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Summer Nights

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Summer nights are a perfect time to hang out as a family. Fireflies are still out in Tennessee, putting on their mesmerizing light show. These little unassuming bugs are one of nature’s marvels. (How do they DO that?!)

June is also the month of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. This year it falls on June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the perfect excuse to organize a Midsummer’s Night party, complete with a bonfire, the traditional celebration of the Summer Solstice. (And nothing says fun for a teenager like setting things on fire.) It can be anything from a barbecue grill to a college game day barn burner. All kinds of things can be added like campfire foods (e.g., beverages, hot dogs, s’mores, jiffy pop) and music (recorded or a local teen band). Remember to inform neighbors and check with local authorities regarding relevant ordinances. (This can provide a little lesson on the importance of being a good neighbor and a good citizen.)  The crescent moon will be hanging overhead throughout it all. It might almost be as much fun as watching TV!