Summer Scenes

... seasonal fun and some R & R

by Debbi Collar

Swans, Mel and Rose, captured in a tender moment with cygnets and a nameless mother duck shows off her duckling family as well at Ell Pond

As summer comes to an end, all too quickly, the memories of June, July and August in 2016 remain alive. Many of those memories are permanently captured through the lens of a camera, featuring  friends, family, events or wildlife during one of the less hectic of the four seasons. There are walks around or sailing
around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield and Spot Pond. Melrosians and other visiting vacationers watch men and women fishing at Ell Pond (Melrose) or photographing wildlife basking in the sun.   

< A trio of geese taking a morning stroll at Ell Pond, a red winged blackbird oversees the pond from a branch and a raccoon peers out of a pipe at Ell Pond.

Department of Conservation programs take place for children and adults throughout the year at both Revere Beach and Breakheart Reservation in Saugus.  Both places offer swimmers a chance to beat the heat. It's up to you to choose your swimming location as an ocean or a lake. Museums in Boston offer Free Fridays. Vacationers also take trips by boat, drives to the Cape, trips to The New England Aquarium, visits to the New England Wildlife Association, Zoos and many other
New England locations and beyond.

Turtles at Ell Pond lazily bask in the sunshine at Ell Pond
Throughout New England vendors sell their products at Farmer's Markets in many cities and towns and concerts take place in area parks under sunny skies. Some summer scenes observed this year are pictured below for our readers to enjoy if they were not able to attend these events themselves. Later as winter weather
sets in, consider these photos a pictorial history of summer fun in Melrose audits surrounding areas.

On July 4th, outside the clubhouse at Mt. Hood, the Middlesex Concert Band tuned up to treat their audience to a variety of songs for the holiday. The range of music varied from  patriotic to classical and popular tunes, under the direction of Mark Olson, Harvard Band and Wind Ensemble. The July 4th event hosted by the Mt. Hood Park Association.


Audience members sat in lawn chairs, brought picnics or visited the lemonade stand. Other children marched, danced or rolled down the hill in tune to the songs being performed or just for fun.

Clarissa Scudieri, a Wakefield resident sang he National Anthem

Musical Ensemble and soloists performing a:As Time Goes By - Jack Austin, TromboneSomewhere Over the Rainbow - Dan Erwin, Tenor Saxophone
Dixieland Jam - Mike Roesler, Clarinet; Heather Roscoe, Tenor Saxophone; A.J. Ferrigno, Trumpet;  Brian Hammel, Trombone; John Lochiatto, Tuba; Wendy Baisley, Drum Set

Each year, as the event ends, the band continues to play, children are handed flags and they are encourage to parade in front of the Mt Hood Clubhouse.

Children and Adults enjoy the impromptu parade of flags

Also signaling the end of the summer season for those living in the surrounding area of Revere Beach festivals is the Sand Castle Competition. Beginning with music festivals, fireworks and other programs, beach sand is trucked in and placed in heaping mounds ready to be transformed into a variety of creative sculptures,

Sculptors teamwork completed the construction of this "science, technology and innovation" construction of " HANDS ON THE WHEEL"  at Revere Beach

Mounds of sand transformed into artistic creations   
L-R:"I LOVE YOU SO MUCH", Marielle Heesels; "LITTLE OWL LETTING GO", Paul and Remy Hoggard; "SLICE OF MEMORY"; Jonheng Tang

New Englanders will soon head back to school, return to work from summer vacations and enjoy the upcoming seasons of Autumn, Winter and Spring. Each one bringing its own memories as well. Which is your favorite season?  

**All photos taken by Debbi Collar

August 5, 2016

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