Is It Over?
It’s mid-September, and I find myself emersed in end of summer reflections and at the same time, feeling the excitement of a new season soon unfolding. But first, to be clear; I am in no hurry to kick summer out the door like a discarded lover because I prefer fall's embrace.
Autumn is a spectacular season, and I adore crackling fires, the nip of crisp air, steaming bowls of soup, and pumpkin everything. However, each season deserves its full measure and summer is short enough. We’ll know when it’s time to pull out the favorite turtleneck and crockpot, but with temps still in the 70’s and low 80’s, fall needs to wait its turn.
Lucky us in The Twin Cities we celebrate all four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. However, the lines between when one ends and the next begins are often blurry. I decided to take a casual survey of friends and neighbors on when it’s time let go of summer and move on.
- Labor Day weekend is the end of summer
- Summer ends when the kids go back to school
- End of the Minnesota State Fair means the end of summer...
Summer Glorious Summer
Summer has returned to the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Minneapolis, also known as the frozen tundra, we feel our exquisite summer is the reward we deserve for getting past a long, frosty, biting, snowy, punishing winter. Ok, you get it – it’s cold here for a substantial portion of the year.
I’ll make the concession that all seasons of the year have its particular charms and recommendations. But, making the most of summer, filling every day with pleasures of the season, comes with the territory here in Minnesota. My summer list consists mainly of simple pleasures, with a touch of the exotic to shake it up a bit.
Go jump in a lake.
Now coming from a resident of the land of 10,000 lakes (actually it’s more like 11,842) it’s no surprise that water plays a dominant role in summer. Swimming, boating, fishing, sailing are all popular activities enjoyed on Minnesota lakes in the summer months.
Go on a picnic. Attend a concert...
Twin Cities Activities
It seemed like just a couple of weeks ago that the whole splendor of summer lay spread out before us. Now, here we are past the half way mark of August. Hot days and balmy nights seem to be already behind us for this year. The cooler temps probably make it easier for the kids to return to the halls of learning but still, that bittersweet feeling that we have lost something is all too familiar for many of us. In my opinion, the worse characteristic of our summer is that it’s simply not long enough.
Given the fact that the glorious days of my favorite season are so limited, I try to squeeze every drop of joy and pleasure from every blessed day right to the end. At this time, every year, I remind myself that summer is not over, it is just, like me, in its golden days and has much to offer and should be appreciated.
So then, what do you plan to do with your last few precious weeks before the leaves begin to turn? There are so many activities, events, and destinations in the Twin Cities Metro that are tailor made for days in the seventies with low humidity. Need some inspiration?
Art + Mini-Golf = Sculpture Garden at the Walker
If you haven't checked out the mini golf...
Catching the Last Waves of a Twin Cities Summer
In the Twin Cities in August, the weather can be hot and the nights balmy, but not always. Weather is unpredictable here but that’s all right because we Minnesotans have been trained to be complacent about the weather. Cone flowers and all varieties of daisies are headlining in the flower beds and sunflowers are standing tall in the fields.
There is a collective and audible sigh of relief from parents with the beginning of the school year in sight. Their kids are contemplating their return to the class rooms as well. Some are reluctant to see the end of summer vacation, while others are excited with anticipation of what is ahead for them in the new school year.
We are in the final weeks of the season, somewhere just beyond midsummer glory and before its swan song. These days are lush and bountiful. We savor them with the knowledge that all too quickly they will come to an end. Let’s make the most of these final weeks as we countdown to fall. Whether you chose to spend the time feeling idle and blessed soaking up the warmth of the sun, or want to turn these last weeks into a full-scale celebration here are some ideas that will help you squeeze every drop of joy out of these last days of summer.
15 Ways to Celebrate the Month of August in the Twin Cities
Ahh June - the portal to Summer! Step into June and the entire glorious season of warmth and sunshine is beneath our feet, stretching out before us. June is weddings, kids out of school, family vacations, cooking on the grill and baseball. June is bright blossoms exploding with bursts of color from the flower beds and strawberries melting with sweetness on the vine. I love that June is comfortable, warm but not hot and we are beckoned to the golf course, tennis courts, and favorite biking and walking trails.
Summer in the Twin Cities is all that and more. Summer inspires us to celebrate with great music, art, food, drink, festivals and fairs. After a long winter are we ever ready! So without further fanfare (because I could go on for pages extolling the virtues of June) let’s take a look at what is happening on the sidewalks of Minneapolis-St. Paul this month.
