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TAG : Summer Fun

Family Fun in the Sun

In today’s hurry-up world, many families are looking for ways to slow down a little and spend some quality time together, just having fun. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and you don’t have to go very far to have a great time. Here are some ways your ...

Recollections of Early-20th-Century Swimming Holes

When my Grandmother Annie (Hays) Williams died, among her possessions was a letter, postmarked 1942, from a childhood friend. The letter relates to some of their favorite swimming areas when they were teenagers. I thought you might enjoy reading about the recollections in the letter.My ...

Memories of Swimming Holes

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Swimming as a means of summer fun and coping with summer heat is the first thing we think of. From a certain spot on the river to the creek or pond behind the house, nothing is as refreshing as a leisurely swim during the dog days of summer.Sit back ...

Childhood Summer Fun: Tea Party With Hostess Cupcakes

When I was 4 years old, my mother and I took daily walks to the grocery store in the summer. The icebox didn’t keep meat very well, so this was a usual occurrence. One day the clerk showed us some new cupcakes with a cream filling and asked, “Wouldn’t you and your little girl like to try ...

Summer Fun: Shingling the Corn Crib

Summers were long when I was a kid. I always looked forward to school getting out, but it was because I wanted a change in routine, not because I had anything to do besides trying to avoid helping Mom in the house.One spring, when I was about 12, my dad said, “You can start shingling the corn ...

Child Raised Summer Garden

When I was young, we lived in the country on a 40-acre farm, so when I asked my father for space to plant a summer garden, it was no problem. In fact, he plowed up a bigger spot then I had really wanted, but I said nothing, and went ahead and planted the whole thing. I remember I had two rows ...

Summer Fun at Girls’ Camp

On hot summer afternoons, I often recall the cool, pleasant days at the girls’ camp I attended during the 1930s in Maine. Our camp was at the foot of Day Mountain, five miles from Temple and ten miles from Farmington. It was a beautiful location. Day Mountain Camp had its own small lake – ...

Great Childhood Summer Memories

When I was growing up, life was pretty simple. Playtime was wherever our imaginations took us, and I have summer memories of playing outside for hours with my younger sister.A few blankets attached to the clothesline made a house with rooms for us and our dolls. We had many sheds and a big barn ...

Going to the Beach: An Annual Vacation

When I was growing up, our family lived within a hundred miles of the Pacific Ocean, and from the time I was an infant, we enjoyed annual vacations to the small Oregon beach town of Seaside.I was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1942, a time when many husbands and fathers were away fighting in ...

Memories of Summer Fun: Riding Jane’s Carousel

My love affair with the merry-go-round began at an early age. When I was a child in the 1930s, my parents always managed to make a trip to our local amusement park two or three times every summer. There were lots of exciting rides and things to do, but I was interested only in the ...

Memories of Summer Fun: Family Reunion Was Enjoyable for All

Back in the late 1920s and ’30s, my father’s family would get together the second Sunday in August at Dunn’s Bridge in northwestern Indiana for a family reunion. Part of the bridge is rumored to have been constructed with salvaged steel from the Ferris wheel in the Chicago World’s Fair ...

Memories of Summer Fun

Summers are a time to kick back, relax and have fun. Memorable summer adventures may include family reunions, summer vacations or great summer jobs. Whether biting into a ripe, juicy peach or swimming in a clear, cool lake, summer always stirs up memories of color, life and adventure.We asked ...

Long-Term Summer Beach Job Was Exciting

Between the ages of 11 and 14, I ran the concession at the beach. There were no adults to supervise; I was shown what to do, and I was expected to do it.The concession was called Sam’s, named after the owner’s cat. In reality, the concession was a one-ton step van that had been wired for ...

Summer Fun at 4-H Camp

Back in the 1930s, I didn’t know what a “country bumpkin” was, let alone that I was one. If not for the 4-H program, I probably wouldn’t have left the county until I went off to college. I belonged to two organizations: the church and the 4-H club. All church activities were local, but ...

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