SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME

Summer Lovin’ – Weekly Photo Challenge

Show us something you love. It could be your favorite novel, the light of the moon on your deck at night, the beach on a hot day, or that special you-know-who. Get creative!


There is so much to love about the summer. Beaches and boats, bonfires and parties on the lawn. These are a few of my favorite things … and people, too.


Sherm Feller, who wrote Summertime, Summertime was an old pal of Garry’s as well as the public address announcer at Fenway Park for many years. He was known for playing the song regularly over the speakers at the park.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

28 thoughts on “SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME”

  1. Everything gets turned around out here in the west. It was 116 degrees here yesterday so while I loved this song back in the day, it does not apply in Arizona. Needless to say with triple digit temperatures being the norm, during Summer, we tend to stay inside, or shop after 7PM. However we come alive in the Fall through Spring season when you guys are buried in snow and ice. I call it “Sprall” a kind of extended Fall, Spring thing with no clear dividers. Winter.., what’s that?

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    1. We were there during one of your super heated summers. I remember that 124 degree spell. Next time, we’ll have to try it during winter when New England is ice-bound! Israel had exactly the same weather pattern. I never entirely got used to it.

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    1. It must be because of the awful winter, but this summer has been picture perfect. Dry, sunny, not especially humid or uncomfortably hot. Compensation for the worst winter? Corn has been excellent but very expensive. Spring was cold and late and local crops weren’t planted on time, so we don’t have much local corn. It’s mostly from the midwest.

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  2. This brings back a very dim memory when I was a kid, maybe 4 years old (or 5?) and it was one of the first times I was at somebody elses house. I don’t remember why I was there, but there was a teenager there (was I being babysat?) and he and his friends were watching American bandstand. It was black and white like this and there were all these people — teenagers — dancing and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why anyone would want to do that! I watched it really fascinated and confused. I think I was very young because the memory isn’t very logical or linear; just a collection of impressions, but I’m pretty sure I know exactly where the house was. And now I have to thank you because I heard allusions to this song when I was growing up, “It’s sum-sum-summertime” but never knew where they came from! I also really enjoyed the photos!

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    1. That song has been on my mind lately. I hadn’t heard it in many years, but fortunately, it was pretty easy to find on YouTube. I didn’t know Garry’s connection to its composer until I played it and Garry got all excited and told me the story 🙂 They still play it at Fenway sometimes … summertime in New England and the Boys of Summer.

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    1. That was the first summer we’ve seen boats in the Blackstone. We’ve been seeing them all around the valley this year. They must have finally lifted some restrictions. It’s lovely to have boating. It gets people outside and down to the river. We used to have the river to ourselves pretty much …. now there are lots of families with kids and dogs and picnic hampers. The valley is changing.

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    1. The corn was so gorgeous (and tasted so good). The red canoe was transporting a grandfather and small child. The kid, who must have been around seven or so, was SO happy and the day was beautiful. Baseball is our summer sport … played on a sandlot or in a big park, it’s about as American as you can get.

      I had a lot of fun putting this together … so much from which to choose! And a song 🙂

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  3. I met Sherm Feller on my first tour of Fenway Park. Same day I met Teddy Ballgame, Old Man Yawkey, The wonderful Johnny Pesky and kids named Fisk and Evans. Sherm was in the PA Announcer’s booth. Think a tall, lean Strother Martin. Colorful! Bedraggled, paper cup in hand and very cordial. Without missing a beat, he dropped the needle on an old 45 and played “Summertime! Summertime!”. “I’m hotter than that kid”, he growled. Teddy Ballgame smiled.

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    1. Thank you. Summer is when New England is accessible for picture taking. Winter is beautiful, but getting around — especially right after a storm — is hard. So I have thousands of pictures to choose from. The challenge was an opportunity 🙂

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