June 16 – 22, 2017 Vol. 19, No. 2

Let the Leisure Seize Ya

by Esther J. Perne

The season of leisure is here! Summer enrichment activities, opportunities and options are setting in. Every day of the week, there will be free outdoor music floating through the air. Every weekend there will be an art or photography or craft exhibit, also usually free. Most evenings there will be theater performances. Most any time there will be jam sessions and poetry readings and classes and workshops on arts and crafts and creativity. And always there will be museums and libraries and historic sites and studios open longer hours or summer-only hours with a lot of special exhibits during this season of the year.

This summer grow rich! Put some culture in the mind bank, some classes, some craft know-how. Put some music in the memories, some artwork, some theater, some living history.

Invest in a small way in attending everything that has no admission fee, in admiring in passing a roadside artist, a solo sidewalk entertainer, a birder with binoculars standing silently across from a picturesque marshland. Invest in a large way with a season-long theater or museum pass, a music or film festival pass, a ticket to special seating or VIP benefits. Thrive either way in the balance of summer's natural settings and the season's unique artistic and cultural opportunities.

This summer get involved in enrichment. Volunteer, sponsor, fundraise, promote. Attend a dance workshop, join a rural stage production. This summer share. Take the children, the guests, even the dog to an outdoor concert. This summer venture out to an event or presentation in a neighboring town, a new-to-you waterfront. This summer let the leisure of the season set in.