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Helping you through the coolest time of the year

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Yes, it gets sticky here in August. And yes, on occasion, it actually seems like there are way too many people crowding the streets — wheeling baby carriages into your shins, flaunting love connections or punching motorcycle engines enough to jump-start a heart attack.

But summer in this town’s got some fine moments. Warm weather means nasty, gnarled, wind-whipped hair from a boat ride. It’s the smell (and taste) of bug spray at an adventurous riverfront night or a backwoods campfire. At restaurants, it’s pleasantries such as "Do you want to sit inside or outside?" graciously offered from sundress-wearing hostesses. And at any local lounge, there’s sure to be a propped-open door with a breeze blowing in to tickle your bare skin. If you can make the time, spend a few days up North recalling (or creating) your memories as a Stand By Me kid out by the railroad tracks. This guide clues you in to a bunch of things to do this summer in the metropolitan area. Winter gave us a polar bear-hug so go get your toes grass-green again.

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