Brighter days. Longer nights. Afternoon bursts of rain called sun showers — the kind Elvis sang about in the back of tour buses crossing the Georgia-Florida state lines. Late July’s steamy pavement and lazy lounging around the pool. These are the memories of Augusta summers we have come to love and know so well. This summer has us peeking around the corner in anticipation of those things, long-awaited, and a little more fun (together) in the sun compared to last year.

No one can say for sure if summer 2021 will bring back all our event favorites, but it is sure encouraging to sense more normalcy in day-to-day life. Healthcare workers are diligently administering vaccines (huge thanks to you!), the Augusta Market opened on March 20, spring sports are in full swing and it appears that the garden city may get another chance at downtown renewal. We can certainly hope for a summer full of ready-to-make memories.

Summer camp is one of those experiences that kids remember all year long. It’s been over a year that many camps in the area had to shut down due to virus restrictions. Although things will look a little differently this year with protocols in place and limited attendance, most businesses are opening their doors so that children can enjoy a fun and familiar summer. There will be plenty of camps: princess-themed dance, archery, Family Y (day and overnight), cooking and theater, and even a sailing camp with the Augusta Sailing Club. The April issue of Augusta Family magazine holds the best resource in town with a guide of more than 75 camp listings in a wide variety of interests. The guide includes all the standard favorites plus a few news camps like VOCE Augusta, Camp Woodie’s Great Outdoors and a ukulele camp offered by the Aiken Center for the Arts. 

If your child needs help packing this year, we have you covered! Tear out our helpful packing list in the Tidbits section, page 12, or review the good old basics in The Hurried [and happy] Homemaker’s “The Practical Packing Guide”. If your camper is curious about protocols or restrictions, our “Summer Camp, COVID-19 and Fun Expectations” feature will prepare you and your young adventurer for what to expect.

In any case, break out the tents and binoculars, swimsuits, paint brushes and sports equipment —summer is sure to get us all back in the flow of good things because summer life is going to be so good!

Hello Summer!

Aimee Serafin