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- See the full list of fes­tiv­i­ties in New­ton County, in­clud­ing those in Cov­ing­ton, Por­terdale, Ox­ford and So­cial Cir­cle,

I am look­ing for­ward to a long hol­i­day week­end do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing. You know you’ve got a bad case of the sum­mer­time blahs when you look for­ward to do­ing noth­ing. Some­times you stay so busy do­ing noth­ing is a wel­come re­lief but it rarely works like that. June has been quite a busy month with birthdays, hol­i­days, baby show­ers and wed­dings fill­ing nearly ev­ery week­end, but, fi­nally, we get an ex­tra day to kick back and re­lax a lit­tle.

There’s no short­age of things to do this week­end, if only I can talk ‘Sweet Pea’ in to it. The three day Sun­flower Fes­ti­val in Rut­ledge prom­ises to be fun, but Sweet Pea says the idea of strolling through fields of sun­flow­ers in the heat doesn’t ap­peal to him and he said “where’s there’s flow­ers, there’s bees.” I told him there’d be hayrides, tours and en­ter­tain­ment, too, but that still didn’t do the trick.

There’s also an Evening with Fire­flies, which sounds like a lot of fun, but Sweet Pea doesn’t like bugs of any kind, even whim­si­cal lit­tle light­ning bugs. The idea of a ca­sual pic­nic din­ner sounds great to me — no cook­ing! But Sweet pea’s idea of a pic­nic con­sists of beef jerky, beanie wee­nies, pork rinds, pi­mento cheese sand­wiches and root beer. That wasn’t ex­actly the pic­nic fare I had in mind and I’m not even sure it would ap­peal to those pesky pic­nic ants. I still en­joy watch­ing light­ning bugs light up the sum­mer nights and even at my age I’ve been known to help kids catch a few in a Ma­son jar.

There’s mu­sic and fire­works on Sun­day in Cov­ing­ton and Mon­day in So­cial Cir­cle so we could get our fill of en­ter­tain­ment. I love all kinds of mu­sic, so, a lit­tle rock and roll fol­lowed by gospel sounds pretty good to me. Good mu­sic makes you feel good and be­fore long you’ll be clap­ping, whistling and tap­ping your feet to the beat. Sweet Pea has two left feet so he might in­sist on com­ing home early if I get the urge to dance.

If I get re­ally lucky, I might be able to talk Sweet Pea into a trip to Stone Moun­tain to see the Laser Show. We haven’t been in sev­eral years since the kids were lit­tle. Spend­ing the day at Stone Moun­tain used to be filled with fun — steam­boat rides, train trips, a lit­tle swim­ming and a hike up the moun­tain.

Luck­ily, I can still see the top of the moun­tain via the in­cline be­cause other­wise it might well take me half a day to get to the top and an­other half day to get back down. Who­ever said it was a breath­tak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence cer­tainly got it right!

The last time I at­tempted climb­ing the moun­tain, it was in­deed a breath­tak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence — all the way to the top. Other hikers passed us with ease and some even made the trip up and back down while we were still nav­i­gat­ing our way up, one step at a time, fol­lowed by a few mo­ments to catch our breath. Few peo­ple know it, but that was a record set­ting day — I’m quite sure I set sev­eral new records that day (and I bet they haven’t been bro­ken since) — for the long­est climb up and back down as well as the long­est time spent on the moun­tain top.

Once I fi­nally reached the top, I was per­fectly con­tent to linger a bit and just gaze at the stars and twin­kling lights from the Atlanta sky­line but my hus­band in­sisted on mak­ing the long trip back down be­fore dark so we could see the laser show.

The whole fam­ily has made sev­eral trips to Stone Moun­tain to ful­fill Momma’s wish to see the Laser Show. So we loaded up the cars with chairs, blan­kets and ice cool­ers, got to the park and un­packed the cars and made our way to Con­fed­er­ate Lawn and set­tled in for a spec­tac­u­lar show. We got a spec­tac­u­lar show all right but not ex­actly the one we were hop­ing for. You ain’t gonna be­lieve this, but ev­ery time we went with Momma and Daddy, one of those ran­dom pop up sum­mer thun­der­storms came up just be­fore the show started. We’re not just talk­ing a lit­tle shower or a sprin­kle — I mean to tell you it came up a frog stran­gler. Daddy said it was more like a mon­soon — heavy down­pours, thun­der and light­ning and it gave the Laser Show a whole new mean­ing. Momma says she must have jinxed it some­how but we’ve not been able to con­vince them to give it one more try since.

Not ev­ery­body has the lux­ury of en­joy­ing the hol­i­day off from work like me but I think Opie, Sassy, Lit­tle Bit and I are gonna make the most of it. I’m go­ing to fill up their lit­tle wad­ing pool, turn on the sprin­kler and get out the Slip ‘n Slide and I bet it won’t take long be­fore we’ll be joined by some neigh­bor­hood kids look­ing for a lit­tle fun. We may throw a few wieners on the grill, def­i­nitely toast a few marsh­mal­lows, and be­fore we call it a night we just might see how many light­ning bugs we can catch. That’s my idea of fun and en­ter­tain­ment, lame as it may be. What­ever your plans are for the hol­i­day week­end, I hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!!

Beth Rowe


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