Summer’s Last Stand


This summer has flown by so fast! Now, the lazy, hazy days of August are upon us and it is time to enjoy all that the month brings. Being a foodie, I look forward to the abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables. I recently picked up some sweet corn from Eichelberg Farm in Linden for the first time this summer – so delicious! Genesee County has many veggie stands offering a bountiful array. But there is nothing better than picking a sweet, juicy tomato right out of your own garden. Don’t forget about the always over-abundant zucchini that’s just waiting to be picked and turned into yummy zucchini bread.

Did you know there will be two full moons this month? Both supermoons!  According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the full Sturgeon moon (named for the time of year when the large fish were abundant in the Great Lakes) reaches its peak on August 1, and the Blue Sturgeon supermoon will peak on August 30. The Blue Sturgeon will be the biggest supermoon of 2023! The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower (one of the brightest meteor shows) also lights up the night sky this month – the peak days are August 12-13.

This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realize that it is August: the summer’s last stand.”
Sara Baume

There are multiple late summer events to enjoy right here in your own backyard. Back to the Bricks® takes place August 14-19 and thousands of car enthusiasts converge in Downtown Flint and the surrounding area for the week-long event. You won’t want to miss the 46th Annual 2023 HAP Crim Festival of Races, which takes place on August 25-26. The events include the signature 10 Mile, Half Crim 5 Mile, 5K, One Mile race and Teddy Bear Trot, attracting thousands of runners from around the world. The Genesee County Fair, a family tradition since 1850, is another popular August happening. The 11th Annual Flint Drop Fest (electronic music event) takes place Downtown Flint on Saturday August 12, and the Montrose Blueberry Festival also happens mid-month. These are just a few of the many fun-filled events to look forward to as the summer begins to wind down.

There are no major holidays in August, but there are a lot of fun and wacky days of observance to celebrate. As a southpaw, I celebrate Left-Handers Day on August 13. You can enjoy a special breakfast treat on National Waffle Day (August 24) and some creamy, refreshing ice cream on National Banana Split Day (August 25)! Another favorite of mine is Toasted Marshmallow Day on August 30. Sitting by a glowing campfire making s’mores is the perfect end-of-season tradition.

What I look forward to in the month of August are backyard barbecues, long walks on cool evenings and just sitting on the deck reading a book. My most favorite thing about August? Spending family time at the cottage overlooking Lake Huron that we visit every year. It’s the last time we all get together before the kids go back to school. I don’t know about you, but I plan to enjoy the hazy, lazy days of August to the fullest!


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