Friday, July 19, 2024

My Favorite Summer

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Summer is a season that brings back a flood of cherished memories. From family picnics to beach vacations and warm evenings spent with loved ones, these moments have left an indelible mark on our hearts. We asked several local people to share their best summer memories. Join us as we journey through the highlights of summer’s past.

”When I think of summertime memories, images of watermelon, the beach, poolside fun, Fourth of July celebrations, and quality time with friends and family come to mind. And, of course, fi reworks! However, the best summer ever was when my love, Terry, threw me an unforgettable 60th birthday party. It was July 3, 2022, and the Paul Lundgren Band was performing at an outdoor venue. Everything was perfect until, out of nowhere, it started to rain. We hadn’t planned for a sudden storm. To escape the downpour, we moved the party to a nearby automotive shop, All Star Automotive. Despite the unexpected change of location, the night turned out to be the most amazing one ever. The music, the laughter, and the love shared that evening made it the most memorable summer of my life.”
– Mary Lyle Essick, Atlantic Beach

My Favorite Summer Jared

“The summer before my senior year of high school was particularly special. I looked forward to going back to school, reconnecting with friends, and savoring our final year together. Those moments were incredibly precious and exciting. College life was a transformative experience for me. Coming back home after my first year, I realized how much I had changed. It marked a pivotal point in my life. I was introduced to the real world and began to understand more about myself and my future. My favorite summer memories include a blend of weekend parties, beach days with friends. I spent many summers in Atlanta with my sisters and that was always a highlight. We attended unforgettable jazz concerts featuring Al Jarreau, George Benson, and Stanley Clarke. Those memories of summer fun and personal growth will always hold a special place in my heart.”

– Jared Kizer, Westside

Otto Gruhn

“Without question the best summer beach memory I have is the seven days of fun in the sun in Cancun, Mexico with my new bride. The best part is thirty-fi ve years later, my wife, Shari and I are still on our honeymoon, and we’re headed back to Cancun for more fun in the sun!”
– Otto Gruhn, Palm Valley


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