West Carroll is in the middle of the “lazy, hazy days of Summer” with temperatures reaching a sweltering low-to-mid 90s many days.
I grew up in a house that had no air conditioning. My mother had a fan in several rooms that blew in both directions. Depending on where the sun was, she turned the fans on intake or exhaust to circulate air throughout. She also explained to us kids the different spots on our bodies where cool water on them would instantly cool you down. I later researched and discovered they are called “cooling points” where you can feel your pulse. Those spots include your wrists, inner elbow, behind your knees, and ankles. Others include your forehead, temples and just in front of your ears.
With a little research on the internet, you can find myriad ways to stay cool (some inexpensive; some do-it-yourself). You can purchase cooling cloths for under $5 (shop around for best price). Inexpensive methods can be found on Pinterest and YouTube (I used “diy cold pack” as my search) including homemade ice bags or rice bags, and gel packs. You can also plan to attend Summer events in air-conditioned locations. Another means of staying cool is to always hydrate throughout the day.
If you manage to stay cool, consider checking out the following events happening in July in Taneytown.
- Concert in the Park, featuring Nautical Wheelers, is slated for Saturday, July 21. Music plays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is an outdoor event setup on the football field. Admission is free. There will be a variety of food available for purchase. Nautical Wheelers, a popular Maryland band, plays a variety of musical styles including country, classical rock and “trop rock/island music.” According to the Trop Rock Music Association website, “Tropical Rock (or Trop-Rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements and influences of Rock and Roll, Country and Caribbean themes with an island style that represents a laid-back way of life.” Wear your favorite tropical shirt, bring a blanket, or your lawn chair and don’t forget the sunscreen! For more information on Trop Rock Music Association visit their website at troprock.org.
- Carroll County Cloggers will demonstrate clogging at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Library, Friday, July 20 at 2 P.M. According to Carroll County Cloggers website, “The origins of clogging come from the Appalachian Mountain folk dances of the 1800’s. Folk dances were often a mix of the jigs and step dances brought to America by English, German, Scottish, and Irish settlers, eventually turning into the traditional American folk dance”. For more information on the Carroll County Cloggers, visit their website at www.carrollcountycloggers.com.
- Even if “clogging” isn’t your thing, the library is still “cool”, (and they have air conditioning!) filled with free “trips to anywhere,” including the very depths of the oceans and the far reaches of outer space. Check it out!
- Taneytown Farmers Market has set up at 501 E. Baltimore Street. It is open every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A variety of local farmers bring their fresh produce to sell at the market.
Have a safe summer, stay hydrated, and stay cool.
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