101 things to do this summer

June 19, 2009

Yes, the unofficial summer season began several weeks ago, but this weekend is the real deal. Astronomically speaking, summer begins at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, June 21.

Go to bed Saturday night in late spring; wake up Sunday morning in summer.

So, in the 93 days and 16 hours until the beginning of autumn (just before dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 22), what will you do?

Lifestyle staff, interns and columnists have put together a list of 101 suggested projects, day trips, adventures and other activities. Have a great summer.

1. Go to Cowans Gap State Park in Fort Loudon, Pa.

2. Pick strawberries.

3. Take a Wednesday day trip to the Amish farmer's market in Belleville, Pa. Go to

4. Fish at Blairs Valley Lake in Clear Spring.

5. Lie back in the grass and watch the clouds glide by.

6. Fill your water bottle at the water fountain - reputed to have healing properties - at Berkeley Springs State Park in downtown Berkeley Springs, W.Va.


7. Feed the ducks at City Park in Hagerstown.

8. Reread "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" before the movie version comes out July 15.

9. Visit with childhood friends.

10. Grow a late-season vegetable garden. (Get planting tips from extension horticulture expert Annette Ipsan at 301-791-1604.)

11. Take a trip to Charles Town Races & Slots in Charles Town, W.Va.

12. Create and stick to a summer reading list with your family.

13. Clean out cluttered closets and haul things to the local second-hand clothing shop.

14. Go bird watching at the Yankauer Nature Preserve near Shepherdstown, W.Va.

15. Create a photo journal or scrapbook.

16. Go to a baseball game with friends or family.

17. Finish winter knitting projects.

18. Go to a community band concert.

19. Eat Maryland steamed hard-shell crabs and drink a cold beer.

20. Water your flowers and then sit on the patio to enjoy them.

21. Take a leisurely bike ride.

22. Write a story.

23. Grill for friends.

24. Surf.

25. Organize your photos and put some in frames.

26. Take a long walk on the beach, searching for an intact whelk shell.

27. Go on a fishing trip with the men in my family.

28. Get my wife to ride one roller coaster.

29. Get my wife to ride more than one roller coaster.

30. Spend a day shopping at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

31. Walk a mile every day - 93 miles in 93 days.

32. Visit Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and see where John Brown made history 150 years ago.

33. Sit outside on a warm night and watch fireflies.

34. Watch French and Indian War reenactors at Fort Frederick State Park near Big Pool.

35. Dance in the rain.

36. Bike or hike the 20-mile Western Maryland Rail Trail, centered on Hancock.

37. Go to the dime toss at the Clear Spring Carnival.

38. Catch a play at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in July in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

39. Read banned books. Lists of books can be found online. Check out the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression list at

40. Pick up a basket of fruit at Leitersburg Peach Festival in early August.

41. Listen to the alphorns under the big tent at Augustoberfest in Hagerstown.

42. Dip your toes into the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

43. Hike among redwoods.

44. Learn to tell stories with a video camera.

45. Try grilling something new.

46. Tune into the songs of the cicadas and crickets.

47. Watch the Perseid meteor shower after sundown on Aug. 12.

48. Spend a night in a treehouse.

49. Go white-water rafting.

50. Visit Natural Bridge in Virginia.

51. Make art from duct tape.

52. Dance like nobody's watchin' to big-band era music at Pen Mar Park's summer concerts on Sunday afternoons.

53. Try a new food at a favorite restaurant.

54. Check out the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair from July 17 to 23.

55. Salute the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 24th annual Salute to Independence on July 4 at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Fireworks. Free.

56. Take a nap on a hammock.

57. Try to win a 24 Game math round against your kids.

58. Go to Fallingwater to see the home, built over a waterfall, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Go to

59. Visit the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Happy, the zoo's only hippo, leaves in early fall, and zoo officials don't know how much longer they will have Tai Shan, the giant panda cub who turns 4 on July 9. Go to

60. Spend a day with my family at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton, Pa. Go to

61. Write a love song.

62. Attend a Renaissance festival.

63. Go to extremes. Visit the highest peak and lowest cave floor within 200 miles.

64. Hear two jazz legends, drummer Charli Persip and saxophonist Phil Woods, perform June 27 in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

65. Take a family hike on one of Maryland's state park trails.

66. Breathe in the sweet fragrance of honeysuckle or a field of freshly mown hay.

67. Go horseback riding with children or grandchildren.

68. Attend the Rock 'n' Roll Wine Festival at Linganore Winecellars in Mount Airy, Md.

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