Summertime in the Belgrades
August 24 – September 30
Fifty Nifty Ways To Exit Summer
by Esther J. Perne
Lingering memories, muscles, souvenirs, a tan! There's no way that summer definitively ends, but leaving it for other climes and times and seasons and reasons is best transacted with the celebration of the great, late days of the season.
How to celebrate? Check these out, or off:
Eat ice cream outdoors • Donate food to a local cupboard • Climb a mountain • Climb The Mountain • Roller skate by a lake • Ice skate in a Vault • Picnic in a park • Visit a local cemetery • Visit a Quaker cemetery • Visit a Veterans Cemetery • Cross the Kennebec on a foot bridge • Cross a lake quietly: canoe, kayak, paddleboard, swim • Hug a child or grandchild • Hug a dog or cat or horse • Hug a tree • Shop for souvenirs • Shop for Christmas or other holidays • Eat pie a la cheddar cheese • Eat a whoopie pie • Send a cake-size whoopie home • Jump in a lake • Jump in a pool; join one for the winter • Listen to the loons • Learn a loon call • Collect colorful leaves • Take a rainy-day walk • Find faces and figures in clouds • Follow a rainbow • Brake for a family of birds • Read an old book from a camp shelf • Visit a library • Join a book group • Go to a book sale • Give books as gifts • Drive to a high hill • Go to a country fair • Catch an outdoor concert • Visit a farmers' market • Stop at a roadside stand • Eat local veggies • Sit for a sunset • Watch the wonderings of a child • People watch from a sidewalk cafe • Window shop along an historic main street • Take a walk in the woods • Follow a trail along a river • Pick the berries of the season • Pick-your-own apples • Collect camp memorabilia • Amble through an antique emporium • Stroll through a greenhouse or arboretum • Plant a tree • Pull weeds • Thank a volunteer, or become one • Eat a red hot dog • Visit an historic site • Try to catch a white cap • Become a member of an association • Plan for next summer
There are fifty, nifty — What, only fifty? — ways to enter summer...