Growing up, we can remember experiencing four, distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. These days, it feels more like we have just two: Winter and Springy-Summery-Hot-Time-Before-Winter. For those feeling just a little confused, this week's Tuesday Top Ten is devoted to helping you figure it out.
1. It's been at least a week since snow was on the ground.
We are 10 days and counting away from the last cumulative snow, with 80 degree temps for the past several. It’s not perfect science…but a good first sign!
2. The fountains are on.
Our favorites, Smale and Washington Parks turned their fountains (splash parks) on this weekend! Hallelujah!
3. The boys in red are playing ball.
The start of the season isn’t always a guarantee, but coupled with a week of snow-less days, hearing The Cowboy and Marty nightly sure does feel like summer.
4. Pigs are flying.
The start of Cincinnati’s running season kicks off the first weekend of May with The Flying Pig. If a Facebook feed full of sweaty people in race bibs isn’t proof summer is here…we don’t know what is.
5. It's FEST time.
Goetta Fest! Mai Fest! Beer Fest! Church Fest(ivals)! Blue Sky Fest! Breathing Air Fest! It’s-A-Hot-Weekend-In-The-Summer Fest! You know winter is officially over when the fests start popping up. We'll be at the Big 6 wheel with a beer and fists full of dollar bills if you need us (on our off-call days, of course!).
6. OTR is back to its usual crowded self.
And everyone wants to eat on the patio. Three hours of drinking on an empty stomach doesn’t do wonders for your wallet (yes, we will order all of the food…just bring us everything you have), but it sure does make life-size Jenga at Neons more fun!
7. The Root Beer Stand is open.
Seriously. It's open. Go now.
8. City Flea is back.
Nothing feels more like summer in Cincinnati than perusing a gorgeous outdoor flea market surrounded by thousands of your closest sweaty friends.
9. Farmer's Markets open up on the weekends.
There are Farmer’s Market options other than just Northside and Findlay Market. Most start again in May, but some (like Hyde Park) wait until June.
10. Roller Coasters!!!!
Winter is officially over when Kings Island opens for the season.
Some of our fondest childhood memories are included in this list. We can't wait to make new memories with our littles. Here's to summer (errr...that hot time before winter)! What are you most looking forward to? How can you tell when winter is over in Cincinnati?