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I wrote a column for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for 8 years starting in December 2007 and running until November 2015. Then I returned to column writing in August 2016, all of them archived here.


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Where did the summer go?

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................Sept 9, 2016

Here it is September, school is back in session, and one wonders what happened to the lazy, hazy days of summer.
Last I remember, it was Memorial Day and we were thinking about a trip out West. Now, Labor Day is past and the longer nights are creeping up on us, the crops will be ready to pick soon, and the Christmas displays are sneaking into the stores. If you blink once more, Halloween and Thanksgiving will be past and the first snowflakes will appear.
But summer wasn’t wasted for some, who found a myriad of events and attractions to fill the days and nights. Can you even remember what you did in June and July?

Barry Schrader displays the pie alamodes he shared with a G-K school friend Ed Carter, now president of the Sandwich Lions, and Kay, at the St. Paul's food concession at the Sandwich Fair.

Let’s make a list. Did you:
• Plant a garden or help Dan Kenney harvest one of his
• Fish, boat or water ski
• Go to a car show, tractor show, Steam Power Show, Pioneer Day or Corn Fest
• Attend a concert in the park or a play at Stagecoach
• Take part in a family reunion or a parade
• Visit a zoo, museum or art gallery in DeKalb County or elsewhere
• Take your family or yourself on a trip out of state
• Travel to a state park or forest preserve for a hike or a picnic
• Take in a ballgame, drum corps show, or stock car race
• Play croquet, horseshoes, softball or even fly a kite?
If you enjoyed three or more of these, you probably had a good summer and you won’t claim there is nothing to do around here.
And for those hoping to squeeze in more fun before summer really ends, the Sandwich Fair runs through Sunday. There you can choose from a myriad of things:
• See and smell prize-winning livestock, birds and rabbits up close
• Take the kids or grandkids for a ride on the ferris wheel
• Admire the beautiful handiwork, the mouth-watering pies and preserves, the hobbies and collectibles of every sort
• Grab a snow cone, corn dog, chocolate-covered banana, or a pork chop at Fay’s tent and say hello to Bob and Marcia
• Shake hands with a candidate at the Democrat or Republican tent
• Ride the miniature train
• Find the little Fair museum and Joan Hardekopf
• Watch Orion Samuelson or Max Armstrong emcee the stage show
• Attend the tractor pulls or demolition derby in the grandstands
• Join me in having a delicious piece of pie at St. Paul’s food stand.

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