Finneran: Glorious June
Friday, June 30, 2017
We’re about to tuck the month of June to bed. She’s an old favorite of mine.
Think of what June brings---long days, nice nights, lots of sunshine, plenty of golf, and lazy days at the beach. The memories of the most miserable months---January, February, and March---are all but erased. The teasers of April and May have given way to the joys of June.
School is out. Traffic is lighter. Kids are at play. The ocean warms and swimmers no longer have to pretend that they’re insulated like polar bears. Stripers and bluefish are back. Clamming can be done in a bathing suit. And of course sweet fried clams lay frequent claim to our attention.
Those early sunrises and late sunsets are treasures. Note on the horizon where that sun now rises. Note too where it now sets. Come November, December, and January those impressive Northerly points will be eclipsed by the low winter sun’s dance with the South. We can cherish the memories even as the autumn and winter chills cut through our clothes. And God’s seasonal cycles give us confidence that all will be well once again. Our patience with cold, with darkness, with blizzards, with the bread and milk runs to the grocery store, will be rewarded. It all happens in June. The slate is wiped clean.
Some June highlights----
RED SOX GAMES AT FENWAY: I’m almost completely indifferent to the opponent. It’s the pleasure of spending conversational time with friends while in shirtsleeves. None of that April hoodie stuff or that October parka nonsense. I want to watch baseball in short sleeves with no mention of wind chills or having to wear multiple layers.
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: June is a huge month for strawberries. Fresh, juicy, sweet, heaven-sent strawberries with real crumbly shortcake biscuits and real whipped cream. No angel cake and no imitation whip. Real cream with real sugar equals real paradise. Awesome.
A LONG SWIM AND A NICE NAP: Is there anything better than a long swim in calm comfortable salt water? Yes, there is. It’s a long swim in that water followed by a delightful nap on the warm sands of summer. It’s fun exercise followed by a no-guilt nap. Such activities and events undoubtedly occur in heaven. Here too, come June.
THE GARDEN: The early season beauties---forsythia, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, magnolias, flowering crab trees, azaleas, rhododendrons---give way to June. Enter dogwood, lilies, roses, hydrangeas, and lavender. The honey bees are now very active, their industry even more impressive than an automobile assembly line. The home gardeners now see green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, and cukes taking shape. It’s a bit early for harvest but the gardener’s pride is evident and the appetites are whetted.
COOKOUTS: Burgers and hot dogs. Fresh striper from the grill. Steak tips. Sweet peppers. Crabcakes. Scallops. Corn on the cob. Blueberry cobbler. A vodka gimlet, shaken not stirred. Who needs five-star restaurants with ten-star prices? A quick trip to the farmer’s market, the fish store, and the grocery store gives you all the good stuff and helps eclipse all the pretensions of the restaurant scene.
June, glorious June. It’s a fabulous month and I hate to see it end...........she’ll be in my dreams.
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The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival takes place from June 1 to June 10 in downtown Burlington, Vermont.
This 10 day celebration features four stages with free live music from Leslie Odom Jr. and more. The festival also will feature local food and much more.
For more information, click here.
Taking a Cruise on a Windjammer
Head to Maine and sleep aboard a National Landmark, the Maine Windjammer Fleet.
Go on a three, four or six-day cruise and get closer than ever before to wildlife like whales, eagles, and porpoises while you see some of the best coastal scenery that North America has to offer.
After a successful first festival, the PVDFest returns to Providence for the third year and will take place from June 7 to June 10.
The festival will bring in art, music, performances and more from all over the United States and the world for the free outdoor festival.
Catching a Worcester Bravehearts Game
Year after year, the Worcester Bravehearts are one of the best baseball teams in New England.
They bring in some of the best college talent from across the region to compete for the Futures League Championship.
Don't miss a game.
Visiting Cape Playhouse Theatre
Taking a ride to Cape Cod and visit the oldest summer theatre in the country, Cape Playhouse. Cape Playhouse was first opened in 1927 by Raymond Moore.
The theatre has been home to some of the biggest stars to ever grace a stage like Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart amongst others.
Enjoying the South County Hot Air Balloon Fest
There is nothing quite like the Hot Air Ballon Fest. This is the place to enjoy glowing hot air balloons, crafts, music, food, fishing, carnival rides, fireworks, and more.
The festival will be held from July 20-22 on the URI athletic fields.
Participating in the Worcester World Cup 2018
The 2017 Worcester World Cup is set to take place from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12.
The Worcester World Cup is more than a soccer tournament. It's a celebration of Worcester and a safe, friendly family event that people look forward to all year.
Newport Jazz Festival
The 2018 festival is set to take place from Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5.
The festival will show off over 50 individual jazz ensembles on four stages including performances at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park.
Seeing a Movie at the Rustic Drive-In
Look forward to Calling up your friends, pack a picnic, and sit in your car as feature films are projected on giant outdoor screens.
The audio plays right through your radio, so be sure to turn the volume up high as you snack on your candy and popcorn.
Zip Lining in the Berkshires
Looking for something new and exciting? Head to the Berkshires and get yourself on a zip line, maybe even do a canopy tour.
There are three different tour options, starting with the base area tour which lasts an hour or the Moutain Top or Valley Jump tour which takes three hours. Both of those are sure to shoot some adrenaline into your day.
The Little League World Series
While the Little League World Series does not take place in New England, the series is arguably the marquee sporting event of the summer.
There will be a New England team in it this year and therefore, the Little League World Series is always something to look forward to
Catching a PawSox Game at McCoy
Nothing says summer time like sitting at McCoy Stadium and watching a Pawtucket Red Sox game.
While the PawSox are already in action, the weather is getting warmer and it will be much more comfortable to go out to a game.
Billy Joel at Fenway Park
For the 5th consecutive year, rock and roll legend Billy Joel will play Fenway Park.
Billy Joel released his first hit song, arguably still his biggest hit, Piano Man in 1973 and since then has become the 6th best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.
Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
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