine in clear view from the Riverwalk outside the Naperville Municipal Center. Copies of historic documents that include the Declaration of Independence provide plenty of food for thought for the lazy days of summer.
God bless America.
Enjoy a safe and healthful July!