Summer is here. Like most people, you’re clueless as to what to do. That’s why those of us at The Globe have decided to give you a few ideas to help you enjoy summer.
5. Summer classes
This one is a given. If you are reading this then it’s highly likely that you are taking classes during the summer. Some of you are taking a few classes, some are full time. Some are taking core classes, some electives. I could go on and on about the benefit of taking summer classes, but that’s not my field of expertise. Nonetheless, it’s a great, productive way to spend ones summer.
4. Summer movies
It’s no secret that Hollywood saves their most highly anticipated films for one of two seasons, summer and the holidays. Most of the films saved for the summer are usually action-packed epics such as the new Pirates of the Caribbean film or, most notably, the huge string of superhero films being released by Marvel and DC. Captain America: The First Avenger and Green Lantern are on the horizon with The Avengers scheduled for next summer. It’s because of this annual strategy that this is lower on the list.
3. Summer concerts
If you’re musically inclined, then you’ve most likely been waiting with anticipation to see the line-up for the 2011 Twilight Concert Series. This series of free Thursday night concerts is presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council and runs from July 14 through August 25. This concert series also features the Twilight Market, where attendees can purchase a variety of foods as well as a variety of art made by local Utah artists. However, if a night downtown isn’t your idea of fun, there are more relaxed alternatives. Murray Park is once again holding its Arts in the Park concert series with a mix of day and evening events. The children’s matinees are perfect for parents who want a fun and affordable way to spend a Friday afternoon, where acts ranging from music to magic will be featured from June 10 through August 5.
2. Summer projects
Have you ever had something you wanted to do or make, but could never find the time to do it? Whether it’s making a short film with your friends or building a scale model of the TARDIS, summer is one of the best times to undergo these kinds of endeavors. Whether it’s for the sake of fun or for a higher purpose, no one can deny the fact that it will provide you with many great stories to tell.
1. Summer…uh….outdoor fun
If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently, then you’ll have heard about the re-opening of the lake in Liberty Park, 11 months after the Chevron pipeline leak. Summer is the season to be outdoors and what better a time is there to enjoy all that Liberty Park has to offer. Not only is the park abundant with the natural beauty of the region, you can also explore the natural beauty of many of our feathered friends at the Tracy Aviary, where they display birds from around the world.
If you’re into folk artistry, then you can also pay a visit to The Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts and look at folk art pieces from the many cultures that call Utah their home. With the reopening of the lake, you can once again rent out paddle boats and go out on the lake in addition to enjoying the amusement park rides that are open for the season.
However, if you’re willing to spend the extra money, then why not enjoy a day at the Utah-exclusive amusement park, Lagoon? In addition to the numerous rides and games that Lagoon is known for, there are also performances to enjoy at the Carousel Theatre. The shows they are currently running are musical revues that feature hits songs from many of the nation’s most famous artists as well as a homage to the musicals that have graced the silver screen throughout the years.
I hope this list has given you a few ideas about how to enjoy your summer to thefullest. However, I’ve only covered these suggestions in a very broad sense. We here at The Globe hope to provide you with not only ideas, but also opportunities to experience something that you might not have thought about otherwise. As the summer continues, we’ll be digging up more and more ideas for summer fun. If any of you come across any summer ideas we should talk about, send it here at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Summer” and we’ll spread the word.