As August rolls around my first thought is “oh no, summer is almost gone!” Then after taking a deep breath I realize there is still plenty of time for summer grilling, hiking, going to the beach, reading more books, and just enjoying the warm days and nights.
The library has plenty of new books you to enjoy while soaking up the warm summer rays plus a few cookbooks to help you plan barbeques and how to prepare all the fresh vegetables from gardens. You can checkout Fire It Up: More Than 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything by Andrew Schloss. With 400 recipes for grilling meat, vegetables, sandwiches, and yes fruit you cannot go wrong. Another good grilling cookbook is Bobby Flay’s Grill It! by Bobby Flay. Recipes include a variety of burgers, roasting asparagus, and how to grill corn-on-the-cob.
August also means the U. S. Open tennis tournament in New York City. I enjoy watching tennis and the heat of a late summer in the city makes this tournament a little bit more difficult to win. I remember an epic battle between Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander for the 1988 championship. They started to play for the championship at 4:22 pm and finished at 9:17 pm; 4 hours and 54 minutes of nail biting tennis. I was rooting for the Swede who won in five sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. The library has Andre Agassi’s Open, Days of Grace by Arthur Ashe, and John McEnroe’s new book But Seriously. You might want to read one before the tennis tournament starts on August 28, 2017.
If you want to get a hike in before summer ends there are plenty of hiking spots in the area. I have been to Mount Tire’m in Waterford several times. Once you reach the top you have a beautiful view of Keoka Lake plus there is a glacial erratic to explore. This month I tried Witt’s End Trail to Shepard’s Farm Preserve. The trail was moderate and peaceful when I hiked it. If you want more information about the trails I mentioned or other trails in the region stop by the information desk and either Alana or I can help you find the right hiking trail for you!