August is the Sunday of the Summer
“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “August is the Sunday of the summer.” That pretty much sums up my feelings about the month of August.
There’s something about August that bursts my summer bubble. I know summer isn’t technically over until September 22nd, but it feels like it ends much sooner than that. I guess the thought of school starting and the local fair, which has always symbolized the end of summer for me, just bring a sense of finality to the season.
But this year I’m going to try and really enjoy the last days of summer. I’ll watch my children catch the last of the fireflies, listen to their squeals as they spray each other with the garden hose, take them to the county fair to see all the animals, and dig my toes in the sand at our family trip to the beach.
Fun Stuff To Do This Month:
1. Most county and state fairs are held this month. Take a day and go out to the fair to see all the animals and the blue ribbon cakes and pies. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair (Aug. 14th-22nd) even lets you buy those cakes and pies (made by local 4-H kids) at an auction that benefits the 4-H scholarship program. These cakes and pies can sell for up to $1,000. If you don’t want to spend quite that much but still want a taste, the 4-H bake sale is the place for you. They sell the second through sixth place baked goods for about a dollar per slice
2. Take a day trip. I haven’t ever been to a lot of the interesting places within a hour or so of my home, and summer is the perfect time to go explore. Check out our article, 5 Under the Radar Road Trips Within an Hour of DC, for some ideas.
3. Go see an outdoor movie. Most cities have free outdoor movies this time of year. For outdoor movies in the DC metro area, check out dcoutdoorfilms.com. If you aren’t in the DC area just search online for outdoor movies in your area and you should be able to find some.
Summer is still with us, at least for another 31 days. So don’t forget to soak up the last rays and take advantage of events in your area. August may be the Sunday of of the summer, but you can still make it a great one.