“I don’t mean to jinx it, but: I feel that things are starting to take a turn for the better (as I write this in May, that is, though I hope this sentiment continues into June). For the first time in who-knows-how-long—I forget—I’m filled with hope, optimism, and cheer.
“And this is reflected in this edition:
“For one thing, we haven’t had any events listings in the Handy Mag since March 2020. But this month—with the reopening of local venues and the possibility of in-person community group meet-ups—our “Local Life” pages are packed with information about a number of events taking place in and around the Ryedale area. (See page 36 [Ryedale].)
“For another thing, our “Spotlight” this month is on Natasha Jones, Artistic Director at Helmsley Arts Centre, a venue that has had to “go virtual” during the pandemic, but that will be (at the time of reading: will have been) open to audiences from May 18. I talk to Natasha, among other things, about “what’s on” at the centre when it reopens, the idea of which has seemed like a distant possibility for all-too-long. (See page 8 [Ryedale].)
“And for yet another, you can read all about Meadowfest, Malton’s very own boutique summer music festival, headlined by The Lightning Seeds, on page 32 [Ryedale]. There’s no Glastonbury this year, though I’m told this is the next best thing!
“On page 15 [Ryedale], you can see the winning photograph of the April round of our Open Photography Competition 2021. We are astounded to have received over 210 entries to the Competition—and further, by the quality and technicality of many—but this image, taken by Colette Cambridge, really stood out from the rest. (Details on how to enter the Competition can be found here.)”
Marianne Long, Handy Mag Editor