Celebrate June – Celebrate Art
The 50th Annual Edina Art Fair
Friday June 3 through Sunday June 5, 50th and France, Edina Minnesota
If you think Labor Day marked the end of summer, I am going to have to disagree. Officially the last day of summer is not until the Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd. The weather should remain warm and pleasant at least through the end of the month. So let's take summer for all she is worth, shall we? Let's enjoy each day as it comes and plan to enjoy the sights, sounds, and foods of summer until they and she (I always think of summer as female) are gone.
In case you need some inspiration, here are a few suggestions for ways to celebrate and savor the last weeks of summer.
Taste of Summer Bounty
Enjoy the fruits and fresh veggies of the season for as long as they last. Grill some corn, throw together a fresh, crispy and healthy salad with native vegetables or cut open a ripe, juicy, refreshing watermelon. Here are some great ways to grill fresh corn on the cob I found on Real Simple.
Hot August night and the leaves hanging down and the grass on the ground smelling sweet- Neil Diamond
August is the last hurrah of summer. The kids head back to their classrooms in a few weeks as we hear a large collective sigh of relief from parents throughout the Metro. But before that happens, we have the entire month of hot August days and nights ahead of us. Summer celebrations continue across Minneapolis and St. Paul, with some of the summer’s most popular events happening this month.
Many people look forward to August for The Fringe Festival and the State Fair, two great events that occur in the Twin cities and are nationally recognized. For others, August is about squeezing the last drop out of summer by playing golf every weekend, listening to one last concert in the park or taking that day trip to the Eagle Refuge in Wabasha you had planned.
Just in case your August bucket list is not full, here is a sampling of art, music, and fun going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month.
Summer is in full swing in the Twin Cities Metro, and I couldn’t be happier! Admittedly I struggle with the long Minnesota winters, but I can only describe the summers as exquisite and all the sweeter for the anticipation! Although I admit, every season has its charms; summer wins hands down in its ability to motivate and inspire me. So with no further ado, here is my list of 15 favorite summer pleasures that prove you can have beautiful things.
1. Long Days, Blue Skies and Sunshine
Daylight is a mood enhancer. In summer we enjoy longer hours of sunshine to catch up on our Vitamin D! The cold Minnesota winters keep the less hardy among us indoors and so when we feel the warmth of the summer sun we want to get outside and enjoy our beautiful parks, trails, and lakes. In addition to sports and other traditional outside summer activities, here in the Twin Cities we listen to great music, watch movies, eat, drink, and shop outdoors as well. We put those extra daylight hours to good use!
Let's Hear It for July
It’s July in Minnesota and Twin Cities Metro folk couldn’t be happier! We hate to brag, but seriously, our summers are fabulous! Everywhere we look the landscape is bursting with color. Flower beds are strutting their stuff, geraniums and petunias are outgrowing the confines of their window boxes and daylilies are spots of color on a green background of lush lawns.
July music and magic are in the air. Fairs, festivals, art, concerts, food and drink await us from one end of the Metro to the other! Here is a short list that piqued my interest for this month. Hope they give you some ideas and help make this summer the best since Grandma won the Blue Ribbon for her apple pie at the state fair!
The Minneapolis Pops - Every Weekend in July
Can you believe it? This year marks the 66th year our own Minneapolis Pops has been providing free concerts in the Twin Cities. Every year I look forward to this well-performed music at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 5:30 pm on Sunday and they are free. Pack a picnic basket and arrive early for dinner al fresco and a choice spot for the concert. Visit the Minneapolis...
June is Bustin' Out All Over
June is bustin’ out in the Twin Cities, and the moon is shining on our beautiful lakes and rivers! We have a lot to celebrate! The entire summer spreads out ahead of us, and we are enjoying more daylight than any other month of the year. The weather is warm but isn't hot and the June nights are made for romance! It’s green as far as the eye can see except for the flower beds bursting with colorful blooms. June is roses, strawberries melting with sweetness on the vine, weddings, the ending of the school year, cookouts, baseball, and the beginning of summer with the Solstice occurring on Sunday, June 21.
The citizens of Minneapolis-St. Paul are celebrating the kickoff of summer in grand style. There is certainly no shortage of activities and things to do in the Metro this month. Fairs, festivals, art, music, food, and drink, abound from one end of the Twin Cities to the other. Here is the short list of events that intrigue me and of course, I want to share.
It’s All About the Art
The 49th Annual Edina Art Fair
Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, 50th and France, Edina Minnesota