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Letter from the Editor

Winter isn’t exactly the kindest season. In fact, it can be a bit rude, if not standoffish. But that doesn’t mean we have to let it bully us around. There are ways to fight back, or at least find shelter until our good friend spring comes to the rescue. 

This month, we want to help you beat winter with its own weapons: cold and snow. Without the white stuff, snowshoeing would just be hiking, but harder, and snowboards would be planks that are too short to walk off. And there really is no other season to ice skate in the open air. For every punishment winter doles out, it also grants a gift.

As for the cold, winter is by far the best time to marinate in a hot tub, and the great outdoors acts as a natural fridge for your 12-packs, which frees up shelf space. Plus, it just makes us all a little bit stronger. On the other hand, it’s a great excuse to stay inside, bundle up and do absolutely nothing.

We cover all this and more in our Winter Blues section, but that’s not all we have this month. Check out our expansive guide on tabletop gaming and arcades (also a good escape from the cold), our look at the spiciest food around West Michigan, and our local pilsner taste-off. Valentine’s Day is coming up too, so we went to Grand Rapids’ very own love expert, Dr. Megan Stubbs, for some tips for couples and singles alike. 

Whether you decide to escape or embrace winter’s icy grasp, just remember, there’s only one, or two, or maybe three more months of this.

 

’Til next time,

Josh Veal, Managing Editor

 

What's inside this month:

Feature: Beat the Winter Blues with indoor escapes, outdoor adventures and events and more. (See page 30.)

Music: Pop Evil, Cheap Trick and Ani DiFranco

Dining & Drinking: Dining Review: New Hotel Mertens, Where to Get Spicy Dishes, Pilsner Taste-off, Last Call: Citizen GR

 

Revue Arts

Imani Winds blazes new trails for the diverse world of wind quintets
Beverly Pepper at Meijer Gardens
WMS presents Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies
Fringe Festival celebrates the unusual

 


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