Solstice Fun, Frolic, and Festivals

Das BootTomorrow is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  For many folks that is the real beginning of summer.  Since we’ve already had the air conditioning on (which is practically unheard of in my house!) it feels as though it’s been summer for a while.  Although this is nowhere near my favorite season by any means, I will try to make the best of it and enjoy the slower pace and festivities.

The caboose actually talked me into using a free trial offer we received at a local gym.  It’s the time of year where the heat and humidity are just gross, not exactly conducive to running.  At least not for me.  So, I figured what the heck, let’s check out the AC in the gym and hopefully have a win-win situation.  I’ll let you know how that works.

It also seems to be festival season in Minnesota.  This weekend alone we have Midsummer Days in North Branch (Hmmm, isn’t it really early summer?), Manitou Days in White Bear Lake, and GermanFest at the historic Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul.  I love the street dance and music of Midsummer Days, might have to catch that tonight.  And White Bear definitely knows how to throw a party.  I love the marketplace they have, the arts and crafts fair, beach dance, pub crawls…literally too much to list.  In fact, this festival is so huge that it goes until the Fourth of July!

I’ve said in previous posts that the Hub is a hundred percent German.  I think there may be some kraut, dancing, and beer drank from footwear in my future.  If you don’t know what that means, they like to drink beer from “Das Boot”, a large glass boot-shaped drinking vessel.  By the way, there are rules that go along with drinking from Das Boot.  And ignorance of the law is no excuse.  Just make sure if you go to GermanFest that you’re wearing your dancin’ boots.  Because like the brochure says,   “If Polka’s wrong, we don’t want to be right.”  Yes!  Happy summer, everyone, happy summer indeed.


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