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5 More Easy Ways to Celebrate Summer

5 More Easy Ways to Celebrate Summer

Last year at this time, I wrote about some easy ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice, or the first official day of summer (June 21). It is also known as the “longest” day of the year because it has the greatest number of daylight hours than any other day of the year.

As I wrote then, for me, summer is all about the food, or, specifically, about the fresh produce of the season including watermelon, corn, tomatoes, strawberries, and peaches, plums and nectarines.

But, summer offers more than just great food. The longer days and warmer weather seem to make it mandatory to spend time outdoors. Here are some more simple ways to connect to the slower rhythm of summer and enjoy the season.

  • Create your own summer movie “festival” right in your own backyard. Our smart phones, tablets, and laptops make it so easy to watch films any time and anywhere. You can have a special “themed” summer film series, choosing your own favorite themes and movies. For me, baseball movies represent summer, and some of my favorites that I always watch include Bull Durham, The Natural, A League of Their Own, and Field of Dreams.
  • Have a summer potluck. Unlike potlucks during the winter months, this one can be held outdoors, and can include a picnic, a barbecue or both. If you or your friends and family are gardeners, you can use it as an opportunity to share the summer bounty from your garden.
  • If you do grow your own food, another way to share the bounty is to organize a produce exchange. This doesn’t have to be a formal event, but you can host some friends from your garden club or your community garden and swap.
  • Play games. We all remember when we were kids and we played every minute we could during our summer vacation. While we might not be as young as we once were, we can still play. Even if those games aren’t necessarily physical, have a “game night” or a series of game nights/game days featuring board games, card games or word games. You can even include some childhood favorites like marbles, jacks, and checkers. If you do feel like getting some exercise, then organize a play “date” with friends and family and go miniature golfing, play Frisbee or croquet, or go on a nature hike together.
  • Lastly, I am including an item from last year because I think it is so important, and it is important for me to remind myself to do it. Just take it easy once in awhile and do nothing, by giving yourself some unscheduled time! Just enjoy the warm summer sun, while sitting under a nice shady tree with a nice cool drink, and listening to the sounds of summer while spending some time outdoors.


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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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9:49PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

In my early years (30's & 40's) I used to book a vacation down in the Turks & Caicos and take 20 books (not paper back) and read one a day while I laid out in the sun. I just read and walked up and down the two mile beech for two solid weeks no TV, Radio, (before internet) and did literally nothing except an occasional snorkel. Best rejuvenating 2 weeks I had all year long.

7:51PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Love Summer :)

6:04PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

I really like the evenings in the summer. The breeze comes in and we have some really nice sunsets.

3:29AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Thanks for the article.

5:02AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

3:28AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Pleasure is easy to get - just do anything fun !!

2:03AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thank you :)

9:26PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you :)

3:51PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Roderick D, what fun and tranquil times you have in the Land Of The Midnight Sun! Lucky indeed! Wish our sunlight lasted that long. Almost tempting to move up to our North but then the winters get pretty feisty up there with a lot of darkness, would find that too difficult! Prices in the northern part of my country are sky high but often dream of living in the arctic!

A lot of good suggestions, especially the potluck with friends and good food.

Love to walk by the river and spend a long time watching the wildlife in the rural areas as well, especially at night. Summer is a time of celebration often humid and torrid but better than those long cold southern winters!

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