Though the Summer Solstice is still three weeks away, Memorial Day Weekend and the first week of June, essentially welcomes Summer! And now with the season of fun in the sun officially underway, so are its many celebrations, including outdoor festivals, concerts, craft fairs, art shows, field days, Highland Games, baseball games, boating events…we could go on forever!
And, believe it or not, there are haiku from our archives that fit nearly every summertime occasion imaginable!
For instance, during the first weekend in June, the Taste of Syracuse event in Clinton Square has celebrated the opening of Summer for the past 20 years. Food tasting and music dominate downtown Syracuse for two days and two nights. Our illustrated haiku poster from the 2011 collection gives you an idea of the crowds that have enjoyed this annual event. The poster was created by former Syracuse University illustration student, Rebekah Mackay, and written by frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Robin Gross.
Craft shows, concerts, food / Taste of Syracuse so fine / Dance to the music
Meanwhile, in the nearby Village of Chittenango, Oz-Fest celebrated its 39th year this first weekend of June by again painting the town yellow—er, green! This Oz-stravaganza celebrates the birthplace of L. Frank Baum with parades, hot air-balloon rides, munchkin races and Dorothy look-alike contests. Manlius writer, Sylvia O’Connor, describes this bright occasion with her 2014 haiku:
Immoderate Spring Bursting into leafy green Emerald as Oz
History lessons and re-enactments are part of the 24th annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend next weekend. The home of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum and the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, Peterboro was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. The legacy of the abolitionist conductor’s use of codes–such as the North Star–on the freedom trail is one interpretation of Judith McGinn’s (Skaneateles) brilliant 2007 haiku:
Hearing freedom’s call heroes boldly save the day guided by a star
Peaceful lake morning Sculls glide over the water Leaving V-Shaped wakes
What’s your favorite Spring into Summer festival?