Still time to register and reserve. There are at least three “Starts to Summer.”

by | Jun 8, 2015 | Other News

First, is Memorial Day when most pools officially open, Pungo has its Strawberry Festival and, in the ‘olden days’ white was appropriate to wear again.

That start was a couple of weeks ago.

The second takes place with the last ring of the school bell for the academic year. That start is sort of a mixed bag, as it has taken place for some, but not for all.

Then, finally, there’s the calendar that says in 2015, that summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 pm. Without a doubt, that start is still to come.

So, it makes sense that there’s still time to make summer plans!

Many camps are still accepting applications and reservations, and that includes overnight as well as day camp options. And, since so many interesting and interest-specific camps are available to choose from, there’s bound to be one to suit every child…as a camper or a counselor.

With smart phones and the Internet, and what seems like a trillion travel aps, it’s easier than ever to pack your car and do a little exploring and relaxing. From museums in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, to the mountains of Virginia and the lakes of North Carolina, there’s so much to see and do within an easy six- to seven-hour (or much less!) drive. Just be sure to have your EZ pass!

Don’t feel like leaving town? Tidewater is a major tourist destination and is filled with opportunities for locals. The Boardwalk Art Show, for example, is celebrating its 60th year. Two artists from Israel are among the more than 300 that will exhibit. (See page 32) In Portsmouth, the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center presents its Wonderful Wednesday Music Series. As always, their lineup is varied and will surely sound terrific. Go to for details. A performance by TZOFIM Friendship Caravan, the Israeli Scouts who sing and dance, takes place on Sunday, June 28 at the Simon Family JCC. The list goes on and on and a lot is free (such as the Israeli Scouts performance).

So, for those who haven’t yet done so, schedule a few minutes and start registering and making reservations. For those who have already made plans, and for those about to, here’s to a fun, healthy, enjoyable and relaxing summer!