It’s Labor Day, which some call unofficial end of summer.
Don’t you believe it.
This time of year I try my hardest to pretend that summer will never end. Sure the kids are going back in school, but can’t we go swimming in the lake a few more times? Keep wearing shorts and riding our bikes? Keep picking corn and tomatoes? Forever?
OK. Not forever.
But there’s more summer to be had. There are still a handful of free summer concerts to go to. There are still some outdoor movies. There are still wild berries to pick, and you can still eat your dinner out on the lawn. Maybe you’ll have to wear a sweater, but keep the shorts out a little while longer.
This is the last entry in our Summer Days series, which ran every day for the past two months. But summer isn’t really over until the end of the month.
So keep a bit of summertime with you, a few more long, lazy evenings, a few more adventures, a few more ice pops.
Even as you push the kids out the door to catch the bus in the morning.
Here are a few more free summery things you can enjoy this month:
--Thursday, noon. Jazz on Jay. The last in the free summer jazz program, with the Frank Capri Show performing on the Jay Street pedestrian mall. Bring your lunch.
--Albany’s Summer in the City begins Wednesday, and runs through the month, a continuation of all the great free music in the city this summer.
From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Tricentennial Park, there will be arts, crafts and food vendors. The music schedule is: Wednesday, Steven Candlen; Sept. 10, The Bondville Boys; Sept. 17, Holly & Evan; Sept. 24, Alex Smith.
--Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14, Lake George Jazz Festival in Shepard Park.
On Saturday the music runs from 1-8:30 p.m. with Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express; Cyrille Aimee’s Gypsy Jazz Quintet; Nino Rota; and the Anat Cohen Quartet. On Sunday, there’s music from 1-6 p.m. with Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee; Jane Bunnett and Maqueque; and the Raymond Scott Orchestrette.
--There are two more free outdoor movies at Saratoga’s High Rock Park: On Thursday at 8:30 p.m., “The Shawshank Redemption” will be shown (18 and older, please). And at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, bring the family out for “E.T.”
As summer pushes into fall, you can still enjoy our area parks and mountains, bike trails, lakes and rivers.
And when it gets cool enough to light a fire in the wood stove or fireplace, pull out one last marshmallow, to toast the last summer day.