It’s time to roll out the welcome mat, remember our manners and play host to what sometimes feels like a human tide.
The National Cherry Festival is under way and 500,000 people are expected to attend. This is, of course, a Blue Angels year, which often means even more people than usual.
If you live here you dread — at least a little bit — the first full week in July. Even the most dedicated cherry festival and tourism booster gets a little antsy in gridlocked street or sidewalk traffic. We’re not used to that here; once a year is plenty.
But tourism helps the wheels go round and you can’t blame people from elsewhere wanting to share the region’s beauty with us. It reflects their good taste, after all.
So be polite, give directions and be gracious. Remember the times you’ve been on unfamiliar turf and act the way you’d like to be treated.