Seize Summer: Joyous June Is Here!

“Good morning, sunshine,” said the morning moon as she opened the window to greet the day. After our late May snowstorm we’re truly ready to start feeling like winter is over and done for another year. The beginning of this month is the breezeway to summer and you can feel the sun’s rays as you slowly begin decompressing.

June 21 of course begins summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year. We can all enjoy early dawns and long days with late sunsets and shorter nights.

Here are our warmhearted choices for shopping, dining and entertainment so that every window opens to great possibilities and you can romp, splash and seize summer:

3          Begin the month at the first of 10 free Sunday City Park Jazz events June 4, 6 p.m. The soul-funk-do-wop mix of The Other Black featuring Wesley Watkins opens at City Park Pavilion. Information: cityparkjazz.org.

3          Chill out with family and friends at the kid-friendly Lowry Beer Garden Anniversary Party fundraiser June 8, 4-9 p.m. Information: 303-366-0114.

3          Enjoy food and music as you view great art at the Art Students League Summer Art Market on Grant St, June 10-11. Information: 303-778-6990.

3          Seize summer as you have a savory time at the Denver Greek Festival on the Greek Cathedral campus June 16-18. Information: 303-388-0314.

3          Looking for a cool summer eatery with a bar, large covered patio plus children’s play area? Try The Goods Restaurant directly connected to the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Colfax. Information: 303-355-5445.

3          Spruce up for summer with new fabrics for your drapery, upholstery, cushions and pillows from Boris’s Upholstery. Enjoy cool deals of 20-50% off fabrics to fit your style and budget. Information: 303-751-2921.

3          June’s hottest deal is the Art of Brunch, a free Santa Fe Art District art crawl at 30 galleries June 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 303-953-1789.

3          Swing-sway into summer to disco, Motown and jazz at Tunisia Concert on Havana Street’s Rose Garden Plaza June 27. Information: 303-360-7505.

3          This summer is sure to be a hot one, so be sure to reserve a shady spot on Wednesday nights at Four Mile Park’s Shady Grove Concert Series, 6:30 p.m. The series kicks off June 14 as the Tallgrass trio cools the air with songs of happiness. Favorites like Perpetual Motion and Rocky Mountain Jewgrass are returning. New faces include The Deltas and The River Arkansas. Bring the family and a picnic. Information: 303-777-1003.

Heat from the sun begins to intensify this month due to the angle of sunlight plus added day length. However, the land and oceans are still relatively cool, so the maximum heating effect is not felt just yet. The Valley’s hottest temperatures won’t begin to appear until late July and August, or even later as the stored heat is finally released.

The hallmark of June is the return of color. The skies seem bluer, the grass begins to grow again, and the flowers bloom, bursting open with color and fresh life.

The sun’s rays reach the ground here during 70 percent of daylight hours. Typically on 10 days this month the sky is clear, with maybe 30 percent cloud cover. Fences begin to sway and the porches swing as the sky begins to rumble. June is one of the most active months for thunderstorms. This is also the month when showers come wrapped in rainbows.

— Glen Richardson

The Valley Gadfly can be reached at newspaper@glendalecherrycreek.com.

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