Editor’s Memo: Summer Fun, Health and Fitness, and Our Favorite Wineries

A few words from Westchester Magazine Executive Editor, Robert Schork.



As we pull late nights on closing weeks to get the magazine to press (it’s now 11 pm and I’m still here, staring at cold pizza and warm salad on my desk—ah, the glamorous life of magazine editors!), I often reflect upon the totality of each issue, asking myself and my colleagues, “Are they [the readers] getting their money’s worth?” At the very least, we strive to have something for everyone in each issue. This month, I’m proud to say we’ve delivered on both counts. Weighing in at 260 pages, this is one of the largest issues we’ve put to bed in a long time—it certainly passes the “thump” test we often talk about in our meetings (i.e., drop the issue onto the table and listen to the sound it makes). And just a cursory flip through the pages will have you landing on topics as disparate as Westchester’s connection to Mount Rushmore, a local veteran’s role in a secret campaign during World War II, a local teen who was the successful recipient of a cutting-edge treatment for cystic fibrosis, and a profile of the “captain” of the Yonkers Science Barge.

Our June issue would not be complete without two popular mainstays. Our annual Health & Fitness supplement is brimming with tips, tricks, and inspiration for a healthier and happier you. And our Summer Fun package, compiled by Articles Editor Marisa LaScala, is your go-to guide from now through Labor Day on everything from fantastic farmers’-market finds and alfresco dining destinations to fairs, festivals, and carnivals, as well as boating opportunities across the Hudson and the Sound.

Last, but not least, this issue’s cover story takes us on a journey around the world (including our own “backyard” upstate) to discover some of the best wines, restaurants, and lodging in some of the most breathtaking destinations—all the makings for a perfect summer getaway. But before you pack your corkscrew, you can sample many of the wines featured in our cover story right here at Westchester Magazine’s third annual Wine & Food Weekend from June 6 to June 9.

Jenny Higgons
For this issue, veteran freelance writer Jenny Higgons profiled four “unsung heroes” in the County’s health field for our annual Health & Fitness supplement. “I felt like a total slug after talking to these highly motivated exercise and nutrition experts,” she says of her interviews with New York Yankees Director of Strength and Conditioning Dana Cavalea, House of Sports Executive Director of Performance Blaine Bott, and Today show nutritionist Joy Bauer. “So I resolved to work out every day and change my eating habits; that resolution will go into effect on January 1, 2014.”
 

Jeanne Muchnick
Hot dogs have always been a guilty pleasure for  Jeanne Muchnick, who wrote about the best ones around the County in this month’s “Main Course”. Jeanne admits to easily eating at least two (or three) come grilling season. “When pregnant with my second daughter, I literally ‘craved’ them—so much so that after easily eating four a week in my last trimester, I didn’t eat them again for years.” Jeanne remains a purist (mustard only). She writes frequently about food for Westchester Magazine, 914INC., and the Journal News.

 

Dan Zevin
As one of three stay-at-home dads who penned essays for our Father’s Day feature, Dan Gets a Minivan author Dan Zevin says, “It was surreal to riff on my official life as a suburban dad, because the funniest scenes in [my book] are about that awkward adjustment from city to suburbs. Now that we’re finally here, I don’t know what the hell we were waiting for. As I was writing this essay, it suddenly seemed insane that I was ever nervous about fleeing the City that Never Sleeps. Never sleeps? Are you kidding me? My son has to be at trumpet rehearsal at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning.”


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