I just recently finished one of my first books of the summer, 28 Summers by Elin Hildebrand. She’s an author I love, and this book might be my favorite one of hers yet.
The book revolves around a woman and the man she loves as they navigate separate and completely unconnected lives, except for one weekend every year on Nantucket. Their “same time next year.” The affair begins on Labor Day weekend in the summer of 1969 and continues for 28 summers, through marriage, children, deaths, careers and all things life. They don’t see one another or speak for the rest of the year, except for their treasured weekend each Labor Day weekend. This tiny slice of time together refuels their souls before they dive back into their real lives at the weekend’s close.
The “same time next year” idea really captures my heart – NOT regarding an affair, but the premise of a constant, steady and fulfilling tradition. I lament to my girlfriends about our schedule often. It seems that scheduling things like get-togethers or a dinner out or a weekend away gets harder and harder with each passing year. In my younger (and childless) years, planning was effortless. We were all able to just meet for dinner tomorrow, or grab drinks on Friday, or go to shore next weekend. Now, we plan weeks or months ahead, squeezing a two-hour window for brunch on a Wednesday, before rushing to the next part of the day, be it school pickups, sports, Zoom calls, dog grooming appointments, therapy, etc. It just seems to me that the “squeezed in” time IS the good stuff, yet it gets lost in the shuffle.
What if this book is on to something? What if we all committed to some “same time next year” traditions? No matter what, we’d know that we have some special, good-for-the-soul moments to look forward to each year without the hardship of schedule juggling and planning. Essentially, the calendar is marked in permanent marker and that’s that. I don’t see any reason why a “same time next year” commitment with a friend, partner or family member is any less important than all of the other items that fill our to-do lists and Google calendars. I’d argue that maybe these commitments could be MORE important!
I plan to read 28 Summers again soon. As I re-read, I’m really going to ponder “same time next year” further and consider when (not if!) I can make my very own carved-in-stone plans. I can’t wait!
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HERE’S TO THE DADS!
Father’s Day Weekend at Chadd’s Ford Winery
Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19
Celebrate dad with wine, slushies, cocktails and craft beer. Table service requires reservations and walk-in seating is first come, first served. Details
Father’s Day Wine & Whiskey
Sunday, June 19
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Penns Wood Winery, Chadds Ford
Learn to create three unique cocktails that include both whiskey and wine, while munching on cheese and a charcuterie board. Details
Father’s Day Food Truck Mayhem
Saturday, June 18
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Spring Mountain Ski Lodge, Schwenksville
Food trucks galore, beer, axe throwing and raffles with dad in mind – the grand prize is “The Grill Master” which includes a $300 gift card to Back Home Butcher Shop. Details
Father’s Day Ice Cream Festival
Sunday, June 19, 3:00 PM
Harriton House, Bryn Mawr
Dads eat free! Reservations required so there is ice cream for everyone! Details
Silver Creek Father’s Day Car Show
Sunday, June 19
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
2943 Route 212, Hellertown
An outing full of food, fun, entertainment, and a playground for the kids. Details
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Tuesday, June 21 – Sunday, August 7
Franklin Square, Philadelphia
After a three-year hiatus, this beloved festival returns will ALL NEW lantern designs for 2022, including a walk-through bamboo forest and a whale that swims! Details
Havertown Irish Festival
Saturday, June 25
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Manoa Shopping Center, West Chester Pike
Live music, food, vendors, a kid's fun zone, beer garden and more. Free admission. Details
SOUNDS OF SUMMER
JaSaFaR Experience Concert in the Park
Friday, June 17
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Linwood Park, Ardmore
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and spend the evening among neighbors in the park, listening to covers from the 60’s and 70’s by JaSaFaR Experience. Details
Orchestra in the Garden: Bach & Handel
Saturday, June 18
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bring a picnic and enjoy orchestral favorites. Premium, general and lawn seating available. Details
Kelly Center Hosts: Student Stage
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 PM
Kelly Center, Havertown
Student Stage features local young singers and songwriters, giving them a change to perform in front of a live audience! Complimentary wine, seltzers, beer, coffee and water will be served. BYOB welcomed for an additional $5 donation. Details
Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts
Select Evenings through August 28
Bryn Mawr Gazebo Park
BYO lawn chairs, food, non-alcoholic beverages and blankets. Details
Rose Tree Summer Festival
Wednesdays – Sundays, June 15 – August 14
Rose Tree Park, Media
Performances cover all musical genres, from classical, Cajun and Motown to Broadway, doo-wop and classic rock. BYO blankets and chairs. Free admission and parking. Details
Friday, July 22
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Smith Memorial Playground, Philadelphia
Soak in the sounds of nationally acclaimed children’s music artists (Ants on a Log & City Love) and enjoy the fun of the 6 ½ acre playground. Bring a chair or blanket! Details
Kickoff to Summer Reading – Free Kona Water Ice
Monday, June 20, 12:00 PM
Ludington Library Parking Lot, Bryn Mawr
Kick off summer (and summer reading!) with a cold, refreshing and free treat from the Kona Water Ice Truck! Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program also! Details
2022 Regal Summer Movie Express ($2)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Regal Edgemont Square, Newtown Square (and other local Regal Theaters)
Throughout the summer, you can enjoy a variety of family movies at the theater for just $2/person. Details
Put your sweaters in storage and your inner critic on mute. Live large and go for it with choices that are all you.
Train, swim, cycle, dance.
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Browse the finest in artisanal Japanese home goods, or sign up for a tea-tasting workshop!
The Art of Tea: A Rikumo Workshop
Saturday, June 18
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
19 West Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Come for an in-person tea-tasting workshop at the rikumo concept store in Ardmore and enjoy a selection of fresh-brewed green tea, plus tips for making the perfect matcha and a little history behind Japanese teas. Attendees will sample three distinct varieties of loose leaf green tea - two served iced, one served hot - following a demonstration of traditional brewing techniques. Afterward, all participants will make their own bowl of ceremonial-grade matcha under guidance from staff.
At the end of the event, everyone will receive a free rikumo tote bag containing a complimentary stick of binchotan charcoal (an effective and all-natural water purifier) and a 10% discount on in-store tea purchases that day. Whether you're new to the world of tea or a well-steeped connoisseur, you won't want to miss this tasty - and informative - gathering.
Visit our Ardmore location or shop online at rikumo.com.
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